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Barbour Wins Sponsor’s Choice Award at the InGRAVED Exhibition

November 16, 2017

LSUS' Assistant Professor Samantha Barbour from the Digital Arts Department won the Sponsor’s Choice Award at the InGRAVED exhibition sponsored by Forest Park Cemeteries and Funeral Home. The exhibition reflected work done by the fifty-plus invited artists who toured the 100-year-old cemetery with historian John Andrew Prime on August 13th and created pieces reflecting their experience in visual, literary, and performance art.

Barbour submitted a large 36’’ x 42’’ painting showcasing the park in bright acrylics. "What inspired me about the forest park cemetery was that it was welcoming of life once lived and life still living, so I wanted to include in this work, the mystic feel of life and death, in a way of celebrating both. Life afraid is not a life lived. Life lived is a life that experienced. This piece represents walking through life ended, in a place that is very much alive."

“I was surprised my work received recognition as it was the first time I had attempted working with acrylics,” she said. “I’ve worked primarily in oil and watercolor in the past.”

This award was chosen by the exhibition’s sponsor Mr. Robert C. Lomison who later also personally purchased the piece to hang at Forest Park Cemetery in the office.

On Friday October 13th, Art Space held an opening for the gallery alongside the Glitter Zombie Apocalypse Ball. Pieces that were entered for the exhibition were judged and awarded cash prizes for, Best of Show, three Best of Discipline for Visual, Literary and Performance, three “Juror’s Choice” in Visual, Literary and Performance, a People’s Choice and an Artist’s Choice Award.

The work hung at Art Space from October 13th till November 4th.

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