Southern Miss Graphic Design Professor Selected As Top Artist for 2014

Southern Miss Graphic Design Professor Selected As Top Artist for 2014

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

Graphic design students at The University of Southern Mississippi are learning their craft from one of the best in the country.

According to Creative Quarterly, a prestigious journal recognizing excellence in art, graphic design, illustration and photography, Professor John Mark Lawler was selected to its "100 Best Annual for 2014" list. His imaginative and creative works were recognized in the categories of "2014 Top 25: Fine Art" and "2014 Top 25: Photography."

Lawler admits to being his own "worst critic," like most other artists and did not expect such an honor, but is pleased his work has been nationally recognized by the esteemed Creative Quarterly.

"This makes me want to create more," Lawler said. "I'm proud of it and I'm really excited people appreciate my work and think highly enough of it to grant me this type of honor."

His next project is in conjunction with other works he has been creating—collage pieces using historical photographs. Much of Lawler's work deals with memory and personal growth.

Last month, Lawler's most recent exhibit "Photographs from a Pilgrim's Perspective" was featured in the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building. His exhibit primarily featured photography, but also included a video component showcasing the pilgrims giving his or her story and discussing their reasons for embarking on the voyage on the Camino de Santiago. Visit Lawler's site, which features photographs from the exhibit at

For more information about upcoming events in the College of Arts and Letters, of which the Department of Art and Design is a part, visit