Two of our professors, Sandra Murchison and Molly Morin, were chosen to take part in the Mississippi Museum of Art Juried Art Competition and Silent Auction! They were two of 36 artists accepted to participate in the event.
Congratulations to the following recipients of Art Department honors at Awards Day!
Jack Powers - Excellence in Art History Award, presented to an art major with a concentration in art history who has demonstrated excellent achievement as well as potential for continued growth in the field.
Douglas Kennedy - Art History Paper Award, presented to the student who wrote the most outstanding art history paper during the previous academic year.
Masaki Fang - Best of Senior Art Exhibition, presented to the senior art major who displayed the most outstanding art exhibition at Millsaps.
Sue Carrie Drummond - William D. Rowell Memorial Award in Art, presented to a senior art major for demonstrating a commitment to and growth in studio art over a four-year period.
Suzanne Glemot and Eric Bennett - Outstanding Junior Studio Art Award, presented to a junior art major for demonstrating excellent achievement as well as potential for continued growth in studio art at Millsaps.
Award for Sue Carrie Drummond
We're all very proud of Sue Carrie Drummond for receiving a Phi Beta Kappa Honorable Mention Award for Excellence in Honors Research for her Studio Art project with Sandra Murchison, "Generational Anecdotes."
Faculty Awards - Congratulations to Sandra Murchison and Sarah Archino!
Sandra was awarded the 2011 Humanities Teacher of the Year for Millsaps College, after receiving last spring (2011) the Richard A. Smith Award for Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work. Sarah will be presented with a juried Honorable Mention Award in Art History at this year's annual College Art Association conference in Los Angeles. Her application was in support of the expansion of her dissertation, "Rewriting the Narrative of Dada in New York, 1910-1926," into a manuscript on early 20th-century American modernism. The award is for students completing their degrees in the 2012 calendar year, and she'll celebrate this honor at a number of special events during the conference (Feb. 22-25), along with other awardees and keynote speakers.
New Assistant Professor of Studio Art
We're so pleased to welcome Molly Morin as our new tenure-track assistant professor of digital arts and sculpture. Molly has been a visiting assistant professor of sculpture for the last two years at the University of Notre Dame. She received her B.F.A. in Sculpture in 2003 from Notre Dame and her M.F.A. from Clemson in 2007, also in Sculpture. As she explains on her web site (www.mollymorin.com), she is "working with data visualization software and rapid prototyping technologies to make drawings and sculpture based on information mined from the internet."
New Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
We're also delighted that Sarah Archino will be joining us as a sabbatical replacement for Elise Smith, who'll be on leave for the academic year 2011-2012. Sarah is completing her Ph.D. on the New York Dada at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her M.A. in Art History is from Hunter College and her B.A. from the University of Florida. She has been teaching at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, as well as Queens College and Hunter College, both of the City University of New York.
Best Wishes to Abigail Susik!
Abigail Susik, who has been our wonderful Art History Teaching Fellow for two years, will be moving to Salem, Oregon, this summer, where she has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Willamette University. This is a significant move in Abigail's career, and we send her many congratulations though we're all sorry to see her go!
Colleen Keough Accepts Fellowship to France
We're delighted that Colleen, who was a one-year visiting instructor for 2010-11, will be spending much of the fall in Paris on a fellowship. This is a remarkable opportunity for her and we're eager to see how her career develops.
Art History Students Present Papers
Allison Purves and Sarah Jo Adams had papers accepted during a competitive selection process for the Undergraduate Research Session at the Southeastern College Art Association conference. The conference was in Richmond, Virginia, in October 2010. Allison's presentation was entitled "Addressing the AIDS Crisis Through Art" and Sarah Jo's was "Martha Rosler: Waging War on War." Both of them also presented these papers last spring in the Arts and Letters Student Research Symposium at Millsaps, and Allison won the award for Best Presentation.
Chris Eden presented a paper entitled "Multifaceted Fetish: The Psychoanalytic Unconscious in Production and Commodity" at the Ninth Annual British Studies Student Symposium, Birmingham-Southern College, Feb. 25-26, 2011.
Tiffany Langlinais and Megan Redhead were co-winners of the February 2011 Philosophy Department's "Hooks" essay contest for their essays on Donatello's Mary Magdalene. See http://home.millsaps.edu/smithsg/hooks.html.
Juried Student Exhibition
The Art Department would like to congratulate the winners of the Spring 2011 Juried Student Show in the Lewis Art Gallery.
1st place - Masaki Fang, For What
2nd place - Suzanne Glémot, Collections
3rd place - Samantha Ledbetter, o - tweet - o
The juror for this year's show was Richard Stowe, Director of the North Midtown Arts Center, located at 121 Millsaps Avenue in Jackson.
