Wyatt Williamson Wins Award

November 17th, 2011 Comments Off on Wyatt Williamson Wins Award

Wyatt Williamson, an MSU photography student, was awarded a Student Travel Scholarship of $500 by the south-central region of the  Society for Photographic Education (SPE). He was the only undergraduate in the region to receive the award. The money allowed Wyatt to attend an SPE Regional Conference in San Antonio called “A River Runs Through It: Perception vs Reality TV, Inconvenient Truths and Other Reactions on the Battle of the Alamo.” (For more details about the conference, click here.)

Wyatt receives his award. Photo by Jay Gould.

Supporting Wyatt at the conference were Professors Gootee and Lippillo, as well as several other photography students. Below, members of the group pose in front of the Red Taco Food Truck in San Antonio.

Design Monsters

November 15th, 2011 Comments Off on Design Monsters

The Mississippi State University Graphic Design Senior BFA Show entitled “Design Monsters” is open to the public from Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2 at the College of Architecture, Art + Design Visual Arts Center Gallery on University Drive.

The public is invited to a reception honoring these monstrously talented students at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 29. Throughout the next two weeks, a dozen seniors will exhibit their excellent and diverse portfolio work which includes Posters, Screenprints, Illustrations, Packaging, Editorial Design, Advertising Design, Identity Design, Self-promotional materials and more. Students’ final portfolio books will be on display the night of the reception. Visit the senior portfolio website www.msudesignmonsters.com to glimpse works by the following MSU design monsters:

Bryan Barham
Kirby Davis
Claire Ferguson
Matthew Fisackerly
Holly Gullett
Joyce Li
Jennifer Matthews
Jennifer McCaskill
Haley Samms
Katherine Smith
Tiffany Stewart
Mark Whitmire

The MSU Graphic Design Program is in the MSU Department of Art within the College of Architecture, Art + Design. In 2009 this program was featured in an article and named one of HOW Magazine’s three design schools that “should be on your radar”. For more information, contact Professor Jamie Mixon, Graphic Design Coordinator and Head Monster at 325.2970.

Jiatian Li, Exhibition and Painting Demonstration

November 4th, 2011 Comments Off on Jiatian Li, Exhibition and Painting Demonstration

As a part of activities celebrating International Education Week, the Mississippi State University Department of Art , the College of Architecture, Art, + Design, and the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center will present “The Paintings of Jiatian Li” on campus during November, 2011. It is Li’s first solo exhibition in the U.S.

Li, Change into a Butterfly, 2010

The exhibit will be on display in the Mississippi State University Welcome Center/Cullis Wade Depot Gallery from November 14 to November 18. Gallery hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The gallery is located on the second floor, in the same complex as the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

A public reception honoring the artist Jiatian Li will be given at 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 17. Refreshments will be served and Professor Li will be present. On the same day, at 1.30 PM, a painting demonstration will take place in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery. The artist will demonstrate his creative process, which engages the traditional as well as modern style of Chinese brush painting on paper.

Jiatian Lee

Li, a university professor in Beijing’s Technology and Business University, has been identified in China as a significant figure in bridging traditional and modern art. He received his Master’s degree in traditional Chinese painting (2003) and Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (1995) from Minzu University in Beijing. With years of training in traditional Chinese painting, Jiatian Li is dedicated to offering the world an integrated modern vision, classically informed by the ancient and revered foundations of Chinese art. He also draws strength from Western art.

Li ‘s vivid, yet nuanced, figurative works have appeared in Chinese national publications such as Art Magazine, Art Observation, Art, National Pictorial, and China Daily. He has published a book entitled “Portraits of the Ethnic Minorities in China,” and has been awarded a number of prizes, including the Silver Prize at the National Exhibition of Meticulous-Style Painting.

Li, from “Portraits of the Ethnic Minorities in China”

According to MSU Art professor Brent Funderburk, “Li’s skill of hand is virtuosic; his painting represents acts of careful planning and, yet, a bravura performance of tools and materials, and his color is psychologically brilliant. This offers a major opportunity to our students and community to see a culture-changing vanguard and a young master of the Chinese art legacy.”


Kate Thomas Recognized by HOW (Again!)

November 2nd, 2011 Comments Off on Kate Thomas Recognized by HOW (Again!)

Congrats to 2010 Department of Art graduate, Kate Thomas. Kate’s website for her Little Things Studio business was chosen by the editors of HOW Design for inclusion in their November 2011 list of “Top 10 Websites for Designers.” Each month, HOW editors peruse hundreds of websites to find the best of the best. In reviewing these websites, the editors are looking for exceptional design as well as functionality.

Little Things Studio (screenshot)

This is not the first time HOW has featured Kate’s work. This summer, HOW named Kate one of its “Outstanding Student Award winners,” and her website was first included in the “Top 10 Websites for Designers” less than a year ago, in December 2010.

Kate Thomas, Fabric Designs

You can visit the website for Little Things Studio here.

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