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Murals Brighten Mississippi Department of Health Offices

July 13, 2012

The Mississippi Department of Health is an invaluable state agency that works to monitor diseases, ensure proper standards of care and keep people safe during emergencies.

Health Department employees say they’re delighted to see a new exhibit of murals crafted by Mississippi College art professor Albert Smathers.

They’re also pleased because his paintings of animals in the jungle, depiction of  a North Mississippi creek and other creative landscapes will be on permanent display at the state agency in Jackson.

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier and her colleagues welcome the MC professor’s art work and hope it plays a role in promoting healthy lifestyles.

“Mr. Smathers’ beautiful paintings add such life to our stairwells,” Currier said. “We hope the inspiring works of art will encourage employees to do the healthy thing and take the stairs instead of the elevators,” she said.

The department commissioned the MC professor to do the work.

Smathers received three degrees from Mississippi College, including a master of fine arts in 2003. He also earned an associate degree in graphic design at Hinds Community College in 1977.

The Mississippian was among a number of MC professors and Clinton artists recently returning from a journey to Costa Rica to produce splendid pieces of  art portraying the tropical paradise.

Smathers is part of a  group of  talented teachers in the Department of Art at the university. “I believe teaching is one of the best ways for an artist to perfect their skills,”  the professor said. “Teaching art is a gift from God as well as an enjoyable lifestyle.”

Smathers and his wife, Jeanie, are Raymond residents.


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