Mississippi University for Women is celebrating the artistic achievements of its students this month in three exhibitions.
“Museum Studies: Anatomy of an Exhibition” is on display through March 12 at The W Galleries. The annual “Juried Student Exhibition” will be Feb. 17 through March 12, also at The W Galleries. The work of Audrea Powell, a senior at The W, will be on display on the third floor of Welty Hall. The display of Powell’s recent artwork will be up from Feb. 11 to April 23.
Beverly Joyce, director of The W Galleries and a professor of art history, said the exhibitions are an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of The W students and to follow their continued growth and maturation.
“The project was a challenge in that students conducted traditional research but had to think about how to communicate their findings in an object-based format,” Joyce said.
“Museum Studies: Anatomy of Exhibition” highlights the work of students that was completed in the Museum Studies course in the fall of 2020. Students Lexie Ava, Maggie Ellis, Hannah Moffett, Emma Potter, MyKayla Rhodes, Sarah Upchurch, Brianna Williams and Georgia Wood had to envision a host museum that would be an appropriate launch for their exhibitions. They then researched their topics, selected the objects for their exhibitions, wrote explanatory texts and developed plans for visitor engagement and the promotion of their exhibitions. The material provided the basis for brochures to entice potential venues. The students also produced models of their ideal exhibition spaces to help them visualize their exhibitions.
Due to space constraints, only some of each student’s brochure and some models are on display.
Joyce and exhibitions preparatory Chu-Ping Wang edited and designed the display panels.
“This exhibition shows a wide range of interests that emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to museum studies,” Joyce said.
East Central Community College art instructor Jeffrey Hodges served as the juror for the annual ‘Juried Student Exhibition.” The work of Ava, Wood, Justin Carson, Jacob Craft, Grant Garrison, Sarah Gilliland, Javonte Guyton, Serenity Hardrick, Anisha Hodges, Makaio Johnson, Amyah Kahey, Henri Krogh, Cedric Malone Jr., Kenya Sanders, Dylan Shows, Romiarale Thomas, Ketina Tutton, Dominique Wells and Clara Whitley will compete for awards. The W art faculty members will determine the Overall Achievement Awards.
Powell, from Starkville, will graduate this semester with a bachelor of fine arts in art (emphasis in drawing and painting and a minor in psychology). She plans to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy. Powell came to The W after earning her associate’s degree from East Mississippi C.C.-Mayhew. At both institutions, Powell’s talents and hard work earned her numerous awards, culminating in The W’s Department of Art and Design’s Overall Achievement Award, which included a full-year scholarship.
Last year, The W President Nora Miller selected Powell’s work for a solo exhibition on the third floor of Welty Hall, outside the president’s office. Joyce said The W president has attended the annual “Juried Student Exhibition” for the past several years and has selected two to three students for the President’s Exhibition Award. In 2020, Upchurch and Powell were selected. Upchurch’s work was featured during the fall semester.
“This exhibition features my female portraits that focus on the beauty of hair,” Powell said. “My favorite mediums, charcoal and pastel (color pigment with a binder in stick form), have been used to create the illusion of a collage. My goal was to showcase the different skills I have acquired at The W.”