Tableaux Vivant!

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The students in Dr. Elise Smith‘s 18th and 19th Century Art were divided into groups and each group given a list of paintings that they’d studied in class to recreate in tableaux vivants. These “living pictures” were a kind of parlor game that was popular in the 19th century. Other students then had to guess what the painting was – not easy for either the recreators or the guessers, but it was a fun alternative way to learn about pose and composition!

Jacques-Louis David’s Death of Socrates.
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Angelica Kauffmann’s Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi
Théodore Géricault's Raft of the Medusa
Théodore Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa

Click here to view other examples of tableaux vivants, these from Dr. Smith’s Baroque Art classes.



Lewis Art Gallery Events

Martha McDonald, Howorth Speaker for 2018

Artist Talk – Friday, January 26th at 1pm, in AC 215

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The Weeping Dress (photo curtesy of the artist).

Martha McDonald is an interdisciplinary artist whose performances and installations feature handcrafted costumes and objects that she activates through gestures of making and unmaking and singing to transmit narrative. McDonald’s practice often focuses on site-specific “interventions” in historic house museums, libraries and gardens which investigate the sites and their stories to explore how these public places connect with personal histories and emotional states.

McDonald is the Howorth Speaker for 2018, a prestigious lecture series that has hosted speakers such as Linda Weintraub, Mary D. Garrard, and Jane Hammond. McDonald will be doing a presentation in the spring Performance Art ss and conducting studio visits with current upperclassmen in the studio department.


Jennifer Drinkwater, Main Gallery (Jan. 8 – Feb. 7)

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Jennifer Drinkwater is an assistant professor with a joint appointment between the department of art and visual culture and Iowa State University extension and outreach.  Her personal work and teaching often explore how we bring artwork from the studio into the world, and accordingly, how this work can both build and shape community.

Visits with Intermediate Studio students – Thursday, January 18

Artist Talk – Friday, January 19 at 2pm in AC 335, with a reception in the gallery to follow.

Juried Student Exhibition, Main Gallery (Feb. 12 – March 21)

– Digital Submissions Due By February 1  (Any students may submit, not just limited to students currently enrolled in art courses. Students may submit work completed in art classes as well as anything done on their own. Current art scholars must submit work in order to retain their scholarship, even if work is not juried into the exhibition).

Juror Gallery Talk: TBD

Senior Exhibition, Main Gallery (March 26 – May 2)

Senior bodies of work by Maria Welch and Ninette Hickey, installed as part of their comprehensive exams.

Gallery Talks: TBD


Current Studio Art Majors

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A shot of the current studio art majors after discussions with international artist Dr. Peju Layiwola. Upper level students in the Art department benefit from individual studio visits with artists visiting Millsaps. This helps students further develop their work with extra feedback from professionals outside the faculty.

From left to right: Maria Welch (SR), Emilie Davis (JR), Justin Stubblefield (JR), Dr. Layiwola, Grayston Barron (JR), Ashton Ates (JR), Kayla Palmer (JR), Ninette Hickey (SR), M.K. Bozeman (JR).

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This fall, current juniors also put together a pop up show at Float Jxn in Midtown, a burgeoning arts community on the west side of Millsaps campus. The show, entitled Piece by Piecewas part of a collaborative assignment in the junior seminar. Every year juniors are required to find a space in Jackson to install their work, advertise, and organize a reception.


“Shifting Focus”–virtual exhibition

This virtual exhibition was created by students enrolled in “Modern Art” at Millsaps College taught by Faculty Teaching Fellow Erin L. McCutcheon in Fall 2017. Organized around four key themes – urban culture, experimentation, conflict, and innovation – students invite viewers to consider how these works contributed to the ongoing and multifaceted project that is modern art.



Faculty Exibition

Millsaps Studio Art faculty members, Kristen Tordella-Williams and Sue Carrie Drummond, are in the Lewis Art Gallery from 1/11/17 to 2/13/17. The artist talk is 1/27/17 at 2pm in the gallery.



Kristen Tordella-Williams

20 (of a projected 40) Wreaths

2015, cast iron, variable dimensions.



Sue Carrie Drummond


2017, handmade paper, paper pigments, sewing thread, machine sewing.