MSU art students have work accepted into regional competition

February 27th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU art students have work accepted into regional competition

“Mask of the River”, an intaglio/collograph by Natasha Patterson

“Hungry Bear During the Civil War” an intaglio by Ty Barnes

Ty Barnes and Natasha Patterson had prints created in Professor Linda Seckinger’s printmaking courses accepted into the First Edition Regional Juried Student Print Competition.

The competition was open to print students from Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennesseee.

The juror for the exhibition was Sydney Cross, Distinguished Alumni Professor of Art at Clemson University. Her work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian Museum, Boston Museum of Art, Fogg Art Museum and The Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp, Belgium.

The exhibition opens at the Riverworks Gallery in Greenville, S.C., on February 28 and runs through April 14, 2013.

Dunlap, Stewart treat students to Webster County tour

February 26th, 2013 Comments Off on Dunlap, Stewart treat students to Webster County tour

Photos by John Allen

Bill Dunlap’s artist in residency continues to provide an amazing experience for students.

The artist recently joined forces with fellow Webster County native and School of Architecture alumnus Belinda Stewart, FAIA, to give a group of sculpture students a tour of Webster County and to meet bronze caster Edmond Shumpert.

Students toured the campus of Wood College, which is currently housing East Webster High School before meeting up with Stewart.

“She was very generous with her time showing us around her office and firm,” said sculpture student John Allen.

Stewart also showed the group the burnt remains of the Webster County Courthouse in Walthall, which was a nearly 100-year-old structure.

Dunlap, Stewart and the students next met up with Shumpert, who taught them the lost wax casting technique he uses to make his bronze sculptures, which include a few of the “Bully” statues for MSU.

Students were impressed by the technique and the huge surfboard sculpture done by Shumpert, but they were also inspired by his extensive and unique resume. They noted that he used to be a surfer, worked for Disney, studied sculpture in Italy, was a medical illustrator and even raises buffalo.

The students said their trip and having Bill Dunlap on campus serving as an artist in residence has been a great experience.

“He’s definitely given us an opportunity that we wouldn’t have had otherwise,” said Allen.

“And, I mean, who can say that they’ve actually driven around with the artist?” added fellow sculpture student Sarah Kilpatrick.

Dunlap’s next event will be a presentation about his work during Professor Linda Seckinger’s print survey course on Feb. 27. The presentation will begin at noon in Briscoe Hall, room 204, and is open to all students, faculty and any others interested.

CAAD holds Academic Insight event

February 26th, 2013 Comments Off on CAAD holds Academic Insight event

(photo by Whitten Sabbatini)

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests.

The event was meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and was a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.

After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over lunch before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.

After the presentation, the group split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”

During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.

Art Professor Neil Callander split students into groups of three and had them construct sculptural string/wire/pin drawings on the wall.  Every student blindly selected a word from a list and were responsible for making that word a visual characteristic in their group’s drawing.  

Artist Wyatt Waters gives insight during MSU presentation

February 26th, 2013 Comments Off on Artist Wyatt Waters gives insight during MSU presentation

Artist Wyatt Waters paints fellow artist and friend Bill Dunlap. (Photo by Whitten Sabbatini)

Photo by Whitten Sabbatini
Faculty from the Department of Art stand with Wyatt Waters and Bill Dunlap after the workshop.

 

By Margaret Kovar | University Relations

STARKVILLE, Miss.–Mississippi watercolor painter Wyatt Waters demonstrated his techniques and discussed his life as an artist during a free event at Mississippi State Thursday.

Sponsored by the MSU Artist-in-Residency program featuring William “Bill” Dunlap, Waters shared stories, musings and techniques with an audience that included students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

Waters brought copies of many of his watercolors and gave insight into his painting style while painting a portrait of Dunlap.

Waters said that for him, the real appeal of art is connecting with one person.

“You do this for yourself, but you do it to connect with people too. And you have to have a generosity of spirit,” he said. “You have to connect with people somehow and sometimes its strange ways that makes those connections.”

The Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel have hosted solo shows of Waters’ work and two books of his paintings have been published. He is currently represented by Gallery 119 in Jackson and Southside Gallery in Oxford.

The artist is a past president and signature member of the Mississippi Watercolor society and his work has been featured in numerous magazine articles including American Artists Special Watercolor Issues, Art and Antiques, and Mississippi Magazine.

Waters studied painting and drawing at Mississippi College in Clinton, receiving his bachelor’s degree in art with a minor in English and later a Master of Fine Arts.

The university’s art department recently established the artist-in-residence program to enhance its mission of preparing students for careers or advanced studies. The program emphasizes studio practice, liberal arts, visual language and exposure to regional, national and international artists.

For more information about the artist-in-residency program, contact the MSU art department at 662-325-2202.

