JSU Art Galleries

Johnson Hall Gallery Department of Art
1400 JR Lynch Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39217
8:30am – 5:00pm

College of Liberal Art Gallery:
Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building
1400 JR Lynch Street
9:00a – 5:00p

JSU Downtown Campus
101 W. Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201
9:00a – 5:00p



Shon McCarthy, Director of JSU Art Galleries

Shon McCarthy is currently the Gallery Director over Jackson State University art galleries. The galleries include JSU's Johnson Hall gallery, College of Liberal Arts gallery, and JSU Downtown galleries. She has brought in international and national art exhibitions with a multi-disciplinary approach to JSU students, the community, and beyond. The exhibitions are student centered and aid in helping to increase students' "Exposure+Experience=Lifelong Learning"(gallery mission) by incorporating student work with the international and national artist being exhibited.  Some of the exhibitions featured range from painting by the legendary musician George Clinton(first university to exhibit his paintings). In 2016, George Clinton’s Mothership became a part of the permanent collection at the new Smithsonian African-American Museum in Washington DC. In 2016, she also created a collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art to procure a gifted 25 piece permanent collection of the world renown fashion designer and JSU alum, Patrick Kelly (thanks to the generous gift from Bill and Bjorn Amelan).  In the Spring of 2017, she collaborated with London's Belgravia Art Gallery to bring in lithograph paintings created and signed by Nelson Mandela. These images were based on his imprisonment in Robben Island.  McCarthy has also created JSU's Gallery1 Summer Art Institute where 150 K-9 students received art instruction from Department of Art Alumni.  Within the past two years, she ensured that over 200 K-9 students have been provided with instruction of mulit-medium art to sewing instruction at JSU's Gallery1.  Summer 2017, she was able to procure 250 plus pieces from the Patrick Kelly collection that is now housed the H.T. Sampson Archives. 
McCarthy was previously a fashion designer in New York for ten years, where she created an accessories line that became known as the "It Bag" for celebrities.  She has been written-up in financial publications such as Wall St Journal( and Nikkei in Japan, Vogue online, Elle (US, UK, Italy, and Japan), and Lucky Magazine, just to name a few.  McCarthy's accessories have sold in stores such as Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, Harvey Nichols, Fred Segal, and LeBon Marche.  She has been invited as a guest speaker for a Marketing class at Parsons Fashions School in New York.
She is a licensed Art Instructor. In 2015 and 2016, McCarthy instructed a class at Millsaps College's Enrichment Series titled, “ How To Start Your Own Fashion Line”. She received her B.A. from Millsaps College and her Masters from JSU, and currently in her third year as she works on her PhD at JSU.  She loves sharing her experience and knowledge with students and informing them how to transform Art into a profitable business. The mission statement for the gallery is simple EXPOSURE + EXPERIENCE= LIFELONG LEARNING.