McKenzie first recipient of the Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award

September 26th, 2013 Comments Off on McKenzie first recipient of the Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award

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The fall 2013 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award is presented to Nikola McKenzie, a senior in the Department of Art. This $500 award is a recurring honor in the photography concentration in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University and is given to a student who sees and understands the value of travel for  creative visual research.

McKenzie will use the funds to attend the Society for Photographic Education South Central Regional Conference, titled “Refining Humanity: Photography and Empathy” at the College of the Mainland from October 17 – 20. The conference will explore the many and varied ways in which photographers and lens-based artists illuminate the human experience.

This award is in the memory of Grahame Brooke Snider, who was a student in the photography concentration in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University from 2006-2010.

“Grahame lived and loved photography. She absorbed all she could by attending photographic workshops and conferences,” said Professor Marita Gootee, who is the photography area coordinator. “Her family created this award to honor Grahame’s passion for photographic knowledge and to provide MSU photo students the opportunity to develop their passion for photography through travel.”

The Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award will be presented in the fall and spring to a photography concentration BFA student. This award is to encourage creative visual research in the photographic field through travel to conferences, libraries, collections, museums, workshops and more.

The spring application is due Jan. 27 , 2014. For more information and application process please contact Professor Marita Gootee in the Department of Art at mgootee@caad.msstate.edu.

Click here to read more about the Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award.

Humans, animals and a Hunter, oh my!

September 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Humans, animals and a Hunter, oh my!

Kathryn Hunter

Kathryn Hunter

Alie Dalee | The Reflector

There are few topics as relevant to a campus body as the bond between students and their pursuit of knowledge. Likewise, there are few bonds as telling as the natural bond between humans and animals  — a bond demonstrated daily on a morning walk down Main Street, leash in hand, as a dog meanders five feet ahead or the gentle exultation at the discovery of a stray campus cat under a car’s carriage.

This month, Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) has partnered with the College of Veterinary Medicine in an attempt to unite those two bonds. They are posed to host renowned artist Kathryn Hunter as a special highlight in Human-Animal Bond Week, which takes place Oct. 18-Nov. 1.

Hunter, an established artist with a gallery presence ranging from Louisiana to New York City, holds a bachelor’s degree in printmaking and currently operates Blackbird Letter Press in Baton Rogue, La. Her background encompasses letterpress, printmaking and three-dimensional work. However, her incorporation of textiles, fiber and paper have led her down an avenue into product development.

Animal-bond week celebrates the merger of two of MSU’s most diverse colleges in a venture to unify campus and the community. Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator of the MSU Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs, stressed the importance of viewing art as way of self-discovery and exploration of the world around us.

“Artworks reflect what is going on within contemporary times, and the concerns we have, whether it’s political, environmental, religious…” Neuenfeldt said. “That all can be seen visually in the works of art we’re trying to bring here to campus. In a way, we’re trying to bring a part of the world here to Mississippi State. Anyone can see that art is tied to any area of interest.”

Hunter’s exploration of polar bears in her work allows students to grapple with the issues of endangered species and growing up in an age of increased awareness to the finite world around them and depleting natural resources.

“These are a way for them to revisit those in a way that’s very visual, and they can respond to that visually, so not just the Department of Arts students, but any student,” Neuenfeldt said. “What we’re trying to do is we’re trying initiate that conversation and get people to confront those ideas.”

Hunter’s exhibit falls in conjunction with the College of Veterinary’s almuni weekend. The exhibit aims to encourage veterinary students to explore outside the scientific realm of animal studies.

Brandi Van Ormer, director of communications at the College of Veterinary Medicine, said veterninary students are a student group especially passionate about the bond between humans and animals.

“I think that veterinary students are a uniquely passionate group of people, and they are people who have had a passion for animals and science since they were small,” Van Ormer said. “It’s a way to get them outside of the science part and help them to enjoy and appreciate a subject they love anyways.”

CAAD’s persistent effort to draw in diversified exhibits has played a large part in expanding its students’ worldviews and creative optimism toward future career ventures.

