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Pianist Bruce Levingston is set to perform Sept. 22 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the creation of the University of Mississippi Institute for the Arts. Photo by Michael Poliza

Dawn of New Era in the Arts at the University

New institute shines a light on creative arts on campus and beyond SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT Pianist Bruce Levingston and special guest artists will give the first performance in celebration of the University of Mississippi Institute for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 22) in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the […]

UM alumni and faculty receiving 2022 awards from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters are (top, from left) Scott Barretta, William Dunlap and Bill Ellison, and (bottom) Ralph Eubanks, Kenneth Holditch and Joshua Nguyen.

Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Honors UM Alumni, Faculty

Six with UM ties among 2022 award winners JUNE 9, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters is honoring several University of Mississippi alumni and faculty members as part of its annual awards to accomplished individuals in various creative fields. UM alumni and faculty receiving 2022 awards from the MIAL are […]

Virginia Rougon Chavis

Chavis, Simmons Receive Provost’s Office Promotions

New associate, assistant provosts eager to help faculty serve students AUGUST 4, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Two University of Mississippi community members have been promoted to executive positions in the Office of the Provost. Virginia Rougon Chavis and Jennifer Simmons have been named associate provost and assistant provost, respectively. They will assist Noel Wilkin, […]

Virginia Chavis

Chavis Learned by Waiting Tables

UM acting associate provost and art professor shares lessons from lifetime journey of learning March 10, 2022 By Michael Newsom Just before the keynote address for the University of Mississippi‘s Graduate Student Council’s Research and Creative Achievement Symposium, Virginia Rougon Chavis shared her story of battling dyslexia and the lessons she learned through waiting tables. Chavis, […]

Goulet Siblings

The University Is Part of the Family

Four Goulet siblings and two parents spend time together at Ole Miss January 12, 2022 By JB Clark Yazmin Goulet’s transcript shows she stayed at the University of Mississippi an extra semester to add a minor to her already impressive resume, but the real reason is this: It’s not every day you get to go to college […]

Alumnus Vitus Shell (MFA art 08) is Louisianian of the Year for 2022.

UM Alumnus Is Louisianian of the Year

JANUARY 11, 2022 Artist Vitus Shell (MFA studio art 08) is on the cover of Louisiana Life Magazine’s January/February issue as Louisianian of the Year. The mixed-media collage painter from Monroe, a visiting assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University, was selected for being a stand out in his profession who gives back and represents what’s […]

Andreas Klein

Classical Pianist, Swiss Photographer Team Up for Ford Center Show

Andreas Klein and Andreas Rentsch also to conduct master class, talk with UM music, art students October 31, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith   Part of the Artists Series, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. During the first half, Klein will play a Bach partita, a Chopin ballade and a sonata by Beethoven, all enhanced […]

Robrecus Toles, a doctoral student, catalogs materials related to M.B. Mayfield

UM, Ecru Partners Working to Tell Story of M.B. Mayfield

Archival partnership helps shine light on one of university’s first Black students, acclaimed folk artist October 4, 2021 by Abigail Meisel Tucked away in a broom closet within a University of Mississippi classroom, M.B. Mayfield earned a fine arts education in the 1950s the only way he could at the time. A folk artist, the Ecru […]

Alumnus Oscar Pope

Late Alumnus Awarded 2021 UM Outstanding Internship Experience Partner

Oscar Pope honored for his mentorship of Ole Miss students October 3, 2021 by Pam Starling Being a part of the Ole Miss family can mean many things, but many people say it’s about the network of people who understand how special the University of Mississippi is to those who have experienced it. Countless alumni report traveling […]

A slice of City Grocery’s chocolate cheesecake is served on a plate designed by UM senior ceramics student Alex Wu.

Ceramics Students Showcased at Oxford City Grocery

Student artists contributed original crafts in collaboration with local restaurant September 24, 2021 BY Edwin B. Smith Last fall, one of University of Mississippi ceramics professor Matt Long’s students suggested a collaboration with City Grocery, an iconic Oxford restaurant, to combine handmade objects with handmade food. Recently, that suggestion became a unique and memorable partnership. “Last spring, we began a […]