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Released April 21, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- After years of intense studying, training and burning lots of midnight oil, graduating seniors of the Department of Art at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate their academic achievements April 29-May 14 with an exhibition of their works at the university's Museum of Art.

The show will feature works of 10 graduating visual art students. A reception opens the exhibit from 4-6 p.m. April 29 in the museum.

"We are very proud of all our graduates, both in graphic communications and fine arts," said associate professor of art DeAnna Douglas. "Their work in this exhibition demonstrates the level of professionalism that our students have attained."

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.

"Completing a senior project and exhibiting in the Senior Show are integral parts of our curriculum," said Jennifer Torres, chair of the Department of Art at Southern Miss. "The process is quite rigorous and not every student satisfies the requirements the first time. However, the faculty believes that successful completion of a senior project helps prepare our students for graduate study or to embark on a career in the visual arts."

Students featured in the exhibition include six graphic communications students: Jamila Caldwell of Gulfport, Michelle Simmons and Brianne Cavanaugh of Brandon, Artimese Fairley of Hattiesburg, Ashley Powers of Pascagoula, and David Reeves of Raymond.

Daisy Anderson of Richton and Shand Stamper of Hattiesburg will display ceramics, and Christian Bailey and Kevin Harvell, also of Hattiesburg, will display their sculpture pieces.

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of campus. The hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m-5 p.m., and Saturday, 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 museum director Tony Lewis at (601) 266-5200 for more information.


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April 23, 2004 12:08 PM