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Art students selected for state exhibit

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Five art majors from Delta State University have been selected to exhibit eight works of art in the 2015 Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition hosted by the Arts Center of Mississippi in Jackson.

Work from Ashley Jenkins, Chase Tubbs, Cathryn Beck, Cherie Clark and Kristin Price work will go on display Feb. 7 with an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. at the ACM. Their submissions, along with over 130 additional works from nine state institutions, will remain on display until March 13.

Price had four pieces accepted into the show: one sculpture, one piece of furniture and two fiber art pieces; while Jenkins will have one linoleum cut print; Tubbs will show one piece of furniture; Beck will exhibit one piece of furniture; and Cherie Clark will have one painting representing Delta State University’s Art Department.

Other art departments represented include: Jackson State University, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University.

Michael Stanley, professor of sculpture and furniture design, is thrilled to see Delta State students excelling at the state level.

“This is a tough competition and the caliber of the work submitted by each institution’s art department is very high,” said Stanley. “We are extremely proud of these five students and the work they have accomplished here at Delta State. They should be very proud of the prestige it brings them and the university.

“These students put in a lot of work creating these pieces and it’s great to see them receive not only recognition for their efforts, but also validation from their peers of their artistic pursuits.”

Beck was grateful to receive news of her first career gallery acceptance.

“I am very excited and honored to finally have a piece in a gallery — this is my first opportunity to do so,” she said. “I have wanted to make furniture for a couple of years and now I have the chance to.”

Learn more about the Delta State Department of Art at http://www.dsuart.com.


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Reflecting Realism

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This is an Art Exhibit in Wright Art Gallery.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art.  (662) 846-4720

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 8:30 pm

Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Closed Weekends, Holiday, & Interims


Art gallery to showcase realism

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The Wright Art Center Gallery at Delta State University will open a new exhibition, Reflecting Realism, on Jan. 19 with a public reception for the artists from 2-4 p.m. Featured artists include sculptor William Beckwith and painters Charles Carraway, Laurin McCracken, Richard Kelso, Margaret Munz-Losch and Jerrod Partridge.
The style of Realism has remained a steady and beloved approach by many artists and patrons despite new movements in the art world at large. This is particularly true in America, which has always favored and valued Realism from the earliest days of the country. In this exhibition six artists present their individuality within the genre — some work naturalistically in painting style and subject matter, while others paint or sculpt naturalistically as the subject matter derives partially from the imagination.
William “Bill” Beckwith, a native of Taylor, Miss., began his career in sculpture by working in the studio of Leon Z. Koury in Greenville in the ’60s. He later received a BFA and MFA in sculpture from the University of Mississippi. After graduating, Beckwith opened Vulcan Studios, Mississippi’s first commercial fine arts foundry. He continues to operate his studio and also teaches sculpture at the University of Mississippi. Small, gestural female figures as allegorical references to youth will be shown in the Wright Gallery.
Terry, Miss. native Charles Carraway, chair of the Jackson State University Art Department, has exhibited his paintings in numerous venues since the early ‘80s and most recently was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship by the Mississippi Arts Commission in 2013. Carraway’s paintings of interiors have a Vermeer mystery and sense of silence, which implies a person has just stepped away from the scene or is about to enter the space and break its tranquility.
Laurin McCracken is a realist watercolorist whose work is largely influenced by the Dutch and Flemish Still Life painters of the 16th and 17th centuries. From a training standpoint, as an architect and later as a photographer, he brings a natural inclination to detail and refinement to the subjects of his painting. Those subjects tend to be the beautiful objects life offers, such as flowers, crystal and silverware, clouds, toys or anything which attracts his eye and attention. McCracken currently lives in Ft. Worth, Texas where he maintains his art studio.
Richard Kelso, from Cleveland, lives and works in his studio in Jackson, where he has lived since 1987. He attended Delta State University and was a student of Sammy Britt. He earned a MFA in painting from the University of Mississippi and has taught at Millsaps and Meridian Community College. As many artists who practice, he keeps a regular daily schedule of painting in his Fondren studio, which results in a disciplined and extensive body of work. Represented by Fisher Gallery in Jackson, Kelso will show genre scenes and still life paintings.
Margaret Munz-Losch ‘s work reflects a deep fascination with mystery and adventure. Her vivid compositions observe complex, and sometimes uneasy, relationships between the natural world, art and identity which result often in surrealistic dreamscapes which marry the mundane and the fantastical. As an emerging artist, she exhibited her work in Los Angeles. She also became the director of a mural company during her time there before moving to Tennessee. Munz-Losch’s work has appeared in group and solo shows and most recently she was awarded winner of the No Dead Artists competition at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans.
Jerrod Partridge is a fulltime artist and drawing instructor living and working in the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson. He earned his undergraduate degree from Mississippi College and a MFA from the New York Academy of Art. The majority of his work is done in oils on his own handmade paper, a process which forces him to approach the piece with more awareness and care of painting’s materiality. As the father of three young children, his focus has been on domestic scenes of familiarity which are often overlooked, like overflowing closets, dirty dishes or children playing with weapons. Painting is how Partridge finds organization and tranquility in this world. His works are intended to represent and possibly question the domestic American culture as a whole.
Reflecting Realism will be available for viewing from Jan. 19-Feb. 21. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the Art Department at 662-846-4720.