Noted Art Historian and Curator to highlight state’s historic architecture

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Dr. Douglas Lewis


As part of the campus’ month-long celebration, “Arts in April,” Delta State University will welcome Dr. Douglas Lewis, former curator for Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., to campus, Tuesday, April 18 at 12:15 p.m., in the art history lecture hall of Holcomb-Norwood.

Lewis will present a lecture, “Mississippi’s Surprising Architecture,” which will include a slide presentation and commentary.

His association with the National Gallery of Art in Washington lasted 40 years (1964-2004), 36 of which he served as Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in Art History from Yale University, as well as a bachelor’s and master’s in Fine Arts from Clare College of the University of Cambridge. 

A Prix-de-Rome Fellow, Lewis holds a diploma in Classical Studies from the American Academy in Rome.  The international fellowships for his doctoral research supported a three-year residence in Rome and Venice, and he has returned to Europe several times a year, ever since.  He is an expert on Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th century painting, sculpture, and decorative arts.

His principal books, among a list of some 150 publications, include “The Late Baroque Churches of Venice,” Garland Press, New York, 1979; “The Drawings of Andrea Palladio,” 1st ed. 1981, 2nd revised and enlarged ed., Martin-St. Martin, New Orleans, 2000; and “Renaissance Bronze Reliefs and Plaquettes,” vol. 1, 2006, and vol. 2, 2007 (being published by the National Gallery of Art). He was, most recently, selected as author of a forthcoming encyclopedic survey of “The Buildings of Mississippi,” a component in the 50-volume series of “The Buildings of the United States” that is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Society of Architectural Historians.

He has taught art and architectural history, and decorative arts, at a half-dozen of the country’s pre-eminent universities, including Yale (1962-1964); Bryn Mawr (1967-1968); the University of California at Berkeley, in 1969-1970, as well as in 1979-1980; The Johns Hopkins University, 1973-1977; Georgetown University (in Washington, and also at the Georgetown Villa near Florence), 1980-1993; and at the University of Maryland, Honors Program (1993-2003), where he was voted Outstanding Advisor (for his work as Coach of the Men’s Crew), and in 2000 as “Best Teacher on Campus.” 

Currently, Lewis lives on his family’s 203-year-old plantation in southern Mississippi.

The lecture will be free and open to public. For more on this event or any associated with the “Arts in April” festival, please contact Dr. Mark Butler, Chair of the Delta State Special Programs Committee, at (662) 846-4619 or



Delta State invites aspiring artists to campus for Spring Portfolio Day

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The Delta State University art department will host its annual Spring Portfolio Day, Friday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the Wright Art Center Gallery on campus.

Held annually each spring semester, Portfolio Day is an effort to determine those students that will be awarded art scholarships for the coming year, while also giving high school students interested in art the opportunity to present their artwork for college scholarship consideration and review.

Thousands of dollars in one- to four-year scholarships are available on Portfolio Day to incoming freshman. These scholarships range from $1000 to $4000 and may be in addition to the University awards based on academic achievement.

Participants are encouraged to bring only their best artwork. Six to ten pieces should be sufficient and when possible, artworks submitted should be matted for best effect. If the aspirant is unable to mat his/her pieces, the art should, at the minimum, be presented neatly. Three-dimensional works, or a photograph of the work should the piece be too big, may be included in the portfolio.

Department chair, Bill Lester, will lead a guided tour of Delta State’s art facilities at 9:30 a.m. The tour presents an opportune time to ask questions and meet the faculty. 

Judging for Portfolio Day will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. During the judging, participants and their parents/guardians will be able to enjoy a Delta Bus Tour. To be hosted by Dr. Luther Brown, Associate Dean for Delta Regional Development and Director of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University, the tour will lead participants in an exploration of the Delta, while also noting some of the rich, cultural stories that illustrate the roles the Delta has played in American history.

At noon, attendees will enjoy lunch on Delta State’s quadrangle lawn, with entertainment presented by the Delta Music Institute (DMI).

