Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cross Connections 2009- Fall Exhibition

This fallthe Southern miss department of Art and Design unveiled plans for the cross connection exhibit in partnership with the department of visual communication of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in China. The exhibition was held from October 15th up until November 15th, 2009, in Dalian, China. The cross connection exhibition serves as a medium for all types of art to be displayed. The cross connection is basically a traveling exhibition.

All of the art featured is from USM students and faculty members. According to the professor and Chair of the USM department of Art and design, William Baggett, the exhibition "spotlights a dynamic relationship between both institutions." The collaborative effort showcases diversity and the dedication that each artist put into their work. Although you may not be able to travel to China, you can view some of the art work here at

Pride and Prejudice

This November "Pride and Prejudice" is a play being put on by the USM Arts Department. Originally "Pride and Prejudice" was a novel written by Jane Austen. The novel was published on January 28th, 1813. Primarily the novel's title was "First Impressions", but after publication rejection the author decided to revise the novel. After revision Jane Austen named the novel "Pride and Prejudice". The summary of "Pride and Prejudice" in short is dealing with relationships but in a humorous way, the plot does thicken. The Southern Miss play of "Pride and Prejudice" is based on John Jorry's version of the novel. The play is said to be "a fast paced and highly theatrical adaptation" of the novel. Tickets for the "Pride and Prejudice" play went on sale November 12th, tickets are still on sale. For ticket information visit http://ev6.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ExecMacro/evenue/ev69/se/Main.d2w/report?linkID=usm or call 601-266-5418

C-Span Visits Southern Miss

Earlier this month the university students had a chance to tour the C-SPAN tour bus, and potentially ask any questions they would like. C-SPAN's tour stop here to Southern Miss was one of many tour stops they had to make. At the time C-SPAN was in the process of a national tour, giving insight on their public affairs program to students and anyone interested. The bus tour also discussed the C-SPAN 2010 Student Cam. The Student Cam is a documentary style competition that C-SPAN holds annually. The competition usually involves some type of theme, this year's theme was "asking middle schoolers questions." The C-SPAN bus tour came to an end in mid November, however the deadline for the Student Cam competition is not over. All information about the competition can be found at
http://www.studentcam.org/ For more information about the C-SPAN bus tour and it's future dates visit http://www.c-span.org/

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hitchcock Blonde At Southern Miss

Award winning director, Terry Johnson's "Hitchcock Blonde" made it's way to USM's campus this past Thursday. The performance was put on by the University Of Southern Mississippi department of Theatre and Dance. The play is taking place at the Martha R. Tatum Theatre. From what I have read on USM's marketing page, the play is full of suspense and mystery and is meant for mature audiences only. The play is about Alfred Hitchcock's obsession or fascination with blonde women taking his leading roles in his films. The play is depicted with scenes of flashbacks, memories and the stage's vintage setting. "Hitchcock Blonde" will be playing at 7:30pm from October 1st through October 4th and at 2pm from October 4th through October 18th. Tickets are priced at 12 dollars and they are available here at www.usm.edu/arts. All images appear courtesy of http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/ and http://www.studentprintz.com/news/hitchcock-takes-stage-1.624202.

The 4th Annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival

This year marks the 4th Annual Historical Street Renaissance festival. The festival is a three day event that takes place in downtown Hattiesburg. The festival will be held from October 2nd to October 4th. The festival will commemorate the history of music and culture of African American entertainment. The event has been a success in the previous years and hopefully this year's festival will be no different. The opening act for the festival will be Vasti Jackson, a muscian who performed at Eaglepalooza in 2006.

In between Saturday's performances there will be cook-offs, boxing matches and more on stage performances. The renaissance festival will come to an end on Sunday around 3pm, that evening there will be a gospel service at First Trinity Baptist Church. All proceeds from the festival will go towards the USM center for black studies technology and the Mobile Bouie neighborhood. For more information contact Deborah Delgado at 601.582.2560 or 225.921.0656. All images appear courtesy of http://mobilestreetfestival.com/ and http://www.studentprintz.com/

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection

The de grummond Children's Literature collection was founded in 1966 by Dr. Lena Y. de Grummond. The collection's purpose is for children's literature. The de Grummond collection boasts over 1,200 authors and illustrators, thousands of published books and original work filled with illustrations. The de Grummong collection is located in the McCain Library of The University Of Southern Mississippi as a part of it's special collections.

The de Grummond collection not only serves as an exhibit but it also serves as a resource material for scholars in various fields. Along with the actual exhibit, there are virtual exhibits that include work from Ezra Jack Keats and Kate Greenaway. The virtual exhibits have been funded by The Hattiesburg Arts Council and The University Of Southern Mississippi Foundation. One of my personal favorites is "Curious George Comes To Hattiesburg" by Margret Ray.
For more information about opening and closing times, you can visit http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/ or contact The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection Box 5148 Hattiesburg, MS 39406 (601) 266-4349
All images used can be located here at http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/html/aboutus-welcome.shtml

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

USM Senior Art Exhibition

USM Senior Art Exhibition
Earlier this year there was an art exhibition put on by the seniors of Southern Miss. The exhibition included sculptures and graphic design. The exhibition was split into two separate days. The first day was for paintings and drawings and the next day was for the sculptures. The exhibition was seen as essential to those seniors who were trying to attain a bachelor's degree in fine arts. The graphic design part of the exhibition included work and art from local artists and artists from surrounding areas.

These Images can be located at http://www.usm.edu/pr/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2156

All of the art can be found in the Southern Miss museum of art. The hours are Tuesday through Friday 10a.m-5p.m and Saturdays from 10a.m-4p.m The video can be found here http://www.usm.edu/videos/2009/05/senior-art-exhibition.html.