School Department News


Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:42am
A collection of aerial photographs on display at the William Carey University Tradition campus combines artistry and concern for our coastal environment.
“Coastal Waterways” by Susan Guice features photographs illustrating the impact man has on the Mississippi and Louisiana waterways. Guice will discuss her work during a reception and presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Tradition campus, located at 19640 Hwy. 67 in Biloxi.
“When I fly over the marsh, I’m captivated by the sinuous curves of its natural waterway, the coarse texture of the marsh grass, and the rich colors of the reflected sky on still waters and shallow silty bottoms,” said Guice who is a licensed pilot as well as an accomplished photographer. “But, it’s hard to ignore the ugly slashes of straight lines. These canals and pipeline cuts for the oil industry signal the end of days for this unique part of the world.”
The exhibit is a compilation of work that began in 2007, and the photos were collected over approximately 2,000 flight hours. Guice shot the photos with a Nikon digital SLR camera. She said the images are as she captured them with her camera using a variety of lenses; they have not been altered or manipulated.  
“Susan Guice’s aerial photography gives us not only images of nature with exquisite vibrance, but also a unique perspective on man’s impact on the coastal waterways where we live,” said Tracy Williams, director of the Tradition campus art department. “The work is engaging on so many levels.”
Guice said each photo represents a moment in time.  “These wetlands are disappearing so rapidly that the image you see here now may already be gone. Government data indicate that every 15 minutes an area the size of a football field is lost to open water.”
Nearly 2,000 square miles of the coastal wetlands have disappeared since 1932. “Today, because of the works of man, the marsh that took the Mighty Mississippi millennia to create is quickly becoming open water,” Guice said. “What was once a vibrant nursery for seafood, an unequaled habitat for wildlife, and protective barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans is now merely the skeletal remains of its former self.”
The Louisiana marsh once helped flood waters to safely disperse across the Mississippi River. Recent catastrophic floods affecting residents all along the Mississippi River were worse because of wetlands loss in Louisiana alone.
Guice’s photos capture a disappearing landscape. She said, “Enjoy these photographs as you would a rainbow after a thunderstorm. One day, they will only be a reminder of what once was.”
For more information, contact Tracy Williams at (228) 702-1844 or at
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 8:46am
Dr. Read Diket, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art and education at William Carey University, was recently awarded the Maryl Fletcher de Jong Service Award by the Women’s Caucus of the National Art Education Association.
The award, which is given annually, honors an individual in the field of art education who has made noteworthy service contributions to art education as an advocate of equality for women and all people who encounter injustice. This individual gives outstanding service of community, state, national or international significance that contributes to eliminating discriminatory gender and other stereotyping practices for individuals and groups.
Diket was nominated for the award by Dr. David Burton of Virginia Commonwealth University with letters of support from Dr. Robert Sabol of Purdue University and Dr. Sheri Klein, the president of the Women’s Caucus. Their letters presented aspects of Diket’s service, including her presidency of the Seminar for Research in Art Education and of the Women’s Caucus. Diket has also served as president of several American Educational Research Association groups, including arts and education and brain, neuroscience and education.
Appropriate to the award, the letters also highlighted Diket’s 17 years of work as leader of the art education university consortium for secondary analysis and interpretation of National Assessment of Educational Progress visual arts from 1977, 2008 and 2016. Diket also contributes to an international dialogue on leadership and will publish a Taylor & Francis Group book chapter in 2016 on the ideology of thought leadership in social media.
In her acceptance speech, Diket spoke of Carey and the climate for service that has been such a strong component in its community for learning. She mentioned that kindness and empathy are mediums of respect that lead to positive outcomes for students, events and work at the university. From childhood, these components have figured into Diket’s orientation to the world.
Additionally, on April 2, Diket presented at Penn State University a paper on “Living the Vision.” The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the seminar that reoriented education in the arts at schools. Creativity needs for the race into space, needs for defining the disciplines in art and a spirit of collaboration despite consternation marked the original seminar. 
