Spring Artist-in-Residence to visit Feb. 26 through March 10

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By Lori Neuenfeldt

The next artist-in-residence hosted through the collaborative efforts of Mississippi State University Department of Art and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge will be Pennsylvania ceramicist Lilly Zuckerman.

Zuckerman will stay out at the Noxubee Refuge for 13 days, Feb. 26 – March 10. During her stay she will get to experience and observe the wildlife of Northeast Mississippi and interact with the communities in Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties.

The artist-in-residence program is unlike any other in the state and in the nation. It is the only residency program at a national wildlife refuge. Artists from all over the country are encouraged to apply for this unique experience. This residency is an exploration of environments – from wilderness, to the nearby city of Starkville to the resources in the MSU Department of Art.

Artists stay for two to four weeks at a fully furnished house located on the wildlife refuge. While there, artists conduct research or may create artwork, sketches and drafts that are influenced by their surroundings. Artists get to enjoy access to all parts of the Refuge, accompanying Refuge staff on routine duties, visiting hiking trails, identifying various flora and fauna and kayaking on Bluff Lake.

There are many activities for artists off the Refuge as well. Artists will visit MSU Department of Art facilities, just ten minutes away from the Refuge, where they will get to talk about their artwork to art students and faculty.

Artists are also encouraged to participate in outreach to the local community. During Zuckerman’s visit, she will spend an entire day at Starkville Academy, demonstrating her own sculpting techniques and work to K-12 art students. There are also plans for her to visit the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville to work with students there as well.

Zuckerman was selected from an application process overseen by members of the community and staff from the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, the MSU Department of Art and the Starkville Area Arts Council. The review panel is very excited about the unique qualities of Zuckerman’s work and is curious to see how her time at the Refuge and visiting MSU and the local community will influence her work.

Looking at Zuckerman’s recent work one does not see the typical “vessel” form commonly made by most ceramicists. Instead, the pieces look like trays with compartments, some open or notched on the side. Having open or missing walls questions the idea of the functional versus non-functional. Other pieces have no walls at all and are just connections of linear elements and asymmetrical forms. They are very minimal, oftentimes lacking colorful glazes, but beautiful and simple, allowing the viewer to see the natural reddish-brown color of the clay and the impressions of the artist’s fingerprints.

Zuckerman grew up on a farm in Greensburg, Pa. According to Zuckerman’s artist biography, “richly colored clay not only bears the vast and complex history of earthenware ceramics but also her memories of home.” In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Penn State University. Zuckerman’s work is influenced by her time in Morocco studying contemporary ceramics. Zuckerman notes, “I seek to translate into a tangible form the emotional senses of curiosity, sincerity, utility and generosity. Clay has the ability to be both tactile yet intelligent. I work to create and invite contemplative moments, where both experiences of the physical hand and intellectual mind can coexist.”

For more information or for an application to apply to be an artist-in-residence, visit: friends-of-noxubee-refuge.org/artist-in-residence.html or contact steve_reagan@fws.gov.

The artist-in-residence program is made possible by the Sam. D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi State University Department of Art, Friends of the Refuge and the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Read more via Mississippi Modern Productions.



MSU Department of Art dominates at MCAC

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Mississippi State University Department of Art students won nine out of the 15 awards given at the 2014 Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition.

Of the eleven categories, seven of the Superior Achievement Awards went to:

Molly Howell | "Heart"

Molly Howell | “Heart”

Molly Howell for Sculpture

Charlie Walker | "American God Loki"

Charlie Walker | “American God Loki”

Charley Walker for Computer Imagery

Dominique Belcher | "The Vold"

Dominique Belcher | “The Vold”

Dominique Belcher for Mixed Media

Andrew Yerger | "Larry"

Andrew Yerger | “Larry”

Andrew Yerger for Photography

Danae Carlson | "Amalgamation"

Danae Carlson | “Amalgamation”

Danae Carlson for Clay Arts

Kaitlyn Mullins | "Gem One"

Kaitlyn Mullins | “Gem One”

Kaitlin Mullins for Printmaking

Vernon McCoy | "War in the Tunnel"

Vernon McCoy | “War in the Tunnel”

Vernon McCoy for Drawing

There are only three overall Awards of Excellence given, and MSU brought home two of them:

Carrie Shannon | "South Post Office"

Carrie Shannon | “South Post Office”

Carrie Shannon won for her photograph, “South Post Office 1”

Whitten Sabbatini | "Josh and Jevon"

Whitten Sabbatini | “Josh and Jevon”

Whitten Sabbatini won for his photograph, “Josh & Jevon”

See the story by MSU Public Affairs.

