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PFTA Year In Review 2018-19


PFTA 2018-19 Year In Review







Dr. Chris Winstead


Our arts programs, and new college as a whole, are indebted to you for your avid support of the arts at The University of Southern Mississippi. As the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, I am deeply impressed by the work of our arts faculty and students and the impact of our arts programs on our University, community, state and region.

During the past academic year, you helped us provide life-changing educational experiences and performance opportunities to our students. Some highlights included: circumnavigating the 42nd season of Southern Arena Theatre with the productions of Around the World in 80 Days and Improv Comedy Club; paying homage to a variety of composers, performers, conductors and cultures with the USM Symphony Orchestra, including the greatest American-born musician, Leonard Bernstein; enjoying a poetry reading with the first Latino recipient of prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize, Eduardo C. Corral; presenting the Dance Gala with featured guests, including tap dancer Steve Zee; unveiling the School of Performing and Visual Arts with the inaugural event Revelry, 40 events in 9 days; jurying the 2018 Southern Miss Ceramics National; a number of master classes and residencies with renowned artists and more.

Again, thank you for your gift to the arts at Southern Miss through your Partners for the Arts membership. Your support enriches the cultural life of our community and directly impacts the success of performance ensembles and the students and faculty who participate in them.

We look forward to continuing our work to further establish a Partners for the Arts legacy that lives on and impacts generations to come. 


Dr. Chris Winstead




Ron Hancock

It has been my privilege to serve as the chair of Partners for the Arts and I’m glad to announce that I will continue to serve as the chair for our 2019-20 membership year.

This past year was an exciting one for Partners for the Arts as we continued to provide support and offer educational opportunities to students wishing to explore uncharted territories—raising over $70,000 for support of the arts. Monies raised and designated to "Friends of the Arts" will fund 25 programs at the University during the 2019-20 academic year in all of the art programs including art and design, creative writing, dance, entertainment and media arts, music, and theatre. Additionally, we were able to award financial support directly to five students through the “Emerging Artists Award.”

We are excited for our upcoming year, as we are proud to unveil an exciting addition. We will officially support the entertainment and media arts for those who would like to designate financial support to this program.

You—our loyal members—have been the backbone and driving force behind our organization. I want to thank you for your commitment and for “Putting the arts in Partners for the Arts.”

Ron Hancock


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Executive Committee

Dr. Chris Winstead
Dr. Chris Winstead | Dean  Dr. Jay Dean | Executive Director
Ron Hancock | Chair   Russ Willis | Immediate Past Chair
KJ Miri Stacy Ahua
Kimberly Joy Miri | 1st Vice Chair  Stacy Ahua | 2nd Vice Chair
Sinclair Lundy  
Sinclair Lundy | Ex. Secretary/Treasurer  

Arts Leadership


Stacy Reischman Fletcher Dr. Luis Iglesias

Stacy Reischman Fletcher 

Director, School of Performing

and Visual Arts

Dr. Luis Iglesias

Interim Director, School of Humanities

Center for Writers, English Program

Dr. Jon Pluskota  
Dr. Jon Pluskota

Asst. Professor, School of Communication

Entertainment and Media Arts

Dr. Richard Kravchak

Director, School of Music

 Jacob Cotton
Jacob Cotton

Asst. Professor, Graphic Design

School of Performing and Visual Arts

Governing Board

Our Governing Board extends a warm welcome to our newest members:

  • Amy Hinton, Paralegal Technology Instructor, Jones County Junior College
  • Michael McPhail, Asst. Vice-President, Community Bank


Dr. Angela Ball  Jennifer Clark
 Dr. Adam Clay  Lisa Conn
Dr. Kimberley Davis Charles Dawe
 Jim Dukes, Jr.   Cory Ferraez
David Gustafson  Megan Jayroe
 Althea Jerome Emily Keith
Michael Marks Carole Marshall
   Michael McPhail
 Andrew Miri Michael McPhail
Millie Swan  Leigh Ann Underwood

Advisory Board

George Bassi Dr. Angella Ball
Jim Dukes, Jr. Dr. Adam Clay
Joyce Bradley Dr. Olivia Clare
Wendy Farrell Dr. Joshua Bernstein
Sarah Newton  
DANCE                  MUSIC
Megan Jayroe  Althea Jerome
Myrle Bongiovanni Anna Laura Brett
Emily Johnson Ben Charmicael
Julie McBride Nancy Leader
Adam Myrick Amanda Powell
Meredith Sutton Charles Thomas
Anna White  
Michael Marks
Ardice Cotter
Dee Tatum
Toddy Tatum

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Every year, Partners for the Arts aims to fund projects that enhance the arts, promote arts education for all ages, and support access to regional, national, and international arts events and artists. This past year, we were able to provide once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunities thanks to your financial support.  Read more about the projects and events Partners for the Arts was able to underwrite for 2018-19 below.



