Invasion of the Graphic Designers

April 19th, 2012 Comments Off on Invasion of the Graphic Designers

The Mississippi State University Graphic Design Senior BFA Portfolio Show will be open to the public from Friday, April 20th though Monday, April 30th at the CAAD Visual Arts Center Gallery and the McComas Art Gallery.

The public is invited to a reception on Tuesday, April 24th. These 27 seniors have an impressive amount of portfolio work on display during these two weeks. Exhibited work includes posters, 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 for a sneak peek at their work.

Participating Students: AJ Pappas, Albert Hart, Alexa Werling, Alyshia Hicks, Amy Reel, Andrea Tate, Bailey Schoemaker, Beth Rhodes, Brooke Owens, Corey Childers, Cynthia Fisackerly, Danielle Brown, Ethan Head, Gabby Windham, Gary Shettles, Hal Teasler, Jaclyn Petty, Jill Sowell, Joe Beussink, Joshua Ulmer, Kareem Tate, Kyle Newton, Megan Whittington, Molly Moon, Ryan Filler, Tristan Dillard, Zack Woolfe.

The MSU Graphic Design Program is in the MSU Department of Art within the College of Architecture, Art + Design. The program was featured in an article and named one of HOW Magazine’s three design schools that “should be on your radar” in 2009. For more information, contact Professor Jamie Mixon, Graphic Design Coordinator at 662.325.2970.


Students Earn REAL Success

April 18th, 2012 Comments Off on Students Earn REAL Success

MSU Graphic Design students have won the tops awards in a national design competition, the 2012 National REAL Show. Paige McDonnell won best-of-show and Allison Keller won a gold medal in the show, which is sponsored by the Art Director’s Club of Washington, DC. There were 284 entries from 11 different schools and only 26 pieces were selected for inclusion. The judges were Nancy Bratton of Nancy Bratton Design, Tim Cripps of Threespot, and Scott Rier of Kinetik.

Paige McDonnell

The work was created in Professor Jamie Burwell Mixon’s Graphic Design 2 class this semester. Students illustrated and designed theater posters for the play, Amazons and Their Men.

Allison Keller

The Real Show is an annual competition giving college students from around the nation the opportunity to solve real-life communication design problems. This year, students competed in the areas of identity, app design, poster design and editorial design. The work will be exhibited at the DC Design Center in Washington in April.

Brenda Willemsen in Women’s Works

April 17th, 2012 Comments Off on Brenda Willemsen in Women’s Works

Brenda Willemsen, a senior Engineering major with an Art minor, has had her watercolor work “Self Portrait” accepted into “Women’s Works 2012,” a national competitive exhibition. The exhibit is presented by the Northwest Area Arts Council of Crystal Lakes (Chicago area), Illinois in Spring, 2012; it was juried by Lou Ann Burkhardt of the American Academy of Art, Nell Emerson of Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Wisconsin painter Pamela Callahan, and artists/curators/WW founders Nan Seidler and Lynn Carlson. Over 900 works were submitted to the exhibition: the jurors only accepted 120 for inclusion in the show.

For more about the show, which closes on April 29, click here.

Brenda also had watercolor works accepted into the 2012 MS Collegiate Competition and MSU Student Show. She plans to continue to build a portfolio and pursue a second degree in art or design.



Candace Hitt MFA Thesis Work

April 15th, 2012 Comments Off on Candace Hitt MFA Thesis Work

Alumni News

In 2009 Candace Hitt  graduated from the MSU Department of Art, where her concentration was in photography. Between April 21 and June 2, 2012, Candace will be exhibiting her MFA Thesis work from the University of  Memphis. The opening reception is on April 20.

The MFA Thesis exhibition STRIPPED marks the near completion of her MFA at the University of  Memphis.

For more details, click here.

Eye Candy!

April 13th, 2012 Comments Off on Eye Candy!

More ADDY Success

April 9th, 2012 Comments Off on More ADDY Success

A College of Architecture, Art and Design graphic design professor and four BFA graphic design students recently won awards in the American Advertising Federation ADDY competition.

Professor Jamie Burwell Mixon won two Silver ADDYs for poster design in the 7th District American Advertising Federation competition. Her Taylor Swift and Bob Seger posters were honored. Evan Veeder won a student Gold Addy for his poster campaign, “Helping Procrastinators Succeed.” The ADDY Awards ceremony takes place April 13 at the 7th District AAF Conference in Nashville, TN.

Evan Veeder: Post-it Posters

In addition, Mixon won Best-of-Show, a Gold Addy and three Silver ADDYs in the Tuscaloosa AAF ADDY competition in February for poster designs created for Verizon Arena. Winning work included concert posters for James Taylor, Taylor Swift, Bob Seger and Kenny Chesney. Evan Veeder won a student Gold ADDY, a Silver ADDY, and the student Judge’s Award. Other students winning Silver ADDYs were Matt Lanke (2), Jennifer Matthews, and Molly Moon.

