Longtime faculty member, Alex Stelioes-Wills, has been named chair of the Department of Art & Design at Mississippi University for Women.

Alex Stelioes-Wills
Alex Stelioes-Wills

“I appreciate that I am benefiting from the hard work of the two previous chairs: Professor Robert Gibson and Professor Shawn Dickey. The Department of Art & Design is in the strong position that it is because of the efforts of Robert and Shawn,” said Stelioes-Wills.

“I think we should continue what we have been working on for the last 15 years-making an art education that transforms our students into the artists they hope to become.”

The assistant professor of art and director of the Eugenia Summer Gallery has taught at the university since 2003. Stelioes-Wills has taught all levels of painting, drawing and design. In 2023, he developed several new classes including Design 2: Color Theory and the Interdisciplinary Emphasis for BFA Studio Degrees.

As gallery director from 2003-2012, Stelioes-Wills was responsible for organization of the Gallery season as well as the installation and care of the university’s Permanent Collection.

Stelioes-Wills said, “In the next two years, I hope to increase the number of events and activities that bring more community and campus people to the art building. We already do a good job at that (mostly thanks to the leadership of Dr. Joyce in the Galleries), but I think we can do even more.”

Stelioes-Wills currently serves on the university’s Honors Committee and the Department of Art & Design’s Foundation Committee.

He holds an MFA in painting from Indiana University. Stelios-Wills earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and Bachelor of Arts in history from Washington University.

Art and Design at The W is an intimate, dynamic department with a family atmosphere. Students are trained in small classes by professional artists who are passionate about sharing their studio expertise. The W offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts with emphases in ceramics, drawing and painting, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, photography and printmaking.

Learn more at www.muw.edu/art.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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