23 Art Projects and Events




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School of Performing and Visual Arts Presents Inaugural Revelry Event: A Multi-arts Project that Boasts Over 40 Events in 9 Days

Faculty Sponsor | Stacy Reischman Fletcher

Awarded | $2,500

Southern Miss School of Performing and Visual Arts presents its inaugural Revelry event, a multi-arts project that boasts over 40 events—dedicating nine days to special programming of artistic and creative activities, including master classes, workshops, guest and visiting artists, family-friendly events, and formal productions. Revelry revealed the behind-the-scenes in the classrooms, studios, and rehearsals of USM through open observation times and tours.


Southern Miss Art and Design Home to One of the Best Ceramics Exhibitions in the Southeast

Faculty Sponsor | Mark Rigsby

Awarded | $1,500

2018 Southern Miss Ceramics National

The 2018 Southern Miss Ceramics National is a national juried biennial exhibition of ceramic sculpture and contemporary pottery forms created by some of the top-ranking artists from across the country. This month-long exhibition included the gallery exhibition—featuring 65 works by 48 artists from 23 states cross the U.S.—an awards ceremony, a lecture presentation by renowned artist Anthony Stellaccio, and a ceramics workshop and studio demonstration by artist Benjie Heu. The Ceramics National Exhibition’s goal is to enhance the education of art students and broaden their understanding and appreciation of the contemporary ceramic arts, and at the same time, provide a rich and unique gallery experience for members of the local and surrounding communities.  


USM Visiting Professional Series Brings Highly Regarded Visual Arts Professionals to Campus

Faculty Sponsor | Allen Chen

Awarded | $1,500

Southern Miss Art and Design Visiting Professionals Series

Southern Miss Art and Design Visiting Professionals Series brings four to five art professionals each year including active visual artists, art historians, and other art authorities to Southern Miss for the purpose of presenting public lectures, workshops, formal critiques and practical art experiences to students. The series enhances the program’s offerings in drawing and painting, sculpture and ceramics, graphic design, and art history. Ultimately, its goal is to enrich the discussion and understanding of the visual arts at USM and the greater Hattiesburg community. This series did not disappoint with highly regarded visual arts professionals from New York painter, Sarah Lutz to graphic designer, writer, and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC, a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise, Bryony Gomez-Palacio.


Four New Sculptors Selected for Biennial Exhibition Beautify the USM campus

Faculty Sponsor | Jennifer Torres

Awarded | $1,500 

USM Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Southern Miss Art and Design installed four new sculptures for its biennial exhibition, selected by a blind jury process, featuring the work of artists Chris Wubbena, Phil Proctor, Kristen Tordella-Williams, and Noah Kirby. The USM Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Lecture Series is a show of large-scale outdoor work featuring nationally recognized sculptors. The artists featured in this exhibition are the epitome of what students should aspire to be.

The Visiting Writers Series Presents First Latino Recipient of Prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Adam Clay

Awarded | $2,500

Visiting Writer Series

The Visiting Writer Series by the Southern Miss Center for Writers presents Eduardo C. Corral. Corral’s debut collection of poetry, Slow Lightning (2012), who won the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino recipient of the award. Corral teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and is currently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. The Visiting Writers Series is a dynamic opportunity for students to not only hear from nationally recognized authors, but also to directly engage with writers in unique workshops.


USM Dance Students Create a Neo-Jazz Dance Choreography with Guest Artist

Faculty Sponsor | Kelly Lester

Awarded | $2,000

Melanie George 

USM Dance welcomes renowned dance artist and educator Melanie George and her "Jazz Is..Dance Project," which focuses on the dissemination of jazz dance education, choreography, performance, and scholarship. The guest artist residency included master classes in jazz, musical theatre and dance dramaturgy, and a special topics lecture titled “Kind of Blue: The Evolution, Colonization, and Survival of Jazz Dance.” George created a new neo-jazz dance for USM Dance majors that was performed in the Spring Dance Gala Concert. The residency allowed students to engage in the scholarship and performance of dance, and expands past the offerings at Southern Miss of modern and ballet genres of dance.


