From Press Reports
After a career spanning more than three decades as an artist, arts
commentator and educator, Mississippi native William “Bill” Dunlap
now will help set the bar for students as Mississippi State’s first
The university’s art department has established the artist-in-
residence program to enhance its mission of preparing students for
careers or advanced studies. The program emphasizes studio practice,
liberal arts, visual language and exposure to regional, national and
“We have established the program to allow the artist in residence to
work on special projects or techniques alongside our students, which
will be an invaluable benefit to everyone,” said department head
Lydia Thompson. “Having this kind of experience will really make a
difference in a student’s life.”
Born in nearby Webster County in 1944, Dunlap is a 1966 Mississippi
College art graduate who went on to receive a 1969 master’s degree at
the University of Mississippi. He taught at Hinds Community College
before moving to Appalachian State University in North Carolina from
1970-79 and Memphis State University from 1979-80.
His paintings, sculpture and constructions are included in
prestigious national collections, including the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum, Mobil Corp.,
Riggs Bank, IBM Corporation, Federal Express, The Equitable
Collection, Rogers Ogden Collection, Arkansas Art Center and the
United States State Department and its embassies worldwide.
He also has had solo exhibitions at the National Academy of Science,
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Cheekwood Fine Arts Center,
Mississippi Museum of Art and Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans,
While at MSU, Dunlap will use the department’s studio spaces to work
with ceramics, sculpture and printmaking and provide art majors the
opportunity to work alongside and experience his creative process.
Dunlap, who maintains a studio in Mathiston, said his time on campus
will be “one interaction after another.”
“If I make some work, get to know some people and have some influence
on the students and the community, it will be a success,” he added.
Dunlap was among artists who discussed their careers during a series
of presentations Monday at Mississippi State. Hosted by the
university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. Dunlap spoke
during “A Life in the Arts” at Giles Hall, home of the college.
Over his long career, Dunlap has received awards and fellowships from
the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest
Foundation for study and travel in Southeast Asia.
Other recognitions have come from the Warhol Foundation, Virginia
Commission for the Arts and Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
He has been a selection for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary
Art/RJR Nabisco Visual Artists Award and Mississippi Governor’s Award
for Excellence in the Arts.