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Southern Miss Senior Art Students Exhibit Work in Museum April 21-May 13

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A design created by Meredith Krege, senior, graphic design major from Hattiesburg, Miss., titled "Bringing Up Baby."

After four years of training and many late nights, 14 University of Southern Mississippiart students will celebrate the culmination of their academic career with an exhibition of senior projects in the Southern Miss Museum of Art from April 21 – May 13.

The showcase will feature the works of 10 graphic design and four fine arts students. The exhibit opens with a reception at 4 p.m. April 21 in the museum.

“This is the first true occasion to show their talent to the public,” said Dr. Jan Siesling, museum director. “In spite of, or thanks to the strict professional skills that must be shown here, the personal character expressed in the different subjects treated makes the visit to the museum a fascinating encounter with the best of young creativity in the State of Mississippi.

The 10 graphic design students are Meredith Kresge of Hattiesburg, Miss., Andrea Wodtke of Bay Springs, Miss., Kathryn Mosley of Jackson, Miss., Millie Worthington of Honolulu, Hawaii, Quincy Morris of Jackson, Miss., Reagan Griffin of Laurel, Miss., Shelley Caddell of Biloxi, Miss., Kelly Snelson of Diamondhead, Miss.,Samantha Polley of Louisville, Ky., and Crystal Gordon of McNeill, Miss.

The four fine arts students are Victoria Meek of Meridian, Miss., Meghan Cochran of New Orleans, La., Erin Johnston of Harrison, N.Y. and Crista Nelson of Hattiesburg, Miss.

From the precious, charcoal nudes of Erin Johnston to the abstract, oil landscapes of Victoria Meek, the dreamy, acrylic Monochromes of Megan Cochran, and the striking social comment through ceramics by Crista Nelson, the spectator will go through a spectrum of very different sensations. The graphic design students show an equally remarkable output of originality and know how.

Senior projects involve the creation and defense of a substantial body of work. It is required of all students pursuing a bachelor of fine arts and an optional requirement for Bachelor of Art students.

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of campus. The 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. Visit the Museum and Department of Art and Design online at www.usm.edu/visualarts. Call the Museum of Art at 601.266.5200 for more information.