School Department News


Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 2:39pm
William Carey University will present “The Art of Marie Hull,” a special exhibit of drawings and paintings by the famous Mississippi artist, from Feb. 5 through March 6 at Oddfellows Gallery at 119 E. Front St. in downtown Hattiesburg.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.
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 39 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.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 9:35am
Seventeen works by William Carey University art students have been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition, a contest held annually among both public and private universities and colleges throughout the state.
The works were selected by the competition’s juror, Richard Doubleday, an assistant professor of graphic design at Louisiana State University. Works selected for the competition will be on display from February 13 through March 18 at the Arts Center of Mississippi, which is located on East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson. Award winners will be announced during the opening reception at 2 p.m. on February 13.
Carey students selected for the competition include Donnia Adams of Hattiesburg; Nikki Ainsworth of Laurel; Zina Brown of Hattiesburg; Chance Cherry of Waynesboro; Sunny Couch of Biloxi; Anne Guille of Long Beach; Tina Mason of Gulfport; Kaitlyn McKee of Vancleave; Tessa Stockstill of Biloxi; Nykeshia Swaw of Biloxi; Rick Wilemon of Hattiesburg; and Destini Willis of Hattiesburg.
The selected works may be viewed online at
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 8:20am
The William Carey University Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art will host a new exhibit, “Mississippi Landscape: An Artistic Legacy,” from January 25 through February 29.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on January 26 at the museum, which is located on the Hattiesburg campus adjacent to Smith/Rouse Library.
“Mississippi Landscape” features paintings selected from the Sarah Ellen Gillespie Collection, which includes more than 600 pieces of art and is considered to be the most comprehensive compilation of art executed by Mississippians in the 20th century. Selected artists featured in the exhibit include Marie Hull, Jason Bouldin, Ann Seale and Kate Freeman Clark.
The museum will be closed for the university’s winter break from February 15-19. Regular operating hours are 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special appointments may be made by calling (601) 318-6561.