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Art & Art History Student Ambassadors

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Rowan Murry


President of Vasari Society, the art history student organization, Rowan Murry (art history major, classics minor) is preparing for her dream job as a Curator of Antiquities at a major museum. She is working on her honors thesis, which will explore the influence of Pagan Roman artistic traditions on the development of Early Christian art and architecture. See why she was selected as the Most Outstanding Art History student last spring!


Why did you decide to study art history?
Art history combines everything I love: art, research and writing, history, culture, language, religion, etc. Art history also leads to so many amazing careers including museum and gallery work, archaeology, object study, education, and so much more.

Why should someone decide to study art history at the University of Mississippi?
The Art & Art History Department is the BEST department on campus! The students, faculty, and staff are always so supportive and kind. We also have amazing resources like the UM Museum, the Vasari Society, and local galleries.

What is an especially memorable experience so far in the program?  
In May 2019, I participated in a study abroad trip to Italy. It was my first time abroad and I loved every second of it! We spent one week in the Bay of Naples touring sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum. We then spent another week in Rome visiting all the incredible museums and archaeological sites.

Have you had an experience at UM that made you feel empowered or gave you a leadership opportunity?
I have been working at the UM Museum since my freshman year. It has been one of my favorite aspects of my time at UM. I teach classes, lead gallery tours, and help plan and prep programming for the community. Being an intern has helped me become more confident in my abilities, connect with others, and ultimately helped me decide what career I want to pursue. 

Any particular support or encouragement from a professor?
Dr. Wicker is my thesis advisor and she has been a huge support for me throughout the entire process, especially with the pandemic. She always gives me great advice and feedback and encourages me to apply for new opportunities. My project explores the influence of Pagan Roman artistic traditions on the development of Early Christian art and architecture.

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
El Agave’s street tacos with chips and queso

What are you binge watching?
New Girl


Taylor Cash

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Taylor transferred to UM from Itawamba Community College, where she won numerous awards for her artwork. She plans to graduate with a BFA in art with an emphasis in graphic design and use the degree to achieve her dreams of becoming a full-time illustrator. She has her own business as a freelance graphic designer.


Why did you decide to study art at UM?
Art, especially digital art, has been my greatest passion since I was in kindergarten.

Have you had an experience at UM that made you feel empowered?
Passing my B.F.A. interview was a big empowerment. It kind of reassured me that all my culminated efforts throughout the years had paid off when I was admitted into the UM graphic design program.

Any particular support or encouragement from a professor?
All the department professors are super encouraging! Getting the occasional “I love your work!” or “I saw your project, and it looks really good!” is enough to brighten my whole day. One of my professors praised my “incredible work ethic,” and I was over the moon.

What are your career goals?
I want to be a professional illustrator, since I often work on drawing comics, concept art, and environments in my free time. Working as a professional designer or even getting my master’s and working as a design professor would also be super cool, since graphic designers have such a wide array of jobs they can fill. 

What is an especially memorable experience in the program?
I’m a graphic design intern in the Department of Art and Art History. I’m able to create professional-quality materials using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, and After Effects.  It’s been great to use and refine my skills.

What’s your go-to meal in Oxford?
Cheese-sticks from the Papa John’s Pizza

What are you binge watching?
I’m re-watching Parks & Recreation and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Alex Long

Alex is a budding photographer who helps other students develop their art. As a monitor for the dark room—where nondigital photographs are developed—she’s an expert mixologist, who advises students on creating the right brew of chemicals to develop prints. She’s also a monitor for the Art Department’s photography print labs. Alex loves creating portraits of her friends, being in the outdoors and hanging out with her cats. She’s excited for the day she can travel again and “see where my photography can take me.


Why did you decide to study art?
I had no clue I wanted to study photography until I took Beginning Digital Photography my freshman year and realized it was all I wanted to do anymore. Photography allows me to communicate the way that I view the people around me and has the potential to lead me towards a lot of exciting future careers.

What are your career goals?
I’d really like the opportunity to go to grad school to continue studying imaging arts, furthering my capabilities and hopefully leading me towards a job best suited for me. Ideally, I’d be able to sell my own artwork as well as possibly work for some other company. Photography has such a wide range of different careers and I could see myself working as a studio assistant, free lancing, or working for a company. I think if I get to continue to photograph people in some way I’ll be happy because it allows me to show things from my own perspective.

Why study art at the University of Mississippi?
We have a really great photography department here with access to a lot of amazing equipment like a digital printing lab, a fully equipped darkroom, and access to printing images using alternative processes. These things have given me access to a lot of different opportunities and allowed me to explore photography in different ways. I’m also really thankful for the comradery in the art department. It’s given me a lot of great friends who have also given me a lot of advice on my artwork.

Have you had an experience at UM that made you feel empowered or gave you a leadership opportunity?
I was really excited to become President of the Clicks Photography Club and work with other students who I didn’t normally see in the art department who were interested in photography. Clicks is focused on bringing together students who are passionate about photography by learning different techniques, having group demo days, and holding critiques where we can talk about our artwork and get advice from one another.

Any particular support or encouragement you have received from a professor?Brooke White and Lauren Cardenas have both been incredibly helpful in allowing me to discuss my photographs with them and navigating the steps I need to take to my artwork stronger. They have both been really influential and encouraging for me.

What is an especially memorable trip, research, internship, or other school-related activity you’ve done?
I really loved doing the cyanotype demo day (an alternative process to creating images) with the Clicks Photography Club. It was so nice outside and so many people who had never made cyanotypes before came which made it that much better.

What are you binge watching on Netflix or another platform?
I’m currently re-watching Murder House AHS. It’s my favorite season & I always watch AHS during October.

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
My favorite meal in Oxford is the black bean burger from Proud Larry’s .