Bostic Star Wars Art

October 29th, 2010 Comments Off on Bostic Star Wars Art

George Lucas drew upon the work of N. C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell for his own visual inspiration and has now invited more than 100 well-known and promising artists to draw upon the entire Star Wars galaxy for inspiration. Among them is the Art Department’s Professor Alexander Bostic, whose Lando as a Boy is included in the new book, Star Wars Art: Visions.

Alex Bostic, Lando as a Boy

When Star Wars debuted in 1977, it revolutionized mainstream American filmmaking, transporting fans to new galaxies and introducing them to countless now-classic characters, aliens, planets, and starships. In the decades since, the Star Wars Saga has become a phenomenon impacting cultures across the globe.

The book features pieces by renowned artists such as Amano, Allan R. Banks, Harley Brown, Gary Carter, James Christensen, Michael Coleman, Kinuko Craft, Jim Dietz, Phillipe Druillet, Donato Giancola, Ann Hanson, H. R. Giger, Daniel Greene, Ron Kleeman, Arantzazu Martinez, Syd Mead, Moebius, Paul Oxborough, Alex Ross, Anthony J. Ryder, Dolfi Stoki, William Stout, Dan Thompson, Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo, Scott Waddell, and Jamie Wyeth.

To see more of Bostic’s art, visit his website.

Benjamin Harvey, Recent Publications

October 12th, 2010 Comments Off on Benjamin Harvey, Recent Publications

Dr. Benjamin Harvey’s work on Virginia Woolf and the visual arts has been published in three different venues this year. His chapter on “Virginia Woolf, Art Galleries and Museums” was included in The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). The book, which was written by “international recognized authors” is, according to the publishers, “the most authoritative and up-to-date guide to Virginia Woolf’s artistic influences and associations.”

Palgrave Macmillan published another chapter by Harvey, “Woolf, Fry, and The Psycho-Aesthetics of Solidity,”  in their Virginia Woolf’s Bloomsbury: Aesthetic Theory and Literary Practice (2010). The volume considers “themes including eco-criticism, women as intellectuals and writers, implications of spaces and places, questions of identity and ideas of the self, and how Woolf’s work has influenced writers from outside Woolf’s own literary circle and cultural milieu.”

Finally, The Virginia Woolf Bulletin (no. 35, September 2010) reprinted an excerpt from one of Harvey’s previous publications.  “Wood is a Pleasant Thing to Think About” originally appeared as part of Harvey’s “Lightness Visible: An Appreciation of Bloomsbury’s Books and Blocks” in the exhibition catalog, A Room Of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections (Cornell University Press, 2008). The excerpt addresses a rare broadside that combines the words of Woolf with the woodcuts of her sister, Vanessa Bell.

Woolf and Bell, Chelsea Book Club Broadside, 1921

Stuart Clarke notes in his editorial that “as a matter of (unstated and unformulated) policy, we never reprint material. Well, hardly ever. In this issue of the Bulletin we have reprinted Ben Harvey’s discussion of the somewhat mysterious Chelsea Book Club Broadside (c.1921)…. Harvey’s is the most extensive and enlightening discussion of the broadside that we have come across.”

“Three cups of Tea”–Invitational Exhibition

October 10th, 2010 Comments Off on “Three cups of Tea”–Invitational Exhibition

MSU Department of Art will sponsor its first ceramics exhibition entitled “Three Cups of Tea Invitational.”  The exhibition is inspired by Greg Mortenson’s book, Three Cups of Tea.  It follows Mortenson’s journey to build schools for girls in Afghanistan.  Haji Ali, the Korphe village chief commented that, “ [in Afghanistan and Pakistan] we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to anything – even die.” 

In this exhibition, the cup of tea and the experience of that cup of tea become metaphors for community.  The exhibition will include both functional and nonfunctional interpretations of the cup by contemporary national artists.

This exhibition will be held in McComas Gallery on the MSU campus September 7 through October 28, 2010 and is open to all students, faculty, members of the university and surrounding communities.  It will allow viewers to experience diverse cultural, artistic, and technical approaches to the cup.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 (5.30-7.00 p.m.).  Gallery hours are 10 4 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday).

Fossil Wall Sculpture

October 10th, 2010 Comments Off on Fossil Wall Sculpture

An official unveiling of the Dunn-Seiler Fossil Wall Sculpture will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m., at the museum in the Department of Geosciences, Hilbun Hall. The event is being held on the first ever U.S National Fossil Day.

The museum welcomes its new fossil wall sculpture as a collaborative effort between the Departments of Art, Geosciences, and Landscape Architecture. The project became a reality with funding support through the MSU Public Artist Incentive Program of the Office of the President.

