University of Mississippi

Archives for July 2012

Jere Allen

Faculty Emeritus

MFA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

BFA, Ringling School of Art



An internationally known artist whose work is best described as figurative, he concerns himself with the representation of political and social realities. He is included in Who’s Who in American Art and studied on a Group Studies Fulbright Grant in Costa Rica, Central America, received the 1993 Visual Art Award of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

His most recent exhibition is a one person show at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Illinois. In October, 2004, he will exhibit during the “Art for Art Sake” weekend at the Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans. He also exhibited in Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century. The exhibition is now traveling to Bejing and Shanghi, China; Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Singapore.

His resume includes a number of solo exhibits at such notable institutes and galleries as the Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C.; Stadtsche Galerie Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany; Der Kunstkreis Hameln, Germany; Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.; S/R Gallery, Beverly Hills, California; and Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana. His work has been shown in 35 states including exhibits inthe Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (1979-1981); Images 84, Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana; American Drawings II, Portsmouth Community Arts Center, Portsmouth, Virginia; WEST 79 and 80 / Art and Law, Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, Minnesota; and 36th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida.

Allen’s work hangs in such permanent collections as Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; City of Hameln, Germany; Huntsville Museum of Alabama and Robert I. Kahn Gallery of the Temple Emanu El in Houston, Texas. He is represented by Carol Robinson Gallery at 840 Napoleon Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115.

Natalie Estrada

Administrative Coordinator I


Paul Gandy

Visual Resources Specialist / Gallery 130 Coordinator
Visual Resource Center

BFA, University of Mississippi


Paul Gandy is an artist and photographer who currently resides in Oxford, Mississippi. Since earning his BFA in Graphic Design and Photography from the University of Mississippi in 2010, his work has been published in various magazines and newspapers in the south such as Invitation Magazines, Rebels247 the Magazine, and The Clarion Ledger. While working full time for the University of Mississippi, he spends his nights as a freelance designer & creative photographer.

If you’d like to see his work, please visit

Seth Thibodaux

Instructor & Sculpture Technician in Art

MFA, University of Mississippi
BFA, Nicholls State University

To view Seth’s work, please visit the Department of Art & Art History’s Flickr page.

Dr. Betty Crouther

Photograph by Robert Jordan

Associate Professor of Art
Art History

PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia
MFA, The University of Mississippi
BS, Jackson State University


Betty J. Crouther holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Jackson State University, Mississippi, a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Mississippi, and the Ph.D. in art history from the University of Missouri. She has taught at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, Jackson State University, Mississippi, and is currently Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Crouther teaches courses in the history of art covering chronological periods in early modern, African, and American art history. She has published articles in the International Review of African American Art, SECAC Review, and MUSE that focus primarily on iconography and African American art. She has chaired and co-chaired sessions and presented papers at the Southeastern College Art Association and the College Art Association conferences, James A. Porter Colloquium and American Visions Symposium. Dr. Crouther has attended professional development seminars in India, Ghana, and New York City. In 1994 she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southeastern College Art Conference.

Dr. Edward Sisson

Faculty Emeritus

Meso-American Art & Art History

Ph.D Harvard University
MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, The University of Mississippi 



As a graduate student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Harvard University, I conducted research on the Maya at Palenque, Chiapas and on the Olmec in the Western Chontalpa, Tabasco. Prior to returning to the University of Mississippi, my undergraduate institution; I was engaged in teaching and contract archaeology at the University of Utah and Curator at the R.S. Peabody Foundation in Andover, Massachusetts. As Curator my primary responsibility was research on the Late Postclassic Period in the Tehuacan Valley, Puebla, Mexico. I also taught an introductory anthropology course for the high school students at Phillips Academy and took them on trips of discovery to Mexico. At the University of Utah, my primary responsibility was overseeing contract archaeological research. Currently I teach introductory courses in anthropology for lower division undergraduates and upper division courses on the Maya, Aztec, and Mesoamerican Art History. I consider the latter my area of special expertise. I enjoy teaching the former because I believe it important for undergraduates to be exposed to the rational, diverse cultural practices of other peoples with world views different from their own. I hope that the experience will challenge them to critically examine their own values and assumptions about the world.

My research focuses on the Late Postclassic Period in the Tehuacan Valley, Puebla, Mexico and the local consequences of that valley’s incorporation into the Aztec Empire and subsequently into New Spain.

Robert Malone

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Art
Drawing, Figure Drawing

MFA, Memphis College of Art
BFA, The University of Mississippi



Serving on The University of Mississippi faculty since 1997 as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Robert Malone has taught beginning through advanced painting and drawing. Previous teaching experience includes three years as an adjunct at Middle Tennessee State University, teacher seminars, and Art League Workshops. Mr. Malone is a working artist who depends on his painting to provide the majority of his income. He brings life lessons to the classroom, with a strong traditional foundation and an open contemporary viewpoint.

