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Department of Art

Elise Smith
B.A., Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
M.A., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
(601) 974 -1432
Office: AC 323

Professor of Art History, Sanderson Chair in Arts & Sciences, & Chair of the Art Department

Elise Smith is the art historian at Millsaps, teaching a variety of period courses as well as more specialized topics. Her dissertation examined 16th-century Northern European artist Lucas van Leyden, and recently her research interests have shifted to 19th-century Victorian painting as well as women and garden imagery in English art and literature from 1750-1950. She published a book in 2002 on the female Pre-Raphaelite artist: Evelyn Pickering De Morgan and the Allegorical Body. In 2011 Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England's Disciples of Flora, 1780 - 1870, co-authored with Judith Page (English Department, University of Florida), was published by Cambridge University Press.

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Dr. Elise Smith

Sandra Murchison 
B.F.A., Alfred University, Alfred, New York
M.F.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
(601) 974-1431
Office: AC 321

Professor of Studio Art

Sandra Murchison teaches Printmaking, Painting, Drawing and contemporary special topic courses. She will exhibit her mixed media pieces about the Mississippi Blues Trail historical markers at several solo exhibitions including Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and Nichols State University in Louisiana. She has had solo shows at such places as Delta State University, Fischer Galleries, Loyola University, Rockhurst University and the Cottonlandia Museum. Sandra has been a visiting artist at the Appalachian State University, Lawrence University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, UTK, LSU, and UW at Madison. She has been granted several artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and most recently at Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat in Pennsylvania. She regularly exhibits her work nationally and internationally. SGC, International, a printmaking organization, has invited Sandra to serve as their Archives Liaison to the Board. In addition, Sandra curated two exchange portfolios and traveling exhibitions entitled White Elephant and Red Herring for the 2009 and 2007 SGCI conferences. Red Herring is now in the permanent collection of the Center for Book Arts in NYC. Sandra has taught a print and book arts workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and at the Southwest School of Art and Craft. She is represented by Fischer Galleries in Jackson, Mississippi and Guy Lyman Fine Arts in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Sandra Murchison

Monica Jovanovich-Kelley
B.A., University of Redlands
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Office: AC 331​

Monica is an art historian whose research focuses on notions of urbanism, public space, depictions of labor, civic imagery and the corporate sponsorship of public art in the United States. Her dissertation, Power and Patronage: Public Art and Corporate Mural Commissions in Los Angeles, 1928-1935, and subsequent article The Apotheosis of Power: Corporate Mural Commissions in Los Angeles during the 1930s, Public Art Dialogue (Spring, 2014) explore the use of corporate mural commissions as a tool to respond to Depression Era criticism through the intertwining of local and corporate histories. Monica is also co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Incorporating Culture: Corporate Patronage of Art and Architecture in the United States. From 2007 to 2014, Monica was the Managing Director of the Haudenschild Garage, a non-profit alternative art space and contemporary art collection in San Diego.


Monica Jovanovich-Kelley
Kristen Tordella-Williams
B.F.A., University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
M.F.A., Alfred University
Office: AC 322

Kristen works across media exploring imagery and sculpture generated from the performative process. She uses performance and sculpture to investigate issues of labor, identity, gender, and memory using an array of material commonly found at hardware stores, supermarkets and recycling bins. Raised in Massachusetts, Kristen received her B.F.A in sculpture from UMass Dartmouth. She completed her M.F.A concentrating in Sculpture and Dimensional Studies from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been a visiting artist at Salem Art Works, Franconia Sculpture Park, and Coles Foundry in Shaftesbury, England, and was also on the documentary crew for the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art.
Kristen Tordella-Williams