Fall Show opens Saturday, October 23 - Deanna Douglas to judge...
The Vicksburg Art Association's Twenty-fourth Annual Mississippi Exhibition will open Saturday October 23 at 8 PM at the Firehouse Gallery. The public is invited.
Best-in-Show will be awarded $500. Ribbons will be awarded to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mentions in each category according to the discretion of the judge.
The judge for this year's show is Deanna Douglas of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Deanna was born in Illinois but raised on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. She received a B.F.A. in commercial art from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.F.A. in design from the University of Mississippi.
She taught for eighteen years at Mississippi State University where she was Professor of Art and also in Oregon and Georgia. While at Mississippi State she was selected as the outstanding undergraduate teacher in 1990 and served as the 1985 graduation commencement marshall which is also based on outstanding undergraduate teaching.
Douglas is presently Associate Professor of Art at the University of Southern Mississippi where she teaches graphic design.
Her work has been in over 79 national juried exhibitions since 1973 with work being shown at such museums and galleries as the Bibliotheque nationale in Paris, the Tampa Museum of Art, Parkersburg Art Center in West Virginia, The El Paso Museum of Art, the Arkansas Art Center, the Montgomery Art Center in West Palm Beach and the Lancaster Museum in Lancaster, California.
About her own work Deanna said, "my work is a mixture of techniques used in graphic design and fine arts. I've never seen a conflict in these two areas, but rather a blending that offers each a wider range of possibilities. With this background it follows that I would work in a variety of media."
Purchase awards are being pledged by individuals, businesses and organizations in the community. Approximately 20 were awarded last year.