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, worked in Memphis for a while, and now lives in Como. Her photo exhibition in Summer 2019 at Rust College was on “The Women Who Captured Junior Kimbrough.” 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. ( 

Ates, Ashton 2019 Studio

Baker, Whitney 2021 Art History (con.: Museum Studies) – Whitney received a full-time paid internship with the Smithsonian in their Gardens division, September 2021-May 2022, developing online educational programming for them. She started work in October 2022 as a Financial Services Representative for TIAA, in Charlotte, NC. (

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.

Barron, Grayston 2019 Art History and Studio Art double major – Gray was chosen as the first Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Education at the Mississippi Museum of Art: (

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. Since 2014 she has been the Director of Client Relations at the Fiorito District Office of Northwestern Mutual.

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 in Charleston, S.C.

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. After moving to Durham, NC, in 2013, where Jenny continued as a full-time online instructor in art history, they now live in Chattanooga and have three beautiful children. (

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. She works at Cane Capital Management and Danielle Fontenot Art.

Bozeman, M.K. 2019 Studio – M.K. is Public Relations/Graphic Design Account Manager at K Strategies, a marketing and public relations agency in Dallas.

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. In July 2020 she returned to the Mississippi Museum of Art as the Director of Marketing: ( or

Bragg, John 2002 Studio – (

Brennan, Madison 2017 Art History & Studio double major – Beginning in 2018 Madison taught art history at Carroll High School in Monroe, LA (and also started the Art Club and was the tennis coach!). She focused her courses on African American as well as other contemporary artists. Madison moved to South Carolina in 2019 where she worked at Four Corners Art Gallery and Framing in Bluffton. She entered the MLIS graduate program in 2020 at the University of South Carolina and continues to be a practicing artist. (

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. (

Brown, Marissa 2020 Studio – Marissa teaches art at Smillow Prep, a public charter middle school in Jackson.

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 worked as associate registrar at The Historic New Orleans Collection from 2010 to 2017 and now lives in Baton Rouge with her husband and their sons Elliot and Stuart. (

Brumfield (Mitchell), Christina 2011 Studio Art – Christina graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., with an Associate Culinary Degree, and has worked as a line-cook at Herbsaint Restaurant, New Orleans, at PJs Coffee in McComb, and at Brumfield Oil Company. ( 

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

Callaway, Elizabeth Pryor 1997 Studio – Pryor 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 became the Executive Director and Curator at the Salado Museum and College Park and is now Director of the Museum of North Texas History.(

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 worked as a pharmacy tech with Wal-Mart Pharmacy. She lives in Hernando with her husband and three children.

Carter, Emma 2020 History major, Art History minor – After getting her Master’s in Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Emma started a new job on Oct. 31, 2022, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as its Rights Researcher for its grant-funded project on making their collection more Open Access.

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 was the atelierista at Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool before serving as the Upper School art teacher at Currey Ingram Academy from 2018 to 2020.(

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 (Agynes) 2001 Studio & Art History – Agnieszka completed a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Krakow in 2006, and is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects. She worked at S. Mitchell Hodge Architecture in Nashville, 2015-2018, and as an associate at FitzGerald Architecture & Planning in Chicago, 2018-2020.

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

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). Since 2017 he has worked freelance on multiple projects: see 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 the BIM (Building Information Modeling) Coordinator at Woodward Design+Build 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, Grace and Hebert Architects, and Holly and Smith Architects in New Orleans. (

Currie, Isabel 2020 Art History (

Davis (Byrd), Emilie 2019 Studio – Emilie teaches art at Gary Road Intermediate School, and in 2020 she married another wonderful Millsaps grad, Andrew Byrd. (

Davis, Brenden 2020 (December) Studio (con.: Digital Arts) – Brenden manages Fondren Art Gallery and continuing to develop his animations. He’s currently under contract as the lead animator for a podcast/video essay series on mental health called Dying/Laughing. His work was also accepted in the 2021 Mississippi Invitational:! (

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. Beginning in 2016 she became the Criminal Intake Prosecutor and since 2017 has served as the Criminal Appellate Director at the Williamson County Attorney’s Office in Georgetown, TX. (

Dorian, Lily 2020 Studio – After graduating Lily worked as a gallery attendant at Brown’s Fine Arts & Framing in Jackson and since then has been involved in TV productions in Los Angeles, Dallas, Jackson, and Paris (France!). She lived in Paris for 4 months while making Love Without Borders, a reality documentary-style dating show. On this crew she was the Key Production Assistant, organizing the other PAs, prepping camera equipment, coordinating with cast, logging field notes, and making sure all of the crew had what they needed each day to film. From this experience she was able to use her connections to work on the producing team of two seasons of Love Is Blind in Texas (a Netflix original reality show).  (

