- A double exhibition opens at The University of Southern
Mississippi Museum of Art April 10 that features paintings
by master of fine arts candidate Steve Strickland and student-created
replicas of Chinese Han Dynasty tomb ceramics. The exhibits
will be on display through April 25.
of Brandon, Strickland received his bachelor of fine arts
in painting and drawing from Southern Miss in 2000. He will
show approximately 20 new paintings together with a group
of his studies, charcoal drawings and sketches in the C.W.
Woods and Lok Galleries. In addition to completing his coursework,
Strickland recently taught an introductory drawing class as
a graduate fellow.
Strickland's artistic development is characterized by his
perseverance, commitment and investigative spirit," said
Janet Gorzegno, professor of art and coordinator of the M.F.A.
program at Southern Miss. "His paintings are honest visual
explorations that bring forth the unique flavor of the Mississippi
landscape, a terrain known for its changeable nature that
embraces both turbulence and serenity."
explained that the objective of the M.F.A. program is to "develop
the student's skill and discipline required for sustained,
self-directed creation of works of art." The program
is based on professional standards embodying intensive studio
work, critical analysis within the studio, the study of art
history, and philosophical and aesthetic investigations.
students are required to propose and present an exhibition
that represents an original creative project. They develop
a body of work capable of sustaining a museum exhibition and
a professional portfolio in preparation for a career in art.
Equally, as a terminal degree, it enables successful candidates
to teach at the college level.
part of the double exhibition will be devoted to contemporary
interpretations of ancient Chinese ceramic sculptures created
by students under the direction of instructor Barbara-Ann
Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-220 A.D.) was a defining period in China's
history," Hunt said. "It signaled the development
of urbanism, central government, and the development of Confucianism
and Taoism. Elaborate tomb burials were also commonplace,
with goods from everyday life accompanying the departed."
in Hunt's ceramics class have studied this context and created
replicas - both fanciful and accurate - that recreate one
aspect of these ancient tomb furnishings.
work with a group of students in Ceramics I and II who research
historical projects, write papers and create interpretations
of ancient works," Hunt said. "The beginning students
start with the earliest works and later progress through history
from Paleolithic through ancient Cycladic, Greek and Asian
will open both exhibits with a free reception from 4-6 p.m.
in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of the campus,
the museum's 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.