Prudhomme receives 2014 Jefferson Clarke Wilson Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography

March 28th, 2014 Comments Off on Prudhomme receives 2014 Jefferson Clarke Wilson Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography

Paul Prudhomme

Paul Prudhomme

By Dominic Lippillo

The 2014 Jefferson Clarke Wilson Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography has been awarded to Paul Prudhomme, a junior in the Department of Art. This $100 award is a recurring honor in the Department of Art on the Mississippi State University campus.

The award is presented in the spring to a student in the Department of Art for excellence in portrait or nature photography.

“This year it was difficult to choose the winner of the award. There were many great photographs submitted by many talented students in the department,” said Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo.

In the end it was Paul’s photograph of the firefighter standing in front of the controlled burn that stood out to the selection committee.

“Paul’s thoughtful placement of the figure in the landscape communicates a narrative that is built upon the depicted details in the photograph. His use of color aids in this by allowing the viewer’s eye to search the composition,” Lippillo said.

This award, sponsored by Stuart Herring of Starkville, is in memory of Jeff Wilson and his love of photography. Born in Gulfport, Wilson was an accomplished photographer and woodworker in addition to being a computer programmer and employee of Mississippi State University for 35 years.

For more information and application process please contact Professor Gootee in the Department of Art at mgootee@caad.msstate.edu.

Five Department of Art students included in Best of College & High School Photography 2014

March 26th, 2014 Comments Off on Five Department of Art students included in Best of College & High School Photography 2014

By Marita Gootee

Five students from the MSU Department of Art were selected to be included in the publication Best of College & High School Photography 2014. The students whose images will be included are Sydney Armer, Zach Boozer, Jackson Donald, Cody McCain and Carrie Shannon. The 34th Annual College & High School Photography Contest, co-sponsored by Nikon included submissions of more than 16,600 photographs from the U.S., Canada and around the world.

The judges included Nell Campbell, The Photographer’s Forum editor; Christopher Broughton, Brooks Institute; Ann Cutting, Art Center College of Design; and William Snyder, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Syndey Armer

Syndey Armer

“The lush green of the landscape and the bend of the tree make this image by Sydney Armer inviting for the viewer,” said Professor Marita Gootee, who is the area coordinator of the photography concentration in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University. “Sydney is at the very beginning of her career, and I know she will be very successful.”

Zach Boozer

Zach Boozer

“The image by Zach Boozer is a study of light, lines and a simple pallet,” said Gootee. “Zack is a natural in photography. His eye is rich and true. There is a bright future for Zach as a photographer.”

“Zack and Sydney were both in my FYS: Art in the Dark – The Photogram class in the Fall. I am so excited that they are in this publication! What a great way to jump start a career!” she added.

Jackson Donald

Jackson Donald

“The self-portrait photograph created by Jackson Donald utilizes repetition to help move the viewer’s eye around the interior space to notice the framed photographs. Jackon’s reflection in the mirror is also framed like a photograph on the wall embedding him into the depicted domestic setting,” said Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo. “Jackson shows promise as a photographer, and I am excited to see the direction his work leads him.”

Cody McCain

Cody McCain

“This diptych photograph by Cody McCain creates a dialogue about memory and past experiences. The tonality of his black and white imagery allows the viewer to feel the textures of the mud and the holes of the shoes with his or her eyes,” said Lippillo. “Cody is young to photography but shows an excitement for learning and a passion for the medium.”

Carrie Shannon

Carrie Shannon

“The piano sits on the diagonal as if about to fall through the floor in an abandoned building. There is a stillness that I find haunting,” said Gootee. “Carrie is an excellent photographer, and she should pursue this love of space with her camera. I see this as just the beginning of an exciting career as a photographer.”
Carrie Shannon graduated in the Fall 2013. She earned BFA in fine art in the photography concentration.

All the contest’s finalists selected for Photographer’s Forum magazine will be published in the hardcover book Best of College & High School Photography 2014. The book is distributed to college libraries and instructors of photography, art and graphic design. Best of College & High School Photography 2014 is a full-color, hard-bound publication, with separate sections for college and high school finalists.

Fifth ‘One Night Only’ show on display this Friday

March 26th, 2014 Comments Off on Fifth ‘One Night Only’ show on display this Friday

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The “One Night Only” series of exhibitions will continue this Fri., March 28, from 5 – 7 p.m. with the fifth student gallery showing in The Metal Shop in 111 Howell Hall.

This week’s featured artists are Dupree Bostic (Graphic Design), Mark Slawson (Graphic Design), Paul Prudhomme (Graphic Design) and Bonnie Brumley (Ceramics).

