Associate Professor Alex Bostic part of National Society of Painters exhibit

August 24th, 2016 Comments Off on Associate Professor Alex Bostic part of National Society of Painters exhibit

"Sydney" | Alex Bostic

“Sydney” | Alex Bostic

Alex Bostic, an associate professor in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University, had work featured in the “National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic Upper Gallery” in June.

According to the website, the “National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic” was founded to give artists opportunity to exhibit works regardless of style, “school” or subject matter. It is the foremost national showcase for the two aquamedia —casein and acrylic.

For more information, visit www.nationalsocietyofpaintersincaseinandacrylic.org.

Department of Art holds fall 2016 convocation

August 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art holds fall 2016 convocation

(Images by Aaron McElfish)

Fall Convocation for the Department of Art was held on Aug. 19 at noon in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

Important information about the upcoming year was shared, and faculty were introduced.

Students who participated in summer internships and other programs as well as student organizations spent time discussing these opportunities.

Lunch was provided immediately following.

MSU art department hosts second ‘Great Chalk Walk’

August 11th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU art department hosts second ‘Great Chalk Walk’

Participants of all ages are invited Thursday [Aug. 18] to the second Great Chalk Walk organized by Mississippi State’s Department of Art. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Participants of all ages are invited Thursday [Aug. 18] to the second Great Chalk Walk organized by Mississippi State’s Department of Art. (Photo by Megan Bean)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

For the second year, Mississippi State’s art department is hosting a Great Chalk Walk event.

Taking place Thursday [Aug. 18] in front of the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive, the free 4-6 p.m. event is open to all interested members of campus and surrounding communities.

Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to create colorful, large-scale chalk art pieces designed to brighten a major thoroughfare leading to campus.

Chalk and sidewalk spaces will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments also will be served.

Art department students, faculty and staff will be on hand to assist participants, and share information about the academic unit’s diverse curriculum and programs.

“We want to show new students and others the main route that connects downtown businesses with the campus and also introduce them to the creative resources available here in Starkville,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s gallery director.

“Come ready to have fun, be creative and get messy!” she added.

Neuenfeldt said this second-year event is among many in the university’s 11th annual Dawg Daze program—17 successive days of free activities to help welcome new freshmen and transfer students. A complete Dawg Daze schedule is available at www.dawgdaze.msstate.edu.

Also, follow on facebook.com/MSUDawgDaze and twitter.com/MSU_DawgDaze. Participants are encouraged to include the hashtag #MSUDawgDaze with Dawg Daze-related social media posts.

See the story at WTVA.com.

Jackson native now serving as MSU-Noxubee Refuge resident artist

August 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Jackson native now serving as MSU-Noxubee Refuge resident artist

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Macon, Georgia, professional painter who has lived and worked for two decades in Spain is Mississippi State’s newest artist-in-residence.

As part of his month-long exploration of the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Thomas V. “Tom” Cowsert will be sharing his talents and experiences with the university and local communities.

A free exhibition of the Jackson native’s artwork is on display through Aug. 29 in the Colvard Student Union’s second-floor gallery.

Also free and open to all will be a Tuesday [Aug. 9] opening reception in Cowsert’s honor at the Colvard gallery. The event begins at 5 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

Located 12 miles south of the Starkville campus, the more than 48,000-acre federal reserve spanning Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Winston counties was established in 1940. It serves as a feeding and resting area for migratory birds and resident wildlife, including white-tailed deer, alligators and beaver. Wetlands, cypress groves, prairie grasslands and forest also are among its many features.

A master’s degree graduate in international business management from the University of South Carolina, Cowsert worked in the banking industry before moving to Spain to become a professional artist. His undergraduate studies also were completed at South Carolina’s Presbyterian College in Clinton.

In his current career, Cowsert said he enjoys exploring “an interplay of forms and colors and references from cubism,” adding, “I find inspiration from the colors, sounds, rhythms and flavors of the places I visit.”

He is the son of Virginia Veitch Cowsert and the late William S. Cowsert. Former Starkville residents, his parents lived for a time in Jackson before moving to Georgia.

In addition to MSU’s art department, the annual artist-in-residence program is a collaborative effort of the refuge and its Friends of Noxubee Refuge support organization, as well as the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art department gallery director, said the program plays an integral role in promoting the creative process for innovative visual, performance and literary artists. Visiting professionals receive complimentary refuge housing and are welcome to experiment and further develop their skills during time spent at MSU’s art facilities, she explained.

