University of Mississippi

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.

Philip Jackson, 2016 Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellow

Philip Jackson, 2016 Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellow

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Mississippi Museum of Art Announces Recipient of Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship
Artist Philip Jackson of Oxford named 2016 recipient

(Jackson, Miss.) … The Museum is pleased to announce the 2016 recipient of The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The grant of $15,000 has been awarded to Philip R. Jackson of Oxford, whose artwork is featured in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational, on view through March 12, 2017.


Saturday, January 14

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
An Artist’s Look with Philip R. Jackson

Join artist Philip R. Jackson for a casual, conversational gallery experience. Jackson shares personal reflections and connections on his own work as well as on those of other artists featured in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational. Cost: $10, $5 for Members (ticket includes admission to the exhibition).

2 PM
“Conversations with… Mississippi Artists” panel discussion

Guest Curator of the 2016 Mississippi Invitational will be joined by Jane Hiatt and Philip Jackson for a panel discussion moderated by Roger Ward, MMA Deputy Director and Chief Curator. Cost: Free, open to the public.

Administered through the Museum, The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship provides a unique study-and-travel scholarship to support an individual artist in the development and creation of art over the course of two years. Artists whose work is selected to be included in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational exhibition are eligible to apply for the grant in the year that their work is chosen. Jackson is one of eighteen artists chosen by Guest Curator Marisa J. Pascucci for inclusion in this year’s presentation.

The fellowship recipient is determined by a panel of jurors following the selection of artists whose work is to be exhibited in the Mississippi Invitational. The chosen artist is required to donate one original work of art created during the grant period to the Museum’s permanent collection.

When applying for the grant, artists must demonstrate how the award could influence the development and direction of their work. Artists may use the funds for the following objectives: to study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting; to pursue projects which further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas; to purchase supplies and equipment; to conduct research; and to travel.

In his artist’s statement, Jackson said, “Overlooked and commonplace objects are suspended in a single moment. Imbued with a human-like presence, these inanimate objects seem as though they have been having a conversation long before our approach to the picture.”

Jackson is an associate professor of art at The University of Mississippi in Oxford where he currently teaches and heads the painting program. His work is part of the permanent collections of art museums in Evansville and Fort Wayne, Indiana; Huntsville, Alabama; and most recently the Mississippi Arts Commission in Jackson.

With the fellowship funds, Jackson plans to apply for the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Residency in Ballycastle, Ireland.

According to Jane Hiatt, “The idea for this fellowship grew from my years of listening to artists and learning what a difference mid-career travel and study can make in an artist’s vision, skill, and scope. I wanted to foster that and enhance the Mississippi Museum of Art’s relationship with artists living in the state.”

“We’re honored to share Jane Hiatt’s vision and commitment to Mississippi artists through this prestigious fellowship,” said Betsy Bradley, Director of the Museum. “Because of her generosity, Hiatt fellows have the opportunity to travel the globe, evolve their art practices, and bring exciting new ideas and aesthetics back to the state.”

Presenting sponsors for the exhibition are the Jane Crater Hiatt Mississippi Art Invitational and Artist Fellowship Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and AT&T.

An opening reception for Mississippi Invitational artists, special guests and Museum members is scheduled for Friday, January 13, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, January 14, at 2 p.m., Guest Curator Pascucci will be joined by Hiatt and Jackson for a panel discussion moderated by the Museum’s Chief Curator Roger Ward. The event is free and open to the public.

Admission to the 2016 Mississippi Invitational is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Free admission for children under the age of five and Museum members. To learn more, click here.

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and Visit Jackson. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Tylur French : VVAP

Our next VVAP is happening Wednesday (11/9) at 5pm in Meek 120!
Tylur French :

Youngblood Studio is the premier art production studio in Memphis and the surrounding areas. With a team of talented artists, we are at the forefront of a burgeoning municipal art program, designing and building large-scale public art, while also fabricating the work of other local artists. Youngblood Studio works closely with local hospitals to create and deliver quality art programs, custom signage, donor recognition opportunities, murals, sculptures, and elaborate, interactive patient environments. Private clients commission sculptures and murals to accent their homes and small businesses. Youngblood Studio also partners with local and regional artists on many projects in the spirit of collaboration and diversity to create a vibrant hub for local creatives.

Tylur French to print

VVAP – Google Will Eat Itself

Our VVAP continues with Google Will Eat Itself

Wednesday, October 26th
Meek 120


We generate money by serving Google text advertisments on a network of hidden Websites. With this money we automatically buy Google shares. We buy Google via their own advertisment! Google eats itself – but in the end “we” own it!

By establishing this autocannibalistic model we deconstruct the new global advertisment mechanisms by rendering them into a surreal click-based economic model.

After this process we hand over the common ownership of “our” Google Shares to the GTTP Ltd. [Google To The People Public Company] which distributes them back to the users (clickers) / public.


Bokyung Kim

img_5385Adjunct Instructor
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.


Libby Rowe, Pink: A Study on Being Female

In case you haven’t see it yet, Gallery 130 has a new show up and it’s interactive! Can you walk the walk?







Libby Rowe
Pink: A Study on Being Female

** September 5th-29th **
Lecture: Sept. 28th, 5pm, Meek 120
Performance: Sept. 29th, 4-5pm, Gallery 130
Reception: Sept. 29th, 4-6pm, Gallery 130
Full album:

Tyler Barnes

tylerbarnes_webAssistant 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.

Night Sun: Curated by Philip R. Jackson

Our very own Phillip Jackson has curated an exhibit for Southside Art Gallery!
Reception is set for Thursday, September 8th from 6-8pm


Night Sun: Curated by Philip R. Jackson

Southside Gallery is pleased to announce Night Sun, a group exhibition of paintings curated by Philip R. Jackson that will take place from August 16th to September 10th, 2016. There will be an artists’ reception on Thursday, September 8th from 6 to 8 pm.

Curator Philip R. Jackson is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Mississippi, where he teaches and heads the painting program. The works included in Night Sun depict subjects observed under artificial light. Jackson writes of the exhibition, “Here light becomes the lifeblood of a painting; its illuminated effect is metaphysical in translation and abstract in revelation. Each artist explores its distinct affects, transforming commonplace subjects into lasting impressions.”

Most of the artists included in the exhibition are members of the Perceptual Painters Collective, founded in 2008 by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts graduates David Campbell and Brian Rego. They are Victoria Barnes, Logan Blanco, David Campbell, Tim Conte, Elizabeth and Philip Geiger, David Jewell, Matt Klos, John Lee, Aaron Lubrick, Andrew Patterson-Tutschka, Brian Rego, Erin Raedeke, and Peter Van Dyck. Other artists not a part of the collective who will also be exhibiting include Neil Callander, Matthew Lopas, Benny Melton, Marcus Michels, and Joseph Morzuch.

According to founding member Brian Rego, Perceptual Painting involves acquiring and cultivating a visual language derived from sensation, memory, and imagination. While painting from life is essential to the practice, Perceptual Painting takes a more analytical approach to mimesis. It does not, in contrast to photography, replicate exact reality, but conveys “experiential reality” through stylistic manipulations of form. The Perceptual Painters try to capture form in flux—as living and shifting—establishing, in effect, a more direct relationship between the act of painting and the painting itself.



Preston Tolbert, MFA: Ceramics (Fall 2015)