Newton Shows Depth with Frog

January 27th, 2012 Comments Off on Newton Shows Depth with Frog

Kyle Newton, a graphic design student in the Department of Art, has had a depth-of-field project accepted into CMYK Magazine #52. His picture of a frog was made for a Photo Survey class taught by Jason Demarte. (Demarte now teaches at Eastern Michigan University.) “The assignment,” Kyle explains, “was to take images with high/low depths of field. I found this frog and saw that it would make a great composition alone.” Kyle was “ecstatic” when he discovered his work would be included in the magazine.

Kyle Newton: "Depth-of-Field Study"

The juror for the photography section of CMYK Magazine #52 magazine was Marc Piron, of Redlands, CA. The magazine will be on newsstands in late February 2012.


Adelaide Paul and Dylan Collins Exhibitions

January 25th, 2012 Comments Off on Adelaide Paul and Dylan Collins Exhibitions

The Mississippi State University Department of Art is pleased to host two exhibitions from January 17-February 29, 2012.

Adelaide Paul: Consumption
Visual Arts Center Gallery
808 University Drive, Starkville, MS
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 10-4pm
Closing Reception: Tuesday, February 28, 5:30-7pm

Adelaide Paul received her MFA from Louisiana State University and currently teaches anatomy at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her ceramic sculptures of animals are depicted as though illogically crossbred with furniture. Her work stands in opposition to breeding animals as commodities, particularly because as commodities they are by nature disposable. The Department of Art would like to thank the College of Veterinary Medicine for co-sponsoring Adelaide Paul’s exhibition.

Adelaide Paul, Thrall (Babyblues), 2010

Dylan Collins: Color Coded
McComas Gallery
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 10-4pm
Closing Reception: Tuesday, February 28, 6:30-8pm

Dylan Collins received his MFA from Kent State University and currently teaches sculpture and design at West Virginia University. His steel, rubber, plastic, and cast aluminum sculptures imitate anatomical models of bodily systems. By fragmenting his forms and introducing illogical elements into the system, his work opposes popular culture’s imposed order on the human body.

Dylan Collins, Half Calf (detail), 2009

Jude Landry in grain edit

January 24th, 2012 Comments Off on Jude Landry in grain edit

Grain edit, an influential design blog, has recently showcased Jude Landry’s work. The blog describes itself as focusing “on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.” You can access the piece here.

grain edit (screenshot)

The blog makes the following observation: “Rather than a specific style often repeated, Jude’s work feels more conceptually driven. The thoughtfulness and detail is evident in each project. At the core, though, it’s very approachable and readable.”

Are you the Type Truck type?

January 15th, 2012 Comments Off on Are you the Type Truck type?

Interested in typography? Then here’s an event that will interest you, taking place just down the road, in Columbus, Mississippi.

The Movable Type Truck will visit The Southern Letterpress for an all-hands-on-deck letterpress printing showdown on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 2-7 p.m. Kyle will park The Movable Type Truck in front of The Southern on Main Street, and open it for printing. We invite everyone to come help us print a multi-press collaborative project, using all the presses in both shops. Kyle will give a talk about her adventures at 6 p.m. The Southern Letterpress and Job Printing is located at 516 Main Street in downtown Columbus, Mississippi.

Come see! Come print! No experience necessary! FREE and open to the public!

Q: What is The Movable Type Truck?
A: A 1982 Chevy step van which Kyle Durrie, a letterpress printer, has converted into a fully functional letterpress print shop. The back of the truck has been outfitted with built-in cabinets and workspace, a sign press from the mid 20th century, and an 1873 Golding Official No. 3 tabletop platen press. Kyle is spending a year driving all over North America, teaching workshops, doing demos, and generally spreading the good word about printing the old fashioned way. Check out her blog:

Q: What is The Southern Letterpress and Job Printing?
A: The Southern Letterpress and Job Printing is located in Columbus, Mississippi on the ground floor of the Dispatch building at 516 Main Street. We operate a Vandercook printing press SP-15 and have a collection of metal and wood type in an array of styles. We print postcards and small book editions about a wide range of topics from pop culture cliches to Mississippi history. Jessica Peterson is the proprietor.

