Sunday, December 4, 2011

Annual Pottery and Art Sale

  • 3D Arts Studio, USM Campus on West 4th Street, 2905 West 4th Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39406

  • Friday, December 9 from noon to 6:00 PM
    Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Fantastic art and pottery from students of the 3D Arts Program and the USM Sculpture Guild of the University of Southern Mississippi. Functional ceramics, sculpture, drawings, photographs, all for sale at great prices. Super deals for holiday gifts! Come out and support USM Art students in a festive a creative event! We accept cash and local checks with proper ID.
  • Monday, November 7, 2011

    Cool Video

    USM Alum Brian Nettles.

    A short film about his pottery down on the Gulf Coast.

    Well done Brian!

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Stuff to Look At

    Student scholarship opportunity from Design Sponge!! 

    Exhibition opportunity from 621 Gallery in Tallahassee Florida!

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Random Image

    Throwing off the hump.

    How productive were you today?

    From Jaipur in Rajasthan India, Getty Images

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    A Great Fall Art Walk!

    It was a beautiful fall evening in Hattiesburg and I am sure the weather and the great art brought out the large crowds. There were so many good things to see, lots of beer to drink and delicious food to chow on. Did I mention the great art?

    The USM Sculpture Guild and Kyle Goddard did a fabulous job putting together an art show in the raw space of a beautiful old abandoned downtown building. The work was well done, the show really looked professional and the students did a great job with refreshments and snacks. I am so proud of them!

    Here is link to an Article in the Hattiesburg American-

    You can find the USM Sculpture Guild on Facebook.

    Here are a few pics from the show.

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Cold Metal!

    Kerry Pinkerton's three-day visiting artist gig was a great success. A bunch of folks showed up for the Tuesday evening lecture and stayed late to talk metal shaping and tool making. Kerry has so much to share and his willingness to spend time with folks really impressed the students.

     The next two days were filled with lots of cool techniques and tricks. Several of the students as well as James and Chris really kept Kerry busy and it was a pleasure to see all the creative activity going on in the shop. I think we have several budding metal shapers and over the next year or so will work to build our tool box so we can have Kerry back again for a proper Metal Shaping 101 class.

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Another show to Enter!

    Student Competition for outdoor sculpture- $3000 prize!

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Welcome Back Students!

    It's going to be a great year! Kerry Pinkerton will be here October 4-6 doing a workshop on cold metal forming and will have a public lecture and demo, Tuesday, October 4, at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited and it's free!

    More info will come out soon about the activities for the workshop.

    Check out this show-
    for an excellent opportunity to enter work for a big regional competition.

    More later!

    Saturday, July 30, 2011

    The New Semester Shaping Up

    In less than a month we will be back at work for the fall 2011 semester. It will be a busy year. The Department had an extraordinary number of faculty losses due to retirements and budget cuts over the last year and we have finally received permission to look for several new one-year visiting  positions; art history, two in graphic design, a museum director, and foundations. I think most are taken care of and soon the foundations position will be decided. A few of these positions will go tenure-track next year. That means in the fall and spring the faculty will be busy with positions searches. Lots of work but this is very good for the department. 

    We are still having lots of new students coming into the department in general and this means very full classes. I think both the beginning classes in ceramics and sculpture are closed. A seat opens up every now and again but is filled pretty much within an hour. Most of the foundation courses are over full and it doesn't look like any new sections will be added. Crazy times!

    Over here in sculpture we have some exciting plans for the semester. The best is a new piece of equipment we are getting for the metal shop an English wheel from Imperial Wheeling Machines
    The Crown Imperial

    Close up of the anvil.

    Our friend Kerry Pinkerton designs and builds them and he is right in the Huntsville, AL area. Not only will he personally deliver it and give James and I some one-on-one lessons, we also have him coming back in early October to do a two-day clinic. Kerry is well know for his work in metal shaping and for his professional instructional DVD Metal Shaping 101. Check back here in a few weeks to hear more about his visit and the events planed for October.

    Thursday, June 30, 2011

    Summer Session Work

    Gosh I am a bit behind in posting. It has been one crazy busy summer so far. Well the one month ceramics summer studio intensive fihished yesterday with some great work. So Exciting! All the students worked hard and everyone participated in firing, glaze formulation, and clay making. It's such a good experience for all students to be a part of, here are a bunch of images.

