Third ‘One Night Only’ exhibit set for Friday at 5 p.m.

February 26th, 2014 Comments Off on Third ‘One Night Only’ exhibit set for Friday at 5 p.m.


The third exhibit in the “One Night Only” series will be showing this Friday night at 5 p.m. in The Metal Shop (111 Howell Hall).

The exhibit will feature the works of students Alison Kilpatrick and Cullen Davis.

Come out to see the work and enjoy some free finger-food and beverages.

Department of Art offers summer camp for high schoolers

February 25th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art offers summer camp for high schoolers

Photo by John Paul Remo

Photo by John Paul Remo

The MSU Department of Art is excited to host a visual arts summer program for high school students and incoming college freshmen.

INvision: CAAD’s Visual Arts Summer Program, is set for the week of June 6-13, 2014, and is an eight-day, overnight summer residence camp designed to give participants a feel for college life and art studio practices.

Students will work with MSU faculty and current art students in a variety of workshops with a range of different mediums that will be new and exciting. Workshops include: screenprinting, letterpress, computer design, drawing on location, sculpting with clay and more!

An important part of the program will be interactions with professionals in the field of art to help students learn about the many opportunities after earning a fine arts degree.

Check out highlights from last year’s camp.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with limited space.

For more information visit or contact Christina Vanderberg 662-325-6900.

Click here to download the brochure.

Read more on MSU’s website.


Ceramic students attend 29th Alabama Clay Conference

February 24th, 2014 Comments Off on Ceramic students attend 29th Alabama Clay Conference

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Via Robert Long

Students in the upper level ceramic art classes with Professor Robert Long recently attended the 29th annual Alabama Clay Conference.

The conference, held in Birmingham, was held February 20-23 at the Boutwell Auditorium next to the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Nationally and internationally recognized presenters at the conference this year were Daphne Roehr Hatcher and Gary Hatcher from Mineola, Texas; Peter Beasecker from Syracuse, N.Y.; and Bonnie Seeman from Boca Raton, Fla.

Students were treated to demonstrations on process and technique and heard personal stories on life as an artist and the journey along the way.

Included in the activities was an exhibition opening of artwork by the presenters hosted by and located at the Alabama Power Archives Museum, a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art and a demonstration from various ceramic art vendors located at the rear of the auditorium.

Mississippi State University again had the largest student attendance at the conference and came home excited to get into the studio and get to work!

MSU student artwork featured in the 42nd Student Juried Exhibit

February 24th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU student artwork featured in the 42nd Student Juried Exhibit

Shelby Nichols | Crystal Cluster Teapot

Shelby Nichols | Crystal Cluster Teapot

By Landen Peairs, student writer

While working for a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, fine art, graphic design and photography students in the MSU Department of Art prepare themselves for careers as professional artists. Through the guidance of the faculty, students work on finding their identity as an artist. They are given opportunities and encouraged to enter in a variety of local and national shows and competitions.

This will mark the 42nd year the Department of Art has hosted a show of student work at MSU. Held every spring, the MSU Student Juried Exhibition students the chance to enter works in all genres of fine art, graphic design and photography. Through an online submission process,  judges from the professional art world in fine art and graphic design are invited to review the works. The students are allowed to enter work from any class taken throughout their undergraduate career.

This year, the fine art judge is Wesley Grissom, assistant director of J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, Fa. Grissom received her Associate of Arts from University of Florida and graduated with a degree in art history from University of North Florida. Grissom has been with J. Johnson Gallery for more than seven years. The gallery specializes in exhibiting internationally recognized contemporary artists with emphasis on Latin American and Caribbean artists. Grissom’s work allows her to travel frequently and has led to experience participating in international art fairs including Art Basel Miami, ARCO Madrid, Palm Beach 3 and the Cornice Venice International Art Fair, which coincided with the 52nd Venice Biennale. She is currently active in Jacksonville’s cultural community through her role on the Art in Public Places Committee, a division of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

The graphic design judge this year is Joel Anderson, owner/creative director for the Anderson Design Group. After graduating from Ringling School of Art & Design in 1986, Anderson moved to Nashville and worked at Carden & Cherry Advertising for seven years, winning an Emmy Award for his work on a CBS kids’ show. He co-founded Anderson Thomas Design in 1993, producing countless award-winning creative projects. In 2007, Anderson retooled the firm to specialize in branding, packaging and poster art. The Nashville Advertising Foundation named him Art Director of the Year in 2010.

