Mississippi State University may be best known for it’s agriculture and applied science programs, but they also have an art school.
The competitive program offers concentrations that include drawing, ceramics, painting and graphic design. Students are pushed to learn and grow, becoming better artists, but some say the program doesn’t get as much attention as others.
Nicole Lamar is an Oxford artist who studied art at the University of Mississippi. Originally from Dallas, she loved her new home so much, she decided to remain here to raise her family. Lamar has four children and one is also an artist. Giles Lamar is a sophomore at Ole Miss. Nicole and Giles have a similar contemporary style. Both are free-spirited and love color.
Alden McInnis, is an Ole Miss sophomore and art major. She is an artist like her dad, Winn McInnis, who was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Winn was introduced to art at a young age, but realized he had potential in second grade. He loved to draw in his sketchbooks during his free time in high school, but thought of it more as a hobby than a job or future career.
Sara Bailey Yoder, 20, finds such beauty in often mundane things. Because of this poetic interpretation of the world, Sara is able to uniquely incorporate young people’s interests into her work while adding her own funky touch to each individual painting.
Molly Chain is an integrated marketing communications major doubling in studio art. For her ceramics class, she had to compete for 10 cups on the wheel.
I had never really considered myself to be an artist. Throughout childhood, I was pretty good at drawing and could color inside the lines, but never did I think I would be where I am today as an artist.
In today’s world, college students are constantly pushing themselves to give our society a reason to be proud of them. Today’s youth are encouraged to work to change things. Some members of the current generation are living with a quiet voice that tells them to always reach for more and do more. It’s easy to say, but it’s a lot harder to do.
Driving down south Lamar in Oxford, you may have never noticed a little dirt road that leads to a studio in the woods. While the structure might not look like much from the outside, it houses beautiful paintings by Oxford local Jere Allen. His paintings are more than just abstract thoughts. They are an attempt to share emotions with the world.
It didn’t take long for Andrew “Buck” Long to realize he was not like most kids from Greenwood, Mississippi. The 22-year-old musician, photographer, and video editor didn’t care much for the “country boy” lifestyle of hunting and fishing prevalent in the Mississippi Delta.
Growing up in the Mississippi Delta teaches people things from a unique perspective. Emory Ryals, a 23-year-old artist and teacher, credits what she refers to as the “nothingness” in the Delta for her creativity. Little did she know what the nothingness would ignite.
The art field is competitive. One must be talented and creative to design original art and driven and ambitious to find a job they want, need and truly enjoy. Debbie Myers grew up with a mother who is a professional artist and six other siblings. She said her mother “always provided the tools for her seven children to explore the art world.” Five of the seven siblings now work in the professional art field.
Fashion has always been around, but it’s now more vivid in our social media world. That is exciting for Natchez native Marli Vaughan, 19, who is pursuing a degree in visual communications at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, California.
Lights. Camera. Action. These words echo through the stage as actors and performers scramble to take their beginning places on set. Theatre is not often thought of as an intense or demanding area of study, but it highlights the talent and dedication of people who would not be discovered in another atmosphere.
Imagine something you find absolutely breathtaking. Something you could stare at or watch for hours and still be just as enamored as you were the first time you saw it.
Chickens, seclusion, relaxation, and beautiful scenery are not words that are normally used to describe an art gallery, but they are often used to describe Oxford Treehouse Gallery. This unique gallery located just outside the Oxford Square breaks the mold of a traditional art gallery, and provides its visitors with an unforgettable experience.
The Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition is a yearly art contest between art students from around the state. This year marks the 68th year for this annual competition.
It can be easy to see cinema as a distant, vacuous thing, existing only in the realms of Hollywood and multi-million dollar studios. Log into social media, and you’ll be blasted with a barrage of blockbusters raking in billions.
Things are looking up for a new clothing line from Mississippi created by a Canton native. Tyrone “Turk” Steward, 19, has shipped his new Optimi$tik clothing line as far away as California and New Mexico.
Whether it’s a painting hanging in your living room or a picture printed on the clothes you are wearing, art is everywhere. But many talented artists don’t know how to promote their work.
There are a lot of beautiful things right under your nose if you just take time to look. Many of them can be found in the University of Mississippi Museum.
Thanks to the initiative of one Ole Miss student, the Residential College South courtyard at the University of Mississippi is becoming a little more colorful.
An Oxford festival that celebrates independent artists who keep fiber-oriented craft traditions alive will return in January, and members of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council are working to bring it back.
Crossroads Cultural Arts Center is in the heart of the Delta in Downtown Clarksdale, a place known all over the world as the home of the blues. The Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of many music legends like Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, and Ike Turner.