School Department News


Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:25am

The Lucile Parker Gallery will host an exhibit of paintings by John Armistead Jan. 10 – Feb. 2. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The gallery is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue on the William Carey University campus. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 1 to 4 p.m. or call (801) 755-4052 for an appointment.

John Armistead, an ordained minister, is an award-winning author, artist, and journalist. He holds degrees from Mississippi College (BA, English), the University of Mississippi (MA, classics), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (DMin).

Armistead began formal studio training in Mobile when he was eight years old, working in pastels and oils. He continued art studies through college, and in recent years has participated in master's classes taught by Everett Raymond Kinstler at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the Art Students League of New York, and the National Academy of Design in New York City. The influence of Kinstler, the country's foremost painter of five U.S. presidents and over 50 cabinet members, is increasingly evident in his work.
Armistead is the author of three mystery novels and two novels for teenagers, and hundreds of his paintings hang in museums and homes throughout the country. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Authors Guild, the National Association of Independent Artists, the Portrait Society of America, the Mississippi Art Colony, and the Harley Owners Group (HOG). He lives with his family in Tupelo.
Posted 1/5/2017
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 4:35pm
Nov. 29 – Dec. 15 at Lucile Parker Gallery
The Lucile Parker Gallery will feature an exhibit by Mississippi artist Kim Whitt beginning Nov. 29 and running through Dec. 15. The “Evolving by Nature” exhibit features Whitt’s paintings and weavings. The opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. The gallery is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue on the William Carey University campus. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday or by appointment. Call (801) 755-4052 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Kim Whitt has had a lifetime of involvement in the arts as a student, teacher, administrator, and artist in movement, fiber/textiles and painting. Whitt is a fiber artist and painter, holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology and dance from the University of Southern Mississippi with graduate studies in process pedagogy, and is certified to teach K-12 in visual and performing arts. 
Whitt taught creative movement, visual art and drama for 10 years, is a past Fellow member of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild as an accomplished textile artist, and has taught weaving to all ages, beginner to advanced. She also served as the arts education director for the Mississippi Arts Commission, overseeing visual artists, craftsmen and arts education programming for the state. 
Currently, Whitt works with abstract impressionist landscape painting in oil, exploring our intuitive sense of place through the use of color, line and shape. Inspired by Wolfe Kahn, Mark Rothko, and Color Field painting, she’s exploring the element of intersecting line and grid as evident in weaving. Both the paintings and the weavings work with object placement, as in still life, and a sense of place. 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 2:38pm

The William Carey University Tradition campus will present “Anderson, A Mississippi Legacy,” an exhibit featuring works by three generations of the Walter Inglis Anderson family from October 19 – November 11. A reception will be held Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the administration building.


Walter Inglis Anderson was among the most prolific and talented artists of the 20th century, and his name is often associated with art of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A native of New Orleans and long-time resident of Ocean Springs, Anderson was educated in New York and was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. He spent his life capturing the essence of the Mississippi coastal heritage, particularly Horn Island. 


William Carey University’s Sarah Ellen Gillespie Collection includes works by Walter Anderson, his brother James McConnell Anderson, his daughters Lief Anderson and Mary Anderson Pickard, and his grandson Christopher Inglis Stebly. 


In September the university partnered with Oddfellows Gallery in Hattiesburg for a historic showing of works by three generations of the Anderson family. “The Sarah Gillespie Collection includes many works by the Anderson family, and they have never been out of the vault at one time and exhibited together,” said Rick Wilemon, an adjunct art instructor at WCU and graduate assistant at the Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art. “Now we want to share these works with our Tradition campus and the Gulf Coast community.”


