Department of Art’s Caroline Cooper receives national advising award

April 30th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art’s Caroline Cooper receives national advising award

Caroline Cooper, academic records assistant for the Department of Art, has been selected as a 2013 Certificate of Merit recipient by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Cooper received the honor in the Primary Advising Category.

She will be recognized and honored at a special awards ceremony and reception being held at the annual NACADA Conference in Salt Lake City this fall as part of the 2013 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising.

Read the story by Allison Matthews on MSU’s website!

Photography student Riley Reid receives Spirit of State Award

April 29th, 2013 Comments Off on Photography student Riley Reid receives Spirit of State Award

Riley Reid recently received a Spirit of State Award sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs at Mississippi State University. Reid, a photography major in the Department of Art from Athens, Ala., was recognized with the other recipients at a public ceremony on Friday, April 19, in the Bill R. Foster Ballroom in the Colvard Student Union.

The eighth annual Spirit of State Awards formally honored those students who have excelled in campus involvement and service to the university and have made an impact on their peers and the broader campus community. Students from all MSU campuses, freshmen to graduate, were nominated.

“The many contributions Riley has made to Mississippi State University, the Department of Art, and the photography concentration make her a very special student,” said Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo. “Her professionalism, integrity and strong work ethic will allow her to succeed in all of her future endeavors.”

Riley has demonstrated a commitment to the integrity and values that exemplify the ‘Spirit of State’ by volunteering her time for meaningful activities on and off campus. She was the lead student volunteer for the 2012 South Central Society for Photographic Education Conference; volunteers for Help Portrait, a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need; and recently served as a juror for the Starkville Parent Teacher Organization Art Competition (grades K – 12).

“Riley is an exceptional person. She is extremely creative as demonstrated in her recent BFA images,” said her professor Marita Gootee. “Frankly, I do not think we could have managed the October 2012 South Central Society for Photographic Education conference without Riley. She organized the student volunteers and contacted vendors for donations. She did just an amazing job. Her love of photography is in everything she does. She is a special person, and I am proud to know her.”

For more information contact the Department of Art at 662-325-2970.

Andrew Yerger receives photography award

April 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Andrew Yerger receives photography award

Andrew Yerger | “PAW2”

Andrew Yerger, a senior in the Department of Art, was awarded the 2013 Jefferson Clarke Wilson Memorial Award For Excellence in Photography, which carries a $100 award.

Yerger was selected for his overall portfolio of entries.

The award is sponsored by Stuart Herring in memorial to his friend Jeff Wilson, who was an accomplished photographer and woodworker in addition to being a computer programmer and an employee of Mississippi State University for 35 years.

Graphic Design holds senior show

April 24th, 2013 Comments Off on Graphic Design holds senior show

The graphic design senior show was held on April 23.  The night started in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall and ended with a reception in the Visual Arts Center.

Check out some of the students’ work at

Read the story in The Reflector by Daniel Hart – Feast your eyes: Senior graphic design students serve ‘design stew.’

Art professor contributes to collaborative typeface for Hurricane Sandy Relief

April 23rd, 2013 Comments Off on Art professor contributes to collaborative typeface for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Professor Peter Bain contributed an original asterisk to a collaborative typeface for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Peter Bain, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, contributed an original asterisk to a collaborative typeface for Hurricane Sandy relief.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados organized “Font Aid VI: Aster Affects” — a project uniting the typographic and design communities to raise funds for Red Cross relief efforts after the events of Hurricane Sandy.

More than 250 designers from 41 countries contributed glyphs to the project.

The project theme was represented in a typeface consisting entirely of asterisks and other star-inspired symbols.

For more information and to purchase the Aster Affects font as a Red Cross donation, visit

Department of Art gets involved in National Volunteer Week

April 23rd, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art gets involved in National Volunteer Week

On April 27, students can volunteer to help paint a mural at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

MSU is hosting several events across campus this week as part of National Volunteer Week.

There are several art-related events planned, and the Department of Art needs your help!

April 27: One Million Bones Weekend Event, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 4th floor of South Hall, Mississippi State University Campus
One Million Bones is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to raise awareness about humanitarian crises around the world. This volunteer opportunity entails making clay bones that will generate $1 for each bone made. The money generated will be sent back to areas with ongoing crises in Central Africa and the Middle East. The bones themselves will be placed at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2013. The goal for the state of Mississippi is to produce 7,000 bones. For more information, contact Antoinette Jenkins at or the Maroon Volunteer Center at

April 27: Mural Project at the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Students will assist with filling the paint for a mural at the center. This is a fun way to relieve the stress of finals week. The Columbus club is located at 1815 14th Ave, North, Columbus, MS  39759. Email Joyce Ellenwood ( or Lori Neuenfeldt ( for more information.
If you can’t make it to either event, make a difference by donating some new or reusable art supplies to the Department of Art. Boxes are located in the front entrances of Freeman, Briscoe, Stafford and at the Visual Arts Center Gallery. Email Lori Neuenfeldt for more information.
Make art, make a difference!

Department of Art students clean up, have fun

April 18th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art students clean up, have fun

The Department held a clean-up day on Saturday, April 13.

Put on by the Department of Art Student Council, students volunteered their time to help spruce up the facilities.

After their morning of hard work, they were treated to pizza for lunch and enjoyed a competitive game of capture the flag!

