University of Mississippi

Lauren Cardenas

Assistant Professor







Lauren Cardenas is a Texas native and studio artist who focuses on print media. She was the editor and founder of PIECRUST Magazine (2011-2014), which was an art and biannual literary magazine based out of St. Louis. During that period she published seven small press publications, attempting to explore the structure of a bound publication Lauren also was a co-founding member and co-director of Museum Blue (2014-2017), an artist-run project space in St. Louis. She has co-curated many exhibitions that make strides to bridge the gap between art and literature. Along with her curatorial and publishing practice, she was a founding member and an active part of the steering committee of the St. Louis Small Press Expo (2014-2016). She was Gallery Committee member for the Holland Project in Reno, NV( 2017-2018), where she assisted in the curation of zine exhibition, Bound. 

Cardenas holds a BFA in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, she is aTamarind Institute Printer Training Program graduate and holds an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Des Lee Gallery, Open House Galleries, Granite City Arts, and Design District in St. Louis, Ralph Arnold Gallery in Chicago, IL, The Luminary in St. Louis, MO, IPCNY New Prints Winter 2017. She was awarded the University of Nevada, Reno Black Rock Press Redfield Fellowship (2016-2018) and created limited editioned artist book titled “Things You See in the Dark,” which is a collaboration with poet Daniel Enrique Perez. She recently joined the University of Mississippi art faculty as the  Assistant Professor of Printmaking. 

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.

Dr. Louise Arizzoli

Instructional Assistant Professor
Art History

PhD, Indiana University
MA, Indiana University
MA, University of Rome “La Sapienza”



Louise Arizzoli received her PhD in Art History from Indiana University in 2013, with a specialization in the history of collections in France and in America, Nineteenth century as well as Renaissance and Baroque European Art. She also holds an MA in art history from Indiana University and an MA from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, with a concentration on museum studies. Before moving to the United States in 2005, she pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of “Roma Tre”, and she worked as an archivist and exhibition organizer in Rome, Italy. Prior to joining the University of Mississippi in the Spring 2013, she was Acting Curator for Western Art before 1800 at the Indiana University Art Museum.

She has received several fellowships and grants among which a Junior Fellowship at the Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting in America in New York; she has presented her scholarly work at conferences and published articles in journals such as the Journal of the History of Collections, Les Cahiers d’Histoire de l’Art and Studi di storia dell’arte.

She is currently working at a monograph dedicated to James Hazen Hyde (1876-1959), an American art collector who lived in Paris between the two World Wars.

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams

Assistant Professor of Art
Art History

MPh, PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center
MA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago



Kris Belden-Adams is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Mississippi (USA), and specializes in the history and theory of photography. Her work has been published in Photographies, Afterimage, Southern Studies, and Lexia: Journal of Semiotics. She is the author of the books Photography, Modernity, Temporality: Time Warped(forthcoming 2019) and Picturing Privilege: Photography, ‘Aristogenics,’ Eugenics (forthcoming 2019), and is the editor of and a contributor to the volume Photography and Failure: One Medium’s Entanglement with Flops, Underdogs, and Disappointments (2016).

Joshua Brinlee

Assistant Professor of Art
Foundations Coordinator

MFA, Memphis College of Art
BFA, Memphis College of Art


Joshua Brinlee originally hails from Morgan City, Lousiana, but was raised in Franlkin, Tennnessee.  He has lived and worked in Memphis, Tennessee for the past sixteen years and received his BFA from Memphis College of Art as well as most recently, his MFA.  An alumni member of the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program, Joshua is an adjunct instructor at his alma mater where he is teaching course foundations.

As well as teaching at MCA and the University of Mississippi, Joshua continues to create and show his work.  His images take from traditional portraiture as well as other painting genres.  He employs digital imaging and new media processes to create his self portraits, which mimic the painting tradition.  His recent work was accepted into the 2012 Delta Small Prints Exhibition where he received the Les Christensen Purchase Award.  He also received the Presidential Purchase Award from Memphis College of Art upon receiving his MFA.

Dr. Betty Crouther

Photograph by Robert Jordan

Associate Professor of Art
Art History

PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia
MFA, The University of Mississippi
BS, Jackson State University


Betty J. Crouther holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Jackson State University, Mississippi, a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Mississippi, and the Ph.D. in art history from the University of Missouri. She has taught at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, Jackson State University, Mississippi, and is currently Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Crouther teaches courses in the history of art covering chronological periods in early modern, African, and American art history. She has published articles in the International Review of African American Art, SECAC Review, and MUSE that focus primarily on iconography and African American art. She has chaired and co-chaired sessions and presented papers at the Southeastern College Art Association and the College Art Association conferences, James A. Porter Colloquium and American Visions Symposium. Dr. Crouther has attended professional development seminars in India, Ghana, and New York City. In 1994 she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southeastern College Art Conference.

Brooke White

Chair, 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. mid-8th through the end of the 12th century. 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. I am working on a book on this topic.

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 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, including Situating Gender in European Archaeologies (Budapest: Archaeolingua, 2010).


Recent publications

“Scandinavian Migration Period Gold Bracteates” (updated), in “Medieval Studies,” edited by Paul E. Szarmach. Oxford Bibliographies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018-05-24. (17,000-word bibliographic essay). DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195396584-0107

“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


Selected recent and upcoming presentations

By invitation, I will present “Broken Edges: Investigating Jewelry Damage by Violence and Fatigue,” at a symposium organized by Robin Fleming and Patrick Fazioli at the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 10–14 April 2019

At the Sachsensymposion in September 2018, I presented a paper on “Change in Scandinavian Figural Imagery and Artistic Techniques from the Early to Late Iron Age.”

By invitation, I participated in a workshop on “The Scandinavian Casket at San Isidoro in the Context of Viking Art and Society,” in León, Spain, in September 2018.

In May 2018, I presented a paper on “Broken or Whole? The Condition of Migration Period Gold Bracteates,” for the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies at UCLA.

In February 2018, I gave a public presentation at Rice University on “Making and Using Early Medieval Jewelry: Scandinavian Gold Bracteates.”


Summary of honors, fellowships, and grants

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 serve on the Runic Advisory Group for the International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions, and I am on the Editorial Board of Gesta, the journal of the International Center of Medieval Art. I just completed a three-year term as Co-Chair of the international working party, Archaeology of Gender in Archaeology, 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 332/532 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art during the fall of 2018. In the spring of 2018, I will offer AH 334/AH534/Anth 332 Early Medieval Art and Archaeology. My 3xx/5xx courses are on a two-year rotation.

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 section)
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)

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.