Fiber and Paper Arts club welcomes new members

September 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on Fiber and Paper Arts club welcomes new members

(Above: Photos by Kelsey Brownlee) The Fiber and Paper Arts club held their first meeting of the semester recently with an embroidery workshop. The workshop taught beginners basic embroidery stitches.

By Kelsey Brownlee | Class of 2019

The Fiber and Paper Arts club at Mississippi State University is an emerging organization that is fun and will help you tap in to your creative side.

Open to all, the group meets every Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. in Howell Building, room 108.

Members are taught how to do different basic art skills, ranging from from embroidery to knitting.

As of now, there are no fees for the club, but fees will soon be encouraged to offset the cost of supplies.

For more information, follow the group on facebook at facebook.com/groups/Fiberpaperart/ to stay updated on what will be happening week to week, or email fiberpaperartclub@gmail.com.

‘Artists of the Armory Show’ exhibit at MSU opens Sept. 29

September 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Artists of the Armory Show’ exhibit at MSU opens Sept. 29

William Glackens (1870-1938), Peaches in a Compote, not dated. oil on linen. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of The Gallery Guild, Inc. 1984.074.

William Glackens (1870-1938), Peaches in a Compote, not dated. oil on linen. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of The Gallery Guild, Inc. 1984.074.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works by several of the biggest names in American modern art are on display Sept. 29-Nov. 11 at Mississippi State’s Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

Free to all, the exhibit titled “Artists of the Armory Show: Selections from the Mississippi Museum of Art” features 30 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by such well-known artists as George Bellows (1882-1925), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), William Glackens (1870-1938), Childe Hassam (1859-1935), Edward Hopper (1882-1967), John Sloan (1871-1951), and James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).

These artists were featured in one of the most important exhibitions of modern art in America, the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art held at the 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in New York City.

“The Armory Show was the first large-scale exhibition of modern art in America and included both American and European artists,” said Lizzy Abston, MMA’s curator of the collection. “The show was a shock to American art critics who had more traditional taste, and its effects reverberated through the art world in the United States.”

Abston explained that in spite of negative reviews, audiences flocked to see the Armory Show’s 1,300-plus paintings, sculptures and decorative objects.

“The Armory Show reinvigorated American art and served as a major factor in establishing New York City as the center of the modern art world,” she said.

A 5 p.m. reception for the MSU exhibit will take place Sept. 29 in the ground-floor gallery, whose main entrance is located off of the parking lot on McComas’ east side. The reception also is free to all, and refreshments will be served.

Exhibit hours for the McComas gallery are 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

In addition to the Mississippi Museum of Art and its Traveling Exhibition Endowment, the campus exhibit is supported by the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

MMA’s Traveling Exhibition Endowment is supported by significant private contributions that are matched by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.msmuseumart.org.

For more gallery information or to schedule a tour, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s gallery director, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Alex Bostic unveils B.B. King painting

September 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Alex Bostic unveils B.B. King painting

Mississippi State University Associate Professor of Art Alexander Bostic unveiled his painting of legendary Mississippi bluesman B.B. King during the second-annual B.B. King Day at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena earlier this month. The daylong celebration featured panel discussions and performances around a theme of "The Influence of Jazz History." The evening ended with a concert at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. (photo submitted)

(photo submitted)

Mississippi State University Associate Professor of Art Alexander Bostic unveiled his painting of legendary Mississippi bluesman B.B. King during the second-annual B.B. King Day at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena earlier this month.

The daylong celebration featured panel discussions and performances around a theme of “The Influence of Jazz History.”

The evening ended with a concert at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.

Read about it in the Maroon Memo.

Michelangelo, ‘David’ to share spotlight in MSU program

September 15th, 2016 Comments Off on Michelangelo, ‘David’ to share spotlight in MSU program

Victor Coonin (Photo submitted)

Victor Coonin (Photo submitted)

By Karyn Brown

An internationally recognized authority on one of the greatest artists of all time—and, arguably, his greatest creation—will speak Sept. 21 at Mississippi State University.

“Michelangelo’s David: From Renaissance Icon to Modern Activist” is the title of Victor Coonin’s address to begin at 4 p.m. in Foster Ballroom U of the Colvard Student Union.

Free and open to all, the event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities’ 2016-17 Distinguished Lecture Series and the Department of Art.

Coonin will highlight research undertaken for his 2014 book-length monograph titled “From Marble to Flesh: The Biographies of Michelangelo’s David” (Florentine Press). He is the James F. Ruffin Professor of Art History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has taught since 1995.

Over his professional career, Coonin has been honored with a number of scholarships from the prestigious J. William Fulbright, Samuel H. Kress and Andrew W. Mellon foundations. His writings on Italian Renaissance art have been featured in such major journals as the Burlington Magazine, Metropolitan Museum Journal and Artibus et Historiae.

In addition to a doctorate from Rutgers University, he holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s study-abroad campus in Florence, Italy, and a bachelor’s from Oberlin College. For more biographical information, visit www.rhodes.edu/bio/cooninv.

“It is a great honor to have Professor Coonin share his expertise about one of the most important works in human history,” said art department head Angie E. Bourgeois. His presentation “promises to cause us to think critically about the evolving impact of Michelangelo’s David on cultures from its creation in the Renaissance to our own time.”

William Anthony Hay, Institute for the Humanities director, said Coonin’s professional work epitomizes “how an iconic artwork develops a life of its own as successive generations bring to it their own understandings.

“We are delighted to have him open the distinguished lecture series for the 2016-17 academic year,” Hay added.