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 received her Master of Arts in Teaching at Belmont University while co-teaching first grade in a low-income school in Nashville. She also has a Master in Education in English as a Second or Foreign Language from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is now an ESL teacher at Metro Nashville Public Schools. (

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 worked as an architect with William Rawn Associates in Boston before returning to Auburn in 2020 as an Assistant Research Professor with the Front Porch Initiative of Rural Studio at the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction: (

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 is now an auctioneer 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 worked as Wholesale Account Executive and then Sales Manager for Julie Vos jewelry designer. In 2021 she moved to Houston as Design Assistant for CBG Interiors. (

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 then began work at Torq/Lite in Houston, first as the Assistant Director of Marketing and then as Executive Vice President. In 2020 she became a licensed realtor with Tammy Bateman Properties in Houston. (

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 finished her law degree at the Mississippi College School of Law in 2020 and is now an associate focusing on disaster recovery matters at Weisbrod Matteis & Copley.   (

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 earned her M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa and then her MFA at the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2020. Skilled in book conservation, she runs a book bindery in Iowa City. She has also exhibited widely and her books are included in such collections as the Library of Congress, Penn State Libraries’ Special Collections, and Washington University in St. Louis’ Department of Special Collections. See (

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 in 2007 she started teaching first grade at Ruby Bridges Elementary School in the Alameda Unified School District.

Gourlay (Winfield), 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.  After graduate school she worked in the publishing field in London and now is the Director of Philanthropy at the non-profit CRT (Church Revitalisation Trust). She and her husband, Russell Winfield, the Dean of St. Mellitus College in London, also run a church on Sundays, and they have two children. ( or

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. She moved to Dallas in 2019 and began a position as Manager of Stewardship at the Dallas Museum of Art. She was promoted to Director of Special Events in Summer 2022. (

Green, H. I. 2021 Studio – Green was awarded a competitive post-baccalaureate fellowship at the MS Museum of Art for 2022-23, working in Education. (

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 the Communications Manager at Bridgestone, and is now a Communications Leader @ Amazon in Nashville. (

Haddad, Abed 2014 Chemistry (minor in Art History) – Abed got his PhD at CUNY in Chemistry, with a focus on Conservation Science. He had a two-month internship at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for Summer 2016. He is now the David Booth Fellow in Conservation Science at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, with particular expertise in the use of Raman spectroscopy and SERS for micro- and noninvasive analysis of pigments. See this recent article on the Millsaps website: (

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 Manager 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 then became the Manager of Gallery Interpretation and Access Programs at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in Manhattan, until COVID hit. Since 2020 she has taught several online discussion-based art history courses for the Vero Beach Museum of Art, focused on women artists, and in Fall 2021 she taught a course at NYU on Digital Arts in the Art Organization for their Visual Arts Administration masters program. She also continued her freelance work (gallery teaching at the Brooklyn Museum and working as an educator at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NY), before accepting a job in September 2021 at the Jewish Museum in NY as their Manager of Interpretive Media, responsible for producing their multimedia guide content, both audio and video. In Fall 2022 she moved to Denver as an interpretive specialist at the Denver Art Museum, focused on architecture and design and working with curators to develop exhibitions. (

Harris, Ashley 2005 Studio – Ashley received an A.A.S. in Graphic Design Technology from Hinds Community College and worked as a graphic designer at L-3 Communications in Jackson from 2008 to 2018. Since 2018 she has been employed as a graphic designer at Vertex Aerospace, designing their quarterly newsletter and working on marketing materials, software and website design, and items such as  proposal covers, spines, and CDs. 

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. She is married to Kevin Dotson and lives in Madison, MS.

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 served as the Assistant Director at the Association for Visual Arts in Tennessee, 2012-2016. Since 2016 she has been the Director of Special Events and Parent Engagement at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga. (

Hawkins, Joan 1995 Studio – Joan worked at Pearl River Glass Studio after graduating and since 2006 she has run Joan Hawkins Art & Interiors in Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood (

Helo (Rogers), Crystal 2003 Studio – Crystal and Joseph (and their children) moved to 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 his medical residency, and she taught an art history course at Christopher Newport University in Newport News in Fall 2007.  They now live in Beaumont, Texas, with their two beautiful children. (

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 and then as Brand Manager for the MS Department of Transportation. 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 (Dietz), Alyce 2008 Studio – Alyce worked for a year after graduating as Assistant Art Curator and Event Coordinator at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge, 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 worked at Bani, Carville & Brown Architects, LLC in Baton Rouge since 2014, first as an architectural intern and then full-time as an architect from 2017 to 2020. Since 2020 she has been an architect with By Day, a design studio in Baton Rouge specializing in commercial  and residential architecture. (

