USM Museum of Art Call for entries: Little Things Matter Sculpture Exhibition – Picayune Item

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Museum of Art has announced a call for nominations for Little Things Matter: National Juried Small-Scale Sculpture Exhibition, with a jury by George Beasley. This exhibition features small-scale sculptures made by artists from across the United States.

Artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit nominations of original works created within the past 5 years. Works on any 3D medium and all forms of figurative, non-figurative, abstract and non-objective sculpture are eligible.

“This exhibition will feature small-scale works and therefore gives us the opportunity to exhibit a wide range and a large number of works,” said Mark Rigsby, museum director and associate professor of art and design. “We hope that it will bring together a rich variety of styles and types of sculpture, from figurative works to abstract and non-objective works, as well as a wide range of three-dimensional media.”

“This is the first year that we have organized a show like this, so we encourage all artists, professionals and students to apply,” he added.

Exhibition juror George Beasley received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1967 and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1970. He then joined the faculty of Georgia State University. . He received the 1st Outstanding Sculpture Educator Award from the International Sculpture Center in 1996. In 2007, he was recognized as “Regent Professor of Fine Arts by the Georgia University System” and is now retired in as “emeritus professor of the regent”.

In addition to his impressive resume, Beasley received the Master’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Midsouth Sculpture Alliance. Its prize list includes 10 individual exhibitions and 94 group exhibitions, including 57 by invitation. His works are present internationally, in 28 large private, corporate and institutional collections.

This is a small-scale sculpture show. Therefore, works to be displayed on plinths should not exceed 10 × 10 inches (WxD) at the base and should not exceed 20 inches, wall and / or ceiling mounted works should not exceed 20 inches in any direction and work must not weigh more than 30 lbs. Up to 3 works can be submitted.

The deadline for the call for applications is September 1, 2021. For more information on eligibility and specifications, visit

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