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Senior Art Exhibition to Run Dec. 6-17 at Southern Miss

Date    12/1/05     
Contact Angela Kilcrease 601.266.4988

HATTIESBURG -- After years of intensive study, training and burning lots of midnight oil, graduating seniors of the Department of Art at the University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate their academic achievements Dec. 6-17 with an exhibition of their works at the university’s Museum of Art.


The show will feature works of 16 graduating visual art students.  A reception opens the exhibit from 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 8 at the museum.


“We are 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.


The exhibition includes 14 graphic communications students: John Allen of Jackson; Barry Barnes of Harvey, La.; Chelsea Bregar and Shawn Palmer of Brandon; Jon Carr of Flowood; Scarlett Spivey Davis of Indianola; Courtney Dionne of Crystal Springs; Gavin Flowers of Pearl; Kathryn Hanson of Minneapolis, Minn.; Steve Hash of Hattiesburg; John Purser of Slidell, La.; Amy Rogan of Metairie, La.; Cheree Spell of Gluckstadt; and Nan White of Picayune.


“My senior project is about a T-shirt and apparel company named Freestyle,” said Barnes.  On the recommendation of his sister, Barnes came to Southern Miss as a drawing and painting student but changed to graphic communications after taking a typography class.


Spell uses her senior project to create and design a professional women’s basketball team, set in Jackson.  “Mississippi lacks sports for women on a professional level,” she said.  She demonstrates through her work that her “Mississippi Queens” are “not only queens on the court but queens off the court.”


Douglas Barton of Purvis and Matthew Gordon of Vicksburg, fine arts and sculpture students, also include works in the show.  “The driving force behind my work is the idea of void,” Gordon said.  “I’m interested in a tangible representation of the times we are left with a loss of words.”


Museum director Mark Rigsby said, “This public exhibition is an important component of our program. Being able to display a finely honed body of work in a professional manner will help define the career goals of our graduates.”


The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of campus. The hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission to the museum and reception is free and open to the public. School and community groups are welcome.   Call the Museum of Art at 601.266.5200 for more information.


About The University of Southern Mississippi

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