Bostic keeping busy, selected for numerous exhibits

August 31st, 2012 Comments Off on Bostic keeping busy, selected for numerous exhibits

DUPREE | Alex Bostic

Associate Professor Alex Bostic’s painting, DUPREE, is part of the exhibition, Artists by Artists.

The exhibition draws on the historical precedent of artists portraying fellow artists in works ranging from loose sketches to formal portraits.  These works were normally kept in the personal collections of the artists and seldomly seen by the public.

The goal of Artists by Artists is to share such works by outstanding artists from around the state of Mississippi. This exhibition includes more than 75 portraits and provides a rare glimpse into the unique relationships between artists.

The cost of the exhibit is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 students and is scheduled to open this fall at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

The price also includes admission to To Paint and Pray.

Visit the Artists by Artists website for more about the exhibit.

John Jay | Alex Bostic

China-Town (N.Y.) | Alex Bostic

Richeson exhibit
Bostic also had two oil paintings selected for The Richeson 75 International, Figure Portrait 2012 exhibit.  The paintings that were chosen were titled John Jay and China-Town (N.Y.).

From October 8 through December 7, 2012, the work of the 75 finalists can be seen in both the Richeson Gallery and the online exhibit.

Jack Richeson & Co. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality art materials. As part of the company’s mission to support the visual arts community, they operate the Richeson School of Art & Gallery and have created the Richeson75 International Art Competitions. The competitions are meant to offer a venue in which established and emerging artists may show their latest, best work to a wide and appreciative audience.

Solo exhibit

The MSU professor has also had a solo exhibition at the Bulawayo National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The exhibition was titled The Works of Alex Bostic from the Museum collection called The Mermaids.

Haupt paintings selected for TEJAS Gallery exhibition

August 30th, 2012 Comments Off on Haupt paintings selected for TEJAS Gallery exhibition

Art Professor Jeffrey Haupt has had three works chosen for the TEJAS Gallery exhibition in Dayton, Ohio.

The national juried exhibition begins on September 7, 2012, with an opening reception from 6 – 9 p.m.  The final day of the exhibit is Sept. 28.

Haupt’s works, Triad #11, Triad #15 and Triad #17, are 5”x5” oil paintings on panel.

According to its website:
The goal at TEJAS is to promote new talent, create an interest in art that is different, host solo shows of both established and upcoming artists and maintain an extensive stock of high-quality art in every medium, within a wide price-range.

Good turnout, lots of fun at Will Bryant reception

August 30th, 2012 Comments Off on Good turnout, lots of fun at Will Bryant reception

More than 100 people turned out for Will Bryant’s RETROSPECTACLE reception on Aug. 29.

Representatives were present from across campus, and a good time was had by all.

Attendees had the opportunity to purchase some of Bryant’s merchandise and especially enjoyed taking photos wearing some of Bryant’s medals in the photo booth.

“It was definitely fun for the whole family,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, a lecturer in the MSU Department of Art and the programs coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs. “It’s a very interactive exhibit. It’s definitely one where people can go and hold the artwork.”

If you missed the reception, you can still go take a photo wearing a medal and see some of the other great artwork.  The exhibit will stay open through October 3 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

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Haug takes home honorable mention at national juried show

August 30th, 2012 Comments Off on Haug takes home honorable mention at national juried show

Rowan Haug, a lecturer in the Department of Art at Mississippi State, recently had a piece selected for the juried national show, Fiber Options: Material Explorations.

The show was held in July at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, Md., and featured a selection of fiber works from across the country.

The exhibit was juried by J. Susan Isaacs, professor of art history and curator of department galleries at Towson University and curator of special projects at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.

Professor Haug received an honorable mention for her piece and took home a small cash award.

Bryant: Exhibit is about connecting with people, having fun

August 29th, 2012 Comments Off on Bryant: Exhibit is about connecting with people, having fun

So much for saving the best for last. Will Bryant put his favorite part of RESTROSPECTACLE front and center.
Bryant, a 2008 MSU graphic design alumnus, is back in Starkville for his month-long solo exhibit, which showcases his illustration/graphic design work since leaving MSU.
The first (and his favorite) part of the exhibit is his representation of trophies in what looks like a trophy case.
“A fake case for fake trophies,” he said.
Bryant went on to explain that the “trophies” are actually an extension of drawing. He likes that they have a deceiving aspect in that they look heavy but are actually very light and are constructed out of leftover Styrofoam.
“Not knowing what the outcome would be and the problems you have to face along the way,” made the end result even more fulfilling. “And they are wacky looking,” he added.
A major part of RETROSPECTACLE includes various ways that people recognize success. In addition to the trophies, there is a fridge to display work and even a fake cake.
Bryant has also set up a photo booth, where visitors are encouraged to put on one of his medals. A sign states: “Celebrate failure! Wear a medal! Take a picture! You’re a winner!”
Bryant, who has completed his first year in contemporary studio art practice at Portland State University, explained the whole exhibit revolves around themes of expression, celebration and even failure.
He enjoys making connections with people and hopes the exhibit will be fun for everyone.
“It’s more about community,” he said. “Making non-artists the artist.”
Bryant’s ability to connect with people has helped him to land work with clients such as Ray-Ban, Nike and the New York Times Magazine.
He said he began building an audience even while he was a student at MSU and developed and established relationships with people by promoting others’ works on blogs and other social media sites.
Now, Bryant enjoys building relationships with his clients.
“I want it to be the most enjoyable thing to work with me,” he said.
So, what advice does Bryant have for students?
“Surround yourself with people you admire, and make work that you want to make – that should be what’s showcased on your portfolio.”