MSU’s Institute for the Humanities is a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, while the art department is part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. For more on each, see www.ih.msstate.edu and www.caad.msstate.edu/art

Other details about Coonin’s campus visit is available from Hay at whay@history.msstate.edu or Bourgeois at abourgeois@caad.msstate.edu. Karyn Brown, College of Arts and Sciences communications director, may be reached at kbrown@deanas.msstate.edu or 662-325-7952.

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

Students in Graphic Design Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney designed a poster to advertise the lecture:
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Associate Professor Alex Bostic has meritorious entries in Richeson75 International Art Competition

September 15th, 2016 Comments Off on Associate Professor Alex Bostic has meritorious entries in Richeson75 International Art Competition

"Syany #3" | Oils | 22x18 | Alex Bostic

“Syany #3” | Oils | 22×18 | Alex Bostic

"Syany#2" | Acrylics | 35x35 | Alex Bostic

“Syany#2” | Acrylics | 35×35 | Alex Bostic

Alex Bostic, an associate professor in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University, has had two meritorious entries in the 2016 Richeson75 International Art Competition.

His paintings, “Syany#2″ and “Syany#3″ were selected. 

According to the website, Jack Richeson & Co., operator of the Richeson School of Art & Gallery, created the Richeson75 International Art Competitions. The Richeson75 competitions offer a venue for established and emerging artists to show their latest, best work to a wide and appreciative audience. The 75 finalists for each regular contest exhibit their work in the Richeson Gallery and in the online exhibit.

Professor Marita Gootee has two photographic series represented in Berlin Foto Biennale

September 13th, 2016 Comments Off on Professor Marita Gootee has two photographic series represented in Berlin Foto Biennale

Three photos from Gootee's "Recreation of Memories" series will be included in the Berlin Foto Biennale.

Three photos from Gootee’s “Recreation of Memories” series will be included in the Berlin Foto Biennale.

Four works from Goote's "Talking to Ghosts" series will be included in the Berlin Foto Biennale.

Four works from Goote’s “Talking to Ghosts” series will be included in the Berlin Foto Biennale.

Via media release and Professor Marita Gootee

Mississippi State University Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee will exhibit seven works from two series in Emotions and Commotions Across Cultures.

The exhibit is part of the Berlin Foto Biennale, which is being held during the seventh annual European Month of Photography, the largest German festival for photography, which takes place throughout October.

Emotions and Commotions Across Cultures will present 1,230 photos by 446 contemporary artists from 41 countries of all continents – among them 65% women who have received the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers.

Overall, the works represent a wide spectrum of styles ranging from documentary and wildlife to portrait and experimental photography.

Four works from Gootee’s “Talking to Ghosts” series and three from her “Recreation of Memories” series will be included in the Berlin Foto Biennale.

Recognizing a wide array of artistic expression across diverse cultures, the Biennial presents a contemporary overview of the different schools of thought emerging from across the world. It also captures international trends in photography and presents a kaleidoscope of sentiments and perceptions. In this way, a photographic chronicle of our time emerges with all its emotions and commotions, visually expressed by hundreds of photographers across many cultures.

Part of the revenue from artwork sales will be donated to Save the Children.

A catalogue published by Kehrer Verlag accompanies the Biennial.

See the news in the Maroon Memo.

Reception held for ‘Figures and Faces’ exhibit

September 9th, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Figures and Faces’ exhibit

(Photos by Aaron McElfish)

An opening reception was held Thurs., Sept. 8 in the Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive for an exhibition spanning the 60-year career of artist Carole McReynolds Davis.

“Figures and Faces Not Far From Home” will be open through Nov. 18 and features selections from an estimated 1,000 original works created by the local icon who died in 2014.

Read more here.

Emerging Craftsperson Residents hold ‘One Night Only’ show

September 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Emerging Craftsperson Residents hold ‘One Night Only’ show

Audrey Bell of North Carolina and Angela Eastman of California ended their five-week stay in Starkville with a “One Night Only” show in the Howell Building sculpture studio last night.

The two were the first artists to represent the MSU Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program – made possible with a grant provided by the Arkansas-based nonprofit Windgate Charitable Trust.

Read more.

Emerging Craftsperson Resident Audrey Bell gives upholstery demo

September 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Emerging Craftsperson Resident Audrey Bell gives upholstery demo

photo by Critz Campbell

photo by Critz Campbell

Emerging Craftsperson Resident Audrey Bell recently gave an upholstery demo to Associate Professor Critz Campbell’s Furniture Making class. 

About the course:
The chair-making class revolves around bent laminations. Students employ skateboard-decking veneer in learning bent lamination techniques to create a batch of curved seats and backs. They find individual solutions for employing this common curved, laminated element. Students are encouraged to explore the dynamic of communal and individual problem solving and celebrate the variety of answers found. Skills covered include drafting, bent lamination, vacuum pressing, wood selection, milling, joinery and finishing.

Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo, collaborative partner finalists in portfolio competition

September 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo, collaborative partner finalists in portfolio competition

Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon, Hallway (from the series Conflation), 30x40” Inkjet Print, 2014

Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon, Hallway (from the series Conflation), 30×40” Inkjet Print, 2014

Mississippi State University Department of Art Assistant Professor of Photography Dominic Lippillo and his collaborative partner, Mark Schoon, assistant professor at the University of West Georgia, are finalists in the Photolucida Critical Mass 2016 portfolio review competition.

The pair was recognized for their series titled “Conflation.”

The finalists will now have their work viewed and voted on by 200 esteemed jurors in mid-September.

See the full list of finalists here