University of Mississippi

Archives for July 2012

Brooke White

Assistant Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Imaging Arts

MFA, Cornell University
BFA, Alfred University



Brooke White is both a practicing artist and an educator who specializes in fine art photography. White has exhibited her photographs and videos nationally and internationally including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, MASSMoCA and the DiVA Art Fair in New York, Paris and Berlin. Much of her work, both photographic and video, is created while traveling in areas such as East Africa, South East Asia, South America and the deep south of the United States.

White’s work analyzes the ways in which disease, tourism, agriculture and politics effect our connection to the landscape. Most recently White has been photographing in Central Asia looking at the ways that globalization effects our connection to place and the landscape. White’s work combines cutting edge digital strategies found in the most contemporary photography today with traditional imaging techniques used in black and white photography.

Over the years White has received several grants and residencies, which have helped her pursue her artwork in various parts of the world. Most recently she was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Bangalore, India where she was a Visiting Artist at the Center for Experimental Media at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.

As an educator White teaches traditional Black and White photography, digital photography, digital video, alternative photographic processes and large format digital printing at the graduate and undergraduate level. In the classroom White encourages a cross-disciplinary approach to art making that combines traditional analog techniques with the newest digital strategies. White is concerned with bringing together practice, concept and context and through thematically based project students gain an understanding of the past, present and future of lens based image making.


Dr. Nancy Wicker

Professor of Art History
Medieval Art History and Archaeology

MA, PhD, University of Minnesota
BA, Eastern Illinois University


My interdisciplinary research focuses on the art of Scandinavia during the Early Medieval Period, from the Migration Period of the 5th and 6th centuries through the Viking Age, c. 750–1100. Here are various projects in which I’ve been involved:


Finding the Vikings in Viking art: National Humanities Center Fellow

The study of Viking-Age art has been dominated by formalistic investigation of abstracted animal-style art, but I focus on the roles of people in Viking-Age art. While I was on sabbatical during the 2016–2017 academic year, I was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center at Research Triangle, North Carolina. As a Fellow, I had the opportunity to investigate patrons and clients who sponsored or purchased the art, artists and artisans who made the works, men and women who used and viewed the objects, and also the humans and anthropomorphic deities who were the subjects depicted in Viking-Age art.


Project Andvari: supported by the NEH

I am co-director of Project Andvari, an international collaborative project to create a free digital portal that will provide online integrated access to dispersed collections of early medieval artifacts (4th–12th centuries). With funding support from a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, Level II, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (HD-248511), we are producing a pilot platform that will feature initial data sets from The British Museum, the Swedish National Heritage Board’s Kringla database, and Norwich Castle Museum.


Broken bracteates: collaboration with UMMC

With a colleague at the University of Mississippi Medical Center who researches material failures, I am studying damaged Migration Period gold pendants called bracteates to determine which ones show breakage due to metal fatigue and which ones were damaged as the result of violence. To examine damaged metal objects, I made impressions of torn surfaces of gold jewelry in the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, using polyvinyl siloxane (PVS)—the blue and pink material that dentists use to make impressions of teeth. Then the impressions are examined using an electron microscope to view breakage at micro-levels.


From Rome to Scandinavia: Getty Foundation Seminar

From 2011 through 2013, I participated in the Getty Foundation Seminar, “The Arts of Rome’s Provinces” in England, in Greece, and at the Getty Center in Malibu. My focus was on the reception of Roman art in Scandinavia during the Early Medieval Period. I examined how Late Roman medallions inspired bracteates, which were worn by elite women across northern Europe.


Other areas of interest

In the past, I have collaborated with contemporary smiths and jewelers to reconstruct early medieval jewelry techniques, and in the 1990s I excavated at the Viking Age site of Birka in Sweden. I have also published on gender in archaeology, female infanticide during the Viking Age, and runic literacy. I have co-edited three books on gender and archaeology, most recently, Situating Gender in European Archaeologies (Budapest: Archaeolingua, 2010).


Recent publications 

“Decolonizing Gold Bracteates: From Late Roman Medallions to Scandinavian Migration Period Pendants,” in Postcolonising the Medieval Image, edited by Eva Frojmovic and Catherine Karkov. London: Routledge, 2017, pp. 17–36.

