School Department News
Noonkester School of Arts and Letters
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 William Carey University Theatre will present Tony Award winning playwright Mary Zimmerman’s “Scenes from Argonautika” (The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts) October 9 through 11 and 16 through 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre.
Zimmerman tells this classic saga with a contemporary twist, combining humor and drama, transforming this Greek adventure. The story begins with adventure seeking sailors of the ship Argo following their leader Jason (Joey Roderick of Blue Ridge, GA). Encountering an array of daunting challenges in their “first voyage of the world,” Jason and his mighty crew press on in their quest for the Golden Fleece. Argonauts include Meleager (Xavier Martin of Hattiesburg); Idmon (Branden Lindsay of Greenville, S.C.); Tiphys (Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg); Castor (Justin Taylor Abbott of Picayune); Atalanta (Rebekah Romack of Poplarville); Hercules (Billy Burkes of Meridian); and Hylas (Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune). Gods, goddesses, nymphs, and Kings are Amycus (Chris Permenter of Oak Grove); King Aeetes (Burkes); King Dymas (Hutchison); Hera (Miranda Rester of Oak Grove); Athena (Amanda Campbell of Picayune); Medea and Dryope (Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg); Andromeda and Eros (Haley Genberg of Warren, PA); and Aphrodite (Ashlyn Watts of Picayune).
Based on the third century Greek epic, “Argonautika” explores a world where magic rules the everyday lives of those passionate enough to seek adventure. This is a world where gods laugh in the face of mortal promises like the one King Pelias makes, “Think of it Jason, to sail so far beyond where anyone has ever sailed… and when you return, covered in glory this kingdom shall be yours.”
The production is directed by Tim Matheny, chair of the theatre and communication department. Dewey Douglas of the theatre faculty is technical director for student designers. Scenic designers are Chris Permenter and Jana Barkley of Picayune. The costume designers are Permenter and Ashlyn Watts. Barkley and Billy Burkes are lighting designers, and the sound designers are Joey Roderick and Burkes. Makeup and properties designers are Watts and Haley Genberg. Barkley also is lightboard operator and Sawyer Walters of Hattiesburg is sound board operator. Stage hands are Johonna Bush of Foxworth; Karlie Buss of Hilltop Lakes, TX; and Dana Buckley of Gulfport.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning October 6.
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.