Art Alumni

Aldridge, Leslie 2004 Studio – After graduating Leslie worked for two years with the AmeriCorps VISTA program in Vermont, and she then went to North Carolina State University for her Masters in Architecture, which she received in 2010. She started Lel Designs in 2010, where she’s a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, and since 2013 she’s been the Implementation Consultant for Bottomline Technologies in Seattle. As she explains, “I am currently a software implementation consultant in services. The great thing about this position is that I can act as the bridge between technology and the end user. I work directly with clients to assess their goals and user needs, then with our team to create an implementation timeline. My job is to then implement and configure our product, all while also advising and educating clients on product capabilities.” ( or

Allen (Hawkins), Dorothy 1997 Studio – After graduating Dorothy worked in a film business in New Orleans for a year, then as a visual merchandising manager for McRae’s in Mississippi and Alabama for five years. She started ‘Furniture Facelifts’ with a local artist painting furniture and doing decoupage. She married John Hawkins (Millsaps class of 1990) in 1997 and they live in Jackson with their three sons. Dorothy has studied Interior Design at Mississippi College and works at Barrett Design Studio in Jackson.

Allen, Michelle 2008 Studio – Michelle married James Church in 2015 and they moved to Clarksville, TN, where she is a software developer at The Juice Plus Company.

Alley (Card), Aime 1996 Art History – After working in business development and realty in Boston, Aime is now a writer and editor for LifeSV, an online resource for families in Silicon Valley. She recently published a book, And Beneath It All Was Love: My Path Back Home Again from Breast Cancer (North Shore Press, 2016).

Allison, Yancey 1992 Studio – Yancey received her MFA in Photography in 2001 and is working in Memphis. Check out her website at

Arnold (Lowry), Jennifer 2001 Studio & Art History – Jennifer received her United Kingdom residency in 2004 and is taking classes at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  She lives outside of Belfast in Carryduff with her husband Gerard, stepson Ryan, and daughters Emma Kay and Raeanne. ( 

Ballard, Jennifer 1996 Art History – Jennifer has been active in the area of information technology and services. After graduating she worked as Support Services Instructor and Technology Assistant at Jackson Preparatory School (1998-2004) and Systems Operations Specialist at Parkway Properties (2005-2013), and since 2013 she’s been a Systems Administrator at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance.

Barbour (Busin), Erin 1998 Studio – Erin is the Public Relations VP/Director/Manager, handling all marketing and design work, at Barbour International, Inc., which sells outdoor cookware under the brand name Bayou Classic.

Barton (Banks), Lea 1996 Studio – Lea received her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 1998.  She taught in the Art Department at Millsaps, 1998-99, and is currently a full-time professional artist. Her traveling exhibition was at the MS Museum of Art Dec-Jan 2002-03, and she has had solo exhibitions in New Orleans, Memphis, Jackson, and Oxford. She was in the Mississippi Invitational Exhibition 1997, 1999, and 2001, and had a work of hers selected in Fall 2004 to represent the state of Mississippi at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C. After working as account manager and public relations director at DIG Creative + Solutions, Lea served for a while as the Resource Development Coordinator at the non-profit organization Dream, Inc.

Bennett, Eric G. 2013 Studio – Eric lives in Clinton, MS.

Benzur, Gabe 1998 Studio – After graduating Gabe studied painting and drawing at the École Marchutz in France, followed by studies in graphic design from 1998 to 2000. His paintings have been exhibited in group and solo shows in New York, London and Atlanta. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has a painting studio in the Invisible Dog Art Center. For his website see

Bilbo, Amy 1997 Studio (double major: Psychology) – Amy lives in Charlotte and works at the Medical University of South Carolina. She earned an M.S. and is a Registered Dietician, Licensed Dietician, and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician.

Birdwell, Katie 2014 Studio – Katie lives in Bridge City, TX, and is the Customer Service Rep at ISTC (International Safety Training Council). (

Blount (Tucker), Jenny 2007 Art History (concentration Museum Studies) – Jenny completed  her master’s degree in art history at the University of Alabama (Birmingham and Tuscaloosa) in Spring 2009. In Fall 2009 she began teaching the art history survey course at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.  She has led several groups of students on month-long summer trips to Florence and taught courses on Renaissance art there. She is married to Jess Tucker, also a Millsaps alumnus, and they moved to Durham, NC, in 2013, where Jenny will continue as a full-time online instructor in art history. (

Boerner, Michael 1998 Studio and Business Administration – Michael got his architecture degree at MS State University and is a principal architect with Wier Boerner Allin in Jackson ( (

Bower, Sharon 1996 Studio – After working for five years at Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson as a craftswoman and glasscutter, she moved to Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where she was the owner of Glorious Glass. She now lives in Navarre, FL. (

Bowling (Fontenot), Danielle 1999 Studio – Danielle lives in Baton Rouge with her husband David Fontenot (also a Millsaps alum) and they have two children.

Bradford, Rebecca 2001 Studio (double major: Education) – Rebecca is an assistant to a furniture designer in New Orleans. She traveled to France in January 2005 to view the International Furniture Show and visit French furniture manufacturers.She is the owner of Simply Southern, an art boutique in Covington, LA (see

Brady, Jana 2007 Art History – After graduating Jana worked at the Mississippi Museum of Art as a Public Relations Associate.  She began working in public relations and events at Mississippi Public Broadcasting in June 2010 and as Account Executive at the Ramey Agency in 2011. (

Bragg, John 2002 Studio – (

Brennan, Madison 2017 Studio – (

Brewer (Hancy), Julie Studio – Julie received a degree in Summer 2002 from the Interior Design program, Florida State University, and she now has her own interior design business in Gulf Breeze, FL. (

Bruce (Carter), Kate 2004 Art History – Kate worked in New Zealand for a few months in Fall 2004 and held various jobs in Gulfport, including freelance writer/photographer at the Sun Herald, assistant to the Registrar at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, and art teacher at their summer camp. She completed her M.A. in Art History at the University of Georgia in December 2007, worked as a curatorial assistant at the Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, FL, and as the Collections Manager at the Jacksonville Historical Society. She started as associate registrar at The Historic New Orleans Collection in 2010, and she resigned that position in 2017 to take care of her beautiful new son Elliot. (

Brumfield, Christina 2011 Studio Art – Christina graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., with an Associate Culinary Degree, and she is now a line-cook at Herbsaint Restaurant, New Orleans. ( 

Burke, Liz 2000 Studio – Liz worked in a graphic design firm in San Francisco before applying to law school.

