Art student selected as finalist in international photography contest

February 12th, 2013 Comments Off on Art student selected as finalist in international photography contest

Nikki McKenzie

Nikki McKenzie, a student in the Department of Art, is a finalist in the 33rd Annual College and High School Photography Contest hosted by Photographers Forum and Nikon. Over 16,000 international entries were entered, and only a fraction were accepted.

The jurors Neil Campbell and Photographers Forum photo editor selected the finalist group.

From the finalists, the judges, Steve LaVoie from the Art Center College of Design, Linda Lowell from Barbara Cith College and Rob Winter from Brooks Institute, will select the award winners.

All finalist will be published in the Best of College and High School Photography 2013.

 “Nikki is a very talented photographer with tremendous potential,” said Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo. “I am certain she will continue to be published and have work in competitions and exhibitions in the future.”

For more information on the 33rd Annual College and High School Photography Contest hosted by Photographer’s Forum and Nikon please visit the Photographer’s Forum website

Art alumna accepted into national exhibition

February 12th, 2013 Comments Off on Art alumna accepted into national exhibition

Katie Killian | Autotomy of Motion

Katie Killian, a recent graduate of the Department of Art, has been accepted into the 23rd Parkside National Small Print Exhibition.

Juried by John Hitchcock, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of Hybrid Press, the show will be at the University of Wisconsin’s Parkside’s Fine Arts Gallery from April 1- July 19, 2013.
According to the website, works were chosen on the basis of quality and the individual artist’s mastery of the medium and the expressive qualities of the artwork without preference toward any particular style or technique.

Killian graduated with a BFA in spring 2012 and is planning to earn an MFA degree in printmaking at the University of Arizona at Tucson, where she was recently accepted into the Graduate Program for fall 2013.

Bill Dunlap serves as first artist in residence at MSU

February 6th, 2013 Comments Off on Bill Dunlap serves as first artist in residence at MSU

Bill Dunlap in his studio in McLean, Va. (Photo by Linda Burgess)

William Dunlap: Look At It – Think About It
Art Gallery Exhibit
Feb. 21 – April 5, 2013
Cullis Wade Depot Gallery, Mississippi State University Welcome Center
Event Programs:

– Public Opening Reception and Artist Book Signing – Feb. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
– Gallery Talk with Bill Dunlap – Feb. 26, 11 a.m.
All events are free and open to the public.

(By Lori Neuenfeldt:)
Something very exciting is happening this spring in the Mississippi State University Department of Art. For the first time ever, the Department of Art has a visiting artist in residence. And it’s not just any artist living in Starkville and working in the Department of Art facilities at MSU; it is none other than Mississippi native and nationally recognized artist William “Bill” Dunlap.

Dunlap has a strong connection to Mississippi, where he was born and attended high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967 from Mississippi College in Clinton, worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Mississippi from 1967 to 1969 and earned a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Mississippi in 1969. In 1985, he won the Mississippi Arts and Letters, Visual Arts Award and since has had numerous exhibits of his work around the state. His paintings, sculpture and constructions are included in prestigious collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, IBM Corporation, Federal Express, Arkansas Art Center and United State Embassies throughout the world.

While he is visiting, the artist will take advantage of the Department of Art’s studio spaces to work with ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Students in the Department of Art will get to work alongside Dunlap and experience his creative process. Students will also get a few helpful tips on having a career making art, or as Dunlap calls it “a life in the arts – people who have gone out and amounted to something.” According to Lydia Thompson, department head for art, the Artist-In-Residence program supports the department’s mission of preparing students for a career or for advanced study in the field of art through studio practice, liberal arts, visual language and exposure to regional, national and international artists.

Along with working on campus, Dunlap will have an exhibit of his paintings and constructions up at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery on the second floor of the MSU Welcome Center. The exhibition, Look At It – Think About It, will open Feb. 21 and run until April 5, 2013. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the gallery. The public is invited to this free event where the artist will be present talking about his work and signing copies of the book Dunlap. A complete catalog of Dunlap’s works that can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on MSU’s campus.

Dunlap is immersing himself in the arts’ scene at MSU and in Starkville. Some of the events the Department of Art will host are free gallery talks with the artist, where visitors will experience the work through a guided discussion with Dunlap. The first scheduled talk with Dunlap is Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery. “What I want to do is engage people on an aesthetic and personal level and give them something to contemplate,” the artist said.

Look At It – Think About It showcases several of Dunlap’s paintings and constructions from a twenty-four-year period from 1971 to 1995. The show is the inaugural exhibit at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery, which officially became part of the MSU Department of Art Galleries this past fall 2012. It is the first of many important exhibits that the Department of Art will organize and bring to the MSU and Starkville community.

As he thinks about the time he will spend in Starkville, Dunlap notes, “It’s going to be one interaction after another. If I make some work, get to know some people and have some influence on the students and community, it will be a success.”

For more information about the exhibition and free events offered by the Department of Art, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, Coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery at 662-325-2973, or email All events will also be posted on the Department of Art’s facebook page.

The exhibition and its programming are made possible by the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design, Department of Art and a 2012-2013 Starkville Area Arts Council Art Grant.

Genesis of the Art Wars, 1990. Slate, oil paint on stretched paper, paint, snake, nest, arrows, palette. Collection of the artist.