“The Reception of Figurative Art beyond the Frontier: Scandinavian Encounters with Roman Numismatic Imagery,” in Rome and the Worlds Beyond Roman Frontiers: The Eleventh Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire, edited by Danielle Slootjes and Michael Peachin. Impact of Empire 21. Leiden: Brill, 2016, pp. 243–256.

“Women in the Roman Iron Age (A.D. 0–400) in Scandinavia,” pp. in Women in Antiquity: Real Women Across the Ancient World, edited by Stephanie Lynn Budin and Jean MacIntosh Turfa. Rewriting Antiquity. London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 1027–1036.

“Roman Medallions in Scandinavia: Shifting Contexts of Space, Time, and Meaning,” in Beyond Boundaries: Connecting Visual Cultures in the Roman Provinces, edited by Susan Alcock, Mariana Egri, and James F. D. Frakes. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016, pp. 232–247.


Recent reviews

Das Thorsberger Moor, vol. 4, Fund- und Forschungsgeschichte, naturwissenschaftliche und materialkundliche Untersuchungen, edited by Claus von Carnap-Bornheim. Schleswig: Schloß Gottorf, 2014. Bonner Jahrbücher 215, 2015, (2016): 533–536.

The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England, by Toby F. Martin. Woodbridge UK and Rochester NY, 2015. Speculum 91:4 (2016): 1138–1139.

Anglo-Saxon Graves and Grave Goods of the 6th and 7th Centuries AD: A Chronological Framework, by Alex Bayliss, John Hines, Karen Høilund Nielsen, Gerry McCormac and Christopher Scull, edited by Alex Bayliss and John Hines. The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 33. London: The Society for Medieval Archaeology, 2013. The American Journal of Archaeology 120:1 (2016), DOI: 10.3764/ajaonline1201.Wicker


Presentations in 2017

In August, I read a paper on “The Changing Corpus of Danish Viking Art: Animal-style no longer the only game in town,” at the XVIII Viking Congress, in Copenhagen and Ribe, Denmark.

In February, I was invited to present my research on Patrons, Producers and Consumers of Viking-Age Art at Duke University.

In addition, I presented invited papers on various aspects of Roman medallions found in Scandinavia at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Toronto, Canada, and at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

I also gave public talks at The National Humanities Center at Research Triangle, North Carolina, in April, and at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota in May.


Honors, fellowships, and grants (summary)

I have been a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University and the first woman elected to foreign membership in the Philosophical-historical Section of the Royal Society of Humanities at Uppsala, Sweden. I am also the first (and only) American chosen for membership in the Sachsensymposion, an international archaeological society, and I am one of the very few Americans ever selected to present a paper at the Viking Congress.

My research has been supported by fellowships from the National Humanities Center, American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, as well as grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Numismatic Society, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and several Scandinavian sources.


Service to professional societies

Currently I am a Co-Chair of the international working party, Archaeology of Gender in Archaeology, and I serve on the Runic Advisory Group for the International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions. I have previously served as an Associate Editor of the journal Medieval Archaeology (London), President of the Society of Historians of Scandinavia, on the Executive Council of The Medieval Academy of America and on the boards of the International Center of Medieval Art and the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study.



I am teaching AH 336/Anth 336 Viking Art and Archaeology during the fall of 2017.

In the spring of 2018, I will offer AH 338/538 Romanesque and Gothic Art.

Courses at The University of Mississippi:
AH 101 Introduction to Art (not for art or art history majors)
AH 201 History of Art I (Honors)
AH 332 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art
AH 334 Early Medieval Art and Archaeology (cross-listed with Anth 332)
AH 336 Viking Art and Archaeology (cross-listed with Anth 336)
AH 338 Romanesque and Gothic Art
AH 401 Research and Writing in Art
AH 408 Seminar in Art History
AH 508 Seminar in Art History (for graduate students)
AH 532 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art (for graduate students)
AH 534 Early Medieval Art and Archaeology (for graduate students)
AH 536 Viking Art and Archaeology (for graduate students)
AH 538 Romanesque and Gothic Art (for graduate students)

