Fletcher Cox benches

The department is absolutely delighted to showcase the beautiful new sculptural benches in the Lewis Art Gallery, made this past summer by the nationally-known woodworker Fletcher Cox. Fletcher is a long-time resident of Tougaloo, MS, whose work is in the permanent collection of the White House in Washington, D.C., and the Mississippi Museum of Art, among other museums. His public commissions include pieces (often large–scale interior woodworking) in the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, the Mississippi Craft Center, the Federal Courthouse in Jackson, and the Eudora Welty Library, as well as various churches in Mississippi and Alabama. Fletcher won the Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement in 2006. When asked in an interview where he gets the ideas for his work, Fletcher responded, “Ruminations on the human condition” – exactly what we want to be happening in our gallery! An excellent article on Fletcher can be found here: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2010/sep/08/fletcher-cox-negotiates-with-nature/

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Lewis Art Gallery director, daniel johnson

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Press Release

Mississippi Museum of Art Announces
2014 C3 Participatory Art Project
Facilitated by artist agency Significant Developments

(Jackson, Miss) … The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) recently hired local relational aesthetics agency Significant Developments to facilitate a research and development art work for their annual community engaged art series C3: Conversation. Creativity. Community.

Beginning this past December, Significant Developments is enacting their art work, Core Sample, a work of Significant Developments, LLC, as part of the C3 series. Core Sample is a process of community sampling, inviting Mississippians and visitors to submit symbols which reflect their individual identity. These symbols are transcribed onto clay bells which will be presented in resonance with each other as a public installation in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art (The Art Garden). The project is running through March 14, 2014.

The bell assembly line is fully participatory and is located inside the Entergy Classroom at the Museum operating Thursdays from 10 AM-2 PM, Saturdays from 1-5 PM, and during the entire week of Spring Break March 11-14.. The bell assembly line involves the public in the hand-built ceramic process, creating bells for the survey. People are invited to work at various stations along the line so as to be connected to the collection of bells rather than making their own individual bell. Symbols collected state-wide are inscribed onto the bells at the final station.

About Significant Developments
Significant Developments is a socially engaged art work acting within the legal framework of a limited liability company. Chief Aesthetics Officer daniel johnson leads a team of artists to facilitate communities and organizations in strategic advancement through capacity-building aesthetic interactions.

Alumna Sue Carrie Drummond

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Sue Carrie (2012), who just completed her first year in an MFA program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, exhibited a letterpress book April 12-May 4, 2014, in the juried show “Diversions” at Press Street’s Antenna Gallery on  St. Claude, organized by a book arts collective in New Orleans called SIFT (Sequence, Image, Form, Text). She also had a quilted book exhibited at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 

 

New York Trip!

Elise Smith, Professor of Art History, took six students (all art history majors or minors) and one parent to New York City May 4-8, and a wonderful time was had by all! We spent a day at the Museum of Modern Art, a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and half a day at the Brooklyn Museum (where we were given an amazing behind-the-scenes tour, including an hour in the conservation lab being shown various conservation projects in progress). Some of us made side trips to the Frick and the Guggenheim, and some managed to fit in one or two Broadway shows as well as a little shopping thrown in for good measure. In addition to mastering (?) the subway and bus system, we did a LOT of walking, the better to see some of that great city’s architecture!

Awards Day, April 2014

Congratulations to the following award recipients!

Excellence in Art History Award – Megan Starke

Art History Paper Award – Abed Haddad

Outstanding Junior Studio Art Award – Emily Simmons

Kappa Pi Art Honorary and Millsaps Art Club

The newly elected Kappa Pi officers for 2014-15 are Madeleine Calcote, President, and Liz Allen, Vice-President, and the Art Club officers will be Emily Simmons, President; Mary Frances Ivey, Vice-President; and Madeleine Calcote, Treasurer.  Congratulations! We look forward to an exciting year of student activity in the Art Department.

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A group of art history students traveled with Elise Smith to the New Orleans Museum of Art (first eating at Parkway!) on April 11. We had a wonderful behind-the-scenes tour with education, marketing, and curatorial staff, explored the amazing Mel Chin retrospective (and got to talk to the artist himself, who happened to be wandering through his exhibit!), and ended the day in the sculpture garden.

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Spring News

The first of the department’s two Spring 2014 speakers in the Endowed Howorth Art Lecture series was Tom Rankin, whose public lecture on Feb. 18 was entitled “Cruel Radiance: Photography and the Documentary Imagination.” Mr. Rankin is currently director of the Master of Fine Arts program in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University and recently retired director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. He was included in the list of “100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine in 2005, and his photographs have been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Author of a wide range of books and articles, he received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography for Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993). He is currently completing Truths of the Matter: Traditions in Documentary Arts, an anthology of primary writings drawn from the last century and a half. A native of Kentucky, Mr. Rankin holds an M.A. in Folklore from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an M.F.A. in Photography from Georgia State University. For more on Tom Rankin, check out this article in the Jackson Free Press.

