The SLU Contemporary Art Gallery is featuring the 2023 Juried Student Exhibition through April 5. It is juried by visual artist and ceramicist Chris Pate and designer Ofir Mizrahi.

Every year the Contemporary Art Gallery invites two jurors from our artistic community to Southeastern’s campus in order to select from a pool of submissions that reflect exemplary artwork made by our students. This year Pate and Mizrahi will select a variety of artworks ranging from area concentrations such as ceramics, drawing, graphic design, new media and animation, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

“The SLU Contemporary is dedicated to providing a platform for emerging artists to showcase their works,” said Gallery Director Cristina Molina. “In keeping with our mission, this exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit their artworks in a professional setting and have their artwork reviewed by two arts professionals.”

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and admission is free.

For more information about this exhibition, contact gallery director Cristina Molina via email at or by phone at 985-549-5080. To keep up with gallery events, visit and follow on Instagram @slu_contemporary.

About the jurors:
Chris Pate was born in Central, Louisiana, and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Anthropology, as well as an introduction to the ceramic arts. In 2010, he relocated to Portland, Oregon, and continued his investigations into clay, firing techniques, and kiln design. In 2012, Pate began wood-firing his work, which has since been the main mode of finishing his ceramic art.

After working with many various clay communities and firing dozens of wood fired kilns around the country, he moved back to Louisiana the summer of 2021. Since then, Pate has been working as the Technical Director of Byrdies’ Pottery in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, designed and built a large Anagama style wood-fired kiln with a strong, budding firing community in Husser, Louisiana. He has been working to build community in New Orleans as well as regionally by sharing his knowledge and experience with atmospheric fired ceramics.

Ofir Mizrahi is a graphic designer based in New Orleans.
Ofir graduated from Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art (Tel Aviv, Israel) with a degree in Design and Visual Communications. Ofir has more than 12 years of experience in graphic design, and has worked for a variety of design studios and companies. In 2019, he started Ofir Design, a New Orleans-based design firm that specializes in branding, print, packaging and web design.

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