Jamie Mixon: Bob Seger Poster

Jamie Mixon: Taylor Swift Poster

SPE @ MSU: Call for Submissions of Proposals

April 9th, 2012 Comments Off on SPE @ MSU: Call for Submissions of Proposals

Society for Photographic Education South Central Regional Conference OCT 25-28, 2012
Mississippi State University
Featured Speakers: Susan Burnstine, Kelli Connell and Todd Hido

“The courage to explore personal vision is what every photographer needs to be successful throughout his or her career. This conference calls upon photographers who challenge the norm in their approach to lens-based media. For educators it is important to examine what we believe are important factors in designing new programs in photography, and to encourage students to take creative risks as they expand personal perspectives in their work.”

Call for Submissions of proposals: All proposal formats are encouraged including lectures, image-maker presentations, graduate student presentations, panels, workshops, demonstrations, and academic practicum workshops. Regional graduate program presentations are also welcome. Proposals must include presenter’s name, email, phone and website. Proposals require a working title, a short (500 words or less) description of proposed presentation. Panel proposals are required to provide a list of participants with short bios in addition to the basic proposal information. Images should be submitted when appropriate to topic proposal.

Please email proposals to Wendy Roussin no later than 5pm CST Friday June 1st 2012.

Business professionals and industry representatives interested in being a corporate supporter of the conference, donating to the Student Scholarship Auction or have a booth in the trade show area should contact the SPE South Central Vender Liaison Amy Holmes George:

Hosted by Department of Art, Department of Communication, College of Art Architecture and Design, College of Arts and Sciences and Mississippi State University


For General Questions:
Marita Gootee

Conference Registration and Coordination:
Dominic Lippillo

Proposal Submissions and Speaker Coordination:
Wendy Roussin


Funderburk Still Curious About Walter Anderson

April 3rd, 2012 Comments Off on Funderburk Still Curious About Walter Anderson

Brent Funderburk, Mississippi State University art professor, will give an illustrated lecture,  “Every Little Soul Must Shine: Walter Anderson’s Art for Children” on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at The Mississippi Museum of Art, in Jackson, MS.  As a part of the “Still Curious? Lecture Series” sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the slide presentation will begin at 6 PM in the Trustmark Grand Hall.  According to Funderburk, Walter Inglis Anderson sought to transform culture through children. Anderson considered his children’s book designs, linoleum block prints for children’s rooms, and illustrations of classic fables and fairy tales as an alternative to the darker forces of the modern world (the atomic bomb, for example), in his own time and in ours.

Anderson: Thumbelina (linocut, 1940s)

Funderburk, a faculty member at MSU since 1982, curated the exhibition, “The Mystical Landscapes of Walter Anderson” which has toured museums in Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi since 2008.

Bostic in Red Clay Survey 2012

April 2nd, 2012 Comments Off on Bostic in Red Clay Survey 2012

Professor Alex Bostic has had two works accepted into the Red Clay Survey, a major recurring regional competition sponsored by the Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama.

Bostic: Nikki

The exhibition “takes the pulse” of contemporary Southern art every three years through a selection of work in all styles and media determined by jurors with strong national credentials. The exhibition recognizes and encourages excellence, and provides a permanent record of the development of regional art through the publication of a comprehensive, award winning catalogue.

Bostic: Rich

Works selected for the exhibition will be displayed in five galleries in the Museum’s elegant facility, located in Big Spring International Park in Downtown Huntsville. For more about the exhibition, which runs from 20th May to 16th September, click here.

Blake McCollum, Artist of the 21st Century

April 1st, 2012 Comments Off on Blake McCollum, Artist of the 21st Century

Blake McCollum has had three photographs accepted into the Artists of the 21st Century exhibition at West Tennessee Regional Art Center, Humboldt, Tennessee (WTRAC). The exhibit will run from April 02, 2012 to April 24, and the opening reception will be on April 12.  The juror, Shane Gregory is an art instructor and the Director of the Ice House Gallery in Mayfield, Kentucky. He is also a professional artist and is represented by the Swanson Reed Contemporary Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky. Shane Gregory will give a Juror Talk, 5 pm – 7 pm on April 12.

“No matter how many shoots I do with excessive and expensive strobe lights, crazy poses, beautiful models, I will always have an attachment with pure simplicity and beauty in images.” Blake says reflecting on his photography.

The Artists of the 21st Century competition was open to all undergraduate art students enrolled in a visual arts program in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Works entered were produced during the student’s undergraduate enrollment period and must have been created solely by the artist. Media may include: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, photography, printmaking, digital art, fiber art, mixed media, and jewelry.

For more information contact: The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts, 217 Gooch Hall / 538 University Street, University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN 38238.

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