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Senior Art Exhibition at Southern Miss Features Graphic Design, Sculpture PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Contact Angela Kilcrease - 601.266.4988   

Graduating seniors in graphic design and sculpture of the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate their academic achievements today-May 8 with an exhibition of their works at the university’s Museum of Art.

The annual spring show was divided into two exhibition, with the first one held previously that featured drawings and paintings. The second half of the show, featuring students of graphic design and sculpture, will open with a reception from 4-6 (April 30) 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 graphic design portion of the senior show will exhibit work by Charles Odom of Petal, Dara Yadao of Biloxi; Joel Sanders of Pearl; Johnny Hesselberg of Vicksburg; Melinda Gonzalez of Baton Rouge, La.; Sophie Benn of Richton and Jackie Sullivan of Columbia, Tenn.

One senior sculptor, Nicole Moree of Florence, will exhibit her work “overprocreation,” a visual reaction, as she describes, to what she sees when looking at the society of which she is a part. 

Odom, who graduated from Petal High School in 2001 and received an associate’s degree from Jones County Junior College, said he took a short break from his art before he began his “rigorous study” at Southern Miss.  His goal is to become a logo designer.

“Logos are the persona of a business or individual, making them a very important element to the identity of said business or individual,” he said.

For Sanders, it’s all about the love of art.  “I had no idea what I was getting into to,” he explained.  “Soon I became aware of the broad range of disciplines involved with graphic design and gained a greater sense of appreciation and interest.”  He aspires to work in the music industry to develop music packaging and promotion.

Of her chosen career in graphic design, Gonzalez could very well speak for all her graduating peers.

“The best part of the design process is taking something at its most simplistic state and transforming it into something beautiful and creative.  I look forward to seeing how my work will grow and where it will take me,” she said. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of campus. The hours are Tues.-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.   Call the Museum of Art at 601.266.5200 for more information. 

Southern Miss graphic design senior Charles Odom will display his logo work, along with six other designers and one sculptor in the spring graphic design and sculpture portion of the annual Senior Show April 30-May 8 at the Museum of Art on the Hattiesburg campus. (Submitted Photo)

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