“The refuge residency provides emerging and established artists the opportunity and workspace to research and create art within the beautiful natural surroundings of Northeast Mississippi,” Neuenfeldt said. “Residents have the freedom to explore and interact with native wildlife, as well as with members of the refuge staff and campus and local communities.”

Previous participating artists have included painter and Webster County native William “Bill” Dunlap; printmaker Kathryn Hunter of Decatur, Alabama; Pennsylvania ceramicist Lilly Zuckerman; mural artist and illustrator Michael Roy of Jackson County; New Orleans artist and critic Marian S. McLellan; New York artists Caetlynn Booth and Tyson Washburn; Mississippi Audubon Master Naturalist and artist Robin Whitfield of Grenada; Iowa artist Barbara Fedeler; MSU fine arts/sculpture graduate Shelby Nichols of Aberdeen; San Francisco artist and curator Jenny Balisle; and contemporary textiles and craft artist Elin de Jong of the Netherlands.

Additional refuge information is found at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/noxubee/, facebook.com/NoxubeeNWR and twitter.com/USFWSsoutheast. NWR project leader Steve Reagan also may be contacted at 662-323-5548 or steve_reagan@fws.gov.

Read the story in The Columbus Dispatch.

Department of Art holds summer camp

July 27th, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art holds summer camp

(Photos by Mississippi State University and Aaron McElfish)

Upper-level high school students participated in the Mississippi State Department of Art’s annual INvision summer camp from June 13-17.

Campers participated in workshops on photography, graphic design, drawing, ceramics and sculpting, among other media. Artist presentations, gallery exhibitions, movie nights and field trips were among the planned cultural and social activities.

At week’s end, camper-produced works were featured at the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive.

For additional information about INvision, contact Nicole Jackson at 662-325-2970 or njackson@caad.msstate.edu.

Department of Art entrepreneur featured in Sun Herald

July 18th, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art entrepreneur featured in Sun Herald

Jeff Goula Inventor

Hagan Walker and Department of Art student Kaylie Mitchell are behind the drink-lighting device Glo. (via sunherald.com)

Pascagoula millennial’s invention a glowing success in Starkville bar scene

Summer letterpress class hard at work

July 11th, 2016 Comments Off on Summer letterpress class hard at work

(photos by Laura Smith Daniels)

Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney has been keeping her students busy in her letterpress course this summer.

At Mississippi State, the letterpress is specific to the graphic design program. Letterpresses are used to print textured designs, generally on invitations or posters, and these kinds of prints were common throughout the country until the 1960s when the industry moved to offset printing.

National magazine touts paintings by MSU’s Funderburk

July 7th, 2016 Comments Off on National magazine touts paintings by MSU’s Funderburk

Seven artworks from Professor Brent Funderburk’s “Flying World” and New Solar Myths” watercolor painting series are featured in the August issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. Titled “Drama, Extravagance and Poetry,” an eight-page article written by New York writer, author and artist John A. Parks highlights Funderburk’s creative background and processes used to produce vibrant, award-winning works. (Photo by Brent Funderburk)

Seven artworks from Professor Brent Funderburk’s “Flying World” and New Solar Myths” watercolor painting series are featured in the August issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. Titled “Drama, Extravagance and Poetry,” an eight-page article written by New York writer, author and artist John A. Parks highlights Funderburk’s creative background and processes used to produce vibrant, award-winning works. (Photo by Brent Funderburk)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A longtime faculty member and former head of the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department is receiving national recognition.

Seven artworks from Professor Brent Funderburk’s “Flying World” and New Solar Myths” watercolor painting series appear in the August issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. Published by ArtistsNetwork, Watercolor Artist is the watermedia artist’s definitive source for creative inspiration and technical information. For more, visit http://www.artistsnetwork.com/watercolor-artist.

Written by New York writer, author and artist John A. Parks, an eight-page article titled “Drama, Extravagance and Poetry” highlights Funderburk’s creative background and processes used to produce vibrant, award-winning works.

Funderburk

Funderburk

An MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art and Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence award recipient, Funderburk recently was recognized with a 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

Earlier this year, Funderburk’s work was featured for the fifth time in the New-York based and internationally distributed “Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design.”