Congratulations to the following recipients of Art Department honors at Awards Day!
Allison Purves - Excellence in Art History Award (presented to an art major with a concentration in art history who has demonstrated excellent achievement as well as potential for continued growth in the field)
Sarah Jo Adams and Sue Carrie Drummond - Art History Paper Award (presented to the student who wrote the most outstanding art history paper during the previous academic year)
Daniel Johnson - Best of Senior Art Exhibition (presented to the senior art major who displayed the most outstanding art exhibition at Millsaps)
Christina Brumfield - William D. Rowell Memorial Award in Art (presented to a senior art major for demonstrating a commitment to and growth in studio art over a four-year period)
Sue Carrie Drummond - Outstanding Junior Studio Art Award (presented to a junior art major for demonstrating excellent achievement as well as potential for continued growth in studio art at Millsaps)
New Visiting Assistant Professor in Studio Art
Colleen Keough is a recent MFA Electronic Integrated Arts graduate from NYSCC at Alfred University. She has worked in a wide range of mediums, but her area of expertise is electronic media, installation, performance and time based arts. Her current work, "Ether and the Voice: an Electronic Media Opera," crosses multiple disciplines, including sound, video, installation, sculpture, music, performance and interactive environments.
MFA 2010 Electronic Integrated Arts NYSCC at Alfred University Alfred, NY
BA 2007 Interdisciplinary Arts DePaul University (cum laude) Chicago, IL
Cert 1993 Fifth Year Certificate School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Dip 1992 Studio Arts Diploma School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
To view her work, go to www.colleenkeough.com
Lewis Art Gallery Director
Our own Jonathan Webb, who graduated with a Studio Art major in 2008, is back as our part-time gallery director (while also serving as the Millsaps College Coordinator for Lilly Internships). Good luck to Amanda as she moves on to graduate school and to Jonathan as he takes on the job of coordinating our exhibits this year and planning for 2011-12!
Fine Arts Collaborations at Millsaps College
Sandra Murchison spearheaded our application for an Andrew W. Mellon grant through the Associated Colleges of the South for the 2010-2011 academic year, proposing four major initiatives: to unify the three fine arts areas at Millsaps College (Art, Music, and Theatre), to increase the overall presence of the Fine Arts in our Core Curriculum, to enrich the campus and community with cutting edge works, and to encourage more of our students to think of themselves as active participants rather than passive audience members. This grant will provide us with the opportunity to create a strong foundation for our long term goal to establish a dynamic series of events and courses built around a yearly artistic theme, and it will strengthen the fine arts at Millsaps through collaboration within the performing and visual arts departments. With the assistance of this Mellon Grant, the fine arts here will be enhanced through contemporary collaborative performances and experimental exhibitions.
The Emerging Space
Thanks to a portion of the grant we received from ACS, the art department was able to convert a small gallery space into this video projection and installation space now deemed "The Emerging Space." Daniel Johnson, Sandra Murchison's Ford Fellow, has scheduled a series of artistic videos for this space.
Art History Teaching Fellow
The second of our teaching fellows, Abigail Susik, is a native Floridian but did her undergraduate and graduate work in New York. Her B.A. was from Barnard and her Ph.D. from Columbia. She completed her doctorate in the spring with a dissertation on aspects of Surrealist art, which passed with the rare honor of 'distinction'. She is already an active scholar, having papers accepted at the upcoming conferences of the College Art Association (on the correlations between Andre Breton's collecting habits and curiosity cabinets), the Modern Language Association (on the filmmaker Maya Deren), and the Southeastern College Art Association (on contemporary art and ocean flotsam). She also has two articles coming out shortly, one in a British journal and the other in the SECAC Review. Dr. Susik is teaching Contemporary Art in the fall, and Methods in Art History and a Core 5 course on the Art of Surrealism in the spring. We're all very taken by her warmth and high energy and welcome her to Millsaps!
Here are Abigail's comments after the first semester:
My first semester as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Art History at Millsaps College has been one of astounding growth. I knew I was incredibly fortunate to be offered such an opportunity last spring, but after spending a few months on the Millsaps campus, I can now appreciate just how unique and rare an experience I have had here. The Art History Fellowship at Millsaps is ingeniously designed to provide the fellow with a lighter teaching load, so that on the one hand, teaching itself can become a valuable and meaningful learning exercise - and on the other, so that the fellow has more time to pursue those professional activities that hiring institutions hope to see on the resumes of potential candidates. Thus far, the fellowship has allowed me to achieve both ends successfully. By teaching just one course this fall, "Contemporary Art History," I was able to focus a significant amount of energy upon improving my teaching skills on multiple levels. Teaching has been an enjoyable and challenging experience for me over the past few months. In addition, although I still had to carefully manage my time, I completed several important tasks beyond my teaching and college responsibilities: I published a paper in a British journal, gave two conference papers and Powerpoint presentations out of state, finished a third conference presentation to be given in February of 2010, and also solicited interest from publishers for a revised manuscript of my dissertation. Finally, Millsaps has provided me with amazing professional mentoring both within my department and from the college as a whole. In particular, the faculty members of the Art History department have been unforgettably generous with their time and knowledge. Thanks to the fellowship at Millsaps, I now feel thoroughly prepared to enter an Assistant Professorship with confidence and direction.