For the 42nd Student Juried Exhibition, there were 247 fine art entries and 91 graphic design entries – a total of 358 overall entries. Out of all the entries, 41 fine art and 37 graphic design pieces were selected by the judges to be in the show. Along with choosing which works will be displayed, judges select their choice for first, second and third-place awards in fine art and graphic design. These works, along with other prizes and awards, will be announced at a special reception on March 27 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

The 42nd Student Juried Exhibit will run from March 4–28 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. –4 p.m.

For questions, contact the Department of Art at 662-325-2970, or email Jake Weigel, exhibitions coordinator, at

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Reception held for CAAD Faculty Exhibit

February 24th, 2014 Comments Off on Reception held for CAAD Faculty Exhibit

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An artists’ reception was held on Feb. 20 for the CAAD Faculty Exhibit.

The exhibit will run through March 29 in the Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Ceramic artist holds workshop for MSU Department of Art students

February 21st, 2014 Comments Off on Ceramic artist holds workshop for MSU Department of Art students


Via Robert Long

Ian Childers, ceramic artist from Philadephia, Pa., recently spent a day with Professor and Ceramics Emphasis Coordinator Robert Long’s ceramics classes at Mississippi State.

Childers, who is currently an assistant professor of art at the University for Women in Columbus, demonstrated his personal technique of throwing and then applying thick layers of slip, which he manipulates into lush beautiful flowing patterns and textures.

Childers is nationally known for his rich, crystalline glazed forms and demonstrated throwing this signature vase/bottle shape, which uniquely articulates his glazing style.

During the day students where able to enjoy firsthand the dozen or more pieces brought fresh from the kiln Childers unloaded the day before.

CAAD holds Academic Insight event

February 17th, 2014 Comments Off on CAAD holds Academic Insight event

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Associate Professor Alex Bostic explains the self-portrait process to the Department of Art’s Academic Insight guests. (Photo by Austin Grove)

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests. This is the second time the college has held the event, and 98 guests attended.

The event was meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and was a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.

After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over breakfast before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.

After the presentation, the group split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”

During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.

Art students worked with Professors Alex Bostic and Suzanne Powney along with current art student volunteers on a self-portrait project.

Sculpture Survey class visits Barge sawmill

February 14th, 2014 Comments Off on Sculpture Survey class visits Barge sawmill

(photo via Adrienne Callander)

(photo via Adrienne Callander)

Via Adrienne Callander’s blog:

Recently, Dr. David Jones, associate professor in MSU’s Department of Sustainable Bioproducts and Forest Products Extension Service specialist, took both sections of Adrienne Callander’s Sculpture Survey classes to the Barge sawmill in Macon.

MSU alumnus and company president David Barge was on hand to explain the value his third-generation company places on sustainable tree farming.

Students learned that if a stand grows tall, lower branches are shed because they are unable to access the sunlight above the canopy. The absence of lower branches allows for a greater percentage of “clear” wood, or wood without knots. Part of the Barge farming practice entails identification of trees that increase the genetic strength of the stand; these are left in place. CoC (Chain-of-Custody) certified, Barge Forest Products meets high environmental standards set by many European and Scandinavian countries and therefore maintains a healthy export aspect to their business.

See more images from the tour.

Anderson Museum features Funderburk’s ‘New Solar Myths’

February 12th, 2014 Comments Off on Anderson Museum features Funderburk’s ‘New Solar Myths’

Brent Funderburk | "Beauty is Not Enough" from "New Solar Myths" show | 25" X 40" Watercolor and papier colle on paper, 2013

Brent Funderburk | “Beauty is Not Enough” from “New Solar Myths” show | 25″ X 40″ Watercolor and papier colle on paper, 2013

(Via Professor Brent Funderburk)

For artist Brent Funderburk, color is not an option. When someone says a word using the letter “x,” he sees a coppery hue; when the number “5” appears on a bank draft it is always a blue-black color.

