University of Mississippi


Jaime Aelavanthara Artist Talk @ 119 Meek Hall
Aug 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jaime Aelavanthara Artist Talk @ 119 Meek Hall | Oxford | Mississippi | United States

Jaime Aelavanthara will be giving an artist talk on her work, “Where the Roots Rise,” on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Meek 119.

Artist Statement:
Where the roots rise, in a forest full of ecru bone, the woman of the woods awakes to a world of myth and ruination. Where the Roots rise and the sun seeds, decay runs rampant—seasons change—nature lies in await to stake its claim.

My work articulates humankind’s capacity to decay as a marker of our identity. Set in the swamps and woods of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida, natural places where one encounters life and death, growth and decay, I explore the intimate relationship of a wild woman and her surrounding nonhuman environment. The woman collects the bones, branches, and flora and treads with the animals, both dead and living. 

The cyanotype process shifts focus from potentially colorful landscapes and figures to patterns, textures, and the relationships of forms within the images. Tea-staining the prints dulls the blue and adds warmth. Printing on thin Japanese paper reflects the deterioration of nature and gives the prints a feeling of fragility, reflecting upon the forms, the impermanence, and the interconnectedness of natural life.

University Press Release:

Art Crawl
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Start off at any of the locations on the Crawl! The bus will run throughout the event, and it will make several stops at the Museum, the Square and at the Powerhouse. This way you can stop at all of the individual locations on the Crawl and see the art that they have on display!

Locations & Shows include: 

Powerhouse – Art by Everyone

Southside Gallery – Jerrod Partridge’s A Eudaimonic Search & Jonathan Kent Adam’s Myth of The Beast

Uptown Coffee – Work by Nicole Gladden

The University Museum – Where the Roots Rise by Jaime Aelavanthara & A Long Road Back by George Tobolowsky

Gallery 130 at Meek Hall – Student Summer Exhibition

The Basement Gallery at Frame Up – E.M. Skinner’s All Abstract 

The Chancellor’s House – Art curated by Oxford Treehouse Gallery

Student Summer Exhibition Reception @ Gallery 130 (Meek Hall)
Aug 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Awards will be given out at 5 PM. 

VVAP: Austin Dunbar @ 120 Meek Hall
Sep 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Austin Dunbar (Virtual)

Owner and Principle Designer at Durham Brand & Co.

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Durham Brand & Co. is a creative studio with a strong foundation in brand development,

strategic thinking, and design chops that is passionately crafted and creatively driven.

DB&Co. provides unfiltered, top-notch creative work for some of the most recognizable

consumer brands, pioneering start-ups and artists around.

Art21 “Johannesburg” @ 209 Bryant Hall
Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Art21 Special Episdoe Screening


Featuring Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Olafur Eliasson, Hiwa K, and Susan Philipsz

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / 5PM / 209 Bryant Hall


Concurrence @ Gallery 130 (Meek Hall)
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm

Kahtryn Hunter from Blackbird Letterpress will be showing “Concurrence” in Gallery 130. 

Kathryn was trained as a printmaker and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Montana State University, Bozeman, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She continues to make fine art when she’s not busy keeping up with Blackbird, designing, printing, and performing other operational tasks. See her fine art work at Her work is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans, LA.

VVAP: Daniel J Sander, PhD @ 120 Meek Hall
Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Daniel J Sander, PhD (Virtual)

Assistant Curator of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and

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The Leslie-Lohman Museum is the only dedicated art museum in the world to exhibit and preserve artwork that speaks about the LGBTQ experience. Our roots trace back to 1969 when Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman held an exhibit of gay artists for the first time in their SoHo loft. Throughout the 1970s, they continued to collect and exhibit gay artists while supporting the SoHo art community. During the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s, the collection continued to grow as they rescued the work of dying artists from families who, out of shame or ignorance, wanted to destroy it. This led to the formation of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in 1987. In recognition of its importance in the collection and preservation of LGBTQ history, the organization was accredited as a museum in 2016.

Kathryn Hunter Artist Talk @ Gallery 130 (Meek Hall)
Oct 25 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Kathryn Hunter Artist Talk @ Gallery 130 (Meek Hall) | Oxford | Mississippi | United States

Kathryn Hunter will be giving an artist talk in Gallery 130 at 2:30 PM. Reception to follow after lecture. 

Kathryn Hunter is a fine artist in South Louisiana. She works in mixed media: paper cutting, relief printing, wool & silk, embroidery, steel, letterpress, drawing, and wax. She is inspired by the color in Wes Anderson’s films and the animals on the Gulf Coast and in the Western Mountains.

She earned a BFA in printmaking from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1999 and an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 2003. In 2003, she started Blackbird Letterpress which specializes in quirky animal stationery, handmade notebooks and cards, and invitations, with a focus on good craftsmanship and good design. Visit Her work has been commissioned by Clarkson Potter (a division of Penguin Random House), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and Historic New Orleans Collection.

She is a member of Ladies of Letterpress, an artist member of Baton Rouge Gallery of Contemporary Art, and her fine art is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. Her work is part of the permanent collections of Louisiana State University Museum of Art and of the Special Collections of Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton Pennsylvania, among others. 

VVAP: Tad Lauritzen Wright @ 120 Meek Hall
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tad Lauritzen Wright (In person / grad critiques)

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In his work, Tad is interested in generating an impromptu reaction to an idea, thought, or experience. He has always been attracted to art work that comes from discounted sources. He takes basic ideas, simple plans, and rigorous daydreaming to an extreme in his work, always attempting to elevate his ideas and observations. Craft and hobby projects are elevated to art status, and icons of the past become poised for new interpretations in his work. He believes in allowing the extended possibilities of landscape, dead images, jokes, plays on art history, pop culture, and personal history to shape how the pieces develop. He approaches his work as an ongoing project where he is constantly expanding his own artistic vocabulary.

BFA Thesis Exhibition @ Gallery 130 (Meek Hall)
Nov 12 @ 8:00 am – Nov 16 @ 5:00 pm

Mayuka Nix, Graphic Design


Zoe Fitch, Painting


Reception: Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 4:30-6:00 PM