The exhibit can be seen in the lobby of the administration building at the Tradition campus, located at 19640 Highway 67 in Biloxi. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. For more information, call (228) 702-1775.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:42am
A collection of aerial photographs on display at the William Carey University Tradition campus combines artistry and concern for our coastal environment.
“Coastal Waterways” by Susan Guice features photographs illustrating the impact man has on the Mississippi and Louisiana waterways. Guice will discuss her work during a reception and presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Tradition campus, located at 19640 Hwy. 67 in Biloxi.
“When I fly over the marsh, I’m captivated by the sinuous curves of its natural waterway, the coarse texture of the marsh grass, and the rich colors of the reflected sky on still waters and shallow silty bottoms,” said Guice who is a licensed pilot as well as an accomplished photographer. “But, it’s hard to ignore the ugly slashes of straight lines. These canals and pipeline cuts for the oil industry signal the end of days for this unique part of the world.”
The exhibit is a compilation of work that began in 2007, and the photos were collected over approximately 2,000 flight hours. Guice shot the photos with a Nikon digital SLR camera. She said the images are as she captured them with her camera using a variety of lenses; they have not been altered or manipulated.  
“Susan Guice’s aerial photography gives us not only images of nature with exquisite vibrance, but also a unique perspective on man’s impact on the coastal waterways where we live,” said Tracy Williams, director of the Tradition campus art department. “The work is engaging on so many levels.”
Guice said each photo represents a moment in time.  “These wetlands are disappearing so rapidly that the image you see here now may already be gone. Government data indicate that every 15 minutes an area the size of a football field is lost to open water.”
Nearly 2,000 square miles of the coastal wetlands have disappeared since 1932. “Today, because of the works of man, the marsh that took the Mighty Mississippi millennia to create is quickly becoming open water,” Guice said. “What was once a vibrant nursery for seafood, an unequaled habitat for wildlife, and protective barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans is now merely the skeletal remains of its former self.”
The Louisiana marsh once helped flood waters to safely disperse across the Mississippi River. Recent catastrophic floods affecting residents all along the Mississippi River were worse because of wetlands loss in Louisiana alone.
Guice’s photos capture a disappearing landscape. She said, “Enjoy these photographs as you would a rainbow after a thunderstorm. One day, they will only be a reminder of what once was.”
For more information, contact Tracy Williams at (228) 702-1844 or at
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 8:46am
Dr. Read Diket, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art and education at William Carey University, was recently awarded the Maryl Fletcher de Jong Service Award by the Women’s Caucus of the National Art Education Association.
The award, which is given annually, honors an individual in the field of art education who has made noteworthy service contributions to art education as an advocate of equality for women and all people who encounter injustice. This individual gives outstanding service of community, state, national or international significance that contributes to eliminating discriminatory gender and other stereotyping practices for individuals and groups.
Diket was nominated for the award by Dr. David Burton of Virginia Commonwealth University with letters of support from Dr. Robert Sabol of Purdue University and Dr. Sheri Klein, the president of the Women’s Caucus. Their letters presented aspects of Diket’s service, including her presidency of the Seminar for Research in Art Education and of the Women’s Caucus. Diket has also served as president of several American Educational Research Association groups, including arts and education and brain, neuroscience and education.
Appropriate to the award, the letters also highlighted Diket’s 17 years of work as leader of the art education university consortium for secondary analysis and interpretation of National Assessment of Educational Progress visual arts from 1977, 2008 and 2016. Diket also contributes to an international dialogue on leadership and will publish a Taylor & Francis Group book chapter in 2016 on the ideology of thought leadership in social media.
In her acceptance speech, Diket spoke of Carey and the climate for service that has been such a strong component in its community for learning. She mentioned that kindness and empathy are mediums of respect that lead to positive outcomes for students, events and work at the university. From childhood, these components have figured into Diket’s orientation to the world.
Additionally, on April 2, Diket presented at Penn State University a paper on “Living the Vision.” The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the seminar that reoriented education in the arts at schools. Creativity needs for the race into space, needs for defining the disciplines in art and a spirit of collaboration despite consternation marked the original seminar. 
Diket showed through her reading of the event papers, and through autoethnography, that national ideas found positive expression in Mississippi schools, and further, that Mississippians in the arts are known to contribute leadership within the national discussion.