08/31/2022 – 10:22am | By: Ivonne Kawas
A gallery exhibition featuring recent work by The University of Southern Mississippi’s
Art and Design faculty in the School of Performing and Visual Arts opens Sept. 1 with
a reception at 7:00 p.m. at the Gallery of Art & Design in the Hattiesburg campus.
In addition to the exhibition, art historian Dr. Jennifer Courts will present a research
lecture to be held at 5:30 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium, LAB 108.
Mark Rigsby, associate professor and museum director notes the works in the Faculty
Show reflect the artistic excellence of the faculty at Southern Miss.
“Our 2020 Faculty Show was an online exhibition due to the pandemic, so we are thrilled
to be back in the gallery with this biennial exhibition,” said Rigsby. “This year’s
show includes works in our areas of expertise including painting, drawing, ceramics,
sculpture, and digital photography. As an extra bonus, we are excited to have art
historian Dr. Jennifer Courts presenting a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition.”
In the research lecture entitled, “Painting Court Performance in the Franco-Flemish
Fifteenth Century,” Dr. Courts argues a reason for the notable verisimilitude of Northern
Renaissance painting by viewing it as a means for members of the rising merchant class
to demonstrate their position in courtly society through the recreation of their physical
presence within the performative space of the royal court.
“The meaning of painting in the Franco-Flemish north was not fixed in the fifteenth
century,” Dr. Courts explained. “My project explores one valence of painting by highlighting
its ability to recreate the lavish interiors of the royal courts and the activities
that occurred within. Oil on panel became popular because of its ability to accurately
represent the people, objects, and locations of the material world, and ultimately,
I examine the relationship between static art and stage performances.”
The exhibit can be viewed at the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building,
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For questions about the Faculty Show,
contact Mark Rigsby at 601.266.5200.