Department of Art professor to serve as featured artist in West Point festival

August 30th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professor to serve as featured artist in West Point festival

Jude Landry

Jude Landry

Jude Landry, assistant professor in the Department of Art, has been selected as this year’s featured artist for the Prairie Arts Festival in West Point.

The festival is Sat., Aug. 31, and will feature local artists, vendors and musicians.

Landry designed and silk-screened the poster for the event in a limited edition run of 50 prints.  The poster can be purchased online here.

Department of Art students work on chalk drawing project

August 29th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art students work on chalk drawing project

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Students in Professor Neil Callander’s Art 1123: Foundation Design I course recently worked on a small public art installation project.

Working in groups, students used a chalk reel to install straight-line only drawings that interacted with the environment.

“The students and the university community loved it, said Callander. “I hope to build on this project in the future.”

MSU gallery show examines loss and potential

August 29th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU gallery show examines loss and potential

Belinda Blum, "Rule 7," 2010, oil on canvas

Belinda Blum, “Rule 7,” 2010, oil on canvas

By Margaret Kovar | University Relations

Works by seven nationally known artists are on display through Oct. 19 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Sponsored by the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department, “Collapse” features imagery and objects by artists Carin Rodenborn, Belinda Blum, Josh Azzarella, Gabbe Grodin, Tiffany Calvert, Julie Evanoff and Ronna Lebo.

The exhibit addresses various middle grounds, asking the viewer to consider loss of structure and the potential new realities that such loss can generate.

On Sept. 1, the artists will speak about their works at 4:30 p.m. in Giles Hall’s Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt at lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-2973.

Funderburk to speak on Walter Anderson at three museums in 2013-2014

August 29th, 2013 Comments Off on Funderburk to speak on Walter Anderson at three museums in 2013-2014

Walter Anderson image (watercolor design for a Shearwater ceramic plate) - for the MMA "Walter Anderson's Carnival of Animals" presentation

Walter Anderson image (watercolor design for a Shearwater ceramic plate) – for the MMA “Walter Anderson’s Carnival of Animals” presentation

Brent Funderburk, professor and thesis coordinator in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University, will present an illustrated talk, “Walter Anderson’s Symphony of Animals,” at the Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) in Jackson on Nov. 19, 2013, as a part of the “Unburied Treasures” series at the museum. There will also be a live performance by the Ensemble Polonaise. Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.

On Feb. 8, 2014, Funderburk will present another lecture, “Walter Inglis Anderson: A World Vision for Art, Nature, and Man,” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, La. Funderburk gave this presentation to an MSU campus audience in February of 2013. (Read more)

Finally, Funderburk will curate an exhibition of Anderson’s works and give a related presentation at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs in March.  A one-person show of some thirty-five artworks, “New Solar Myths: Paintings and Drawings of Brent Funderburk,” will be featured at WAMA from January to April, 2014.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Photography professor, alumnus in international exhibition

August 28th, 2013 Comments Off on Photography professor, alumnus in international exhibition

Marita Gootee, professor in the Department of Art, and Department of Art alumnus Whitten Sabbatini were both selected to be included in “IDentity,” an international exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colo. The exhibition opens Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 30, 2013. The Juror was Barbara Tannenbaum, curator of photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

"Mom Sleeping" | from Marita Gootee's "Talking to Ghosts" series

“Mom Sleeping” | from Marita Gootee’s “Talking to Ghosts” series

Gootee’s image, titled “Mom Sleeping,” was selected for inclusion into the exhibition. The image is from her recent series, Talking to Ghosts. The image was taken with an iPad rather than a conventional camera.

“This is a very raw series for me,” said Gootee. “It comes out of watching the decline of my mother over the spring. She passed on July 1, only 12 days after my father died. It is all so hard to wrap my mind around.”

She noted that this was not the first exhibition this image had been accepted into recently.

“I am very connected to the images,” Gootee said, pausing. “I am rewarded that others can relate to the image for that gives it a new life.”

