Art Department to hold events for Maroon Edition

July 31st, 2012 Comments Off on Art Department to hold events for Maroon Edition

The Department of Art is hosting two art exhibits this fall in association with Mississippi State Maroon Edition events.

The book selection for the 2012–2013 academic year is Unbowed: A Memoir by the late Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai. In her book, Maathai tells the story of environmental destruction in Kenya and how it intensifies poverty and social conflict.

Inside-Out, Outside-In, August 31–October 3, 2012, is an exhibit of fiber arts by Mary Hark and Nnenna Okore, two contemporary artists with strong connections to cultures in West Africa. The title for the exhibit expresses the artistic relationship each has with their environment.

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Alumna Kristen Ley featured in Jackson Free Press

July 30th, 2012 Comments Off on Alumna Kristen Ley featured in Jackson Free Press

Kristen Ley, a 2007 graphic design alumna, was recently featured in the Jackson Free Press, “the definitive source of information for news, music, restaurants, reviews, and events in Jackson, MS.”

Ley’s painting was the cover design of the “Chick Issue 2012,” and she was also featured in the “Chicks We Love” section.

She recently opened a shop on Etsy, Thimblepress. Her Facebook page describes Thimblepress as “a letterpress studio, an art studio, sewing studio, design studio, woodworking studio, and basically anything creative that I want to try my hand at next.”

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Department of Art receives grant

July 11th, 2012 Comments Off on Department of Art receives grant

SOFA VivianBeer WexlerGallery Ruby Red Slipper (Anchored Candy no. 3), 2010

SOFA CHICAGO 2011 – Vivian Beer, Ruby Red Slipper (Anchored Candy No. 3), 2010 steel, automotive paint, and patina, 36 x 26 x 52,” Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Critz Campbell, a professor in the MSU Department of Art, has received a $30,000 grant.

Campbell said the money, which will be paid equally over two years, will be used for the enhancement of the 3D area and to initiate a visiting artist program.

Campbell has allocated $3,000 of the funds to the Visiting Artist Committee.

The professor also plans to take a group of 3D students to Chicago in November to The International Exhibit of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA).

Campbell explained SOFA to be a large venue with around 200 crafts and fine art galleries exhibiting at Navy Pier.

His goal for the trip is to “help students get a sense of how they can develop themselves professionally and see what the real market is like.”

SOFA also hosts numerous seminars and lectures from prominent craftspeople, and Campbell said he would also use the opportunity to bring students to some of the many museums and other cultural exhibits Chicago has to offer.

This is the second grant the sculpture/3D area has received from the same foundation to initiate an endowment.

“I’m hoping to use this grant to get us rolling and encourage others to help us keep it going,” Campbell said.

Department of Art represented at Folklife Festival

July 11th, 2012 Comments Off on Department of Art represented at Folklife Festival

The day he departed from the festival in D.C., Professor Critz Campbell rented a Kayak and paddled down the Potomac River to the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. He said it was a neat experience and could just imagine a ship taking in the same views. “That helped me understand why the founding fathers wanted to build it there,” he said.

Art Professor Critz Campbell recently served as a volunteer delegate representing Mississippi State at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall.

This year’s exhibit celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act that established MSU as a land-grant institution.

Along with “Maggie the milk cow” and the EcoCAR, diverse artwork from MSU was displayed in the festival’s marketplace.

When not working the booths at the Mall, Campbell took time to take in the D.C. experience.

He enjoyed exploring the Smithsonian and said his favorite exhibit was Suprasensorial, at the Hirshhorn museum.

“It pertains to my own research, and it was a really dynamic show,” he said. “It’s work that I’ve never had the chance to see face to face before. I’ve known about it for many years; it’s nice to get a chance to see it.”


“Untitled” by Dan Flavin

“Blue Penetrable” by Jesus Rafael Soto

“Blue Penetrable” by Jesus Rafael Soto

(Photos taken by Critz Campbell)  For more photos from the festival, visit Mississippi State’s Facebook page.

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