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HAMMOND — The grande dame of Hammond's art world, the late Marjorie Morrison, is being honored with the fifth installation of the Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.

The show, curated by Jeff Mickey, Southeastern Louisiana University sculpture professor, runs through Feb. 23 at the center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond.

While every other year the center presents the Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial, which celebrates Morrison’s contributions to the arts, this year’s remembers Morrison, who died in 2016.

Morrison was a lifelong supporter of the cultural efforts in Hammond and a continued patron of the arts in the southeast Louisiana region. She was a key player among the original members of the arts center, formerly the Hammond Cultural Foundation, who helped to get the nonprofit organization off the ground 35 years ago. Morrison served as the organization’s first president and has spent countless hours promoting the arts in Louisiana.

In 2010, the Louisiana Public Broadcasting honored her for her advocacy and philanthropy by recognizing her as a “Louisiana Legend.”

“Marjorie was the quintessential Southern lady,” said HRAC Media Coordinator Tara Bennett. “I felt so privileged to have worked with Marjorie during these last few years at the HRAC, and I miss her warm and genuine manner. She was a wonderful woman and a friend to so many in the Hammond community. We learned so much from her, and we're excited to honor her with deepest affection at the biennial.”

For the biennial, Mickey has brought in art from 18 sculptors. For more information, call (985) 542-7113 or visit hammondarts.org.