Five WCU Students Chosen for Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition

Hattiesburg, Miss., January 8, 2014 - Five William Carey University art students were recently juried into the 2014 Mississippi Collegiate Art Exhibition. Out of 767 entries from 11 schools, Juror Kathryn Jill Johnson chose 124 pieces for inclusion in the show, which is a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.

The exhibition will be on display at the Arts Center of Mississippi, located in downtown Jackson in front of the Mississippi Art Museum and adjacent to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium. The opening reception is February 1, from 2-4 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until February 23.

The five WCU students juried into the exhibit are Bethany Bell, a senior from Maribor, Slovenia; Jennifer Emerson, a freshman from Gulfport; Joanna McKenzie, a senior from Monticello; Kellie Gutterman, a graduate student from Mandeville, La., and Tessa Stockstill, a senior from Biloxi. Bell, who is a student on the Hattiesburg campus, had three pieces chosen for the exhibit, and the others, all from the Tradition campus in Biloxi, each had one. This was McKenzie and Stockstill’s second year to be chosen for the exhibit.

“I am so proud of these students for having their pieces chosen,” said Tracey Williams, chair of WCU’s Tradition campus art department. “The Mississippi Collegiate is one of my favorite shows to see each year, as it showcases the best of what Mississippi art students are doing.”

Pictured is William Carey University student Bethany Bell’s piece “Brother and Sisters.” Bell, a senior from Maribor, Slovenia, was one of the five WCU students juried into the 2014 Mississippi Collegiate Art Exhibition, which will be on display February 1-23 at the Arts Center of Mississippi in Jackson.