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 suecarriedrummond.com). This fall she’ll be teaching beginning-level courses in drawing, painting, and printmaking.

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Dr. Jovanovich-Kelley!!

Congratulations to Monica for a successful doctoral defense yesterday! Ph.D., University of California-San Diego!


Farewell and Very Best Wishes to Sandra Murchison


We’re all so sad that Sandra, Julian and the twins are moving away, but we hope for all the best as they settle into their new lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Sandra will be the chair of the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University (with about 25 studio, art education, and art history faculty), and Julian will be the chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. Sandra arrived at Millsaps as an assistant professor in 1999 and rose in the ranks to become full professor in 2010. She received the Millsaps Distinguished Professor Award in 2013, a sign of her many professional achievements as a printmaker and painter and an indication of how beloved she is by her students. A major achievement of Sandra’s was the founding of Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts in 2013, which she directed until its closing this month.

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Kristen Tordella-Williams ready for STEEL

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“I just got into Providence a day ago and have started this big steel rope piece and am so excited to be working with steel again!” (May 11, 2016)

Krystal Jackson’s cover for Stylus 2016

This beautiful work by Krystal, a double major in studio art and music (class of 2018), was also accepted into the Juried Student Exhibition this spring.

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