- After years of intensive study, training and lots of midnight
oil, graduating seniors of the Department of Art at The University
of Southern Mississippi will celebrate their academic achievements
Dec. 4-16 with an exhibition of their works at the university's
Museum of Art.
The show will
feature works of 14 graduating visual art students. A reception
opens the exhibit from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the museum.
very proud of all our graduates, both in graphic communications
and fine arts," said associate professor of art DeAnna Douglas.
"Their work in this exhibition demonstrates the level of professionalism
that our students have attained."
A senior project
involves the creation and defense of a substantial body of work.
It is required of all students pursuing a bachelor of fine arts
and an optional requirement for bachelor of arts students.
a senior project and exhibiting in the senior show are integral
parts of our curriculum," said Jennifer Torres, chair of the
Department of Art at Southern Miss. "The process is quite rigorous
and not every student satisfies the requirements the first time.
However, the faculty believes that successful completion of a senior
project helps prepare our students for graduate study or to embark
on a career in the visual arts."
in the exhibition include 10 graphic communications students: Traci
Shamburger of Ocean Springs will exhibit a clothing-line launch;
Scott Allen of Jackson will display a series of illustrations and
designs; Jason Jenkins of Jackson will show a book illustrating
the experiences of graphic design students; April Dicken of Clinton
will exhibit a design for a museum of modern art; and Artimese Fairley
of Hattiesburg will present a design for a women's clothing store.
of Olive Branch will display materials supporting a women's motorcycle
club known as the "Moxie Mamas;" Emily Medlin of New Albany
will present a furniture market showroom titled "Ninety Degree;"
Misty Dunn of Brookhaven will exhibit a design for a vintage clothing
boutique; Shannon Hill of Seminary will unveil her design for a
new line of water; and Ann Marie Mapp of Hattiesburg will display
a DVD presentation of marketing strategies.
of the sculpture program will present their works. Christopher Lee
of Hattiesburg will exhibit large-scale sculpture both at the Museum
of Art and the university's new Structural Steel Services 3-D Art
resident Lori Brown, who finished the requirements for a degree
in painting and drawing in May 2003, will present a performance
accompanying her exhibition of sculpture. Austin Kirkwood of New
Orleans will exhibit a series of sculptures. He also completed the
requirements for a degree in painting and drawing during the summer
of Hattiesburg and daughter of Southern Miss art professor Jim Meade
will exhibit a series of paintings. She is a double major in art
public exhibition is an important component of our program,"
said museum director Tony Lewis. "Being able to display a finely
honed body of work in a professional manner will help define the
career goals of our graduates."
of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts
Building at the southwest corner of campus. The hours are Tuesday-Friday,
10 a.m-5 p.m., 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. Call Lewis at (601) 266-5200 for more information.