Lewis Art Gallery Director
We're also very pleased to welcome Amanda Rainey, who is serving as our part-time gallery director for the coming year as well as the curator for exhibitions of works by Millsaps students and faculty at the Plastic Surgical Center of Mississippi.
Millsaps had an extremely impressive showing at the very prestigious and competitive MS Invitational show at the MS Museum of Art. Brent Fogt (assistant professor at Millsaps), Mathew Puckett (2008 graduate in Studio Art), and Amanda Sparks (former adjunct instructor in Digital Arts) were among those chosen by the well-known New York art critic Peter Plagens to be in the exhibition.
Awards Day Honors
We are very proud of the following students who received Art Department awards during the Spring 2010 Awards Day:
Beth Fossen - Best of Senior Art Exhibition Award, and Henry and Katherine Bellamann Award in Studio Art
Courtney Maxson - William D. Rowell Memorial Art Award
Daniel Johnson - Outstanding Junior Studio Art Award
Sarah Jo Adams and Allison Purves - co-winners of the Art History Paper Award
Art Club and Kappa Pi Officers
Congratulations to the following individuals for being elected as 2009-10 officers of the Art Club and the art honorary Kappa Pi!
President, Mark Herndon
Vice President, Christina Brumfield
Secretary, Chris Eden
Treasurer, Sue Carrie Drummond
Special Events Coordinators, Bernadette DeRussy and Courtney Maxson
President, Beth Fossen
Vice President, Erin Jordan
And congratulations to the new initiates, Christina Brumfield, Alli Butler, Sue Carrie Drummond, Masaki Fang, Francesca Felgar, Holly Harlan, Jade Hewitt, Daniel Johnson, Erin Jordan, Samantha Ledbetter, Courtney Maxson, Toni Manley, Andrew Morrison, and Kseniya Savelyeva!
Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition
We were delighted to learn that a drawing by Andy Morrison was accepted into the highly competitive Spring 2010 MS Collegiate Art exhibition!
Brent Fogt - This past year was at least as exciting as my first. For starters, the digital lab, which opened a little over a year ago, now buzzes with activity. Students use the Macs to edit video, create images, conduct research, and, yes, check email. In the fall I had the opportunity to teach a video class in the digital lab for the first time. Though my class was small, the students produced some inventive work, and I was encouraged enough that I'll be teaching the class again this coming year.
Sandra and I used the digital lab extensively for our intermediate studio class, which we co-taught for the first time. I worked individually with digital and sculpture students, and she with painting and drawing students, meeting together for critiques and presentations. Still a relative newcomer to Millsaps, I learned a lot from Sandra about facilitating discussions and critiquing work.
Another highlight of the year was the art department's two exhibits held at 121 Studios, a music and arts venue just a few blocks west of campus. Both the junior-senior seminar and the art club held shows there and made the absolute most of the space.
My studio practice continues to be both productive and gratifying. In the fall, I did a sculptural installation in the Lewis Art Gallery and created a number of videos, including one in which I draw with branches from the Belhaven neighborhood (to view the piece, go to the video section of www.brentfogt.com). In the spring, I participated in two group shows: Obsession in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Mississippi Faculty in Laurel, Mississippi.
I had a one-person show in March entitled Silent Topographies in Houston and another in June entitled Accrual Method in Atlanta. In July I was at the Vermont Studio Center doing a month-long residency, and in early August I returned to Jackson to exhibit several drawings in the Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Elise Smith - Last year was a great year in the department, with Sandra as a phenomenal chair, Brent as a wonderful colleague in his second year at Millsaps, and Maline Werness as the first in a series of Art History Teaching Fellows. I learned a lot about Pre-Colombian art from her, as she's been working on finishing her dissertation for the University of Texas, and more generally, it's been so interesting having someone else to talk with about the particular pleasures and challenges of teaching art history. And now, with Abigail Susik here for the coming year, I look forward to learning more about Modern and Contemporary art from her! In my own teaching, with greater freedom in the curriculum of Core 1 (the old LS 1000), I've even been able to reconfigure it as an art-focused course centered on a variety of controversies in the visual arts. In fact, that's been so much fun that I decided to design the Junior-Senior Art History Seminar this fall along similar lines (though geared up a few notches!) - seven key works that have elicited a range of critical responses from an array of methodological approaches, starting with the Woman from Willendorf and ending with Richard Serra's Tilted Arc.
