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Released May 21, 2003


HATTIESBURG - The arid climate of Arizona has long been fertile ground for artistic talent. Since the early 1980s, Movimiento Artistico del Rio Saludo (MARS) has been a vital force in bringing artists of diverse backgrounds together in a collaborative effort to promote contemporary visual art. The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art will open a show on Thursday (May 22) from 4-6 p.m., featuring 12 artists associated with MARS. The exhibit runs through June 26.

These artists include MARS director Deborah McMillion Nering, whose small surrealist paintings suggest Salvador Dali in their precision and meticulousness, but with an unmistakable feminist perspective. Jerry Jacobson's collages are at the other end of the spectrum. At first glance, they appear very basic, yet closer inspection reveals an unexpected sensitivity to color and design.

Other artists represented in the Southern Miss exhibition are Kelly Barrett, Ralph Cordova, Deborah Hodder, Larry Nelson, Deborah Salac-Ashforth, Eddie Shea, Linda Shearer-Whiting and Julie Thurn Gluck. Works by former MARS artists Jeff Schmuki, a professor at William Carey College, and Lee Renninger of Gulfport will also be included.

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and school and community groups are welcome. For more information, call Camille Terry, acting assistant director, at (601) 266-5200.


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM