James Davis currently serves as studio technician at The University of West Georgia, a position he previously held at The University of Southern Mississippi. He earned a BFA in sculpture at Southern Miss and MFA from East Carolina University. Davis has exhibited in five countries and has works in private and public collections throughout the South. In addition to sculpture, Davis builds furniture and does custom metal and woodwork. In 2013 he was selected as one of ten artists to participate in the Stone, Wood, Iron International Sculpture Symposium in Heredia, Costa Rica. In 2014 he was one of two artists featured by Festival South, Hattiesburg’s multi-genre arts festival. His most recent commission, in 2016, was a monumental sized stainless steel work for the city of Kenner, LA.
“Dugan’s Riff” is from Davis’s Visual Jazz series.
Jennifer Torres was born in Queens, NY, and spent her childhood in Teaneck, NJ. She did her first four years of studio training as a teenager at the Art Students League in New York City and earned her BFA at Cooper Union, also in NYC. After graduating from Cooper, she trained as a fine cabinetmaker in New England and then earned an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Georgia. Torres currently lives in Hattiesburg where she is a professor of sculpture and ceramics at The University of Southern Mississippi. Her works have exhibited throughout the country and can be seen at www.jentorres.com.
“Cloud Music for Hattiesburg” was commissioned by HAPA in celebration of the many musical offerings available locally.
Matt Amante is a graduate of Western Michigan University and earned an MFA in sculpture at East Carolina University. He currently resides in Winterville, NC, and teaches at Pitt Community College. His works are included in permanent collections throughout the Southeast and can be seen at www.mattamante.com.
This work looks perfectly at home on the lawn of the former Hattiesburg American building. HAPA purchased it to celebrate the proposed conversion of the old newspaper offices into a community arts space. We applaud the Hattiesburg Arts Council for this initiative and agree that the rebirth or “Reincarnation” of this long vacant space is a worthwhile endeavor.
Many thanks to sculptor Jason Kimes for graciously allowing us to use a likeness of his work "The Spike that Binds." This piece was purchased by the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission, Hattiesburg Arts Council, and Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association in 2010, prior to HAPA’s founding, and installed at the Historic Train Depot after it won the People’s Choice Award at the All Aboard Sculpture Exhibition curated by local artist Erik Eaves.
Jason tells us that the work, popularly referred to around town as Spike Man, is a reference to the importance of the train system in a developing society, particularly how it bound groups of people that were otherwise disconnected, especially during the days before the automobile became ubiquitous.
Younkins-Herzog is a sculptor, working in many materials and methods. They began studies at UGA and pursued a MFA in Bloomington, Indiana followed by teaching, traveling and making art in multiple states and countries. Younkins-Herzog's sculptures are shown throughout the United States; including New York, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco, the “Art Prize” in Grand Rapids, Michigan and abroad in Italy, Columbia, Peru, Poland, and Ghana, Africa. Their works are products of feminine mystique and perspective
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