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Released March 3, 2004

Walter Anderson Prints from Permanent Collection on View

HATTIESBURG -- Master of art education candidate Jesse Rachel Cukierkorn will present a thesis exhibition of paintings at The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art from March 11 through 27. The museum will hold a public opening reception from 4-6 p.m. on March 11.

In addition to a written thesis and oral comprehensive exam needed for degree completion, Cukierkorn culminates her studies at Southern Miss with a series of paintings called "Tablets."

"'Tablets' is a record, for me, about what I have learned regarding color in the last two years of painting," Cukierkorn said. "The rectangular shapes in my drawings and paintings act as containers for color. The linear patterns are rather simple, allowing me to explore the emotional impact of color relationships."

Cukierkorn is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I., and an art educator who has taught in Fairfax County, Va., Gastonia, N.C., and Hattiesburg Public Schools. Having moved to Hattiesburg with her husband, Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn, two years ago, she has studied art education, drawing, and painting at Southern Miss, expecting to complete the master's in the research track of art education in May 2004. The research track prepares students to pursue doctoral studies in art education.

To commemorate the 100th birthday of renowned Mississippi artist Walter Inglis Anderson, the museum also will exhibit a small selection of his watercolors and prints that are part of the museum and university's permanent collection.

Anderson, born in New Orleans in 1903, settled in Ocean Springs and worked on mural projects for the WPA and at Shearwater Pottery after attending art school in New York and Pennsylvania. He created watercolors and prints notable for their colorful abstraction of landscape and natural subjects.

Anderson achieved notoriety shortly after his death at 62, when the reclusive artist's works were discovered. The Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs opened in 1991 to commemorate the work of Anderson and his brothers, artists James and Peter Anderson.

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of the Hattiesburg campus. The hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to the museum and reception is free and open to the public. School and community groups are welcome to attend. For more information, call (601) 266-5200.


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM