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    Mississippi College
  Sep 23, 2019
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]


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Randy Miley, Chair
Professor (1999)

Margie Baumann
Assistant Professor (2012)

Mandy Berdami
Assistant Professor (2007)

Stephanie Busbea
Associate Professor (1997)

Steve Cook
Professor (1983)

Ray Gregory
Assistant Professor (2010)

Benjamin Ivey
Assistant Professor (2012)

Randy Jolly
Assistant Professor, Director of Gore Galleries (2008)

Carrie Reeves
Assistant Professor (2010)

Albert Smathers
Associate Professor (2004)

Karlos Taylor
Assistant Professor (2012)

Support Staff

Department of Art

Program Goals


  • To inspire a Christ centered Department,
  • To identify a strategic direction for the Department
  • To improve and maintain facilities and equipment
  • To implement a recruitment plan for the Department
  • To increase student involvement in department events and activities.

The Department supports the mission of Mississippi College by preparing students for life long learning in a Christian environment where Christian ethics and ideals find free exercise as motivating factors in the art experience. Furthermore, it is hope of the Department to acclimate the student to the continuing disciplines and learning processes which are necessary factors in the professions of art and art education. The Department proposes to provide art experiences that are basic to the various applications and directions in the professions of art and art education and provide guidance, instruction, and resources in an effort to bring out the highest potential of each student in his or her chosen area of concentration.


The student desiring to major in Art may pursue the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in StuBachelor of Science in Education, depending upon vocational choice. The balance of art courses needed to complete art major requirements must consist of at least 21 semester hours of art on a junior-senior level. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 21 semester hours of art courses at Mississippi College. It is the policy of the Mississippi College Department of Art to require each student pursuing an interior design Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree to acquire a laptop computer, hardware, and software for processing required course assignments in the classroom and outside of the classroom. The Department of Art will publish on its website annual guidelines for students’ computer laptop needs.

Kenneth M. Quinn Art Library

The Kenneth M. Quinn Art Library, located in Aven Hall 410, contains hundreds of volumes related to artists, art processes, and aesthetics. Students have access to use the library for reading and research. The books were given by numerous donors including Kenneth Quinn, faculty, and alumni. 

Student Organizations

A.I.G.A: The student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA) is a professional organization that seeks to advance graphic design as a respected craft, profession, and vital cultural force. Membership is open to Graphic Design majors.

A.S.I.D.: The student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (A.S.I.D.) is a pre-professional organization emphasizing the aims and standards of the profession while providing upon graduation the benefit of one year associate membership in the national organization. Membership is open to Interior Design majors.

Kappa Pi: The Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity, Delta Beta Chapter, is an honorary fraternity for art majors, faculty, and honorary members. Its purpose is to recognize and honor those who have excelled in the visual arts academically and creatively. Members also are involved with  activities which further the goals of achievement in art and purposes of the Art Department and the University.

Student Chapter NAEA: The student chapter of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) was designed to provide an effective transition from art education preparation to professional practice. Students in this organization pledge to maintain a high standard of quality art education on campus and in the community. Membership is open to all art education majors. The Student Chapter of NAEA is affiliated with both NAEA and the Mississippi Art Education Association (MAEA).

Senior Art Exhibit

All seniors are required to participate in a portfolio art exhibit,

 , following the guidelines set forth by the Department of Art.

Advisory Note

It is of utmost importance that freshmen who plan to major in Art enroll in beginning level art courses such as ART 211 , ART 216 , and ART 212 . An Art major with an emphasis in church-related ministries should include ART 203 , ART 207 , ART 331 , and ART 351 . MUS 125  and MUS 225  are also recommended. Vocational aims in this specialization might include seminary training in church recreation or religious education.

Graduate Degrees

The Art Department offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Education, the Master of Fine Arts and the Master of Arts degrees, the requirements for which are listed in the Graduate Catalog.

Interior Design:

A minor in Interior Design is not available.

Honors Courses

By invitation of the Honors Council; see Honors Program  section of Undergraduate Catalog. 

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