HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM)- Acclaimed landscape artist and Mississippi native, William Dunlap, was in Hattiesburg on Tuesday to welcome Southern Miss's annual student art show.
Dunlap is originally from North Mississippi and still has a studio there, where he works on his paintings in the fall and spring. Tuesday evening at Southern Miss's Bennett Auditorium, Dunlap is giving a presentation on his work and afterwards he will attend the opening reception for the university's student show.
That exhibition is being held at the USM Art Museum and features over two hundred pieces of work from students in the Art and Design Department.
According to Dunlap, "What I'm trying to do as an artist is to make very contemporary works, but to build a bridge between the past and what is going on now into the future. I think a sense of place, which so present in our literature in the south is also available to the visual artist. So that is kind of what I am doing. I am much more influenced by writers than I am other painters."
Dunlap said he is encouraged by the opportunities the art world currently presents to those just entering the field. He said a liberal arts degree will equip students to deal with any problem they may come across.
The free William Dunlap lecture starts at 6PM Tuesday at USM's Bennett Auditorium. At 7PM Tuesday, the opening reception and awards ceremony for the student show begins at the university's Art Museum.