    Yay! For a great summer class. I'll see everyone back again in mid August!

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    Pottery and Art Sale

    The Annual Spring
    Pottery and Art Sale
    Friday, May 6, from noon to 6:00 PM
    Saturday, May 7, from 9:00 AM to 3:000 PM
    at the
    3D Arts Building, 2905 West 4th Street, Hattiesburg.

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Sculpture Guild Cup Drive!

    The USM Sculpture Guild is hosting a cup drive on April 30th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. This fundraiser supports the student club and helps to provide funds for trips to conferences and professional meetings.

    Buy a handmade art cup and get a free margarita!!! After that all margaritas are only $2!!! What a deal!

    Cup drive will be at Caliente Grille on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg.

    So come on by, buy an art cup, drink some margaritas (or not) and while your at it have a bite to eat, all the while supporting the great students of the USM Sculpture guild!

    Have You Seen the Senior Show?

    Don't miss it. Crista Nelson, our only sculpture graduate this semester has an amazing group of works!  There are also some exceptional works in painting and graphics. It comes down in few weeks so get your butts over to the USM Museum of Art to view the show!

    Works by artist Crista Nelson, 2011

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    More Scholarships, Open House, and Student Blogs

    The second round of scholarships, these are for fall semester, will be happening soon. The date for review of portfolios is April 18th. More info and applications are forthcoming so this is just advanced notice to get you portfolios ready and get your images done! Don't be a sloth, there is over $20,000 up for grabs!

    Open House is this Friday, April 8th. We will be doing a good spiff up of the studios for this event and will be giving tours throughout the day on Friday. Also, we have an evaluator (Susan Russo) from NASAD coming the next week, April 10- 12 and she will be having some meetings to talk with students, faculty and to look at our facilities, please be prepared to lend a hand in these two events in anyway you can!

    Take a look at our great student blogs in the side bar. Writing and producing a blog page is free and a great way to get your ideas and work out into the public. Blogger also has the ability to link up with your Face Book page so every time you write a new post the information is made available to a wide group of folks. Check out how easy it is to do one at . If you get one going and you want to have it posted here, let me know and I'll review it and get it connected with our page. Of course we want art related content, but blogs can be used for any number of ideas you might have. Check it out, just don't forget to "follow" this blog when you do.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    The Annual USM Student Show Art

    Sculpture By Holly Loyd
    The Annual USM Student Art Show will have it's opening reception and awards presentation on Tuesday, March 29. The festivities start with a lecture by renowned artist William Dunlap at 6:00 PM in Bennett Auditorium. Afterward we move to the Museum of Art for the awards presentation and reception. The entire event is open and free to the public.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    A Good Show to Enter

    Jersey Shore Clay National, 2011

    Organized by the M.T. Burton Gallery.

    For functional and sculptural work, low fee, only $25 for three entries. Deadline is May 1st, 2011.

    Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Scholarships and Annual Student Show

    Scholarship applications are due Monday (Feb 28) by 5:00 in the Art Office.

    Don't be a fool, get a portfolio together!

    This has been posted for a few weeks now...

    Don't forget to look at the Laurel Arts League Scholarship as well, that's $2000. Again, that's $2000! Click link for application.

    Deadline is April 1, 2011.
    Annual Student Show
    Info from the Museum of Art:
    This year’s Annual Student Show Reception and Awards Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. following a special presentation by nationally recognized Mississippi artist and writer William Dunlap, 6 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.

    All students are encouraged to attend both events, and to enter works in this years student show. We really need high faculty and student participation to make these events a success.

    We will begin accepting student show entries the Monday students get back from spring break. All entries (other than 3D) should be delivered to the museum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, March 14 -16. 3D works will need to be set up in the sculpture building. Works will be juried Thursday and/or Friday, 3/17- 3/18.

    All entries must be ready to hang or install, please! There is simply not enough time for students to take work to have it framed or matted after the selection process; every year this is an issue and routinely creates unnecessary challenges for us to lay out and install the show. All 3D works accepted must be delivered to the museum on Monday, 3/21, unless other arrangements have been agreed upon by the student and museum directors.


