School Department News


Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 1:02pm

The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum at William Carey University will present the art exhibit “Song of the Birds” from September 4 until October 15.

The opening reception will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on September 4. The exhibit features photographs by Alison Morgan; watercolors by Kym Garraway-Braley; and sculptures by Vixon Sullivan. All three artists are from Hattiesburg.

Morgan, a retired educator, works to share her faith in Jesus Christ through photographs of His creation, whether of people or wildfire. Her work has been published in Signature Magazine and in the Mississippi Wildlife Federation 2014-2015 Pamphlet. Additionally, her work has been exhibited at the Oddfellows Gallery in Hattiesburg.

Garraway-Braley has been a professional, full-time artist for over 30 years, working for companies such as John Deere, Barnes and Noble and Dear Cards. Her work has appeared in public buildings, schools, churches, government facilities, hospitals and in commissioned pieces. Her passion is illustrating children’s books. She will debut her own book of devotions in spring 2015.

Sullivan, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in advertising, recently left the advertising field to pursue art professionally. His goals are to find contentment in using his God-given talent and to bring joy to others through art and community involvement.

The Gillespie Museum contains the most comprehensive and extensive collection of art by Mississippians during the 20th century. Over 600 works are contained in the collection.

The museum is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (601) 318-6542.

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 1:26pm

The Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University hosted an opening reception for the South Mississippi Art Association’s “Juried Exhibition of Watercolors, Oils, and Acrylics” on August 28.

The exhibition includes 36 works by 20 artists. Kim Whitt’s painting, “Along the Path,” won Best in Show, with Cheryl Beasley’s “Morning Reflection” winning Best Oil Painting. Sheri Hoem’s “Angel Trumpet No. 3” won Best Acrylic Painting and Jo-Ann Adams won Best Watercolor Painting for her “Spiderwort Jungle” piece.

The exhibit will be on display until September 16 at the Parker Gallery, located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg. Gallery hours are 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Many of the pieces on display are for sale.

For more information, call 801-755-4052.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 8:56am

The Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University will host the South Mississippi Art Association’s “Juried Exhibition of Watercolors, Oils, and Acrylics” from August 26 until September 18.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 28 at the Parker Gallery, located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg.

The exhibition includes 36 works by 20 artists.

For more information, call 801-755-4052.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:43am

Chatham Meade Kemp, assistant professor of art at William Carey University, recently received an Artist Fellowship grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).

The MAC grant of $4,500 was awarded to Kemp based on her exemplary work in her chosen field of painting. The Artist Fellowship program is highly competitive, with only a small number of the total applicants each year receiving an award of up to $5,000. The award is based solely on merit with the requirement that the funds be used to expand the artist’s ability to create new work.

“I will be using the MAC grant to create my next series of paintings, including materials, transport, framing and promotion of work,” said Kemp.

The grant is a portion of the $1.34 million in grants MAC awarded in 2014-2015. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The arts in Mississippi are now being recognized as a key component to economic development and as a driver for creative strategies for the growth of our communities,” said Dr. Tom Pearson, executive director of MAC. “Individual artists play a vital role as really the backbone of this movement, and it is an honor for this agency to be a part of their professional growth.”

According to Kemp, her paintings celebrate her “love of making discoveries with the expressive power of color and the physical process of layering paint on canvas.” Her work walks a line between representation and abstraction, suggesting natural forms such as plants, trees and flowers, along with weather patterns and other natural world references.

Kemp’s work has also been selected to be displayed at the bi-annual Mississippi Invitational Juried Exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art from November 1 until January 25, 2015. Through this exhibition, Kemp has also applied for a $15,000 travel/study grant. The winner of the grant will be announced in October.

“Going through the selection process for the exhibition was a great learning experience,” said Kemp. “The events for the exhibition, including the opening reception, will allow me to meet artists from all areas of the state.”

The Mississippi Museum of Art will also produce a full color catalog of all of the artists involved, including statements about the artwork and biographical information.

“It is a great honor to be included in this exhibit,” she said.

Kemp is the daughter of James W. Meade, an art faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi for over 40 years, and local artist and teacher Myra Meade. She has taught at WCU since 2007.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 8:35am
Brent Wallace, adjunct professor of photography at William Carey University and certified photographic consultant, will teach a photography class (ART 215.18) at WCU this fall on Tuesday evenings at 5:45 p.m.
The prerequisite of Art 108 has been waived so that any student, faculty, staff, or community member who wishes to take this class can do so. For current art students, it will meet part of the art core requirement.
Wallace, who is the founding member and current president of the Camaraderie Photography Club, retired from Forrest General Hospital as marketing specialist and photographer in 2011. Holding degrees in art and photography, he started shooting professionally in 1980 and has led numerous workshops, photo tours, and classes over the tenure of his career.
“I believe that outstanding images are the results of a team effort guided by the client’s needs,” Wallace said.
Using proven photographic principles coupled with digital technology, he teaches students the essentials and professional approaches to working aesthetically with photography goals. Macintosh computers will be available for all students to use in the classroom during the tenure of the class.
Participants will need to provide their own photography equipment. The class will begin on August 26 and end on November 4.
For more information about the class, contact Dr. Read Diket, professor of art, at (601) 318-6205 or