The second Howorth speaker is Millsaps alumna Holly Harmon, whose lecture on March 27 at 4:30 in AC 215 is entitled “Making Museums Meaningful: Visitor-Centered Interpretation at the Detroit Institute of Arts.” The Detroit museum has been much in the news recently because of the city’s bankruptcy, but Holly will focus on the innovative interpretation strategies that have received a great deal of attention. Holly graduated from Millsaps College in 2008 with a concentration in Museum Studies and was accepted the following summer into the highly competitive Summer Institute for Art Museum Studies (SIAMS) at Smith College. She received her M.A. in Art History from Syracuse University in 2010, with a thesis on contemporary artist Jackie Winsor, forwhich she received a Master’s Prize for outstanding graduate work. After graduating from Syracuse she interned at various museums in Washington, DC, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum ofWomen in the Arts, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. These invaluable learning experiences led her to pursue work in museum interpretation, beginning as an Interpretive Specialist at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2011. There, she worked closely with curators to conceptualize and mount exhibitions in a manner that is accessible and relevant to the Detroit community. Most recently, Holly accepted the position of Associate Manager of Interpretive Materials at theBrooklyn Museum in November 2013 where she manages all written interpretation for special exhibitions and the permanent collection in order to present a consistent voice across the museum.

The director of Millsaps’ Lewis Art Gallery, daniel johnson, has been involved in an exciting community arts project this spring at the Mississippi Museum of Art, as publicized in the Jackson Free Press here.

Spring Faculty News

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Molly Morin (Assistant Professor of Studio Art, 2011-13) accepted a tenure-track position at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where she’ll start in Fall 2013 as their new Foundations Coordinator. This is an exciting move for Molly but we sure will miss here at Millsaps!

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Sarah Archino (Art History Teaching Fellow, 2011-13) is moving on to a wonderful opportunity in Paris as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art for the next two years (2013–2015).

Metzger

Jonathan Metzger (replacing Sandra Murchison, who¹s on sabbatical for the year) – Jonathan got his BFA in printmaking from Viterbo University and his MFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas (2013). As explained on his web site (www.jonathandavidmetzger.com), “Growing up on the outskirts of La Crescent, Minnesota, Metzger freely roamed through the woods and fields of his parents’ farm where he helped raise cattle and worked the fields. Before attending college, he pursued a certificate in carpentry at a local community college, which he completed in the spring of 2005. This experience solidified his desire to enroll in art school and pursue a career in the visual arts…Within his studio practice, Metzger dedicates most of his time to working within the tradition of intaglio and relief, using hand-coloring and other embellishments to make both editionable and unique prints. Metzger’s content is informed by his experience growing up with his brothers within the conservative farming community that surrounded him.”

Barr Portrait Millsaps

Brandon Barr – Brandon is an interdisciplinary artist and a post-digital realist. Born in St. Louis, he earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, and his MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in New York. Most of his work explores materiality within digital technology, and most recently his focus has been on abstraction in post-cinematic media. In 2011 he had a two-person show titled “Dual Singularity” at Urban Culture Projects Gallery in Kansas City, and he has also exhibited his work internationally, including in China and Brazil. Check out his web site at http://www.brandonhbarr.com.

Spring-Summer Student News

Events in February 2013:

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Isabel Gray, Abed Haddad, and Andie Partridge on Field Trip to New Orleans Museum of Art with Dr. Elise Smith’s Baroque Art and World Art courses.

Claire Aime and Suzanne Glemot had works accepted into this year’s Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition which was on display at the Mississippi Arts Center in Jackson. Suzanne earned the Juror¹s Award of Excellence for her print at this highly competitive exhibition. The exhibit is open to all four-year college and university undergraduates and graduates in Mississippi. This year’s juror was Associate Professor of Printmaking Sarah Marshall from the University of Alabama.

Events in March 2013:

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Madeleine Calcote in the Baroque Art class, working on a Community Engaged Learning project at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
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Baroque Art students at the Mississippi Museum of Art: Erin Sanders, Madeleine Calcote, Lauren Barattini, Cheryl Cole, and Amelia Woolard.

Congratulations to Kara Sowell, Liz Allen, Kelsey Smith and Kelsey Steen, who were inducted into the Kappa Pi Art Honorary.

Events in April 2013:

Congratulations to this year’s Awards Day winners!

Suzanne Glemot – William D. Rowell Memorial Art Award
Megan Starke – Art History Paper Award (for her paper entitled “Albrecht Durer: Self-Portrait of 1500 and the Imitation of Christ”)

Events in July 2013:

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Megan Starke (Art History major, Museum Studies concentration) working on a museum internship in ceramics collections: processing artifacts at the Kiuic lab in the Yucatan.

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Megan (L) working on sherds at Kiuic.

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Megan (R) and other students at Kiuic.

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Megan assisting with historic cemetery project.

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Emily Simmons (double major Studio Art and Art History, Museum Studies concentration) at her museum internship at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

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