Callaway, Elizabeth Pryor 1997 Studio – Elizabeth received her Masters in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 1999, and worked for a design firm that focused on exhibit design and interior architecture renovation projects. She also worked with an architect doing contemporary residential renovation work in NYC, and created her own children’s furniture design project. She’s the Creative Director at Pryor Callaway LLC in New York City, “a creative studio focusing on furniture design and art installations.” For the past several years, she has pursued architectural projects, custom furniture design, and art installation and sculpture works. See the website at

Her work has been published in such magazines as INTERNI, Interior Design Magazine, and New York Magazine and she has shown her work in multiple art and design exhibitions including Art Basel Miami 2011 at the Avant Gallery. (

Calcote, Madeleine 2015 Art History (con.: Museum Studies)- Madeleine completed the Museum Studies master’s program at Baylor University, during which she worked at the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University, the Dr. Pepper Museum, and the Salado Museum and College Park. She is now the Executive Director and Curator at the Salado Museum and College Park.(

Campbell, Jimmy 1995 Studio

Carlson, Martha 2003 Studio – Martha lives in Indianapolis and has a studio in the Stutz Building, where she curated “The Art of Music” show at the Stutz Art Gallery in July 2011. She had her first gallery show in Spring 2005 at the ARTSGARDEN in Indianapolis, consisting of a series of pounded flowers, and she has also created a piece for the Purdue University School of Nursing entitled The Art of Caring, which is reproduced each year on the School’s awards to donors and supporters. Her web site is (

Carmon (Kimball), Katie 2008 Studio Katie studied pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and is a pharmacy tech with Wal-Mart Pharmacy.

Cascio (Lewis), Kathryn 1991 Studio – Kathryn received her Ph.D. in Art Education in May 2002 from Pennsylvania State University, after getting her Master’s in Art Education from the University of Alabama in 1994. She did museum education work at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, and was an assistant professor of Art Education, Delta State University, and consultant for the MS Arts Commission. She was hired in 2006 as the Executive Director of the Greenville Arts Council. Among various honors, she received the 2005 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award presented by the Mississippi Art Education Association and the 2006 Mississippi Award from the National Art Education Association. She is married to Pratt Lewis and they have four children. They now live in Chattanooga and she is the atelierista at Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool.


Cashman, Amanda 2002 Studio –  Amanda has taught art at St. Anthony Catholic School in Madison since 2009. She was named the 2010 Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Art Education Association, and in 2015 she was awarded the MAEA Bill Poirier Outstanding Art Educator (from all art teachers in the state, at all levels), receiving her award at the National Art Educators Association conference in Chicago. In 2016 she was given the Thad Cochran Distinguished Art Educator Award in K-6 Visual Art by the MS Alliance for Arts Education, and was also named the Young Alumnus of the Year at Millsaps.

Amanda serves on the Board of Directors for MAEA as both the Elementary Division Representative and Central Mississippi District Co-Representative. Earlier, from 2004 to 2007, she taught art in Vicksburg at St. Aloysius High School and St. Francis Xavier Elementary, and from 2007 to 2012 she worked in the Education Department at the Mississippi Museum of Art giving guided tours for student groups and teaching children’s programming, including the Kaleidoscope Summer Art Camp and The Museum School. (

Cauthen (Bradford), Amanda 1995 Studio –

Chastain (Floda), Courtney 2002 Studio – Courtney is the Finance and Accounting Manager at the Department of Marine Resources in Biloxi. She lives in Ocean Springs. (

Chrzan, Agnieszka (Agnes) 2001 Studio & Art History – Agnieszka completed a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Krakow in 2006, is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects, and is currently an architect at Lowen Associates in Nashville.

Clark (Jagers), Carolyn 1995 Studio (double major: Theater) – Carolyn taught ESL in Korea and now teaches Early Childhood and Lower School Art at the Trinity School of Texas.

Clark, Steve Studio – After receiving his MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995, Steve was a graphic designer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2003-05), Creative Director at Livemercial (2005-08), Creative Director at Merrick Ventures (2008-09), Human Factors Design Director at Merge Healthcare (2009-11), Chief Creative Officer at the Chicago Sun-Times/Merrick Ventures/Wrapports (2012-13), Creative Director at the Acquity Group/Accenture (2013), and Director of User Experience at LiveText (2014-15). His website is (

Colonias (McGovern), Lisa 1998 Art History – Lisa received her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi, 2002, and completed her law degree at Mississippi College in May 2008. She is an attorney in Madison, MS. (

Crouch-Rumbley, Grace 2000 Studio – Grace received her master’s in architecture from Louisiana State University and is an architect for Holly and Smith Architects in New Orleans. Earlier she worked as an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Southern University, Baton Rouge, teaching Architectural Design Studio courses I and II, Beginning Technical Drawing, Computer Rendering in Photoshop and 3D studio Max, and Research Methods I. She also worked formerly for Broadmoor design build and Grace and Hebert Architects. (

Dean (Boudreaux), Jennifer 1992 Art History – Jennifer has run a B&B and worked in a fine arts gallery in the French Quarter of New Orleans (involved in marketing, research, copywrite work, advertising, website design, and writing articles for antique publications). Since 2013 she has been a Success Coach at Articulate E-Learning Software. (

Deen, Parker 1991 Studio – Parker is a photographer in Decorah, Iowa, married to Matthew Alexander. She was formerly an early intervention teacher after earning her Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Iowa. One of her photographs was awarded first place in the Amateur division of the New Zealand Hutt Valley Breastfeeding Photography Competition in 2003. She is the lead photographer at Corbin Group Broadcasting & Media Production, Decorah, Iowa, and Photographer and Co-Owner at Silver Moon Photograpy.

Dessauer, Carly 2005 Art History – Carly completed her M.A. in Art History at the University of Texas, Austin, in December 2007, and she finished her law degree at St. Mary’s in San Antonio. She began working in appeals at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston in 2013, and beginning in 2016 she became the Criminal Intake Prosecutor at the Williamson County Attorney’s Office in Georgetown, TX. (

Doussan (Ewbank), Susan 2011 Art History – After graduating Susan worked for Mignon Faget, a jewelry design gallery in New Orleans. She studied at the National Academy of Sports Medicine, married Philip Ewbank, and now works at Higher Power NOLA, an indoor cycling and yoga facility in New Orleans. ( or

Dowdy (McQueen), Elizabeth 1995 Studio (double major: Psychology) – Elizabeth is a licensed professional counselor and a registered art therapist in Gulfport, MS, who received her training at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including alternative schools, foster care, juvenile detention, residential settings, partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient treatment.

