Art professor in Tennessee exhibition

March 7th, 2013 Comments Off on Art professor in Tennessee exhibition

“Dusty’s Spring Window” | Neil Callander | 20″x20″ oil on panel

Neil Callander, assistant professor in the Department of Art, is currently exhibiting in the 28th Annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition, Minority Rule. The exhibition runs February 18 to March 8, 2013 in the Slocumb Galleries of East Tennessee State University.

Juror Michael Ray Charles writes that Minority Rule “is a concept inspired by evolving forces integral to life in America during, what I refer to as, the threshold years of the 21st century. Cultural norms, tradition and values are in a constant state of negotiation.  In an attempt to accommodate nontraditional norms that are shaped by technology, labor, economics and globalization, established customs and beliefs are re-examined, modified, and, in some cases, rendered obsolete. . . .It has been said, ‘the distinction between past, present, and future is only a persistent illusion.’ What each artist chosen for this exhibition loves and whatever they have come to understand has influenced the work they’ve produced. Each generation of artists are faced with the ultimate challenge of discovering itself, its values and norms. This generation of artists is no different. Its road towards self discovery is shaped by ideas derived from proven and failed practices of previous generations, but it will eventually find its ways of making art which reflects who it is and what it will become.”

Callander recently moved to Starkville from Louisville, Ky., where he taught at the University of Louisville for five years. He is the Foundation Program Coordinator in the Art Department and teaches Drawing and Design courses.    

Recent art graduate has prints accepted into an international student competitive exhibition

March 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Recent art graduate has prints accepted into an international student competitive exhibition

Katie Killian, a recent Department of Art graduate, had one impression from the “Autonomy of Motion” series and an intaglio/monoprint, “Separation of Plight,” accepted into the Student International Juried Small Print Show. Both prints were created in Professor Linda Seckinger’s Art 4620 Advanced Printmaking course.

The international competition is sponsored by El Minia University in El Minia, Egypt.

The exhibition will open in the Creativity Center at El Minia University on March 23, 2013. The show will also travel to the Opera Art Gallery in the Opera complex in Cairo later in 2013.

Following the exhibitions, the accepted prints will be entered into the El Minia University permanent print collection.

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.

Art student, professor participate in international portfolio exchange

March 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Art student, professor participate in international portfolio exchange

“Chiroptera” | Intaglio/Monoprint | Natasha Patterson

Natasha Patterson, an MSU art major, and Professor Linda K. Seckinger recently participated in the Cascade International Print Portfolio Exchange.

Submissions for the exchange were entered from around the nation and world.

Patterson and Seckinger produced two-run intaglio/monoprint editions of eighteen impressions for the exchange. Patterson’s edition was produced in Seckinger’s Art 4620 Advanced Printmaking course.

Each participant will receive a print portfolio containing thirteen different impressions randomly selected from the submitted entries. Prints from each participant will be entered into the permanent print collection of Oregon State University.

Art student receives 2013 MSU Diversity Award

March 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Art student receives 2013 MSU Diversity Award

Katja Walter (photo by University Relations)

Katja Walter received the student 2013 MSU Diversity Award and was recognized at a ceremony on Friday, March 1 with the faculty, staff and team winners.

The annual awards program is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity.

Dr. Ravi Perry, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, was the featured speaker.

Click here for the full list of winners.

Watch the video on WCBI.

(from MSU’s website:)
Katja Walter is an undergraduate senior from Wasserburg am Bodensee, Germany. She is pursuing a degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising.

Katja is a very hard working, focused, and dedicated individual. English being her second language and the American norms, culture and lifestyle being an alien concept, Katja has blended in with the crowd very smoothly. Katja believes in giving back to the community and being active on campus in several different ways.

In 2011, she was elected as the president of the MSU German Club. Along with 53 other members, she actively takes part in various diverse events. Katja is currently working as a program coordinator assistant for the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, as an information desk assistant for the Colvard Student Union, and as a customer service assistant for the Event Operations Group. She is also involved with Montgomery Leadership Program as part of the 2013-2014 class. Katja was a recipient of the 2012 Spirit of State Award and was selected as the 2012 Study Mississippi International Student of the Year in the undergraduate category.

Along with all these achievements, Katja Walter is involved in extracurricular and campus activities. She is part of the Gamma Beta Phi and Tau Sigma Delta National honor societies. Katja was nominated and selected to be one of the five students being featured on a Difference of One video series to capture her campus involvement. Katja also helps the Art Department to recruit new students and helps to improve the Department of Art as a member of the Student Arts Council and is a member of the Student Honor Code Council.

Besides her active involvement in on and off campus activities, Katja also shows a very promising and streamlined attitude towards her academics.

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