Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin holds workshop for MSU graphic design students

January 31st, 2014 Comments Off on Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin holds workshop for MSU graphic design students

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Designer and Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin held a two-hour workshop for MSU graphic design students on Thurs., Jan. 30.

Draplin began by introducing himself and giving students a brief history about his life before he started Draplin Design Company in 2004.

Then, he asked students to throw out names of local companies they all know and love. The students told him about Chalet, a Starkville arts supply store. So, Draplin split the class up into six groups and walked them through the process of creating a new logo for the store.

The groups each has ten minutes to do some research and were then given some time to sketch ideas.

Draplin told the students “to be open to magic”

“Sometimes,” he said, “the coolest things I make are the first sketch I make.”

Next, students were given time to vector their favorite sketch.

Draplin visited the groups throughout the process, giving them tips and pointers along the way.

“Everything should have a rationale,” he told one group, explaining that they should be able to sell the logo to the client.

“Don’t use the word ‘like,'” he added. “Use the word successful.”

After a short time, the students put their designs all on one table, and Draplin discussed the various qualities, both good and bad, about the logos.

“Isn’t it cool that 40 people did this in just one and a half hours?” he said, looking at the 13 different logo designs. “It’s pretty impressive.”

Draplin wrapped up the workshop by showing the students some of his work and discussing his process. He also encouraged students, telling them how much he enjoys his job.

“I’m always working,” he said, “But we GET to do that! I love making logos.”

Students left with various DDC swag, ranging from an envelope opener to a pill box.

DelFest 09 to be held February 15

January 29th, 2014 Comments Off on DelFest 09 to be held February 15

Poster designed by Jamie Mixon, department head

Poster designed by Jamie Mixon, department head

The DelFest 09 will be held on Sat., Feb. 15 at Dave’s Darkhorse Tavern from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.
More than seven musical acts will be perform at the event that supports the MSU Department of Art Del Rendon Endowed Scholarship.
The third recipient of the Del Rendon Scholarship, Keats Haupt, will also be honored that night.

Proceeds from the event go toward the scholarship, which is funded by the Del Rendon Foundation.

According to their website, “The goal of the Del Rendon Foundation remains the same, to spread awareness of Del Rendon’s life, art and music. Del Rendon passed away on Sept. 4, 2005. He lived in Starkville at the time of his passing. He was among other things a talented artist and musician. His love for life and compassion for others touched many lives in a positive manner. Our current mission is to continue to raise funds for the Del Rendon Art Scholarship at the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design.”

Department of Art professor featured as Ogden Museum’s ‘artist spotlight’

January 27th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art professor featured as Ogden Museum’s ‘artist spotlight’

Robert Long

Robert Long

Robert Long, professor and ceramics emphasis coordinator in the Department of Art, is currently featured in the Artist Spotlight at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art‘s Center for Southern Craft and Design and Museum Store.

From the Spotlight:
Robert Long has been head of the ceramic arts program in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University since 1990.  He studied at the University of California in Sacramento receiving a BA in Art before going on to earn an MFA in Ceramics at Clemson University.

His work has been featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad including more recently the “Third International Small Teapot Exhibition” at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.; “100 Teapots III” at the Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Md.; the “National Juried/Invitational Cup Show” at the Isadore Gallery in Lancaster, Penn.; “It’s Only Clay” national juried ceramics exhibition at the Bemidji Art Center in Bemidji, Minn.; the “Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition” at The Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, Kan.;  the Lillstreet International, “Drink:Functional Forms for Every Libation” at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. Ill., and in 2007 a solo exhibition at the Sekitei Gallery in Hiroshima, Japan.

Articles about his work have appeared in Ceramics Monthly, in the Mississippi State Magazine Alumnus and also the American Ceramic Society publication “Wood-Firings; Journeys and Techniques” which features one of Long’s pieces on the cover.  More recently his work was included in the Lark Books publications “500 Plates, Platters and Chargers,” which features a piece by Long titled ”Platter with Cut Rim” and “500 Teapots: volume 2,” which features a piece by Long entitled “Oil Can Teapot.”

