University of Mississippi

Archives for July 2012

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

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

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

Professor of Art
Graphic Design/Web Design

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



Virginia is a designer, artist, educator and lover of all things printed. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she has been a part of the faculty in the Department of Art & Art History since January 2002. She earned her MFA in graphic design from Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia, where she honed her teaching skills in the classroom, and refined her design aesthetic as a freelancer.

Working with contemporary technology and historical letterpress equipment, Virginia’s approachable works on paper push the limits between fine art and graphic design by combining text with metaphorical imagery. She gathers inspiration from routine life experiences and looks for the irony in mundane situations, which are portrayed through the use of sarcasm and play on words. Symbols such as insects, toys or machines can be found to represent relatable individuals, emotions or events. The work generally combines digital and traditional printmaking processes, and often mixed media.

In 2010, she was able to merge her love of design and typography with the handmade through letterpress printing while studying at Penland School of Crafts. She brought this knowledge back to the University of Mississippi, where she has incorporated letterpress classes into the design and art curriculum.

Virginia is active in the art community and participates in national and international exhibitions. She has been awarded several grants and served as a consultant for design education in surrounding state programs. She has also been recognized for her leadership at The University of Mississippi as an SEC-ALDP Fellow, and has held AIGA chair positions in the Memphis and New Orleans chapters. She has presented her work at the Southeastern College Art Conference and various AIGA events. One of her typography assignments was published in Ilene Strizver’s, Type Rules!: The Designer’s Guide to Professional Typography. She participates in professional organizations such as SGCI, CAA, SECAC and AIGA.

Her work has been shown in exhibitions/publications including: HOW Magazine, Mighty Tieton Warehouse, Tieton, WA, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design (Wroclaw, Poland), Five Points Gallery (Torrington, CT), Lessedra Art Gallery (Sofia, Bulgaria), The Brand Library & Art Center (Glendale, CA), Jones-Carter Gallery (Lake City, SC), Northwest Art Center: Walter Piehl Gallery, (Minot State University, Minot, ND), Washington Printmakers (Leesburg, VA), SUMEI National Print Exhibition (Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center, Newark, NJ), Southside Art Gallery (Oxford, MS), Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (Los Angeles, CA), Period Gallery, (Lincoln, NE), Gallery AD (Savannah, GA), Slocumb Galleries (East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN), Abercrombie Gallery (Lake Charles, LA), Farmington Museum (Farmington, NM), Brooklyn Art Library (Brooklyn, NY), among others.