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New Orleans comes to Beaumont with ‘Crescent City Connection’

animalsPainting, sculpture, photography, textiles and digital installations comprise the varied offerings of 14 New Orleans-based artists whose work is currently on view at Lamar University’s Dishman Art Museum. “Crescent City Connection” marks the first collaborative venture with the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, one of the premium showcases for contemporary and cutting-edge art in New Orleans. The exhibition will run through Nov. 22.

Ferrara and many of the contributing artists will visit the Lamar campus for the opening reception on Friday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dishman. Light refreshments will be served. An after party will follow at 8:30 p.m. at the Art Studio, Inc. On Saturday, Sept. 28, Ferrara and the artists will participate in a roundtable lunch discussion as part of the opening festivities for the show. Please RSVP for the artists’ lunch at dishmanart@lamar.edu to ensure enough food for everyone. Admission to the reception, party, lunch and the exhibition are free.

“This is an important exhibition for the Dishman Art Museum and the Lamar community,” said Megan Young, director of the Dishman and assistant professor of art. “We have strong ties to New Orleans through our shared geography and history of devastating storms, but more importantly we have creative ties that have worked to ensure that our community does not falter in the face of such adversity. This exhibition is a celebration of those ties.”

Ferrara is a New Orleans artist, gallery owner, community activist and arts entrepreneur. His gallery exhibits cutting-edge works of art from local, national and international artists including paintings, sculpture, glass, metal works, mixed media and installation art. Exhibitions he has produced have been featured in The New York Times, Time magazine, Art In America, Artpapers, Art News, Elle magazine and “Good Morning America,” among others.

Participating artists in “Crescent City Connection” include Anita Cooke, Dan Rule, Hannah Chalew, Gina Phillips, the artist collaborative Genaeric Art Solutions, Michael Pajon, Bob Snead, Justin Forbes, Skylar Fein, Adam Mysock, Jonathan Ferrara, Sidonie Villere, Christopher Saucedo and Dan Tague.

“I am thrilled to be working with Jonathan Ferrara as co-curator of this exhibition and bring such a phenomenal and talented group of artists to Lamar,” said Young. “The artists represented in this exhibition are all excellent and our students will benefit greatly from exposure to such diverse media and conceptual concerns.”

The Dishman Art Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 1030 E. Lavaca, Beaumont, Texas. Free museum-dedicated parking is available in front of the Dishman during museum hours. Call (409) 880-8959 or email dishmanart@lamar.edu for more information or visit lamar.edu/dishman.