RETROSPECTACLE will be on display in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall from August 28-October 3. Gallery hours are Tues.–Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Will Bryant sets up RETROSPECTACLE

August 27th, 2012 Comments Off on Will Bryant sets up RETROSPECTACLE

MSU Graphic Design alumnus Will Bryant began setting up his exhibit, RETROSPECTACLE, which opens tomorrow (Aug. 27) in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will also be tomorrow from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery.

Find out more information.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

A quick preview  …


Art convocation proves fun, informative

August 27th, 2012 Comments Off on Art convocation proves fun, informative

The Department of Art held its fall convocation on Friday, August 24.
Lydia Thompson, department head, kicked off the event by introducing Dean Jim West.
West announced the results of a national survey taken by last year’s freshmen at universities across the nation.  Of the nine colleges at Mississippi State, the College of Architecture, Art, and Design ranked in the top in overall engagement with faculty and in educational experience. The dean credited the College’s studio environment and the fact that studio learning “forces you to turn intellectual discussion into an artifact of sorts.”
The dean also encouraged students to do anything possible to get the experience of studying abroad.  He announced that the College has formed a committee to review and discuss study abroad courses, and the collegewide courses will hopefully be announced soon.
He encouraged students to submit their names to Lydia Thompson, department head, to join the Dean’s Council.  West said the council, which is made up of four students from each unit in the College, will continue to meet with him.  However, the dean said the council will begin this year to spend time with supporters of the College, which he said will be an enriching experience for all involved.
Career Center
Next, representatives from the MSU Career Center encouraged students to utilize some of the services they offer, such as internships, resume critiques, mock interviews, and even events such as Dress Your Best (Sept. 20) and the Graduate and Professional School Fair (Oct. 25).
Thompson kept things moving and introduced faculty and staff in the department. Linda Seckinger, professor in printmaking and printmaking emphasis coordinator, won the creativity award for her homemade signs.
Caroline Cooper, academic records assistant, then presented a creative powerpoint that explained and gave photo examples of the concentrations in the department: Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.
Student Organizations
Student organizations were introduced and briefly announced by their faculty advisor and/or president. Organizations that were mentioned were the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), League of Extraordinary Artists (LEA), and the Department of Art Student Council.
Next, a representative from study abroad reiterated what Dean West said about studying abroad and what a great experience it is.  Students who took Professor Robert Ring’s Maymester trip to Italy shared their experience and how it made them appreciate what they are learning in class because they have actually seen them.
Finally, several opportunities for students were discussed.
Professsor Critz Campbell and Morgan Welch discussed opportunities and their experiences at the Penland School of Crafts.
Department Head Thompson discussed an upcoming opportunity to hear a lecture by Christo. The internationally acclaimed artist will be speaking Sept. 5.  Seniors in the department will go on the trip, and as space allows, others in Art can sign up.
Professor Lori Neuenfeldt discussed the upcoming lectures and exhibits.
The convocation wrapped up with Professor Marita Gootee discussing the South Central Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Conference, which MSU will host from October 25-28. She said student volunteers who work for at least five hours will get a free t-shirt and should sign up via forms in the Art office.  Volunteer forms are due Sept. 15, and Art students will also get a discount who wish to attend conference events.
Students then headed to Howell for a cookout sponsored by the Department of Art Student Council.

National publication recognizes Funderburk painting

August 24th, 2012 Comments Off on National publication recognizes Funderburk painting

Brent Funderburk | “Perfect Storm”

Brent Funderburk’s watercolor painting, Perfect Storm, was chosen by jurors as a “Runner Up Award” winner in Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design. 

The national interactive journal is a place for art inspiration and boasts “the best of art, and design, quarterly.”

This is the third issue in the past four years in which the MSU Art Department professor’s work has received awards. View the online exhibition of winners in the Professional Fine Art area of Issue Number 27.

Sanghapi exhibit kicks off with reception

August 23rd, 2012 Comments Off on Sanghapi exhibit kicks off with reception

MSU graduate student Herve Sanghapi will be honored in his painting exhibit, Afritude, at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Aug. 23) in the Colvard Student Union Gallery.

The public is invited to attend and share in the art, conversation and refreshments.

Born and raised in Cameroon, Sanghapi has been at MSU for two years as a graduate student in physics, yet his oil and acrylic paintings tell a deeper story than his impressive CV might offer.

Afritude,” said Sanghapi, “is used to show the importance culture plays on the sociopolitical life of a nation. I am what I am because of who we all are.”

Afritude closes Aug. 31. For more information on the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery, visit, or call 662- 325-2930.

Graphic Design student receives national scholarship

August 22nd, 2012 Comments Off on Graphic Design student receives national scholarship

Paige McDonnell’s best-of-show poster that was created in Professor Jamie Burwell Mixon’s Graphic Design 2 class in spring 2012. Students illustrated and designed theater posters for the play, Amazons and Their Men.

Paige McDonnell has received the Brian Brown Scholarship, which is awarded annually by the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington to a student or students who exhibit a high level of quality in their work.

McDonnell won best of show in The 2012 REAL Show national competition last spring, putting her in the running to be selected by judges across the nation for the scholarship.

Brown was the founding member of the Art Directors Club.  After his death from cancer in 1958 at the age of 47, the club decided to start the Brian Brown Scholarship Fund in his memory.  As stated on their website, the purpose of the fund is to award financial aid to college students through our Real Show.

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, there were 284 entries from 11 different schools, and only 26 pieces were selected for inclusion.  The work was exhibited at the DC Design Center in Washington in April.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

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