Department of Art professor designs Master Teacher medallions

December 16th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professor designs Master Teacher medallions

Photo by Beth Wynn | MSU Office of Public Affairs

Photo by Beth Wynn | MSU Office of Public Affairs

Alex Bostic, associate professor in the Department of Art, designed the medallions for this year’s Mississippi State John Grisham Master Teachers.
The design was generated from master teachers’ input, and the figure represents a student becoming part of the tree of knowledge.

Department of Art professor featured in ‘Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond’ exhibition

December 5th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professor featured in ‘Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond’ exhibition

Alex Bostic | The Three Hairs

Alex Bostic | The Three Hairs

Alex Bostic | Comics Slayer

Alex Bostic | Comics Slayer

Alex Bostic | Queen of the Sea

Alex Bostic | Queen of the Sea

Alex Bostic | Star War Art

Alex Bostic | Star War Art

Alex Bostic, associate professor in the Department of Art, will have four paintings featured in the exhibition, “Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond.”

Bostic is invited to the show’s opening gala on Dec. 13 in Baltimore, Md., and the show will run through April 2014.

Read more here about the show.

Department of Art professor selected as finalist for national competition exhibiton

December 5th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professor selected as finalist for national competition exhibiton

Alex Bostic | Remo 1

Alex Bostic | Remo 1

Alex Bostic, associate professor in the Department of Art, has had a painting selected as a finalist for the competition exhibition, “Richeson75 Small Works 2014.”

An artists’ reception and presentation of awards will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Richeson School of Art & Gallery in Kimberly, Wis.

The exhibition will be open from Jan. 24 through March 8, 2014.

Department of Art professors receive MAC Artist Mini Grants

December 5th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professors receive MAC Artist Mini Grants

Dominic Lippillo, Tricycle, Archival Inkjet Print, 20x20”, 2011

Dominic Lippillo, Tricycle, Archival Inkjet Print, 20×20”, 2011

Critz Campbell

Critz Campbell

Dominic Lippillo, assistant professor in the Department of Art, and Critz Campbell, associate professor, have each been awarded $500 Artist Minigrants from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).

Lippillo’s funds will be used to purchase supplies for his series, Fifteen Homes, in preparation for a three-person exhibition to be held at ROY G. BIV Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, from July 5-28, 2014.

Campbell will use the grant to support his sabbatical in which he will be a visiting resident artist at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina this spring and a resident artist at Crab Tree Farm foundation in Illinois this summer.

The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts and are a portion of the $1.27 million in grants the commission awarded in 2013-2014.

“It is an important and necessary role the arts play in each community,” said Tom Pearson, MAC’s Executive Director.  “The economic impact, quality of life and value of one’s heritage are vital to each community.  The funding for our communities in this endeavor is an important role the agency play to support a creative, economically sound place to call home.”

Lippillo earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Ohio University in 2009.  Working in photography and video, his work explores aspects of memory, the domestic and space versus place.  His photographs are held in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Calif; and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.  His project, Fifteen Homes, utilizes snapshot photographs found in his family’s photography albums from over the past thirty years to comment on the various places that were once an intimate part of his life but now seem distant.

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1990. The SAIC then designated him a post-graduate exchange student at the Arco Centro de Communicao Visual in Lisbon. That assignment was followed by two years at Penland School of Crafts as a CORE student and another two years studying furniture design at Parnham College in the UK. Campbell also has served on the faculty of the SAIC.

The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is the funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Susan Liles at (601) 359-6031 or sliles@arts.ms.gov.

Reception held for senior graphic design exhibit

December 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Reception held for senior graphic design exhibit

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A reception was held on Dec. 3 for the Mississippi State University Graphic Design Senior BFA Portfolio Show. The exhibition features work by 22 seniors graduating this December from the MSU’s Graphic Design Program.

“We Made It, Literally” will remain open through Dec. 7 at the Visual Arts Center Gallery on University Drive and in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

For more, visit the senior portfolio website at www.wemadeitmsu.com.

Seniors in the show include:
Alaina Anglin
DeVonn Armstrong
Brooke Boyd
Cayla Boyd
Joshua Brand
Claiborne Bryant
Florie Crump
Ellen Douglas
Sam Feraci
Jennifer Hardin
Katelyn Howard
Kaley James
Missy Lim
Meredith Masingill
Robbie Richardson
Jason Sanders
Linn Sekkenes
Mollie Simpkins
Courtney Sims
Kayla Smith
Morgan Stewart
Syreatha Terry

Art students install road sign project in front of Union

December 3rd, 2013 Comments Off on Art students install road sign project in front of Union

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Students in Assistant Professor Neil Callander’s Design I course were challenged to create a series of road signs that represent various social and political issues for their final project of the semester.