Come out to see their work, hang out in the freshly clean workspace, and enjoy free snacks and friends.

Fine Art ‘Metamorphosis’ show to light up campus gallery

March 25th, 2014 Comments Off on Fine Art ‘Metamorphosis’ show to light up campus gallery

Written by Andre Hernandez, thesis public relations chair

If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change.  If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.
~John A. Simone, Sr.

Mary Lucas Halliwell

Mary-Lucas Halliwell

“Change” is a simple word that can provoke feelings of joy, sorrow, anxiety and even fear. How does one deal with change? After the loss of her dear friend Callye Haney, Mississippi State University senior Mary-Lucas Halliwell of Hattiesburg decided she would cope by creating a series of sculptural works. Crystal forms, burgeoning flowers and other growing forms reveal an emotional world inside her. Through experimentation with materials such as carved foam board, hand-cast urethane plastic, beads, gold wire, glitter and much more, Halliwell’s series of artworks transforms into a self-portrait containing influences of Haney. The resulting body of work took the artist on an emotional journey, which not only allowed her to cope with the loss of her friend but also allowed her to further discover who she is as an artist.

Halliwell and her four exhibiting colleagues will reveal the work in MSU’s Fine Art Thesis Show in the Department of Art Gallery (located in McComas Hall on the Mississippi State University campus) from April 15 through April 22. A public reception will be held in the Gallery on April 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided. Introductions of the honored students by Department Art Interim Head Jamie Mixon and faculty will take place at 6 p.m.

“Metamorphosis” is an exhibition presenting work from their final year of study by MSU’s BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Art/ Fine Art students. These five senior students have composed bodies of work that deal with the idea of transformation in its many varieties. Be it the progression of time, the loss of ego or the transitioning of shape and form, “Metamorphosis” grabs the viewers’ attention by focusing on the ideas behind change.

Sarah Kilpatrick

Sarah Kilpatrick

Through the use of lumber as well as recycled parts, Sarah Kilpatrick of Cumberland has developed a series of works titled “Pieces of a Whole” which represent the past, present and future as well as the influences each of these time frames places on one another. Each work holds the potential to stand on its own; however, when viewed as a uniform piece, the collection resembles an incomplete infinity knot.

Amanda LeClair

Amanda LeClair

Amanda LeClair of Flowood has created ceramic pieces which represent the individual’s loss of ego and describe the different levels of connection to the self, the universe and the higher consciousness. Varying degrees of fragility within each work presents a metaphor for the delicateness and complexity of the human mind. While each piece within the series is completely unique, all are made through the same process with the same intent.

Landen Olivia Peairs

Landen Olivia Peairs

Using plywood, dowel rods and acrylic paint, Landen Olivia Peairs of Brookhaven takes the viewer back to the basics of design by fashioning complex shapes through the overlapping of circles, squares and rectangles. Peairs covers the shapes using acrylic paint to orchestrate color harmony and a sense of balance among the forms. Multiple levels of dowel rods raise shapes to different heights, engaging the viewer to observe the works from many choices of angles.

Andre Anson Hernandez

Andre Anson Hernandez

Andre Anson Hernandez of Olive Branch has built a series of paintings depicting surreal, organic forms and shapes which seem to grow from one another. Hernandez uses a pouring process of splatter painting, which establishes a blueprint upon which forms emerge. The artist states that, “the end image is unknown until the work is finished; planning occurs during the development of the painting rather than prior.”

The exhibition “Metamorphosis” has been developed as a part of the senior capstone experience in MSU’s Department of Art, wherein Senior Research and Senior Thesis Fine Art students engage in research, writing and presentation processes leading to a final exhibition and portfolio.

The largest university art program in the state, the MSU Department of Art was formed in 1968 and offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art with concentrations in Fine Art (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture), Graphic Design and Photography.

The MSU Department of Art Gallery is located in McComas Hall and is open from 10  a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For directions or more information, call 662 325 2970, or visit www.caad.msstate.edu.

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Next ‘One Night Only’ show set for Friday

March 19th, 2014 Comments Off on Next ‘One Night Only’ show set for Friday

ONE NIGHT ONLY(4)

The “One Night Only” series of exhibitions will continue this Fri., March 21, from 5 – 7 p.m. with the fourth student gallery showing in The Metal Shop in 111 Howell Hall.

The featured artists are both juniors; Molly Howell’s emphasis is in painting, and Mickenzie Robbins’ emphasis is graphic design.

Come out to see their work, hang out in the freshly clean workspace, and enjoy free snacks and friends.