USM Dance Brings Renowned International Tap Master and Creator of “Tap Academy”

Faculty Sponsor | Julie Hammond

Awarded | $1,500

 Steve Zee

"The Rhythm, Music, History, and Pedagogy of Tap Dancing" residency brings renowned international tap master and performer Steve Zee to Hattiesburg. Based in Los Angeles, Zee is heralded as a tap master and has received national grants and awards affirming this, in addition to being an international artist-in-residence. Zee is also the creator of "Tap Academy," which seeks to provide the highest quality tap instruction online, for both teachers and students alike. His visit culminated with his special performance in the USM Dance Gala.


Hub Dance Collective Continues to Enhance the USM Dance Program in its Sixth Annual Series

Faculty Sponsor | Elizabeth Lentz-Hill

Awarded | $1,500

Hub Dance Collective 

Hub Dance Collective’s (HDC) sixth annual summer concert series enhances the dance program’s mission to bring dance experiences to the community through performance and education. This year’s HDC performances celebrated the recently forming USM School of Performing and Visual Arts by featuring dance works created in collaborations between faculty artists in the programs, including art and design, theatre, and dance. HDC is a contemporary dance collective formed by dance faculty, including Kelly Ferris Lester, Stacy Reischman Fletcher, Brianna Jahn, Lauren Soutullo Smith, and Julie Hammond, as guest artist. HDC serves as the only professional contemporary dance company in Southern Mississippi.

The Connoisseur's Chamber Music Series Presents the Finest Performances of Chamber Music Repertoire

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Kimberley Davis

Awarded | $2,500

Texas Guitar Quartet

The Connoisseur’s Chamber Music Series has been dedicated to bringing nationally and internationally known performers. The series consists of a variety of chamber ensembles performing music from all genres and stylistic periods. This year the series featured renowned chamber music ensembles such as the Brentano Quartet, Jovino Santos Neto and his Quinteto, WindSync, Presidio Brass, O Sole Trio, and the Texas Guitar Quartet. Additionally, each of the ensembles were able to perform a recital, conduct master classes on the USM campus, and provide an educational outreach program to students in Hattiesburg and its surrounding communities. 

2019 Trombone Day Welcomes Trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as Guest Artist 

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Ben McIlwain

Awarded | $1,000

2019 Trombone Day  

The world-renowned trombonist, Megumi Kanda, principal trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, was the guest artist of the 2019 Southern Miss Trombone Day. Kanda’s visit included a solo recital, a master class, a lecture, and a performance with the Southern Miss Trombone Choir.  A leading musician and master pedagogue in the trombone community, Kanda has performed in recital and as a soloist across the United States, Europe and Asia, including with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Pershing’s Own Army Band, the US Army Field Band, and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Trombone Day attendees included over 50 trombonists from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.


The Southern Miss Cello Festival: An Event like No Other in the Region

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Alexander Russakovsky

Awarded | $1,250

2019 Cello Festival 

The 2019 Southern Miss Cello Festival featured master classes and recitals from internationally recognized guest artists, Hilary Glen, instructor of cello at The University of Alabama and Bion Tsang, professor of violoncello at The University of Texas in Austin. To cap-off the Festival, the guest artists took the stage to perform with USM students. This unique event engaged patrons of all ages and social backgrounds, from classical music connoisseurs to public school students.


Students From Across the Region Gather for Choral Conference with Renowned Guest Clinicians

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Greg Fuller

Awarded | $2,000


The 15th Annual Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) at Southern Miss provided students the opportunity to take part in intense rehearsals and high-quality performances, while meeting fellow musicians from all over the Southeast. Also, at SICC, students had the opportunity to audition for choral scholarships at Southern Miss, and teachers can earn continuing education units (CEUs) by attending various sessions. The Southern Miss Showcase Concert featured the Southern Chorale, the Concert Choir, the Spirit of Southern, and the BelleTones. It was followed by performances featuring SICC Honor Choirs, including both the high school and junior college students from the surrounding region, and conducted by guest clinicians Dr. Kenny Potter and Dr. Jonathan Rodgers.