His landscape paintings in oil capture the sublimity of nature; each canvas reveals the inherent spiritual reality of the beautiful world in which we exist. He has exhibited at the Nicole-Perry Gallery, Memphis,TN.; Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans LA; Yeiser Museum, Paducah, KY; Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS; Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN; Allen Price Gallery, University of Wisconsin; University of Melbourne, Australia. His work is in the corporate collections of AT&T, Ochsner Clinic, and the National Bank of Commerce. He has work in many private collections throughout the United States including New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC;  Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Winter Park, FL; and Jackson, MS.

“I view my position as a teacher in the role of a guide that knows the journey of the creative process, and who helps each student find his or her path in that journey. Civilization is based on the culture of art in one form or another, and each human being has a contribution to make to that culture.”

Lance Herrington

Adjunct Instructor & Instructor and Coordinator of Instructional Support for the ESL Program
Art History

MA, University of Mississippi
BA, University of Texas



Lance Herrington was the Art Department’s Visual Resources Curator and Instructor of Art History, before he became an Adjunct Instructor of Art History when he joined the faculty of the Intensive English Program at UM in January 2007.  He earned his B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas, a M.A. in Art History and a second M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Mississippi.  He previously lived in Osaka, Japan, where he taught English, and traveled extensively throughout Japan. Since returning to Oxford, he has led groups of Ole Miss students to Japan for Art on Location courses.  In the Art Department, he regularly taught Introduction to Western Art and the online versions of History of Art I and History of Art II, and co-taught Art on Location: New York during Intersessions.  Since 2007, he has taught a section of Introduction to Non-Western Art, and Egyptian Art and Architecture, and offered a travel version of History of Art II.  Currently, he developed and teaches the Independent Study version of History of Art I.  After a faculty-exchange in Ecuador during Summer 2010, his most recent interests include the colonial Quito School and the 20th-century painter Oswaldo Guayasamín.

Sherry Donaldson

Adjunct Instructor, Tupelo Campus
Art Education

Bill Beckwith

Faculty Emeritus


MFA, The University of Mississippi 
BFA, The University of Mississippi




William N. Beckwith was born in Greenville, MS in 1952. In 1966 at the age of fourteen he became an apprentice in the studio of Leon Z. Koury. Mr. Koury had studied with Malvina Hoffman in New York who had studied with Auguste Rodin in Paris.

From 1970 to 1976 Mr. Beckwith attended the University of Mississippi earning a B.F.A. and a M.F.A. in sculpture under the direction of Mr. Charles M. Gross. He built a working bronze foundry and received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in sculpture from 1974-1976.

Beckwith owned and operated Vulcan Studios & Foundry, Mississippi’s first commercial, fine arts, bronze foundry from 1976-1986. While casting for other sculptors he continued to produce gallery work, commissions and show his bronzes in numerous one man and group show including the Frank Marino Gallery and Splashlight Studios in New York, the Louisiana World’s Fair in New Orleans and at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Public commissions by Beckwith include life-size or larger monuments of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, William Faulkner, Mr. George Merrick- founder of Coral Gables, FL, Mr. Earl Wilson- founder of Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital, Mr. L.Q.C. Lamar, Jefferson Davis, Chief Piomingo– Chickasaw. His “Flagbearer for the Mississippi 11th” was the last monument to be installed at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA.

Beckwith’s portrait busts include Jim Henson, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Richard Wright, Herman Melville, Congressman Jamie Whitten, Governor William Waller, Mr. Thomas M. Purvis, founder of Purvis, MS, Al Key- aviator, Mr. Stewart Brumfield- Chairman of the Board State Bank & Trust Co., Dr. Manard Quimby, and Dr. Tom and Carol McGee.

William Beckwith’s work in included in private collections throughout the nation as well as fifteen permanent collections including the Mississippi Museum of Art. He has been a guest speaker at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, The Mississippi Museum of Art, E.E. Bass Cultural Center, and featured as the keynote speaker at the Mississippi Art Educator’s Association. His teaching experience includes Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Sculpture, Advanced Head Modeling, Figure Drawing, Perspective Drawing, Beginning Drawing, and 3-D Design.

He is included in the publications: “The Sculpture Reference” and “Sculpture: Technique, Form, Content” both by Arthur Williams, “The Mississippi Story” by Patti Carr Black, “Casting Call” by Hank Burdine, and “More than Land or Sky: Art from Appalachia” National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Press.

Beckwith currently lives with his wife and son in Taylor, Mississippi where he operates a sculpture studio and produces portrait commissions, public monuments and personal work. A new 9,850 square foot studio is currently under construction.


Please see:
— The Sculpture Reference, Illustrated, by Arthur Williams, 2005

— Art in Mississippi – 1720 -1980, by Patti Carr Black, 1998

— Sculpture: Technique, Form, Content by Arthur Williams, 1989