SPILLMAN | BLACKWELL is a gallery and consultancy featuring a diverse roster, ranging from emerging to seasoned talent, and from local, national and international artists. Conceived by longtime friends with a combined 30 years of gallery experience, SPILLMAN | BLACKWELL seeks to promote its artists locally and beyond, with a focus on being an artist-centered and community-accessible space.
A graduate in art from Xavier University with a focus in painting and photography, Leslie-Claire Spillman has worked as a gallerist and photographer in New Orleans for nearly two decades. Amy Blackwell graduated from Southern University and A&M College with a concentration in History, relocating to New Orleans to apprentice at Silverman Studios under the late famed sculptor Dr. Arthur Silverman. Spillman, the longtime Director of the renowned Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans, curated hundreds of shows for the space during her tenure there. Blackwell, also at Soren Christensen Gallery for over ten years, honed her logistics, installation, and exhibition design experience there.
Together, Spillman and Blackwell have a combined skill set that covers every aspect of the gallery business, with extensive practice in their respective areas of expertise, and in 2020 established a gallery bearing their name in the heart of the New Orleans Arts District.