‘From the Gallery’ – Episode 4

December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on ‘From the Gallery’ – Episode 4

From The Gallery – November 2016 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt sits down with Graphic Design Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney.

Furniture making course wraps up

December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Furniture making course wraps up


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The furniture making course, ART 4733, taught by Associate Professor and Sculpture Coordinator Critz Campbell had another succesful semester.

Throughout the course, students worked on sketching, mocking up, drafting, prototyping and fabricating chair designs.

According to Campbell, most students employed a common curved element in their back and seat. The curved wood is maple skateboard decking material, and the curve is created by laminating seven layers of the decking material together.

The curved elements were then vacuum-formed on a mold made in the class.

Students in the course this semester included:
Darren Cheairs
Izzy Cottrell
Mikayla Evans
Cecillia Lemus
Chauncey Mangum
Alison Meeler
Josh Meyer
Alliegh Moffett
Ryne Riebock
Matthew Rogers
Kenan Simpkins
Shaquita Woodson

Design I class installs work at Sudduth Elementary

December 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Design I class installs work at Sudduth Elementary



(Photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University and submitted)

For their final project, students in Brittany Spencer’s Design I class completed a community installation at Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville.

Earlier in the semester, a committee at the elementary school chose two quotes for students to base designs on: “Plant Kindness, Grow Love” and “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti.”

Each of Spencer’s students proposed three designs based on the two quotes. Those proposed designs were eventually narrowed down by a vote to the top three designs for each quote, and the Sudduth committee chose the final designs.

The MSU students then cut out these designs by hand on vinyl and decorated the school’s hall windows.

Students who were a part of the installation include:
Ashtyn Carpenter
Caroline Fitzwater
Tess Frazier
Karleigh Harfst
Megan Henry
Hayden Hunt
Haley Lawrence
Eric Lindsey
Savanah Martinez
Meghan Norman (her design was chosen for the theme “Plant Kindness, Grow Love”)
Elise Sears
Melissa Sones(her design was chosen for the theme “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti”)
Mary Katherine Swindoll
Anna Terry
Deremy Triplett

See the story spotlighted on MSU’s website!

This is the second community installation done by Spencer’s Design I students. Read more about the previous installation in Howell Building.

Graphic design senior accepted to international student competition

December 6th, 2016 Comments Off on Graphic design senior accepted to international student competition

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“#VIEWS” by Aubrey Pohl

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Pohl’s poster on display

Aubrey Pohl, a senior graphic design major at MSU, recently had a poster accepted as 1 of 50 finalists in the 9th Annual Skopje International Student Competition.

“#VIEWS” was designed as part of an Advanced Typography Independent Study with Assistant Professor Cassie Hester.

The 2016 competition theme was “Identity in Crisis,” and entries were judged by a prestigious panel of international designersFinn Nygaard (Denmark), Fons Hickman (Germany), Michel Bouvet (France), Rysard Kaja (Poland) and Toni Vasikj (the Republic of Macedonia).

The Skopje Poster Festival kicked off on Nov. 22. All 50 finalists of the were exhibited at the Museum of Skopje (city museum) in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia, through November 30.

MSU graphic design student work featured in Sappi’s new paper promotion

December 5th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU graphic design student work featured in Sappi’s new paper promotion

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spread featuring Crosby Arboretum series

A series of posters celebrating MSU’s Crosby Arboretum will be featured in Sappi Fine Papers’ latest promo titled “Verticals.” 

Currently in production, “Verticals” features excellent graphic design projects from universities across the country.

Phillip Bajoras, a December 2015 graduate, designed the poster series in Assistant Professor Cassie Hester’s spring 2015 Intro to Print Production class. Bajoras is currently working at a screen printing shop in Alabama.

The promo was curated and designed by Studio Hinrichs in San Francisco, Calif. Kit Hinrichs—recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal—is principal and creative director.

Be sure to request the latest promos and samples from Sappi!

One Night Only show held

December 5th, 2016 Comments Off on One Night Only show held


(photos by Aaron McElfish)

A “One Night Only” exhibition featuring MSU Department of Art students was held on Thurs., Dec. 1 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Howell Hall Metal Shop (room 111).

Students showcased were:
Erin Frazier – Graphic Design
Sarah Prater – Fine Art & Graphic Design
Jose Vasquez – Photography
Anna Zollicoffer – Fine Art & Graphic Design

Reception held for fall 2016 graphic design seniors

December 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for fall 2016 graphic design seniors


(photos by Aaron McElfish)

Works of six fine art seniors specializing in graphic design at Mississippi State are on display Nov. 29-Dec. 7 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

A reception for “Half Dozen” was held on Thurs., Dec. 1.

The “Half Dozen” exhibitors include (by hometown):

BALTIMORE, Maryland—Lorianna A. Livingston.

GREENVILLE—Adey A. Efrem.

JACKSON—Brian T. Ballou.

MERIDIAN—Andrea M. “Andee” Schuurman. She also is pursuing a bachelor’s in fashion design and merchandising in the School of Human Sciences.

PASCAGOULA—Katherine L. “Kaylie” Mitchell.

PASS CHRISTIAN—Matthew C. Garriga.

Angi Bourgeois one of four at MSU named an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow

December 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Angi Bourgeois one of four at MSU named an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow

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By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Four Mississippi State administrators and faculty members are among 52 selected as 2016-17 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows.

