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Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 11:22am
William Carey University professors and graduates from the Department of Language and Literature attended the 2017 Mississippi Philological Association meeting held Feb. 10-11 on the campus of the Mississippi Valley State University.
 
Dr. Ernest R. Pinson read his essay titled “Innovative Techniques by Modern Immigrant Writers.” Dr. Lorie Watkins Massey outlined potential classroom uses of the Digital Yoknapatawpha project in an essay titled “The Walking Dead: Mapping Digital Yoknapatawpha.” Watkins Massey is also editor of “Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association,” an academic journal that publishes select conference papers each year.
 
Laura Scovel, who graduated from Carey in May 2016 and is now a graduate student in the Master of Arts in English program, attended the meeting. Scovel also works as records specialist and Veterans Administration certifying official at WCU. Her parents are Harry and Carol Scovel of Wiggins. Two Carey graduates, Amanda Ringer and Joseph Goss also attended. Ringer, the daughter of David and Susan Ringer of Florence, works as an assistant professor of history and political science at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Goss is a fourth-grade teacher at Union Baptist Academy in Caesar. His parents are Chad and Lisa Goss of Picayune. 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:39pm
WCU Theatre will hold auditions for its One Acts on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Hartwig Theatre on the University of Southern Mississippi campus. A prepared monologue is preferred; however, there will be audition materials available on site. All Carey students are invited to audition.
 
For more information, please contact Jeanna Graves at (601) 318-6218 or email jgraves@wmcarey.edu.
 
 
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:25am

The Lucile Parker Gallery will host an exhibit of paintings by John Armistead Jan. 10 – Feb. 2. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The gallery is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue on the William Carey University campus. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 1 to 4 p.m. or call (801) 755-4052 for an appointment.

John Armistead, an ordained minister, is an award-winning author, artist, and journalist. He holds degrees from Mississippi College (BA, English), the University of Mississippi (MA, classics), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (DMin).

Armistead began formal studio training in Mobile when he was eight years old, working in pastels and oils. He continued art studies through college, and in recent years has participated in master's classes taught by Everett Raymond Kinstler at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the Art Students League of New York, and the National Academy of Design in New York City. The influence of Kinstler, the country's foremost painter of five U.S. presidents and over 50 cabinet members, is increasingly evident in his work.
 
Armistead is the author of three mystery novels and two novels for teenagers, and hundreds of his paintings hang in museums and homes throughout the country. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Authors Guild, the National Association of Independent Artists, the Portrait Society of America, the Mississippi Art Colony, and the Harley Owners Group (HOG). He lives with his family in Tupelo.
 
Posted 1/5/2017
 
 
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 10:24am
William Carey University will perform “Sacramento Fifty Miles” on December 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
Sacramento Fifty Miles is a joyful musical for children by Eleanor and Ray Harder and is loosely based on the old tale of The Brementown Musicians. Set in the days of the California Gold Rush, Molly the burro and Darby the dog escape their mean master and set off for a better life in Sacramento. Along the way they meet Contessa, a Spanish cat, and Beauregard, a Southern rooster. The foursome join forces to find Sacramento, with the major obstacle in their journey being two selfish gold prospectors.
 
Tickets for these performances are $5 each. Seating is limited, so please make plans early to attend. To make reservations, call 601-318-6222. 
 
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 4:35pm
Nov. 29 – Dec. 15 at Lucile Parker Gallery
 
The Lucile Parker Gallery will feature an exhibit by Mississippi artist Kim Whitt beginning Nov. 29 and running through Dec. 15. The “Evolving by Nature” exhibit features Whitt’s paintings and weavings. The opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. The gallery is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue on the William Carey University campus. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday or by appointment. Call (801) 755-4052 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
 
Kim Whitt has had a lifetime of involvement in the arts as a student, teacher, administrator, and artist in movement, fiber/textiles and painting. Whitt is a fiber artist and painter, holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology and dance from the University of Southern Mississippi with graduate studies in process pedagogy, and is certified to teach K-12 in visual and performing arts. 
 
Whitt taught creative movement, visual art and drama for 10 years, is a past Fellow member of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild as an accomplished textile artist, and has taught weaving to all ages, beginner to advanced. She also served as the arts education director for the Mississippi Arts Commission, overseeing visual artists, craftsmen and arts education programming for the state. 
 
Currently, Whitt works with abstract impressionist landscape painting in oil, exploring our intuitive sense of place through the use of color, line and shape. Inspired by Wolfe Kahn, Mark Rothko, and Color Field painting, she’s exploring the element of intersecting line and grid as evident in weaving. Both the paintings and the weavings work with object placement, as in still life, and a sense of place.