COLUMBUS, Miss. -- The bachelor of fine arts exhibition “80 Cents on the Dollar” celebrates the academic achievements of seven women artists: Kylie Brown, Nikki Campbell, Macy Hicks, De’Ana Magee, Jasmine Reed, Janae Smith and Kelly Brown Thompson.
Despite the gender wage gap referenced in the exhibition title, these artists demonstrate their determination to pursue various artistic careers. The exhibition runs from Thursday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Dec. 14 at the Mississippi University for Women Galleries. The reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5–7 p.m.
Three of the artists have program concentrations in graphic designs: Brown, from Columbus; Smith, from Jackson; and Brown Thompson, from Louisville. Each displays her graphic design portfolio but with her own personal style or additional artwork. Smith’s work, for example, features hand-lettered type and a variety of illustrations. Brown also shows non-objective and processed-based paintings. Thompson includes photographs that convey the sadness of abandoned buildings in the Sturgis and Louisville areas.
Hicks and Reed, both from Columbus, are the ceramicists in the exhibition. Hicks focuses on the human form in her work; she is showing sculptural nude studies as well as figure drawings. Reed concentrates on the hand-built functional object. She explores texture in her ceramics, namely small objects that can be held to tactilely appreciate the surface. Paintings, using similarly techniques to create texture, complete her display.
Magee, from Jackson, is showing her series of six, large-scale, graphite and charcoal portraits. She photographed two students of different races and created this series to explore the nuances of light on different skin tones. The pair of subjects are posed identically to invite comparison.
Art education major Campbell, from Olive Branch, is exhibiting screen prints that suggest the fragile nature of memories. Printed on repurposed materials, her work depicts scenes from the life of her grandparents that happened before she was born. The prints are meant to entice the viewer to interact with the past, however, up close the image appears to dissolve.
The Mississippi University for Women Galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, following the university calendar. The Galleries are located in Summer Hall on The W campus and are free and open to the public.
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Oct. 29, 2018