Marie Hull Exhibition & Society for the Arts

Preparations for the Marie Hull exhibition have been completed. The artwork was installed on Monday, May 9th for the opening of the exhibit on Friday, May 20th. An “invitation only” reception for selected guests was held on the evening prior, May 19th. The exhibition will run through Saturday, September 3rd, so you will have plenty of time to go see it! As stated in a previous newsletter, the exhibition will contain 85 paintings and drawings all created by BU Alumna Marie Hull.

Pictured below are some of the members of Belhaven University’s Marie Hull Society for the Arts on their cultural trip to Spain in front of the royal gondola which was in the Majesty of Spain Exhibition in 2001 at the Royal Barque Museum in Aranjuez, Spain. L-R: Martha Smith, Jack Kyle, Sylvia Carraway, Elizabeth Crisler, Dr. Lester Senter Wilson, and Dr. McKamy Smith.


Dancers Perform with Modern Art

A group of dancers performed on Friday, April 29 at the MS Museum of Art in the Trustmark Grand Hall. The Modernist works from the exhibition “When Modern was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection” were projected across the stage as dancers interacted and responded to the work through contemporary and Modernist-era styles. The performance took place from 7 – 7:30 PM, and the exhibition was open until 8:30 PM

Violinist receives Orchestra position

Zak Joyner, rising Junior in BM, String Performance, recently won the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra national audition and was offered an A contract (Core full-time) position to start next season. Zak is following in the footsteps of several other BU violinists who have received this prestigious position throughout the years, and will be joining rising senior Jessica Schmidt in next year’s season. Congratulations, Zak!

Creative Writing Department Chair Finishes Writing Project

Randy Smith, Chair of the Creative Writing Department, finished his 30/30 project with the Tupelo Press in February. This project consisted of 6-9 poets selected to participate in a poetry marathon – writing a poem a day every day of the month. Each poem was posted on the following website: The purpose behind the 30/30 Project was to bring attention to new poets and contemporary poetry.