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New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center Hosts 2021 Gulf South Open Call Exhibition

Pierre St-Jean

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans has announced that the annual Gulf Open Call exhibition is back this year. It will be held from Saturday, July 31, to Sunday, September 26.

The pandemic-laden period affects mental and physical well-being awareness throughout the nation. It also impacts the industrialization of medical practices, especially in disease, illness, and disability.

The CAC's annual Open Call exhibition will offer a deeply personal portrayal of artists' experiences with health and illness and its impact on their lives, bodies, psyche, and unity. It features 36 Gulf South artists with their respective multimedia artworks.

One of the main exhibitions is Gris Gris lab, created by health enthusiast Gia M. Hamilton in 2009. This healing incubator space is an Afrofuturist Apothecary exhibition focused on traditional healing, which will be located inside the CAC's Oval Gallery.

This event's general admission is $10. Students can enter with an $8 admission fee, while CAC members can enter this event for free. The event will start with the opening celebration on Saturday, July 31, from 6 to 10 pm, featuring music by DJ Felice Gee and cash bars. Visitors can apply to the event on CAC's official Facebook.

The second event is StudioV, where you can join the CAC on a virtual studio tour featuring various Gulf South artists. This online event will be held on August 12 and September 2 and curated by David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D., via Zoom.

There will also be a panel discussion, Behind Healing and Wholeness: Art + Health, hosted by Mr. Robinson-Morris on September 9. It will feature artists and mental health practitioners.

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