The Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi
will present art works by its own faculty in an exhibition Oct.
18 through Nov. 19 at the Museum of Art on the Hattiesburg campus.
An opening from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 also
introduces new faculty members Susan Fitzsimmons, Miranda Grieder,
Ping Xu and Chris Wubbena to the area.
Other faculty artists include William Baggett,
Carley Causey, Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt, Tommy Conner, DeAnna Douglas,
Janet Gorzegno, John House, Jason Kimes, James Meade, Laura Prange,
Betty Press, Mark Rigsby, Traci Stover and Jennifer Torres.
As the new department chair, Fitzsimmons came
to Southern Miss from St. Louis, Mo., where she served as an administrator
for more than six years at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
There, she taught in the Honors College and art department.
Fitzsimmons brings an extensive exhibition
record to Southern Miss, including several one-person shows at the
Just Above Midtown Gallery and St. Peter’s Church in New York
City and more than 80 group shows at Hofstra University, Albright
Knox Museum, State University of New York at Plattsburg, Munson-Williams-Proctor
and Albany Institute of History and Art Institute, to name a few.
Her current work focuses on performance, combining
words and images. She is interested in the biological sources of
New adjunct instructor Grieder was the recipient
of the Women in Architecture Scholarship, a Goldwin Goldsmith Scholarship,
and a Tinker Field Research Fellowship Grant to conduct research
on the architecture of the indigenous Garífuna of coastal
An avid traveler, Grieder’s primary passion
has been discovering and recording, through drawing or photography,
landscapes around the world and the people who inhabit them.
For the Southern Miss faculty exhibition, Grieder
will share photos from her time living in Wampusirpi, Honduras in
2003, juxtaposed with a collage of the view looking out the window
of a friend’s apartment in New York City in 1998.
From advertising agencies to universities,
assistant professor of graphic communications and design Ping Xu
has worked in the United States and China.
At Southern Miss he teaches courses at foundation
and senior levels as well as visual communication classes in print
and Web bases. Xu joins the faculty after teaching at Kansas State
University for three years.
Wubbena, assistant professor of 3-D design
and sculpture, teaches all levels of sculpture as well as foundations
courses. His work navigates across disciplines, employing the use
of sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and creative writing.
“The concepts and forms that make up
my artwork generate from an interest in melding physical and cultural
history into compositions that exhume, analyze and challenge issues
from yesterday and today,” the artist explained.
In addition to public and private commissions,
Wubbena has shown in numerous indoor and outdoor exhibitions in
California, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, and Mississippi.
The Department of Art and Design at Southern
Miss is one of the largest and most diverse art departments in the
state of Mississippi. In addition to undergraduate and graduate
courses in drawing, painting and three-dimensional design, the department
offers classes in metal casting, traditional and computer aided
graphic design, ceramics, art education and art history.
The Museum is located in the Fine Arts Building
at the southwest corner of the USM campus. Admission is always free,
and hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call