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Lewis Art Gallery


Lewis Art Gallery, Millsaps College

Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm
The Lewis Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Academic Complex at Millsaps College. The Gallery's "Emerging Space" exhibits new media, film and installation works by artists exploring the limits of their mediums.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Gallery Director: daniel johnson, 601-974-1762, 601-497-7454
View past seasons in the Lewis Art Gallery Archives

Fall 2014

"The Stump Ghosts Call Me Sweetheart" Ming Donkey
August 25 - September 12
Friday, September 12, 3:30pm - Gallery Talk in AC 215 (Reception in Gallery)
Friday, September 12, 7pm - One-man Band Performance from Ming Donkey in Gallery

Ming Donkey

The installation of The Stump Ghosts Call Me Sweetheart belongs to a larger body of work entitled The Continuing Ballad of Franco the Kid. Like its parent work, this installation is narrative, autobiographical, uncanny and intuitive.  it is culled from a secret language developed among animals, nature, and commodity that we know as children and that many of us forget as adults.

Millsaps Faculty Exhibition
"Traversing the Blues Trail" Sandra Murchison
"Excavations" Kristen Tordella-Williams
September 22-October 28
Friday, October 24, 2pm - Gallery Talk in AC 335 (Reception in Gallery)

Sandra Murchison

This is Sandra's sixteenth year at Millsaps College as Professor of Studio Art and the end of her first year as the Director & Founder of Purple Word Center for Book & Paper Arts. She has received numerous teaching and artistic awards, exhibits nationally and internationally and is represented by Guy Lymon Fine Arts in New Orleans. Her work explores the complex history of the Delta by utilizing the text from the Delta region historical markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The mixed media work in this year's faculty show incorporates encaustic painting, collage and laser engravings.

Kristen Tordella-Williams

  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 Alfred University in 2012. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is in the collections of the Center for Book Arts in New York City as well as Scholes Library in Alfred, NY. This show marks Kristen's first semester teaching studio art as an Assistant Professor at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. In this years faculty show, Kristen will be exhibiting digital prints, performance ephemera, and artist books. Her 2-hour video “Grave” will be showing continuously in the Emerging Space projection space accessible through our main gallery.

"B+ (new work and investigations)" - Stephen Coles
November 5-December 17
Friday, November 14, 2pm - Gallery Talk in AC215 (Reception in Gallery)

Stephen Coles

Stephen Coles graduated from Alfred University with an MFA in sculpture in May 2010. Born in the United Kingdom, it was through a series of conferences and symposia based around cast iron art that led Coles, to the United States, and eventually to Alfred University. Having always had a keen interest in creative practices Coles started his artistic career by enrolling in a National Diploma in Fine Art at Arts University College Bournemouth, Bournemouth (UK). This then led to Coles studying his BFA in sculpture at The West Wales School of the Arts, Carmarthen (Wales). It was whilst studying at his BFA that he first came into contact with metal casting, and more importantly, attended the 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron art in Ironbridge (UK) in 2006. This conference instilled an appreciation of cast iron as a material within his own sculpture practice, and furthermore led to his interactions in the United States.


Spring 2014

“Tear Down, Build Up, Tear Down, Build it Up” Jonathan Metzger and Brandon Barr
January 20 – February 7
Lewis Art Gallery and The Emerging Space

Jonathan Metzger
This work explores the space between my father’s work shed and my mother’s kitchen. It is between these two spaces that I find myself, and create an alternative reality. Growing up in a conservative, farming community, within a family of boys. 

Brandon Barr
Brandon Barr is an interdisciplinary artist with an emphasis in digital media. Barr received his MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in Alfred, NY and BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute. Barr has exhibited work internationally including China and Brazil. His recent work explores abstraction in post-cinematic media through sculptures and installations.

Gallery Talk Friday, January 31 2pm AC 335
Reception to follow in the gallery 

“Repetition, Rhythm, and Pattern” a touring show
Featuring: Kim Beck, Megan Cotts, Corey Escoto, Brian Giniewski, Crystal Gregory, Kate McGraw, Anna Mikolay, Helen O’Leary, Alex Paik, and Lilly Zuckerman
February 12 – March 26 Lewis Art Gallery 

This group exhibition revisits the reductive aspects of modernist abstraction and explores its impact in a contemporary context. The ten participating artists critically digest the visual tools of repetition, rhythm and pattern.

Their inquiries into the lineage and fundamentals of abstraction are often infused with a personal and subjective anecdotes. Through rigorous formal investigation, these artists iterate broadly; from wrought family history to slap dash humor. The interjection of this material often repudiates the precedent tones of modernist minimalism. The exhibiting artists approach this work through a variety of media ranging from installation and paintings to glass and ceramic. The visual simplicity echoes against a sincere and pointed investigation of materials, aesthetics, history and context.

Gallery Talk and Reception - March 5th 7pm AC335

Millsaps Student Show
April 4 – April 30 Lewis Art Gallery

An open call exhibition to all Millsaps students. To submit work, email gallery director daniel johnson at johnsda1@millsaps.edu. Show will be juried by local artists.

Submissions due Monday, March 31

Millsaps Senior Show – Katy Birdwell
April 14 - May 5 The Emerging Space

Gallery Talk Friday April 25, 2pm Art History Classroom 335