Art alumna finishes residency in Ireland, exhibit opens Saturday

November 21st, 2013 Comments Off on Art alumna finishes residency in Ireland, exhibit opens Saturday

Virginia Pates

Virginia Pates

Virginia Rood Pates, a 1995 MSU alumna and now assistant professor of fine arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., recently completed a summer residency with the Artistic Alliance in Cork, Ireland.

An exhibition featuring Pates, who holda an MFA from the University of Wales (UK), opens Sat., Nov. 23.

“PRIDE: Artistic Alliance Annual Winter Show 2013” will run through Dec. 8.

Keats Haupt receives Del Rendon Scholarship

November 20th, 2013 Comments Off on Keats Haupt receives Del Rendon Scholarship

Keats Haupt

Keats Haupt

Keats Haupt of Starkville, a freshman in the Department of Art, is the third recipient of the Del Rendon Endowed Art Scholarship.

Haupt is the daughter of Jeffrey Haupt, professor and painting emphasis coordinator in the department, and Shannon Voges-Haupt.

“It is scholarships like these that make it possible for me to have a fighting chance at gaining an art education and using that to pursue my passion for art,” said Haupt, who hopes to pursue a career in graphic design or photography.

Read more about past recipients and the scholarship.

If you are interested in supporting the Del Rendon Scholarship, visit www.msufoundation.com. Please specify that you would like the gift to go toward the Del Rendon Art Scholarship in the College of Architecture, Art, and Design. You can also contact Nathan Moore, CAAD director of development, at 662-325-8227, or email him at nmoore@foundation.msstate.edu.

Department of Art professor featured on WCBI

November 19th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professor featured on WCBI

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On Nov. 12, Jude Landry, assistant professor and graphic design emphasis coordinator, was featured on WCBI’s Mid-Morning with Aundrea segment.

Landry discussed graphic design and his background in art as well as career opportunities for students studying graphic design.

Click here to watch the video.

Landry also discussed the growing Department of Art at MSU.

Click here to watch the video.

MSU art alumnus in Vermont exhibition

November 19th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU art alumnus in Vermont exhibition

"Eric and Teresa, Martin Luther
King Blvd." | Whitten Sabbatini

“Eric and Teresa, Martin Luther
King Blvd.” | Whitten Sabbatini

Whitten Sabbatini, a 2012 Department of Art graduate, recently had work selected for “Figures/Contexts,” an international exhibition at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vt. The exhibition opens on Jan. 7 and closes on Jan 31, 2014.

Cig Harvey, juror, sought photographs that present one or more individuals in a setting that enlarges our understanding of the subject. She selected one of Sabbatini’s recent images titled “Eric and Teresa, Martin Luther
King Blvd.”

“This photograph is from my current body of work that I’m working on in Memphis, Tenn.” said Sabbatini. “Essentially, it’s a continuation of the kind of work I was making when I was in school photographing strangers. Instead of just creating a portfolio entirely of portraits like my previous work, though, I’m beginning to incorporate the landscape and still lifes more in order to aid in the development of the narrative.”

Sabbatini’s current and on-going series can be viewed here: http://whittensabbatini.com/current

“There is no doubt that Whitten has a bright future in photography,” said Professor of Art Marita Gootee, who is the Photography Area Coordinator. “Do you know the quote, ‘The student surpasses the teacher’? Well, I feel Whitten is well on his way, and I am so proud of him,” she smiled.

“I am glad to see Whitten’s drive and enthusiasm for photography has not subsided since graduating from the Department of Art last spring,” said Assistant Professor of Art, Dominic Lippillo. “I know he is going to go on to do great things in the photo world because he is determined, talented and genuinely interested in who and what he is photographing. I always look forward to seeing what he is going to photograph next.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact the PhotoPlace Gallery at photos@vtphotoworkplace.com.