The event’s agenda will conclude at 1:30 p.m. with the scholarship presentation in the Wright Art Center Gallery.

High school juniors are invited to attend and submit their artwork for a critique, preparing them for Portfolio Day next year. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

Participants should bring an official school copy of their high school transcripts and school records of ACT/SAT scores.

The art department encourages all participants to schedule their review before arriving, as so the proper amount of time and space can be allotted. If you are unable to pre-register, walk-ins will be welcomed on the day of the event.

For more information, please contact the Delta State art department at (662) 846-4720.




Bologna Performing Arts Center to welcome ‘Sleeping Beauty’

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center will welcome “Sleeping Beauty” to the stage Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. To be performed by The Russian National Ballet Theatre, the performance will take place in the BPAC’s Delta and Pine Land Theatre on the campus of Delta State University.

Based on Charles Perrault’s well-known fairy tale, “Sleeping Beauty” is considered to be the crown jewel in the career of choreographer Marius Petipa and one of the finest achievements of classical ballet. Russian composer Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the score, which includes the beloved Sleeping Beauty Waltz.

First premiering in 1890, Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” is a full-length ballet presented in three acts. The fairy tale is replete with a king and queen, good and evil fairies, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects and courtly splendor. 

“If you’ve never seen ballet before, this is the one to catch,” says David Dallas of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. “The music will be familiar to most and the story is fun to follow.”

The Russian National Ballet was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of “Perestroika,” when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their newfound creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies. Under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, legendary Bolshoi dancer, the Russian National Ballet has focused on upholding the tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia.

According to the London Telegraph, “The Russian National Ballet Theatre is the most exciting contribution to Russian ballet since the establishment of the Bolshoi Ballet.”

For ticket information, please call the Bologna Performing Arts Center Box Office at (662) 846-4626.




Delta State to present Faculty Research & Scholarship Symposium

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For the second year running, Delta State University will present its Faculty Research and Scholarship Symposium, Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25 with the Student Research Showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 26. 

An opportunity for Delta State faculty and students, alike,  to showcase their original research, scholarship, creative endeavors and community service projects, the event will begin with an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Henry Jacob Conference Center of the James M. Ewing Hall on campus. Delta State President, Dr. John M. Hilpert will offer a welcome, followed by Dr. Barry Campbell, associate professor of biology, and his keynote address, “The Making of a Scientist.” 

Following Campbell’s address, the poster session will commence at 2 p.m., concluding at 3 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided and faculty authors will be available at this time to discuss their work and answer questions. 

On Tuesday, posters and other displays will be available for viewing from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The second scholarly presentation session will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m., thus concluding the faculty portion of the symposium. The student portion, the Student Scholarship Showcase, will be held on Wednesday, April 26. 

With over 50 DSU faculty members presenting at this conference and over 75 students presenting in the Student Research Showcase, the symposium aims to further increase the awareness of the new and innovative faculty/student research and scholarship being generated at Delta State.

This event is free and open to public. For more information about the Faculty Research and Scholarship Symposium, please contact Mark Bonta at (662) 846-4096 or e-mail Also note that the student portion, the Student Scholarship Showcase, will be held on Wednesday, April 26.  For more information about the Student Scholarship Showcase, contact Reid Jones at 846-4389 or e-mail



Delta State to present oratorical contest

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Sponsored each semester by the Speech Communication and Theatre program though the Division of Languages and Literature at Delta State University, the Spring Oratorical Contest will take place on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Jobe Theatre on campus.

Eight students, currently enrolled in the SPE 101: Fundamentals of Speech Communication course, will be competing for first place honors in two speech categories: informative and persuasive. Participants include Lawrence Allen, Megan Christiansen, Joy Greer, Patrick Penson, Whitney Hille, Jeffrey Kitchens, Jessica LaFerny and Tameka Phillips.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen King, professor of speech communications, at (662) 846-4090 or