University of Mississippi

Current Graduate Students


Brooke Alexander



Brooke received her Bachelor of Arts from Athens State University in May 2015. She works mostly in oils, but also enjoys using watercolor, pastel, and other mediums. The human figure is her main subject preference. Brooke loves working to capture a person all while depicting people in intimate and unusual ways which causes the viewer to wonder. She chose to come to Ole Miss for graduate studies because the fit was right. After touring the facilities and meeting the faculty and people here, Brooke knew this is where she would thrive.


Marisa Andropolis





Hailey Hodge



Hailey Hodge is from the backwoods of South Carolina, but is currently creating and carving in Oxford, MS. After obtaining her BFA from Converse College, Hodge began pursuing her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Mississippi as a candidate for 2017. She is currently printing and designing a body of 3D work that is exploring light and shadow.



Nicholas Meyer



I enjoyed working with my hands from a very early age and found that ceramics has a wide range of expression possible. I studied at Hawkeye Community College from the spring of 2003 to summer of 2004 when I received my AA. After completion, I transferred to the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2004. At UNI I began to really immerse myself in ceramics. During this time I attended workshops from world renowned artists and learned from very knowledgeable professors. In the fall of 2006 I graduated with a BA in studio art with an emphasis in ceramics. In the spring of 2008 I was accepted to the masters program at UNI and graduated in the spring of 2010 with my MA. At this time I was instructing classes and performing duties as a laboratory technician, and did so till 2015 at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I taught classes at Hawkeye Community College and the Waterloo Center for the Arts for 3 years. I was accepted to the The University of Mississippi as a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in 2015. I continue to stay involved with national ceramics organizations and have begun to instruct workshops and offer my expertise at art shows and for the community.



 William McKinney





 Christen Parker



Christen Parker is from Monroe, Louisiana where she received her BFA in painting and graphic design from the University of Louisiana Monroe in 2013. Following her undergraduate degree she became interested in translating her work into three-dimensional pieces. She is drawn to a variety of materials that include resin, plaster, foam, and cast metals.




 Preston Tolbert





Whitney Turnipseed



Whitney Turnipseed was born in Greenville, MS in 1987. Turnipseed works predominantly in the medium of painting, but includes mixed media and relief elements in her work. Turnipseed’s artistic career began at the early age of five. She completed a BFA with emphasis in Drawing at Mississippi State University in 2010. She is also a former middle school, art history teacher who has come to the University of Mississippi to pursue her MFA in Painting.


 Nicholas Vialpando