University of Mississippi

HGTV’s Erin and Ben in Gallery 130!


Join us for a talk with Erin and Ben in Gallery 130 on Wednesday, April 4th at 10:00 am (standing room only).

Justin Bowles lecture & reception – March 22nd

Justin Bowles, “Courtyard”
Lecture: Thursday, March 22, 5:00 pm – Meek 120
Reception: Thursday, March 22, after lecture – Gallery 130


Brooke White part of group exhibition at Ogden


The Do Good Fund, Inc. is a public charity based in Columbus, Georgia. Since its founding in 2012, the fund has focused on building a museum-quality collection of photographs taken in the American South since World War II. The collection ranges from works by more than a dozen Guggenheim fellows to images by less well-known, emerging photographers working in the region. Do Good’s mission is to make its collection of over 500 images broadly accessible through regional museums, nonprofit galleries and nontraditional venues and to encourage complementary, community based programming to accompany each exhibition.


Opening Reception: March 24 @ 6 – 8 p.m.
Gallery Talk: March 25 @ 2 – 3 p.m.
“Photography in the American South since WW II”

This exhibition is curated by:
Amy Miller, Executive Director, Atlanta Celebrates Photography
and Alan Rothschild, President and Founder of The Do Good Fund Inc.

Host Committee:
Steven and Erin Chevalier
Richard and Kristina Ford
Dr. Jerry and Carolyn Fortino
Benjamin Lowry and Shelly Gallender
Shirley R. Masinter
Don and Lola Norris
Holly-Anne Palmer

Featuring photographs by:
Rob Amberg
Oraien Catledge
Rineke Dijkstra
Carolyn Drake
Jill Frank
Preston Gannaway
Jennifer Garza-Cuen
Carlos Gustavo
Baldwin Lee
Builder Levy
Susan Lipper
Gordon Parks
Eli Reed
Mike Smith
Rosalind Fox Solomon
Rylan Steele
Brandon Thibodeaux
Brooke White
Vanessa Winship

Spring 2018 Exhibitions: Gallery 130

MCAC 2018

The Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition is a student art exhibition for all four-year college and university students within the state. This exhibit of student work—created in all mediums and completed within the last 12 months—is juried by Dan Brawner, Chair, Graphic Design, Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film (Nashville, TN).

The exhibition is open until March 10th, 2018.

The reception and Awards Ceremony was held at the University of MS Museum on February 10, 2018, 2–4:00 p.m.

Juror’s Award for Superior Achievement in each media category:

Ceramic Arts: Will McComb “Architechton”, University of Mississippi
Drawing: Ladonna jones: “Elephant Hand Shadow”, Mississippi University for Women
Graphic Design: Katie Erikson: “Mad Mary’s”, Mississippi State University
Mixed Media: Claire Burgett: “Flowers”, Mississippi State University
Photography: Jessica Wallace: “You’re not Alone”, Mississippi University for Women
Printmaking: Anna Yates: “The Benevolent Contradiction”, University of Mississippi
Painting: Hannah Wegner “Green Stool”, William Carey University
Sculpture: Ian Skinner: “Sculpture Ease”, University of Mississippi
Time based media: Jonesha Heller: “Panda University”, Delta State University

(3) Awards of Excellence:
Desarea Guyton: “Georgia”, Mississippi University for Women
Anna Yates: War of Dogma”, University of Mississippi
Brooke Alexander “Blue”, University of Mississippi

Best of Show:
William McKinney: “Runoff”, University of Mississippi

Check out some of the images from the reception by clicking below:

MCAC 2018

Hoopsnake Press coming to Gallery 130!

On December 11th – 17th, Gallery 130 will host Hoopsnake Press!



A reception will be held on Thursday, December 14th from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Parking will be a breeze, so come meet the artists and eat some snacks!

For more information on who they are:

Hoopsnake Press was founded by Ke Francis in 1970 at the studios located at 1249 North Coley Road in Tupelo, Mississippi. At that time the press facility consisted only of a Charles Brand etching press and technical facilities to print small scale etchings and woodcuts. The press operation slowly expanded to include typecasting equipment, large etching and relief printing presses, and two letterpresses to handle the design, illustration and printing of books.

In 1996 the press moved to research space at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, where it established a collaborative publishing venture with Flying Horse Press, the fine art press established by the university art department. Ke Francis became director of this press, which came to be known as Flying Horse Editions, and Ke and Mary Francis continued to publish under the Hoopsnake logo from 1996-2014. Ke, his daughter Kerry, and Mary agreed to revamp the Tupelo facilities and combine the presses and resources from both locations at the original Tupelo studio in 2014.

Currently the print and book-publishing projects, exhibitions and archiving efforts of the press are administered by Ke, Mary, and Kerry Francis. Ke Francis continues to produce his paintings, prints and artist books, and individual and collaborative projects are carried out by seven associate artists who are recent University of Central Florida graduates: Nicole Dikon, Lujan Perez-Hernandez, Anthony Mancuso, Corin Robideux, M.J. Torrecampo, Jager Palad and Shanna Stiles. According to Ke Francis, “The Hoopsnake Press Associate Artists are a group of talented young artists whose artistic interests and aesthetic concerns parallel the mission of the press. They are skilled professionals with unique personal visions.”

