Student off-campus exhibition

A junior-senior exhibition, “Cultural Commentary,” is on view at the Wonderlab in Fondren, with works by junior majors Ninette Hickey and Maria Welch and senior Madison Brennan.

Freshman Ventures class exhibition of album covers

Monica Jovanovich-Kelley’s Ventures class organized an impressive exhibition on “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Iconic and Controversial Album Covers from the 1960s to Today” in the Emerging Space gallery, with an opening on Dec. 5.


Art Alumna Amanda Cashman

Amanda Cashman (Studio Art, 2002) received the Millsaps Outstanding Young Alumna Award at the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Oct. 21, 2016. This award is presented to an alum “who graduated in the last 15 years and has exemplified leadership and commitment to the College.” Amanda teaches art at St. Anthony Catholic School in Madison and has won numerous awards, including the Bill Poirier Mississippi Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Award, given at the National Art Education Association Convention in Chicago in 2015. Most recently, she was named the Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Educator for K-6 Visual Arts by the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. Congratulations, Amanda!!

Gracie Gadow!

Congratulations to Gracie for being accepted into the very competitive Arts & Humanities Student Research Symposium on Oct. 21. She presented her paper on “Fra Angelico’s San Marco Frescoes: Didactic Demonstrations for Friars,” written for Italian Renaissance Art last year.

Pillar to the Sky!

In fall semester of 2016, Kristen Tordella-Williams’ Beginning Sculpture class made a pillar to the sky for their introduction to the class. The whole class was split into three teams all trying to make the tallest cardboard structure they could without it falling over and with it also being esthetically pleasing.

Check out the video on the class blog!

MS Arts Commission Grant for Kristen Tordella-Williams!

Kristen received a $500 from the MS Arts Commission to help fund her fees at an iron-casting workshop at the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry, Indiana, where she’ll cast a large wreath of books and handprints of patrons of the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson. The Eudora Welty Wreath will be a wonderful permanent installation in the library.

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Great article on Kristen and Matt!

“Utility + Art,” Find It In Fondren

Utility + Art: Matthew Holl and Kristen Tordella Williams



Art Club and Kappa Pi Officers, 2016-17

Congratulations to next year’s officers!

Art Club: Amy Evans and Ninette Hickey, Co-Presidents

Kappa Pi Art Honorary: Gracie Gadow, President; Maria Welch, Vice-President

“Performance Art has Liberated Me”

Take a look at Allison Othmani’s wonderful account of her experience in the Performance Art class taught by Prof. Kristen Tordella-Williams in the spring:

Also this article about the class in the Millsaps newspaper:




Welcome to Sue Carrie Drummond

We’re so pleased to announce that Sue Carrie will be our new colleague and teacher in the Art Department next year, as the Visiting Assistant Professor for 2016-17. We’re especially delighted because Sue Carrie is an alumna of the college! She graduated as a studio art major from Millsaps in 2012, magna cum laude, with honors, and she was also a Ford Fellow while here. She went on to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she received her MFA in Books Arts and Printmaking in 2015. As she explains on her website, “Her work investigates different forms of damage and deterioration mapping intimate experiences and relationships that leave a permanent mark. Focusing on surface, accumulation, and texture she highlights the futility of acts to conceal or veil the past. She works primarily with papermaking and relief printing, incorporating crochet, knit, and other more tactile processes and materials” (see This fall she’ll be teaching beginning-level courses in drawing, painting, and printmaking.

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