The Sounds of the Season Reverberate Throughout the Sanctuary with the Holiday Choral Spectacular

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Michael Miles

Awarded | $500

Holiday Choral Spectacular 

The USM Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Hattiesburg Choral Union, which represents all the major choral ensembles from the University at Main Street Baptist Church for a majestic evening of music that spread the holiday cheer with classics like "It’s the Most Wonderful Time" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."  In addition, students from Petal Middle School, Purvis Public Schools, Columbia Public Schools, and the 3-D School in Petal joined the Chorus for the grand finale. This year, Laurel native and nationally recognized composer, James Mulholland, was one of the special guest artists.


Tony Award-winning “The Drowsy Chaperone” Took the Stage at USM

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Michael Miles

Awarded | $1,500

The Drowsy Chaperone 

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company (SOMTC), that brought audiences Disney’s Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera at Southern Miss, took the stage with the five time Tony Award-winning production, The Drowsy Chaperone. The Broadway hit is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s, and was directed by the team from last year’s The Phantom of the Opera including, Dr. Mike Lopinto, director; Michael Miles, music director; Ryan Anthony, choreographer; and Tammy Mansfield, assistant director and costumes.   


99th season of the USM Symphony Orchestra Opens with Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Michael Miles

Awarded | $500

99th season of the USM Symphony Orchestra  

The 99th season saw the venerable symphony pass the baton to Dr. Michael Miles, interim director of orchestral activities, and pay homage to a variety of composers, performers, conductors and cultures with its 2018-19 season titled, “Tribute.” Kicking off with an Opening Night Gala to celebrate the greatest American-born musician, Leonard Bernstein, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The program for the evening honored his contributions as a composer, performer, and teacher by featuring his own compositions, works that he loved to perform, and the final symphony he conducted at his beloved Tanglewood.


USM Symphony Orchestra Features Concerto Competition Winners in its "Future Stars Goes Pops!" Concert

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Michael Miles

Awarded | $500

Future Stars Goes Pops! 

Honoring the memory of William T. Gower, this annual concert celebrates the winners of the concerto competition in performance with the USM Symphony Orchestra. This year’s winners included, Rodrigo Lara Alonso performing Brouwer’s Concerto Elegiaco, Melissa Peraza with Forsyth’s Viola Concerto No. 2, and Juan Correa Ruiz with Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82. This concert provides an opportunity for the School of Music students to appear in a solo capacity with the orchestra and showcases their exceptional talent.


Guest Artist for USM 2018 Viola Festival Boasts an International Reputation

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Hsiaopei Lee

Awarded | $1,250

2018 Viola Festival 

The USM 2018 Viola Festival, in collaboration with Gulf Coast Viola Society, presents a number of viola master classes, lectures and concerts on campus. This year’s featured guest artist was a highly regarded educator and pedagogue, Jodi Levitz, professor of viola at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. The festival provides educational and outreach programs for local schools and pre-college students, and aims to promote viola music to a new group of string music listeners.


USM Clarinet Day 2019 features Renowned Performer, Educator, and Clarinet Professor 

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Jacqueline McIlwain

Awarded | $1,250

Clarinet Day 2019

Clarinet Day 2019 featured guest artist Jeff O'Flynn, assistant professor of clarinet and woodwind area coordinator at Utah Valley University. He performs as principal clarinet of the Queen City Chamber Opera and has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Opera, the Utah Regional Ballet, and the Richmond Symphony, among other groups. This residency intends to expose students to internationally recognized musicians and attracts numerous clarinetists from the area, ranging from middle schoolers to local armatures. Clarinet Day features a mass clarinet choir, vendors from around the country, recitals, and several master classes.


Southern Flute Festival Presents its Sixth Edition with Distinguished Flute Pedagogues

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Danilo Mezzadri

Awarded | $1,250

Jennifer Lau, Southern Flute Festival  

The Southern Flute Festival (SFF) provides artistic education and entertainment to a broad population of flute enthusiasts living in the Gulf Coast region. Internationally renowned artists and pedagogues gather at Southern Miss to enjoy two days of flute music, participate in master classes and workshops, attend professional recitals and perform in the festival’s flute choir. The Southern Flute Festival’s sixth edition featured Katherine Kemler, the Charles and Mary Barré Alumni professor of flute at Louisiana State University; Jennifer Lau, on the faculty of The University of New Mexico; and USM Alumnas Chrissie Davis, a musician and educator, also known as classical crossover recording artist, Christopher Leigh; and Geraldine Padilla, DMA in Flute Performance and Pedagogy.


