School Department News


Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:43pm
The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University’s Hattiesburg campus is hosting “Selections from the Gillespie Collection,” an exhibit of art by Mississippi-related artists, through March 31.
The exhibit includes 36 paintings by 34 artists either from Mississippi or with ties to Mississippi. Selected artists featured in the exhibit include Marie Atkinson Hull, Mildred Wolfe, Dollye Kirk, John Armistead, Dodie Dobson and Bobby Walters as well as others.
The Gillespie Museum is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment by calling (601) 318-6542. The exhibit will be closed during winter trimester break from February 17-20 and during spring break from March 9-13.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:42pm
The William Carey University Tradition campus hosted on January 22 an opening reception for “Identity,” an exhibit of artwork done by senior art students.
The exhibit, which will run through February 9, features work by Hayley Benefield of Gulfport, Ashton Gibson of Gulfport, Jamie Suzanne Nash of Ocean Springs, LucyEllen Landry of Biloxi and Tessa Stockstill of Biloxi.
“Identity” can be viewed in the Tradition campus A Building foyer, located at 19640 Highway 67 in Biloxi. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call (228) 702-1775 or email Tracy Williams, chair of the art department, at
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 1:00pm
Five William Carey University art students recently earned honors in the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition, an art contest held annually among both public and private universities and colleges throughout the state.
WCU students contributed 81 entries, including 56 from the Hattiesburg campus and 25 from the Tradition campus, to the contest, which garnered a total of 709 entries from all of the competing institutions. A total of 138 pieces were selected by the judge, Jean Nunez Donegan of Nicholls State University, including seven pieces from WCU.
The selected pieces will be exhibited at the Arts Center of Mississippi, located on East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson, from February 7 through March 13 with an opening reception to be held from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 7.
WCU students contributing selected pieces for the contest include senior art majors Amber Holifield of Collins, Joanna McKenzie of Monticello, Melissa Murphy of Bay Springs, Rick Wilemon of Hattiesburg and Tessa Stockstill of Biloxi. Three of Murphy’s pieces were selected for the show with the other students each contributing one piece.
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:32am
The Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University will host a watercolors exhibit by local artist Bobby Walters from January 13-29 with the opening reception from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 15.
Walters, of Hattiesburg, started painting at age 15 with the encouragement of his mother. At 17, he enrolled in an art class taught by Charles Ambrose at the University of Southern Mississippi. Following graduation from high school, Walters enrolled at USM and continued his education under Ambrose. During college, Walters had his first experience with watercolor, a medium he has loved and continued with to this day.
Watercolors painted by Walters often show landscapes with objects such as boats or trucks. His paintings also often feature familiar scenes from within Hattiesburg, such as City Hall or the now-gone Beverly Drive-In Theatre.
“I paint because I love it and other people love my work,” said Walters. “Some of my happiest days are spent painting in my studio cabin on the banks of Black Creek deep in the woods of south Mississippi.”
The Parker Gallery, located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg, is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or by appointment by calling (801) 755-4052.
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