Paula Temple

Professor of Art
Graphic Design, Watercolor, Figure Drawing 

MFA, University of Tennessee
BFA, University of Memphis



Paula Temple has worked as an exhibiting artist throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and the Eastern Caribbean (Grenada and St. Lucia on a Peace Corps contract). She has been on the faculty at the University of Mississippi since 1985 and is a Professor of Art at the University of Mississippi. She teaches Graphic Design, Figure Drawing, and Watercolor and has also led study abroad projects and artist-in-residencies in Costa Rica, Cortona, Italy; Sicily and London, England.

Her active exhibition record includes over 30 solo exhibitions. She was included in the Universidad Veritas, San Jose, Costa Rica; The International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago; American Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados; Louisiana Museum of Arts and Sciences in Baton Rouge and The University of the West Indies in St. Georges, Grenada; and the Centennial Exhibition Artists Who Teach, in Washington, DC. Her work appears in the Best of WatercolorPortrait Inspirations and The Best of Watercolor 3 by Rockford Press.

Awards include:
Artist of the Year, Mississippi Committee of the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Eli Lily Award for Oncology on Canvas Competition
The Artist of the Year Award from the Wings Cancer Foundation, Memphis, Tennessee
MIAL (Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters) Award in Visual Arts
Three Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship awards in Visual Arts
The American Cancer Society commission for an artwork commemorating the 30th anniversary of the “Reach to Recovery” program with a triptych oil painting “Life, Grace and Spirit” which appears on the cover of the recent publication of the American Cancer Society’s A Breast Cancer Journey and is permanently located in the American Cancer Society’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. She toured the United States with this artwork with appearances in Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando, and New York with an appearance on the Rosie O’Donnell show.

Gallery affiliations are: 
Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana,
Harrington Brown Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
Southside Gallery, Oxford, Mississippi
Yellow Poui Art Gallery in St. Georges, Grenada, West Indies.
WINGS Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Jan Murray

Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Professor of Art
2D Design & Art Education

MFA, Yale University

BA, Yale University




Jan Murray is a native New Yorker who was born and raised in midtown Manhattan. Encouraged by her parents from the beginning, Murray recalls always having art materials at home and always engaging in the art of drawing. She attended Yale College, receiving her BA in 1975. After graduation she worked as an arts specialist for The Teacher Center, Inc. a non-profit organization whose goal was the continuing education of primary and secondary school teachers. Returning to the Yale School of Art for graduate studies in graphic design, she received her MFA degree in 1982.   As a professional graphic designer Murray specialized in educational publishing. She served as a senior graphic designer for Xerox Educational Publications. At that time XEP was publisher of  “My Weekly Reader,” a respected children’s newspaper. Murray designed and art directed the kindergarten through second grade editions of “My Weekly Reader.”

Murray returned to the academy in 1987, when named Dean of Davenport College, one of Yale’s twelve undergraduate residential colleges. For the next decade she served as an administrator and member of the faculty. As a member of the graphic design faculty, Murray taught design and typography to undergraduate and graduate students. She also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the art major.

In 1997 Murray was named Chair of the Department of Art at The University of Mississippi. Murray, whose special interests include graphic design for non-profit organizations, interdisciplinary projects, regional folk arts, music and poetry, holds a broad view of the value of education in the arts. “I feel that art courses offer all kinds of students a very special liberal arts experience. Studying art can enrich students’ experiences and help them discover their role in society. In all our classes we want to provide a nurturing environment for creative work– a place where people develop critical cognitive skills and self-discipline, as well as self-expression and creativity.” Murray served as department chair until 2002, when she was named an Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Her special assignments include issues surrounding diversity, especially with regard to the faculty and interdisciplinary initiatives. She believes strongly that the college has a positive and important role to play as part of an institution which seeks to nurture an inclusive environment that is responsive to the aspirations of all of its faculty and students.


