University of Mississippi

Where the Roots Rise

July 24–December 1, 2018

The University of Mississippi Museum
Artist’s Lecture:
 Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments
Opening Reception and Gallery Walkthrough with Artist: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, 6–8:00 p.m.

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.

Jaime Aelavanthara is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tampa in Photography & Foundations. She received her BFA from the University of Mississippi in Imaging Arts and her MFA in Photography from Louisiana Tech University. Her work explores a connection with the natural world and reflects on our transient, temporal lives that are each connected through the shared human condition. Her work can be seen at

Myth of The Beast

by: Jonathan Kent Adams
Coming out felt like joining the circus. People wanted to see and hear about the spectacle.  A gay boy who loved God in Mississippi. The Myth of the Beast is my way of confronting insecurities and moving into love. The act of painting and imagery used allow an escape from judgment and transition to love.  
In this series, most of the paintings are at night. I want the viewer to feel like they are walking in the dark. The circus elements represent religion and judgment. I paint myself in uncomfortable circumstances and show the viewer that one can still be content. The figures are all self-portraits planted within the landscape with the exception of my love. Finally, the anatomical heart symbolizes that what is within us can unite and set us free. 
Most of my life, I believed I was a beast.  Many LGBTQ+ people feel this way in places that demonize their existence. I grow in confidence by freeing myself from the power of people’s judgement. If I survive the dark nights, I always have hope. My new work challenges the myth in my mind, ignites constructions into flames, and offers a window to where I go to find freedom. 
BFA alumnus Jonathan Kent Adams is currently showing at Southside Art Gallery located in Oxford, MS. 
Southside Art Gallery’s doors are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM-5PM and Sunday from 11AM-3PM.
The Artist reception is September 6, 2018 from 5-8PM.

Jonathan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2014 from the University of Mississippi. From large scale installations to tiny works on paper, Jonathan Kent Adams presents his paintings in traditional and unorthodox ways. This presentation allows for viewers to imagine those who do not follow social constructions existing alongside those who do. “I love the unfinished moments and unconventional presentation. Those moments allow viewers a place to be themselves,” said Adams.  Adams’ work places emphasis on the figure, but also explores communication through still life, video, found objects, and poetry. Similar to contemporary artist, Lesley Dill, Adams creates realities that stem from words he encounters. His work encourages self-discovery amid traditions that often deny the outsider’s existence. (

Outstanding Student Awarded

Charlotte Burge, BFA Sculpture, is the recipient of a scholarship selected by the Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Charlotte was selected for her outstanding achievements as an art student in the Department of Art & Art History.

Charlotte Burge transferred from Itawamba Community College to The University of Mississippi in the pursuit of obtaining a BFA with an emphasis in sculpture. She was nominated and selected by a group of faculty members in the Department of Art & Art History, not only for the globally powerful topic she has chosen to focus on with the work she is creating, but also because of her character.

Charlotte’s mixed media sculptures expose and the reality of mental illness, currently a very important topic for our country. She reveals the struggles individuals may encounter using a variety of materials, including children’s toys, such as building blocks, dolls and tiny houses.

Charlotte will receive her scholarship award on August 7th at a luncheon held by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Jackson, MS.

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