Diket showed through her reading of the event papers, and through autoethnography, that national ideas found positive expression in Mississippi schools, and further, that Mississippians in the arts are known to contribute leadership within the national discussion.
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 2:30pm
William Carey University and Oddfellows Gallery will present “The Art of Osmo Visuri,” an exhibit of watercolor paintings by the late Finnish artist, from April 14 through May 21 at the gallery in downtown Hattiesburg.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. on April 14.
The exhibit, which consists of 26 paintings on loan from Mary Pyle of Gulfport, is currently on display at the Tradition campus in Biloxi through March 31. Pyle met Visuri, who was a professor at the University of Helsinki and a noted photographer and author, in 1988 through her work as a presidentially-appointed member of the National Council on Vocational Education.
Visuri would later visit Pyle and her husband, Jack, at their home. During his visit, the artist and the couple attempted to find a place to exhibit his paintings. After finding no success in this endeavor during his month-long stay, Visuri left his paintings with Pyle. The art was stored in a closet in Pyle’s home for 27 years until the Tradition campus exhibit this year.
The watercolors depict scenes of Visuri’s native country and prominently feature a lake and other landscapes near the artist’s home. A presentation about the artist’s life, along with Pyle’s memories of her friend, will be given, along with a video created by Visuri in the early 1990s explaining his unique techniques and settings.
Keijo Karjalainen, a cultural counselor from the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C., attended the opening reception for the Tradition exhibit on Feb. 25 and commented on Visuri’s prominence in his home country. Visuri was also known in Italy, where he operated a studio, and in Israel, where he authored several books about the Biblical Parables.
Oddfellows Gallery, located at 119 E. Front St., is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information on the exhibit, call (601) 318-6561.
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:23am
The William Carey University Department of Art hosted the seventh annual High School Art Scholarship Competition on March 5 at the Lucile Parker Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.
Homeschool students and students from Picayune High School, South Jones High School and West Jones High School entered the contest, which awarded scholarships ranging in amounts from $500 to $2,000. Thirty-six students participated in the competition.
West Jones student Lauren Stevens won best of show for her work, “Posing in the Deep.” The first place winner was South Jones student Lauren Jones for “Midnight Slumber.” South Jones student Lizbeth Sanchez won second place for “Lady of the Forest” while Sarah Wedgeworth, a homeschool student, won third place for “Lizard Stalking Butterfly.”
Honorable mention winners included Paige Walters of West Jones, Kayla Yates of West Jones, Samantha Grafton of West Jones and Keegan Strickland of South Jones.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 8:38am
William Carey University is presenting “The Art of Marie Hull,” a special exhibit of drawings and paintings by the famous Mississippi artist, through April 9 at Oddfellows Gallery at 119 E. Front St. in downtown Hattiesburg.
The closing reception for the exhibit will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on April 9. Refreshments will be served and live music will be presented by the Carey Guitar Ensemble. The reception is a part of the Downtown Hattiesburg Art Walk.
Hull, born in Summit in 1890, was known not only for her oil paintings, drawings and watercolors, but also for her work as an art teacher. Identified as “an adventurous artist” in an article written by Marion Barnwell for the Mississippi Historical Society, Hull was known for her love of rich colors and her joke that she “liked any color as long as it was pink.” Hull was invited to exhibit her work at events including the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco and the New York World’s Fair.
She received numerous accolades for her work, including the Katherine Bellaman Prize in 1965 and the designation of “Marie Hull Day” by Gov. William Winter in October 1975, and continued to paint until her death at the age of 90 in 1980. Hull was also known for her close friendships with Sarah Gillespie, a Hattiesburg art collector and the namesake of Carey’s Gillespie Museum, and with Lucile Parker, former chair of the Carey art department and namesake of the Parker Gallery. 
Carey’s art collections include 40 works by Hull, all of which will be on display during the exhibit.
The Oddfellows Gallery is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information on the gallery, call (601) 544-5777. For more information on the university’s art collections, visit or call (601) 318-6051.