Matt Long

Associate Professor of Art
Graduate Coordinator

MFA, Ohio University
BFA, Kansas City Art Institute
Associate of Arts, Napa Valley College

Matt Long received his MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in 1997, and his BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995. After receiving his MFA, Matt went on to become a Teaching Lab Specialist, Adjunct faculty, and Visiting assistant professor at The University of Florida in Gainesville for six and a half years. In 2005, Matt moved to Oxford Mississippi to join the art faculty at The University of Mississippi. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Art, and the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Art at The University of Mississippi.

Matt has become a well-known workshop presenter, teaching workshops and lectures at over 40 universities, colleges and art centers both nationally and internationally.

His work earned him the NCECA emerging artist award in 2000 along with many juried awards and purchases into prestigious permanent collections. He has been featured in every serious ceramic art publication including Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, Art and Perception and Clay Times, including being featured on the cover of the worlds most widely read ceramics magazine in 2004, Ceramics Monthly.

His work can be seen in many national and international shows, as well as at his main representer, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana.

Philip Jackson

Associate Professor of Art
Painting and Drawing

MFA, Bowling Green State University
BFA, Columbus College of Art & Design


The tenor feature of Philip R. Jackson’s work is his ability to take the common object and elevate it to an object of wonder. Jackson’s still life paintings have a pervasive sense of classicism in his deftly controlled and elegant arrangements, imbuing them with heightened worth and poetic presence.

An emerging force in contemporary realist painting, Philip R. Jackson’s work has been shown in many national and international juried, group, and solo exhibitions in more than nineteen states, is part of the permanent collections of art museums in Evansville and Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is in over thirty private collections nationwide.

His still life paintings have been featured in a number of premiere magazines, including, Art in AmericaSouthwest Art, American Art Collector, and twice featured in American Artist, first as a cover story and recently in their Highlights issue. Jackson has received numerous awards for his paintings, in 2001, he received an international juried fellowship from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Montreal, Canada, and in 2008, he received an individual artist grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, and a faculty research grant from The University of Mississippi. He recently celebrated his first major survey of paintings as the Martha and Merritt DeJong Memorial Artist-in-Residence at the Evansville Museum of Art in Evansville, Indiana.

Jackson received his BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio and his MFA from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and in 2001, he attended a summer study at (SACI) Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. His work is represented by the McMurtrey Gallery in Houston, Texas and the Hammond Harkins Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Jackson is an Associate Professor of Art at The University of Mississippi in Oxford where he currently teaches painting.

Dr. Thomas Dewey

Faculty Emeritus
Associate Professor of Art

Art History

PhD, Wisconsin at Madison

BA, MA, University of Southern Illinois



Thomas Dewey holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art History from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin.  Dewey’s narrowest research focus is contemporary American printmaking and drawing. He has taught at Wisconsin State University, Oshkosh and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Dewey teaches twelve courses in Art/Architectural History, pertaining to Europe and the U.S., 19th through 21st centuries and one studio art course on The Craft of Old Master Drawings. He has presented more than 50 research papers at regional, national and international conferences. Among his nearly 70 publications are, catalogue essays, documenting several national and international ground breaking contemporary print exhibitions. As Archivist since 1978 for Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI), Dewey is the caretaker for the SGCI members print collection that now numbers 7,000 works on paper. Professional recognition/honors include president of the Southern Graphics Council; election to and then president of Phi Kappa Phi, an academic honor society at Ole Miss; a Lifetime Honorary membership to Friends of the J.D. Williams Library (a support organization) at The University of Mississippi; and a Lifetime Service Award from Southern Graphics Council International. Dr. Dewey’s most recent scholarship includes: Audubon in Mississippi for the Mississippi Encyclopedia, University Press of Mississippi with a late 2012 or early 2013 publication.


Durant Thompson

Associate Professor of Art

MFA, Louisiana State University
BFA, The University of Tennessee




Durant Thompson is an Associate Professor of sculpture in the Department of Art at the University of Mississippi. In 1997, Durant received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and in 2001 he earned an MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University. He has also worked at The Johnson Atelier School of Technical Sculpture in New Jersey and at the University of Southern Mississippi as a technician and instructor before accepting his current position.

