Reception held for fine art, photography thesis students

April 12th, 2013 Comments Off on Reception held for fine art, photography thesis students

A reception was held on Thurs., April 11 for 16 fine art and photography students. The seniors were announced in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall, and the reception continued at the Colvard Student Union Gallery and the Visual Arts Center on University Drive.

The exhibition, which will be on display from April 9 through April 13 in McComas Hall and the Visual Arts Center Gallery (and through the end of April in the Colvard Student Union Gallery on the 2nd floor), represents the culmination of a year of research and thesis studies, as well as four years of university foundations, survey, art history, academic and emphasis classes. The capstone experience consists of the development of a significant body of work, as well as critical studies, writing and exposition that leads to a group exhibition, archive and portfolio in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Students exhibiting include:
Loren Bartnicke
Mary Katherine Blackwell
Kellie Brady
Alexis Harrington
Nathan McRee
Ashlei Michelle
Jon Nowell
Destiney Powell
Dorothy Printz
Riley Reed
Whitten Sabbatini
April Shelby
Mary Switzer
Morgan Welch
Hannah Williams
Kacey Woolery

The Spring 2013 BFA Fine Art and Photography Senior Show is sponsored by the MSU Department of Art and the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

If you would like to purchase any of the work or for more information, contact the Mississippi State University Department of Art at 662-325-2070, or email lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Department of Art collecting old, reusable art supplies

April 11th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art collecting old, reusable art supplies

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BFA Fine Arts, Photography Spring Student Show opens April 9

April 5th, 2013 Comments Off on BFA Fine Arts, Photography Spring Student Show opens April 9

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MSU senior art student DestineyPowell at work in her studio.

(Written by thesis students:)
What started out as a simple series of drawings grew into a much more personal battle for MSU art student Destiney Powell when she found out that her son has a hole in his heart and will require surgery, just three days before her senior art show opens on April 9. Life is built up of a series of experiences in which we have the chance to grow based on the decisions we make. Just ask Destiney, a senior Art/Drawing major from Batesville, about her own life experiences, and she will show you her scroll-like works of art that are as large as figures, complete with vibrant, organic forms alive with movement and color. She has illustrated the creation of life, from conception through the birth process. Powell chose to use this journey as a metaphor for her growth as an artist in order to “express the moods and emotions that [she] felt throughout [her] own pregnancy.” An optimistic and hopeful young woman, Powell says, “Maybe this life lesson is happening for a reason. My thesis is now about experiencing life with your creations. It’s now about my son and the experiences and challenges that he will face. Perhaps art is life after all.”

April Thesis Show Features Works by Sixteen MSU Students
Powell and 15 fellow senior art students will exhibit their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Fine Art and Photography Thesis Exhibition during the month of April in three galleries across the MSU campus: the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall, the Colvard Student Union Gallery and in MSU’s Visual Arts Center at 808 University Drive. A public reception filled with faculty, students, friends, family and food will be held on April 11th in all three galleries beginning at 5:30 p.m. in McComas Hall, proceeding to the Union Gallery at 6:30 then arriving at the Visual Arts Center at 7:15 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. It is also open to the public, so all are encouraged to attend. Student introductions will take place in McComas at 6 p.m.

The exhibition, which will be on display from April 9 through April 13 in McComas Hall and the Visual Arts Center Gallery (and through April in the MSU Colvard Student Union Gallery on the 2nd floor), represents the culmination of a year of research and thesis studies, as well as four years of university foundations, survey, art history, academic and emphasis classes. The capstone experience consists of the development of a significant body of work, as well as critical studies, writing and exposition that leads to a group exhibition, archive and portfolio in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Each student is mentored by a faculty thesis committee and develops the exhibition processes as part of a team of students. The BFA Graphic Design senior show will follow this exhibition. Mississippi State University’s Art program, a part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, is the largest undergraduate studio program in the state of Mississippi and offers views of its senior student work each semester.

Student Artists Represent Diverse Art Disciplines
Sixteen MSU senior students represent Fine Art Concentration emphasis areas of Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Drawing, as well as the Photography Concentration.

Riley Reid, MSU Photography student from Athens, Ala.