Trey Hardin, junior art major with an emphasis in graphic design, said the exhibitions add subjects to his education students do not learn otherwise.

“I don’t think you can get the same kind of education without it (exhibitions). If you’re out there trying to do it alone and you never see anyone else, how do you even know how to go about pursuing a career?,” he said. “But also, because of the diversity of it, it kind of makes you think, and it gets you interested in pursuing things that you never would have thought to do.”

Neuenfeldt said she has seen a positive response to CAAD’s exhibitions through increased student engagement and hopes to continue to serve the community and Golden Triangle region by bringing in future exhibits. The university’s continued persistence to diversified exhibits honors CAAD’s mission statement which says, “Preparing students for a career or advanced study; offering courses that fulfill university requirements; and providing an active art gallery to serve the university, the community, and region.”

Neuenfeldt said she values raising varied issues with students even when the discussions and ideas are difficult.

“I think it’s important to show students different concepts — you know, whether they’re tough to grapple with, they’re raising certain issues,” Neuenfeldt said.

Alaina Griffin, junior architecture major, said she concurred with Neuenfeldt. She said she felt her education involved more than mere school work and felt it necessary for students to go beyond their own majors and learn about different colleges that unite campus as a whole.

“I think it’s important to see other people’s work and what’s going on,” Griffin said. “I feel like your education shouldn’t just be about what you want to do. It should be about knowing about other things that are going on at the school.”

Hunter’s exhibit is set to run Sept. 23 – Nov. 1, including a free gallery reception on Thursday, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The artist is also hosting a casual “Meet the Artist” event on Sat., Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center.

For more information about Kathryn Hunter visit:
http://kathrynhunterfineart.com/home.html

For information about the residency visit:
http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/artnews/air-partnership/
http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/artnews/kathryn-hunter/

The residency is made possible by the Friends of the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge and the Starkville Area Arts Council. The exhibit of Kathryn Hunter’s work is made possible by the MSU Department of Art, College of Architecture Art and Design, and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Traveling contemporary art show comes to MSU

September 23rd, 2013 Comments Off on Traveling contemporary art show comes to MSU

 

An untitled gelatin silver print by American photographer Cindy Sherman.

An untitled gelatin silver print by American photographer Cindy Sherman.

By Margaret Kovar | MSU

The exhibit “Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection” will run through Oct. 18 in the McComas Hall gallery on the Mississippi State University campus.

The show features works from the contemporary collection gifted to the Mississippi Museum of Art by New York collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel. Primarily made up of drawings, the traveling exhibit includes works by highly regarded contemporary artists including Will Barnet, Claudia DeMonte, Cindy Sherman and Richard Tuttle.

Sponsored by the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department, the show will include a guided gallery talk Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. by Mississippi Museum of Art curator Beth Batton.

The Vogels began purchasing art in the 1960s, and by the 1990s, their collection numbered in the thousands. In recent years, the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services have worked with the Vogels to share the artworks with one institution in each of the 50 states.

MMA received 50 artworks, also including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints by significant contemporary artists, mainly working in the U.S.

For more information, visit www.caad.msstate.edu, or contact Lori Neuenfeldt at lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-2970.

CAAD announces student holiday card competition

September 19th, 2013 Comments Off on CAAD announces student holiday card competition

holiday card CAAD competition

Events held in conjunction with ‘Collapse’ exhibit

September 18th, 2013 Comments Off on Events held in conjunction with ‘Collapse’ exhibit

Several events were recently held in conjunction with “Collapse,” an exhibition curated by Adrienne Callander, that will remain on display through Oct. 18 in the Visual Arts Center Gallery.

On Wed., Sept. 11, visiting artists Josh Azzarella and Tiffany Calvert delivered a joint artists’ talk in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall:

 

The artists hosted a gallery talk on Thurs., Sept. 12:

Watch the video!

