Reception, book signing held for Betty Press exhibit

September 28th, 2012 Comments Off on Reception, book signing held for Betty Press exhibit

Photographer Betty Press signs a copy of her book, I Am
Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Word, for Robbyn Weaver, a student in Professor Lori Neuenfeldt’s Art History class.

Photographer Betty Press and her husband attended a book signing and reception in the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery on Sept. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Press signed copies of her book, I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Word, and talked with visitors about her time in Africa as a photographer.  She said she was honored to be a part of the Maroon Edition Events because she knew Wangari Maathai, the author of this year’s selected book.

Press, who was wearing an authentic, handmade Indigo garment, said she and her husband would be in the area for a few days to work on her next project.  She has received a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to photograph the sate.

She will also be back for the Society of Photographic Education Conference, which will be hosted at MSU from Oct. 25-28.

The exhibit, Betty Press: African Wisdom in Image and Word, is presented by the Department of Art and the Maroon Edition and will be on display through Oct. 13 in the Colvard Student Union.

The exhibit features a selection of black and white photographs taken all over East and West Africa by Betty Press. These works are part of a
larger collection published in her book, which can be purchased at Barnes and Noble on campus.

Read the story by Daniel Hart at The Reflector.

Lippillo in national photography journal

September 26th, 2012 Comments Off on Lippillo in national photography journal


Art Professor Dominic Lippillo has been featured in the fall 2012 issue of exposure, The Journal of The Society for Photographic Education.

The work, Anti-Local, was a collaborative photography project by Lipillo and peer Mark Schoon.  Lippillo and Schoon both attended graduate school at Ohio University, where they “separately explored the notions of place and placelessness in photos of their native midwest.”

In the journal, the artists describe their method:  “Beginning independently, one photographer creates an image of his home and sends it to the other. The recipient in turn responds to the image with a  second, paying attention to subtle details such as light, colo, and texture to find similarities and differences in his home.”

Lippillo now lives in Starkville, and Schoon lived in Queens, N.Y, but currently resides in Carrolton, Ga.

Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon, Untitled #19 (bed), 2010-2011, C-prints, each 11×14 inches

Check out some of the work at http://antilocal.blogspot.com/

Graphic design student in Best of Photography 2012

September 20th, 2012 Comments Off on Graphic design student in Best of Photography 2012

Austin Edwards

Austin Edwards, a graphic design student in the Department of Art, will be featured in the Best of Photography 2012, published by Photographer’s Forum magazine. Edwards placed as a finalist in the 32nd Annual Student Photography Contest, co-sponsored by Sigma.

Amateur photographers from the United States and Canada, as well as from 60 other countries worldwide, submitted over 12,000 photographs.  Only 13% of the entered photographs were selected to be accepted into the Best of Photography 2012 .

The judges were college-level instructors Ann Cutting, Art Center College of Design; Gene Strickland, Columbus State Community College; and Sherri Taylor, Syracuse University.

“I am not surprised that Austin was selected as finalist,” said Professor Marita Gootee, who is the area coordinator for photography at Mississippi State.  “He created the image in my entry-level photography class, Photo Survey. This just shows you of his incredible talent.”

Gootee said the  image was created for Edwards’ final project.

“He was inspired for the idea after the Childhood Memories hand-tinting project,” the photography professor said. “In the final series Austin really took the idea to a new level, and this was one of his images.”

Best of Photography 2012 is set to publish in December 2012.

Read the story by Margartet Kovar | MSU University Relations.

Learn more about the Best of Photography 2012 and Photographer’s Forum magazine.

Art professor has works on display in California

September 18th, 2012 Comments Off on Art professor has works on display in California


Gregory Martin, assistant professor in the Department of Art, has an exhibition of paintings on display through the end of the month at The Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in Lancaster, Calif.

The exhbition, titled Artifacts of Desire, includes a series of 15 paintings focused on human nature through examination of decaying artifacts of our activities in the landscape.

The professor was also recently interviewed about his work and process by Mat Gleason of Coagula Art Journal, “The lowdown on high art,” in Los Angeles, Calif.  Watch the video.

Music professor receives help from art students to present ‘A Russian Recital’

September 18th, 2012 Comments Off on Music professor receives help from art students to present ‘A Russian Recital’

Dr. Rosangela Yazbec Sebba

The Department of Music in the College of Education at Mississippi State University and Dr. Rosangela Yazbec Sebba will present “A Russian Recital” on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Sebba will perform three of the “Ten Piano Etudes Op. 15” by Sergei Eduardovich Bortkiewicz and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky.

“Pictures at an Exhibition” was written by Mussorgsky as a way of describing paintings by his friend, Victor Hartmann.

Hartmann’s works will be displayed as Sebba plays “Pictures at an Exhibition” on the piano.  Six of the paintings, however, are missing and have been recreated by Professor Brent Funderburk’s Watercolor painting students in the Department of Art – Jason Chapman, a senior from Jackson; Jennifer Lee, a senior from Summerdale, Ala.; and Stormi Steele, and senior from DeKalb.

“As you can see, it is a joint effort to have this concert,” said Sebba. “‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ was written to reflect the paintings; now we will have students who will paint influenced by the music – the reverse. I am really exited about this.”