In April, Funderburk’s watercolor painting “Flying World” was among 150 works selected for inclusion in one of the world’s largest competitive exhibits dedicated to water-based painting media. The traveling exhibit is being featured at a total of six museums around China.

“Flying World” previously was on display as part of the 2015-16 International Watercolor Biennial at Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center in China’s fourth-largest city.

Funderburk is a North Carolina native who has taught at MSU since 1982. Over the decades, he has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence and Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence awards.

A fine arts graduate of East Carolina University, he is a former MSU art department head who currently serves as its fine-arts thesis coordinator. Painting survey, watercolor, watermedia, senior thesis and advanced studio are among courses he has taught.

In 2010, Funderburk was named official artist for the Jackson-based USA International Ballet Competition. For additional biographical information, visit www.brentfunderburk.com.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is the longtime home of the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture). Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu, facebook.com/CAADatMSU, twitter.com/CAADatMSU and http://tinyurl.com/CAADatMSUYouTube.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

See the story at WTVA.com.

See the story in The Columbus Dispatch.

Read the announcement in MSU’s Maroon Memo.

Department of Art again honored by international publication

July 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art again honored by international publication

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This series of three images by Keats Haupt, titled “People & Hydrants,” was recently selected as a runner up in Creative Quarterly.

Works by six students, faculty and alumni in the Department of Art at Mississippi State have again been selected by a major international publication.

Based in New York City, Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design showcases graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art works of talented students and professionals worldwide.

Featured in the fall 2016 online Runners-Up gallery are:

  • Fine Arts Student Category: Katye Drew (May 2016 graduate); James “Eric” Jackson 
  • Graphic Design Professional Category: Professor and Graphic Design Concentration Coordinator Jamie Burwell Mixon
  • Graphic Design Student Category: Austin Grove (May 2016 graduate)
  • Photography Professional Category: Professor and Photography Concentration Coordinator Marita Gootee
  • Photography Student Category: Keats Haupt

“This is a great accomplishment and wonderful recognition for all areas of our program,” said Angi E. Bourgeois, department head.

Bostic featured as ‘Our People’ on MSU website

June 16th, 2016 Comments Off on Bostic featured as ‘Our People’ on MSU website

Alex Bostic - Art Department professor in home painting studio - for Our People feature. (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Alex Bostic (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

For Alex Bostic, the road to a successful art career began with a spark of imagination—literally.

At the age of seven, he discovered his artistic talents with help from his older brother Charles and a make-believe game of “war” the two played using wood matches.

“One day, a woman who lived next door came out and told us to stop, but we just kept playing. Ten minutes later, a fire truck showed up,” Bostic said. “The firemen who came gave us a ride to the fire station, and the fire chief told us he didn’t want us playing with matches anymore. Instead, he gave us paper and pencils and said, ‘I want you to draw.’”

Bostic ultimately presented nearly 10 fire truck drawings to the fire chief, who put them on display in the fire station’s community announcement box. “That was basically my gallery for two to three years before we moved,” Bostic said with a smile.

Always the “art guy” in school, Bostic started receiving private art lessons in seventh grade from his beloved teacher, Ellen Kuenzel. To this day, mentor and student make it a point to speak at least three times a month over the phone.

After completing associate in arts, bachelor of fine arts and master of arts degrees, Bostic landed his first job as a greeting card designer for Hallmark. He worked for a time in advertising before deciding to join the U.S. Navy as an illustrator draftsman. Prior to teaching stints at California’s Woodbury University, Kansas City Art Institute and Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, Bostic worked as a concept artist for the film industry in Hollywood. Later on, a 23-year career at Virginia Commonwealth University opened the door for drawing and graphic work for big-name clients, like NASA.

Now in his sixth year as an associate professor of drawing at MSU, Bostic is passionate about providing his students with a solid foundation in the arts. Focus and determination to succeed are concepts he emphasizes in the classroom.

“Learning to draw and think in a sequential way is important,” Bostic said. “If you’re a thinker who can draw creative ideas, you can make a living with your craft and use your talents to change lives.”

As the southeast director for the U.S. Air Force Art Program, Bostic has lent his talents while documenting tragic events in countries such as Germany, Haiti and Japan. His paintings, as well as works by artists from other branches of the military, are on display at The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Specializing in portraiture, Bostic is fascinated with the human figure and seeks to make a connection with the human condition through his artwork. Regardless of the subject matter, his goal always is to have fun.

“Art is a really good escape,” Bostic said. “I get to create something every day.”