Current Graduate Students
Kelly Adkins has received a Bachelor’s as well as a Master’s degree in Philosophy. Midway through the Philosophy graduate program, she reclaimed her life-long passion for painting and has since decided to switch career paths. As an MFA candidate, Adkins hopes to build a strong repertoire of artistic knowledge and learn more about herself as an artist.
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Jessica Counterman is a painter from northwest Ohio, received her BFA in 2D Art from BGSU in 2018. She is heavily influenced by folklore narratives, religion, and the way people view death.
Gabrielle Dinger is a native to south Louisiana, receiving her Bachelors of Fine Art from Nicholls State University in 2016. Having grown up in an art rich environment, she’s always found interest in utilizing various materials together to create her art. Dinger’s work focuses on expression of self and exploration of the natural environment. Now a MFA candidate here at the University of Mississippi, Dinger hopes to continue exploring the concept of discovery while embracing new materials and larger scale.
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Madeline Jennings McMahan is originally from north Georgia but obtained her undergraduate degree at Arkansas State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2019 with a BFA in Studio Art. McMahan creates collage-inspired paintings that explore beauty, spirituality, and decay. She enjoys experimenting with a variety of media and, as an MFA candidate, hopes to continue expanding her perceptions of the way a painting is made.
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Tennessee native Margaret Perez earned her BFA in Illustration and Design from Memphis College of Art in 2017. There she discovered her love of Printmaking through both Illustration and Sculpture. Perez’s work explores nature illustration and the animal figure and its symbolism throughout fable, mythology, folklore, and the natural world. As an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi, Perez wishes to continue exploring her use of line and her wild flora and fauna figures, as well as continuing to play with scale and color in her work.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida Ian received his B.F.A. From the University of North Florida. He explores materials and processes to create work that reference humanity, nature and how they coexist.
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Ashley Smith was born and raised in Western Kansas where she received her B.F.A from Fort Hays State University. Pushing her materials past their boundaries to create large and small scale works, Smith exposes the world of mental health through non-objective forms. Smith hopes her work will help others who suffer with mental illness to come forward and know they are not alone.