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


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!


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).


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:

New Orleans Museum of Art
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:

Baroque Art Students
Madeleine Calcote in the Baroque Art class, working on a Community Engaged Learning project at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Baroque Art Students
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:

Megan Starke
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.

Megan and Betsy
Megan (L) working on sherds at Kiuic.

Megan Starke
Megan (R) and other students at Kiuic.

Megan at a cemetery
Megan assisting with historic cemetery project.

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

Major Declaration Day 2013

The Art Department celebrated its annual Major Declaration Day on March 21st, 2013. The Jello Chill-Off returned this year, as well as the Kappa Pi Honorary induction. Enjoy these great pictures from the event!


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Visible Women – Christina Nguyen Hung

Please join us Thursday, February 7th for a gallery talk by visiting artist Christina Nguyen Hung in

the Lewis Art Gallery here at Millsaps College.


Hungs latest project, Visual Women, seeks to understand and explore the relationship between feminism, science, and conceptual art practices. By examining these relationships Hung hopes to gain a better understanding of the evolutionary process concerning how we as humans interpret and understand images.









Fondren Unwrapped

Has your Christmas tree been up since September? Did you camp out all night at your local grocery store waiting for the first carton of eggnog? If the answer is yes, then you might enjoy more early holiday cheer in the form of the annual Fondren Unwrapped event on Thursday,  November 15.

More information about the event can be found here:


Come celebrate Christmas two weeks early with the Millsaps College art department! Studio art majors Suzanne Glemot, Eric Bennett, Laura Glatzer, Katie Birdwell, and Brianna Robinson

will be displaying artwork during the festivities  at the local Fondren Art Gallery.

In addition, the Millsaps art department will be hosting an interactive gallery activity. Participants should pick up the cards needed to play at Fondren Art Gallery. Names of those who complete all objectives will be entered in a raffle for cool prizes!

Jonathan McFadden

Please join us Friday, November 9th in the Lewis Art Gallery for a gallery talk by visiting artist Jonathan McFadden.

Jonathan McFadden is a print artist who’s work deals with the  the rapid fire, temporary nature of mass media culture.

Bellow is a link to the artists web page, where you will find more information about the artist!


Senior Shows ~ 04/13/2012

Join the first installment of the 2012 Senior Gallery Talks this Friday:

“Loosening my Grip” by Sue Carrie Drummond

“Ends of the Spectrum” by Jade Hewitt

“Geometric Identity and the Flower of Life” by Samantha Ledbetter

We hope to see you there!

[A reception in the gallery will follow
after the senior gallery talks]

The Art Department at Millsaps ~ Photos

Check out these great pictures of the Art Department as seen from
the heights of the Lewis Art Gallery.

On the right, furthest to closest: painting studio; drawing studio;
printmaking studio; Prof. Sandra Murchison’s studio.
On the left, furthest: student studios; closest: Prof. Molly Morin’s studio. 

Junior Eric Bennett in this Week’s JFP

This week’s issue of the Jackson Free Press features a cover illustration by our very own
junior art major Eric Bennett… Congrats, Eric!


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