Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Tasha Tudor Exhibit Opening in October

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature 130 original works of art by award winning illustrator, Tasha Tudor, at an exhibit from October through December at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. These pieces are part of a traveling exhibit organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

The exhibit, entitled Tasha Tudor: Around the Year, commemorates 100 years of Tasha Tudor and will include original paintings, books, cards and calendars, studies, manuscripts, doll cards and letters, and ephemera, artifacts including hand-painted goose eggs and hand-decorated floral box. The exhibit illuminates the changing seasons and special celebrations with outstanding, rarely seen examples of this beloved author and illustrator’s original art for children’s books and greeting cards highlighting the holidays, including Christmas, a favorite of Tudor’s.

“Rarely do we have a world class exhibit, such as Tasha Tudor: Around the Year, come to Hattiesburg. Through the generosity of the C.E. and S. Foundation and the Norman Rockwell Museum, we are able to recognize the centenary of one of America’s most significant illustrators. Those who view the exhibit will have an opportunity to purchase one of a kind Christmas cards as well as books and prints. We look forward to celebrating the work of Tasha Tudor,” said Ellen Ruffin, de Grummond Curator.

The de Grummond Collection has events scheduled throughout the exhibition that include a symposium in October, a luncheon in November, and a tea in conjunction with the Victorian Candlelight Christmas in downtown Hattiesburg. Notable Tasha Tudor scholars, Jeanette Chandler Knazek and John Hare, will be featured presenters at the October symposium as well as Marjorie Tudor, Tasha Tudor’s daughter-in-law.

Knazek has enjoyed Tasha Tudor’s writings and illustrations for over 50 years and has been a consultant for Tasha Tudor exhibitions organized by major museums in the United States and the United Kingdom. The author of many published articles about Tudor's artistry and life, Knazek also co-curated the traveling exhibit.

John Hare, creator of the Tasha Tudor Bibliography Collection, has spent 25 years assembling books, illustrations, photographs and manuscripts that encompass Tudor’s contribution to the genre of children’s literature. The collection now contains more than 1,500 books and 1,500 other items exhibiting Tudor’s art and writings.

Tasha Tudor (August 28, 1915-June 18, 2008) is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938. She illustrated nearly one hundred books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville Christmas.  She received many awards and honors, including Caldecott Honors for Mother Goose and 1 is One. Many of her books are printed in foreign languages and distributed around the world.  She also created thousand of Christmas cards, Advent calendars, valentines, posters, and other works throughout her 70-year career.  

To view the event schedule and to register for the events, click here

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Exhibit: Children’s Art Exhibition Marks 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina A stirring collection of artwork, “Drawing on Katrina: Mississippi Children Respond to the Storm” was first assembled in the summer of 2006 and featured approximately 300 works of art from local school children in kindergarten through the fifth grade. Thirty-two of those works have been chosen from the original collection and comprise the 10th anniversary exhibit, Gulf Coast edition, which can be viewed August 21 - August 31 in the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park. A reception, which is open to the public, is scheduled for August 24 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Following Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005, the Exhibitions Committee for the University’s Museum of Art (currently the Gallery of Art and Design) began organizing an exhibit of artwork created by children as a venue for expression and healing. By the summer of 2006, hundreds of works were featured in the original exhibit.

“The Katrina storm shook Mississippians young and old to the core, leaving many numb. The art of children can be so honest and direct, and so full of love; it can cut through barriers we sometimes construct to keep difficult emotions from surfacing. I felt a show of children's art about Katrina could bring forth solace, catharsis, even joy—in spite of the horror and raw reality of the subject matter,” Gorzegno said.

Gorzegno added that another healing aspect of this project was the bringing together of people at a time when many were displaced from their homes and communities, in order to create this art exhibition and share the remarkable insights and bravery of young Mississippians.

Museum director Mark Rigsby says the committee felt it was important to create an archive of such a powerful and historically significant body of work. “Hurricane Katrina was devastating to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and was a traumatic experience for communities and families throughout the southern half of the state,” Rigsby said. He added that the visual arts, most specifically drawing and painting, provide a direct means to express that which may be difficult to communicate with words.

