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MC Honors Art Educators

June 11, 2008

Mississippi College will honor award-winning arts educators at a reception June 19 at the Gore Galleries.

The recipients are well-known in the MC community. They include: Randy Miley, chairman of the MC art department, his wife, Vicky Miley, an art instructor at Pearl High School and part-time MC instructor, and art professor Stephanie Busbea.

The public is invited to the 6-8 p.m. reception at the MC art gallery on Monroe Street.

Randy Miley was recently the recipient of the 2008 Higher Education Award from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. He's been a longtime advocate for arts education at local and state levels.

Vicky Miley won this year's MAAE-Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Education Award. It is named for Mississippi's senior senator who is a longtime supporter of the arts on Capitol Hill. As president of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts in Education, she launched "Operation Art Lift." The effort sparked massive relief for Gulf Coast school art programs slammed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The program was saluted in March with a "presidential citation," a glass sculpture from the National Art Education Association.

Busbea received the 2008 Mississippi Art Educator of the Year Award from the National Art Education Association. She recently received her doctorate in art education from North Texas State University. At MC, Busbea teaches graduate and undergraduate students in art appreciation, art history, research and methods.

During the evening, visitors will also welcome Randy Jolly as new director of the Gore Galleries. The Vicksburg resident recently retired after teaching art for 27 years with the Warren County public schools. He received a master's in education at MC and is completing a master of fine arts degree in studio art.

The reception is being sponsored by the MC Department of Art. For details, call 601-925-3231.

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