After four years of honing their artistic skill, 13 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate their academic achievements Dec. 2 - 10 with an exhibition of their works at the university’s Museum of Art.
A reception opens the exhibit from 4 - 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the museum.
“It is always fascinating to see how these young people confront their first meeting with the public,” said Dr. Jan Siesling, museum director. “This senior project is the bridge between school life and reality.”
Seniors must create and defend a substantial body of work, a requirement of those pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree and an optional requirement for bachelor of arts degree students.
The show will feature works by the following graphic design students: Bill Anderson of Natchez, Miss.; Daniel Brantley of Brandon, Miss.; Charles Carruth of Summit, Miss.; David Dawkins of Hattiesburg, Miss.; Andrew Fountain of Gulfport, Miss.; Crystal Guice of Hattiesburg, Miss.; Katie Hensarling of Gulfport, Miss.; Bradley Jackson of Mobile, Ala.; Shannon Ledford of Hattiesburg, Miss.; Tim McGuyer of Purvis, Miss.; Laura Morgan of Petal, Miss.; Chrissy Powers of Brooklyn, Miss.; and Nick Vallas of Brandon, Miss. One Master’s of Art Education student, Aimee Guido of Natchez, Miss., will exhibit her work.
Guido’s work urges the viewer to see the pattern of her paintings in a different way. “I am a firm believer in the saying ‘think outside the box.’ This group of ceramic pieces is definitely taking painting to another level. Pulling away from both of my chosen medias, I hope to create a new interactive environment for the viewer.”
The Student Show is the final exhibit at museum for the university’s Centennial year. “I am glad to open the museum for the last time this year for what it was meant to be since the beginning: the place where students lay out their senior project showing off the best of what they have learned in four years of art courses,” Siesling said.
The Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of campus. Operating hours are Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. - 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.