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Eugenics, ‘Aristogenics’, Photography: Picturing Privilege

Kris Belden-Adams presented the paper “‘Class Pictures’: Visualizing Social Refinement and ‘Good Breeding’ in Seven Sisters’ Posture ‘Pictures'” at the College Art Association’s annual conference on Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago for the session “The Body on Display: Art, Eugenics, and the Great Depression.” This talk was drawn from two chapters of her forthcoming book, […]


Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Nominations

A handful of Art & Art History Alumni and Former/Current Faculty have been nominated this year for Visual Arts and Photography from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters! Visual Arts Nominations:​  Jason Bouldin, How Can I Keep From Singing? Elegies in Paint Charlie Buckley, Flooded Delta Earl Dismuke, 2019 Collection Richard Kelso, Richard Kelso Recent Works Carlyle Wolfe […]


‘Lost and Found’ Collage Prints on Display at Meek Hall

Work of UM art professor emerita Jan Murray exhibited through Feb. 28 JANUARY 30, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH   UM art professor emerita Jan Murray (right) supervises Frank Estrada (left), gallery curator; Lauren Cardenas, assistant gallery director; and Tyler Barnes, gallery director, as they hang prints for her ‘Lost and Found’ exhibition in Meek Hall’s Gallery […]


Art History Professor Receives First Hensley Award

Hensley family members (from left) are Rusty, Missy, John, Camille, Baby Mack, Pauline and Hunt. Below: UM art history professor Nancy Wicker, demonstrating Viking jewelry, is the first recipient of the Hensley Family Senior Professor Research Award.   A University of Mississippi art history professor is the first recipient of a new research award that […]


Made in Mississippi

WRITTEN BY CALYN HOERNER (Invitation Oxford Magazine) Delta Grind Grits – Water Valley Stone-ground products grown in the heart of north Mississippi Diners at Ravine or McEwen’s may notice the brand of the grits served with their meal is specified on the menu. Sourced from farms across Mississippi and hand-ground in Water Valley, the grits, […]


Five new mod sculptures on Poydras Street are ‘greatest drive-by art exhibit’

By Doug MacCash | Staff Writer for Nola.com | OCT 3, 2019 Click here for the original article including all artists.  As Poydras Street commuters have surely noticed, five eye-catching new sculptures have appeared recently along the street’s neutral ground. One was created by an internationally renowned Louisiana artist, who also happens to be a […]


Meet Trailblazer Jennifer G. Thompson

August 28, 2019 Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer G. Thompson. Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there. I started researching Texas female typographers and designers for a project I was working on and I couldn’t find very much […]


Life and Work with Allie Gilmore

August 19, 2019 Today we’d like to introduce you to Allie Gilmore. So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. I was born and raised along the Mississippi River in the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Following high school, I journeyed […]


Wicker Wins Research Award

Department of Art and Art History faculty member and Interim Chair Dr. Nancy L. Wicker was honored Friday, May 10, 2019, by the College of Liberal Arts for her excellence in research. Wicker, Professor of Art History, became the first awardee of the Hensley Family Senior Professor Research Award in the Fine and Performing Arts […]


Belden-Adams Publishes Book

Associate Professor Kris Belden-Adams recently published Photography, Temporality, Modernity: Time Warped. (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2019). ISBN:978-1138544314. This book examines the photography’s unique capacity to represent time with a degree of elasticity and abstraction. Part object-study, part cultural/philosophical history, it examines the medium’s ability to capture and sometimes “defy” time, while also traveling as objects across […]