Department of Art wishes Diamond Dogs good luck

June 19th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art wishes Diamond Dogs good luck



Athletes have all kinds of rituals hoping to bring them luck – from touching a sign on the way out to the field to wearing that same pair of lucky socks at every game to following a very specific windup sequence before each pitch. Luckily for the Mississippi State University Diamond Dogs, left-handed pitcher Ross Mitchell had an idea to start a new ritual for his team early this spring, and it seems to have paid off. Mitchell and fellow Bulldogs are playing for the championship in the College World Series.

In February, Mitchell, a sophomore from Smyrna, Tenn., contacted Critz Campbell to see if the Department of Art professor could create a sculpture of a hand for the team to high five before games.

At the time, Campbell was teaching a new, upper-level 3D course, “Materials and Processes.” In the class, 12 students were learning techniques of stone carving, plastic casting and laser cutting and experimenting with a variety of other processes and materials.

“Ross came by and looked at what we were doing in plastic to see if that would work,” said Campbell.

Liking what he saw, Mitchell bought the materials, and the students began the work. They created a life cast of sculpture student John Allen’s hand. Allen had to place his hand in position in a material called alginate, similar to what’s used by dentists to create molds of teeth. Once hardened, Allen removed his hand, and the hard, white plastic was poured into the mold. It took about an hour to set.

The hand was then mounted on a piece of wood and was ready for Mitchell to take to Dudy Noble Field, where he and his teammates could get a good luck high five before games.

Campbell said his students really enjoyed creating something that will hopefully become a part of MSU baseball history.

“The student who used his hand was really excited about the thought of his hand being the one that everyone was high-fiving,” said Campbell.

Read the story on MSU’s website and on WCBI.

Read about more fan support, including support from grahpic design alumnus Hal Teasler.

Department of Art holds summer camp

June 19th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art holds summer camp

The 2013 In-Vision MSU Summer Art Program campers and instructors

The 2013 In-Vision MSU Summer Art Program campers and instructors stand in front of an installation the campers created using Post-It notes.

Check out the story by Margaret Kovar on MSU’s website!

The Department of Art held its first session of a visual arts summer program, In-Vision, from June 7 through 14. The overnight camp, intended for high school students age 16 and up, is meant to expose students to majors and careers in the studio fields of art and design.

Six students spent the week at Mississippi State learning from art professors Jonathan Cumberland, Suzanne Powney, Robert Long and John Paul Remo. Along with working in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking and clay, students got to meet with professionals from the visual arts field to learn more about career opportunities. The program is unique because it introduces students to materials and tools they would not normally use in other camps or at school. Lori Neuenfeldt served a camp coordinator, and Lorrin Webb was the student assistant who conducted the camp’s evening activities.

Workshops included:
Observational Drawing Workshop 1: Perspective
Three Dimensional Design
Observational Drawing Workshop 2: Geometric Deconstruction
Three Dimensional Design
Design Fundamentals
Observational Drawing Workshop 3: Anatomy/Figure
Drawing & Inking: Comic Strip
Computing Arts Photoshop
Poster Design Graphics

Students also went on a field trip to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge to study color and theory during an outdoor watercolor workshop.

An exhibition was held on the final day to showcase the students’ work.

Click here for more information about In-Vision.

Art alumnus to teach photography workshop

June 11th, 2013 Comments Off on Art alumnus to teach photography workshop



Friends of the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge announce an Adult Wildlife and Photo Workshop and Trail Walk sponsored by the FONR Group.

The workshop will be taught by Department of Art alumnus Blake McCollum on June 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Auditorium.

The workshop will help prepare attendees for the 2013 Amateur Photography Contest. Rules and entry forms will be available at the workshop. McCollum will also teach tips on camera use and outdoor photo shooting.

The Trail Walk will be a chance to practice the new skills learned and will include the Beaver Dam Trail, Woodpecker Trail, Trail of Big Trees and a walk around Bluff Lake. (Click here to learn about the trails).

Participants must pre-register with Andrea Dunstan at Questions should be addressed to Margaret McMullen at, or call  662-323-5548 ext. 226.

Click here for more information.

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