Students installed the work in front of the Colvard Student Union for the campus to view and contemplate. The work will be on display until Dec. 11.

This is the second year Callander has done this project with students at MSU, and, unfortunately, last year’s work was stolen just a day after it was installed in front of the Department of Art facilities.

See last year’s projects.

Reception held for BFA Fine Art, Photography thesis exhbits

December 3rd, 2013 Comments Off on Reception held for BFA Fine Art, Photography thesis exhbits

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Professor Brent Funderburk (left) and Dean Jim West (right) stand with the Fine Art graduating seniors.

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Dean Jim West (left) stands with the graduating photography students.

A reception was held on Nov. 21 for seven graduating senior art majors

The Colvard Student Union’s second-floor gallery features “LIMBO,” the Bachelor of Fine Arts Fine Art Thesis Exhibition, a collection of mixed-media by three fine arts drawing majors.

“Contact.F.13,” the BFA Photography Thesis Senior Show, is in the Cullis Wade Depot gallery on the MSU Welcome Center’s second floor. This show represents the first stand-alone display of photography students’ work since photography became a separate academic concentration in the art department.

The work will be on display through Dec. 7.

“LIMBO” exhibitors include, by hometown:
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.–Jeffrey M. “Jeff” Nickell, the son of James Nickell and Nancy Williams.

JACKSON–Larry E. Davis, the son of Laurie and Geneva Davis.

OLIVE BRANCH–Andrea Byers, the daughter of Tommy and Sarah Byers.

The “Contact.F.13” photography exhibitors include, by hometown:
BRANDON–Nicola R. “Nikki” McKenzie, the daughter of Lloyd and Mary Robertson.

LOUISVILLE–Carrie M. Shannon, daughter of Arnold and Lisa Strait.

RALEIGH–Sarah L. Tramel, the daughter of William and Catherine Tramel.

WINONA–Carey M. Woods, the daughter of Tommy and Renae Woods.

Korean artists visit, exhibit at MSU

December 3rd, 2013 Comments Off on Korean artists visit, exhibit at MSU

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“Ben Ga Wa: From Seoul to Mississippi” was on display in the Visual Arts Center Gallery from Oct. 28 through Nov. 15.

Korean artists O8AM, 1000Day, Gwaja and Sakiroo also visited Mississippi State and presented a lecture in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall on Oct. 28.

Click here to see the photos from their trip by John Paul Remo.

Graphic Design BFA Senior Exhibit opens

December 3rd, 2013 Comments Off on Graphic Design BFA Senior Exhibit opens

The Mississippi State University Graphic Design Senior BFA Portfolio Show is open from Tues., Dec. 3 through Sat., Dec. 7 at the Visual Arts Center Gallery on University Drive and in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

The opening reception will begin in McComas Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Dec 3. The show will continue in the VAC Gallery following the reception, which is free and open to the public.

The exhibition features work by 22 seniors graduating this December from the MSU’s Graphic Design Program. Each student showcases a final body of work representing the culmination of his or her experience in the program.

The show will be a dynamic range of media, including posters, illustrations, packaging, editorial design, typeface design, advertising design, identity design, self-promotional materials and more. Students’ final portfolio books will be on display the night of the reception.

Visit the senior portfolio website  at www.wemadeitmsu.com, and keep up with this group on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@we_made_it_MSU).

Seniors in the show include:
Alaina Anglin
DeVonn Armstrong
Brooke Boyd
Cayla Boyd
Joshua Brand
Claiborne Bryant
Florie Crump
Ellen Douglas
Sam Feraci
Jennifer Hardin
Katelyn Howard
Kaley James
Missy Lim
Meredith Masingill
Robbie Richardson
Jason Sanders
Linn Sekkenes
Mollie Simpkins
Courtney Sims
Kayla Smith
Morgan Stewart
Syreatha Terry

Visual Arts Center to gain resource room

December 2nd, 2013 Comments Off on Visual Arts Center to gain resource room

The winning team stands with Jamie Mixon, far left, and Lori Neuenfeldt, far right.

The winning team stands with Jamie Mixon, far left, and Lori Neuenfeldt, far right.

About 25 students from a freshman Mechanical Engineering class, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering with instructor Alta Kinzley, have worked this semester researching and writing a proposal for a resource room in the VAC.

Students presented their projects at the Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE) fair on Nov. 20, and Jamie Mixon, department head, and Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs, chose a winning project.

Next semester, mechanical engineering students on the winning team will earn Directed Independent Study credit and will help get the resource room up and running, thanks to funds from CASLE, the Starkville Area Arts Council and the Department of Art.

The room will include a magnitized wall to hang work on, an LED table to experiment with light and shapes, a touch gallery of mini art objects and reading materials about art and art history.

Click here to read the previous story about the service-learning project.

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