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: and  (

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 the Social Media Specialist for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (2011-20). She is now the Marketing Coordinator for the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health  Science Center (2021- ). She married Harrison Witt in 2009. (

Ivey, Mary Frances 2016 Art History – Mary Frances received her M.A. in art history at the University of Kansas in 2018 and began a Ph.D. graduate program there with a focus on contemporary art in the same year. (

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 a Human Resources and Learning & Development professional 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)- Sarah 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. In 2017 she completed a Master’s in Conservation Practice at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, and worked as a Conservation Assistant at Brecknock Museum in Brecon, Wale, for four months in 2017, followed by four months in 2018 as a conservator at Martin O’Brien Cabinetmaker and Conservation in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area of N.C. She was an Objects Conservator at Carolina Conservation outside of Columbia, SC, from 2018 to 2019, and in June 2019 she started a Ph.D. program at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Her doctoral thesis, which should be completed in 2022 at the university’s “Laboratoire des Technologies pour les Matériaux du Patrimoine” (LATHEMA), will be on “The development and optimization of biotechnological approach to cultural iron stabilization.” (

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 in 2019 she finished her coursework in a doctoral program in Anthropology at the University of Virginia, where she is a Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellow. See, which explains that “She studies the ways in which families imagine and manifest the future in northern Tanzania, specifically through formal education and community banking organizations.” (

Kawarazuka, Kaori 1997 Studio – Kaori is back in Japan, living in Kawasaki and continuing to make art. She participated in the department’s juried alumni exhibition in 2017, for which she submitted several beautiful fabric pieces using traditional natural indigo dying techniques known as “Tennenn Aku-Hakkou-Date”. (

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 and then a Graduate Support 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 in 2018 she was the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of the USA International Ballet Competition. She now lives in Memphis. (

Koenig, Christine 2003 Studio – Christine lives in New Orleans and earned her MBA at UNO in 2021. Earlier she was employed 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 also as a curator for the Greater Jackson Arts Council, 2011-2014. Since 2014 she has been a lead server at The Apothecary in Jackson as well as 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. See his NYPL blogs here: and also this article:

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 in 1998, 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 taught art at Forest Hill High School and is married to Andrew Harris. (

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 worked as an emergency medicine physician at Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville, Florida, in 2009, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, 2012-13, and at Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, 2013-18. In 2018 she returned to Jackson as an assistant professor of emergency medicine at UMMC and is particularly interested in virtual simulation: (

Martin, Turner 2021 Art History (con.: Museum Studies) ( – Turner was hired as the Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Education at the Mississippi Museum of Art, starting September 1, 2021.

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 worked as the Archivist/Administrative Assistant at the Congregation B’nai Emunah in Tulsa, 2014-17. She is now the Office Manager for Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a thriving artist residency: (

Maxson, Courtney 2010 Studio (double major in Geophysics) – Courtney completed her Master’s program in Geographic Information Systems at Johns Hopkins in 2015. She worked as a GIS consultant with Spatial Business Systems in Denver and since 2017 has worked for Hydromax USA in Louisville, first as GIS Integration Developer and then as Data Integration Manager.

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. Since 2012 he’s been the Web Operations 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. (

Milano, Madison 2022 Art History and Studio – Madison landed a job at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, working on their beautiful floats. (

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 an administrator for Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services. She started and ran Weaver Solutions, a consulting company for senior services, 2015-18, and then worked for Reliant at Home, a company that provides Home Health, Hospice, and Personal Assistance Services. Since 2019 she has been their Regional Director of Sales. 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. They now live in Jasper, AL, with their three daughters. (

Newsom (Phillips), Hannah 2004 Art History – Hannah was the Volunteer Coordinator for Episcopal Charities Foundation in Atlanta, beginning in 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 and now live in Memphis. (

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, Kayla 2019 Studio – Kayla teaches at Smillow Prep, a public charter middle school in Jackson.

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 NEPA Planner and Architectural Historian 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 worked for Anheuser-Busch InBev, first as a sales rep in Oklahoma City and then as a District Manager in Santa Rosa, CA. He is now employed with Epic Wines & Spirits as Director of Field Execution in Northern California.

Partridge (Ward), Andie 2013 Art History (con.: Museum Studies) – After graduation Andie worked at Brown’s Fine Art and Framing in Jackson.  She now works at Ashland Gallery in Mobile, where she lives with her husband Mark.

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 worked as a software engineer for various companies in Austin, and since 2019 he’s been the Senior Manager of Software Engineering at Schwab Advisor Services in Austin, leading a team of 7 fulltime engineers along with 20 offshore engineers who build and maintain Charles Schwab’s Portfolio Connect, a web application for financial advisors.