Brent Funderburk at his home studio--for Our People“My eyes are as much on the inside as outside,” said the Mississippi State University professor, who has taught in the state since 1982.

Funderburk is a self-described synesthete, a scientific term for someone who has “crossover” senses.

His exhibit, “New Solar Myths: Paintings and Drawings by Brent Funderburk,” will be on display at the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs from January 16 through April 30.

“Color harmony was handed down to me from my teacher Edward Reep, a great American painter who studied with master colorist Josef Albers,” said the North Carolina native. “When I’m in nature, color still commands my attention and clues me to meaning. In the paintings, I orchestrate this wave of feeling that comes over and through me.”

The 31 paintings and drawings making up the exhibit in the main galleries of the Anderson Museum illustrate this “colored feeling” in intense watercolor and acrylic and charcoal images of creatures and flora interconnecting with geometric forms and formats.

Funderburk will speak about his work in a slide talk, “Finding the Symbol That Explains Everything: My Art and Walter Anderson,” at a public reception on March 13 at 6 p.m. at the museum.

He will also give an illustrated lecture, “Walter Anderson: A World Vision for Art, Nature and Man,” on Thurs., April 10 at 6 p.m. also at the museum. The presentation will be filmed before the live audience by New Orleans PBS documentary filmmaker Win Riley.

Walter Inglis Anderson made an early impact on the artist/naturalist/teacher. Funderburk’s courses since the ’80s, “Sea Earth Sky” and “Encounters,” have guided students into the life art and environments of Anderson over the years, combining the natural sciences with art processes in the field and classroom. Funderburk has curated touring shows of the Gulf Coast artist’s work and has given lectures at numerous museums and universities.

“New Solar Myths” is Funderburk’s thirty-first one person show; he has exhibited nationally and internationally and was the official artist of the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition.

Funderburk contends that it all comes back to the “maintaining of childlike eyes in the nearest faraway place.

“I was nearsighted, synesthetic and a twin,” he said. “We spent hours seeing, playing, singing our new discoveries. My brother, an architect, and I both visualize spatial sequences to organize our projects and lives. It came from our playroom experiences as children. ‘New Solar Myths’ are just the latest versions of what we played.”


The Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) opened in 1991 in historic Ocean Springs, MS.  WAMA is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the forefront of American painters of the Twentieth Century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramicist.

Hours: Monday- Sat. 9: 30am- 4: 30 pm, Sun.- 12: 30 pm- 4 : 30 pm
Prices: $10 for adults,$8 seniors, students, AAA, Military, $5 children 5-15, Museum members  and Children 4 and under are free. Discounts provided for groups tours.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
510 Washington Avenue
Ocean Springs, MS  39564

Brent Funderburk’s Biography
Brent Funderburk’s Biographical Essay

Read more about Funderburk’s other recent Anderson lectures.

Read the story on MSU’s website.


Department of Art awards spring 2014 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award

February 10th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art awards spring 2014 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award


Andrew Yerger, a senior photography student, was selected to receive the spring 2014 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award. The $1,000 award was presented to Yerger on Feb. 6 by the photography concentration in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University.

This award was established to encourage creative visual research in the photographic field through travel to conferences, libraries, collections, museums, workshops and more. This semester’s funds are intended to be used to further Yerger’s knowledge of photography by allowing him to attend a National Geographic Expedition Workshop in New Orleans.

“I think this would be an extremely valuable learning experience for me to work along side an experienced photojournalist,” said Yerger. “Working at National Geographic is a dream job of mine, and to be able to spend four days working with a National Geographic photographer would be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

This award was established in 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. (Read more about the award here.)

“Grahame lived and love photography. She absorbed all she could by attending photographic workshops and conferences,” states Professor Marita Gootee. “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. I have no doubt that Andrew will gain so much from the National Geographic Expedition Workshop. He will be inspired, and that is the purpose of this award.”

The Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award is presented up to twice a year to students in the photography concentration. The next call for applications will take place in fall 2014. For more information, contact Gootee at

Read about the first recipient in fall 2013.

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