JCJC’s art gallery features artwork from Coast artists

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2014-10-15 09:24:38

ELLISVILLE – Two Gulf Coast artists will have their artwork on display in Jones County Junior College’s Eula Bass Lewis art gallery for the month of October. Curtis Houston, a JCJC alumnus and Marc Poole are both art instructors at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The JCJC art department will be hosting a reception on Tuesday, October 21, at 1 p.m. giving students and the public the opportunity to learn more about their work on display. The JCJC Art Gallery will also be open during Homecoming Festivities on Saturday, October 18. 
The artwork currently on display encompasses a vast array of art mediums and styles, including ceramic pottery and figure heads, to oil paintings of pop culture, historical figures and coastal landscape views. Both artists are influenced by the coast and their artwork tends to depict their surroundings.
Houston describes his perception of art and his work as the life experiences of the artist. “These experiences shape our perception of the world around us and create a visual narrative for understanding cultural idiosyncrasies. It’s within the context of this visual narrative that I seek to use ceramic vessels, figurative sculpture and selected imagery to provoke thought and reflection on ourselves and within the culture in which we reside. Currently, I’m exploring the juxtaposition of graphics design and ceramics by placing kitsch images on ceramic vessels as well as sculptural forms using handmade and commercial decals.”  
The Mississippi native and graduate of JCJC, USM and the University of Alabama, Houston has taught at Florida State University. He is currently teaching Three Dimensional Art at MGCCC. 
Poole’s oil paintings include a bit of Gulf Coast history. Art patrons will find portraits of Lt. Samuel Keesler who was awarded posthumously, the World War I Victory Medal and the Silver Star Medal on June 3, 1919, for his gallantry and fortitude as a Prisoner of War. Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi was named after Lt. Keesler.
The art instructor at MGCCC’s Jackson County campus also has on display, aircraft, cars, historical figures and places, as well as pop culture items of interest. Poole earned his BA in graphic design and MFA in electronic visualization from Mississippi State University. Between his teaching experiences at MSU, William Carey and MGCCC, Poole spent two years as the multimedia designer for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, MS. 
While freelancing, he has created commissioned works for clients such as Mercedes-Benz USI, Bryan Foods Inc., MSU, Beau Rivage, and Sunbelt Energy. He has been an Artist Member of the American Society of Aviation Artists since 2001, and his work has been included in the collection of the U.S. Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. 
                                                                                                                                                                   For more information about the JCJC art show contact the gallery at 601-477-4148 or visit the gallery which is normally open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The gallery is closed for lunch daily from 11:30 until noon. 


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