Drummond, Sue Carrie 2012 Studio – Sue Carrie completed her M.F.A. in printmaking and book arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2015. She had an internship at the American Philosophical Society in book conservation during the summer of 2014, learning how to repair and preserve historic books. She has exhibited nationally in Jackson, Seattle, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Knoxville, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, as well as internationally in the UK. She has been an assistant in papermaking at Penland School of Crafts and was awarded the artist residency at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, both in 2015. She was Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Millsaps for 2016-17 and (much to our delight!) was hired in a tenure-track position beginning Fall 2017. Her website is (

Duncan, Cadi 2016 Art History (con.: Museum Studies) — Cadi is currently enrolled in graduate school getting her Master of Arts in Teaching at Belmont University while co-teaching first grade in a low-income school in Nashville. (

Earl, Brittnei 2015 Studio

Edwards (Martin), Jennifer 1995 Studio – Jennifer got her master’s in art history at the University of Memphis and worked there for two years as the Visual Resources Curator. She then went back to school for her nursing degree and was a nurse for five years, before her marriage to a combat medic in the army. They’re now at Ft. Campbell in Clarksville, TN, and have two children. (

Eden, Chris 2011 Art History – Chris worked on campus for several years in the Office of Student Life, and since 2013 he’s been the Content Manager at Inuvo, a digital publishing and advertising technology company in Conway, Arkansas. (

Egan, Courtney 1988 Studio – Courtney received her MFA at the Maryland Institute of Art in 1993 and since 2001 has taught Media Art at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (video production, editing, and motion graphics). She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions of her films, installations, and photographs, and in 2012 she won the Cinema Reset Award (for experimental film) at the New Orleans Film Festival. According to her website at, her “projection-based sculptural installations weave traditions of botanical art with technology.  Strongly inspired by the profusion of flora in New Orleans, where she has lived and worked in since 1991, her work digitally manipulates the natural world, questioning how our perception of nature is changed by technology.” Reviews of her work have been published in Sculpture Magazine,,,, and the New Orleans’ Weekly Gambit.  (

Emmert, Lee 1997 Studio – After working as a commercial photographer in Dallas, Lee began doing journalistic work for such publications as Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He moved to Portland, OR, and since 2008 has been teaching in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon and as the head of Digital Arts in the Evergreen School District. He also founded the video production company Immune Media. See his web site at (

Erdim, Nicole Neidlinger 2001 Art History – Nicole completed her M.A. in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) at the University of Mississippi in Fall 2002, and taught ESL in the public schools in Virginia for four years. She and her husband Burak, with their daughter Suna, lived in Izmir, Turkey, while Burak did dissertation research in architectural history. They’re now in Charlottesville and she’s working as an ESOL teacher in the Albermarle County Public Schools. (

Fang, Masaki 2012 Studio – Masaki (Yuan) Fang received her MFA in metal and jewelry design at Temple University and worked as a jewelry designer at Tiffany & Co. and later at Hwa Tsang Jewelry Company in Shanghai. (

Farrell (Garcia), Betsy 2000 Art History – Betsy got her degree in architecture at Auburn and now works as an architect with William Rawn Associates in Boston.

Felgar, Francesca 2010 Art History (con.: Museum Studies). Francesca moved to Boston after graduating and worked as an auction assistant at Skinner Auctions and as a Marketing/Communications Associate at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She now works for the Dallas auction house Heritage Auctions in Historical Operations. (

Fitz, Daniel 2006 Studio – Daniel worked as a steel detailer after graduating. He married in 2006 and began work on an Engineering degree in January 2007. (

Ford, Ashley 2018 Art History – Ashley moved to New York City after graduating and has been working since July as Wholesale Account Executive for Julie Vos jewelry designer. (

Fossen, Beth 2010 Studio (double major in Business).  Beth completed the Ph.D. program in Marketing at Emory, which she started in 2011, She is now Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and she married Max Woodliff in 2014.  (

Francis (Schupbach), Jordan 2005 Art History – After initially working in a Jackson law firm and volunteering at the MS Museum of Art, Jordan joined the Admissions team at Millsaps as a recruiter. She is now the Assistant Director of Marketing at Torq/Lite and lives in Houston. ( or

Freeney, Claire 2002 Studio – Claire finished her master’s in December 2003 at the University of Southern Mississippi in construction engineering. She was the first woman in that university’s history to do so, and the first person in nine years to complete this degree! She worked for Walter Rice, Inc., in Nashville where she managed construction projects, and since 2004 she’s been the Project Manager at R. G. Anderson Company in Nashville.  She married Tom Pitt, also a Millsaps alum, in 2005, and they had a son, Samuel Henry, in March 2012. (

Gadow, Gracie 2017 Art History – Gracie started law school in Summer 2017 at the MS School of Law.

Gardes (Boyce), Lauren 2000 Studio – After graduating from Millsaps Lauren studied Interior Design at Louisiana State University and has been NCIDQ certified since 2003. She lives in New Orleans and her professional website is at (

Gee (Solomon), Mary 1989 Studio – Mary received her M.A. in Art History from Florida State University. She is married to Mark Solomon and they have two sons (William and Matthew). She worked for two years at the MS Museum of Art in the collections and education departments, and also worked three years at the Barnum Museum (a history museum) in collections. She later taught art to grades K-4 in Connecticut. She and Mark now live in Oxford, MS. She’s been a certified yoga instructor since 2005, and since 2008 she’s been co-owner of Southern Star Yoga in Oxford. (  (

Giles (Stephenson), Kelly 1996 Studio – Kelly has been the Parish Administrator at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, N.C., since 2006. (

Glatzer, Lura 2013 Studio (con.: Digital Arts)

Glemot, Suzanne 2013 Studio (minor: Museum Studies) – After graduation Suzanne accepted a position as Admissions Counselor for Millsaps, where she dramatically increased the number of students enrolled with Fine Arts Scholarships. She began her MFA at the University of Iowa Center for the Book in Fall 2016, with an impressive fellowship. (

Goodman (Weber), Lara 1988 Studio – Lara was enrolled in the Teacher Credential Program at Patten University (2004-06) and received her Master of Arts in Teaching Leadership from St. Mary’s College of California in 2013. She lived in New York for a while and had various jobs there, including dubbing fashion videos, working with an art publicist, working with the CBS TV Operations Unit, and serving from 1992-97 as an administrator for the 20th Century Decorative Arts Department at Sotheby’s. She and her husband Rick Weber moved to California and beginning in 2007 she has been a first grade teacher at Ruby Bridges Elementary School in the Alameda Unified School District.

Gray, Isabel 2015 Art History- After graduating Isabel served as the Education Resource and Outreach Specialist at the Eudora Welty House and Garden in Jackson, and in August 2017 she accepted a new position as the Director of School Programs and Gallery Teaching at the MS Museum of Art. ( or

Gourlay, Erin 2004 Art History – Erin received her M.A. in Art History from Richmond University, the American International School in London, with a focus on 18th-century Ethiopian illuminated manuscripts.  She is currently in London working in publishing. ( or

Gutti (Ingram), Vimala 2006 Art History (double major: Economics) – Vimala worked in Admissions at Millsaps before getting her MBA in 2009 from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa.  She was the Communications Director for American Residential Services in Memphis, and is now the Communications Manager at Bridgestone. (

Haddad, Abed 2014 Chemistry (minor in Art History) – Abed is in a PhD program at CUNY in Chemistry, with a focus on Conservation Science. He had a two-month internship at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for Summer 2016.

