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International Sculpture Competition Brings Outdoor Art to Southern Miss PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 08, 2010
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In honor of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Centennial celebration, five large-scale sculptures from an internationally juried competition will be installed on the Hattiesburg campus.

The College of Arts and Letters opened a call for artists in 2009 that resulted in 100 entries and about 50 artist submissions from all over the country. The pieces will remain on campus through February 2011.

“We are so pleased to be able, as part of our Centennial celebration, to share this wonderful display of public art,” said Denise von Herrmann, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Southern Miss. “These five winning pieces are very fine examples of our commitment to the visual arts and its role on campus and in the larger community. This method of showcasing sculptural work allows us to make a bold statement while also serving as good stewards of our limited financial resources.”

The College provided a small cash prize to selected artists and funded installation of the pieces. Associate professor of art and design Jennifer Torres chaired a selection committee that included representatives from the local community and Southern Miss faculty and staff.

The first sculpture, ‘Inside Out,’ is a welded steel piece created by Jason Kimes. It was installed in front of the International Building. ‘Midsummer,’ a welded steel and paint sculpture, was created by Hanna Jurban and installed in front of the Liberal Arts Building.

“For the past 100 years, the arts have been a cornerstone of our university’s history,” said Jennifer Payne, Centennial coordinator. “This sculpture exhibit makes a bold statement about our support for the arts in the next 100 years.”

The three remaining sculptures were installed on campus Friday, March 5, including ‘Recover,’ a steel and wood sculpture, created by Patric Toupes; ‘Death is Unacceptable,’ a stoneware sculpture, created by Lee Benson; and ‘Thrive,’ an aluminum on steel, created by Jean Garrett.

‘Midsummer’ by Hanna Jurban Monday, March 8 in front of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

‘Inside Out’ by Jason Kimes in front of The International Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

‘Death is Unacceptable’ by Lee Benson
‘Recover’ by Patric Toupes
‘Thrive’ by Jean Garrett

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