Art professor Robert Long worked closely with Renee Clary, geosciences assistant professor and museum director, and Bob Brzuszek, landscape architecture associate professor, in the design and development of a multi-paneled wall sculpture that reflects the Cretaceous landscape revealed in rocks and fossils surrounding the MSU campus. The sculpture will be on permanent display at the entrance to the Dunn-Seiler Museum.

Global Reflections

October 9th, 2010 Comments Off on Global Reflections

Global Reflections, an exhibition of Soon Ee Ngoh’s recent drawings and prints, will be on display at the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery from September 4 to October 31, 2010.  There will be an opening reception on Tuesday September 28, from 5 to 7pm.

Global Reflections is sponsored by the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center.

AC/DC Coffee Table Book

October 6th, 2010 Comments Off on AC/DC Coffee Table Book

Professor Jamie Burwell Mixon’s 2009 AC/DC concert poster designed for Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR is featured in a newly released book.

Mixon's AC/DC Poster (2009)

Phil Sutcliffe’s AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock ‘N’ Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History (Voyageur Press) follows the band from its roots in Sydney, Australia, to its most recent releases and sold-out world tours. Mixon has designed concert posters for Verizon Arena since 2004.

Book cover and interior

Carl Carbonell in HOW

October 5th, 2010 Comments Off on Carl Carbonell in HOW

HOW magazine has named Carl Carbonell’s Senior Portfolio website a “TOP 10 Website for Designers.” Carl graduated from the Graphic Design program in May 2010. HOW picks ten inspirational websites per month from around the world. Congratulations Carl!

You can visit here.

Julia and Varina Take Tea

October 1st, 2010 Comments Off on Julia and Varina Take Tea

Annie Coggan’s theoretical work is research-based.   Reading history, visits to house museums and pilgrimages to historic sites results in a built manifestation, a chair and room, a place. The work tries to examine questions of economics, sensibility and cultural values by reinventing the material culture of the subject. The research provides the impetus for design decisions and offers a take on history, identity and values by embellishing the reality with design interventions.

Most recently her focus has been on the collection of ephemera that resides at the Ulysses S. Grant Collection at Mississippi State University.  For the collection’s reading room, Coggan designed two upholstered pieces of furniture that would illustrate Grant’s military movements through the Mississippi countryside during the Civil War. These pieces are on view courtesy of the Ulysses S. Grant Collection.

Coggan’s method of working through embroidery and upholstered furniture is part of a career- long exploration the relationship between furniture and storytelling. For this exhibition, Coggan has developed a sitting room that depicts the meeting of Ulysses S. Grant’s widow, Julia Grant, and Jefferson Davis’ widow, Varina Davis, in New York City long after the Civil War.  The stories on the furniture illustrate the journeys the two women each made through the war years.

The Visual Arts Center exhibition will also include drawings from the series “Julia Grant’s Opera Shawl and All that it Suggests,” as well as earlier drawings and chairs from the Walker Evans series.

These works are on view from October 4th, 2010 to October 28th, 2010. The gallery hours are Tue-Fri 10am to 4pm, Saturday 2pm to 4pm.

Visual Arts Center 1, 808 University Drive, Starkville, Mississippi


October 1st, 2010 Comments Off on Low-Tech

Exploring the connection between dreams and reality, photography by a Mississippi State University art professor will be on display through Oct. 30 in an exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colo.

MSU professor Marita Gootee’s images from her series, Poolside, will begin showing Friday [Oct. 1] at the prestigious gallery. The images fit into the theme of “Low-tech,” the name of the exhibition that looks at images made through primitive camera technology and includes works of 42 photographers representing Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Marita Gootee, Poolside

Crista Dix, the founder and director of wall space gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara, Calif., and juror for the exhibition, said using low-tech methods for photography in an increasingly technically sophisticated field helps focus on the intent of each artist.

“In this world of high-tech gadgets, megapixels and digital color management, the craft of photography is often buried in the details,” Dix said. “The low-tech approach allows us to talk about the images, what the intent of the artist is, and the craft and creativity of photography.”

With images titled “Lobster,” “Spy Shark,” and “Shadows,” Gootee’s photos in the exhibition were originally taken with an 8 by 10 pinhole camera using 809 Polaroid film, scanned and enlarged to 16 by 20 digital prints.

“The original 8 by 10 images are unique one-of-a-kind works of art and very delicate,” the art professor said.

Gootee, who received her master of fine arts degree from Indiana State University, has had photographs featured in showings from Florida to Nevada and Virginia to Mississippi. She said her work, which recently received support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, doesn’t seek to find the grand truths in life. Instead, her pieces serve as reminders of the special in the everyday.

“It’s the small moments that come together to make life special,” she said.

At MSU’s Starkville campus, larger images of Lobster and Shadows can be viewed in the Sanderson Center as part of the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design’s public art incentive program.

By Robbie Ward, University Relations

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