Q: What is letterpress printing (according to Jessica)?
A: Letterpress printing was popularized around 1450 AD and has been the dominant way to print text in books and broadsides for more than 500 years. Although offset and digital printing have replaced letterpress in the last thirty years, it has recently regained popularity as a way to produce beautiful and high quality printed materials. Letterpress uses movable type to print words.

Q: What is movable type (according to Kyle)?
A: Quite literally, moveable type is the system of printing that uses moveable pieces of type – individual letters, numbers, characters – to reproduce the elements of a document. Invented in China, but popularized by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, moveable type was like the internet for the 15th century, allowing widespread reproduction of printed materials like books, announcements, and advertising.

Q: Why should I come to this event?
A: This isn’t just about nerdy printing history or typography! This is an awesome, cultural arts event, part sideshow, part printing, part demonstration. You don’t want to miss it.

Art Department 3 in Creative Quarterly 24

January 13th, 2012 Comments Off on Art Department 3 in Creative Quarterly 24

Three members of the Department of Art have had their work chosen for inclusion in Creative Quarterly (24), a prestigious international journal of art and design.

Professor Alex Bostic was a winner in the “Fine Art: Professional” category and Professor Jamie Mixon’s work was included in the “Graphic Design: Professional: Runner Up” area. Last but not least, Dave Whitley, a student in the department, was a winner in the “Graphic Design: Student” category.

Alex Bostic, Nikki

Jamie Mixon, Taylor Swift Poster

Art directors, graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and fine artists from all countries compete for inclusion in the journal. So many congratulations to Alex, Jamie, and Dave!

You can read more about issue 24 of Creative Quarterly here.



Nate Trott in National Exhibition!

January 11th, 2012 Comments Off on Nate Trott in National Exhibition!

Photography student Nate Trott has had his image Untitled: Church 3 accepted into a juried exhibition. The work will appear in the 5th Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show at Rayko Photographic Center in San Francisco. For more information about the exhibition, click here.

The exhibition dates are January 18 to March 6, 2012, and the opening reception, which is open to the public, will be on January 18 from 6-8 pm. So if you happen to be in San Francisco, go and check out Nate’s work!


Heidi Robinson is Published

January 11th, 2012 Comments Off on Heidi Robinson is Published

Photography student Heidi Robinson has had two of her recent images selected for a daily calendar project titled POLADARIUM 2012. Published by  the German publisher Seltmann+Sohne, the calendar was edited by Lars Harmsen and Raban Ruddigkeit. You can buy a copy here.

Heidi has also been involved with the Polaboy project from Lightboys, another German company. Lightboys developed a one meter high, luminous Polaroid frame. It is made of a high quality white wood for the picture frame in an SX70 1:10 format. In this frame, they backlight the scanned original Polaroid and expose it on a special slide film material. For more about Polaboy, click here.

Future Nation Brand

January 10th, 2012 Comments Off on Future Nation Brand

Assistant Professor Peter Bain has collaborated with David Comberg, from the University of Pennsylvania, on a work entitled “Future Nation Brand.” Their work, which imagines a country called Anondia, will be included in the exhibition “We The Designers: Reframing Political Issues in the Obama Era.”

The show will be held at the National Press Club, Washington D.C., and will run from January 16 to February 11, 2012.

Lydia Thompson Elected to NCAA Board

January 9th, 2012 Comments Off on Lydia Thompson Elected to NCAA Board

Congratulations to Lydia Thompson, the Head of the Department of Art, who has recently been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of the National Council for Art Administrators (NCAA).

The NCAA is an organization of arts professionals representing programs in schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States. Membership is open to Department Chairs, Deans, Directors and Presidents of Art Schools, Directors of University affiliated museums, and others in leadership positions in the arts in higher education. For more about the organization, click here.

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