I was greatly honored recently to be named the Sanderson Chair in Arts and Sciences, which gives me a course release each year so that I can work more intensively on my own research. I used the time last spring to complete a book manuscript (co-authored with my good friend Judy Page in the English department at the University of Florida) entitled Disciples of Flora: Women and the Domesticated Landscape of England, 1780-1870, which was just accepted by Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2010). I also gave a talk at The Green Nineteenth Century conference in Milwaukee (what a great museum they have!) with the title of "Digging in the Dirt: Middle-Class Women and the Manual Labor of Gardening in Early 19th-Century England" (and yes, in case you wonder, there were some interesting images from early gardening manuals and periodicals on this topic). In the fall I gave a talk at the Southeastern College Art Association meeting in New Orleans - "'This toy callèd Love': Images of Cupid in the Art of Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale." That conference was particularly exciting since two of our art majors gave talks too, making us all proud! In the last couple of years, since our last newsletter, I've also published these two articles: "Centering the Home-Garden: The Arbor, Wall, and Gate in Moral Tales for Children," in Children's Literature 36 (2008): 24-48, and "'The aged pollard's shade': Gainsborough's Landscape with Woodcutter and Milkmaid," in Eighteenth Century Studies 41.1 (2007): 17-39. I'm also looking forward to giving a paper on museum architecture at The Inclusive Museum conference in Istanbul in June 2010.
Most recently, I've just accepted the position of interim associate dean of the Arts & Letters division for the coming year, which will drop my teaching load down to one course a semester in order to allow time for more administrative responsibilities. I'm looking forward to helping the college at this key transitional time as we search for a new president and academic dean, but I'll miss being more fully situated in the classroom (but it's just for two semesters!). Because of our Art History Teaching Fellows the major is stronger than ever now, and also because of the addition of the Museum Studies concentration, as we have a number of students who are interested in using their degree for a career in the museum or gallery world. Check out our departmental web site for more information!
Finally, on a personal note, I'm now the proud grandma of Simon Robert Smith, born June 8!
Art History Teaching Fellow
We are delighted to welcome the first of our teaching fellows, Maline Werness, who is working on her dissertation for the University of Texas, Austin, on Mayan ceramics. She will be teaching Survey of Ancient and Medieval Art in the fall, and The Art of Mexico as well as a Core Topics course in the Premodern World in the spring.
Awards Day, April 2009
Erin Jordan - Excellence in Art History Award
Erin Jordan - Art History Paper Award
Toni Manley - William D. Rowell Memorial Art Award
Beth Fossen - Outstanding Junior Studio Art Award
Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition
Congratulations to Evan Turner: his drawing Sneaky Beans was accepted into the Spring 2009 MS Collegiate Art Competition!
Anonymous Donor Funds Major Changes!
Thanks to a very generous donation in Fall 2007, the department was able to enhance the curriculum and facilities in all kinds of exciting ways:
1) The addition of a 12-station Mac lab in AC 332 that was in full use by the Beginning Digital Arts and Introduction to Filmmaking classes this spring, as well as many other studio and art history students.
2) The addition of a second art historian in a Faculty Teaching Fellowship position for someone who's just starting out in the field. This position will be part-time teaching (one art history course each semester, plus one core course focused on art) and part-time research. The major donation will last for five years, so we're envisioning this as a series of one-year positions. For the coming year we've hired Maline Werness and we're eager for the new ideas and expertise that she'll bring to the department. She's working on her dissertation in Mayan art for the University of Texas at Austin and will be teaching "The Art of Mexico" in the fall.
3) The addition of a part-time gallery director, Emmie King, who's got lots of experience (she's worked for galleries in New York City and Memphis) and is excited about the exhibition opportunities here.
4) The addition of two new offices in the space that used to be the old PC lab. One of the offices will be for the new art historian and the other for the gallery director and adjunct instructors, including Amanda Sparks who's been teaching Digital Arts courses for us since last summer.
5) The addition of a studio space for Sandra off the printmaking studio and a new installation, video, and exhibition space off the Lewis Art Gallery, both made possible by reconfiguring the large space of the gallery. We'll still have almost as much wall space in the main gallery but it'll be less overpowering and more flexible, so we're really pleased about how that worked out.
6) The addition of a major new press for the printmaking studio.
As you can see, there've been some major changes in the department this year - a lot of upheaval, but all of it wonderful!
