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Artist Baggett Presents Latest Work in Solo Exhibit

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“Crucible” is one of 30 paintings to be presented by Professor Emeritus William Baggett at the opening of ““The Intelligent Eye – Reality Re-Seen - Recent Paintings by William Baggett” at 4 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Museum of Art.

One of the most prominent painters in South Mississippiwill present his latest work in a solo exhibit from Sept. 9-Oct. 9 in The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art.

Best known in Hattiesburg for his monumental murals, Professor Emeritus William Baggett will give a personal presentation of his work at the Sept. 9 opening reception of “The Intelligent Eye – Reality Re-Seen - Recent Paintings by William Baggett” starting at 5 p.m. This event is hosted by the Department of Art and Design and is open to the public at no charge.

In this exhibit, Baggett will showcase 30 oil paintings developed in his personal style and iconography. Set to be viewed for the first time before its national launch, these paintings illustrate his concern for technical perfection, painterly beauty and art history interest.

 “Much of the work here is a combination of my experience in Maine where I spend a lot of time these days as well as from my past experiences in the Deep South, especially Mississippi,” said Baggett.

Throughout his memorable academic career at Southern Miss, Baggett shared his creative and visionary talents training and inspiring students in the techniques of illustration and printmaking. He is an acclaimed artist throughout Mississippi and Alabama due to four large murals painted between 1993 and 2005.

 “The Spirit that Builds” is the largest of the four. It stands poised 35 feet above the main circulation desk of the Hattiesburg Public Library, as a panoramic depiction of social history of Hattiesburg and Mississippi. His last mural, displayed above the escalators in the Southern Miss Thad Cochran Center, shows a variety of university activities.  

 Baggett’s work has been catalogued, withfull color reproductions of the exhibit paintings, and will be for sale at the museum and at the campus bookstore Barnes & Noble.

Partners for the Arts will host a “sneak peek” reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Museum of Art. The reception is open to current Partners members. New members are welcome to join at the door.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.For more information, contact 601.266.5200.