 

The opening reception for the exhibition was also held on Sept. 12:

Department of Art students intern for class credit, much more

September 13th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art students intern for class credit, much more

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Kaitlin Crepps interned at ICON–Worldwide in Buhler, Switzerland.

This summer, students in the Department of Art were busy interning across the world. Thirty-three students in the department received course credit for their internships, gaining valuable experience for their future careers.

To earn three credit hours in Art 4523, graphic design students have to complete 135 hours and must work with a mentor who is a professional in the design world.

“It’s good for students to do several internships,” said Jamie Mixon, interim department head, who explained that students can earn up to six credit hours if they complete a second internship. “This way, they get a variety of experience, from a small firm to a bigger ad agency. They are trying to make a decision – trying to decide how they want to fit into the design world, and this gives them a taste of what one experience might be.”

Fine art students can also benefit from an internship and receive credit for Art 4693.

“A fine art internship student will usually spend 15 hours a week for four weeks (60 hours’ contact) with the sponsoring entity, usually during the summer,” said Brent Funderburk, professor and fine art thesis emphasis coordinator. “In addition to a well-developed list of duties, tasks and projects, the internship involves a written report, well documented with visual outcomes, accompanied by a comprehensive evaluation by the sponsoring program.”

Though course credit is a definitely a benefit, Mixon said the internships help students immensely because they graduate with real work experience.

“Firms look at that,” she said. “They feel like they aren’t hiring a newby. Ultimately, the big payoff is you get hired by a firm, or someone gives you a huge reference.”

Kaitlin Crepps, a senior graphic design student from Georgetown, Texas, earned valuable work experience while working as a web design intern this summer with ICON-Worldwide, a marketing company located in Buhler, Switzerland.

Crepps said she didn’t have a lot of experience with web design and wouldn’t have applied for the internship had she not taken Professor Chad Anderson’s Web Design I course.

“The class was an introduction to the web in general, opening us up to the web design world,” she said. “And all the classes I have taken helped me with the print work and even the web work; the basics of web are really grounded in print,” she added.

Crepps ended up doing a lot of print work during the internship and even worked on graphics for a large client, Credit Suisse bank, who is a sponsor of professional tennis player Roger Federer. She was there while he was playing in the French Open.

“We did graphics for the French Open and promoting his involvement,” said Crepps. “It’s still kind of surreal that I was Photoshopping Roger Federer’s face,” she laughed.

Crepps, who serves on the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Dean’s Council and is president of the Department of Art Student Council, encouraged fellow students to shoot high and apply to numerous internships.

“I never in a million years thought I’d be getting a call back from Switzerland,” she said. “I wouldn’t be scared to go out for big things because you never know what you are going to get.”

The following students in the Department of Art received course credit for internships this summer:

BROOKHAVEN — Abbey Barker, senior graphic design major and daughter of Richard and Sandy Barker, interned at the MSU Football Office in Starkville.

CLINTON — Michael Gann, senior graphic design major and son of Don and Melinda Gann, interned this summer at MSU University Relations in Starkville. Gann is currently interning at Blufish Design Studio in Starkville for the fall semester.

COLUMBUS — Syreatha Terry, senior graphic design major and daughter of Leavy and Linda Terry, interned at Town and Gown Magazine in Starkville.

ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn. — Molly Howell, a junior painting major and daughter of Ken and Winifred Howell, interned at The Arts Company in Nashville, Tenn.

GEORGETOWN, Texas — Kaitlin Crepps, senior graphic design major and daughter of Ernest and Alisha Crepps, interned at ICON–Worldwide in Buhler, Switzerland.

HICKTORY – Ellen Douglas, senior graphic design major and daughter of Robert and Tatia McCaskill, interned at Leading Edges in Meridian.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — June Upton, senior graphic design major and daughter of Terrilyn Kutz and Paige Upton, interned at Crawford Johnson Robinson Woods Inc. in Little Rock, Ark.

OCEAN SPRINGS — Katelyn Howard, senior graphic design major and daughter of Rebecca and James Howard, interned at Blufish Design Studio in Starkville.