Brooke White in Picturing Mississippi

Public Opening Day | “Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise”

Saturday, December 9, 2017

10 AM-8 PM

The Gertrude C. Ford and The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries

The 16th installment in the The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series

With approximately 175 works by more than 100 different artists, this exhibition is unprecedented in the history of Mississippi that illuminates the perception and depiction of Mississippi from the time of European settlement to the present day. The exhibition features individual masterpieces by artists seldom exhibited in the state, including George Caleb Bingham, Robert Indiana, John James Audubon, Louis Bahin, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat—as well as a plethora of works by native Mississippians such as James Tooley, Jr.; Eudora Welty; William Dunlap; and Randy Hayes.

• Tours at 10:30 AM, 1 PM, and 3:30 PM
• Also on view White Gold: Thomas Sayre and Hank Willis Thomas: Flying Geese

• Drop-in studio activity for all ages: Mississippi Cotton
• Cocktails and refreshments available for purchase beginning at 4 PM
• Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History

This event is free and open to the public.


Robert Malone at Southside Gallery

December 5th – January 6th.
Reception: Saturday, December 9th, 5-8pm

Holiday Art Gala, Nov. 3rd, 4-9pm at The Powerhouse!








November 3rd, 2017 at the Powerhouse from 4-9pm!

The Department of Art & Art History presents the annual Holiday Art Gala featuring: Artist drawdown, silent auction, general sale, local vendor booths, cash bar, & more!

General Sale – This will run throughout the event (4-9pm) and will offer you the chance to snag some great work from across all mediums!

Silent Auction – Hand picked art set aside for you to bid on! The Silent Auction will end at 8:00pm.

Local Vendor Booths – Come see what artists from around Oxford have to offer!

• Free Holiday Snacks and our sponsored “Holidaze Punch” (FREE) provided by CATHEAD Vodka. A cash bar will also be available.

Artist Drawdown – Featured work by university faculty will be available for you to win! Tickets may be purchased for $20 each or 6 for $100 for a chance to win a piece of featured work of your choice! How does the drawdown work? A limited amount of tickets will be sold until 8:00pm. After that, the drawdown will begin! A ticket will be called out and that lucky winner gets first pick of the featured artwork. Tickets will be drawn until all artwork has been selected and you can win more than once. This is your chance to win fantastic art for a great price, and you get to support the Department of Art & Art History!

Featured Artists & Artwork for Drawdown:

Matt Long
Canister, Soda Fired to Cone 11. Flashing slip over Porcelain. Wheel Thrown.










Virginia Chavis
Remain on Course”, 2013, 31.5″x44.5 (framed)

Virginia’s works on paper include metaphor obtained from routine life experiences and the irony in searching for professional and emotional stability. She attempts to look lightheartedly at mundane tasks and poke fun at difficult situations through the use of sarcasm and play on words. Symbols such as insects, buildings, toys or machines can be found to represent individuals or events, some more obvious than others.

Virginia generally combines digital and traditional printmaking processes, as well as mixed media. The hands-on process of layering ink on paper is critical; layering of imagery illustrates the complexity involved in conscience and subconscious decisions. Upon completion of the work, stitching is incorporated, which is both functional and aesthetic, as it holds the pieces of paper together in a quilt-like manner. Sewing is familiar, as it is a practice passed down through generations in her family.

Perspective (in the literal and abstract sense) has been the most recent influence of Virginia’s works on paper. The consideration of perspective serves as a double entendre, playing on idealistic, political and personal points of view. The concept is a balance between cerebral thoughts and creative impulses, but also a level of the realistic problem solving. This particular piece includes a metaphor of the home, where many keep their most precious possessions —not only tangible things such as family members and heirlooms, but also thoughts, desires, metamorphosis and tragedy. Many want to keep these things/ideas protected, careful not to reveal too much information.

Sheri Reith
Tickle Teddy”, 25″x37″ (framed)










Durant Thompson
Calophyllum wood bowl with brass inlay, January, 2017

ABOUT THE ART: Calophyllum hardwood is a tropical flowering tree or bush mostly found in Asia. However, this bowl was carved from a tree found in South Florida near West Palm Beach. This bowl also has a bark inclusion which difficult for the wood-turner to control while carving. The end product includes a brass inlay which is added during the finishing stages of sanding and polishing.

Paul Gandy
Peer”, 2016, 24″x20″ (framed)

ABOUT THE ART: This image is a part of the @night series which explores the hidden places that are unknowingly passed everyday. Paul has been traveling the same roads for nearly a decade and only for the past few years has he actually stopped to see what lies just beyond the roadsides. There are breathtaking scenes resting just a small hike away from our city lights. By photographing after the sunlight has faded, he is able to transform these places into something surreal. The location becomes a stage and a canvas by which he paints with light. Each image then becomes a theatrical performance that is planned and performed until the final image is achieved.

Andrew McIntyre
Vase, 3.5×3.5×10. Wood Fired/Soda Fired to Cone 11. Wheel Thrown and carved. Amber Celadon Glaze over Stoneware.



Honors Day 2017!

Congratulations to our Honors Day 2017 award winners!


Graduate Achievement Award: Preston Tolbert
Outstanding Studio Art Student: Marisa Andropolis
Outstanding Art History Student: Katlyn Hoffman
Lottie Morland Award: Hailey Hodge
David Rorie Award (Student Art Association): Jessica Richardson
Student Art Association Award: Bella Gonzalez​
Roy Finger Award: Anna Yates
Mud Daubers Award: Ray Brown