School Department News


Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:11am
The William Carey University Lucile Parker Gallery will feature an exhibit of watercolors by McComb native and retired art teacher Dana Stratton from Feb. 2 through March 3.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the gallery, which is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg.
Stratton taught for 32 years in high schools and colleges in Hawaii, the Republic of Singapore, Hattiesburg, Nebraska and Alaska before retiring to the Hub City in 1998. She is a signature member of the Alaska Watercolor Society, an associate member of the Mississippi Watercolor Society and a charter member of the National Museum for Women in the Arts.
A past president of the South Mississippi Art Association, Stratton co-hosts the SMAA’s Thursday Painters each week at the Sigler Community Center in Hattiesburg. Her work has earned her numerous accolades, including two Best of Show awards and selection as Alaska’s Secondary Art Teacher of the Year in 1997. She continues to be active in art through SMAA, the Mississippi Art Colony, private teaching and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
The gallery is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or by appointment by calling (801) 755-4052. The gallery will be closed for the university’s winter break from Feb. 16-19.
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