Reception held for ‘Lindsey Landfried: Feed.Back.Loop’ exhibit

January 24th, 2014 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Lindsey Landfried: Feed.Back.Loop’ exhibit

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A reception was held from 5-7 p.m. in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery for the exhibition “Lindsey Landfried: Feed.Back.Loop.”

The show was made possible by a Starkville Area Arts Council Grant and Mississippi Arts Council Grant and will be on display in through March 7.

Designer and Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin to speak at Mississippi State

January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off on Designer and Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin to speak at Mississippi State

Poster credit: recent MSU graphic design alumus Robbie Richardson

Poster credit: recent MSU graphic design alumus Robbie Richardson

On January 30, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. will present to the College of Architecture, Art and Design in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. The lecture is being presented by the Department of Art and the AIGA Student Chapter.

Draplin, a designer and inventor of Field Notes, will speak about his “cosmic wit and wisdom on design,” during his only tour stop in Mississippi this year.

A social will be held at 6 p.m. in Giles Hall before the lecture, and “Tall Tales with a Large Man : Aaron Draplin” will begin at 6:30 in the auditorium.

From AIGA: “Using scientific proof and state-of-the-art multimedia techniques, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. delivers a suckerpunch of a talk that aims to provide bonafide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design. Just a regular American guy with a trajectory a little dirtier than yours, his talk is open to all oncomers brave enough to show up. If you are a youngster, you may find yourself inspired to attack your design future in a different way. If you are established, you may just leave feeling grateful you don’t have anything to do with him. Hard to say. All champion citizens are invited to attend!”

The event page boasts, “Let’s just say that Draplin is a colorful speaker whose passion for design and the work ethic of the American Midwest and its history shows though in abundance. Once you hear him speak, you will leave the premises fired up to create and make cool things.”

Join us, and bring your Field Notes cahiers to get signed!

Lindsey Landfried exhibit opens in Depot gallery

January 21st, 2014 Comments Off on Lindsey Landfried exhibit opens in Depot gallery

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Story via | by Jake Weigel, MSU Department of Art exhibition coordinator

Lindsey Landfried, one of Mississippi Modern’s sponsored artists, opens an exhibition of work at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery at Mississippi State University this week.

“Feed.Back.Loop” is a body of work comprised of drawings on folded paper. Landfried uses a single repetitious, looping mark to compose her work, both monumental and minute. This mark-making is indicative of mechanical and binary code patterns but also elicits a movement that is organic and nuanced, oscillating between static and chaotic states. The effect comes from  the combination of  micro and macro perspectives, shifting from the soft fields of color from a distance to disorientation at close range.

Adding to these layers in the work is the folded paper, forcing the space of drawings into the physical space of the gallery. The simple plane of the picture plane and gallery space is disrupted by the angular folds and additional dimensions in all but the small paintings on wood panel. These small works are more intimate and invite the viewer to look closer but maintain a mediative quality that the larger pieces lose at the same distance. The exhibition in its entirety shows a wide range of exploration in line, space and concept with simple elements, creating complexity with eloquence.

The reception for “Feed.Back.Loop” is Thurs., Jan. 23, 5 – 7 p.m.,  and the exhibition is through March 7. The Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on the second floor of the MSU Welcome Center. The show was made possible by a Starkville Area Arts Council Grant and Mississippi Arts Council Grant.

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Department of Art professor accepted into international exhibition

January 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art professor accepted into international exhibition

"Last Birthday" | Marita Gootee

“Last Birthday” | Marita Gootee

Professor Marita Gootee recently had a photograph selected into “The Visual Narrative” at the The Mpls Photo Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gootee’s digital photograph titled “Last Birthday” was selected by the juror Susan Burnstine. There were 1200 images submitted, and Burnstine narrowed it down to 70 images for the exhibition and a book of the exhibition.

“The final selections span every genre, but the common denominator is that they reveal an aspect of the photographer’s personality and perspective in an authentic manner,” said Burnstine. “In effect, these photographs ask more questions than provide answers, which is the essential ingredient in creating meaningful images.”

