Profound Professors: Marie Hull

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If you read this blog about Dr. Pickett, you already know that The Choctawk has decided to honor our professors, past and present, who have made significant contributions to their area of expertise. 

In honor of Thursday, we're doing a throwback 102 years back to 1913. In this year, Marie Hull began teaching at Hillman College.

                      Marie Hull (1890-1980), Self-Portrait, no date. pastel on paper.  Collection of the                                                                                   Mississippi Museum of  Art.  Anonymous gift.

                      Marie Hull (1890-1980), Self-Portrait, no date. pastel on paper.  Collection of the                                                                                   Mississippi Museum of  Art.  Anonymous gift.

I know you're thinking, "What? I thought this was a blog about Mississippi College's Profound Professors?" I promise that it is. Merging with Mississippi College in 1942, Hillman College officially became a part of the Mississippi College story. 

Now that I've answered that question for you, I know that you're thinking, "Who is Marie Hull? Why should we care about her?" To which I reply, Marie Hull is an invaluable piece of Mississippi history, documenting America and Europe through her paintings and drawings. 

Her Work

Beginning as a pianist, Hull began taking painting lessons after graduating from Belhaven. Discovering this new art form, Hull left Mississippi behind to study at the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts. This was the beginning of lifetime of creation. 

Marie Hull (1890-1980), Melissa, 1930. oil on canvas. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. 

Marie Hull (1890-1980), Melissa, 1930. oil on canvas. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. 

Marie Hull, Sharecroppers, 1938, oil on canvas. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of Marie Hull.

Marie Hull, Sharecroppers, 1938, oil on canvas. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of Marie Hull.

Marie Hull (1890-1980), An American Citizen, 1936. oil on linen. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of Dr. Blair E. Batson, Jackson, MS.

Marie Hull (1890-1980), An American Citizen, 1936. oil on linen. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of Dr. Blair E. Batson, Jackson, MS.

Marie Hull (1890-1980), The Pink Lady, 1967. oil on canvas. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of the artist.

Marie Hull (1890-1980), The Pink Lady, 1967. oil on canvas. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of the artist.

Her Adventures

Fact: Marie Hull took trips across the United States and Europe. 

In 1925, Marie and her husband, Emmett, packed their Model T and began a trip across the United States. During this time, Marie would paint landscapes and wildlife native to the area in which they were staying. 

Marie Hull (1890-1980), Gulls in Flight. oil on wood.  Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of the artist.

Marie Hull (1890-1980), Gulls in Flight. oil on wood.  Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of the artist.

Later, in 1929, Marie left for a tour of France, Morocco, and Spain. Over the course of eight months, she painted 100 large to medium works, 50 small works, and 500-600 watercolors. 

                      Marie Hull (1890-1980), Cuenca, Spain, circa 1930. watercolor and graphite on paper.                                                             Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Bequest of the artist.

                      Marie Hull (1890-1980), Cuenca, Spain, circa 1930. watercolor and graphite on paper.                                                             Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Bequest of the artist.

My opinion: This makes her an incredible (or should I say profound) human being who should be admired and emulated. 

Her Legacy

Although she passed away in 1980, Marie Hull is still a beloved Mississippi artist. She was friends with Mississippi College professor, Sam Gore, and taught Steve Cook, another Mississippi College professor. Outside of her Mississippi College connections, Marie Hull taught budding artists throughout her lifetime, one of whom was Andrew Bucci, another famous Mississippi artist. 

Marie Hull (1890-1980), High Horizon, no date. oil on canvas. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of Virginia McGehee Friend.

Marie Hull (1890-1980), High Horizon, no date. oil on canvas. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of Virginia McGehee Friend.

Marie Hull (1890-1980), Bright Fields, 1967. oil on canvas. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Mississippi Art Association purchase.

Marie Hull (1890-1980), Bright Fields, 1967. oil on canvas. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Mississippi Art Association purchase.

In honor of Marie Hull's work, the Mississippi Museum of Art is hosting two exhibitions "Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull" and "On the Road with Marie Hull." These exhibitions open the 26 of September and will be on view until the 10 of January. If you're in the area, stop by to view the mastery of Marie Hull in person.

          A photograph of Hull standing among her work, courtesy of the Mississippi Museum of Art.

          A photograph of Hull standing among her work, courtesy of the Mississippi Museum of Art.

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