Partners for the Arts


Meet our 2017 Partners for the Arts Emerging Artist Award Winners

The Emerging Artist Award is sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Partner for the Arts to support student work and professionalism.  Five $200 awards are granted, one in each of the following units: Art and Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, and Theater.



The Departments of Art & Design, Theatre, Dance, English, and the School of Music are grateful to the Partners for the Arts, through whose generous support we are able to bring our exhibitions, plays, musicals, dance concerts, fiction and poetry readings, and recitals to the public. The scholarships they have provided to students have been invaluable, and their contributions to bringing visiting artists to campus help us expose our students to new worlds. 


A Message from the Chair

Russ WillisPartners for the Arts is an alliance between the Pine Belt community and The University of Southern Mississippi’s Departments of Art and Design, Dance, Theatre, English - Creative Writing and the School of Music. With the goals of supporting and enhancing the arts, promoting arts education, and expanding access to regional, national and international arts events and artists, Partners provides financial support to help fund numerous arts activities each year. From individual faculty and departmental grants to student scholarships and art education, our organization plays an integral role in ensuring that the cultural richness of our community is maintained.

As Partners continues its 20th year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and ask for your continued involvement. If you are not yet a member, I invite you to join by completing our online membership application or by downloading our membership form. As a Partners member, you will receive invitations to Partners-only receptions and events throughout the year and other communication to assure that you never miss an opportunity to enjoy arts events of interest to you. Join us today and know that your contribution is part of the overall success of the arts taking Southern Miss to the top!

Russ Willis


For more information on Partners for the Arts and how you can get involved, please contact Ivonne Kawas.