“Woman at Window” by Riley Reid

Art/Photography major Riley Reed of Athens, Ala., explored the sociological and psychological theory that says our perception of ourselves is really based on how we think others perceive us. Reed observed this theory through her camera lens as she has photographed people interacting inside their homes, but she will not be inside with them. She stands outside and takes the photographs through a window, with the permission of the subject(s), of course. Reed says that this “allows her and her audience to become involved in the lives of others but distanced in a way that gives an extended look into the lives of others outside the critical eye of the world/community.”

Jon Nowell, MSU art student, stands in the proximity of his work

Jon Nowell, an Art/Sculpture major from Ridgeland, strives to celebrate his artistic freedom. He says that these “artistic objects and instances manifest naturally and ostentatiously to illuminate the things [he has] learned, observed, desired and failed to comprehend fully.”

Dorothy Printz, an Art/Painting major from Brandon, seeks to communicate past, present and future emotions through her mixed media, sculptural spheres that include letters from her grandmothers and dyed fabric.

Art/Painting major Kacey Woolery of Morton depicts the struggle of dealing with past relationships through his charcoal and paint representations of “The Red String of Fate.”

Art/Photography major Alexis Harrington of Starkville studied Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs,’ a psychological theory, as she photographed the experiences her subjects go through when a specific need is taken away.

Loren Bartnicke, an Art/Painting major from Little Rock, created busy, visually intriguing, thought-provoking images of people. Her paintings are not about the subject but about the physical existence of the paintings.

Ashlei Michelle of Ocean Springs is an Art/Drawing major; however, she succeeds in creating three-dimensional objects that complement her drawings. The series of objects appear to be clothing made of latex that obviously constricts the motion of the wearer. The purpose of these wearable objects is to convey the social implications of physical disability.

Starkville native and Art/Painting major Mary Switzer says that there is “a cognitive spontaneity” in the way she has painted her atmospheric, soft, neutral acrylic paintings.

Kellie Brady, an Art/Photography major from Brookhaven, uses a monoprinting process to create nonrepresentational images of conflict and tranquility that stem from her own life experiences.

Mary Katherine Blackwell, an Art/Drawing major from Macon, has illustrated a murder ballad called “The Mountain” written by her brother and local Blues musician, Drew Blackwell. To create a sense of unease, Blackwell chose to splash red ink on the otherwise neutral color palette.

Art/Photography major Nathan McRee of Grenada captures his curiosity of nighttime and dim light in a series of landscape photographs taken across the countryside of Webster and Grenada counties.

Morgan Welch, an Art/Sculpture major from Jackson, has built a workbench to be presented not only as a tool but also as a historical study and an effective design object. He has strategically planned out this highly practical workbench so that it functions in the best interest of the user.

Hannah Williams, an Art/Photography major from Amory, has photographed the interior of her home in order to create a dialogue of the transitional tension that takes place when domestic change occurs.

Art/Photography major Whitten Sabbatini of Clinton explores people, places and incidents through the medium of digital photography.

April Shelby of Florence is an Art/Ceramics major who combines hand-built and wheel-thrown clay techniques. She has constructed multiple ceramic objects that can be arranged differently each time they are displayed so that the perception of the work of art is never the same.

The Spring 2013 BFA Fine Art and Photography Senior Show is sponsored by the MSU Department of Art and the College of Architecture, Art and Design. For more information, contact the Mississippi State University Department of Art at 662 325 2070, or email lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.ed

Kilpatrick receives scholarship to study at Penland School of Crafts

April 5th, 2013 Comments Off on Kilpatrick receives scholarship to study at Penland School of Crafts

Sarah Kilpatrick said she made two ottomans last semester, and she is working on tables this semester.

Kilpatrick’s rocking chair

Sarah Kilpatrick

Sarah Kilpatrick, a junior sculpture major in the Department of Art, has received a scholarship to participate in the summer 2013 Higher Education Partners Program at Penland School of Crafts. Mississippi State was one of just 33 schools nationwide selected to participate in the matching scholarship program made possible by generous gifts from three of the department’s advisory board members: Ann Arledge, Charlotte McNeel and David Trigiani.

Kilpatrick will attend Penland’s Summer Session 5Dean Pulver’s The Art of Chair Making, from July 21 through August 6. The class will include presentations, demonstrations, and discussions and will cover drawing, model making, mockups, ergonomics, joinery, laminate and steam bending, shaping and carving with hand and power tools and surface techniques.

