FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 7, 2004
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Artwork by Lea Barton to be featured at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. –
Southern culture will be the focus of an exhibit to be featured at
Mississippi University for Women’s Fine Arts Gallery in Shattuck Hall Jan.
Gallery Director Alex Stelioes-Wills said he was excited about the show,
which will feature artwork by Lea Barton, who lives and works in Flora.
“She does collage and assemblage work. Her work is very much centered
around Southern culture,” he said. “Her work is extremely intelligent and
attractive and useful for students.”
A native of Yazoo City, Barton earned her master of fine arts from Pratt
Institute while living in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned her bachelor of
liberal studies from Millsaps College.
In a biographical sketch, Barton said, “I was often accused of being a
southern belle.” Acknowledging that she has worn “big hair” on more than
one occasion in her life, Barton said the southern belle is a “paradox and
perhaps a myth.”
“Southern women of all races, however, potentially share characteristics
of strength, tenderness, grace, and charm—sometimes all at the same time.
We can also be stubborn, delicate, independent and flirty and can
live in either an antebellum home or manufactured housing.”
She noted the work in the series “Paradox in Paradise” portrays both the
myths and reality of the southern women.
A reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in
The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, contact the Division of Fine and Performing Arts at