USM hosts outdoor art exhibit

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Five internationally known artists have been chosen to display their outdoor sculptures on the University of Southern Mississippi's campus.

The first piece was installed Monday and the latest on Thursday.

The outdoor sculptures will remain on campus through February of 2016 for students and the community to enjoy.

The artists will come from all over the country to install their pieces, speak with students and give lectures.

Carl Billingsley, an artist from North Carolina, is a contributor to the outdoor exhibit. He says that these sort of exhibits are not only for the students but also for the general public.

"This is like most university campuses, the campus is open to the public to come and visit and come for events and things like that, so anybody can come and find, they're located in accessible places outside, even if the buildings are closed, you can still come see the sculptures." Billingsley said, " So very often, what we're doing is kind of like a barn raising, you know? Once sculptor working alone is gonna take a long time but several sculptors coming together, you can see the dust fly."

"This will be a great opportunity for folks to meet and talk to the actual artists and experience a unique arts engagement opportunity," said Jennifer Torres, Art and Design professor at USM.