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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:49am

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 11, 2014 - The art department of William Carey University hosted the Fifth Annual High School Art Competition in the Lucile Parker Gallery (LPG) on March 1. The exhibition gave area high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to showcase their talents and compete for scholarships. Thirty-two students from the following high schools participated in the competition: Oak Grove High School, Perry Central High School, Presbyterian Christian High School, South Jones High School, and West Jones High School. The event was directed by Dr. Read Diket, WCU professor of art and education, Dr. Ed Ford, assistant professor of graphic design and LPG director, and Chatham Meade Kemp, WCU art instructor.

Erin Dungan, a sophomore from South Jones High School, won Best in Show for her piece “Still Life Composition.”Gregory Dearmen, a senior from Perry Central High School, won first place for his piece “Tiger Creek.” Shane Cooney, a freshman from South Jones High School, won second place for his piece “Still Life with Alligator,” and Eric Nguyen, a junior from West Jones High School, won third place for his piece “Bottles.” WCU scholarships were given to all winners.

 In addition, the following students received Honorable Mention awards: Megan Grafton, West Jones High School, for “Sunset;”Asha Bolton, Perry Central High School, for “Sisters of Purity;”Sarabeth Sappington, Oak Grove High School, “Crimson,” and Mikaela Killingsworth, Presbyterian Christian High School, “Rainbow Reflections.”

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 3:35pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., January 17, 2014 - The Lucile Parker Art Gallery at William Carey University hosted a reception to celebrate the opening of “An Exhibit of Illustrations and Graphic Design” by Dr. Ed Ford on January 16. Dr. Ford is the director of the Lucile Parker Gallery and assistant professor of graphic design at WCU. The gallery, now located at 512 Tuscan Avenue at Cherry Street, is open Tuesday – Thursday, from 1- 4 p.m. or by appointment 801-755-4052. The exhibit opened on January 15 and will hang through February 12.

The show is a sampling of work that Ford completed in the last 30 years. There is work from his days as a student at The University of Southern Mississippi, from when he served as a freelance commercial artist, and pieces he did as a freelance illustrator and portrait artist. Ford’s resume includes work as a designer and sign painter at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel and at The Design Shop in Hattiesburg. He also worked for three years as an illustrator for the Paradies shops in Atlanta where his designs were sold on souvenirs in airports around the country, and he worked for five years as an art director in broadcast television doing motion graphics.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 3:29pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., January 14, 2014 - The Lucile Parker Art Gallery at William Carey University will host a reception to celebrate the opening of “An Exhibit of Illustrations and Graphic Design” by Ed Ford on January 16, from 4:30-6 p.m. Ford is the director of the Lucile Parker Gallery and assistant professor of art at WCU. The gallery, now located at 512 Tuscan Avenue at Cherry Street, is open Tuesday – Thursday, from 1- 4 p.m. or by appointment 801-755-4052. The exhibit opens on January 15 and will hang through February 12.

The show is a sampling of work that Ford completed in the last 30 years. There is work from his days as a student at The University of Southern Mississippi, from when he served as a freelance commercial artist, and pieces he did as a freelance illustrator and portrait artist. Ford’s resume includes work as a designer and sign painter at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel and at The Design Shop in Hattiesburg. He also worked for three years as an illustrator for the Paradies shops in Atlanta where his designs were sold on souvenirs in airports around the country, and he worked for five years as an art director in broadcast television doing motion graphics.

“The wide variety of styles and media of the show reflect the diverse jobs that I've had,” Ford said. “There will be drawings in ink, graphite, various pens and brushes, graphite, and watercolor. I’ll display paintings in oil and acrylic. There are screen prints and laser prints of work done on the computer. There will also be ceramic sculptures and an architectural model of my design for a woven geodesic dome. During the opening reception, I’ll be showing clips of my animation reel, as well.”

For more information on the exhibit or opening reception, contact Ed Ford at eford@wmcarey.edu.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:32am

Hattiesburg, Miss., January 8, 2014 - Five William Carey University art students were recently juried into the 2014 Mississippi Collegiate Art Exhibition. Out of 767 entries from 11 schools, Juror Kathryn Jill Johnson chose 124 pieces for inclusion in the show, which is a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.

The exhibition will be on display at the Arts Center of Mississippi, located in downtown Jackson in front of the Mississippi Art Museum and adjacent to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium. The opening reception is February 1, from 2-4 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until February 23.

The five WCU students juried into the exhibit are Bethany Bell, a senior from Maribor, Slovenia; Jennifer Emerson, a freshman from Gulfport; Joanna McKenzie, a senior from Monticello; Kellie Gutterman, a graduate student from Mandeville, La., and Tessa Stockstill, a senior from Biloxi. Bell, who is a student on the Hattiesburg campus, had three pieces chosen for the exhibit, and the others, all from the Tradition campus in Biloxi, each had one. This was McKenzie and Stockstill’s second year to be chosen for the exhibit.

“I am so proud of these students for having their pieces chosen,” said Tracey Williams, chair of WCU’s Tradition campus art department. “The Mississippi Collegiate is one of my favorite shows to see each year, as it showcases the best of what Mississippi art students are doing.”

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 4:52pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., December 5, 2013 - Dr. Read Diket, professor of art and education/director of Center for Creative Scholars at William Carey University, along with her daughter, Tally Scully, and Tally's niece, Callie LaValle, recently published their first book, "Houdini and the Magic Molt." Scully and LaValle wrote the educational children's story, and Dr. Diket created the illustrations. Dr. Diket will hold a book signing for the new publication on WCU's campus December 11 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in front of Wilkes Hall. The book cost $20 and is also available for purchase at www.backyardscienceimprint.com.

The creative process for the book began when Scully and her husband, Mike, purchased an ootheca and watched the hundreds of tiny mantises emerge from the mantis egg case. They became enthralled with the creatures and their molting process, and Scully was inspired to write a children's book about a Chinese preying mantis who finds magic in the process of molting. Her niece provided input from a child's perspective, and between the two of them, a science-based educational book with an inspiring story was born. Scully then enlisted the assistance of her talented artistic mother, Dr. Diket, to provide beautiful illustrations to accompany their tale. This three generational book is appropriate for adults and children alike.

"This is book about family values, the journey to find yourself through the missions you undertake, the balance that we must all find in our lives, and the magic to be discovered in all of nature," Scully said. "One needs only to step outside and explore the backyard to forever feel the imprint of science on their life."

For more information about te book, contact Dr. Diket at backyardscienceimprint@gmail.com.