Deanna Douglas, professor of art at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently had her work, It’s Not an Ampersand, oil on board, shown at the 33rd annual Paper in Particular National Juried Exhibition held recently at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. It was one of 93 of 600 entries selected for the event.
Her work has been featured in more than 82 national juried exhibitions since 1973, including at such museums and galleries as the Bibliothéque nationale in Paris; National Museum of Umbria, Italy; the Paris City Hall, France; Tampa Museum of Art; Parkersburg Art Center in West Virginia; the El Paso Museum of Art; the Arkansas Art Center; the Montgomery Art Center in West Palm Beach; and the Lancaster Museum in Lancaster, Calif.
“My work is a mixture of techniques used in graphic design and fine arts. I’ve never seen a conflict in these two areas, but rather a blending that offers each a wider range of possibilities,” Douglas said. “With this background it follows that I would work in a variety of media. It might be illustrative or nonobjective, allowing me to try a variety of ideas and techniques, with the result that it does not have just one look or style, but changes as does the medium.”
A native of Illinois, Douglas was raised on the Mississippi Coast. At Southern Miss, she team teaches the senior capstone course with the Department of Art and Design's graphic design faculty. An alumna of the university, she earned a B.F.A. in graphic design from Southern Miss and an M.F.A. in design from the University of Mississippi.
Before joining the faculty at Southern Miss Douglas taught at Mississippi State University for 18 years, where she was chosen Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in 1990. She served as Mississippi State's 1985 graduation commencement marshal, an honor also based on outstanding undergraduate teaching.
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