Two Mississippi State art students accepted to international online exhibition

Hanna Bewley's artwork - book with tree coming out of center made out of what looks like paper from the book
Hanna Bewley's “Growing in Knowledge” | Mixed Media - Dictionary, old book pages, wire, clay | 14 x 15 x 10
closeup of Hanna Bewley's artwork from above - book with swing made out of pages froma book
Close-up view of Hanna Bewley's “Growing in Knowledge”
Mecca Givens's artwork - Intaglio print of women gathered
Mecca Givens's "Us" | Intaglio print, monoprint combination print, thread, colored pencils, ink | 13 x 15

Two seniors in the Department of Art at Mississippi State have been selected for The In Art Gallery's July show, "A Works on Paper Exhibition."

Hanna R. Bewley of Dallas, Texas, and Mecca S. Givens of Richland are part of the online international exhibit juried by Professor Elisa Jensen.

The In Art Gallery is a "resource for artists in all ranges of careers to have a platform for exhibiting artwork and reaching a global audience."

Bewley's accepted work, “Growing in Knowledge," is a mixed-media piece using a dictionary, old book pages, wire and clay. The work was completed in Visiting Assistant Professor Sophie Glenn's ART 2403 Sculpture Survey course.

"When I think of art, I think of a way to connect with people. It is a way to evoke emotion without having to say a word. No matter what background or experience someone may have, anyone can understand art in his or her own way. I love doing things for people and seeing the expressions of appreciation and love on their faces. I have a special place in my heart for creating works of art that involve people. There is something special about capturing a person on paper and telling a story through his or her eyes and expression. There is something so powerful about a pencil and paper - together, they unlock a whole new world."

Givens's "Us" is an intaglio and monoprint combination using thread, colored pencils and ink. Her work was completed in Professor Linda Seckinger's Art 3303 Printmaking II course.

"In truth, my work isn’t governed by a specific theme or concept. Rather, they're pieces inspired by the small details of everyday life. Whether it’s glancing over an old piece, finding a forgotten childhood photo, reading through news articles, or simply discovering my new muse on Pinterest."

Mississippi State's Department of Art offers concentrations in fine art (drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking and sculpture), graphic design and photography.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.