The notes for the program notes were written by Dr. Ryan Ross, assistant professor of music.

The recital will also be presented at Troy University on Sept. 25, Texas Wesleyan University on Oct. 2 and Instituto Federal de Goiás in Brazil on Dec. 17.

Recital Program

From “The Catacombs/Glowing Skulls” section of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a watercolor interpretation by Jennifer Lee, MSU senior Art/Graphic Design major

“Gnomus” | a watercolor interpretation by Jason Chapman | MSU senior Art/Graphic Design major

“Bydlo” | a watercolor interpretation by Stormi Steele | MSU junior Art/Drawing major.

Runnells’ photo makes front cover of national publication

September 14th, 2012 Comments Off on Runnells’ photo makes front cover of national publication

Creative Quarterly | Issue 37 | Cover photo by Jamie Runnells

Jamie Runnells | 10 in x 10 in | Watercolor and pen

Jamie Runnells, associate professor of graphic design, was a winner in the Professional Illustration category for Issue Number 37 of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design. 

The illustration was part of her series “From the Market.”

As part of the submission, artists were asked to send an image of what inspires them, and the photo she submitted was chosen for the cover of the issue.

See the full list of winners.

Reception held for Peter Bain’s Writing Knowledge exhibit

September 14th, 2012 Comments Off on Reception held for Peter Bain’s Writing Knowledge exhibit


A reception was held Thurs. evening (Sept. 13) in the Bob and Kathy Luke Library in Giles Hall for Department of Art Professor Peter Bain’s exhibit, Writing Knowledge: Process and Product.

Bain’s parents drove from Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the event, and representatives from across campus came out to enjoy a look at Bain’s work.

Writing Knowledge is a limited edition book dedicated to the written word and its preservation in physical form. It is a showcase of handwriting and calligraphy, containing quotations in three languages.

Bain said the idea for the book, which was proposed in fall 2009, started as education but ended up expanding to include language and writing.  Quotes in the book discuss art, freedom of the press and education.  Bain also included a quote by Thomas Jefferson, one by Thomas Carlyle discussing preservation and others he thought brought meaning to the book.

Work in the exhibition includes alphabets and notes made during the project.

Funding was provided through the MSU Artist Incentive Program.

Bain’s work will be on display through Oct. 23.

CAAD student receives scholarship to attend national conference

September 13th, 2012 Comments Off on CAAD student receives scholarship to attend national conference

Sarah Kilpatrick, a senior in the College of Architecture, Art, and Design, and a sophomore in the Department of Art, recently attended the 2012 WithIt (Women in the Home Furnishing Industry Today) Professional Conference in Raleigh, N.C.

Kilpatrick was nominated to attend this year’s conference, Pathways to Sucess: Strategies, Connections and Meaning, by Professor Critz Campbell.

Kilpatrick received a scholarship from WithIt that covered membership for a year and paid her expenses for the trip.

The art student said she was able to connect with other professionals and students during the three-day conference and found encouragement, advice and inspiration.

Kilpatrick recently changed her major from interior design so that she could “focus on furniture design in a more hands-on and sculptural way,” and she said the conference helped confirm that decision.

“This experience has changed the way I see myself, my art and even my life,” she said. “I would not have had the opportunity or such a great time if it hadn’t been for Jackie Hirschhaut, Critz Campbell and Caroline Cooper.”

Recent art graduate named ‘Top New Creative’ in CMYK Magazine

September 13th, 2012 Comments Off on Recent art graduate named ‘Top New Creative’ in CMYK Magazine

“Green Treefrog” | Kyle Newton, photographer | Jason Demarte, instructor


“1960” | Smithsonian Exhibition Poster series | Kyle Newton, designer | Jamie Mixon, instructor


“1970” | Smithsonian Exhibition Poster series | Kyle Newton, designer | Jamie Mixon, instructor


“1980” | Smithsonian Exhibition Poster series | Kyle Newton, designer | Jamie Mixon, instructor

Kyle Newton’s photography and graphic design work was selected to appear in CMYK’s Top 100 New Creatives 54 magazine, which is expected to publish this fall.

Newton received his BFA in graphic design from MSU in May.

His winning graphic design work is a series of posters Newton created in Professor Jamie Burwell Mixon’s graphic design course.  The posters were made to promote an exhibition of the history of the 45 rpm record player for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

See the full list of winners and judges.

Art alumnus featured in September issue of HOW Magazine

September 12th, 2012 Comments Off on Art alumnus featured in September issue of HOW Magazine


Wesley Stuckey’s
work is featured in the September issue of HOW Magazine.

According to its website, the magazine provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technology tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects and profiles of professionals who are influencing design.

Stuckey graduated from MSU in 2006 with a BFA, concentrating in graphic design and printmaking.  He received his MFA in graphic design in 2011 from the Maryland Institute of Art (MICA).  He owns STUCKEY Design in Baltimore, Md., and teaches design as an adjunct faculty at UMBC, an honors university in Maryland.

In addition to his work in HOW,  in the past month, the alumnus helped open a women’s boutique on the harbor in Baltimore called Freesia, designed wallpaper and environmental graphics for 30 public school libraries in Baltimore and just rebranded an orchestra.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot for this piece.
(Stuckey is the one doing the photo syling, etc. in the video!)

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