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USM Arts from Home

Unleashing Creativity during COVID-19

As semesters culminate, our Golden Eagles usually look forward to seeing their hard work come to fruition: performing their choreographies on stage at the Repertory Dance Concert with other company members; inviting family and friends to the Gallery of Art and Design to enjoy the capstone exhibitions; giving a graduate poetry reading at a local favorite T-Bones Records & Cafe; filming the last episode of the season for the series Hub City Sessions; closing-off the 100th Anniversary Season of the USM Symphony Orchestra; and being part of the Southern Arena Theatre production, a long-standing summer tradition.

Towards the end of the semester, as COVID-19 became our new reality, faculty and students unleashed their creativity during their pivot to all things virtual. You may call it an unfair advantage, but artistic creativity gave our arts community resilience and the power to meet the challenge. 


Our New Reality: USM Arts from Home

As faculty continued to work with students to enhance their skill and encourage their passion for the Arts, our students found solace as they shared their work virtually. Dancers recorded and edited recital videos from outdoor locations; musicians live-streamed concerts from their living rooms; writers hosted live Instagram poetry readings; theatre students produced podcasts to relive the cancelled productions; and art and design students hosted virtual exhibits and worked on the creation of new environments to transform spaces with art. 

As their projects and assignments were reimagined and the world became their stage, we invite you to explore some of the work created during this unprecedented time. Let’s continue connecting through the Arts!


Art & Design

The Annual Student Show award winners were announced virtually. Enjoy the exhibit and join us in congratulating the winners and this year's participants. Explore the exhibit

Animation of the Annual Virtual Show


Creative Writing

Students in the Center for Writers hosted live Instagram poetry readings. You may read some of their work published on Product Magazine—a student-run, online literary journal produced annually that features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Read a poem

 Product Magazine


Media & Entertainment Arts

Students worked on editing the concert they recorded of the USM Symphony Orchestra's 100 Anniversary, which featured special guest conductor Apo Hsu. Watch the concert


Solos and Group Dances 

Dance students created solo and group dances for a project that explored relationships to music, compositions of groups on stage, and creating in conjunction with a chosen theme or source of content. See the project highlight reel


The Show Must Go On Podcast

USM Theatre's The Show Must Go On podcast kicked-off with the series Oresteia. In an episode, student and lighting designer Caleb S. Garner, discusses shining light on the Gods, myths, and family. Listen to the podcast episode



Southern Miss Concert Hall Playlist

School of Music's YouTube Channel featured clips from historical performances, live streams, and more. Re-watch an all time favorite