Renowned Mississippi native sculptor and painter Ed McGowin will
return to his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi,
Oct. 6-10, to share his knowledge and expertise with area elementary,
high school and college students. His trip will culminate Oct. 9
with a public lecture on his long career as an artist.
to Southern Miss begins Oct. 6 with workshops for Department of
Art students. On Oct. 7, he will present a workshop designed for
art educators that focuses on aspects of K-12 art instruction. Presented
by the art education program within the Department of Art and the
Museum of Art at Southern Miss, the free workshop will be held from
6 to 7:30 p.m. at the George Hurst Building, Rooms 119 and 113.
On Oct. 8-9,
McGowin will give workshops that benefit more than 300 area children
in grades K-12. With stops at the Nora Davis Magnet School and Mason
Elementary School in Laurel and W. L. Smith Elementary School in
Petal, the former Hattiesburg native will conduct sessions geared
to exploring narrative through sculpture. Each child will create
a story line reflecting aspects of their daily lives and learn ways
to transform it into a three-dimensional form. At Hattiesburg High
School, McGowin will offer a slide talk on art as a career choice.
To round out
the visit, Partners for the Arts will present McGowin Oct. 9 at
5 p.m. in a free public lecture, "Forty-five Years and Eighty
Countries Later," which is a survey of his career. The lecture
will be held in the Polymer Science Building auditorium.
of New York City, McGowin is a 1961 graduate of Southern Miss with
a degree in the fine arts. He later received a master's degree from
the University of Alabama. Thereafter he moved north, yet, his memories
of the deep South and his close connection to family in Hattiesburg
have infused his narrative works of art throughout his career.
particularly interested in the "coming together of various
aspects of African American and white culture in the South."
Often working with his wife, sculptor Claudia McMonte, he has recently
created a series of public commissions in major cities around the
world. McGowin is currently working on a series of multimedia works
of programs is coordinated by the Elizabeth Leal, assistant professor
of art education in the Department of Art at Southern Miss, in conjunction
with the university's Museum of Art. It has been generously supported
by the Mississippi Arts Commission, and, in part, by the National
Endowment for the Arts and Partners for the Arts.
For more information,
contact Leal at (601) 266-5815 or e-mail Elizabeth.Leal@usm.edu
or museum director Tony Lewis at (601) 266-5200.