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Current and former McNeese ceramics students have work on display


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“Roses” by Adrienne Romero, left, and “Everlasting,” by Heidi Benoit are on display as part of the exhibit “McNeese State University Ceramic Students Past and Present.”

The exhibit “McNeese State University Ceramic Students Past and Present” is on display at Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan St., through April 13.

Kenneth Baskin, McNeese associate professor of visual arts, put together the exhibit, which features roughly 150 unique pieces.

Matt Young, historic city hall director of cultural affairs, said Baskin was inspired by the Japanese ceramics exhibit, “Nature, Tradition and Innovation,” currently featured on the building’s third floor.

“He saw the talent and effort that went into putting together and creating that show,” Young said. “A goal of ours was to have a place where people could come and see international and local art. (Baskin) called on current and former students to submit their work.”

Baskin said the exhibit highlights the diversity of work created by the students. Young said many of the pieces on display are for sale.

“It’s obvious that the professors at McNeese don’t just teach the students their technique, but they help them find their voice so that they can produce artwork which is completely authentic and genuine to them individually,” Young said.

Featured artists include: Adrienne Romero, Caitlin Rogers, Diana Cruseturner, Crystal Coulter, Eve Cruseturner, Jolie Trahan, Tiffany Lowery, Tracy LeMieux, Jutina Singletary, Elizabeth Guinn, Heidi Benoit, Justina Wolford, Madison Augustine, Ryan Rowland, Shelby Roberie, Stacy Lyons, Rob Younger, Inez Elise, Tina Cooley and Lamis Saqer.

Also on display is “Seen and Unseen” on the building’s second floor gallery. The exhibit features work by the late American photographer Imogen Cunningham, including photos of former Hollywood stars.

Baskin will host a talk on Japanese ceramics in the third floor gallery at 6 p.m. Feb. 6.

Historic City Hall is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

For more on the McNeese exhibit or other displays, call 491-9147 or visit

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