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 was the VP of Sakura Bloom (2011-16) and the creator, editor, and content curator at Breastfeeding Art. She has also been the CEO of Marvelous Kiddo since 2007. 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 worked as a Genius Admin at Apple in Germanton, TN, and a Visual Merchandising Supervisor at Victoria’s Secret in Memphis. She was employed as an analyst by St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis in 2017, and is now Senior Analyst, Innovation. (

Peters, John 2020 Studio

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.

Porter, Alicia 2021 Studio

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 and is an active artist while also working in the food industry: (

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 used her skills as an art historian and museum studies concentration to organize an artifact gallery. In 2019 she became the Experience Design Manager at the Forum for Theological Exploration in Atlanta. (

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 continues to restore paintings and objects and will also be starting a part-time position as art teacher at Madison Avenue Upper Elementary. She and her husband Jimmy Paul Stuart live in Madison and have three 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. Since 2012 she has been a self-employed event planner, specializing in non-profit fundraising events in the Austin area. She also, since 2013, has been a curb appeal consultant, advising realtors how to help homeowners as they prepare to put their homes on the market.  (

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 a full 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; also (

Rogers (Massey), 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 was hired in 2014 as the Director of Participation at the Mississippi Museum of Art and was then promoted to Director of Operations. See She’s married to William Massey and they have two wonderful boys. ( (

Royals (Wynn), Marianne 1999 Studio – Marianne has worked at Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson.

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 was a surgery resident at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill and since 2018 has worked as a colorectal surgeon at the Surgical Specialists of Charlotte, P.A.: She married Steve Holl in 2016. (

Sanusi (Gele), Monica 1994 Art History & Studio – Since 2016 Monica has served as the Chief Advancement Officer for Holy Cross School in New Orleans. Previously she was the Director of Philanthropy, Major Gifts, with the March of Dimes Foundation, 2015-16, and the Director of Development at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, 2006-15. 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 Light Iron, 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 in 2019 when Light Iron transferred her to their L.A. office. She served as the color assist to the senior colorist there. In 2021 she was hired as Post Coordinator for HBO in L.A.. (

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 lived in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, for a number of years and established Star Tree Studio for handmade gifts, accessories, and fine art. She recently moved back to Mississippi, has remarried, and is active as an “intuitive artist and coach”: Her daughter Isabel graduated from Millsaps with an art history major in 2020! (

Simmons (Sandoval), 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. She works at her family’s Fondren gallery, Brown’s Fine Art & Framing, and is married to Gabe Sandoval. (

Skipper (Noone), 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 has served 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 has written 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 has been a contract attorney for Davis & Crump since 2013 and an attorney at Carson Law Group in Jackson since 2014. (

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 the director of SEAM Design, established in 2009, with 7 multinational employees. They’ve worked in more than 30 countries with architects such as Zaha Hadid, Foster + Partners, AL_A, and Buro: Ole Scheeren. See 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 and has completed all her coursework.

Stubblefield, Justin 2019 Studio – After graduation Justin was accepted at SCAD for an MFA in Animation. (

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 the University of Mississippi 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, and she completed her thesis at the Open University there in 2021, on art-making and educational justice, with “research interests in the materiality of artmaking, early childhood education, inclusion and classroom ethnography.” (

Vincent, Matthew 1997 Elementary Education (Art History minor) – Matthew spent two years teaching in Korea and then teaching fifth grade in Baltimore. Since 2015 he has been teaching 4th grade reading in the New Orleans area. (

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 she has been 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. Since 2017 he has worked as the Bar Manager at Fine & Dandy in Jackson. (

Welch, Maria 2018 Studio Art – Maria completed her MFA in 2020 at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in their Book Arts and Printmaking program. Making art in Philadelphia (and recipient of the 2020 Holle Award for Excellence and Creativity in Book Arts!), she also worked at the TWEE studio until moving to Cleveland in March 2022 to start as the Workshop Manager at The Morgan Conservatory (a papermaking, book art, and print non-profit). She coordinates all of their workshop programming, about forty workshops a year, and also taught a course on “Artists Books: Narrative and Form” at the Cleveland Institute of Art during Fall 2022. See (

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 hired in 2014 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 worked as a software developer at TIBCO Software, Inc., in Seattle, 2015-2020, and since 2020 has been Software Development Engineer II at OfferUp. (

Zeber (Seymour), Stephanie 1997 Studio – Stephanie is a graphic designer for Public Affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, since 2014. Before that she worked with Hederman Brothers and Meta3/Ayrix. She’s married to Calvin Seymour. (