A Message from the Dean, Dr. Chris Winstead
The Arts community at Southern Miss remains engaged during this unprecedented time. Through artistic creativity and use of digital resources, our faculty continue to work with students to enhance their skill and encourage their passion for the Arts. Although our plans for spring events were altered, we hope that a look back at this past year will send a bit of the Southern Miss spirit from our homes to yours. We kicked-off the year with the USM Symphony Orchestra’s year-long Centennial celebration with an event the Hattiesburg area won’t soon forget—the Partners for the Arts “Casablanca Gala.” The Gala, made possible thanks to the generosity of our community, commemorated the Symphony’s impact in the Gulf South region while raising funds to provide vital support to the Arts programs at Southern Miss. We are deeply appreciative of the time and effort that so many of our Partners invested in making the Gala a resounding success.
Each academic year the Arts at Southern Miss host over 300 exhibitions, concerts, and performances and bring world-class artists to our community to share their expertise. A few of the many highlights from this past year include:
- A masterclass with multi-award-winning recording, mixing, and mastering engineer, José Diogo Neves;
- The 43rd Season of Southern Arena Theatre with two plays based on Shakespearean masterpieces: I Hate Hamlet and Speak the Speech!;
- The Visiting Writers Series featuring Stanford University’s 2018-19 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction, Jamel Brinkley;
- A dance residency with instructor of Countertechnique, Rosanna Tavarez;
- The Southern Invitational Choral Conference featuring students and teachers from across the region;
- The 2019 National Painting Juried Exhibition featuring works by artists from across the country, juried by renowned painter, Bill Scott;
- The USM Symphony Orchestra’s Centennial season featuring performances by many of our alumni and friends from past generations.
Thank you for your gift to the Arts at Southern Miss through your Partners for the Arts membership. The remainder of the semester represented a different kind of experience for all of us. However, our commitment to the Arts is unwavering and we will continue to work towards enhancing the quality of life for our students and arts patrons.
Southern Miss to the Top!
A Message from the Chair, Ron Hancock
Partners issues you a passport to mesmerizing art when underwriting art projects and student initiatives—taking us to places we can only imagine. By filling the pages, you get to see the world while enriching students’ lives and honing the next generation of dedicated arts leaders. We appreciate your participation, generosity, and unparalleled commitment as you continue to journey with us. Stay close and go far with Partners for the Arts.Ron Hancock, Chairman 2018-2020
Partners for the Arts is a community alliance, and as such, the support and time commitment of our community leaders is vital to our mission of providing career-altering experiences to our Arts students at USM.
Top (left to right): Dr. Matthew Casey, Dr. Angela Ball, Leigh Ann Underwood, Amy Hinton, Ron Hancock, Lisa Conn, Dr. Mike Lopinto, Dr. Chris Winstead, Dr. Robert Heath.
Bottom (left to right): Russ Willis, Cory Ferraez, Carolle Marshall, Nancy Leader, Dennis Baum, and Dr. Kimberley Davis. (Note: Some Governing Board members are not featured in picture, all recognized below.)
Dr. Chris Winstead
|Dean, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Immediate Past Chairman|
Kimberly Joy Miri
|1st Vice Chair|
|2nd Vice Chair|
Leigh Ann Underwood
|Event Creative Director|
Dr. Jay Dean, Director
|School of Music|
Stacy Reischman Fletcher, Director
|School of Performing and Visual Arts|
Dr. Adam Clay, Director
|Center for Writers|
|School of Performing and Visual Arts|
Dr. Jon Pluskota
|School of Communication|
Dr. Luis Iglesias
|School of Humanities|
Dr. Angela Ball
Kelsey Barrett (NEW MEMBER)
Sarah Williams (NEW MEMBER)
Dennis Baum (NEW MEMBER)
Dr. Kimberley Davis
Jim Dukes, Jr.
Dr. Robert Heath (NEW MEMBER)
Nancy Leader (NEW MEMBER)
Anna Rush (NEW MEMBER)
Kate Smith (NEW MEMBER)
School of Performing and Visual Arts
- Sarah Bass
- George Bassi
- Jim Dukes, Jr.
Center for Writers
- Dr. Matthew Casey
- Dr. Luis Iglesias
- Dr. Angela Ball
- Dr. Joshua Bernstein
- Dr. Olivia Clare
- Dennis Baum
- Dr. Robert Heath
- Althea Jerome
- Nancy Leader
- Donna Bush
- Victoria Johnson
- Amanda Powell
- Charles Thomas
Casablanca at a Glance
A historic celebration set amid the enchanting wonders of Morocco, the Gala “Casablanca,” was an affair as memorable as the one between the characters in the legendary film. The fundraising event brought vital support to the Arts programs at Southern Miss, all thanks to the collective support of our community members.
The Arts From Home: A Digital Pivot
The Show Must Go On Podcast The production team discusses, Oresteia, the ill-fated spring show
Virtual Art Exhibits The Annual Student Show exhibit goes virtual
The Visiting Writer Series presents Jamel Brinkley, Stanford University’s 2018-20 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction
Students and teachers from across the region gather for Choral Conference with renowned guest clinicians