University of Mississippi

2017 Exhibitions


January 23 – March 2
Jill Foote-Hutton, “Picture This
Lecture: Thursday, March 2, 2:30 pm CANCELLED                               
Reception: Thursday, March 2, after lecture CANCELLED

March 6 – March 17
Graduate Student Exhibition
Reception: March 9, 4:30-6 pm
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March 27 – March 31
BFA Thesis Exhibition #1                                             
Seth Kellum, printmaking
Jessica Richardson, imaging arts
Will Halcomb, graphic design
Reception: Thursday, March 30, 4:30-6 pm
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April 3 – April 7
BFA Thesis Exhibition #2
Cara Tackett, printmaking
Mary Parker, graphic design
Ally Black, graphic design
Reception: Thursday, April 6, 4:30-6 pm
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April 10 – April 14
BFA Thesis Exhibition: #3
Emma Wilson, ceramics
Hannah Gurley, graphic design
Peyton Perry, printmaking
Reception: Thursday, April 13, 4:30-6 pm
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April 17 – April 21
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Hailey Hodge
Reception: Thursday, April 20, 4:30-6 pm
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April 24 – April 28
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Whitney Turnipseed                                                                 
Reception: Thursday, April 27, 4:30-6 pm
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May 1 – May 5
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Preston Tolbert
Reception: Thursday, May 4, 4:30-6 pm
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May 15 – August 31
Student Summer Exhibition
Juror: Katherine Hunter, Blackbird Letterpress
Reception: August 31, 4:30-6 pm
Awards presented at 4:45 pm

FALL 2017

May 15 – August 31
Student Summer Exhibition
Juror: Katherine Hunter, Blackbird Letterpress
Reception: August 31, 4:30-6 pm
Awards presented at 4:45 pm

September 5th – September 26th
Graduate Student Exhibition
Reception: Thursday, September 7th, 4:30-6 pm
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Friday, September 29th – Friday, October 27th
NOW: Contemporary Southern Photography selections from the Do Good Fund
Reception: Thursday, October 5th, 5-6pm in Gallery 130
Panel Discussion: The Role of Photography in the South with artists from the Do Good Fund,
Thursday, October 5th, 3-4pm in Gallery 130, Artists include: Jill Frank, Jerry Seigel, David Wharton, Brooke White and the moderator is Alan Rothschild, founder of the Do Good Fund.

November 3
Holiday Art Sale
Friday, 4 pm – 9 pm
Location: Powerhouse

November 7 – November 8
Reviews: Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons

November 13 – November 17
BFA Thesis Exhibition
Anna Yates, Printmaking; Cassidy Simmons, Printmaking and Sculpture
Reception: Thursday, November 16th, 4:30-6 pm
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December 11 – December 17
Hoopsnake Press
Reception: Thursday, December 14th, 5:30-7 pm, Gallery 130
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Valerie Guinn Polgar

Adjunct Instructor
Imaging Arts/Graphic Design

MFA, School of Visual Arts
BFA, George Mason University


Valerie Guinn Polgar is a new media artist and educator.  She received her BFA in Digital Art from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 2007 and her MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2010.  As an interdisciplinary new media artist, Valerie uses video, animation, and physical computing to create digital and interactive works.  Valerie is also the founder and director of misbits: a new media art space, located in Oxford Mississippi, that serves as a gallery space and as an educational space that promotes art created through the use of technology and collaboration.   

Valerie’s work addresses issues of impermanence and fragility through the use of surrogate forms.  She is inspired by the notion of mortality and by the human body itself and explores ideas of impressions and decay as a natural consequence of existence.   Valerie feels that the nature of new media lends itself to the use of surrogate forms within a safe environment where she possesses the control to save and duplicate her work—essentially allowing her to create immortal models of mortality.  Her work has been shown in New York City and in the D.C. metro area.

Dr. Bokyung Kim

img_5385Adjunct Assistant Professor
Art History

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Seoul National University


Dr. Bokyung Kim received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 with a dissertation titled Indefinite Boundaries: Reconsidering the Relationship between Borobudur and Loro Jonggrong in Central Java (Indonesia). Her current research involves several topics in the early interactions between Java (Indonesia) and the mainland of Southeast Asia.