Multi-week Arts Festival, FestivalSouth, Kicks Off Ninth Season

Faculty Sponsor | Dr. Mike Lopinto

Awarded | $500

FestivalSouth 2019 

FestivalSouth returned with an unprecedented line-up of events, performances, and presentations for its ninth season. With approximately 20,000 participants each year, this project transcends socio-economic lines through its varied schedule of events and wide appeal, including Coffee Concerts, FestivalClassical Headliners and Afternoon, Musical Theater and Broadway Headliners, and the FestivalSouth Orchestral Academy. By developing a rich and vibrant cultural economy, it boosts social and economic growth of the region making Hattiesburg an attractive place for students, businesses, and retirees to call home. Furthermore, this multi-week arts festival, presented by the Hattiesburg Concert Association, nourishes a workforce that supports the employees and graduates of Southern Miss.


Tony Award-winning Musical and Timeless Masterpiece “Cabaret”

Faculty Sponsor | Stacy Reischman Fletcher

Awarded | $1,000

USM Theatre's Cabaret 

Based on the book by Joe Masteroff, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Cabaret is about the burlesque performers from the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where patrons come to escape and leave their troubles behind as the Nazis begin their rise to power in the 1930s. Although the show is set in 1932, the production is contemporary and extremely relevant. The way the characters deal with the rise of tyranny has timeless meaning; they seek to survive for the future. The production featured some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” The allocated funds provided musical support for Cabaret.


Circumnavigating Southern Arena Theatre’s 42nd Season

Faculty Sponsor | Stacy Reischman Fletcher

Awarded | $3,000

Southern Arena Theatre 

Southern Arena Theatre (SAT), circumnavigates its 42nd active year with Improv Comedy Club and the delightful production of Marc Brown's Around the World in 80 Days, adapted from the world-famous adventure-novel by Jules Verne. In the play, 5 actors portray 39 characters in a race around the world in only 80 days, keeping audiences captivated as the characters journeyed around the globe in a whimsically masterful comedy. SAT is known for its tradition of excellence in entertainment while producing light, summer theatre. The allocated funds provided production support for SAT.


USM Theatre’s Production of the Tony Award-winning Classic "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Faculty Sponsor | Stacy Reischman Fletcher

Awarded | $1,500

USM Theatre's Peter and the Starcatcher 

This Tony Award-winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher, with music upends the classic story of how a miserable orphan comes to be Peter Pan! From marauding pirate and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher fully explores the depths of greed and despair, as well as the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. A true theatrical delight for children and adults. The allocated funds provided musical support for this production.




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The Partners for the Arts Emerging Artists Award are meaningful awards that support students wishing to explore uncharted territories. Total amount awarded this year was $1,180. Our 2019 recipients are:


Emilee Fitzgerald Emilee Fitzgerald

Art and Design 

Emilee Fitzgerald, art and design student majoring in sculpture and a minor in graphic design, uses her work to cope with her symptoms of mental illness and ADHD. Fitzgerald has always been interested in depicting emotions and shedding light through her artwork.

Fitzgerald described her latest project titled “Deficit:”

“The piece is a shelve on a wall, with six compartments. Each compartment holds an experience from my life or visualizes a symptom. This piece embodies how I feel and is meant to be relatable to its audience.” To create this piece Fitzgerald used found objects, wood, paint, and clear candle wax. She is always exploring different materials to use, and is drawn to woodworking, iron pouring, and transforming found objects.

Fitzgerald will attend a conference for iron pouring and will purchase supplies for future sculpture projects.


Rachel Fowler Rachel Fowler

Creative Writing 


Rachel Fowler is pursuing her Ph.D. at the USM Center for Writers. Fowler has been published in Deep South Magazine and Ant Farm Journal, named the winner of a Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest, named a finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, and nominated for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Project. Currently, she serves as an Associate Editor of Mississippi Review.

Fowler will build a collection of experiences to draw from while she studies abroad this summer with the British Studies Program on Gothic Victorian Literature to continue writing her collection of short stories, Mother Static. Her short stories focus on characters affected by music, visual art, or performance, so she plans on attending a play, two classical concerts, two museums, and a contemporary sound art performance for inspiration.