"Brad with Cigarette" | Whitten Sabbatini

“Brad with Cigarette” | Whitten Sabbatini

Whitten Sabbatini is a recent BFA graduate from the Mississippi State Department of Art in the new photography concentration this past spring. His image that was accepted into the exhibition is titled “Brad with Cigarette.” It is a color digital image of a recent project where is he is working to photograph strangers.

“I’m continually grateful for these opportunities, and I cannot wait to release some new work,” said Sabbatini.

“The best part about this exhibition is that Whitten and I were both selected. Whitten is becoming well known for creating such captivating images of real people just being themselves,” Gootee laughed, adding, “Maybe we should make a road trip out to the opening!”

Department of Art professor in national publication

August 28th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professor in national publication

"When My Ship Comes In" | Professor Brent Funderburk

“When My Ship Comes In” | Professor Brent Funderburk

“When My Ship Comes In,” a watercolor painting by Brent Funderburk, professor and thesis coordinator in the Department of Art, was chosen by jurors to appear in the fall 2013 issue of Creative Quarterly: The Journal for Visual Art and Design.

The artist was one of fifteen works selected by jurors as a winner in the Professional Fine Art category of this national competitive exhibition, which will appear in the print publication (CQ32) as well as in the online gallery. This marks the third appearance of the Funderburk’s work in the journal.

Jamie Mixon to serve as interim department head

August 27th, 2013 Comments Off on Jamie Mixon to serve as interim department head

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Four posters created by Jamie Mixon (c. 1981) while she was an MSU art student and promotional director and artist for Music Maker Productions (MMP).

Jamie Mixon

Jamie Mixon

Jamie Mixon will serve as the interim head for the Department of Art for the next two years.

Mixon, an MSU art alumna, has been a faculty member in the department since 1991 when she was encouraged by other art faculty members at the time to teach a temporary class for one year. Mixon took the advice, applied for a tenure track position the following year and hasn’t looked back.

“The opportunity to be involved with the education of students has meant so much to me,” said Mixon. “I just can’t say enough about the joy I get from teaching. Every year, you walk into a class, and there are all those fresh faces there. It’s a challenge but just so rewarding. It’s kept me excited all these years.”

Another exciting moment for Mixon occurred in 2004, when she was awarded a top university honor, the John Grisham Master Teacher Award.

Mixon, who has served as the graphic design emphasis coordinator for the department since arriving, is looking forward to her next exciting milestone – serving as department head.

“I’ve been here since 1991, but I’m learning something new every day about our department,” she said.

Mixon’s enthusiasm and love for art and especially graphic design started while she was an art student at MSU and served as the student promotional director and artist for Music Maker Productions (MMP). The nonprofit, student-run organization is still at Mississippi State University and has the primary goal of bringing quality entertainment to the university and the city of Starkville. In her role, Mixon designed posters and helped with concerts for Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and other big names.

“It was a pretty special moment and still is,” she said, smiling. “It made me love graphic design. I thought ‘If I can do a concert poster, this is the career for me.’ It was fun. And I’m still excited about doing concert posters all these years later.”

In fact, Mixon has been doing freelance graphic design work for Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark., since 2004.  She typically designs an average of five concert posters per year, and work has included posters for the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Taylor Swift and Journey. She just finished a poster for Pink, and her next project is for Bon Jovi.

The new department head stressed that she would never have gotten to where she is in her graphic design career without the experience she had while a student at Mississippi State University.

“I graduated with a portfolio of printed material rather than just student work,” she said.

Mixon said she is proud of how well the Department of Art is still preparing students for their future careers.

“We expect the most out of our students,” she said. “And we expect them to work hard.”

The department recently had a visit from their accreditation body, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the faculty was pleased with the preliminary report, which stated, “The degree of outstanding work achieved in the program was highly impressive and of the caliber one would hope to see from the most prestigious art programs in the country.”

“NASAD has acknowledged what we’ve always known,” said Mixon. “We have excellent faculty, and our students produce quality work; it’s very gratifying to have NASAD confirm that for us. The mission is to continue on with the excellence.”

In addition to a new department head, students should expect some other exciting changes this year. Entering freshman are now required to have a computer, and the department is in the process of approving changes to the curriculum. There are also some proposals in the works that have the potential to have a significant impact on the department’s resources.