She has previously taught many courses in Asian art at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, Whitman College, and University of Memphis, Rhodes College, and Memphis College of Art.


Tyler Barnes

Assistant Professor of Art
Graphic Design

MFA, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
BFA, Northwestern State University-Louisiana


Tyler Barnes, a second-generation artist, originally from Alexandria, Louisiana, received his BFA in Graphic Communications from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana in 2008. Upon receiving his BFA, Tyler worked in Austin, Texas as a Design Associate at Marc English Design and has maintained his own freelance design studio since 2009.

In 2016, he received an MFA degree in Graphic Design from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he broadened his personal process as an interpreter of culture and procured new insight into design theory and pedagogy. As a graduate assistant at TAMUCC, Tyler taught a wide range of graphic design curriculum from foundation courses to corporate identity. During his time in Corpus Christi, Tyler also worked as a graphic designer for The Collective, a Corpus Christi design cooperative made up of local firms Artfly Design + Snyder and Associates.

A graphic designer and educator, Tyler draws his inspiration from the investigation and critique of the surrounding visual landscape. His work aims to not only solve a design problem, but strives to elevate the experience of all communication art—so that the visuals and objects we encounter in our daily lives are more artfully presented and thoughtfully conveyed.

His work has earned ten American Advertising Federation Awards from 2014-2015, including two district ADDY’s. His work has been featured in several publications including the For Print Only Awards 2012 Annual, which is a juried competition organized by UnderConsideration, celebrating the best print work from around the world. He has also been featured in several exhibitions including The OSO BAY Biennial juried by James Victore.

Joining the art faculty in 2016, Tyler is currently a Graphic Design Instructor for the Department of Art at The University of Mississippi, where he hopes to instill the value of visual communication for the empowerment of design’s future.

Olivia Whittington


BA, University of Mississippi







Andrew McIntyre

andrewmcintyreInstructor/Ceramic Technician

BFA, University of Mississippi
MFA, Syracuse University


Andrew McIntyre was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He began making pots at a very early age of 11. After four years at The University of Mississippi, Andrew graduated with his BFA in Ceramics. His work has earned him honors in many national clay exhibitions every year such as Strictly Functional, Starbrick National Cup Show and 8 Fluid Ounces. He recently graduated from Syracuse University with his MFA in Ceramics.

Tina Lutz


Art Education/Foundations








Sherry Donaldson

Adjunct Instructor
Art Education





2015 Exhibition Schedule

Spring 2015

Cliff Tresner: Notes from the Road
January 19 – February 26
Reception: February 26
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BFA Thesis Exhibition: Billmeyer, Leavitt, & Redd
March 16 – March 20
Reception: March 29
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BFA Thesis Exhibition: Priewe, Young, & Whitehurst
March 23 – March 27
Reception: March 26
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MFA Thesis Exhibition: Terry Lynn
March 30 – April 3
Reception: April 2
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MFA Thesis Exhibition: David Bradway
April 6 – April 10
Reception: April 9
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MFA Thesis Exhibition: Bryan Horn
April 13 – April 16
Reception: April 15
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MFA Thesis Exhibition: Seth Thibodaux
April 20 – April 24
Reception: April 23
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MFA Thesis Exhibition: John Cummings
April 27 – May 1
Reception: April 30
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MFA Thesis Exhibition: Stacey Rathert
May 4 – May 8
Reception: May 7
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Student Summer Exhibition
Juror: Michael Williams, Nicholls State University
May 11 – September 4
Reception: September 4
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Fall 2015

Graduate Student Show
Brooke Alexander, Marisa Andropolis, Hailey Hodge, Nicholas Meyer

Elise Robbins, Preston Tolbert & Whitney Turnipseed
September 8 – October 8
Reception:  Thursday, October 8
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New Faculty/Staff Show
Laura Ashley, Bryan Horn, Tyler Lindsey, Jaime Johnson, Paul Gandy,

Stacey Rathert, Andrew McIntyre & Seth Thibodaux
October 12 – Nov 11
Reception:  Thursday, November 5
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November 16 – November 18

BFA Thesis Exhibition
Trish Brumett & Will Moore
November 30 – December 4
Reception:  Thursday, December 3
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