The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art will host an
opening reception from 4-6 p.m., Aug. 14, for two exhibitions featuring
the work of Southern Miss Department of Art graduate JJ Foley and
the late distinguished art professor and painter Hiram Williams.
Foley, of Long
Beach, is a well-known and highly successful figurative artist.
Her drawings and paintings are executed in mixed mediums, and she
uses the figure to evoke emotional response, whether in a light,
veiled, dreamlike environment or in a dark, intimate setting. Since
she was a small child, her primary artistic interest has always
been the figure, with its ability to convey the fragile intimacy
of personal experience - spirituality, tragedy, sensuality, peacefulness,
loneliness and expectation. Using her art to explore these emotions,
Foley said she draws the viewer "into these inner workings
of the soul, which exists in all of us."
Foley has exhibited in several galleries along the Mississippi Gulf
Coast, particularly at Art Who? Gallery in Ocean Springs. She has
participated in several art association group shows and won numerous
awards in juried exhibits, including "Best of Show."
In 1988, she
had her first major one-woman show at the Bienville Gallery in New
Orleans, which art critic Roger Green called "
New Orleans debut in years." Her work is included in collections
across the United States, and she is now represented by Serenity
Gallery in Bay St. Louis and by SAI Gallery and Kew Gallery in New
Known not only
for expressive paintings but also his critically acclaimed book
Notes to a Young Painter, Williams' art career spans 60 years. Born
in 1917 in Indianapolis, Ind., Williams grew up in Pennsylvania,
where he discovered his talent for and a love of art after a family
friend taught him to draw during Williams' recovery from a childhood
In 1940, he
immersed himself in the art scene in New York City and attended
the Art Students League. He was drafted the following year into
the U. S. Army and served in World War II, including under Gen.
George Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he
earned a degree from Pennsylvania State University and began teaching,
yet he continued to pursue his art.
inducted to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1994, 12 years after
he retired from the University of Florida. He continued to paint
the rest of his life. He had 60 solo exhibitions and has been included
in many prestigious invitationals; among them, the Whitney Biennial,
the Corcoran Biennial and the Carnegie International. His work is
part of major collections, including New York's Museum of Modern
Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum of Art. Williams died in January at his home in Gainesville,
The show will
close Sept. 12. Admission to the museum and all events is free and
open to the public. School and community groups are encouraged to
- open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Saturdays - is located on the southwest corner of
the Southern Miss campus.
For more information,
call the Southern Miss Museum of Art at (601) 266-5200.