Good turnout at Bill Dunlap exhibit reception

February 26th, 2013 Comments Off on Good turnout at Bill Dunlap exhibit reception

Dunlap shares a laugh with visitors as he signs a copy of his book at his opening reception for “Look At It: Think About it” in the Depot Gallery at Mississippi State University.

(photo by Russ Houston)

The opening reception for “William Dunlap: Look At It: Think About It” was held at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery on Feb. 21.

The exhibit was two firsts for the university. Dunlap is currently serving as the first artist in residence for the Department of Art, and this is the first exhibit the Department of Art has held in the gallery space in the Depot Welcome Center.

Art professor Martin part of Nashville exhibition

February 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Art professor Martin part of Nashville exhibition

Gregory Martin

Gregory Martin, assistant professor in the Department of Art, has several paintings in the exhibition, Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Posers, that runs from February 23 – March 9 at Threesquared Gallery in Nashville, Tenn.

In Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Posers, artist and guest curator Mary Addison Hackett brings together six painters from across the country whose use of deceptively simple subject matter reveals itself to be more complex than it first appears. Her relationship to each of these painters is based on a dialogue of shared sensibilities and a respect for the process of painting and depth that each artist brings to the table.

The exhibition features the work of Cole Case (Los Angeles, Calif.), Mary Addison Hackett (Nashville, Tenn.), Carla Knopp (Indianapolis, Ind.), Steven LaRose (Talent, Ore.), Nomi Lubin (New Haven, Conn.) and Gregory Martin (Starkville).

Martin is a California native whose work explores the relationship between human ideals and practice. Citing growth and decay, the illusion of depth and flatness, the “truth” of photography along with the “fiction” of painting, Martin’s landscapes become contemplative spaces in which to experience dualities and polarities within human nature, the natural world and the practice of painting.
Martin studied visual art at CSU Long Beach and Claremont Graduate University where he received his MFA in Painting in 2002. Solo and group exhibitions include the Museum of Art & History, (Lancaster, Calif.); Electric Lodge, (Venice, Calif.); George Billis Gallery, (Culver City, Calif.); Ruth Bachofner Gallery, (Santa Monica, Calif.), and most recently, McComas Gallery at Mississippi State University, where he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Art.

Located in the historic Chestnut Square Building, threesquared is a contemporary art space dedicated to showcasing work that exemplifies conceptual and aesthetic expertise. The aim is to create a forum for discussion and foster a greater sense of artistic community in Nashville. threesquared was founded by Dane Carder, whose studio space currently houses the gallery. Sara Estes is the gallery director and curator. Aside from opening parties, the gallery is open by appointment. For more information, visit threesquaredgallery.com.

Read the online post about the exhibit by Laura Hutson with Nashville Scene.  (A more extensive post was published in the print edition.)

Check out the video about the exhibit!

Artist-in-residence Bill Dunlap to hold presentation

February 20th, 2013 Comments Off on Artist-in-residence Bill Dunlap to hold presentation

Bill Dunlap in his studio in McLean, Va. While serving as an artist in residence at Mississippi State University this spring, Dunlap plans to stay busy making work and being inspired by the students and community. (Photo Credit: Linda Burgess)

William “Bill” Dunlap, MSU’s first artist in residence, will be giving a presentation about his work during Professor Linda Seckinger’s print survey course on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The presentation will begin at noon in Briscoe Hall, room 204, and is open to all students, faculty and any others interested.

Watercolor artist Wyatt Waters to hold free demonstration

February 19th, 2013 Comments Off on Watercolor artist Wyatt Waters to hold free demonstration

Wyatt Waters | via www.wyattwaters.com gallery

Watercolor painter Wyatt Waters will conduct a demonstration of his techniques and a discussion about his life as an artist on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at noon in Freeman Hall, room 225.

This program is sponsored by the The MSU Artist in Residency Program featuring Bill Dunlap.

Art professor featured in article about collaborative project

February 19th, 2013 Comments Off on Art professor featured in article about collaborative project

Dominic Lippillo, professor in the Department of Art, was recently featured in an article about his collaborative project with Mark Schoon, “Anti-Local.”

Read the article!

Art students help Boys & Girls Club with Valentine’s Day project

February 14th, 2013 Comments Off on Art students help Boys & Girls Club with Valentine’s Day project

On Feb. 13, Adrienne Callander, lecturer in the Department of Art, led a workshop with the Boys & Girls Club of the Golden Triangle.

Lori Neuenfeldt, lecturer and programs coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs,  joined Callander with a group of student volunteers from the Department of Art. Students involved were Ali Carter, Austin Grove, Jessica Kent, Mackenzie Petit, Anna Strohm and Anabel Wilson.

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, the group taught the Boys & Girls Club students – ranging in age from 10 to 18 – how to make origami hearts.

The hearts were then made into banners that were used to decorate the classrooms.

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