HOW Recognizes Two Outstanding MSU Students

August 22nd, 2011 Comments Off on HOW Recognizes Two Outstanding MSU Students

Two of MSU’s fall 2010 BFA graphic design seniors have been chosen as Outstanding Student Award winners by HOW Design: Miranda Means and Kate Thomas. HOW recognized only three “Outstanding Students” in this year’s competition.

Miranda and Kate had their work published as full-page features in the September/October 2011 edition of the International HOW Self Promo Design Annual. Both also won an all-expenses-paid trip to the International HOW Design Conference held in Chicago in July.

In addition, the students were interviewed by HOW and Kate Thomas was also interviewed for “Design To The Beat,” an article in the same issue. This featured design work inspired by music.

The promos were created in Professor Jamie Mixon’s ART4640 Advanced Graphics Portfolio class. Students made self-promotional materials in the class and created their final portfolio of work. They were also required to present their portfolio formally, in a senior show at the end of the semester.

You can see the students’ self-promos below.

Miranda Means

Miranda Means

Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas

Faculty Exhibition, 2011

August 21st, 2011 Comments Off on Faculty Exhibition, 2011

The Department of Art’s 2011 Faculty Exhibition will take place at the Visual Arts Center (VAC) between August 30 and October 28. The opening reception will be on September 1, from 5.30 to 7.30 pm. For more details, click on the image below; for the location of the VAC, click here.


Eudora Welty in Context

August 21st, 2011 Comments Off on Eudora Welty in Context

In the 1930s, the U.S. government sent photographers throughout the country to document the effects of the Great Depression. As such, many of the photographers came to Mississippi from New York with a preconceived idea of ‘the South,’ and a social agenda purporting to combat poverty and racism. Their images treat the photographic subject as a substitute for an entire community and culture. Their images have become the dominant image of African Americans in the Depression Era. Eudora Welty returned home to Mississippi without a social agenda, and treated her subjects as individuals.

Eudora Welty in Context: Representing Race in New Deal Photography places Welty’s work on the New Deal project in the context of her contemporaries to make this point. Further complicating the representation of race in the 1930s are historical photos documenting the black community around Farish Street in Jackson. These urban, middle class, educated subjects stand in stark contrast to the predominantly white assumption of black life in Mississippi.

The exhibition will be on display from August 30 to October 28 in the Department of Art Gallery (McComas Hall). The opening reception will take place on September 8, from 5.30 to 7.30 pm.

Concovation, Fall 2011

August 18th, 2011 Comments Off on Concovation, Fall 2011

Drawn Lettering Workshop With Peter Bain

August 17th, 2011 Comments Off on Drawn Lettering Workshop With Peter Bain

Assistant Professor Peter Bain has been invited by the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers (SEGBW) to teach a workshop in September. The Guild of Book Workers is a national organization devoted to the book arts.

Peter Bain: Heading West, Touring West

“This workshop will teach traditional techniques for rendered or drawn display lettering, using historical forms as a reference point” (SEGBW Newsletter).

The workshop will take place in Columbus, Mississippi, on September 17 & 18. For more details, click here.


Runnells Wins Gold

August 16th, 2011 Comments Off on Runnells Wins Gold

Associate Professor Jamie Runnells won a Gold ADDY® at this year’s AAF’s National ADDY® Awards, June 4, in San Diego, California. The competition is a three-tier national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation. Runnells’ design for Chairs and Buildings (see below) was also awarded a Gold ADDY® at the local and regional levels.

Runnells, Chairs and Buildings

The ADDY® Awards Competition is the advertising industry’s largest and most comprehensive competition for creative excellence. Of the 1382 entries received at the national level, only 87 entries were awarded Gold ADDYs®. Among the other winners were notable design firms Leo Burnett, BBDO, Chronicle Books, and Design Army. Click here for a list of all the winners.


Brent Funderburk, Our Person

August 16th, 2011 Comments Off on Brent Funderburk, Our Person

A profile of Professor Brent Funderburk is currently featuring on the front page of Mississippi State University’s web page. The profile is part of the University’s “Our People” series, and you can read it here.

Brent Funderburk (photo credit: Megan Bean)

“Perhaps Funderburk’s most radiating characteristic is the happiness of a person simply doing what he was born to do. Funderburk is an artist who gets to live, breathe, and teach art. And he says interacting with his students keeps him young.”

Whitley and Thomas Win Color In Design Award

August 16th, 2011 Comments Off on Whitley and Thomas Win Color In Design Award

Last year, senior graphic design students Dave Whitley and Kate Thomas collaborated on a Cotton District Arts Festival poster. It is currently featured as a winner in the Color In Design Awards issue of Print and How Magazines, as well as featured on their website.

Whitley and Thomas, Cotton District Arts Festival Poster

A team of color experts from Pantone and the design industry evaluated nearly 775 entries based on color-focused criteria. These included how the palette (whether one or multiple colors) enhanced the design and how colors added to the design’s impact and effectiveness. They also looked for bold uses of color and innovative combinations. The team consisted of Pantone’s marketing director, Giovanni Marra, Print’s former art director, Tonya Douraghy, and the Imprint color columnist and contributing editor, Jude Stewart. The panel selected 40 winners, which the Print staff then narrowed down to 15 projects.

Read more at Color in Design Awards 2011.

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