Amie Oliver, CAAD Alumni Fellow, speaks to students

November 18th, 2013 Comments Off on Amie Oliver, CAAD Alumni Fellow, speaks to students

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Department of Art faculty with 2013 Alumni Fellow Amie Oliver. (front row: Gregory Martin, Suzanne Powney, Jamie Mixon – Department Head, Oliver, Marita Gootee and Soon Ee Ngoh. back row: Jude Landry, Ben Harvey, Chad Anderson, Lori Neuenfeldt, Brent Funderburk and Dominic Lippillo)

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Amie Oliver

left to right: Beth Miller (interim associate dean of CAAD and director of the Interior Design Program), Amie Oliver and John P. Rush (Vice President for Development and Alumni)

left to right: Beth Miller (interim associate dean of CAAD and director of the Interior Design Program), Amie Oliver and John P. Rush (Vice President for Development and Alumni) Photo by Russ Houston | Office of Public Affairs

Each year, the Mississippi State University Alumni Association selects distinguished alumni to represent each of its eight academic colleges.

The 2013 Alumni Fellow class was honored on campus from Nov. 14-16, ending with recognition at the MSU vs. Alabama football game.

Amie Oliver (BA, May 1982) was selected as the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s 2013 Alumni Fellow.

Oliver spoke to the college’s Dean’s Council students on Nov. 14, telling them about her career and offering advice.

Oliver also spoke the following day to a room full of students from all over the college.

The self-described “recovering academic” taught in the Department of Art at MSU from 1998 to 1999.

“I learned every single thing that I needed to be an artist right here at MSU,” said Oliver. “And some of the most delightful experiences in my life were right here in this town.”

Oliver showed her current body of work and discussed some of the various influences on her work throughout the years, including her time at the Virginia Atelier at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.

“It changed my life,” she said, so she plans to help initiate a Mississippi Atelier that would enable faculty, students and alumni to pursue creative research in a private studio in Paris.

See the full list of 2013 MSU Alumni Fellows.

Read the story on WCBI.com.

Click here to see Amie Oliver’s Bio (Writte by Jamie Mixon, Department Head)

Department of Art launches ‘One Night Only’ exhibition series

November 18th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art launches ‘One Night Only’ exhibition series

Showcard by Dupree Bostic

Showcard by Dupree Bostic

The Department of Art has launched a “One Night Only” exhibition series to run during the fall and spring semesters in the gallery space in the metal shop in Howell Hall.

The first exhibit, featuring Adrienne Callander and Rowan Haug, will be up until tonight [Nov. 18] at 6 p.m.

Click here to read more on lecturer Adrienne Callander’s blog.

Department of Art hosts third-grade class

November 18th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art hosts third-grade class

clockwise, from bottom left: Addy Eckard, Delayshia Cousins, Nathanial Boatman, Ryder Jones, Mackenzie Neel (CAAD Dean’s Council), Spencer Anderson and Virginia Robbins.

clockwise, from bottom left: Addy Eckard, Delayshia Cousins, Nathanial Boatman, Ryder Jones, Mackenzie Neel (CAAD Dean’s Council), Spencer Anderson and Virginia Robbins.

The College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State recently hosted a group of 38 third-graders from Pierce Street Elementary in Tupelo. Student volunteers from the college’s Dean’s Council worked with the intellectually gifted “Challenge” group on two arts-related projects.

“Tupelo Public Schools really focus on arts integration,” said Challenge teacher L.V. McNeal. “Integrating the arts into the classroom will help our kids become critical thinkers, a skill they will need for their college educations and future careers.”

The students’ first project focused on architecture. The third-graders were challenged to build the tallest tower possible using just 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of masking tape, one yard of string and one marshmallow in just 15 minutes. When time was up, none of the elementary students and the parent chaperones who helped were able to create a tower that could stand on its own.

The visitors were told that this same challenge is often done with everyone from business executives to kindergartners, and the kindergartners often do the best at the challenge.  Therefore, the group was given a second chance; only this time, parents weren’t allowed to help. At the end of the next round without help, many of the third-graders’ towers were standing, and the winning tower reached 24 inches. (Click here to see photos from the architecture project)

Next, the Challenge students headed to the Visual Arts Center Gallery, where they were able to view the poster exhibit, “From Seoul to Mississippi,” by Korean artists O8AM, 1000Day, Gwaja and Sakiroo.

Students then worked in groups to create their own collage murals to display in the gallery. Using partial cutouts from magazines, they had to use their imaginations to finish the missing pieces and create a mural as a group.

As a follow-up to the trip, the students will write stories about the murals they created, and those will be put on display with their artwork.

“Several of my students are really into art,” said McNeal. “Getting to meet college students with similar interests really showed them that they can pursue that passion.”