News from Brent Fogt
My first year at Millsaps was both productive and gratifying. The Millsaps students and faculty went out of their way to make me feel immediately welcome. The academic year got off to a great start in August with my inclusion in the 2007 Midwest edition of New American Paintings. I was one of 40 artists chosen from an applicant pool of over 1200 to be featured in this "exhibition in print." It was a great honor. In January, I was accepted into the Drawing Center's Viewing program, a curated online registry of artists for whom drawing is a significant medium. As part of this program, I will travel to New York this summer to meet with one of the Drawing Center's curators to discuss my work. Also in January, Sandra and I had the pleasure of working with Emmie King, our new gallery director, to put together a wonderful faculty show and program of artist talks. Still catching my breath from the faculty show, in early February I packed my car with 70 bean plants, my drawings and a series of small crocheted sculptures and drove 10 hours to Bloomington, Indiana, where I did an installation called "Transplant" at Indiana University's Fuller Projects space.
In May, I will be teaching a drawing class in Merida, Mexico. I used to go to Mexico fairly often when I worked in Washington, DC, so it will be a wonderful opportunity for me to introduce my students to Mexico's spectacular visual culture. When I return from Mexico, I plan on spending most of the summer in the studio preparing for two solo shows next year: one titled " Silent Topographies" in March at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston and another called "Accrual Method" in June at the Emory University Art Gallery in Atlanta. When school starts in August, I will also create an installation of plants and crocheted sculptures for the Lewis Gallery's new installation space.
News from Sandra Murchison
I was a panelist at CAA for a discussion having to do with digital versus traditional printmaking, in which I presented the results from a national online survey that I helped construct. This coming September, I will present an updated and altered version of this information at the Southeastern College Art Conference in New Orleans. This past March, I had the luxury of spending a week at the University of Lafayette as a Visiting Artist. During my visit, I printed an edition of a large scale shaped etching with the assistance of ULL students. In addition to the Millsaps College faculty show, I exhibited my work through national juried exhibitions at the New Jersey Print Council, The Rye Arts Center in New York, the SGC print conference at Virginia Commonwealth University, at Bowling Green State University and at ArtWorks Art Gallery in Wisconsin. As manager of the Southern Graphics Council archives, I will spend a week at Ole Miss this August cataloging the SGC permanent collection. This fall, I will exhibit work in a juried traveling exhibition at the Mid-America Print Council Conference in North Dakota, at the University of Colorado and here at Millsaps College. In the meantime, I have once again taken on the role as coordinator for what will be an exchange portfolio of prints by 18 incredible contemporary printmakers. This portfolio and traveling exhibition, entitled White Elephant, will be exhibited at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Millsaps College, and other venues.
News from Elise Smith
I was honored and humbled to be named the first recipient of the newly endowed Sanderson Chair of Arts and Sciences. This is a five-year renewable position with various exciting and gratifying perqs, so I'm very grateful to the college - and of course to the Sanderson family! This was a good year for me professionally, as one article was published, one is forthcoming this summer, and a third is currently under consideration. "'The aged pollard's shade': Gainsborough's Landscape with Woodcutter and Milkmaid" appeared in Eighteenth Century Studies 41.1 (Fall 2007): 17-39, "Centering the home-garden: The Arbor, Wall, and Gate in Moral Tales for Children" will be coming out in Children's Literature 36 (2008): 24-48, and "Commanding a View: The Taylor Sisters and the Construction of Domestic Space" is under consideration at the Journal of British Studies. In addition, my entry on "Marie Hull" will be published in Mississippi Encyclopedia, ed. Charles Reagan Wilson and Ted Ownby (forthcoming with the University Press of Mississippi, 2008), and a short article on "Evelyn De Morgan in the United States" will appear in the June issue of the Pre-Raphaelite Society of the United States Newsletter. My major project continues to be the book manuscript that I'm co-authoring with my friend Judy Page at the University of Florida: Women and the Domesticated Landscape from Romantic to Mid-Victorian England. I was also invited to be a member of the Acquisitions and Collections Committee at the Mississippi Museum of Art, which promises to be a particularly interesting and valuable connection with the museum.
Art Club and Kappa Pi Officers for 2008-2009
Kappa Pi -
President: Beth Fossen
Vice-President: Mary Wilson
And congratulations to the new initiates, Katie Carmon and Sam Gay!