Haley, Melanie 2001 Studio & Art History – Melanie received her M.A. in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State University in 2007. She’s worked as a Media Assistant at LSU and a high school instructor in computer graphics and web design, and since 2007 she’s worked as a Marketing Specialist at La Capitol Federal Credit Union in Baton Rouge.

Hall (Hemphill), Lori 1996 Studio – Lori lives in Asheville, NC, and was co-creator of Little Sprouts Natural Baby Products.

Halverson, Pete 1993 Studio – Pete has worked as the head framer at Dueringer and Bryant Galleries and was the assistant manager at Nunnery’s Gallery (all in Jackson). After serving as a graphic designer for the University Press of Mississippi he moved up in 2016 to the position of Senior Book Designer for the press. He has designed over 300 books and book covers. Pete is on the Board of Governors for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He is married to Lucy Molinaro (a 1994 graduate of Millsaps). ( or

Hardwick, Clay 2009 Studio (con.: Digital Arts) – Clay has been a videographer and editor at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and is currently a director, video editor, and videographer for his freelance company, echomech Creative. He has won the Ruma Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker twice, in 2005 and 2009. Clay’s also a painter (see and was chosen to create the 2015 Ruma Award painting. For Clay’s website see (

Hardwick, Kalea 2008 Studio

Hardy, Brittany 2017 Art History (dbl major: Classical Studies) – Brittany started a Ph.D. program in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan in Fall 2017. (

Harmon, Holly 2008 Art History – Holly received her M.A. in Art History from Syracuse University in 2010, with a thesis on Jackie Winsor (for which she interviewed the artist in New York and also received a Master’s Prize for an outstanding thesis).  After graduating from Syracuse she had internships at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Fall 2010, and in Feb. 2011 Holly accepted the position of Interpretive Specialist at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. She worked in the Learning and Interpretation department creating educational materials to accompany works of art in the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. In Fall 2013 Holly moved to Brooklyn where she started a job as Associate Manager of Interpretive Materials at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She now works at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in Manhattan as the Manager of Gallery Interpretation and Academic Outreach. (

Harris, Ashley 2005 Studio – Ashley has been a graphic designer at L-3 Communications in Jackson since 2008, making proposal graphics for government customers, designing newsletters, and assisting with various marketing and website projects.

Harvel (Dotson), Anna 1992 Studio – Anna worked at Cirlot Agency (an advertising, marketing, & public relations company in Jackson) as a graphic artist, then as art director and production manager.

Haverty (Cooper), Coughlin 1992 Art History – Coughlin lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband Jed Cooper, a lawyer, and their daughter Mary Sue.  She attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Vail, CO, in 1995, was involved in events planning, and is now the Assistant Director at the Association for Visual Arts in Tennessee. (

Hawkins (Young), Joan 1995 Studio – Joan worked at Pearl River Glass Studio after graduating and now runs Joan Hawkins Art & Interiors in Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood (

Helo (Rogers), Crystal 2003 Studio – Crystal and Joseph (and their children) are back in Lafayette, and Crystal is the manager and now owner of a gift shop called The Silver Suitcase.  She completed a major art project in 2008 (14 paintings!) for a local business. (

Hendricks (Morrison), Laine 2003 Art History – Laine married Robbie Morrison in 2004 and completed the art history master’s program at Vanderbilt in 2006. She taught a survey art history course in Ancient and Medieval Art at Belmont University in Nashville after completing her master’s.  She and Robbie moved to Virginia for Robbie’s medical residency, and she taught an art history course at Christopher Newport University in Newport News in Fall 2007.  She and Robbie moved back to Nashville in Summer 2008. (

Hetrick, Lucy 1987 Studio – Lucy is a graphic designer for the state of Mississippi, working as the Creative Director in the Marketing and Communications Team of the MS Development Authority. She designed the MS state car tag that came out in Fall 2012, as well as the brochure for the MS Picnic in New York City. In 2015 she won Graphic Designer of the Year in the state’s Gold Addy Awards.

Hewitt, Jade 2012 Studio (con.: Digital Arts) – Jade got her MFA in Film Production from the University of New Orleans in 2016. She currently works as the Media Director for the Squeeze Play Partners, a Texas company that runs two professional softball teams. In 2009, she started her own film and photography business, Jade Hewitt Media, where she shoots softball skills videos, promotional videos, professional photographs, and creates graphic design work. She’s also the Co-Executive Director and Media Director for the College Softball Camp, an annual softball camp in Covington, LA, that hosts over 350 campers and 60 college coaches.

Hickey, Ninette 2018 Studio Art – Ninette moved to New Orleans after graduating and continues to live an artful life!

Hildebrand (Bridgforth), Emily 2006 Studio – Emily taught art in the Jackson Public School system for two years after graduating, and in Fall 2009 returned to Millsaps to work in Admissions. She’s now teaching Art I and Photography at Brandon High School, and is married to James Bridgforth. (

Howe, Alyce 2008 Studio – Alyce worked for a year as Assistant Art Curator and Event Coordinator at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge after graduating, and in Fall 2009 returned to Millsaps to work with the Admissions team for two years. She received her Master of Architecture at Louisiana State University in 2014 and has worked for Bani, Carville & Brown Architects, LLC in Baton Rouge since 2014. (

Husband (McLaughlin), Shannon 1999 Studio – Shannon worked as the marketing and community relations representative with River Oaks Health System in Flowood, and now has her own business, the McLaughlin Garner Group, for advertising, event planning, marketing, and public relations. She and her husband, the lawyer Matthew McLaughlin, have also started Coalesce, a co-working space in Spengler’s Corner in downtown Jackson:  (

Isbell (Witt), Heather 2003 Art History (double major: English) – Heather completed her master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2005, where she also interned at the NY office of the MacDowell Colony, an artist colony in New Hampshire. She returned to Memphis and worked as the Development Associate at the Pink Palace Museum (2005-08), the Marketing and Social Media Manager for Girls Incorporated of Memphis (2008-11), and since 2011 is the Social Media Specialist for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She married Harrison Witt in 2009. (

Ivey, Mary Frances 2016 Art History – Mary Frances will begin her graduate studies in art history at the University of Kansas in Fall 2016, with a competitive teaching assistantship. (

Jacks (Wyatt), Holly 2005 Studio – After graduating Holly taught high school visual arts for two years (2006-08), then worked for Maxim Healthcare Services (2010-14), and is now the HR Advisor for FedEX in the Memphis area. (

Jackson (Atteberry), Alicia 1992 Studio – Alicia married Phil Atteberry, 1994, and they have two sons (Cooper and Jackson). She worked as a decorative painter of murals (her business name was Just Faux Fun), and she now lives in Knoxville, TN.