“To me, it’s totally exciting,” said Mixon. “I’m in a new position, and I’m looking at things in a new way.”

Journey Concert Poster Digital

MIXON Pink POSTER

Jamie Mixon | created for Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.

Department of Art awards freshmen scholarships

August 27th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art awards freshmen scholarships

The Department of Art Scholarship Committee awards the Beverly B. Gulmon Scholarship each year to incoming freshmen based on portfolio strength.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Beverly B. Gulmon Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year:
First Place and $1,000: Keats Haupt
Second Place and $500: Aubrey Pohl
Third Place and $500: Paige Knapp

Click here to read more about scholarships offered by the Department of Art.

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MSU photography professor exhibits photographic diversity

August 27th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU photography professor exhibits photographic diversity

Diversity is the best word to use when describing Professor Marita Gootee’s photography. Gootee, photography concentration coordinator, has been teaching in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University since 1986. This summer, Gootee was accepted into four major exhibitions and with a variety of photographic techniques.

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“DollarTree Rex” | Marita Gootee

“PhotoCraft 2” at LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Ore., will run from Sept. 14 – Oct. 8, 2013. The juror was Blue Mitchell who is the founding editor of Diffusion: Unconventional Photography and curator/founder of Plates to Pixels Gallery. Blue Mitchell selected  Gootee’s “DollarTree Rex” for inclusion in the exhibition. “DollarTree Rex” is cyanotype photogram of a toy purchased from a DollarTree Store.

“It is a fun and playful image. It reminds me of childhood, yet it says more.” said Gootee.

The photographer has been teaching a first-year seminar class at MSU that explores the photogram.

“A photogram is a simple process that creates one-of-a-kind works of art. I want students to know this is a simple but serious technique for creating works of art. ‘DollarTree Rex’ is in a national exhition as proof.”

"Mom Sleeping" | from Marita Gootee's Talking to Ghosts

“Mom Sleeping” | from Marita Gootee’s Talking to Ghosts Series

“Camera USA 2013” at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples Florida ran from June 17 – Aug. 23, 2013. The jurors were Harry Benson, Ron Bishop and Christopher Rauschenberg.

The selected image is from Gootee’s recent series titled Talking to Ghosts. The image was taken with an iPad rather than a conventional camera.

"Moose" | Marita Gootee

“Moose” | Marita Gootee

“Plastic Fantastic Show IV, Toy Camera Show” is an international exhibition at LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Ore., that ran from June 8 – July 6, 2013. The juror was Susan Burnstine. Burnstine is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles.

The image Burnstine selected for the exhibition is titled “Moose.” It is a small silver gelatin print created in the darkroom that has hand-applied color added to the surface. It was taken with a toy camera.

“I have had people ask me how did I get so close to a moose. The answer is simple – it is a toy. That’s the fun part about this image is that the moose itself is a toy that I placed on a large river rock,” laughed Marita.

"Open Water" | Marita Gootee

“Drift” | Marita Gootee

“Open Water,” an international exhibition at The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Va., ran from May 1 – June 1, 2013 and was juried by Jennifer Schwartz. Schwartz is the owner of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery and the creator and curator of the online project, The Ten.

The image that she selected for the exhibition is titled “Drift” and is from the series Sand Shadows. It is a small silver gelatin print created in the darkroom that has hand-applied color added to the surface. The image was taken with a pinhole camera while standing the beach.

Kiernan Gallery has created a book of the exhibition that is available for purchase.

“These images are very dreamlike,” said Marita. “Each image is unique due to the hand-tinting of the print. They are also very small, which give them more intimacy.”

“I never see things exactly the same. That could be my downfall or one of my strengths,” said Gootee with a slight smile. “I just know I love to explore with my camera and photographic techniques. Life to too short to be placed in a box of doing only one thing, one way. I am always researching for a new method to visualize memory.”

Department of Art holds Convocation 2013, second annual cookout

August 26th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art holds Convocation 2013, second annual cookout

Department of Art Student Council

Department of Art Student Council

Convocation for the Department of Art was held on Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Following introductions and announcements, the Department of Art Student Council hosted a cookout behind Howell Building.

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