Art Club -
President (fall semester): Kimberly Moore
Vice President: Mark Herndon
Secretary: Beth Fossen
Treasurer: Toni Manley
Awards Day, April 2008
Congratulations to the following hard-working art students who've excelled over their years at Millsaps:
Best of Senior Art Exhibition Award - Jonathan Webb
Outstanding Junior Studio Art Award - Clay Hardwick
Excellence in Art History Award - Holly Harmon
Art History Paper Award - Beth Fossen
William D. Rowell Memorial Award in Art - Katie Carmon
Bellamann Award in the Visual Arts - Petra Vackova
Millsaps Endowed Art Scholarship
We're pleased to announce that Beth Fossen is the recipient of this departmental scholarship for 2008 - 09!
Two Students Giving Papers at Fall 2008 Southeastern College Art Conference in New Orleans
The department is very proud of Erin Jordan (class of 2011) and Beth Fossen (class of 2010) who had their paper proposals accepted for an undergraduate art history session at SECAC in late September. Beth's 20-minute presentation will be entitled "The Writing's off the Wall: Dichotomies and Thematic Tension in the Works of Jeff Wall" and Erin will be speaking about "Diane Arbus: Finding the Individual Despite the False Bonds of Family." This was a very competitive process and it's remarkable that Millsaps is the only college in the Southeast to have two of its students selected.
Best Wishes to Our Graduating Seniors!
Our seven senior Studio Art majors - Michelle Allen, Katie Carmon, Kalea Hardwick, Alyce Howe, Mathew Puckett, Petra Vackova, and Jonathan Webb - mounted two excellent exhibitions this spring, and their gallery presentations were impressive in both content and style! Alyce will be working at the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum in Baton Rouge next year, and the others are taking a year off before pursuing a variety of graduate or professional goals.
The senior presentations by our three Art History majors - Holly Harmon, Michelle Palmer, and Petra Vackova - were also exceptionally fine. Holly was accepted into the graduate programs in art history at the University of Washington and Syracuse University, and will be attending Syracuse in the fall with a teaching fellowship. She was also accepted into the prestigious and competitive 6-week Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies at Smith College in Massachusetts, limited to 15 upperclass undergraduates or recent grads, and she received an impressive scholarship to attend. Michelle was accepted into the master's program in contemporary art at the Sotheby's Institute of Fine Arts in New York as well as the master's program in preservation studies in the School of Architecture at Tulane, and decided on Tulane. Petra was accepted into the George Washington University M.F.A. program and the M.A. in Art History program at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She was given a deferral at George Washington so will be going to Leiden for their one-year master's and then returning to the States for the M.F.A.
Phi Beta Kappa
Three of our nine art majors were elected into Phi Beta Kappa this year - a very impressive number! We're very proud of the sustained record of highest academic achievement by Katie Carmon, Holly Harmon (who also completed an Honors project in the fall), and Petra Vackova.
Meet Our New Faculty Member!
Brent Fogt, our new tenure-track assistant professor, moved to Jackson in August from Ann Arbor, where he received his MFA at the University of Michigan in May of this year with specializations in Drawing, Sculpture, and Installation. His BFA in Studio Art is from the University of Texas at Austin, 1997, and before that he earned a BA in Political Science from Austin College and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Welcome to Millsaps, Brent!
We'll Miss Michelle ...
Michelle Acuff, who was here for two years teaching a wide range of courses, accepted a tenure-track position at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and moved there in August. Best of luck to Michelle and River in their new life!
Sandra's Back From Sabbatical!
We missed Sandra during her sabbatical last year, though Dale Inglett (M.F.A., University of Georgia, and now teaching at Alfred University) did a great job filling in for her. Sandra had a phenomenally successful year of art-making and exhibitions. Here's how she describes it: "One of the most amazing gifts in an academic's life must be the sabbatical. Sure enough, the time flew by as I completely filled it with more artwork, exhibitions and responsibilities than any one person should pack into a 'sabbatical'. I curated and designed a printmaking exchange portfolio, entitled Red Herring, which is still traveling around the country on exhibition. In addition to the organizational effort that I put into this project, I editioned a print of my own for this portfolio of 20 printmakers, editioned an etching for the portfolio covers, and handmade all 25 portfolios. So far this year, it was exhibited at the largest print conference (Southern Graphics Council) and the largest college art conference (College Art Association). More specifically, Red Herring was exhibited at the Kansas City SGC conference, at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, at the Southwest School of Arts & Crafts in San Antonio and at Millsaps College. The Center for Book Arts, a premier center for book arts internationally, accepted the portfolio into its permanent collection. This fall, it will be exhibited at LSU and the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. I also had two solo exhibitions of my sabbatical work at Rockhurst University in KC, Missouri (during the SGC print conference) and at the Cottonlandia Museum of Art in Greenwood, Mississippi. Additionally, I served as one of the Kansas City SGC conference coordinators, as I designed and organized the conference wide print exchange entitled Cartography. In May of this year, I became the new manager of the Southern Graphics Council archives, which is housed at The University of Mississippi at the Mary Buie Art Museum. I have enjoyed participating in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions this year, including shows at the NJ Print Council, the Mid-America Print Conference, and the Leedy - Cross Art Gallery in KC. Best of all, I created a lot of new work in my studio at Millsaps, while working in the print shop at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA, and while working at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT. Suffice it to say, I have already begun the countdown to my next sabbatical - seven years from now.
Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition
Congratulations to Michelle Allen, Katie Carmon, Petra Vackova, and Jonathan Webb for having work accepted into the 2007 Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition!
The new officers for 2006-2007 are Lorene Dodd, President; Holly Harmon, Vice President; Candace Jones, Secretary-Treasurer. The following students were inducted into this art honorary in April: Holly Harmon, Alyce Howe, Lacey Cook, Lorene Dodd, Rachel Mixson, Jonathan Webb, Courtney Costello, Travis Tutor, and Clay Hardwick. Congratulations!
The new officers for 2006-2007 are Lacey Cook, President; Jana Brady, Vice-President; and Michelle Allen, Secretary-Treasurer.
Congratulations to the following students, who were given certificates and book prizes at the college Awards Day in the spring:
Excellence in Art History Award - Ruthie Rogers
William D. Rowell Memorial Award in Art - Candace Jones
Art History Paper Award - Elise Diffie and Holly Harmon
Outstanding Junior Studio Art Award - Petra Vackova
Studio Class Works on Midtown Project!
Michelle's sculpture class worked on a Mid-town project in the spring, funded by the Faith and Work Initiative. They converted 25 4' fiberglass tubs that they found discarded on a lot near Mill Street west of campus into mobile tomato gardens. They spray painted the tubs green, filled them with soil, attached wheels and ropes to pull them around, and planted tomatoes. They then distributed them to children through the Mid-town Community Development Center. As Michelle explained, "Conceptually it's about transformation (something discarded), recycling, and GROWING fresh food and IDEAS. We have designed some nice signage that embodies this (we are calling it Mid-town Mobile 'Maters) and our message, as well as growing instructions and recipes. It's all pretty fun!"
Meet Our New Faculty Member!
Michelle Acuff joined the art faculty at Millsaps College in August 2005. Originally from Chicago, Michelle received her B.A. in Fine Art from Augustana College and her M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. At Millsaps Michelle is teaching Sculpture, Video Art, Drawing and Painting. She says she's very excited to be working at Millsaps, experiencing the culture of the South and adapting to the new geography and climate. Within the small community of the art department Michelle especially loves having students over and over again in her classes, watching as they develop and deepen their knowledge of art. As part of her sculpture class on 'The Transformed Object', Michelle has adapted a classroom specifically for student-created installation works. This summer, she'll pilot a drawing course with students in the Yucatan province of Mexico, in addition to showing and lecturing about her work around the country.
Katrina Relief Auction
The Art Club organized an art auction in the Lewis Art Gallery in December 2005, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross Katrina Relief Fund.
Awards Day (April 2006)
Congratulations to the following award-winning students!
Excellence in Art History - Vimala Gutti
William D. Rowell Memorial Award in Art - Bridget O'Brien
Outstanding Junior Student Art Award - Candace Jones
Best of Senior Art Exhibition - Emily Hildebrand
Art History Paper Award - Holly Harmon
Henry and Katherine Bellamann Award - Emily Hildebrand
Michelle Allen, Emily Hildebrand, Katelyn Littlejohn, Jenny Blount, and Petra Vackova were inducted in the fall into Kappa Pi, the art honorary, and Candace Jones, Calista Sasser, and Allison Ertz will be inducted in the spring. This year's officers of Kappa Pi are Jason Jarin (president), Petra Vackova (vice president), and Emily Bruser (secretary/treasurer).
Howorth Art Lecture
Jenny Angus gave the Howorth Art Lecture on January 23, 2006. She received her B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and her M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago, and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the School of Environment, Textiles and Design. Her work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum of Canada, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the North Dakota Museum of Art, the Visual Arts Ontario Gallery, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, among other sites. For more information about her work, see www.JenniferAngus.com.
The Art Department's Gone Digital!
The college subscribed to a huge database of digital images called ARTstor in January 2005, and starting last fall all art history classes have been taught with digital images rather than slides. This is a major change for us since it provides us with better-quality images that are zoomable, so we can look at details much more easily. Students now study on-line or print out study images from ARTstor, and all student presentations are done with digital images that can be collected and arranged from any computer on campus.
A competition was held this fall among students in the junior/senior studio seminar to select three works to hang in the Millsaps Weems House. Faculty from all three divisions of the college voted on their favorite pieces, and the winners (each receiving $150!) were Deborah Noel, Nicole Walter, and Walter Young.
