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Senior Fine Arts Students to Showcase Work at Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
Monday, April 19, 2010
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Countless hours of study, training and hard work are leading to an exciting moment for seven talented University of Southern Mississippi students whose efforts will be displayed at the annual Senior Fine Arts Exhibit.

The exhibit will feature innovative and creative works by painting, sculpture and art education majors. A reception opens the exhibit Tuesday, April 20 from 4-6 p.m. at the Museum of Art.

The seven students include: Kenneth Thomas of De Kalb, Miss., Renee Wieting of Ocean Springs, Miss., Courtney Wallace of Biloxi, Miss., Adam Davis of Woodville, Miss., Anna Russell of Indiana, Laura Beth Creekmore of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Crystal Rushing of Gulfport, Miss.

All students pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree must conduct a senior project before they can graduate. Whether they started at Southern Miss as a freshman or transferred from another institution, each artist will showcase his or her unique, creative ability in the museum through April 28.

Russell’s work will use materials she salvaged from community waste streams in an effort to connect common experiences and art to broader social issues. “My current work involves the idea of consumer waste and its impact on the environment,” Russell said. “I’m interested in the reuse of common debris from our everyday lives as available material to make art with.”

Russell works primarily with ceramics but recently became interested in painting and metalwork. She hopes to work with disabled people through art to promote community awareness and involvement.

Lawrence, an art teacher at Oak Grove Primary School, returned to Southern Miss to pursue her master’s degree in art education. Her work deals with capturing the character and aesthetic beauty of all people, especially the elderly. “In American society, people seem wrapped up in stereotypical beauty and youth, yet I find beauty in the wrinkles and experiences that came with them,” said Lawrence 

The Southern Miss 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 to the reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Museum of Art at 601.266.5200. 

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fine arts student Anna Russell has created a piece using materials salvaged from community waste streams as part of her senior project. (Submitted photo)

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