MSU Department of Art well represented at MCAC

February 6th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU Department of Art well represented at MCAC

At this year’s Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition (MCAC), 1052 entries from 10 universities were submitted for judging.

Of those, only 188 pieces were selected by the juror Sarah Marshall, professor of art at the University of Alabama, for exhibition at the Mississippi Arts Center.

Out of those, 188 pieces 66 were MSU works!

This year MSU students won a total of five awards – more than any other school.

Read the story by Margart Kovar | University Relations.

Congratulations to the following students:
Sarah Kilpatrick: Juror’s Purchase Award in Sculpture
Marion Morrow: Award of Excellence in Graphic Design (second year in a row!)
Whitten Sabbatini: Award of Excellence in Photography (Again!)
Charlotte Smith: Best in Show! for her sculpture “A Summer Night”
Katja Walter: Award of Excellence in Computer Imagery

Sarah Kilpatrick | untitled

Marion Morrow | Smithsonian Poster Series

Whitten Sabbatini | Jeffrey and Jr. Skinning a Deer

Charlotte Smith | A Summer Night

Katja Walter | Recreation

Senior art student to have solo exhibit

February 1st, 2013 Comments Off on Senior art student to have solo exhibit

Sarah Qarqish

Sarah Qarqish, a senior Art major with a double emphasis in Drawing and Graphic Design, has received an offer for a solo exhibition at the Ohr-O’keefe museum starting December 2014.

The exhibition will run for a six month period.

Check out the video from Qarqish showing her recent thesis installation.

Sarah Qarqish

Sarah Qarqish

Senior Art student creates desk for disabled student

February 1st, 2013 Comments Off on Senior Art student creates desk for disabled student

Morgan Welch


By Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations
STARKVILLE, Miss.–When a partially disabled student worker at Mississippi State’s Sanderson Recreation Center discovered his wheelchair didn’t fit well at his work station, the university family came together to make a difference.

Junior history major Will Graves, of Soso, began working in the Sanderson Center in fall 2012. Office associate Jeannine Reed immediately recognized that Graves would benefit from a more user-friendly workspace. Despite his having to move from desk to desk to complete his responsibilities, Graves said a new desk would not be necessary.

“The desk I had in there — I just made it work. I told her, ‘I’m a chameleon. I just adapt and go with the flow,'” Graves said. “But they wanted to get me something that worked for me.”

Reed said she was determined to make sure that Graves could access everything he needed to do his job from one central location.

“The welcome desk where he’s also taking photo IDs–that location is where he needed to be,” she said. “He’s well spoken, so we knew he would be a good welcome-desk person. He talks to new members and tells what services we offer; he answers phones and he sorts and files. Will does all kinds of things.”

Because of a chance flooding in one of Sanderson’s studios, maple floorboards were already available for the project, said Patrik Nordin, associate director of recreational facilities. While staples and glue had to be removed so the wood could be resurfaced, the material was strong enough to make a desk that could last for years.

With the project conceptualized and the material readily available, the only thing Sanderson officials still needed was to recruit a person to design and build the desk. Reed knew just the right person for the task — senior art major Morgan Welch of Madison.

MSU’s recreational sports department already was collaborating on a few projects with the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s advanced sculpture class, she said. Critz Campbell, associate professor of art, trained those students in furniture design, and Welch was one of the best, Reed thought.

She asked Nordin to approach Campbell and see if Welch would be willing to take on the project of designing an American Disabilities Act-compliant desk that would suit Graves’ needs.

“I concurred that Morgan would be an excellent choice,” Campbell said. “The project fit well into Morgan’s objectives in my advanced sculpture class for that semester. This allowed me to provide support for Morgan’s project in a class setting.”

Welch began by reviewing ADA guidelines, but he knew he’d be using the same furniture-design techniques he had learned in Campbell’s sculpture class.

“I build furniture pieces that are the last piece of furniture that you have to buy,” Welch said. “I like putting an object into the world that has the potential to last hundreds of years — something that will stand that test of time.”

Because custom-made furniture should suit its user’s needs, Welch also met with Graves to discover his vision of the perfect desk.

“Morgan told me what he was doing, and he sat down and asked, ‘What do you need?’ I said, ‘Well, something that I can fit under and something that is up high enough for me to work because the main thing is leg room,'” Graves said. “He was sitting there sketching while I was talking, and he had it all drawn up by the time I was done.”

Welch made a set of full-scale drawings before he began the process of removing the glue and staples from the boards. Then, he resurfaced individual boards until he collected enough wood for the desk. He updated his class throughout the semester on his progress and setbacks along the way.

Not only did Welch make an “A” on the project in his advanced sculpture class, Graves has been using the desk during the spring semester.

“As soon as I got here to State, I was already part of the family. That’s one thing I’ve noticed about Sanderson: It’s very welcoming. I have enjoyed my time here because the people have just welcomed me, the whole campus,” Graves said. “They did all they could to give me what I needed to work with.”

Nordin said the collaborative project was a win-win. Salvaged wood from a water-damaged studio was used to develop a student’s furniture-design experience and create a special desk for a hard-working student.

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Watch the video that shows the 360 degree view of the desk!

And another video from this project!

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