The Artists

Get to know the artists from Persistence

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Earl Dismuke

Earl Dismuke is a Mississippi sculptor. He graduated in 2007 from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in sculpture. His sculptures are abstract, made from wood, steel, cast aluminum and found objects.

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Mia Kaplan

Mia Kaplan is a painter and sculptor from Southeast Louisiana. She earned a degree in Drawing and Printmaking from the Memphis College of Art, and has had her work included in many publications: Artforum, Food & Wine, Fitness Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Country Roads Magazine, Modern Farmer, The Louisiana Review, and more.

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Erica Larkin Gaudet

Erica Larkin Gaudet is a sculptor who primarily uses metal as her material. She has been welding and fabricating sculptural work for both private and public clients for over 30 years. After receiving her BA from Loyola University in Sculpture in 1991, she founded Erica Larkin Studio, a metal sculpting studio specializing in custom furniture and sculpture.

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Tara Conley

Originally from Bath, New York, Tara Conley is a sculptor who lives and works in Houston, Texas. Conley shows internationally and is included in several public art collections including the City of Houston, Texas Tech University, Houston Audubon Society, Sculpture for New Orleans with the Helis Foundation and Triple S Steel.

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