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Millsaps and Midtown Partners Launch Purple Word Center for Book & Paper Arts

October 22, 2013


Printmaking and bookmaking are the focus of the newly opened Purple Word Center for Book & Paper Arts in the Midtown neighborhood in Jackson.


Professor Sandra Murchison
Millsaps professor of studio art Sandra Murchison is the director and founder of Purple Word


The center, which is located just west of campus at 140 Wesley Ave., operates in affiliation with Midtown Partners, Inc. and Millsaps College. The center specializes in workshops on printmaking, book and paper arts and provides studio access for member artists to create their own work. It will also provide internships for Millsaps students interested in digital arts, museum studies, communication studies, art, education, creative writing and business.

During Homecoming 2013, an open house was held on November 1 at the center. Each visitor had the opportunity to make a blizzard book to hold business cards. A complete schedule of fall workshops is available at www.purpleword.org.


The Purple Word
Books created at the Purple Word


Sandra Murchison, professor of studio art at Millsaps whose own artwork deals with text and imagery from historical markers along the Mississippi Blues Trail, is director and founder of Purple Word.

The center features facilities for monotype and relief printmaking and a bindery for hand bound book and paper arts. It also includes Purple Word Press which publishes and promotes the work of its members.