Durant has been actively showing at exhibitions across the region over the past decade. His exhibition resume includes group or solo shows at The Seventeenth Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, the Fourth Outdoor Sculpture Biennial at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, Art In Public Places Knoxville 2010 Exhibition and Competition, the 6th Annual AAC National Show Exhibition at the Atlanta Artist’s Center & Gallery, the Charles Hook Sculpture Garden Competition at The 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL, the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, MO, Space 301 in Birmingham, AL, Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA and The National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, TN. Current and future exhibits include Sculpture Salmagundi XV at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC, the Hattiesburg Train Depot Gallery in Hattiesburg, MS, the ULM Sculpture Park at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Art In Public Places Knoxville 2011 Exhibition and Competition in Knoxville, TN and the Bi-State Art Competition at the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian, MS.

Recently Durant participated in national conferences giving panel presentations at the Southeastern College Arts Conference in New Orleans, LA and Charleston, WV. He has been the panel moderator for discussions at the 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2006 at Telford, England and the 6th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2010 at Kidwelly, Wales.
This past year Durant was asked to participate on the steering committees for the 2011 National Conference on Cast Iron Art at Sloss Furnace National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, AL and the upcoming 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2014.

Durant has given lectures on his work at Northwest Missouri State University, Jackson State University, University of Mississippi Museum, the University of Louisiana Monroe, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Tennessee and Louisiana State University. He has also conducted workshops at the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, TN, the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, the Keen Foundry Symposium in Houston, TX and the Johnson Atelier School of Technical Sculpture in Mercerville, NJ.

This past summer Durant was awarded a 2011 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship through funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  He was also awarded best in show at Knoxville’s Emporium Center for the Art’s Nexus Exhibition in 2011 which was juried by well-known Chattanooga sculptor John Henry.

Virginia Rougon Chavis


Chair, Professor of Art
Graphic Design/Web Design

MFA, Savannah College of Art & Design
BA, The University of Mississippi



Virginia Rougon Chavis, originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been a part of the Art Department faculty at The University of Mississippi since January of 2002. She is an Associate Professor of Art and received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, where she gained experience in teaching Typography and Production Design.

At The University of Mississippi, Virginia teaches graphic design and web design courses on a Macintosh platform. She has recently started a letterpress program in the Department, where students combine graphic design and printmaking skills using movable lead type. Her specialties include typography and anything printed. She maintains the Graphic Design Computer Lab, which can accommodate students with their own laptop computers. She is the advisor to student Lab Monitors, BFA Coordinator, AIGA student group faculty advisor and Art Department Summer Advisor. She also oversees the Graphic Design program in the Department and is a Liberal Arts Faculty Representative on the Curriculum & Policy Committee.

When Virginia is not teaching, she works a freelance designer and actively enters professional design competitions/exhibitions at the regional, national and international level. She has presented papers at the Southeastern College Art Conference and various AIGA events. She has held AIGA chair positions in the Memphis and New Orleans chapters. She developed Design Week at The University of Mississippi, which has had such keynote speakers as Gary Baseman and Hank Richardson and is now a regional event. One of her typography assignments was published in Ilene Strizver’s, Type Rules!: The Designer’s Guide to Professional Typography. She belongs to professional organizations such as CAA, SECAC and AIGA.

Her personal work generally combines digital and traditional processes to illustrate a concept. Using her design and computer skills, Virginia is able to incorporate clean, crisp lines and sometimes text. These images are then transformed into vehicles for serigraph (silk screen) and relief (block print) techniques. The hands-on process of layering ink on paper is critical. Upon completion of the work, stitching incorporated. It is both functional and aesthetic, as it holds pieces of the paper together in sort of a quilt-like manner.

Her work has been shown in exhibitions/publications such as: HOW Magazine (13th Annual International Design Annual), (Online Exhibition, Philadelphia PA), SUMEI National Print Exhibition (Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center, Newark, NJ), Works of Heart (MCA Art Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN), Southside Art Gallery (Oxford, MS), Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (Los Angeles, CA), Contemporary VI International Exhibition (Period Gallery, Lincoln, NE), Gallery AD (Savannah, GA), Slocumb Galleries (East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN), McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition Abercrombie Gallery (Lake Charles, LA), Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM, Brooklyn Art Library (Brooklyn, NY)