Monthly Archives: May 2016

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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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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Happy Seniors!

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Lauren Voelker, Mary Frances Ivey, Elise Smith, and Cadi Duncan at end-of-the-year party at the Smith house, May 2016

Graduate School, Fall 2016!

Mary Frances Ivey will be attending graduate school in art history at the University of Kansas this fall, where she’ll be working toward a master’s degree on her way to a Ph.D. She received a tuition waiver as well as a teaching assistantship.

Cadi Duncan (Art History, Museum Studies concentration, 2016) will be starting work on her Master of Arts in Teaching at Belmont University in Nashville.

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Mary Frances Ivey and Cadi Duncan, Feb. 2016

Suzanne Glemot (Studio Art, 2013) was admitted to the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book, with an impressive fellowship. Suzanne has been working in Admissions at Millsaps for the last two years, focusing on attracting Fine Arts students in the visual arts as well as in music, theatre, and creative writing. We’ll surely miss her!

Senior Art History Presentations

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Mary Frances Ivey answering a question about Sherrie Levine and Duchamp, Feb. 2016

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Monica Jovanovich-Kelley, Sandra Murchison, Mary Frances Ivey, Cadi Duncan, Elise Smith, and Kristen Tordella-Williams after Cadi’s art history senior presentation on Gustav Klimt

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And just hanging out…

Millsaps College Hall of Fame!

Our own Mary Frances Ivey was selected for the highly prestigious Hall of Fame, which is given to only four students at Millsaps each year!

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Trey Vernaci, Mary Frances Ivey, Ericka Wheeler, and Daniel Kees

Juried Student Art Exhibition, April 2016

Maria Welch’s work, The Dock, was chosen as Best of Show in the Juried Student Exhibition and Emilie Davis’s Seasons of Silence (Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter) was selected as Runner-Up. There were over 45 submissions for this exhibition, which juror daniel johnson, Director of Engagement and Learning at the MS Museum of Art, narrowed down to 23 to include in the show. Among those selected for the show, there was a wide variety of media represented (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, print-making, digital creations, mixed media, and even performance), making the selection of only two for recognition a very difficult process.

daniel johnson identified the four criteria that he used during his selection process as “technical skill, clarity of composition, reverberation of meaning, and space for the viewer.” He explained,

“All four of these considerations work hand in hand – are the materials handled in a way which suggests that their application clarifies the intentions of the artist, do the presumed intentions of the artist have a resonance with meaning in the larger cultural sphere apart from the personal life of the artist, do these resonations of meaning still leave space for the viewer to occupy and personally connect with the work – all an interplay between what is suggested and how these signs echo and reflect inside of cultural touchstones both universally and personally. In judging work I am looking for that interplay – between the artist and materials, the art work and society, and that there is space within that for the viewer to connect personally and universally.”

daniel said that Maria and Emilie’s works “satisfied all of the elements I have discussed here. There was not only a clear relationship between ideas and the execution of the work – the mediums chosen, how they were handled, and the experience and ideas they were intended to project – but there was space within them to explore and manipulate that meaning in personal ways – ways which upon inspection and reflection, continued to reveal questions, challenges and affirmations of the meanings which one could tease out… Best in show goes to an art work which presented itself simply but with a certainty of design and a diminutive poise which masked the depth of experience offered. It made large forces manipulatives for the viewer and drew relationships between some of the biggest presences in our lives in ways which invited silent but complex contemplation.”

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Emilie Davis, Seasons of Silence (Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter)

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Maria Welch, The Dock (in her department studio before the show)

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