Department of Art professors to participate in live stream from Iceland

July 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professors to participate in live stream from Iceland

Neil and Adrienne Callander and their son and other members of the residency in Gullkistan, Iceland. (photo from gullkistan.is)

Neil and Adrienne Callander and their son and other members of the residency in Gullkistan, Iceland. (photo from gullkistan.is)

Neil and Adrienne Callander, professors in the Department of Art, will participate in a live stream artists’ talk about their studio practice and the work that has developed over the past month during their residency at Gullkistan in Iceland.

Don’t miss your chance to see the studio space, glimpse some of the art, hear a reading of new fiction, and visit with others affiliated with the Gullkistan residency.
The talk will begin on July 25 at 11 a.m. CST, and the Callanders will be joined by the other members of the residency. The live stream will last approximately two hours.
Visit Gullkistan.is to watch the live stream and read more about the residency.

Art history: A ‘powerful’ lesson

July 24th, 2013 Comments Off on Art history: A ‘powerful’ lesson

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The Department of Art prides itself on how well the program prepares students for careers in art. And a big part of that preparation involves the study of art history.

According to Dr. Angi Bourgeois, associate professor and art history emphasis coordinator, the role of art history in large part is to help students consider questions that they can then apply to themselves as artists.

“We want students to be able to put their own work into a context of creators and to see the impact and influence that history has on them whether they realize it or not,” said Bourgeois.

“We are more about getting students to answer questions like ‘what does this work mean’ and ‘why was this created’ rather than ‘who made this and when,’ ” said Bourgeois. “We are less concerned that students memorize the facts of art history than we are about them learning how to access the meanings behind them.” The goal is for students to understand how to answer these questions about moments in history so that they may more effectively answer those same questions about themselves and their art.

In addition to the content and critical thinking that is involved in the study of art history, students also gain invaluable experience in communication skills in their art history classes. By its nature, art history requires students expand their verbal and written communication skills. In recent years, the discipline has begun to explore ways to engage students, using more innovating writing assignments and the introduction of presentations and group projects into classes.

“No longer do I start class by turning down the lights,” says Bourgeois.  “It has been exciting to see my students embrace writing and using their inherent creativity to explore ideas of the Renaissance or of the theory of photography.”

Bourgeois said art history is an important field of study for everyone, no matter what major. She said works of art can teach us about the philosophy of a time period, what was important to a culture and how humans understood themselves and those around them. Art history is a discipline that truly draws on every aspect of human endeavor, from history, literature, philosophy and religion.

“The one thing that has always existed from the beginning of human record is some form of creative, visual activity,” said Bourgeois. “People creating things that are not necessary to the survival of man – some form of what we consider to be art.  This can help us understand ourselves and ourselves in the past. That’s powerful.”

New Course
The Department of Art is pleased to introduce a new online/distance learning course in the fall, ART 4990: Islamic Art and Architecture.

Taught by Sheida Riahi, this course will examine the beginnings, development and maturation of Islamic art and architecture around the world beginning in the seventh century.

Click here to read more about the class.

See the full list and description of course offerings in the Department of Art.

Graphic design students win top awards in national design competition

July 23rd, 2013 Comments Off on Graphic design students win top awards in national design competition

Alaina Anglin's poster entry won the Gold Award. The image features a gig poster, T-shirt and two advertisements for the European concert tour of The Gaslight Anthem.

Alaina Anglin’s poster entry won the Gold Award. The image features a gig poster, T-shirt and two advertisements for the European concert tour of The Gaslight Anthem.

Mississippi State University graphic design students won 10 top awards in the 2013 National REAL Show sponsored by the Art Director’s Club of Washington, D.C. There were 248 entries from 11 different schools with 31 pieces selected to be in the show.

In the Poster Category, Alaina Anglin won a Gold Medal, Matt Motes  and Ashley Coulter won Silver Awards, and Brooke Boyd and Cayla Boyd won Merit Awards.

In the Identity Category, Robbie Richardson and Paige McDonnell won a Silver Award, and Katie Tully, Katelyn Howard and Emma Geiger won Merit Awards.

The work was created in Professors Jamie Burwell Mixon, Jude Landry and Jamie Runnells’ classes in the spring 2013 semester.

The Real Show is an annual competition giving college students from around the nation the opportunity to solve real-life communication design problems. This year, students competed in the areas of identity, web design, poster design and editorial design. The work was exhibited at the DC Design Center in Washington in April.

Department of Art Professor to appear on Design Recharge show

July 23rd, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art Professor to appear on Design Recharge show

Professor Jude Landry

Professor Jude Landry

Jude Landry, professor in the Department of Art, will do a live interview on the Design Recharge show.

“Hands-On Design with Jude Landry” will air on Wed., July 24, at 1:30 p.m. CST.

Participants can chat live and add questions to the discussion by creating a free Spreecast account.

The Design Recharge show motivates, inspires, connects and educates designers. Designers interact about relevant design and design business topics.

Infographic: Photography 101

July 11th, 2013 Comments Off on Infographic: Photography 101

Check out this infographic that teaches beginner photography.
(Created by: PhotographyDegree.com)

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Lydia Thompson leaves for Texas Tech

July 8th, 2013 Comments Off on Lydia Thompson leaves for Texas Tech

The college held a farewell lunch for Lydia Thompson, who has accepted a position at Texas Tech University this fall.

The college held a farewell lunch for Lydia Thompson, who has accepted a position at Texas Tech University this fall.

Lydia Thompson, head of the Department of Art, has accepted a position at Texas Tech University. Thompson will serve as the new director of the Department of Art in Lubbock, Texas.

Jamie Mixon, professor and graphic design emphasis coordinator, will serve as the interim department head, effective July 1.

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