The current Southeastern Louisiana University artist-in-residence Abigail Smithson will give a public lecture on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery.

“Dear Adam Silver,” a lecture focused around Smithson’s basketball research, will be free and open to the public.

Smithson, who also teaches two introductory photography classes in the Department of Visual Art + Design, loves watching both professional and recreational basketball and sees the games as “a way to engage my surrounding community and to confront the struggles that we face as a country.”

Smithson will remain in the Hammond area until May 24, when her exhibit about basketball opens in the contemporary art gallery.

Contemporary Art Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The gallery is open on Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon.

For more information on art exhibits at Southeastern, contact Gallery Director Dale Newkirk at 985-549-5080 or the Visual Arts Department at 985-549-2193.

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