ULM Senior Accie Sullivan received the Dorothy Bassett Emerging Artist Award from the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. The award encourages artists to keep pursuing their career by helping fund their art. The awards were presented March 1, 2018 at the Northeast Louisiana Arts Awards.
This is Sullivan's first time entering a national art competition. His entry is one of 60 winners selected out of 1000 entries. Sullivan also has some of his work showing at the Downtown Gallery Art Crawl in the Downtown Gallery. This is the second time he has had work showing there. Sullivan also has a piece on display at McNeese as part of the Annual Works on Paper Art Exhibition.
Sullivan plans to apply for graduate school after in May to continue to refine his skills as an artist and hopes to enroll in a program that offers significant networking opportunities for students looking to enter the extremely competitive realm of professional art.
Sullivan believes that teachers are an important part of an art student's successful development. The professors guide students into the professional art world. They encourage students to become active in the community and help students understand the whole process of getting art into shows.
Sullivan has been an avid gamer since childhood, and he hopes to find a job designing art in the video game industry. "I was born in '91. We had stuff like the Super Nintendo and all that stuff. And artists made these worlds in the cartridges that gave me my escape that I really needed at the time." Once he has achieved his career goals, Sullivan plans to teach art, so his students can learn to “build their own universes and translate their mind’s contents into language others can enjoy.”