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Released January 30, 2004

MISSISSIPPI'S DIVERSITY SHOWCASED AT SOUTHERN MISS MUSEUM

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art will open two exhibitions from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 5, featuring Mississippi Voices, a multimedia exhibition focusing on the history of Mississippi, and A New Religious Diversity in Mississippi, an exhibition of photographs documenting the religious landscape across the state.

Mississippi Voices was developed by Kristen Caselleto, an assistant professor of art at Georgia State University in Albany, and Deanne Nuwar, assistant professor of history at Southern Miss.

The show features a digital projection work called Roots Uprooted, created by using indigenous music and photos shot on location in Mississippi. It centers on the tensions surrounding perceptions of race and difference.

A second presentation, Our Way of Life: Observations from the Bayou, features digital animation and focuses on race relations and family histories in Mississippi. The exhibition also includes original Caselleto lithographs, monotypes, etchings, and photographs.

"This project attempts, through close collaboration, research, travel, creation of artwork, and recording of contemporary histories, to examine themes of social significance that define the unique culture of the state of Mississippi," said Tony Lewis, director of the Southern Miss museum. "The intent is to learn, to raise questions, and to contribute to the dialogue about and examination of the American South."

"Perhaps not surprisingly, the themes emerging from the work, while specific to Mississippi, resonate on a universal level as well."

The exhibition was funded in part by the Mississippi Council for the Humanities.

The second part of the exhibition features the photographic work of Dr. Cindy Brown, an associate professor in the Southern Miss Department of Mass Communication and a professional photojournalist. A New Religious Diversity is a collection of photographs of religious services across the state of Mississippi that she has taken over several years.

Her work includes images of Southern Baptist, Methodist, Hare Krishna, Jewish, Pentecostal, and Buddhist services. The exhibition features 23 black and white photographs documenting various aspects of worship in the state.

The exhibitions will run through March 5. The Museum of Art at Southern Miss is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of the campus. The hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to the museum is free and open to the public. School and community group tours are welcome. For more information, call (601) 266-5200.

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