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Department of Art


Dr. Elise SmithElise 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
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. Sandra MurchisonSandra 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 & Chair of the Art Department
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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Brandon BarrBrandon Barr
B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
M.F.A., Electronic Integrated Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Office: AC 322

Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art
Brandon is an interdisciplinary artist and a post-digital realist. Most of his work explores materiality within digital technology, with a recent focus on abstraction in post-cinematic media. In 2011 he had a two-person show titled "Dual Singularity" at Urban Culture Projects Gallery in Kansas City, and he has also exhibited his work internationally, including in China and Brazil.

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Jonathan MetzgerJonathan Metzger
B.F.A., Printmaking, Viterbo University
M.F.A., Printmaking, University of Kansas
Office: AC 331

Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art
Jonathan Metzger teaches drawing, printmaking, and painting. He is an artist working with multiple media, interested in questioning masculine identity within the American cultural landscape. Metzger's work explores the space between his father's work shed and his mother's kitchen. Growing up on a farm in Minnesota, Metzger pulls from his childhood experiences to playfully question gender roles and the tools and implements he was surrounded with in a socially and economically conservative environment.

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Art Staff

daniel johnsondaniel johnson
B.A., Millsaps College, Jackson, MS
(601) 497-7454
Office: AC 326

Director, Lewis Art Gallery and Emerging Space
daniel johnson is an artist working in the field of relational aesthetics, motivating community action through interactive game play in unique works such as the Midtown Debris Organization, The Westinghouse Refrigerator Project and Mr. Muddle's Council of Suggestion. Aside from running the Lewis Art Gallery, johnson manages the slip casting at Wolfe Fine Art Studio in Jackson and is the lead facilitator/communicator for the international community art work Cocoon led by New York artist Kate Browne. He also hatches plots of community empowerment from TurnUp Studios in the Midtown neighborhood bordering the Millsaps College campus.

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