The image is from Gootee’s recent series, “Talking to Ghosts,” in which she photographed the decline of her mother in the final six months of her life. Images were taken with an iPad.

“I felt that a large camera would be invasive for mom.” said Gootee. “This was personal, and the iPad kept it personal.” She added, “I find it is interesting the exhibit closes on my mother’s birthday. I think she would have enjoyed that irony.”

“The Visual Narrative” will be on display from March 14to April 28.

For more information, contact the Department of Art 662-325-2970.

Department of Art professors win international typography excellence awards

January 10th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art professors win international typography excellence awards

CA_AwardOfExcellence_WebsmallCommunication Arts, a professional journal for those involved in creativity in visual communications, has published the results of its fourth annual typography competition, the most exclusive major typography competition in the world. Department of Art graphic design professors Jamie Burwell Mixon and Jude Landry have won Awards of Excellence in CA’s Typography Annual 4.

Of the 1,498 entries submitted to the fourth annual typography competition, only 152 were selected by a jury of respected creative professionals, representing the work of 132 type designers, hand-letterers, design firms, agencies, publishers and in-house creative departments.


Mixon’s Award of Excellence is for her concert poster created for the Verizon Arena performance of the singer, Pink. Mixon’s design features original illustration and hand lettering.


Landry was recognized for his “United States of America” shirt design featuring his original hand lettering.

A series of posters created by BFA graphic design alumna, Carolyn Sewell, is featured as well. She currently lives and works as a designer in Washington, D.C.

Jurors were: Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, de Vicq design, New York, NY; Sibylle Hagmann, Kontour, Houston, Texas; Erik Marinovich, Friends of Type, San Francisco, Calif.

The selected projects are featured in Typography Annual 4, the January/February 2014 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and on the iPad and online. With the largest international circulation of any trade journal on visual communications, having work selected is considered a significant professional milestone to the creators and publishers of these award-winning projects.

Communication Arts is a professional journal for designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, agencies, illustrators, photographers and everyone involved in visual communications. Through its editorials, feature articles and the annual competitions it sponsors, CA provides new ideas and information, while promoting the highest professional standards for the field.

Department of Art receives $100,000 challenge gift from Windgate Charitable Foundation

January 9th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art receives $100,000 challenge gift from Windgate Charitable Foundation

The Windgate Charitable Foundation has issued a challenge gift to the Mississippi State University Department of Art. Windgate has agreed to match funds the department is able to raise from now through January 2015 – up to $100,000.

If the challenge is met, a total of $200,000 will be secured to create an Endowed Excellence Fund for the Department of Art that can be used for materials, equipment, faculty development, student field trips and guest lecturers. This endowment would create eight times the funds currently available to the department annually from private support.

Jamie Burwell Mixon, interim department head, views the challenge as an exciting opportunity to engage those who have supported the department in the past as well as those that have considered supporting art at MSU.

“It’s a win-win situation when a gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the generosity of the Windgate Foundation,” she said. “These funds will go directly into supporting our program and students.”

Mixon said the Department of Art at MSU strives to maintain its reputation as a leading program in the visual arts, preparing students for the job market or the pursuit of graduate studies after completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in their respective disciplines.

“In fact, we’ve just received word that, for the third year in a row, our students have dominated the number of works accepted in the annual Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition,” said Mixon. “Out of 124 works accepted from eight universities this year, 35 of them were from MSU.”

“We have the largest art program in the state and clearly have an excellent BFA program; with adequate funding, the potential impact of art at MSU widens considerably.”

The Windgate Charitable Foundation is an independent foundation based in Siloam Springs, Ark. The foundation supports programs focused on arts and crafts, among others.

If you’d like to help the Department reach their goal of a $100,000 challenge gift, click here.  Be sure to designate your gift to “College/School/Preferred Area,” then choose “College of Architecture, Art and Design (311241),” and “Art Advancement Fund (310204)” from the pop-up window.

Contact Nathan Moore, director of development for the College of Architecture, Art and Design, at 662-325-8227 or the Department of Art at 662-325-2970 for more information.

Click here for directions on how to give to the Department of Art.

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