School Department News


Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 8:10am
Dr. Ed Ford, an assistant professor of graphic design and director of the Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University, was recently named Carey’s 2015 Humanities Teacher of the Year.
As part of the award, Ford will present a lecture, “Analyzing Leonardo’s Design Methods,” at 1 p.m. on October 21 in the Fail-Asbury Hall auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
Ford joined the Carey faculty in 2013. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received a bachelor’s degree in art. Ford received his master’s degree in art history from the University of Georgia in 1988 and his doctorate in art history from the University of Oxford in 2002. At Oxford, he studied with Martin Kemp, the world’s leading Leonardo da Vinci scholar.
In addition to his academic career, Ford has 30 years of experience as a commercial artist. He specializes in illustration, graphic design and animation. He currently teaches these subjects, along with art history, at Carey. He has recently added wood carving and pyrography, the art of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point, to his areas of interest.
A faculty member from each institution of higher learning in the state is selected for the Humanities Teacher of the Year honor each year by the Mississippi Humanities Council, a nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in the state.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 8:49am
The William Carey University Lucile Parker Gallery will host an exhibit of art by Mississippi painter Marie Hull from September 22 until October 8.
The exhibit’s opening reception will be from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on September 22 at the gallery, which is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg.
Hull, born in Summit in 1890, was known not only for her oil paintings, drawings and watercolors, but also for her work as an art teacher. Identified as “an adventurous artist” in an article written by Marion Barnwell for the Mississippi Historical Society, Hull was known for her love of rich colors and her joke that she “liked any color as long as it was pink.” Hull was invited to exhibit her work at events including the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco and the New York World’s Fair.
She received numerous accolades for her work, including the Katherine Bellaman Prize in 1965 and the designation of “Marie Hull Day” by Gov. William Winter in October 1975, and continued to paint until her death at the age of 90 in 1980. Hull was also known for her close friendships with Sarah Gillespie, a Hattiesburg art collector and the namesake of Carey’s Gillespie Museum, and with Lucile Parker, former chair of the Carey art department and namesake of the Parker Gallery. There are 39 works by Hull in Carey’s art collections.
The exhibit may be viewed during the gallery’s operating hours from 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or by appointment by calling Dr. Ed Ford, gallery curator, at (801) 755-4052.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 7:58am
The Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University is hosting the South Mississippi Art Association Juried Exhibition through September 17.
An opening reception was held on September 1 at the gallery, which is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg. The exhibition includes 33 works by 22 artists.
The exhibition was judged by Randy Jolly, director of Gore Galleries and an associate professor at Mississippi College. The “Best in Show” award went to “Nightfall Weaving” by Kim Whitt. First place was awarded to “The Lamp in the Corner” by Danny Rawls. Second place went to “Alien” by Sid Krhut. Winning third place was “Kung Fu Fight” by Hector Boldo.
The gallery is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (801) 755-4052.