School Department News
The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University will host from November 11 until December 18 an exhibit of artwork restored following Hurricane Katrina.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11 at the Gillespie Museum, located on the Hattiesburg campus. There will be a gallery talk by Iris Easterling, former curator and coordinator of the restoration project for the Gillespie Collection.
The Gillespie Collection is considered to be the most comprehensive and extensive collection of art executed by Mississippians during the twentieth century. There are over 600 works by Mississippi artists, employing various media and exploring wide-ranging subject matter. The Collection was housed at the former Coast campus of WCU, which was destroyed by Katrina in 2005. Since then, the Collection has undergone extensive conservation and preservation measures and is now stored at the Gillespie Museum.
The Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University will host “Fractured Space,” an exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculptures by Mississippi artist Patt Odom, from September 23 until October 16.
The opening reception for the exhibit is 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 25.
Odom specializes in oil and acrylic paintings with south Mississippi themes. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and has also studied at the University of Hawaii, Louisiana Tech University, the Ringling School of Art and Design and the Arrowmont School of Art and Craft. She has taught art at USM, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Lilly Burney School and Leakesville High School.
Odom continues to teach workshops across the country. She has had numerous shows of her work throughout the South and many influential local collections feature her work, including collections at WCU.
Odom’s approach to art attempts to reveal the character, humanity and spirit of the figures she paints. Her highly personal style illuminates her artistic process by making viewers aware of the paint, the color and the brushwork she uses.
This show includes 30 paintings and drawings along with six ceramic sculptures, representative of the emotional range and technical mastery of Odom’s recent works.
The Parker Gallery, located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg, is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or by appointment by calling (801) 755-4052.
The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum at William Carey University will present the art exhibit “Song of the Birds” from September 4 until October 15.
The opening reception will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on September 4. The exhibit features photographs by Alison Morgan; watercolors by Kym Garraway-Braley; and sculptures by Vixon Sullivan. All three artists are from Hattiesburg.
Morgan, a retired educator, works to share her faith in Jesus Christ through photographs of His creation, whether of people or wildfire. Her work has been published in Signature Magazine and in the Mississippi Wildlife Federation 2014-2015 Pamphlet. Additionally, her work has been exhibited at the Oddfellows Gallery in Hattiesburg.
Garraway-Braley has been a professional, full-time artist for over 30 years, working for companies such as John Deere, Barnes and Noble and Dear Cards. Her work has appeared in public buildings, schools, churches, government facilities, hospitals and in commissioned pieces. Her passion is illustrating children’s books. She will debut her own book of devotions in spring 2015.
Sullivan, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in advertising, recently left the advertising field to pursue art professionally. His goals are to find contentment in using his God-given talent and to bring joy to others through art and community involvement.
The Gillespie Museum contains the most comprehensive and extensive collection of art by Mississippians during the 20th century. Over 600 works are contained in the collection.
The museum is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (601) 318-6542.