December 21, 2014  

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AQUAFLORA: Southern Miss Collaborates with Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

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The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design announces Aquaflora, a collaboration between the Southern Miss Museum of Art and Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. The exhibition features works by Jasmina Danowski, Suzanna Fields, Bassmi Ibrahim, Judy Pfaff, Allison Stewart, and Carlyle Wolfe.  Aquaflora will be on exhibition now through March 22. 

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Oddfellows Gallery, and the Museum of Art Cook Gallery at Southern Miss will showcase unique pieces made by artists ranging from New York to Oxford, Miss. as part of this event, which is free and open to the public.

“Collaborating with the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is always a wonderful experience, and provides an opportunity to build stronger cultural connections between the Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, and Laurel communities. I am grateful to Tommie Rogers for inviting me to work with her as co-curator,” said professor of art and design Mark Rigsby.

Opening receptions will be held at Lauren Rogers Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. and at Oddfellows Gallery on Jan. 31 at 5 p.m.

“The work of each artist represents a landscape of layered shadows, water, petals, limbs, vines, floating leaves, and biomorphic shapes that can all be found in nature,” said Tommie Rogers, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Registrar and primary curator for Aquaflora.

All six artists will have different works featured at each location. The public is encouraged to visit each venue in order to fully appreciate all of the unique art pieces included in Aquaflora.

“This themed exhibition is an exciting collaboration between the museum and Southern Miss andprovides our region with the opportunity to see works by some the country's most exciting contemporary artists,” said George Bassi, director of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

“When the possibility of a collaborative project with the Museum of Art surfaced, we were thrilled to pursue a project to bring additional art to the area as well as provide a platform for art students and faculty alike. The participants in the exhibition are all professional artists who exhibit regularly and are willing to share their professional experiences in the creative process of art making as well as the business of being an artist in the 21st century,” said Rogers.

The Aquaflora exhibiton and events at Southern Miss and Oddfellows Gallery were made possible through the generous support of Partners for the Arts.

For more information, contact the Department of Art and Design at 601.266.4972.