Collector Displays Neoclassical Antiques in Honor of DuBard School
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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The Museum of Art at The University of Southern Mississippi will display a collection of 200-year-old English neoclassical pottery on loan from an anonymous contributor in honor of the DuBard School for Language Disorders Nov. 14-21.

The exhibition is the result of a two-year correspondence between DuBard School director Dr. Maureen Martin and a California parent of a child with speech difficulty.

"The collector has chosen a very unique way to draw attention to the challenges some children face," Martin said. "Just as art is integrated into the fabric of humanity, so are the children with communication disorders."

Jan Siesling, museum director, said the English art pieces are of neoclassical pottery with hand-painted Roman Greek images and a porcelain Parian bust of Clytie. Neoclassical art flourished in the mid 1700s to the early 1800s and reflected the art of ancient Rome or Greece.

"Pottery is one of the oldest human crafts and signs of civilization," Siesling said, as he picks up a blue teapot painted with ancient Graeco-Roman images. "There may be five of these in the country."

Siesling said the collector wants audiences to know how that the DuBard School is unique, like the art exhibited in the museum.

"The collector does not want to show off his collection as much as he wants to attract attention to the DuBard School," Siesling said. "This is here so people can know about the school's unique methods for children with speech difficulties."

The DuBard School for Language Disorders in the College of Health serves children ages 3-15 with severe language/speech disorders and hearing impairments. The school was established in 1962 by Dr. Etoile DuBard, who refined and expanded the use of the renowned Association Method. This method is considered a highly effective, multisensory teaching and learning strategy that goes beyond the traditional visual and auditory teaching approach by incorporating tactile sense of touch and motor kinesthetics.

The English pottery exhibit will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Nov. 14. The exhibit is part of the museum's Free November Festival, a month-long variety of art presentations and events through Nov. 23. Artists are invited to present a few pieces characteristic of their form of art for display, rotating in and out each week at the museum. For more information, call the Southern Miss Museum of Art at 601.266.5200.


Jan Siesling, Southern Miss Museum of Art director, shows some of the English pottery that will be on display for a week during the Free November Festival, a month-long variety of art presentations and events through Nov. 23. (Southern Miss Public Relations photo by Jeannie Peng)

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