“I know it’s going to be intense,” said Kilpatrick, who has taken three Maymester courses at Mississippi State. “You’ve got to be able to work fast,” she said. “You can’t just play around because it’s going to be over.”

Kilpatrick has already taken both of the chair classes offered in the Department of Art taught by Professor Critz Campbell.

“I know Critz’s techniques and methods,” she said. “Mr. Pulver may have a whole different method of doing stuff, so that’s just going to broaden what I know.”

“I expect to get a lot out of the class I will be attending; I feel like this experience will not only enhance the work I produce during my senior year in thesis, but also my future work as a furniture designer and artist,” she said.

Kilpatrick, who originally started in the Interior Design Program where she fell in love with furnishings, plans to follow her passion after graduation.

“It is my goal to one day have my own shop and create and build my own designs.”

Art student takes second in arts and humanities at MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 2nd, 2013 Comments Off on Art student takes second in arts and humanities at MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium

collage 5 | Ashlei Michelle

stitches | Ashlei Michelle

Ashlei Michelle, a senior art student, received second place in the Arts and Humanities category of the MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 22.

Michelle’s presentation included her thesis work from this semester and research from the past year.

Read the full story on MSU’s website.

Bill Dunlap wraps up residency exploring ‘A Life in the Arts’ with friends

April 1st, 2013 Comments Off on Bill Dunlap wraps up residency exploring ‘A Life in the Arts’ with friends

Artist Bill Dunlap (left) and TV producer Sam Haskell III (center) watch as colleague and friend W. Ralph Eubanks, director of publishing at the Library of Congress, speaks to an audience at Mississippi State University. (Photo by Megan Bean)

As the first artist in residence at Mississippi State, Bill Dunlap has set the bar high – interacting with the community, students and faculty and bringing in numerous colleagues to teach workshops and lectures and to interact with students.

“We are just so fortunate that he’s bringing that experience and culture to campus,” said Lydia Thompson, head of the Art Department, when introducing Dunlap at one of his final events as artist in residence.

While in graduate school, Dunlap said he was touched by some visiting artists who told him there was life in the arts after the university. So, he decided to wrap up his residency by sharing that experience with the help of two friends – W. Ralph Eubanks and Sam Haskell III.

Eubanks, director of publishing at the Library of Congress, credited his success with networking and connections early on, and he extended that offer to the audience.

“Someone helped me; I want to help you guys as well,” he said.

Eubanks went on to explain that in his position, he works to develop books based on collections at the library.

“I take them; I make stories about them; and I try to make sense of them,” he said. “I’m a storyteller.”

He credits his Mississippi roots for helping him tell his stories, explaining that storytelling is a huge part of Mississippi’s culture.

Haskell has also credits his Mississippi roots in helping him fulfill his childhood dream of working in television, and he is now the worldwide head of television.

“When you think about a life in the arts, when you think about just enjoying the arts … you have to think about dreams,” said Haskell, who said he dreamed as a child of working in television and would walk around his small town of Amory with a TV guide in hand, telling people what was coming on television that night.

Haskell then told the story that changed his life and made him believe his dreams could come true. He explained how he saw a Procter & Gamble commercial when he was nine that said the “Cheer man” would be visiting towns across America and would give $10 to anyone who could show proof they used Cheer detergent.

“Well, I was absolutely sure that he was coming to Amory, Mississippi,” said Haskell, who – much to the ridicule of friends and family – painted a giant Cheer box on a sign to display in his yard.

A year later, the Friday before Labor Day in 1965, the Cheer man did show up, and Haskell was given his $10. He learned that every registered voter in every county across the country was put into a computer system that chose two addresses at random. Haskell’s house happened to be one of the two chosen in Monroe County.

After that, “I learned at a very young age what blind faith was … the blind faith about having a dream and working hard for that dream.” Haskell said, “The Cheer man has come for me many times since, and the Cheer man can come for you, too, you just have to have the capacity to dream.”

The guest speakers then took some time to answer a few questions about their ‘lives in the arts’ and how they achieved their dreams.

Click below to watch video clips:
W. Ralph Eubanks
Sam Haskell III
Sam Haskell III (part 2)
panel

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

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