part of an effort to promote artistic and cultural awareness, The
University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library has opened
its doors since last July to local and international artists.
only public university on the Coast, we are very honored to have
talented local artists expose their creative works in the new state-of-the-art
library to the campus community, and Mississippi Gulf Coast residents
in general," said Edward McCormack, director of the Southern
Miss Gulf Coast Library.
has hosted and continues to host regularly scheduled exhibitions
for artists, with five artists currently exhibiting their work.
a Mississippi Delta artist has attained international recognition
for his finely crafted sculpture. All of his works are for sale
in the library. To learn more about Shaman and his sculptures, visit
www.http//here2create.com and click on "Floyd Shaman."
is another artist, whose work is being displayed at the library.
Born in 1903, the artist became a member of the Abstract Expressionist
movement during the 1950s. Bonge was an internationally renowned
artist and the subject of a 30-minute Mississippi ETV documentary
featuring her abstract art.
Leif Anderson, whose works are also now being featured at the library,
is the daughter of Coast artist Walter Inglis Anderson and Agnes
Grinstead Anderson. Leif Anderson is primarily a modern interpretive
dancer and teacher; the theme of dance is central to her sculpture
and is represented in her poetry, drawing, painting and music.
papermaking has been the subject of a two-part series on Mississippi
ETV's "Southern Expressions." Currently, the library is
displaying Rice's "Paper Vessels."
the library's artists, Hank Abbot, uses stone to create unique pieces
that integrate the rock's natural shape with areas of smooth carving.
Miss Gulf Coast Library will be presenting more work by Rice in
the near future. Artists Jorge Lovato, Suzie Webb and Laura Cornell
are tentatively scheduled for future exhibitions.
is open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday;
and noon-4 p.m., Saturday.
For more information about the art exhibitions or to purchase any
of Shaman's pieces, contact Linda Burns at (228) 865-4543.