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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bill Beckwith

Only in Oxford – Faulkner Statue

The iPhone wasn’t introduced until 2007, about a decade after the William Faulkner statue was seated on a park bench outside Oxford City Hall. But since then, the bronze statue has become the ideal spot for selfie-takers from all over the country who want a shot of their mug with the Nobel Prize-winning author. It’s a selfie that you can only get in Oxford. (November 30, 2014, Page 1A)

Locals win statewide awards

Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters honors local artists including Bill Beckwith with a Lifetime Achievement Award. (April 18, 2014, Page 1B)

2013 Oxford Film Fest offers lots for locals

The 2013 Oxford Film Festival set for this weekend will offers all types of films, but two areas – music and local films – will probably be of special interest to many of those attending the festival screenings. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the offerings, including this year’s community film project. (February 20, 2013, Page 4)

Bronzing an Icon

Local artist Bill Beckwith continues his work of iconic images with a new Elvis statue. A documentary on the process will follow with a big unveiling of the statue in August in Tupelo. (May 4, 2012, Page 1, 2B)

Taking green ideas on the road

Six MSMS students are working with local Daniel Doyle and artists Bill Beckwith, Andi Bedsworth and Wendy Hansen to turn an old bus into a bio-diesel farm on wheels. The project is currently in need of funds and more information can be found at their Kickstarter campaign. (June 27, 2011, Page 1)

Couple turn love of antiques into livlihood

Taylor couple turn overflow of antique furniture into a business. (May 23, 2011, Page 5)

‘The Help’ helps local artist

Director Tate Taylor gave a little help to the local arts community when he purchased one of Taylor artist Bill Beckwith’s statues. Taylor was so impressed that he then also invited Beckwith down to the set of “The Help” being filmed in Greenwood. (October 18, 2010, Page 2a)

L.Q.C. Lamar statue unveiled

The unveiling of the L.Q.C. Lamar statue on Saturday brought a crowd of people to celebrate the legacy of the former Senator and also celebrate the arts. The bronze statue, created by local artist Bill Beckwith, now greets visitors to the entrance of the museum and former home of Lamar. (October 11, 2010, Page 1)

Taylor artists turn former shopping center into art workshop

Local sculptor Bill Beckwith is taking the green trend to another level: He’s recycled part of an old shopping center to a new artists’ workshop.
The workshop is located in Taylor off County Road 323, just a mile or so from Taylor Grocery. (August 13, 2010, Page 1B)

L.Q.C. Lamar: A Profile in Courage

In 1955, then-Sen. John F. Kennedy wrote his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Profiles in Courage,” while recovering from a spinal operation. He had long been interested in statesmen who had shown great political courage in the face of constituent pressures. One of the statesmen he wrote about was Oxford resident Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar. (August 6, 2010, Page 3B)

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