Since its inception in 2008, the professional development program has worked to identify, prepare and professionally advance academic leaders for key roles at each of the 14 SEC-member universities.

MSU will host an SEC ALDP workshop Feb. 22-24, 2017 on the Starkville campus.

The MSU honorees include:

—Angi Bourgeois, head of the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Department of Art;

—Teresa Jayroe, associate dean of the College of Education;

—Melissa Moore, head of the College of Business’ Department of Marketing, Quantitative Analysis and Business Law; and

—Scott Willard, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Through this academic initiative, the SEC works to sponsor, support and promote collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students. Providing an online platform to showcase achievements of these individuals on regional, national and international levels is among its primary missions.

“The opportunity to network with academic leaders across the 14 SEC universities has proven to be an excellent experience for all who have participated,” said MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner. “We look forward to hosting the conference for the faculty fellows on our campus in February.”

Designated by provosts at the respective institutions, ALDP liaisons serve as the conference’s primary point of academic contact.

“It is our strong belief that helping to prepare administrators for the next phase of their careers has the potential to impact all of higher education, both now and in the future,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Our universities make a significant investment in these individuals, and we are proud to work with them through this program.”

Bourgeois, who has headed the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program on an interim basis since 2014, began her permanent appointment this past July. Since joining the Mississippi State faculty in 2002, the Rhodes College and Emory University graduate has taught a variety of art history courses and has climbed the academic ranks with a promotion to professor coinciding with her new appointment. Earlier this year, she was elected to a two-year term as secretary for the Italian Arts Society, an international scholarly organization where she has been a member since 2004.

Jayroe, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from MSU, always wanted to become a teacher. After teaching for 12 years at Philadelphia and Winston county public schools, she returned to her alma mater to begin work on an education specialist degree in educational leadership and also completed a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Jayroe first joined the MSU faculty as a classroom instructor and worked her way up the ranks, eventually becoming part of the College of Education’s administration.

An MSU College of Business faculty member since 1999, Moore now is leading the Department of Marketing, Quantitative Analysis and Business Law. In addition to serving on the MSU Entrepreneurship Center’s advisory board, the Kathy M. St. John Fellow and professor of marketing has served on the last two MSU presidential search committees. She was recognized as an MSU John Grisham Master Teacher in 2005, and also was named Outstanding Faculty Woman in 2010 by the MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Prior to becoming associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Willard served as head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology. A 17-year MSU faculty member, he first served as professor of reproductive and environmental physiology in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. Along with a bachelor’s in animal, veterinary and fisheries science from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Willard earned a master’s and doctorate in physiology of reproduction from Texas A&M University.

For more about the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program, visit www.thesecu.com/sec-academic-leadership-development-program.php.

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

Art student wins Silver in 2016 Graphis New Talent Competition

November 30th, 2016 Comments Off on Art student wins Silver in 2016 Graphis New Talent Competition

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Trey Hardin (spring 2015 graphic design alumnus) recently won a Silver award in the international 2016 Graphis New Talent Competition.

Hardin’s beverage packaging, Bauer Brewery, was created in Assistant Professor Cassie Hester’s spring 2015 Intro to Print Production class.

His work is showcased in an online gallery and printed in a hardbound annual that is now available for purchase. 

Five MSU classmates also received Merit Awards in the competition and are also featured in the online gallery: Joe Cain, JD Cox, Daniel Jackson, Kimberlin Singletary and Mark Slawson.

The 2016 Graphis New Talent competition received 1017 international entries, and the following distinctions were awarded:

  • 23 Platinum Awards
  • 176 Gold Awards 
  • 222 Silver Awards 
  • 532 Merit Awards

Graphis is an international bastion of excellence in design and visual imagery committed to presenting and promoting the work of exceptional talent in graphic design, advertising, photography and art/illustration.

Graduating graphic design majors at MSU present ‘Half Dozen’ exhibition

November 29th, 2016 Comments Off on Graduating graphic design majors at MSU present ‘Half Dozen’ exhibition

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

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Works of six fine art seniors specializing in graphic design at Mississippi State are on display Nov. 29-Dec. 7 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the second-floor “Half Dozen” exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center celebrates the conclusion of the students’ art department studies.

The portfolio works range from illustrative poster designs and eye-catching advertisements to crisp web layouts and entertaining packaging. In addition to the physical displays, individual portfolio books and self-promotionals will be available for viewing on opening night. For a preview, visit www.halfdozenmsu.com.

A 6-7 p.m. opening reception in the students’ honor will be held Thursday [Dec. 1] at the Cullis Wade gallery. Complimentary refreshments provided by The Veranda in Starkville will be served. Note: The reception is canceled due to inclement weather.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more, see at bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

According to Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney, “This year’s exhibition theme ‘Half Dozen’ is inspired by the six graduating seniors who are taking their final steps toward leaving the nest and beginning their careers.”

The “Half Dozen” exhibitors include (by hometown):

BALTIMORE, Maryland—Lorianna A. Livingston.

GREENVILLE—Adey A. Efrem.

JACKSON—Brian T. Ballou.

MERIDIAN—Andrea M. “Andee” Schuurman. She also is pursuing a bachelor’s in fashion design and merchandising in the School of Human Sciences.

PASCAGOULA—Katherine L. “Kaylie” Mitchell.

PASS CHRISTIAN—Matthew C. Garriga.

Additional gallery information is available from Powney at 662-325-2970 or suzanne@blackdogletterpress.com.

Part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu.

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