James, Sarah 2013 Art History (con.: Museum Studies)- In 2015 Sarah started a Master’s in Conservation Practice at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. She earlier worked as an apprentice/intern at Shiraz Art Consulting in Charlotte, NC, and as an education intern and docent at the Charlotte Museum of History. (

Johnson, Daniel 2011 Studio Art – After graduating Daniel served as the Lewis Art Gallery director at Millsaps and also continued to be active in the Jackson community. He was an organizer for the Mississippi Improv Alliance bringing together multidisciplinary free improvisations for creators to communicate with their media in real time. He has worked on the board of VSA Arts of Mississippi providing opportunities for people with disabilities to work with and in the arts. He has hosted an arts and culture podcast called Mississippi Happening and led the organization of a multi-arts Jackson showcase for five years in a row. In the same vein, he was also the 2013 visual art curator for the Jackson FIGMENT festival of interactive arts. Recently he was the lead writer for a successful Our Town grant from the NEA which provided $75,000 towards the development of a creative business hub in the Midtown community. He was hired by the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2014 as Master Teaching Artist and Studio Coordinator, which led to his promotion to the position of Director of Engagement and Learning at the museum. After several years he left the museum to found Significant Developments LLC, for which he is Chief Aesthetics Officer. As the website explains, this organization “builds teams of multidisciplinary professionals to facilitate communities and organizations in strategic advancement through aesthetic interaction.” ( (

Jones, Candace 2007 Studio

Jones, Heather 1992 Studio – Heather worked in a Guatemalan orphanage for a year, then in a home for abused children in North Carolina. She received her M.F.A. in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn, in 2001, after which she began working as an art therapist at Manhattan Psychiatric Center in N.Y. In 2003 she worked within the shelter system and started an art therapy program for mentally ill and chemically addicted homeless persons living in New York City. This experience led to creating a 2004 public exhibition “The Art of Recovery” in collaboration with renowned NYC artist and activist Danny Simmons. Heather worked as a NY state licensed mental health professional at Rivington House Health Care Facility for persons living with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental illness. In 2006 she established the facilities’ first creative arts studio, focusing on rehabilitation and pain management. Heather recently worked on the filming of a DVD funded by a grant from the MAC foundation, highlighting the use of art therapy for the management of pain. In fall 2007 she returned to school to pursue a psychiatric nurse practitioner degree at New York University, and she now has a Master of Science in Nursing. She now lives in Long Beach, MS, and starting in Fall 2016 works as an RN in the crisis stabilization unit of Gulf Coast Mental Health, where she also leads some art therapy groups.  ( or

Jordan, Erin 2011 Art History (double major: Anthropology) – After graduating Erin returned to Tanzania for a year where she taught school and started a Photovoice project with some of her students. She completed her Master’s program in Anthropology at Louisiana State University in 2016 and is finishing her coursework in a doctoral program in Anthropology at the University of Virginia in Spring 2019. (

Kawarazuka, Kaori 1997 Studio – Kaori is back in Japan, living in Kawasaki and continuing to make art.

Kawarazuka, Takeshi 1997 Studio – Takeshi lives in Tokkaichi, Japan, and works for an accounting firm.

Kennedy, Douglas 2013 Art History (con.: Museum Studies) – Douglas completed his MBA at Millsaps in May 2014, and was hired as the Visitor Services Manager at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Spring 2014. He was then employed as the Communications Coordinator at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum and from 2015 to 2017 was the Audience Engagement and Public Relations Manager there. He explained, “I work with all departments to assess how the museum is engaging audiences, manage the institutional brand, and create a comprehensive, strategic communications plan for Art & Science Museum. Special projects include conducting audience research, ongoing cost benefit analyses, and inviting the general public into a relationship with the museum by sharing its stories.” See From March 2017 until Fall 2018 he was the Brand Manager at TILT Design and Web firm in Baton Rouge, and starting in Fall 2018, he began teaching middle-school math and science as a two-year teaching fellow at Esperanza Academy which is part of a larger Episcopal Service Corps program called Life Together. He lives 30 minutes north of Boston in Lawrence, MA. (

King, Samantha 2005 Studio – Sam got her master’s in teaching (art!) at Union University in Jackson, TN, and now lives in Ridgeland, MS. (

Koenig, Christine 2003 Studio – Christine lives in New Orleans and works at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. (

Lang, Bill 1986 Studio – Bill got his M.S. in Public Relations from USM in 1989, and after serving as Public Relations Director for Lewis Communications in Birmingham he became the public relations manager of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in 2003. Since 2005 he’s been the Director of Public Relations at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and Resort in Birmingham. (

Ledbetter, Samantha 2012 Studio – After graduating Samantha worked as a screenprinter at Studio Chane and then as a curator for the Greater Jackson Arts Council. She’s now a lead server at The Apothecary in Jackson as well as being a practicing artist. (

Lee, Frances 2018 Art History – Right after graduating Frances started as the Editor and Communications Coordinator at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge. (

Lowe, David 1997 Studio (double major: English) – David received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, 2000, and in October 2001 was Artist in Residence at Europos Parkas, Vilnius, Lithuania. He has been in various group exhibitions in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and as of 2003 has been working at the New York Public Library, where he is currently the Photography Specialist and Assistant to the Photography Curator. He installed a piece entitled The Heavens in the Cathedral of St. John Divine in New York in 2003, and had a show at Roanoke College in that same year.

Luckett (Baker), Ellen 1995 Art History – Ellen got her Master’s in Public Administration (focus in Nonprofit Management) from Georgia State University, 2002. She worked for four years managing the docent program at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and then worked in the Development Department at the Alliance Theatre Company. Since 2012 she’s worked as a fabric designer for the Japanese company Kokka. She’s an expert seamstress, a craft blogger, and a sewing book author. (

Mancini (Mozingo), Lauren 1997 Studio – Lauren received her M.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Alabama, and has worked as an advertising Account Executive at GodwinGroup since then. She’s now the Senior Brand Manager with them.