Graphic Design seniors to hold spring show

April 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Graphic Design seniors to hold spring show

Twenty-one graduating Graphic Design students will host their BFA senior show, celebrating their final days as Mississippi State students. Come get a taste of what these designers have been “cookin’ up” this semester!

The public is invited to a reception honoring these talented students on Tuesday, April 23rd. The reception will begin in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall at 5:30 p.m. and will then proceed to the Visual Arts Center at 808 University Drive for the rest of the evening.

The Graphic Design exhibition will be open to the public the week of April 23–30.

Exhibited work includes posters, illustrations, packaging, editorial, typeface design, advertising, identity, website, self-promotional design and more. Students’ final portfolio books will also be on display the night of the reception.

To get a glimpse of what will be at the BFA Graphic Design senior show, go to or like their Facebook page COME SEE WHAT’S COOKIN’.

For more information, please contact Professor Jamie Mixon at

Art alumnus Julia Moore featured in Tupelo’s Daily Journal

April 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Art alumnus Julia Moore featured in Tupelo’s Daily Journal

Julia Moore, owner of Wet Paint (Photo by Thomas Wells | Daily Journal)

Women-owned businesses thriving
(By Sarah Robinson | Daily Journal)

New information provided in the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report showed Mississippi ranked sixth in the nation in terms of growth in the number of women business owners since 1997.

The number of women-owned businesses in the state is estimated to be 68,000 in 2013, a 77.4 percent increase since 1997. Those firms account for 6.1 percent of Mississippi’s workforce and contribute more than $9.3 billion to the state economy.

Julia Moore (MSU art alumnus) opened Wet Paint, a paint-your-own craft business in the Barnes Crossing Plaza in Tupelo, when she was just 24 years old.

“I have always wanted to own my own business. …I didn’t know it would be at such a young age.” she said.

Moore said she depended on private investment and the support of her family to get the business off the ground. She has been open for about 18 months and said she sees about 100 customers per week.

“I think a lot of people don’t see women as having the same business brain that men do,” she said.

But Moore grew up in a family-owned business and often goes to her family for advice.

“If I have an accounting question, I go to my sister. For business questions, I go to my mom; and for operations questions, I ask my dad,” she said.

Experienced business owners agree that having a close support network is critical.

Lisa Hawkins has owned Room to Room furniture on Coley Road in Tupelo for 10 years and previously owned the Velveteen Rabbit, another successful retail outlet that specialized in children’s clothing.

Hawkins said many of the obstacles women perceive are in their minds. Although she still struggles with self-doubt from time to time, “I grew up always believing that I could do anything,” she said.

Hawkins was recently chosen to serve on the Memphis board of directors for the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, a testament to her leadership skills.

She has a master’s degree in nursing, and she said education is important to give women confidence and credibility in the business world.

Finding a mentor and taking advantage of community resources can give aspiring entrepreneurs an advantage, she added.

In addition to her involvement in several nonprofit groups, Hawkins has been involved with New Expectations for Women in Mississippi, or NEWMS, an organization aimed at helping empower women to improve their quality of life.

Hawkins said women need to support one another in their business efforts, and that joining networking groups is a great way to find a support system.

According to the NEWMS website, women in Mississippi are 50 percent more likely to live in poverty than men in the state. The organization sponsors workshops, lectures and other educational programs specifically geared toward women.

Martha Swindle is active with NEWMS and said the leadership class the organization offers is “not like any other leadership class you’ve ever taken.” She said many women have taken the the class taught by local business leader Rubye Del Harden.

“One woman has taken it seven times,” Swindle said.

The Renasant Center for IDEAs business incubator also has been a jumping point for Tupelo and Lee County entrepreneurs and business owners.

Catonyia Steen went to the Renasant Center soon after she decided to open a clothing store.

She spent more than a year taking classes at the Renasant Center and worked with the staff to create a formalized business plan she used to secure bank financing.

Steen opened Fashionista in the West Main Shopping Center just over a year ago.

The Pontotoc native said her father was a business owner and she grew up working in the family owned businesses. “I guess it just came in my blood,” she said, “I wanted to do the same thing.”

In addition to growth among women-owned businesses, the annual Women-Owned Businesses Report showed growth particularly among minority-owned businesses.

Steen, who is black, said she faced more obstacles entering into business as a woman than as a minority. She said some people she has encountered think women are more easily manipulated than their male counterparts.

“They think they can easily persuade you to do different things” rather than sticking to your plan, she said.

Steen added that staying focused is important, as is learning as much as much as possible and being passionate about your dream.

For more information about Wet Paint (fun for all ages and located at 4344 Mall Drive in Tupelo), email Julia Moore at, or call 662-269-2412.

Department of Art to hold faculty exhibition

April 12th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art to hold faculty exhibition

Professor Jeffrey Haupt

The Department of Art is proud to showcase works by its very own faculty members from May through June. Works will include samples of paintings, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, photography and printmaking all made by professors at Mississippi State University.

The Department of Art Faculty Exhibition will be in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery (second floor of the MSU Welcome Center, next to Barnes and Noble and the Stadium). Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

For more information, or to set up a guided tour please contact:
Lori Neuenfeldt, Coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs

You are currently viewing the archives for April, 2013 in the Department of Art News.