Averi MazurAveri Mazur


Averi Mazur is a sophomore majoring in performance and choreography. Mazur is originally for Oklahoma and danced at a local studio for eight years before moving to Hattiesburg to continue pursuing her education. It is because of the support of faculty along with the education, and hard work that Mazur is able to make connections in the dance world.

Mazur’s artistic statement highlights the significance of connecting with others through movement:

“Valuing the ability to connect through movement has always been at the forefront of my dancing platform. Finding a connection, a common energy within myself or another human is single handedly the most genuine connection someone can experience. In my choreography, it is the power behind a simple movement that allows the audience to be welcomed into their own minds, without speaking a single word.”

With this financial support from Partners, Mazur plans to attend a dance conference in Denver, Colorado.


Rodrigo Lara Alonso Rodrigo Lara Alonso


Rodrigo Lara Alonso is a third year Ph.D. student in Music Education, as a student of Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico before earning a master’s degree in Guitar from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a performer diploma from IU-Jacobs School of Music. Rodrigo is the founder and director of Octeto Sicaru, a prize-winning guitar ensemble.

The Emerging Artists Award will support Lara Alonso’s trip to the Latin American Forum of Music Education (FLADEM) in Colombia, where he will be presenting his current research on the philosophy of music education in Latin America.


Claire Brenia Claire Brenia


Claire Brenia is a sophomore pursuing a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology and a minor in Art. Brenia has been studying art since her freshman year of high school. Through art, she found her way into theatre by painting sets for her high school theatre’s productions. From there, she took on set design, costume design, and even acting. Brenia is currently on a Scenic Design track and ultimately strives to be a scenographer.

This year, Brenia will be attending the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) with the hopes of finding a summer internship, so she can gain some real-world experience. To achieve this goal, she will work on her professional portfolio. Brenia will also purchase books and begin her own reference library that provides her with resources for both technical work and design inspiration. Brenia strives to create works through design that evoke critical thought, so audiences can experience, reflect upon, and grow from those reactions, and the Partners funds would ultimately cater to that whim. 


The Emerging Artists Awards are possible thanks to the Partners for the Arts Endowment. Click here to become a Legacy Member today!

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PARTNERS 2018-19



  • Ms. Louise Crane



  • Gail and Larry Albert ***
  • Dr. and Mrs. J. Larry Smith in memory of Mrs. Jane Becker Heidelberg
  • Marcella and Bill Strong in memory of Patricia Dyer Tuley
  • Dick Jordan and Allen Williams in memory of Mary Garrison Jordan, Sonia Jordan and Sonyna Jordan Fox



  • President and Mrs. Rodney D. Bennett
  • Peter and Diane Ciurczak in memory of Lillian, Helen and Regina
  • Hattiesburg Clinic
  • Iris Easterling
  • Stella Elakovich in memory of Dr. Dana Ragsdale
  • Dr. Nollie Felts Jr.
  • Dr. and Mrs. William H. Gullung III
  • Ms. Victoria A. King
  • Dr. Richard Kravchak
  • Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas
  • Carole M. Marshall in memory of John Ivany Marshall
  • Dr. Lynn and Marty McMahan
  • Dr. Steven Moser
  • Southern Miss Alumni Association
  • Kris and Amanda Powell-KAP Fund managed by the Pinebelt Foundation
  • Forrest General Hospital
  • Thad and Gerry Waites
  • Dr. and Mrs. R. Greer Whitacre***
  • Dr. and Mrs. Chris Winstead



  • Dr. William Odom



  • Dr. and Mrs. David W. Bomboy
  • Jennifer Brannock and Dr. David R. Davies***
  • Bob and Peg Ciraldo
  • Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Conn
  • Dick and Mo Conville***
  • Joelle Crook in memory of George T. Crook
  • Charles Dawe
  • Chad and Catherine Edmonson
  • Greg Garraway, Regions Bank
  • Dennis and Erin Granberry***
  • Dr. and Mrs. Wendell Helveston
  • Don and Amy Hinton***
  • Betty Jo Dragula Ison in memory of Fred L. Ison
  • Glenn Edward James, MD
  • Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Leader
  • Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Martin
  • Cody and Joan McKeller
  • Andy and Stace Mercier***
  • Dr. Michael and Stacey Miles***
  • Mark and Amy Miller
  • Drs. Marvin and Bitsy Browne Miller
  • Becky and Doug Montague in memory of Mary Jordan
  • Dr. and Mrs. Toxey M. Morris
  • Robert and Kathryn Morrow
  • Brad and Jacquelyne Pittman
  • Thomas and Jeanette Price
  • Randy and Kathy Pope in memory of Moran and Yvonne Pope
  • Doug and Pam Rouse in honor of Mrs. John A. (Bebe) McLeod
  • Robin and Connie Roberts
  • Dr. Maureen Ryan
  • Dr. Virginia Angelico Tatum
  • Dee and Toddy Tatum in memory of Dr. and Mrs. A.T. Tatum***
  • Dr. Douglas F. Thomas
  • Tommy and Martha Thornton
  • Doug and Becky Vinzant***
  • Janet and Don Walker
  • Ann S. Woods
  • Dr. and Mrs. Christian M. Zembower