Manley (Harris), Toni 2009 Studio – Toni is teaching art at Forest Hill High School (

Martin, Ashley 1999 Art History – After graduation Ashley was an assistant designer in the architectural department of Ingram Construction Company in Madison, and was in charge of the company’s presentation materials and newsletter. She moved to North Carolina in 2001 where she became Production Manager for the News Herald newspaper in Morganton (graphic arts position; design and production of advertising). She moved back to Jackson in 2016, where she started as job manager at Hederman Brothers Printing in August 2016. (

Martin (Tarver), Emily 2000 Studio – Emily went to medical school at UMMC and did her residency there in Emergency Medicine (2005-09). She’s now an emergency physician at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. (

Massey [Chandler], Caroline 2008 Art History (con.: Museum Studies) – Caroline worked at an art and framing shop in Tulsa, OK, before entering a Master’s program in Museum Science and Management at the University of Tulsa in the fall of 2011. One of her research papers, which used WWI propaganda posters to demonstrate how Germans were transformed into racial Others during the war, won first place (out of 177 papers!) at a recent graduate research colloquium. After receiving her M.A., she was hired in 2014 as the Archivist/Administrative Assistant at the Congregation B’nai Emunah in Tulsa. (

Maxson, Courtney 2010 Studio (double major in Geophysics) – Courtney completed her Master’s program in Geographic Information Systems at Johns Hopkins in 2015. She’s now a GIS consultant with Spatial Business Systems in Denver. 

McGaw (Voorhies), Katie 2001 Art History – Katie went to law school at Loyola University in New Orleans, and is now working in New Orleans as a Staff Attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. (

McLaurin, Edward 2005 Studio – After graduation Edward worked as an Art Director at the Operation Shoestring after-school program in Jackson. He also worked for a short period of time at Michael’s Art and Crafts as a professional framer. In 2007 Edward created a body of work entitled “Black Cotton.” This work was exhibited at Parkway Interiors Gallery in Clinton, MS, and also at the Southern Breeze Gallery in Ridgeland, MS. During this time Edward also worked as a portrait artist. He moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and has presented work at the Riordan Wine Gala at the Beverly Hills Country Club. He is the Digital Marketing Manager at Korn Ferry in L.A. To view Edward’s latest work see (

McLeod, John 2001 Studio – After working for several years as an independent artist in Jackson, John returned to his home state of Tennessee and is an active sculptor in Chattanooga. His first museum show was at Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Ga., 2007. See his web site at (

Meredith (Powell), Meg 2002 Studio – After graduating Meg worked for a small real estate company in Memphis updating their website, creating mailers, flyers, and other types of advertising, and was then employed in the marketing department of American Home Shield, which sells home warranties.  She moved back to Jackson in 2007, where she promotes health and wellness across North Mississippi through her position at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. In her spare time, Meg volunteers through the Junior League of Jackson at the Blair Batson Hospital for Children doing arts and crafts with the patients.  She and her husband Davis (also a Millsaps alum) were married in September of 2007. They welcomed a baby boy (Graham) in 2013. (

Michael, Jo Lynn 1984 Studio – Jo Lynn took some graduate painting classes at Mississippi College after leaving Millsaps. She is the owner of Plants Alive, Etc. (a full service florist and interior plant business) and Jo Lynn Michael Properties, Inc. (real estate and residential remodeling, both in Jackson. Her art in various media is sold locally. (

Miyamoto, Ryuta 2000 Studio – Ryuta is a director and video engineer at a Japanese TV station.

Moore, Kimberly 2008 Studio – Kimberly is a 6th grade art teacher at Pearl Junior High School near Jackson. (

Morgan (Maestri), Claire 2001 Art History – Claire was Director of Senior Care Services at Mom’s Best Friend in Dallas from 2009 to 2014 and was then at administrator for Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services. She started Weaver Solutions, which she owns, in 2015, and She and her husband Scott have two children.

Morse, Reilly 1979 Studio – Reilly received his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983, and clerked for the MS Supreme Court. He was formerly an attorney in commercial and insurance partnership, and then a solo attorney with a practice specializing in commercial and environmental law (1996-2005). He is also a part-time judge in the Gulfport Municipal Court. Since 2013 he has been the president of the Mississippi Center for Justice. He continues to paint.  (

Nelson (Cosmiano), Rebecca 2003 Studio – Rebecca married Peter Cosmiano, athletic coach at MS College, and they have three daughters. (

Newsom (Phillips), Hannah 2004 Art History – Hannah was the Volunteer Coordinator for Episcopal Charities Foundation in Atlanta since 2013, and before that was the Development Outreach Supervisor at Church Health Center. She was in the Event Planning Certificate Program at Emory. She and her husband have a young son. (

Noel, Deborah 2005 Studio

O’Brien (Henson), Bridget 2006 Studio – After graduating Bridget studied at the UMMC School of Dentistry and is now a dentist, living in Pensacola with her husband Lee and her children. She said she’d be glad to advise students about the University of Georgia Cortona study abroad program. (

Oliver, Nora 2005 Art History – Nora graduated from medical school at UMMC in 2010, after taking time out to get her master’s of public health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 2013 she completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and remained as one of the chief residents the following year. She specialized in infectious diseases as an internist at the University of Maryland Medical Center. After a fellowship in infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Nora became an infectious disease specialist at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an assistant professor at the Emory University Division of Infectious Diseases. (

Osborne, Chip 1997 Studio

Oswalt (Hood), Cynthia 2003 Studio – Cynthia married Joey Hood in November 2003, and in May 2004 they moved to Pascagoula.  Their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, so they temporarily relocated to Mobile but continued to work in Ocean Springs and Pascagoula. Since 2004 Cynthia has been an account manager at First American Printing and Direct Mail in Ocean Springs, and is their outside sales rep for the MS Gulf Coast. She, Joey, and their children now live in Ackerman, MS.

Palmer (Houston), Michelle 2008 Art History – Michelle completed her Master’s in Historic Preservation in the Architecture School at Tulane University (2009), and then worked with the Historic District Landmarks Commission as the Building Plans Examiner for Uptown neighborhoods (Algiers Point, Irish Channel, Lower Garden District, Garden District, and St. Charles Avenue). She was then hired as the Architectural Historian at the URS Corporation, in 2014 became the Architectural Historian at AECOM in Atlanta, and is now a planner at WSP USA. (

Parker, Murphey 2010 Studio (con.: Digital Arts) – Murphey got his M.Ed. in Sports Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2014. Since then he has been working for Anheuser-Busch InBev, first as a sales rep in Oklahoma City and now as a District Manager in Santa Rosa, CA.

Partridge, Andie 2013 Art History (con.: Museum Studies) – Andie works at Brown’s Fine Art and Framing in Jackson.

