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Art & Art History
University of Mississippi

Q&A with Tori Ellis (BFA Ceramics)

Within a Daydream 
April 1-5, 2024

Closing Reception
When: Wednesday, April 4th, 2024, 4:30–6:00 PM
Where: Gallery 130, Meek Hall

Introduce yourself and tell us where you are from.
My name is Tori Ellis and I’m from Laurel, MS. Last summer, my husband and I eloped in NYC and now live out in Water Valley, MS.

What attracted you to the Department of Art & Art History?
I’ve always been into art since I was a child, and after completing my journalism degree I decided I also wanted to get my BFA in Ceramics.

What type of artwork do you create and can you discuss your process?
I create ceramic sculptures, furniture pieces and light fixtures. All my work is filled with bright colors and patterns and I’m heavily influenced by fashion and nature.

Which artists do you look to for inspiration?
Katie Stout and Francesca DiMattio are my two favorite artists and greatest source of inspiration.

Which professors inspired you the most?
I would have to say Matt Long and Brooke Alexander.

What has been your favorite class during your years here?
Intermediate Printmaking with Kaleena!

Do you have a favorite memory here in the department?
I would say attending all the gallery shows and receptions have been my favorite.

Do you have any advice for incoming art students?
Be prepared to work very hard but don’t forget to have fun with it!

Do you have any hobbies outside of the art department?
Anything outdoors, going to art shows and listening to live music.

What is your favorite thing about Oxford or the University?
My favorite thing about Oxford is all the cool people I’ve met here and all the great restaurants (Saint Leo and Grit are my favorite).

Can we find you on social media?
Instagram: @toriellis

Do you have any plans after graduation?
Start making new work!