NSU grad student featured in East Bank Gallery dual exhibition

The Bossier City Arts Council and East Bank Gallery are hosting a dual art show featuring the talents of Whitney Tates and Hillary Frazier, a Northwestern State University graduate student. An artist’s reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Gallery, 630 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City.

Frazier is an award-winning artist that specializes in traditional hand-drawn typography. She graduated from Centenary College in May 2013 with degrees in studio arts and communications with an emphasis in film. She is currently working towards a Master’s of Art degree at NSU.

Frazier’s influences include artists as Alphonse Mucha, Fiona Staples, Skottie Young and Jamie Hewlett. Many of her works begin as organiz sketches and turn into reflections of her stream of consciousness. In many works, she depicts women who often appear empowered but who also display subtle vulnerability, displaying the thin line between the two dynamics within the spectrum of femininity.

Tates was born and raised in Shreveport and graduated from Centenary College of in 2013 with a degree in studio art. Since earning her degree, she has spent her time exploring the locations and people of Shreveport. Her work explores the relationship between humanity, nature and The Self.

The flowing shapes of nature and chaotic blends of nebulas reflect the unpredictability of life and growth. The subjects of the paintings, often women, children, or endangered animals, display their roles in protecting, nurturing and teaching the responsibility we have of watching over our home and ourselves.

Nature, psychology, music, poetry, and other artists inspire Tates. She combines elements from each of these to develop questions via canvas for the viewers to ask themselves and others.

For more information, contact the East Bank Gallery at (318) 741-8310 or michael@bossierarts.com.

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