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Released March 26, 2004

EXHIBITION SHOWCASES STUDENT ARTISTS AT SOUTHERN MISS

HATTIESBURG -- The Museum of Art at The University of Southern Mississippi will showcase works by the next generation of visual artists in its annual Student Show April 5-23. An opening reception is planned from 4-6 p.m. April 15.

For more than 40 years, the Southern Miss Department of Art has held such an exhibition to demonstrate the wide-ranging talents of students majoring in the visual arts. It has long been an integral and much anticipated component of the university's visual arts curriculum.

Exhibitions that were once held in classrooms under the direction of former department chair Walter Lok evolved in the mid-1970s to more formal displays in the C.W. Woods Gallery. Since the incorporation of The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art in 1997, the show has become one of the most significant displays of emerging artistic talent in the Southeast.

"The annual student art show is an opportunity for students to show their work and demonstrate their skills," said John House, professor of art. "They take this opportunity seriously, and our faculty enjoy the exhibition insofar as we are able to see work from all areas of the department."

A selection of artwork created by many of the more than 250 majors working in a variety of media -- graphic design, sculpture, painting, ceramics, and drawing -- will be on display.

The Museum of Art at Southern Miss is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of the campus. The hours are Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m-5 p.m., and Sat., 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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