July 25, 2014  

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Library Exhibiting Works of Olivia Simon, Collection Celebrating Black History Month

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The work of coast artist Olivia Simon will be on display in the Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

New works are being exhibited by the Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The first new exhibit on display features the works of coast artist, Olivia Simon. In celebration of Black History Month, the second exhibit on display features selections from the private collection of Edward G. McCormack, associate dean and professor for Southern Miss Libraries.

Simon, whose academic studies concentrated on painting, graduated cum laude from Loyola University. Her method is described as non-objective, layering paint and applying spontaneous gestures with graphite or woodless colored pencil. Simon’s artwork is displayed on all three floors of the library through March 31. An artist reception honoring Simon will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the library.

McCormack’s collection includes literature, videos and artwork which represent black history from the Atlantic Slave Trade to the Civil Rights Movement, culminating with the election of the first black President of the United States. The exhibit, located in the first and second floor display cases of the Gulf Coast Library, will be available for viewing through the month of February. A brown bag luncheon featuring McCormack discussing “Black Diaspora: the Largest Forced Worldwide Migration to Date” will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 204 of the library.

For more information, contact the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library at 228.214.3450.