School Department News

Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:30pm
The William Carey University Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art will host “Mississippi Masters: A Visual Collection,” an exhibit of exceptional work by 20th century Mississippi artists, from October 5 through November 17.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on October 8 at the museum, which is located adjacent to the Smith/Rouse Library on the Hattiesburg campus. 
Artists represented in the exhibit include Charles Ambrose, Andrew Bucci, Greg Cartmel, Bess Dawson, William Hollingsworth Jr., Dollye Kirk, Lucile Parker, Lallah Perry, Emmitt Thames, Wyatt Waters, Karl Wolfe, Mildred Wolfe and Marie Atkinson Hull. The works were selected from the university’s Gillespie Collection, which contains over 600 pieces of art and is considered to be the most comprehensive collection of art executed by Mississippians in the 20th century.
The museum will be closed during Carey’s fall trimester break from November 2-6. Regular operating hours are 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special appointments may be made by calling (601) 318-6561.
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.
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 8:59am
The William Carey University Theatre will present “Madness, Mayhem and Misery: An Evening of Chekhov Comedy” from October 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and October 11 at 2 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the university’s Hattiesburg campus. 
“Madness, Mayhem and Misery” was conceived by Obra Quave, director and Carey professor emeritus of theatre and communication. The play combines several Anton Chekhov one-act farces and adaptations of humorous short stories into a program of comedy by the foremost Russian playwright of the late 19th century. While Chekhov is best known for his full-length plays, including “The Sea Gull,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “Uncle Vanya” and “The Three Sisters,” his shorter works demonstrate his skill in capturing the comic, and even farcical, side of the Russian people.
In the playbill list are “The Boor,” “The Proposal,” “Drama,” “The Evils of Tobacco” and “The Sneeze.” Themes include the fickleness of love, farcical reactions to a sneeze at the ballet, the humorous desperation of an inept man posed to teach an audience the perils of tobacco use and other situations to which Chekhov lends his comic hand. 
The cast includes Taylor Abbott of Picayune; Treya Brown of Hattiesburg; Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune; Brandon Lindsey of Greenville, South Carolina; Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg; Miranda Rester of Oak Grove; Liberty Sites of Crestview, Florida; Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg; Ashlyn Watts of Picayune; and D.T. Weston of Desoto, Texas.
The scenic designer is Nadia Trinanes, the costume designer is Miranda Rester and the lighting designer is Taylor Abbott. The sound designer is Nicoli Hutchison, makeup and hair designer is Ashlyn Watts and Logan McCarty is properties director. Mentors for the student designers are Dewey Douglas, who also is technical director, and Keone Fuqua, chair of the Department of Theatre and Communication. Stage managers are Damien Williams of Chunchula, Alabama; Devon Griggs of Picayune; and Victoria Wetter of Forsyth, Missouri.
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 from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning October 5.
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.