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Read the story on WCBI’s website.

Call for entries: 2014 Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition

November 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Call for entries: 2014 Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition

Call for Entries!

The Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition is a statewide art competition among all its universities and colleges.

MSU art students have never failed to bring home numerous awards out the 13 categories of media and have excelled in having the most entries accepted by the judges each year.  This is your opportunity to shine once again!

Click here for the entry forms.

Click here for entry specifications.

December 12: Deadline for fees and digital files to Robert Ring, Stafford 100 (check or money order made out to Artist Club)
January 6: Notification of accepted works
January 23: Accepted works ready for exhibition delivered to Visual Arts Center by 4 p.m.
February 1: Exhibition opens at the Mississippi Arts Center in Jackson
February 23: Exhibition closes
March 1: All MSU works return to campus

Read about last year’s winners.

MSU panel explains facets of design plagiarism

November 15th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU panel explains facets of design plagiarism

Photo by Beth Newman Wynn | Office of Public Affairs

Photo by Beth Newman Wynn | Office of Public Affairs

Story by Leah Barbour | MSU Office of Public Affairs

Reinterpreting the works of great artists, architects and fashion designers is not plagiarism; it’s how designers produce uniquely creative and original pieces, according to Mississippi State design faculty and administrators.

A campus panel representing architecture, art, interior design and landscape architecture programs recently led a Plagiarism in Design Symposium. The professional group sought to define plagiarism in design and how to avoid it by understanding the difference between paying homage to inspiration and the outright theft of someone else’s creation.

Panelists included Sadik Artunc, head of the landscape architecture department; Peter Bain, assistant professor of art; Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture; Jeffrey Haupt, art professor and coordinator of the department’s painting concentration; and Beth Miller, director of interior design and interim associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. David C. Lewis, interim director of building construction science, moderated the discussion.

Lewis defined design plagiarism as carelessly copying works without incorporating creativity or originality, while Artunc said he felt design is much more than developing aesthetically pleasing ideas. Good design solves problems, and students training to become professional designers are preparing to become the problem solvers of tomorrow, he said.

“Design teaches you problem-solving processes, so how can you design for a problem that you don’t know what it is yet?” Artunc asked. “Design cannot be plagiarized if you’re truly designing for a specific problem for which you already have advanced knowledge of the style and concept. Therefore, plagiarizing in true design is a misnomer.”

Miller said design students must credit whichever artists or pieces inspired their work, but, like the other panelists, emphasized how critical it is to study, understand and imitate the master designers whose work preceded the students.

Likewise, Berk agreed that students develop their skills by copying the masters.

“Nothing is original,” Berk said. “It’s unlikely that anyone here has or will create a completely original idea or design. Most of what we do is based on previous research and study–precedent–and then we reinterpret through the filter of our own individual minds to create another artifact that possibly has some unique quality that hopefully elevates it beyond the original sources.”

Haupt said student artists must learn how to articulate their ideas specifically through their work. When asking students to copy the masters, he’s teaching them to get more specific with their intentions.

“I really encourage my students to look at past, present, any work that is meaningful to them and helps them onto the path toward getting specific with their intentions,” Haupt said.

Berk added, “You learn skill by mimicking process.”

Art alumnus exhibits work in Fulton

November 14th, 2013 Comments Off on Art alumnus exhibits work in Fulton

photo by Shawn Whittington | Itawamba Community College

photo by Shawn Whittington | Itawamba Community College

The work of Wesley Ortiz of Memphis, Tenn., “About Time,” will be display through Dec. 11 in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center Gallery at the Itawamba Community College Fulton Campus. A reception is scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. on the closing day.

Ortiz has always had an interest in the human form. “Whether I am painting, drawing, printing or sculpting, the human figure is ever present in my work,” he said. “I feel it is an instant invitation to the viewer. Although I don’t consider myself a typical representational artist, I employ female and male forms to narrate and invite viewers to begin a dialogue with the works.” He describes his present body of work as “heavy and psychological. They incorporate drawing materials with toned and tented gesso on paper in order to address my concept,” he said.

Ortiz grew up in Amory. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, both in fine art.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, except when the college is closed for holidays.

For more information, contact Shawn Whittington at (662) 862-8301 or email eswhittington@iccms.edu.

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