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First Lady Nancy LaForge will serve as vice president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

Mrs. LaForge elected VP of MIAL

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Delta State University First Lady Nancy LaForge was recently elected to the role of vice president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).

Now in its 37th year, MIAL celebrates Mississippi’s artists, musicians and writers.

LaForge, who previously served as a MIAL board member, will serve one year as VP and then as president.

“I am humbled to be elected vice president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and grateful for the opportunity to serve an organization so dedicated to promoting the arts,” said LaForge. “MIAL sponsors the only juried arts and literature competition and awards ceremony in the state of Mississippi.”

“As vice president, I will oversee the category chairmen responsible for receiving and organizing all nominations for awards,” added LaForge. “I am thrilled to be working with an outstanding group of people in the MIAL, and I am dedicated to supporting the artists, musicians and writers who share our wonderful Mississippi connection.”

JoAnne Prichard Morris of Jackson will serve as president this year, and LaForge will begin her service as president in 2017.

In 1978, MIAL was dreamed up by a few discerning individuals, including former Governor William Winter, Dr. Aubrey Lucas (former president of Delta State), Dr. Cora Norman, Dr. Noel Polk, and Keith McLean of Cleveland. These founding members believed that among Mississippi’s greatest riches are its artists, writers, and musicians, who must be supported, nurtured and recognized.

MIAL strives to recognize outstanding achievement in seven categories: fiction, non-fiction, visual arts, musical composition (concert), musical composition (popular), photography and poetry.

Each year, MIAL hosts an awards gala to recognize and honor the artistic achievements of living Mississippians. The ceremony, which is hosted in different cities across the state, will take place at Delta State in June of 2017.

Learn more about MIAL at http://www.ms-arts-letters.org.

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Art department presents juried student show

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The Delta State University Department of Art of invites the public to the opening of its Annual Juried Student Exhibition March 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Fielding Wright Art Center on campus.

The annual event showcases the work art students have produced over the last year and provides students with an opportunity to gain professional experiences by preparing work for exhibition and submitting it to a jury process. Students are also eligible to win financial awards in a variety of categories. The awards are made possible by the generous support of art patrons from the Cleveland community.

This year’s juror is Chung-Fan Chang, a painter and educator originally from Taiwan who now teaches at Jackson State University.

Chang’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Miss.

Her most recent exhibition, “Next Kite, Next Weather,” took place at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, Taiwan. She co-curated “Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan,” an international travel exhibition that was shown at the Tenri Cultural Center in New York City and the Dollye M.E. Robinson Gallery at Jackson State University. She is the recipient of a visual arts fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission and of a ThinkTank 7 Emerging Educator Fellowship from Integrative Teaching International in Chicago. 

Chang lauded the quality and variety of work entered in this year’s Delta State show. The work she selected represents all concentrations offered by the art department and reflects the diversity of the students’ esthetics and interests.

Awards for the exhibit will be announced at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be viewable March 16-April 24.

The Fielding Wright 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, contact the Department of Art at 662-846-4720.

Advance Screening of PBS’s ART21 Season 7: Episode 3

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ART21 PARTNERS WITH ORGANIZATIONS WORLDWIDE TO HOST EVENTS INSPIRED BY
SEASON SEVEN, PREMIERING THIS OCTOBER ON PBS

ART21 Access ’14 is an international free screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, spark dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of public screenings and events. Season 7 premieres on PBS October 24th at 10 pm EST. Season 7 profiles twelve artists who reveal how art can inspire and transform lives and communities.

Screening events are hosted by museums, schools, libraries, art spaces, community centers, and universities worldwide. Each event features an exclusive advance screening of one to four episodes from Season 7.

Episode 3: Legacy

Why do we break with some traditions and perpetuate others? Artists in this episode use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain. Featured artists include Wolfgang Laib, Tania Bruguera, and Abraham Cruxvillegas.
ART21 Access ’14 events are presented in partnership with Americans for the Arts, the YMCA, and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. An updated list of ART21 Access ’14 events and venues worldwide can be found at art21.org/access.

