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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 8:56am

The Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University will host the South Mississippi Art Association’s “Juried Exhibition of Watercolors, Oils, and Acrylics” from August 26 until September 18.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 28 at the Parker Gallery, located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg.

The exhibition includes 36 works by 20 artists.

For more information, call 801-755-4052.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:43am

Chatham Meade Kemp, assistant professor of art at William Carey University, recently received an Artist Fellowship grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).

The MAC grant of $4,500 was awarded to Kemp based on her exemplary work in her chosen field of painting. The Artist Fellowship program is highly competitive, with only a small number of the total applicants each year receiving an award of up to $5,000. The award is based solely on merit with the requirement that the funds be used to expand the artist’s ability to create new work.

“I will be using the MAC grant to create my next series of paintings, including materials, transport, framing and promotion of work,” said Kemp.

The grant is a portion of the $1.34 million in grants MAC awarded in 2014-2015. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The arts in Mississippi are now being recognized as a key component to economic development and as a driver for creative strategies for the growth of our communities,” said Dr. Tom Pearson, executive director of MAC. “Individual artists play a vital role as really the backbone of this movement, and it is an honor for this agency to be a part of their professional growth.”

According to Kemp, her paintings celebrate her “love of making discoveries with the expressive power of color and the physical process of layering paint on canvas.” Her work walks a line between representation and abstraction, suggesting natural forms such as plants, trees and flowers, along with weather patterns and other natural world references.

Kemp’s work has also been selected to be displayed at the bi-annual Mississippi Invitational Juried Exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art from November 1 until January 25, 2015. Through this exhibition, Kemp has also applied for a $15,000 travel/study grant. The winner of the grant will be announced in October.

“Going through the selection process for the exhibition was a great learning experience,” said Kemp. “The events for the exhibition, including the opening reception, will allow me to meet artists from all areas of the state.”

The Mississippi Museum of Art will also produce a full color catalog of all of the artists involved, including statements about the artwork and biographical information.

“It is a great honor to be included in this exhibit,” she said.

Kemp is the daughter of James W. Meade, an art faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi for over 40 years, and local artist and teacher Myra Meade. She has taught at WCU since 2007.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 8:35am
Brent Wallace, adjunct professor of photography at William Carey University and certified photographic consultant, will teach a photography class (ART 215.18) at WCU this fall on Tuesday evenings at 5:45 p.m.
 
The prerequisite of Art 108 has been waived so that any student, faculty, staff, or community member who wishes to take this class can do so. For current art students, it will meet part of the art core requirement.
 
Wallace, who is the founding member and current president of the Camaraderie Photography Club, retired from Forrest General Hospital as marketing specialist and photographer in 2011. Holding degrees in art and photography, he started shooting professionally in 1980 and has led numerous workshops, photo tours, and classes over the tenure of his career.
 
“I believe that outstanding images are the results of a team effort guided by the client’s needs,” Wallace said.
 
Using proven photographic principles coupled with digital technology, he teaches students the essentials and professional approaches to working aesthetically with photography goals. Macintosh computers will be available for all students to use in the classroom during the tenure of the class.
 
Participants will need to provide their own photography equipment. The class will begin on August 26 and end on November 4.
 
For more information about the class, contact Dr. Read Diket, professor of art, at (601) 318-6205 or rdiket@wmcarey.edu.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 9:34am

Hattiesburg, MS, June 24, 2014 -  The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University is currently displaying a an exhibit “A Slice of Summer,” featuring works by Charles Ambrose, Walter Inglis Anderson, James McConnell Anderson, Leif Anderson, Christopher Stebly, and other Mississippi artists. The exhibit will hang until August 27.
 
Named for Hattiesburg native and art patron Sarah Gillespie, the museum houses the most complete collection of art produced by Mississippians in the 20th century. It includes over 600 works by Mississippi artists, and employs various media and a wide range of subject matter.
 
The exhibit is open to the public free of charge. During the summer, the museum is open by special appointment only by calling (601) 318-6542.

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:04pm

Hattiesburg, MS, May 12, 2014 - William Carey University will graduate nearly 750 undergraduate, graduate, and College of Osteopathic Medicine students from the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses May 16, 17, and 24. Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, will preside at the ceremonies.
 
The ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving graduate degrees is Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. During this ceremony, the School of Education will graduate its inaugural cohorts for both the EdD and the PhD in Higher Education Administration. The speaker is Dr. Rodney Bennett, president of The University of Southern Mississippi.
 
The first ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving undergraduate degrees is Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. Students receiving degrees from the school of arts and letters, school of nursing and school of natural and behavioral sciences will be recognized. The speaker is Mark Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church of Jackson.
 
The second ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving undergraduate degrees is Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Students receiving degrees from the school of business, school of education, school of missions and Biblical studies, and the school of music will be recognized. The speaker is Alan Perry, a lawyer with Forman, Perry, Watkins, Krutz & Tardy, LLP, of Jackson.
 
The ceremony for Tradition graduate and undergraduate students is Saturday, May 17 at 4 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The speaker is Dr. Scott Hummel, provost at WCU.
 
On May 24, the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) will graduate its inaugural class of 94 students as doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.)  at 10 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. The speaker for this historic graduation is Dr. Karen Nicholls, past president of the American Osteopathic Association. As the 26th school of osteopathic medicine in the country and the first in the state, the WCUCOM’s mission is to train future physicians for careers in primary care medicine to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the Gulf South Region. The medical school, under the leadership of Dr. James “Jim” Turner, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (CC-SACS).
 
For more graduation information, call the Office of the Registrar at (601) 318-6195.