Enriching life through art.

The William Carey Department of Art offers a framework of courses, focused study, internships, and exhibition experiences, designed to guide you toward achieving excellence in your creative pursuits. Alumni are doing well in teaching, in working studios, and graphic design businesses.

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Unlock Your Creative Potential with the William Carey Art Department: Where Passion Meets Personalized Mentorship

  • Featuring 20-25 art majors, we offer a friendly community of students working as artists and designers.
  • Boasting an 8:1 Student to Faculty ratio, we give students the opportunity to work closely with experienced faculty members who are trained artists in the field.
  • Containing class sizes of 10 students or less on average, we ensure students have access to personalized instruction and feedback in an intimate, supportive environment.
  • Here’s what else we offer: A range of degrees, including BFA in Graphic Design, Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, or combined studio. The combined studio means students can study two studio emphasis areas, either graphics & painting or ceramics & painting. We also offer a BA in Art (a great opportunity for double majors).
  • We also provide an array of financial assistance, highlighted by the Art Talent Scholarship, with an Average award of $6,800. To receive an art talent scholarship, students should email their digital portfolio to art@wmcarey.edu
  • For even better financial assistance opportunities, the Art Talent Scholarships can now be combined with academic scholarships.
  • Additionally, the Annual Fall & Spring High School Art Showcase Exhibitions include scholarship amounts of up to $1,000 in tandem with our regular talent scholarship. Please email: art@wmcarey.edu for more details.

Meet the Chair

Chatham Kemp

Chatham Meade Kemp has taught painting and drawing at William Carey University since 2007.  She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from Indiana University in Bloomington. From early on in life, Chatham's life was centered around making art, traveling to museums, and interacting with artists. She is the daughter of two fine artists, James W. Meade who has been an art faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi for over 40 years and Myra Meade who taught art and ceramics to high school students and elementary school students in addition to being an active landscape painter.

Chatham Kemp enjoys networking and collaborating with other artists through the Mississippi Art Colony and Hattiesburg Women’s art collective where she met artists across the state and surrounding states and has enjoyed having exhibitions with these artists.  It is her pleasure and privilege both in teaching and artistic production to give back to her native south Mississippi.

Chatham was awarded an artist fellowship grant as well as mini grants by the Mississippi Arts Commission. She hosted an artist symposium for the Mississippi Arts Commission. Her paintings were also selected to be a part of the prestigious Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of Art by guest juror Carla Hanzal.  Her work is represented in commercial galleries across the state of Mississippi and the South East. She also exhibits her work at universities in the surrounding region including most recently a National Juried exhibition at the University of Southern Mississippi (juror Bill Scott) as well as a National Invitational at Southeastern University in Hammond, Louisiana.


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