Closing reception for VAPA Winter Exhibition set for Thursday

Artwork created by students from Grambling State University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts has been on display in the Lincoln Parish Library (LPL) lobby since Nov. 8 as part of GSU’s 2022 Winter Art Exhibition Art Show.

From 6-8 p.m. Thursday, a closing reception for the exhibit will be held to recognize the 23 pieces of art created by seven GSU students to showcase their skills as patrons visit the library.

The artwork will remain on display through Friday.

GSU students whose work is on display are Hfope Butcher, Itzel Hernandez, JaKari Howard, Amaud Washington, Darryion Washington, Shamar White, and Jouri Williams.

Emily Ezell, assistant professor of painting at GSU, said that showcasing their work to the public is an important part of the learning process for her students.

“It is a privilege and pleasure watching my students grow and develop their styles over the months we spend together in the classroom studio,” Ezell said. “However, watching them leave that incubation space and display their artistic vision out into the greater community is the ultimate goal.”

Ezell said she is particularly proud not only of the diversity shown in the student’s work but also of the impact she feels the exhibition has made on the community.

“Making art requires a certain kind of bravery and sharing it with others can be intimidating but watching viewer’s faces light up upon finding out these paintings and drawings have been created right here in Lincoln Parish gives the students the confidence to continue sharing their practice with others,” Ezell said. “I strive to encourage a development of personal style in GSU students; seeing the diverse range of mark making and subject matter on the gallery wall lets me know they are making their own art — not just trying to fulfill assignments.”