“Cocoon” at Millsaps ~ 03/02/2012

On Friday, March 2nd at 7pmDaniel Johnson will be giving a short presentation on Cocoon Jackson in the Christian Center Lounge as part of a 1 Campus 1 Community organizational meeting.

Cocoon Jackson is an interactive community art installation in the art garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Artist Kate Brown brings this international project to Jackson to engage our community in dialog through art. Taking place over the course of 2 weeks in March, this project invites participation for all members of the greater Jackson community in building the large cocoon, creating small individual cocoons, walking in a procession of the cocoon skins through downtown Jackson, and lending their voice to a vision for Jacksons future. To learn more about all the different ways to be involved, join local field coordinator Daniel Johnson in the Christian Center Lounge Friday, March 2th at 7pm for a presentation on the event.

Please visit the project website to learn more:

Cocoon Jackson, March 12-24, 2012
Click here for Events, Dates and Times in Jackson, MS
Click here for the Cocoon Jackson Project Overview
Click here the learn How to … make a Little Cocoon in Jackson, MS

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Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” ~ Feb. 23-26, 2012

Three strangers find themselves together in their collective afterlife – a modestly appointed room with no windows, no mirrors, and a door none of them can open. The three quickly come to realize they cannot stand their eternal companions. What happens when hell is other people?

For online ticket reservations, please visit http://bit.ly/theatreres

Daniel Johnson on “Cocoon” ~ 02/22/2012

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 7:30pm until 10:30pm
WHERE: The Night Gallery at Java Ink

Join Daniel Johnson as he presents the international installation project of artist Kate Browne. Kate will join with the Jackson, Mississippi community to create a cocoon in the Rock Garden at the MS Museum of Art. Learn how you can be a part of this meaningful event and how you can create your own “mini-cocoon” to hang in the larger structure. Please visit the project website to learn more. This is a great opportunity for the Greater Jackson Area!

Tom Sleigh at Millsaps ~ 02/23/2012

The distinguished poet Tom Sleigh will read from his work on Thursday February 23, at 4:30, in AC 215.   Sleigh has won the John Updike Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award,  the Virginia Quarterly Review‘s Emily Clark Balch Prize, an Individual Writer’s Award from the Lila Wallace Fund, a Guggenheim grant, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Sleigh’s most recent collections include Army Cats  (Graywolf 2011), Space Walk (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) and Far Side of the Earth (2003).  He is the author of After One, winner of the Houghton Mifflin New Poetry Series Prize (1983); Waking (1990), a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a finalist for the Lamont Poetry Prize; The Chain (l996), nominated for the Lenore Marshall Prize; and The Dreamhouse (1999), a selection of the Academy of American Poet’s Poetry Book Club and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He has also published a translation of Euripides’s Herakles (Oxford University Press, 2000), and a book of essays, Interview With a Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2006).  The New York Times Book Review praised Sleigh’s poetry, concluding he is “nearly as prodigal with his gifts as Yeats.”

Congratulations to Art Department Faculty!

Congratulations to professors Sandra Murchison and Sarah Archino!

Sandra Murchison will be awarded the 2011 Humanities Teacher of the Year for Millsaps College at the Mississippi Humanities Council dinner on Feb. 24, after receiving last spring (2011) the Richard A. Smith Award for Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work.

Sarah Archino will be presented with a juried Honorable Mention Award in Art History at this year’s annual College Art Association conference in Los Angeles. Her application was in support of the expansion of her dissertation, “Rewriting the Narrative of Dada in New York, 1910-1926,” into a manuscript on early 20th-century American modernism.  The award is for students completing their degrees in the 2012 calendar year, and she’ll celebrate this honor at a number of special events during the conference (Feb. 22-25), along with other awardees and keynote speakers.