Check out the article about the series in last week’s edition of the Reflector!

Ceramic artist creates art with Starkville community

March 18th, 2014 Comments Off on Ceramic artist creates art with Starkville community

Zuckerman shows students at the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville how to work with clay.

Zuckerman shows students at the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville how to work with clay. (All photos by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Zuckerman’s demonstration at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

Zuckerman’s demonstration at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

Zuckerman working with Starkville Academy Students.

Zuckerman working with Starkville Academy Students.

Zuckerman working with Starkville Academy Students.

Zuckerman working with Starkville Academy Students.

Zuckerman conducting a demonstration in MSU Professor Robert Long’s Ceramics I Class.

Zuckerman conducting a demonstration in MSU Professor Robert Long’s Ceramics I Class.

Zuckerman’s ceramic work in progress created during her visit to Starkville.

Zuckerman’s ceramic work in progress created during her visit to Starkville.

By Lori Neuenfeldt, lecturer and programs coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs

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 (NWR) was Pennsylvania ceramicist Lilly Zuckerman.

Zuckerman finished her residency recently after staying out at the Noxubee Refuge for 10 days, Feb. 26 – March 8, 2014.

During her stay she experienced and observed the wildlife of Northeast Mississippi and was active making art in the Starkville community. The artist spent a full day on Feb. 27 making clay sculptures with K-12 students at Starkville Academy, helped for an afternoon on Feb. 28 at the Boys & Girls Club of Starkville and visited MSU ceramic students on Feb. 27 and March 3. Zuckerman also conducted a public demonstration at the visitor’s center at the NWR.

Zuckerman was selected from an application process overseen by members of the community, staff from Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, the MSU Department of Art and Starkville Area Arts Council.

The Artist-In-Residence program promotes art awareness by bringing visiting artists to Starkville and surrounding areas. Artists interact with the community, encouraging creative learning opportunities.

The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by a generous grant from The Starkville Area Arts Council.

For more information on the Zuckerman’s residency visit http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/artnews/tag/lilly-zuckerman/

For more information on the artist-in-residence program visit http://www.friends-of-noxubee-refuge.org/artist-in-residence.html, or contact Steve Reagan 662-323-5548 x223.

 

Department of Art student selected as College Finalist for national photography contest

March 18th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art student selected as College Finalist for national photography contest

Sydney Armer
Sydney Armer

Sydney Armer, a sophomore in the Department of Art, was recently selected as a College Finalist for the Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 34th Annual College & High School Photography Contest sponsored by NIKON.

Armer heard about the contest from Professor Marita Gootee while taking her Photogram/Darkroom class last spring when the photo was taken.

“It was about two in the evening,” said Armer. “wasn’t too hot or too cold. I had gotten a new camera and was ready to shoot!”

Armer and the other Honorable Mentions and Finalists will be featured in the hardcover book, Best of College & High School Photography 2014.

Department of Art professor makes 2014 Chief of Staff Art Collection list

March 6th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art professor makes 2014 Chief of Staff Art Collection list

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Alex Bostic, associate professor in the Department of Art, had a painting selected for the 2014 Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List Art Collection.

His painting, “Half Way Home, in the Arms of AFR Aeromedical Evacuation Team,” depicts the Air Force Reserve Aeromedical Evacuation Team at Ramstein Airbase.

According to the abstract, “This painting shows the human price paid in war and the people who are there to take care of the wounded in their time of need.”

“General Ronald Fogleman created the CSAF Professional Reading Program in 1996 to develop a common frame of reference among Air Force members – officers, enlisted, and civilians – to help each of us become better, more effective advocates of air and space power. Each CSAF since then has enhanced and continued the Professional Reading Program.”

Department of Art to host ‘Foundation Forward’ event

March 5th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art to host ‘Foundation Forward’ event

Foundation-Forward

The Department of Art will host an event on March 18 from 11 – 1 p.m. in Briscoe 112.

Foundation Forward is an event designed to help students decide which major is right for them.

• Photography

• Graphic Design

• Fine Arts  (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture)

 

Tickets on sale now for Beaux Arts Ball

March 4th, 2014 Comments Off on Tickets on sale now for Beaux Arts Ball

web Beaux Arts Ball Schaefer Hedgepeth Poster

The annual Beaux Arts Ball, “Black and White,” will be held on Sat., April 5, from 8 – 11 p.m. at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum Pavilion.

The event will feature a cash bar and catering by City Bagel.

Tickets are $10 now through March 10 and $15 after that and can be purchased from Caroline Cooper in Freeman 106 or from any AIAS officer.

More more information, email aias.msstate@gmail.com.

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