Funderburk Receives Award in National Biennial 2012

March 31st, 2012 Comments Off on Funderburk Receives Award in National Biennial 2012

Juror Dean Mitchell selected three paintings by Brent Funderburk for the 8th Biennial National Art Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, FL, which will show from February 4 through March 11, 2012.

Perfect Storm

With 500 entries from thirty-two states, 128 works were chosen.  Funderburk won the Third Prize and $750 for his Watercolor painting “Ascension.” Also selected were “Perfect Storm” and “When My Ship Comes In.”


SEEK: Senior Thesis Exhibition

March 30th, 2012 Comments Off on SEEK: Senior Thesis Exhibition

Sixteen MSU art students will be displaying their work in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, “SEEK” which will be on display in three MSU galleries from April 3rd to April 13th 2012, with a public reception on April 12th.

These senior students are in Mississippi State University’s Fine Art BFA degree program. They have spent their undergraduate careers seeking to create the work that demonstrates the skills they’ve acquired and the journey they have and will continue to take. You don’t want to miss it!

The sixteen students are: Tammie Adam,  Katie Douglas, Raphael Ellis, Karen Ervin, Brittany Hearne, Bradley Keel, Shelana Kelly, Blake McCollum, Alexis McGrigg, Jeff Porter, Paul Richey, Heidi Robinson, Tyler Robinson, Merrileigh Rutherford, Nate Trott, and Wyatt Williamson.

SEEK opens Tuesday April 3rd and runs through Friday April 13th. A public reception for this exhibition will be held Thursday April 12th at the Department of Art Gallery downstairs in McComas Hall at 5:30pm (with student introductions at 6:00pm), will move to the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery at 6:15pm, and will end Visual Arts Center (VAC) at 7:00pm. For more information, please contact the MSU Department of Art at (662) 325-2970.

Heidi Robinson


Paul Richey

Funderburk joins Mississippi Story

March 27th, 2012 Comments Off on Funderburk joins Mississippi Story

Brent Funderburk’s painting Wave (Reclamation) was recently selected to join the permanent collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, in Jackson, MS.  The large watercolor, which was completed in 2009, will be shown as a part of “The Mississippi Story.” This consists of over 200 works by Mississippi artists and “reveals the remarkable history of visual arts in the Magnolia State.”

The Mississippi Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the state.




William Culpepper Talk

March 20th, 2012 Comments Off on William Culpepper Talk

As part of the Harrison Lecture series, William Culpepper, the innovative and acclaimed graphic designer, will be giving a public talk at 4.00 p.m. this Friday (24th March) in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium, Giles Hall.

For more about Culpepper, take a look at his website. Hope to see you there!

Anna Sanders Wins Competition

March 18th, 2012 Comments Off on Anna Sanders Wins Competition

MSU photography student Anna Sanders is among the winners of a Photographer’s Forum competition, the 2012 Best of College & High School Photography. Anna’s photograph was one of 1303 images accepted from 17,700 works submitted worldwide. It will be published in the Best of College Photography 2012 annual. Photographer’s Forum is an award-winning quarterly publication dedicated to quality reproduction of photography in the United States and Canada.

The jurors for the competition were Dr. Janet  Bonsall, University of Central Missouri, Christopher Broughton of the Brooks Institute of Photography, and Mark Takeuchi of the Art Center College of Design.

The Student Competitive Show and the AIGA Show

March 16th, 2012 Comments Off on The Student Competitive Show and the AIGA Show

The Mississippi State University Department of Art is holding two concurrent exhibitions with receptions on March 22nd: The Student Competitive Show and the AIGA Show.

The Student Competitive Show is held annually, and all MSU students were invited to submit works to be shown. The work in the exhibition was selected by two jurors outside of the University. The 2012 jurors are Dr. Lisa Freiman and Brigid McCarren. Dr. Freiman is senior curator of contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art. She served as U.S. Commissioner to the 2011 Venice Biennale, a significant international contemporary art exhibition. Brigid McCarren is the Art Director for HOW Magazine, a major journal and resource for the field of graphic design. The AIGA Show is an exhibition of work produced by student members of a national organization that provides professional development in the broad field of communication design.

The Student Competitive Show is held at McComas Gallery through March 23rd. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10-4pm with a reception on Thursday, March 22nd beginning at 5:30pm.

The AIGA Show is held at the Visual Arts Center (808 University Drive in Starkville) through March 23rd. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10-4pm with a reception on Thursday, March 22nd beginning at 6:30pm.

Collegiate Art Competition Winners!

March 10th, 2012 Comments Off on Collegiate Art Competition Winners!

A big congratulations goes out to five MSU students for receiving the Juror’s Award in the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition in the following categories:

Samuel Brown for Printmaking; Thomas McBroom for Drawing; Tyler Robinson for Sculpture; Whitten Sabbatini for Photography; and Marion Morrow for Graphic Design.

Here are pictures of the winning works:

Samuel Brown: Bar Babies


Thomas McBroom: Color Still-Life


Tyler Robinson: Bamboo Stool Set


Whitten Sabbatini: Untitled 7


Marion Morrow: Rascal Flatts Album Design

The Juror was Melissa Harshman, Professor of Printmaking at the University of Georgia. She selected just 136 works out of the 1046 entries. Out of the 136 works exhibited this year, 37 came from MSU. We took 5 out of 13 categories, and 10 different Mississippi universities participated.

Bill Dunlap Talk

March 6th, 2012 Comments Off on Bill Dunlap Talk

Bill Dunlap, the acclaimed Mississippi painter, will be giving a talk–“Confessions of an Itinerant Painter”–in Giles Hall Auditorium on Wednesday March 28th, at 11.00 a.m.

Dunlap has distinguished himself as an artist, arts commentator and educator, during a career that has spanned more than three decades.

His paintings, sculpture and constructions are included in prestigious collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum, Mobil Corporation, Riggs Bank, IBM Corporation, Federal Express, The Equitable Collection, Rogers Ogden Collection, Arkansas Art Center, the United States State Department, and United States Embassies throughout the world.

Honored in his field, Mr. Dunlap has received awards and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Foundation for study and travel in Southeast Asia, Warhol Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art/RJR Nabisco Visual Artists Award, and the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

He is an inspired speaker and has lectured on art related subjects at colleges, universities, institutions and professional conferences. He serves as arts commentator on WETA-TV’s cultural round table show, “Around Town.”

Dunlap has an M.F.A. from the University of Mississippi, and taught at Appalachian State University in North Carolina (1970-79) and Memphis State University (1979-80.) He currently maintains studios in McLean, Virginia; Mathiston, Mississippi and Coral Gables, Florida.

For more about William Dunlap, click here.


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