The University of Southern Mississippi National Juried Painting Exhibition is a biennial exhibition featuring the best in contemporary painting. The exhibition was made possible in part through a grant from Partners for the Arts.
This year, 732 total entries were submitted by artists from across the country. 55 paintings were selected for this year's exhibition, by juror and guest artist, Susan Palmisano.
Palmisano commented, "In making selections, I looked for work that was both technically strong and conceptually challenging. I also looked for work to represent a variety of styles, techniques, and visions, including those that challenge the boundaries of the painting discipline or others that excel within the confines of tradition. The resulting exhibition brings together a chorus of rich and varied artistic voices, representative of today’s painting practice."
Participating artists include Meg Aubrey, Sarah Bielski, Heidi Brueckner, Liza Butts, Gary Chapman, Constance Culpepper, Alejandro Estrada, Kari Friestad, Cassie Gnehm, Jeanette Hammerstein, Samantha Haring, Gregory Hennen, Zach Horn, Vincent Hron, Teresa Jarzynski, Karen Kirshner, Justyna Kisielewicz, Alvaro Labanino, Diane Lorio, Kim Manfredi, John Markowitz, Andrew Martin, Lib Mason, Robert Matejcek, Anat Michaeli, Rachel Mindrup, Benjamin Murphy, Katie Murphy, John Nativio, Lindsay Overbey, Thomas Pickarski, Justin Price, Alan Paine Radebaugh, Eric Robinson, Kimberly Rodey, Sachi Rome, Martina Sciolino, Hannah Shipley, Derek Covington Smith, Carolyn Springer, Anne Stagg, Susan Stevens, Jason Stout, Wanda Sullivan, Caitlyn Swift, Laurence Unger, Jason Valdez, Gregory Wilkin, Jammie Williams, Erin Wohletz, Donna Wolfe, and Yingde Wu.
The exhibition opens September 9 and runs through October 1, in the Gallery of Art & Design, George Hurst. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.
An awards ceremony and lecture presentation by Susan Palmisano, will be hosted virtually through Zoom, on September 30, beginning at 7 p.m. A link to the Zoom presentation can be found at usm.edu/spva.
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The Little Yellow Building is the creative art studio of Mississippi artist Derek Covington Smith. TLYB was established in 2018 to help grow and promote visual art in the state through opportunity, exposure, and education.