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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: Matthew Holl mholl45@gmail.com
View past seasons in the Lewis Art Gallery Archives

Spring 2015

January 12th – February 20th
National Juried Book Arts Show co-sponsored by Purple Word Center for Book & Paper Arts– Come investigate the book as an art form in this collection of works by 20 different artists from around the country.   

Bookends Best of Show Artist Talk
Friday, January 23rd, 2pm
Nicole Pietrantoni, Best of Show - Join the Bookends Best of Show winner Nicole Pietrantoni as she talks about her work and her process as an artist.

Millsaps Student Exhibition
March 4th – April 8th
This juried show represents crème de la crème of our own Millsaps students’ artwork, giving you an opportunity to see their incredible creative achievements.

Millsaps Student Exhibition Gallery Talk
March 6th, 2pm 
Listen to local artist Jerrod Partridge as he discusses the process of selecting works for the Student Exhibition and the selection of Best of Show. <>

Senior Show
April 17th – May 9th
Join us in celebrating the culminating event of our Senior Art students Kati Trautschz and Brittnei Earl as they exhibit their thesis work.

Senior Gallery Talks in Lewis Art Gallery
April 17th, 2pm
Join our Senior Art Students as they discuss their work and their journey to this exhibition.

If you have any questions about the Lewis Art Gallery schedule this spring, please forward them to our Gallery Director Matthew Holl at mholl45@gmail.com


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.