For more information, please contact the Art Department at 662-846-4720.

Advance Screening of PBS’s ART21 Season 7: Episode 1

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ART21 PARTNERS WITH ORGANIZATIONS WORLDWIDE TO HOST EVENTS INSPIRED BY
SEASON SEVEN, PREMIERING THIS OCTOBER ON PBS

ART21 Access ’14 is an international free screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, spark dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of public screenings and events. Season 7 premieres on PBS October 24th at 10 pm EST. Season 7 profiles twelve artists who reveal how art can inspire and transform lives and communities.

Screening events are hosted by museums, schools, libraries, art spaces, community centers, and universities worldwide. Each event features an exclusive advance screening of one to four episodes from Season 7.
Episode 1: Investigation

How do artists push beyond what they already know and readily see? Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? In this episode, artists use their practices as tools for personal and intellectual discovery, simultaneously documenting and producing new realities in the process. Featured artists include Thomas Hirschhorn, Graciela Iturbide, and Leonardo Drew.
ART21 Access ’14 events are presented in partnership with Americans for the Arts, the YMCA, and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. An updated list of ART21 Access ’14 events and venues worldwide can be found at art21.org/access.

For more information, please contact the Art Department at 662-846-4720.

 

For more information, please contact the Art Department at 662-846-4720.

Retiring administrative secretary Bert Herbison (left) was recently recognized her 24-year career at Delta State. Also praised was Paul Hankins, who served four years as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and now returns as the chair of the Department of Music. Herbison worked directly with Hankins for the interim period.

Hankins and Herbison recognized

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Paul Hankins was recently honored for his years of service as the interim dean of Delta State’s College of Arts and Sciences. Colleagues and campus leaders gathered for a celebratory social in President William N. LaForge’s conference room to thank Hankins for his dedication.

Hankins served in the interim role for four years following the leadership of Collier Parker. Hankins now returns to the Department of Music where he will serve as department chair.

“We are very grateful to Dr. Hankins for his dedicated service as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences over a four-year period,” said LaForge. “He served in this position very well and often faced difficult challenges.

“I appreciate his commitment to Delta State and certainly welcome him back as chair of the Department of Music.”

Delta State Provost Charles McAdams echoed LaForge’s praise for Hankins.

“Delta State was fortunate to have someone as capable as Dr. Paul Hankins to serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences the past four years,” said McAdams. “He was a great advocate for all areas of the college, and his understanding of institutional history provided a strong foundation for the service he provided Delta State. Leading a college as diverse as Arts and Sciences is a challenge, but Dr. Hankins led the college with his characteristic calmness, grace and dignity.

“He is a real asset to Delta State and I am pleased he will continue to provide great leadership for the Department of Music.”

The university recently concluded a national search for the college’s new leader. Beginning this month, David Breaux, previously of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, takes over as the college’s new dean.

Breaux was a professor of political science at ULL, where he once served as graduate school dean. Prior to ULL, he taught in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University from 1989-2011.

The community of learners in the College of Arts and Sciences is composed of approximately 115 faculty, 1,250 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate majors. The college takes great pride in the quality and value of its educational programs. Students are encouraged to develop their talents in courses that improve communication, analytical thinking and problem solving.

“In striving for an environment in which everyone feels welcomed and appreciated, we provide the opportunity for significant intellectual, cultural and social growth,” Hankins said.

Also recognized in a recent retirement ceremony was Bert Herbison, who served as Hankins’ administrative secretary during his four years as dean. Herbison previously spent 20 years as the secretary for the Department of Art. She is retiring after a fulfilling 24-year career at Delta State.

“It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Hankins for four years,” said Herbison. “He is a consummate professional and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

“I loved what I did at Delta State all those years, but I am ready to sit back and enjoy the rest of my life with my husband.”

Learn more about the college at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/.