Melanie Atkinson
Raymond Campus
Department Chair, Painting, & Drawing
Marie Hull Art Gallery Director

AA - Hinds Community College
BFA - Delta State University
MFA - West Texas A & M University

Paula L. Duren
Raymond Campus
Design, Drawing, Painting, & Art History
BFA (Art Education) - The University of Southern Mississippi
MA (Studio Painting) - Mississippi College

"I have always created things.  Not necessarily out of need for the object, mostly because of the joy it brings me. I paint landscapes and still life.  I love oil and watercolor paints for their extreme and opposite properties. It took me 20 years to figure out that Drawing and Painting are sisters. Color, Value and Texture draws me to the subject. My art is all consuming of me - I get lost in it, time passes, & communicate mood and emotions. My work seems to be active, involved & crowded. I love nature and I am more excited about the 'oldness' (life) of things rather than the newness. My hope is that I can inspire students to explore, concentrate & focus, then open their eyes and minds the possibilities before them."

Sarah Teasley
Raymond Campus
Ceramics & Computer Arts
BFA - Delta State University 
MFA - The University of Mississippi 

"Throughout history we have anthropomorphized animals, making them the narrators and subjects of stories in order to teach our children right from wrong. From Pre-Columbian pottery to African masks to A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, animals have served to teach laudable characteristics, such as empathy, dignity, honesty, and courage, while warning against deplorable attributes like greed, arrogance, and sloth.  I associate animal characteristics with particular people based on their temperament and physical appearance; so, I make drawings of animals on sculptures and pottery about our relationships and the people we know.

Creating sculpture permits me to explore ideas about relationships, communication, and false pretenses without the constraints placed on functional pottery. I can cover a sculpture in graffiti, glaze, and wax, literally adding layers of meaning so that understanding only develops with examination and reflection. For example it is easy enough to recognize that I use birds as messengers, but what are they saying? Are they telling us to pay more attention to the people we care about, or could they be gossiping about what we are wearing?

Pottery differs from sculpture because its utility generates a more intimate and universal connection. The drawings I create on pots are about lines and surfaces that invite touch. I think about how a cup fits your hand, the way a rim caresses your lip, or how the volume of a bowl offers comfort. I want my pots to become welcome guests at the table, companions that provide beauty and levity throughout the day.

I use animals because they enable us to transcend boundaries, diffusing tension with humor and honesty. My ultimate goal is to create work that engages the viewer by prompting questions about the importance of societal expectations, how our actions affect the community and the world at large, and what we will leave behind?"

Randy Minton
Raymond Campus - Photography & Drawing
Utica Campus - Photojournalism
601.857.3428, Raymond; 601.885.7126, Utica
BFA - Delta State University
MA - Mississippi College

"I feel my work reflects my love for the outdoors - landscapes bathed in bright light and strong shadows. Shadows, ranging from realistic in appearance to a more simplified interpretation, add shapes to the compositions. My technique is much like my composition, working in the way I feel the subject should be expressed. It ranges from realism to a looser, more impressionistic and expressive manner, focusing the attention on shapes, figures, and sometimes detailed objects found in the 'Southern landscape."