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Released July 3, 2003

SOUTHERN MISS MUSEUM EXHIBITION FOCUSES ON ART EDUCATION

HATTIESBURG - 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.

Koski came 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.

The "Mississippi 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.

The inaugural 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.

The exhibit also will feature a retrospective of Karnes' works, particularly honoring the dedication of his memorial chair, titled "Sit Here and Remember."

The museum's 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.

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