- The Museum of Art at The University of Southern Mississippi will
host an exhibition July 10-31 showcasing the talents of up-and-coming
art educators as well as honoring the efforts of K-12 art educators
already in the field. An opening reception is planned July 10 from
4 to 6 p.m. at the museum.
The show combines
three shows, including the works by master's of art education candidates,
artists who mentor Southern Miss art education majors, and a special
exhibition of the late Christopher Karnes' "Memorial Chair,"
donated to the university by New Orleans attorney Jack Sullivan.
The art education
graduate students featured are Peter Ulrich and Timothy Ulrich of
Byram and Melissa Koski of Germantown, Tenn. The Ulrich brothers
both received a bachelor's of art degree in ceramics from Southern
Miss. Their career plans are similar - both plan to teach art education
- but Peter wants to open his own ceramic studio, while Timothy
wants to create more landscapes and ceramic sculptures.
to Southern Miss after receiving her bachelor's degree in art education
from the University of Memphis and teaching English in China for
two years. A member of the Mississippi Arts Alliance, the American
Museum Association and the Southeastern Museum Conference, Koski
plans to pursue a career as a museum educator.
Artists, Art Educators and Mentors" exhibition is the first
of its kind, organized by the Department of Art's art education
program under the direction of assistant professor Elizabeth Leal.
The concept was devised to honor the efforts of K-12 art educators
in the field.
exhibition will feature works by Ann Smith, Brian McCrory, Paula
Pierce, Betty Bellande, Carol Byrnes, Shelbia Hatten, Kim Whitt
and Kim Ryland. These active visual artists play a pivotal role
in art education at Southern Miss as they mentor the majors during
their teacher candidacy period.
also will feature a retrospective of Karnes' works, particularly
honoring the dedication of his memorial chair, titled "Sit
Here and Remember."
hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4
p.m. and the museum is located in the Fine Arts Building at the
southwest corner of the campus. Admission to the museum and opening
reception is free and open to the public. School and community group
tours are welcome. For more information, call (601) 266-5200.