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College Savings Mississippi Art Contest

Office of the State Treasurer, Jackson, MS
State Treasurer Lynn Fitch and College Savings Mississippi announce the third annual College Savings Mississippi Art Contest. Running January 4 through February 29, 2016, students across Mississippi compete for four $529 Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) scholarships by submitting an original piece of art on the theme, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“I am excited about the opportunity to award four $529 MACS scholarships to deserving Mississippi students,” said Treasurer Lynn Fitch. “This contest is a great opportunity for students, whether in a classroom or through an afterschool program, to express what they envision for their future.
“Our goal through the College Savings division is to provide families across this state an affordable way to save for college, and it is our hope this scholarship is the first step in building that foundation,” Treasurer Fitch continued. “Students who are better prepared for their future are helping create a stronger workforce and economy for Mississippi.”
A $529 Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) scholarship will be awarded to the first place contestant in each of the following age categories: Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade, 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, and 9th – 12th Grade. Students in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade are asked to submit their artwork on an entry form found on Treasurer Lynn Fitch’s website. Students ages 6th Grade – 12th Grade are asked to submit their original 8.5” x 11” artwork using a medium of their choice.
For more information about the contest, including official rules, registration form, and the Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade art entry form, visit http://www.treasurerlynnfitch.com/collegesavingsmississippi/Pages/Events.aspx.


Julia Wise, 601-359-9272, collegesavings@treasury.ms.gov


Local artist, Mandy Buchanan’s “Florals” on display at JCJC

Jones County Junior College
Local artist, Mandy Buchanan’s “Florals” on display at JCJC
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery will feature the floral art works of Sandersville resident, Mandy Buchanan through September 25. Her floral still life acrylic paintings will be display at no cost to the public.

Buchanan is also scheduled to share about her artwork and techniques at a lecture with JCJC students on September 22, at 1 p.m. in the gallery. This session with the artist is also open to the public and is free of charge.

When the JCJC alumna isn’t painting or creating, she facilitates the Education Programs at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Buchanan works closely with museum staff to create activities and educational opportunities correlating with exhibits and events. She also works closely with Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Outreach Coordinator, Angie King. The two can be seen in many places within the community such as convalescent homes, schools or community centers leading impactful art activities including painting, pottery, sculpture and art history projects.

JCJC art instructor, Mark Brown said he is proud to have such a talented alumna’s work on display this month. He explains Buchanan is able to create using various mediums and in different artistic ways.

“Although skilled with many media, Buchanan is known for her still life paintings. Mandy draws inspiration from artists such as Henri Matisee, as well as those within the museum collection. Her still life paintings are full of vibrant color. Buchanan mildly abstracts her subjects, while keeping their form and color. Mandy's images allow for the perception of the real object, while still retaining the desired texture and fluidity of paint. Another of her talents includes reclaiming discarded surfaces such as shelves or antique doors, which further enrich her play on texture,” said Brown.

The gallery is open: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 to 3:00 p.m. and is closed during lunch from 11:30--12:00. Fridays the gallery is open from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30p.m.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu




EMCC TO HOST ARTIST TROY CRISSWELL

East Mississippi Community College ...
EMCC TO HOST ARTIST TROY CRISSWELL

SCOOBA – Award-winning painter Troy Crisswell will bring his unique perspective to East Mississippi Community College with an exhibit of his work opening Sept. 22.
An award-winning oil and watercolor painter from Birmingham, Ala., Criswell is the author of “Thoughts on Painting.” He will attend an opening reception at Aust Hall on EMCC’s Scooba campus Sept. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 15.
The public invited to the reception and to visit the exhibit throughout its run.
EMCC art instructor Terry Cherry said Crisswell’s works present an unusual but approachable perspective on everyday life.
"Troy Crisswell's art is a perfect combination of realism and imagination. He takes recognizable things and presents them in ways that are more like dreams or fantasy,” said Cherry.
Crisswell describes his art as “surreal,” combining atmospherics and realism. It’s a style that has served him well, earning him the Award of Excellence at the Montevallo Art Show in Montevallo, Ala., and 1st Place at the Love Affair Art Show in Tifton, Ga., both in 2010. He’s also found success in EMCC’s six-county district, claiming the 1st Place Painting prize at the 2009 Prairie Arts Festival in West Point.
Crisswell is married to clay artist Becky Bolton Crisswell. His work can be viewed at his website, troycrisswell.com.

Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056



EMCC ART INSTRUCTOR AWARD STANDALONE

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EMCC ART INSTRUCTOR AWARD STANDALONE

East Mississippi Community College art instructor Lisa Spinks’ drawing, titled “Sneakers,” won her 1st Place in the drawing category at the Meridian Museum of Art’s People’s Choice competition July 25. The colored pencil drawing of Spinks’s shoes netted her $100 and the chance to have her piece, along with another of her drawings titled “Heels,” displayed at the museum and entered into the Bi-State Juried Art Competition. “I was shocked I won first place. There was some really great art in the competition this year,” said Spinks, who has taught art at EMCC for eight years.

Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879



UWA exhibit features 17 Sumter County artists

The University of West Alabama Webb Hall Gallery
UWA exhibit features 17 Sumter County artists

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama will display 17 local artists’ pieces during its summer art exhibit, Accent on Art: Sumter County, in Webb Hall Gallery.

A reception honoring the artists is scheduled for Thursday, July 10, from 2 until 3:30 p.m. in the gallery located on the first floor of Webb Hall. Art on display includes a variety of formats including wood carving, china painting, dress making, painting, doll making, furniture making, and knife making.

Local artists featured in the exhibit include Christy Abbey, Louise Boyd, Mary Neville Boyd, Bonnie Campbell, Karen Castleman, James Cockrell, Peggy Colvin, Burton Fuller, Margaret Hagood, Alan Hall, Sheila Hull, Jane Hurtt, Frances Leverett, Lilly Mack, Nathan Purath, Tut Riddick, and Claire Smith.

The Accent on Art: Sumter County display will be featured throughout the month of August on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information on exhibits in Webb Hall Art Gallery, please contact Vivian Hauser at vhauser@uwa.edu or 205-652-3611.

Betsy Compton
Director of Public Relations
Collegiate Licensing Liaison
The University of West Alabama
UWA Station 6
Livingston, AL 35470
Phone: (205) 652-3892
Fax: (205) 652-3893
bcompton@uwa.edu
www.uwa.edu

Betsy Compton
Director of Public Relations
Collegiate Licensing Liaison
The University of West Alabama
UWA Station 6
Livingston, AL 35470
Phone: (205) 652-3892
Fax: (205) 652-3893
bcompton@uwa.edu
www.uwa.edu