Art alumnus launches rapid response emergency housing system

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image via fastcompany.com

image via fastcompany.com

1990 MSU BFA Art alumnus Michael McDaniel, founder and CEO of Reaction Inc. based in Austin, Texas, has launched a project that has been eight years in the making.

The Reaction Housing System is a rapid-response, emergency housing system that is flexible enough to meet any housing challenge. It is a kit of parts that primarily consists of housing units called EXOs, accessories and supporting infrastructure.

The Reaction system can scale its response on demand from a single family’s needs to the needs of an entire region whose population has been displaced. It offers an unparalleled, rapid-response housing solution, whether responding to the aftermath of an earthquake, wildfire, hurricane or man-made event.

Last week, Fast Company posted a video featuring Michael and an article about the Reaction EXO. It tells the story of the project’s birth. Click here to read the story.

McDaniel has a core team at Reaction that is comprised of former colleagues from Frog in Austin and also Apple, graduates from MIT, Stanford and Duke. One of his board members is the industrial designer that designed the Macbook pro retina display at Apple.

Read more about McDaniel’s TED Talk in the spring 2012 department newsletter.

Artist Lindsey Landfried holds workshops

February 4th, 2014 Comments Off on Artist Lindsey Landfried holds workshops

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Artist LIndsey Landfried, left, presents to students in Rowan Haug’s class. (Photos by Lori Neuenfeldt)

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Artist Lindsey Landfried recently held two “Workshops in Design” for students in Rowan Haug’s classes.

Landried will also meet with Lori Neuenfeldt’s Fine Art seniors on Fri., Feb. 14.

“Lindsey Landfried: Feed.Back.Loop” will remain on display in the Cullis Wade Depot Welcome Center Gallery (second floor) through March 7. The show was made possible by a Starkville Area Arts Council Grant and a grant from the Mississippi Arts Council.

See the spring 2014 exhibition schedule.

MSU CAAD Faculty Art Exhibit open now through March 29

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(photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

(photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

By: Lori Neuenfeldt

Opening today in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) Gallery is a show of works created by faculty from the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Visitors to the gallery will see the diverse styles of the artists that include samples of painting, sculpture, photography, furniture design, graphic design, fiber art and printmaking. The works range from representational images depicting figures and portraits to explorations of abstract forms, colors, text and shapes.

Many students in the Department of Art look forward to the faculty exhibit, which typically occurs every other year, as it allows them to see the work and research of their professors.

The 19 faculty and staff artists represented are Chad Anderson, Peter Bain, Alex Bostic, Adrienne Callander, Neil Callendar, Brent Funderburk, Marita Gootee, Rowan Haug, Jeffery Haupt, Jude Landry, Dominic Lippillo, Robert Long, Gregory Martin, Tim McCourt, Soon Ee Ngoh, Jamie Mixon, Linda Sekinger, Jake Weigel and Jim West.

Many of the pieces in the show have won awards or have been part of juried exhibitions. For example, Jamie Mixon’s concert poster for Pink created for the Verizon Arena won an Award of Excellence from the professional creative journal Communication Arts; Jude Landry’s design of The United States of America for a T-shirt print also received recognition from Communication Arts and is represented in the gallery show as a wood cut; Marita Gootee’s “DollarTree Rex,” a cyanotype photogram of a toy purchased from a DollarTree store, recently exhibited at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Ore.

There will be a reception for the show at the VAC Gallery on Thurs., Feb. 20 from 5 –7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Visual Arts Center Gallery is located at 808 University Drive. Hours of operation: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday 2 – 4p.m. For more information please call 662-325-2970.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

‘One Night Only’ exhibit this Friday

February 4th, 2014 Comments Off on ‘One Night Only’ exhibit this Friday


The Department of Art launched the first “One Night Only” exhibition in the Metal Shop Gallery in Howell Hall last November.

This semester, the “One Night Only” series is supporting students who are interested in exhibiting their work.

The second edition showing will feature the work of Shelby Nichols and Hal Boerner on Fri., Feb. 7, from 5 – 7 p.m., also in the Metal Shop Gallery in Howell Hall.

For more information about the “One Night Only” shows, contact Adrienne Callander, interim coordinator for the sculpture program, at acallander@caad.msstate.edu.

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