After years of intensive study, training and lots of midnight oil, graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate their academic achievements Dec. 4-12 with an exhibition of their works at the university’s Museum of Art.
The show will feature the works of four graduating graphics communication students and three fine arts students. A reception opens the exhibit from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the museum.
A senior project involves the creation and defense of a substantial body of work. It is required of all students pursuing a bachelor of fine arts and an optional requirement for bachelor of arts students.
The senior show will exhibit work by graphic communication students, including Hillary Lovinggood, Blayne Ward, Brittney Westbrook and Noah Williams. Fine Arts and sculpture students include Lindsey Morgan, Sean Simmons and David Wood.
Interior design student Aya Nishio of Tokyo, Japan, will be the first interior design student to be featured in the biannual exhibition. Her project, a mixed use occupancy of a music story and recording studio, was inspired by the downtown Hattiesburg environment, where “human scale” street scenes still remain.
Ward, a graphic design senior from New Orleans, said she is “drawn to stories, history and mythology that are a little bit darker than the norm but I like to use those elements in a bit more of a playful way.”
Westbrook, also a graphic design senior from Hattiesburg, is moved by color. “New color combinations that I observe often influence me. I like to come up with new and unexpected color palettes for different applications,” she said.
Hattiesburg native and student sculptor David Wood used natural materials for his sculpture, which “are compiled of separate, yet similar forms that serve as components to build an organized representation,” he said. He plans to pursue a master’s in ceramic sculpture and to work as an artist and teacher.
The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of campus. Special hours for this show are Tues.-Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thurs., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to the museum and reception is free and open to the public. School and community groups are welcome. For more information, call the Museum of Art at 601.266.5200; visit the Web at www.usm.edu/arts; or contact Angela Kilcrease at 601.266.4988.
Southern Miss art major Sean Simmons will include his work, along with seven other senior art students in the fall Senior Show Dec. 4-12 at the Museum of Art on the Hattiesburg campus.
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