Paulson, Jay 2000 Studio (double major: Computer Science) – Jay worked for a telecommunications company in Texas (developing small programs for the web), then for LBJS Broadcasting in Austin until 2004 (where he was a web master for their six radio stations). Since 2004 he’s been the Web Design Specialist for Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in Austin. He also runs

Pemberton (McGrew), Neely 1986 Studio – After graduating Neely spent 5 years as a graphic designer and then moved into fundraising for United Cerebral Palsy, followed by public relations management for GTE Wireless.  More recently, she has been an Account Planner with a large advertising agency in Memphis. (

Pennebaker, Leigh 2001 Studio – Leigh moved to New York after graduation where she has studied at the Art Students’ League, has been resident costume designer for Our Time Theatre Company, and has had her wire sculpture displayed in various N.Y. stories, including Saks Fifth Avenue, and also Shreve Crump and Lowe in Boston. In 2004 eighty-five of her wire sculptures were exhibited in the windows of Barneys New York (Madison Avenue at 61st Street). Leigh and her husband Taro Alexander (founder and artistic director of Our Time Theatre) and beautiful family now live in Middletown, NJ. She’s the VP of Sakura Bloom (2010-16) and the creator, editor, and content curator at Breastfeeding Art. Check out her recent work at (

Pesson, Hillary 2001 Studio – Hillary taught art at the elementary and high school level, and was also responsible for the high school newspaper, web page, and annual. She got her MFA in 2004 from Memphis College of Art, and most recently has been a Genius Admin at Apple in Germanton, TN, and a Visual Merchandising Supervisor at Victoria’s Secret in Memphis. (

Popwell, Carol Allen 1989 Studio – Carol received her M.A. in art education in 1992 from the University of Alabama. She taught English in Japan for 2 years through the JET program, and since 1995 has been an art teacher in elementary and high school.

Puckett, Mathew 2008 Studio – Mathew has exhibited at Fischer Galleries in Fondren and in the Mississippi Invitational at the MS Museum of Art in both 2009 and 2016. He completed his M.F.A. in 2011 at the Memphis College of Art. (

Purves (Arsenault), Allison 2011 Art History (con.: Museum Studies; double major: Religious Studies) – After a summer internship at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, helping to research and write a catalogue of their permanent collection, Allison moved to Nashville in August 2011 to work for Conexion Americas running their language exchange program. She started divinity school at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Fall 2013, and began working as Marketing and Development Assistant at the non-profit Living Room, Inc., in Atlanta, helping to end homelessness for people with HIV/AIDS. In 2016, she began working at The Galloway School in Atlanta as Stewardship Manager, where she has used her skills as an art historian and museum studies concentration to organize an artifact gallery. (

Rilko (Stuart), Tamara 2009 Art History – Mara worked as a Restoration Technician at Cindy Ford Restorations from 2007 to 2013, and from 2013 to 2015 she was the Executive Assistant and Gallery Curator at the Mississippi Arts Commission in Jackson. She and her husband now have two beautiful children. ( or

Robertson (Martin), Chase 1994 French (Art History minor) – Chase received her M.A. in Historic Preservation at the University of Georgia in 1997 and worked in New Orleans as an independent consultant. In 1999 she was the Louisiana organizer for “Promises Kept”, “a national campaign to fully fund the federal Historic Preservation Fund with revenues from offshore oil fees.” From 2001 to 2004 she was an Architectural Reviewer at the Texas Historical Commission (

Robbins, Kathleen 1998 Studio – Kathleen received her M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico in 2001. In 2002-03 she was a photography instructor (sabbatical replacement) at Delta State University, and had a spring 2002 show of her photographs at Wetherbee House Gallery, Greenville. She left Delta State in the fall of 2003 to begin teaching photography as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina. She’s now an associate professor there, as well as the coordinator of the photography program in the School of Visual Art and Design at USC and an affiliate faculty of southern studies. See her website at for more information on her impressive exhibition record. (

Rogers, Ruthie 2007 Art History – After graduation Ruthie worked as an intern at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and then full-time as part of the Marketing Department at the Arboretum and overseer of Public Events. After moving to New Orleans she served as the Coordinator of Special Events at the New Orleans Museum of Art. In 2013 Ruthie and her husband, also a Millsaps alum, moved back to Jackson for his job, and she worked part-time at the Mississippi Children’s Museum while taking evening classes at Tulane in Madison. Ruthie had a beautiful baby boy in March 2014 and that summer was hired as the Director of Participation at the Mississippi Museum of Art. ( (

Royals (Wynn), Mary Ann 1999 Studio

Samples, Jenn 2004 Art History – Jenn spent the year of 2004-05 teaching English in China and then went to medical school at UMMC in Fall 2006. She’s now a surgery resident at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. (

Sanusi (Gele), Monica 1994 Art History & Studio – Monica is the Director of Philanthropy with the March of Dimes Foundation. Previously she was the Director of Development at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans for ten years. Before the Sacred Heart position she was an arts business consultant, and her clients included the Arts Council of New Orleans, Thomas Mann Design & Wayne Amedee. Earlier in her career she worked for the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Arts Alliance of Jackson & Hinds County, the Craftsman’s Guild of MS, and USA International Ballet Competition, and she established the first Fresh Art Festival for Arts Council of New Orleans. (

Savelyeva (Borrello), Kseniya 2012 Studio – Kseniya studied Interior Design at Parsons School of Design and now lives in Ponchatoula with her husband Craig.

Schreiber, Virginia 2011 Art History – Virginia moved to Los Angeles after graduation to explore a career as a production assistant (with a special interest in wardrobe and costume). Her interest also included photography and she worked in 2012 as the photo editor and staff photographer at the Jackson Free Press and BOOM Jackson. She continued to do production assistant work on films in Mississippi (including costume assistant for As I Lay Dying), and she then moved to the Netherlands and completed a Master’s Degree in Moving Image Preservation and Presentation at the University of Amsterdam in 2015. She returned to the States as a Moving Image Digitization and Metadata Specialist at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. She also was an intern in Digital Access at the EYE Filmmuseum since 2014.  She left Nashville in January 2017 and worked about a year and a half at a post-production house in NY as a dailies operator and then dailies colorist. As she explains, her job was “to process all the media my show (or movie) shot that day and apply all of its scene and take metadata and then color the shots to match each other. I then delivered the proper files to editorial etc. so they could start cutting the episode.” Aiming for a position as “Finishing Artist/Colorist,” she moved to Los Angeles when her company in NY transferred her to their LA office. She is serving as the color assist to the senior colorist there. (

Sharpe, Mary Catherine 2014 Art History

Sheffield (Currie), Jennifer 1993 Art History – Jennifer received her M.A. in Art History from Florida State University in 1997, and worked at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL. She’s now living in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, with her daughter Isabel and her new husband Joel Haynes, a decorative artist. Jennifer is developing Star Tree Studio for handmade gifts, accessories, and fine art. See her work at


Simmons, Emily 2015 Art History- Emily served as the Arts Educator at the Mississippi Children’s Museum until the end of 2017, when she took a position as the Participant Coordinator for the International Ballet Competition. ( or

Skipper, Julie 2001 Art History – Julie attended law school at Vanderbilt University, where she received her J.D. in 2004. After graduation, she returned to Jackson and practiced law with Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC, and McGlinchey Stafford,PLLC. After working as the Development and Marketing Officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (2008-10), she joined Watkins Development as Project Manager to work on the Farish Street Entertainment District project. A passionate believer in Jackson’s growth and revitalization, Julie serves on the Advisory Council for Downtown Jackson Partners, the board of DiverseCity Diner, and several committees of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s Vision 2022 plan. She founded and is president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Jackson Free Press and, in her spare time, enjoys taking advantage of Jackson’s art, music, and restaurant scenes. Julie is also a contract attorney for Davis & Crump as well as Carson Law Group in Jackson. (

Smuck, Carol 1995 Art History – Carol is a Fine Art Restorer in Landisville, PA, and sells vintage jewelry and collectibles through her firm Northeast Acquisitions.