  • Allen and Paula Anderson
  • Elizabeth Mee Anglin
  • Myrle-Marie Bongiovanni
  • Ms. Claire Brantley in memory of Christy Gerald Tate
  • Mrs. Megan Burkes in honor of Dr. Jay Dean
  • Fran and Gene Carothers
  • Jere and Ricky Clark
  • Dean and Mary Cromartie
  • Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Dews
  • Andy and Beejee Dickson
  • Jim Dukes Jr.
  • Cory Ferraez
  • Desmond and Stacy Reischman Fletcher
  • Robert and Shirley Glaab
  • Trent and Kristy Gould
  • Ronald Hancock
  • Wes Hanson
  • Dr. and Mrs. Robert Heath
  • Frances B. Hegwood
  • Dr. Kimberley Davis and Mr. Jimmy L. Hopkins
  • Raoul and Althea Jerome
  • Mike Lopinto in honor of John and Carolyn Lopinto
  • Sinclair Lundy, CPA
  • Maureen K. Martin in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas
  • Bebe McLeod and Bill McLeod in memory of Dr. John A. McLeod III
  • Hayden and Janet Mitchell
  • Betty and Bob Press
  • Charles and Anita Price
  • Richard Rawls
  • Dr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Rust
  • Seth and Carolee Scott
  • Eric and Mary Sumrall
  • Mrs. Lee Anne Venable
  • William Waller
  • Russ Willis



  • Area Development Partnership
  • Don and Mim Adamson
  • Mac and Dragana Alford in honor of Mary P. Alford
  • George and Dee Dee Bassi
  • Dixie and Dennis Baum
  • Dr. and Mrs. Chris Benson
  • Denise C. Berger
  • Todd and Mary Glenn Bradley
  • Tim and Pam Breland
  • Charles Brown
  • Ron and Margaret Chapman
  • Allen Chen
  • Nicholas and Rachel Ciraldo
  • Hattiesburg Civic Chorus and Concert Association
  • Bonnie Cooper
  • Dr. and Mrs. J.P. Culpepper
  • Jerry and Bethanie DeFatta
  • Andrew Dews
  • Ms. DeAnna Douglas
  • Dr. Fred H. Drews
  • Ms. Veronica and Sergey Dzugan
  • Ellen Price-Elder
  • Allyson Easterwood
  • Mark Rigsby and Melanie Eubanks
  • Daniel and Claudine Feig
  • Lynn and Stewart Gammill
  • Cheryl Goggin
  • Gloria F. Green
  • John and Linda Boutwell-Griffith
  • Dr. John and Nancy Guice in honor of Dr. Jay Dean
  • David Gustafson
  • Wanda J. Howard in memory of Doug Howard
  • Dr. Luis Iglesias
  • Chris and Joyce Inman
  • Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Johnson
  • Jane W. Jones in memory of John and Janella Williamson
  • Ms. Haley Kerstetter
  • Dr. Emily and Mr. Dan Kibodeaux
  • Dr. and Mrs. Tommy King
  • Mike and Linda Kuykendall
  • Jay Dean and Maryann Kyle
  • Chuck and Vicki Leggett
  • Mr. John Logan
  • Marcos Machado
  • Mr. Ivy S. and Dr. Becky W. Malley
  • Claire H. Magnum in memory of J.W. Mangum Jr.
  • Bill McHugh
  • Ben and Jackie McIlwain
  • Danilo Mezzadri
  • Andrew and Kimberly-Joy Miri
  • David and Towana Moffett
  • Astrid C. Mussiett in memory of Gladys S. Mussiett
  • Ms. Amanda Myers
  • Bob and Kristi Pierce
  • Nellie and Charles Phillips in memory of William Scott Phillips Sr.
  • Mr. Bill and Dr. Jeanne Phillips
  • George and Jann Puckett in honor of DeAnna M. Douglas
  • Mark and Julie Puckett
  • Mr. Mark Shows
  • Louis Rackoff and Elizabeth Slaby
  • David Sliman
  • Millie Swan
  • Francis Laatsch and Susan Reiter
  • Dr. and Mrs. David Richardson
  • Barbara Ann Ross
  • Ellen Ruffin
  • Joe and Gale Saenz
  • Joseph Steadman in memory of Betty Steadman
  • Kenneth and Virginia Stevens
  • Sally and Garland Sullivan in memory of Garland H. Williams
  • Mary Margaret Tatum
  • William L. Thames
  • Diane and Charles Thomas
  • Richard and Debra Topp in memory of Dr. Nagen Bellare
  • Jennifer Torres
  • Greg and Leigh Ann Underwood
  • Billy J. Ulmer in memory of Dr. William R. Eure
  • Dr. Sharon and Mr. Carey Varnado
  • Betty Lynn and Joe Ed Varner in memory of Virginia H. Culpepper
  • Ric Voss
  • Sarah and Ted Webb
  • Brittney Westbrook
  • Denis and Jean Wiesenburg
  • Larry G. Williamson



