School Department News


Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:07am
The William Carey University Student Art Show and Competition, featuring artwork by students from both the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses, will be on display at the Kress Live in Biloxi from April 16-30.
The opening reception for the show will be from 5:30 until 8 p.m. on April 16. The reception will feature musical entertainment from the Rockestra Revolution, which is made up of student musicians from the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport under the direction of Dr. Tim Bergman. The group plays rock and other forms of popular music with orchestral instruments.
Over 80 student works have been entered in the competition, which will be judged by John Oles, a ceramic artist from New Orleans. There are eight competition categories, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, 3-D, design, Best in Show and the People's Choice Award. Cash prizes will be given to the winners of the categories.
For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact Tracy Williams, director of the Tradition campus art department, at (228) 702-1844 or by email at
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 2:11pm
The William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi is hosting a special art exhibit by area artist Kathryn McCann through April 30.
McCann graduated from Carey in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She went on to graduate from Mississippi College with a Master of Education degree in 2013 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2014. McCann's work consists primarily of mixed media and incorporates her loves of watercolor painting, papermaking, printmaking and ceramics.
Animals are the subject matter of McCann's artwork, which has been shown at various cafes and galleries in Mississippi including Cups Cafe in Clinton and the Samuel Marshall Gore Art Gallery. Each year, McCann also participates in the Peter Anderson Festival in Ocean Springs. In addition to her work as an artist, McCann is also an adjunct instructor at both Carey and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
McCann's art is on display in the lobby of the Tradition campus A Building, which is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
For more information, contact Shanna Murray-Luke, assistant director of student services for the Tradition campus, at (228) 702-1862.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 1:25pm
The William Carey University Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art, located on the Hattiesburg campus adjacent to the Smith/Rouse Library, is hosting a special exhibit of art by Carey students through April 29.
The show features work by Zina Brown, a senior art major from Hattiesburg; Markasha Woullard, a senior art major from Petal; and Chris Holzinger, a graduate art education student from Lumberton.
The Gillespie Museum is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment by calling (601) 318-6542.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 9:29am
The William Carey University Lucile Parker Gallery will present “Perception Reflection,” an exhibit of works by faculty member Dr. Read Diket, from March 31 through April 16.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. Prior to the opening reception, Dr. Diket will give a gallery talk during the Mississippi Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society’s Carey Collegium from 12:15 until 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.
Dr. Diket serves as chair of the Carey Department of Art and as a professor of art and education. She is also director of the Center for Creative Scholars, which provides an array of workshops, seminars and professional development resources for students, teachers and other education professionals, and a co-advisor for the Mississippi Beta Alpha Chi chapter.
In addition to her work at Carey, Dr. Diket also serves on the board of directors for the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel and has contributed to a number of academic journals and other scholarly works. In 2013, Dr. Diket’s daughter Tully published “Houdini and the Magic Molt,” a children’s book Dr. Diket illustrated.
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.
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 4:04pm
The William Carey University School of Education hosted the 10th annual Young Authors’ Celebration, a day of honoring young artists while also promoting lifelong reading, writing and visual expression, on March 6 at the Hattiesburg campus. Approximately 450 first through sixth graders from Lamar County, Jackson, Columbia and Jefferson Davis County schools attended.
Activities started in Smith Auditorium with a magic show performed by Scot Jones of Hattiesburg, followed by the opening ceremony with keynote speaker Chad Watson, a music teacher at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School in Hattiesburg. Other guest speakers included Pine Belt restaurant owner and author Robert St. John of Hattiesburg; storyteller Diane Williams of Jackson; artist Kim Garraway-Braley of Hattiesburg; author Diane Sauls of Columbia; counselor Ginny Kemp of Columbia; artist Rick Anderson of Clinton; and Carey faculty members Dr. Read Diket and Christy Liverett.
Throughout the academic year, area educators who signed up to participate as event teachers held writer workshops in their classrooms. In these workshops, students learned about the drafting, editing and publishing stages of writing and illustrating through hands-on experience. Students brought the books they crafted to the event in order to showcase their own work.
At the event, students had the opportunity to meet regional authors and illustrators, participate in a book fair, have lunch and tour the Carey campus. Students were also able to meet Junie B. Jones (portrayed by Dr. Sue Whitcomb, associate professor of education at Carey), a popular book character from a children’s series by Barbara Park, and visit with author Paige Cochran of Waynesboro’s 8-year-old Shetland pony, Cricket.
The Young Authors’ Celebration is funded by the U.S. Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines. The event is led at the Carey campus by Dr. Barry Morris and Dr. June Hornsby from the School of Education.