Songcharoen, Amarasri (Marci) 1995 Art History – Marci received her Master’s in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. She worked as an architect and lighting designer in New York City and Boston on projects ranging from high-end residential and hospitality to large corporate complexes and public spaces.  She has taught graduate level studio at the Boston Architectural College from 2003-2005.  Marci and her husband Emory Smith (also from Jackson) currently reside in London, England, where she is an architect and lighting designer.  She is also on the Board of Trustees of Architecture for Humanity-UK. (   

Starke (Pounds), Megan 2014 Art History (con.: Museum Studies) – Megan is married to Harrison Pounds and she completed a master’s program in art history at the University of Oregon in 2016. She and Harrison moved back to Jackson in 2016 and she worked for the archives and then the Eudora Welty House and Garden. In August 2017 she was promoted to the position of Education Resource and Outreach Specialist there. She began a Ph.D. program in art history at the University of Michigan in Fall 2018.

Trautzsch, Kati 2015 Studio Art (Digital con.)

Tumu, Hari 1992 English (Art History minor) – Hari is a neurosurgeon with Austin Brain and Spine in Austin, Texas. (

Turner-Ballard, Cecilia 2003 Studio – Cece got her Master’s degree from the Counselor Education Program at Ole Miss in 2016. She works as a Behavior Specialist and Counselor in the Moss Point School District.

Tutor, Travis 2008 Art History – Travis was a graduate student at Mississippi College 2011-13.

Tyler, Bill 1979 Studio – For the website of Bill’s graphic design work, see 

Vackova, Petra 2008 Art History & Studio – Petra completed her M.A. degree in Contemporary Art History at Leiden University in the Netherlands (her thesis was on Third Wave feminism, focusing on the Global Feminism exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum). She followed that up with an M.F.A. (2011) from the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, The Netherlands (her thesis was focused on the Prague Biennale as an example of the unresolved tensions between the art worlds of Eastern and Western Europe). She also co-organized an art exhibit at the Czech Cultural Center of the Czech Embassy in the Netherlands that will introduce young Czech artists to the “West”. She has also exhibited her work at a gallery in Gdansk, Poland. Petra married Sergio Ioppolo in 2012 and moved to Los Angeles, where she was a Contemporary Art Start Ambassador (tours for K-12 schools) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a researcher and blogger for the website LA Arts Resources, and an after school teacher at the Nobel Education Institute. She and Sergio now live in Milton Keynes, England, with their new son Miroslav, born in January 2016. (

Vincent, Matthew 1997 Elementary Education (Art History minor) – Matthew spent two years teaching in Korea and is now teaching fifth grade in Baltimore. (

Waites, Patrick 2007 Art History – Patrick is Private Events Coordinator at Mohawk Austin, and lives in Austin, TX. (

Walker (King), Virginia 2002 Art History – Virginia completed her M.A. in art history at Vanderbilt in 2005, with a thesis on “Bird-men: Mississippian Images of the Political and Religious Elite.” She completed her doctorate in 2012 at the University of Texas, Austin, focusing on Mesoamerican art. Her dissertation was entitled “Malinalco: An Expression of Mexica Political and Religious Dominance in a Subject Territory.” Virginia was married to Daniel King in December 2009 and they live in Austin, where she teaches middle school math.  (

Walter, Nicole 2005 Studio – After graduating Nicole taught high school art, English, Biology, and Spanish before going back to school and getting her Master’s in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin, in 2012. She was an Intern Architect at Komatsu Architecture, Fort Worth (2013-14), and now at Schwarz Hanson Architects, Fort Worth (since 2014). (

Wardlaw, Lyle 1996 Studio (double major: Elementary Education) – After taking some graphic arts and advertising classes in Memphis, Lyle has worked at several advertising agencies, most recently as Art Director at Inferno (2005-14) and Senior Creative Lead at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (since 2014).

Watkins (Brennan), Georgia 1991 Studio – Georgia got her degree in social work at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, in 1995, and currently works as a Senior Magistrate in the Jefferson County Family Court. She’s married, with one son and two stepchildren.

Webb, Jonathan 2008 Studio – After graduating Jonathan worked as the Lewis Art Gallery director at Millsaps and also served as the Millsaps coordinator for Lilly Internships. He was employed for a while at A Plus Signs and Creative, Inc., and at Davaine Lighting, before returning to Millsaps to serve as the Fine Arts coordinator in the Admissions office. (

Welch, Maria 2018 Studio Art – Maria started an MFA in Fall 2018 at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in their Book Arts and Printmaking program. (

White (Gibbons), Leanna 2011 Art History (con.: Museum Studies) – After graduation Leanna traveled to Europe and worked at Sotheby’s in London. She married David Gibbons in 2014 and they live in London. (

Willoughby (Swayze), Meg 1994 Art History – Meg received her M.A. in Gallery Studies from the University of Essex, England, in 1996, then taught studio and art history in public and private schools and also at the junior college and college level. She completed her M.F.A. at Mississippi College and moved to Lexington, KY, with her husband, where she home-schooled her three children and taught in the Adult Program at Indiana Wesleyan University. She was then hired by Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, to teach art history survey and art appreciation and to run the art gallery on campus. (

Yasumoto, Hideki 1998 Studio – Hideki lives in Hamamatsu, Japan, and since 2000 has worked as a representative at HC Import. (

Young, Walter 2005 Studio – After graduating Walter worked for a marketing company where he did video editing and graphic design, and then as a sleep lab manager before going on for a Master’s in Computer Science at Jackson State University in 2015. He’s now a software developer at TIBCO Software, Inc., in Seattle. (

Zeber (Seymour), Stephanie 1997 Studio – Stephanie is a graphic designer for Public Affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Before that she worked with Hederman Brothers and Meta3/Ayrix. She’s married to Calvin Seymour. (