    Friday, February 18, 2011

    Ladies Welding Gear!

    It always seems we have to go to extraordinary lenghts to find welding gear that fits. This has alwasy been a drag. Spurred by a lovely pair of specialty ladies gloves one of my students brought to class I decided to do some looking around and found a cool site Weldfabulous that has a great section with gear specially for Women Welders!

    Weldfabulous not only has ladies gear, it has all manner of gear and tools for anyone who loves being in the shop. Check out the wide variety of selections from tools to safety gear.


    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Site to Look at...

    Check out this STORY about Sculpture at Sharon Harlan's website Interior Design Degree. It highlights a number of great sculpture and sculpture related sites and guess what-- we were chosen for the list! It's a great site so check it out and pass it along to friends and colleagues.

    Thanks Sharon!

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    In the Studios This Week...


    Scholarship time is upon us!

    3D students need to get your portfolios together, full instructions are on the scholarship application forms, WHICH ARE AVAILABLE NOW IN THE ART OFFICE right now!

    For 3D work you need a color, printed image of your piece(s), 10 pieces total. Images should be no smaller than 5x7 you can have one main image and one detail. Put both photos on the same page. You can enter 'sets' of work, say you have 4 cups or 4 figures that go as a group, but they must be photographed together. Use the detail image to show a close up of one of the works in the group. Make sure to label the works, medium, size, date, title- refer to the instructions on the application.


    Read the application and it's instructions carefully, the process is different this year!

    DO IT NOW!

    Good luck!

    Friday, February 4, 2011

    Some Places to Find Shows

    There are a ton of art exhibition and competition listings out there on the Internet, all you have to do is search for them, Check out

    Here is a link to an interesting exhibition, FIRED A View of Ceramics

    at Manifest Gallery

    This show is open to all including students and they will publish a catalog (bonus!). Deadlines are approaching fast!

    Some sites like The Art List, have free listings and some pay-for-membership levels as well.

    Also check out- The Art Guide, ArtPerk, Art and Artdeadlines. My favorite is, but you have to pay for the good stuff and I think it's worth it.

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    Sculpture Guild


    This Thursday at 5:00 PM, in the 3D building.

    Everyone invited, come see what it is all about!

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    Museum Opening and Free Money

    Reception at the USM Museum of Art for two new shows!!!

    THURSDAY 1/27 AT 4:00 PM!



    Get a quick $500 for being a poor art student!
    Application send via email to art students but also available at the Art Office in FAB 108.

    They are due on Thursday 1/27!!!!

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Another Semester!

    Welcome 2011! It's going to be a good year I can feel it. Last semester provided some good challenges for many of us and hopefully these new lessons will be put into practice for the new year. It's important to note that these challenges never stop happening and what is so important for an artist to learn is how to COPE! They never go away and managing time and resources is so very important. I am a perfect example for that; I have a fabrication job I am working on right now, and will go right into a commission piece at the same time as I am working on all new work for a show at the end of April. Never mind that I still must teach and run the studios and I have a whole busy life outside of all of this. Several of these projects kind of came up last minute but since I try and be relatively organized I was able to jump on them and provide drawings, plans and models of things literally with a two or three day notice. Get a calendar, or planner book or whatever you need, but build a schedule and stick with it!

    Classes start on January 18th. The studios will not be open officially until this day, so please plan accordingly. Materials and tools can be moved in on or after the 18. Keypad and lock combinations will be given out a few days later when enrollments are settled.

    Please make sure you look at your bank account and remember that you don't get your refunds for a week or so. You will NOT be excused from doing projects and purchasing materials because of refund issues.

    Also remember if you are trying to get into a class that is closed try and get there the first day of class, no professor will let you into a studio class a week after it stared, that's just crazy and it's disrespectful to the faculty member who usually works pretty hard a preparing the first weeks lessons.

    SLOSS is also coming up, April 13-16 (longer for people doing a cupola or taking certain workshops) please make sure you let professors and your employer know NOW that you will be gone. Make sure you save up absences for that week so you don't get docked for being away! SLOSS is amazing and as many of you as possible should try and attend.

    Well that's all for now, see everyone in a week or so! Cheers!