OCEAN SPRINGS — Sydney Lesniewski, senior graphic design major and daughter of Amy Lesniewski, interned at JC Graphics in Starkville.

RIDGELAND — Merritt La Foe, senior graphic design major and daughter of Wilson and Marcella La Foe, interned at Inferno in Memphis, Tenn.

RIDGELAND — Kayla Smith, senior graphic design major and daughter of David and Robin Smith, interned with the MSU Department of Art in Starkville.

SALTILLO — Jacy Waldrop, senior graphic design major and daughter of Terry and Kym Waldrop, interned at Swirlz in Tupelo.

STARKVILLE — Cayla Boyd, senior graphic design major, interned at ProGraphics in Starkville.

— Joshua Brand, senior graphic design major, interned at the Mississippi State University Library in Starkville.

— Shannon Dodd, graphic design major, interned at The Focus Group in Gulfport.

— Kagan Doom, graphic design major, interned with Ole Miss Sports Production in Oxford.

— Jana King, graphic design major, interned at the Creative Distillery in Jackson. Click here to read about King’s experience at the Creative Distillery.

— Kaitlyn Lincoln, graphic design major, interned at JC Graphics in Starkville.

— Kristen Lovelace, graphic design major, interned at Mississippi State University Outdoor Adventure in Starkville.

— Meredith Masingill, graphic design major, interned with MSU Athletics in Starkville

— Robbie Richardson, graphic design major, interned at Kalalou Inc. in Jackson.

— Anna Russell, graphic design major, interned at the Jackson Free Press in Jackson.

— Courtney S. Sims, graphic design major, interned at The Orchid United Methodist Church in Tupelo.

— Brittany Sistrunk, graphic design major, interned at the Jackson Free Press in Jackson.

— Morgan Stewart, graphic design major, interned at Mississippi Magazine in Jackson.

— Sara Taheri-Araghi, graphic design major, interned at A2Z Printing in Jackson.

— Stephanie Travis, graphic design major, interned at Fleming Entertainment Enterprises in Norwood, Mass.

— Maura Worch, graphic design major, interned at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.

— DeVonn Armstrong, interned at Hederman Brothers in Ridgeland.

— Richard Hopper, graphic design major, interned with Campus Book Mart in Starkville.

— Kaley James, graphic design major, interned at The T Shirt Shop and Design Firm LLC in Columbus.

— Meredith Masingill, graphic design major, interned with MSU Athletics in Starkville.

— Cameron McMaster, graphic design major, interned with the Bost Extension Center at the MSU AG Campus.

Artists to speak in conjunction with ‘Collapse’ exhibition

September 10th, 2013 Comments Off on Artists to speak in conjunction with ‘Collapse’ exhibition

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

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

In conjunction with the exhibition, “Collapse,” now showing in the Visual Arts Center Gallery, visiting artists Josh Azzarella and Tiffany Calvert will deliver a joint artists’ talk.

Azzarella, a video artist, and Calvert, a painter, will speak on Wed., Sept. 11, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

The reception for the exhibition is being held at the VAC on Thurs., Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Proposals due Sept. 16 for the Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award

September 9th, 2013 Comments Off on Proposals due Sept. 16 for the Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award

Photography concentration students are eligible to apply for the 2013-14 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award.

This award is to encourage creative visual research in the photographic field through travel to conferences, libraries, collections, museums, workshops and more.

The fall application proposal deadline is September 16th.

Application guidelines are available in the art office (102 Freeman Hall) or by contacting Professor Marita Gootee (218 Briscoe Hall).

Click here for the guidelines and the application agreement.

This award is in the memory of Grahame Brooke Snider who was a student in the photography concentration in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University from 2006-2010. Grahame lived and loved photography. She absorbed all she could by attending photographic workshops and conferences. This award is in honor of Grahame’s passion for photographic knowledge and to provide others the opportunity to develop their passion for photography through travel.

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