The recipient of the 2004-2005 Millsaps Endowed Scholarship in Studio Art, worth $1500 for the year, is Sam King. The endowment for this scholarship was given by Lucy Millsaps, Professor Emeritus in the department, in honor of her parents, and it is intended for an outstanding junior or senior studio major with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5. Sam is also a Ford Fellow with Sandra Murchison this year.
Carly Dessauer successfully defended her honors thesis in art history this fall. It is entitled "Seen: Issues of Viewing in Manet's Olympia and Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon." She also presented a paper on Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon at the ACS Women's Studies Conference at Furman University last spring, along with Kate Bruce and Erin Gourlay. Carly is also an accomplished cross-country runner. At the South/Southeast Regional Cross-Country Championship in Atlanta in November she placed 12th overall (a school record) and got a spot on the All-Regional team. She is the only Millsaps cross-country athlete ever to earn All-Regional honors.
Katie Brown, Vimala Gutti, Bridget O'Brien, and Aggie Sikora were inducted in the fall into Kappa Pi, the art honorary. This year's officers of Kappa Pi are Nora Oliver (president), Jordan Francis (vice president), Edward McLaurin (secretary), and Nicole Walter (treasurer).
Elise Smith is back from her 2003-2004 sabbatical, during which she wrote three articles (on Evelyn De Morgan and the pictorial tradition of the Wandering Jew, on Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale's illustrations of Cupid, and on the pollarded oak in Gainsborough's Landscape with Woodcutter and Milkmaid). She also began work on a book project with a former Millsaps professor, Judy Page. Their working title is Women and the Domesticated Landscape of England, 1750-1850. Elise was awarded the Mississippi Humanities Council 2004-2005 Humanities Teacher Award for Millsaps, and presented a lecture for this occasion on "Knots, Boils, and Cankers: The Pollarded Oak in English Art."
Art Instructor Collin Asmus moved during the summer of 2004 to Massachusetts and is now teaching at Bridgewater State University. He is replaced by Visiting Assistant Professor Kelly Mueller.
Meet Our New Visiting Faculty Member, 2004-2005
Hi! I'm Kelly Mueller, from Chicago. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work here at Millsaps College for the next year as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art Department. This next semester I'll be teaching Painting I and Sculpture I. I am also teaching Installation Art as a special topics course. I have been playing with this art form in my own work and love it for its inclusive nature; I think it offers artists of any background the ability to flex their conceptual muscle without technical limitations. My own work (primarily painting, some installation) addresses issues of etiquette and social convention; currently my work incorporates colorful fields of social dance images projected and painted onto a panel. I am a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University's MFA program, and am exhibiting this summer in Bloomington Art Center's "Emerging Illinois Artists", and at NIU's MFA Exhibition at Gallery 213 ("Best of Show" awarded by juror John Frazer). I will also be featured in the August (Midwestern Artists) issue 37 of "New American Paintings".
Linda Weintraub Visiting Lecture
Noted author, historian and critic Linda Weintraub will present a public lecture entitled Blind Art? Blind Art! at 7:30 in AC215. Weintraub is the author of In The Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art and Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society. Her Lecture will explore why six fully-sighted artists have integrated blindness into their creative process, extending art into a realm that is both forbidden and neglected.
Gregory Smith Visiting Lecture
Sculptor Gregory Smith will present a discussion of his work at 3:40 on April 5th in AC 215. Smith received his BA degree from the University of Vermont in 1978. He also studied art at Bennington College and Kenyon College. Smith currently resides in North Pownal, Vermont.
A New Face In the Art History Department
Regina Gee joins the department this year to teach art history courses while Elise Smith is on sabbatical. Dr. Gee received her BA and MA Degrees from Vanderbilt University and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation is entitled The Vatican Necropolis: ritual, status, and Social Identity in the Roman House Tomb. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship which allowed extensive research in Italy in her specialty area of Roman Art. Dr. Gee will be teaching courses in 18th and 19th Century Art, Building Power: The Public Architecture of the Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine, Survey of Ancient to Medieval Art, Junior/Senior Seminar, Baroque Art, Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans, and a contemporary art course entitled Art On the Edge.
Millsaps College Art Department Accepted Into International Art Honorary
Spearheaded by Leslie Aldridge (2004), art students now have the chance to become members of Kappa Pi, the international honorary organization for studio and art history students. Kappa Pi is an international art fraternity that was established in 1911 at the University of Kentucky. The Millsaps chapter, Zeta Alpha Kappa, was established in fall 2003 and is dedicated to providing community and promoting artistic and academic excellence within the Millsaps Art Department.