MSU Interior Design represented at Capitol Day in Jackson

February 20th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU Interior Design represented at Capitol Day in Jackson

Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Mississippi College all had representatives for interior design at this year’s MEC Capitol Day in Jackson.

The MSU Interior Design program has participated in Capitol Day for ten years. The event serves as an educational awareness day with the state’s legislatures to inform them what interior design and other programs are doing in the state at the university level.

The group from MSU included Beth Miller, director, and five students from the program: Erin Bristol, Anastasia Dorsey, Caitlyn McDade, Brooke Ratliff and Anabel Wilson.

They set up a table with displays of student work and literature from the program in the rotunda area of the state Capitol building and talked with legislatures about the program. They were also introduced in the Senate and House.

Guest speaker Olivia E. Alison discusses historic preservation

February 17th, 2015 Comments Off on Guest speaker Olivia E. Alison discusses historic preservation

photo by Allie Salas

photo by Allie Salas

Olivia E. Alison recently presented a lecture for Jeff Fulton’s ID 4990 Introduction to Historic Preservation, open to all interior design students.

Alison is a native of Selma, Ala., with art history degrees from Hollins College and the University of Delaware, as well as a certificate from the Sorbonne in Paris. She began her career as a field representative for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem and worked at the Smithsonian, the National Gallery, Winterthur Museum and the Birmingham Museum of Art before becoming curator of Decorative Arts and the Owens-Thomas House for Savannah’s Telfair Museum of Art. In 1995, Alison produced a major exhibition and catalogue titled “Classical Savannah: Fine and Decorative Arts 1800-1840” with guest curator Page Talbott. This was the first exhibition to document the influence of the classical revival on a Southern port. Alison was the director of the multimillion dollar architectural conservation project at the Owens-Thomas House.

In 1999, she joined Colonial Williamsburg as director of major gifts for collections, conservation and museums. In addition, she was co-founder and the director of the Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections. For six years, she worked with Williamsburg’s curators, conservators and development staff to attract world class objects and collections to the foundation and to garner support for the foundation’s museums, trade shops, architectural restorations and educational programs. She then worked at Monticello as the vice president of external affairs for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, N.C., as a consultant. She returned to her native state in 2007 where she is currently the director of development for the Birmingham Public Library system.

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