“Children truly have a natural ability to capture an experience and convey it with art. While many of the works do convey the terrible experience of the storm and its aftermath, others depict a community working together to rescue, recover and rebuild,” Rigsby said. “There are images of people being airlifted to safety, ice and water delivery trucks, emergency response crews and construction workers and people working together to repair the roofs of damaged homes.”

Organizers feel the anniversary gives us an opportunity to reflect on ourselves, our communities, our families and friends, and the truly important things in our lives. It is hoped that some of the artists will be able to visit the show and attend the reception on August 24.

The collection is available for research purposes and is also available for loan to qualified exhibition venues. For more information, contact the Museum of Art by emailing For information on the Gulf Coast Library exhibit and reception, please contact or call 228-214-3450.


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Exhibit: The Realist Art of Daniel Gurneck Daniel Gurneck, quite simply, loves to paint. His works include a wide range of subjects from ships to portraits to pop art and more. He most enjoys painting portraits of people and the faces that he paints reflect their humanness. Daniel’s current media are acrylic, pen and ink, and pencil. No matter the medium or the subject, the art and talents of Daniel Gurneck are undeniably real.

A student of the late Zel McMath, of Pass Christian, Gurneck continued his studies at the University of South-ern Mississippi. Now retired, he worked for a while in the oil industry where he received a commission to paint a commemorative image for the merger of the Gulf and Chevron Oil Companies.

Gurneck’s works have been displayed at art fairs in Ocean Springs, Long Beach, Bay St. Louis, and Pascagoula and he is a member of the Pass Christian Art Association, The Hancock County Art Association, and the Gulf Coast Art Cooperative in Bay St. Louis.

“The old cliché goes, art is a collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does the better.” Gurneck said of his art, “So it is true, painting is a gift given to me and the on-looker.”

On display through October 31, the fascinating exhibit is open to the public during normal library hours on all three floors of the Gulf Coast Library. A reception, also open to the public, is planned for September 10 from 4-6 p. m. Guests are invited to meet Daniel Gurneck and view his work. Refreshments will be served, and selected framed pieces will be for sale. 

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:39:06 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Science Cafe - Beyond Milk Shakes: The Omnipresent and Omnipotent Proteins We all know how important for us to have a daily dose of proteins to be healthy. However, do you know what precisely the protein molecules do in our body? Over 80% of our bodily functions are attributed to proteins, from memory to muscles and health to toxicity, proteins play omnipotent roles in our lives. Join Dr. Vijay Rangachari, on Monday, August 31  in Cook Library Room 123 (LIB 123) at 6 p.m. as he discusses how proteins work and how they both benefit and cause trouble to us at the same time.

Dr. Rangachari, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a biophysical chemist who studies the chemical processes in living organisms, in particular the biophysics of proteins and peptides. He is focused on understanding several different aspects of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide aggregation involved in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). His long-term research goal is to use this knowledge in engineering new treatments that can effectively treat or prevent this disease as well as other neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Spinal muscular atrophy.

The Science Café at Cook Library is an event that highlights interesting, relevant, and current science research. These are an opportunity to participate in lively and engaging conversations about science in a casual, welcoming and informal environment. Each Science Café features a brief presentation (usually given by a scientist) followed by discussion and questions. Science Cafés are free and open to the public. No science background is assumed or required. For more information, contact Tracy Englert, Science and Technology Librarian, at 601.266.6396 or

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:08:21 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
University Libraries Now Scheduling Instruction Sessions August 2015

University Libraries invites course instructors to schedule a class period with a librarian. The library instruction can be scheduled to occur in a library classroom, in your regular classroom or online using Blackboard.

An instruction session with a librarian will teach information literacy skills, expand student understanding of academic sources, and help students to use their time more efficiently to locate appropriate resources. A class visit to the library can also help students to overcome library anxiety. The librarian assigned to teach a class can work with the course instructor to design a lesson tailored to meet the needs of a specific assignment or provide a general introduction to library resources and services. To schedule library instruction for a class, please complete the online form.

You will be asked to provide the day and time of your class along with two preferred dates. At least a week’s advance notice is appreciated. University Libraries looks forward to working with you and your students in support of your research needs.

For additional information, contact the head of public services Tisha Zelner at 601.266.6170 or

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:38:46 -0500 Dawn Smith <>