March 16, 2006
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
MUW Photography Exhibit opens today
Two Mississippi University for Women alumni and
one staff member will be featured at the MUW
Photography Exhibit March 16 through April 22 at
the Rosenzweig Arts Center located in downtown
Columbus. The exhibit opens at 5:30 p.m. today.
B.R. Hawkins, a 1975 graduate; Chris Jenkins,
assistant director of MUW’s Office of Public
Affairs; and Anne Rayner, a 1986 graduate all
will have their work on display.
Hawkins, who received a journalism degree from
MUW, has more than 25 years of experience in the
fields of education, journalism, marketing,
public relations and state and federal
In the past, she has served as the first
professional lobbyist for the MUW alumni
association, as well as on the staff for the
Institutions of Higher Learning for almost a
Jenkins began his career in visual arts in 1992
at MUW after earning an associates of applied
science degree in electronics technology in 1991
from East Mississippi Community College.
He has worked in the Office of Public Affairs
since 1998, taking up still photography in
addition to video production.
His background with electronics technology has
helped him embrace digital photography.
“I know there are millions of people in the
world who wake up every day and go to a job that
they hate. I feel very fortunate to have found
something I love and that I can make a living
doing. I know that I am very lucky, and I don't
want to take anything for granted, so I try to
do the very best job I can,” Jenkins said. “This
is my first show, but I have been anticipating
and planning it for a few years now. I am really
anxious for my peers to see my work in a gallery
Rayner received a bachelor of fine arts in 1986,
as a commercial art major with an emphasis in
She has 17 years of experience, and her work has
been featured in a number of anatomy textbooks
utilized by medical students throughout the
Her work has also been featured in The Wall
Street Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, Parent’s
Magazine, Woman’s Day, Der Spiegel and other
national and international newspapers and
periodicals. Her work also has been used in
medical legal cases.
Rayner has exhibited in galleries in Tennessee,
Kentucky and Mississippi.
She said, “Photography is a way to express
myself and to document what others are doing. I
love people and I think that helps in this