  • Martha Allen
  • Angela Ball
  • Dr. Jenna and Mr. Daniel Barton
  • Chris and Elizabeth Bedenbaugh
  • Ms. Kaylene L. Behm
  • Drs. Joshua and Diana Bernstein
  • Buff and Anita Blount
  • Lance and Cheri Bowe
  • Lisa and Chris Bowen
  • Monica Bridges
  • Joe Brumbeloe
  • Nancy Bryant
  • Mr. Bryan Burton
  • Drs. Olivia Clare and Craig Plunges
  • Dr. Adam Clay
  • Amber Cole
  • Jim and Deedré Coll
  • Darcie Conrad
  • Christopher R. Crenshaw
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Daughdrill
  • Steve and Mary Dryden in memory of Betty Jane Fillingane
  • Billie Shotts Davis in memory of Harold L. (Jack) Davis
  • Diane Dobson
  • William Dixon and Jennifer Downey
  • Emerge Events
  • Marcia Feagans
  • Carol and Gardner Fletcher
  • Barbara Jane Foote
  • Ms. Christina Foreman
  • Ms. Allison Gillespie
  • Heather and Ken Graves in memory of Jeremy Lespi
  • LTC and Mrs. Jerret R. Grisham
  • Ms. Lisa Haddox in honor of Isabelle R. Temple
  • Betty Hearon
  • Brenda Hesselgrave
  • Thomas Holmes
  • Mrs. Melissa Jokerst
  • Karen LeBeau in memory of Lewis J. Mayard
  • Elizabeth Lentz-Hill
  • Linde and Jeff Lynn
  • Mrs. Lorinda Krhut
  • Michael Marks
  • Betty and Dicky McKenzie in honor of Dr. Maureen Ryan
  • John and Louise Meyer
  • Kristie Murphy
  • Christa Nelson
  • MSgt Hal and Teresa Odom
  • Mrs. Katherine Olexa
  • Kathy Owens
  • Suzannah A. Patterson
  • Joe and Meg Paul
  • Martin and Stacey Ready
  • Stan and Shana Riles
  • Barbara L. Ross
  • Donna Runnels
  • Bill and Rosalie Schoell
  • Scott and Elizabeth Schwartz
  • Ms. Martina Sciolino
  • Erin Sessions
  • David and Teejay Shemper
  • Ann and Bill Simmons
  • Mrs. Valerie Simmons
  • Lorraine Stuart
  • Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Sturdivant in memory of Mary G. Jordan
  • Dr. David and Katie Sullivan
  • Lynn Sullivan
  • David Tisdale
  • Terrell and Martha Tisdale in honor of Dr. Jay Dean
  • Susannah J. Ural and John Rasberry in memory of Dr. William F. Ural
  • Cathy Gulli Ventura
  • John and June Villani
  • Marika Warner
  • Mr. Clifton Ware
  • Mary Virginia and Conrad Welker
  • Diane and Walter Williford
  • Cory R. Williams
  • Dr. John Wooton
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