Summer exhibit brings viewers close to home

May 29th, 2014 Comments Off on Summer exhibit brings viewers close to home

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Paul Loghney | “Commiseration Procession” | 2013 | Collage | 8″ X 6 1/4″

By Lori Neuenfeldt | Programs Coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs

The word domestic conjures up pictures of home, family life or activities inside a home. No two homes or family are the same. We each celebrate diverse home lives, and domestic means something different to each of us.

This summer’s exhibition in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery invites viewers to take a look at how these ideas are made visual into works of art. “HomeEc” considers domestic influence in the work of Summer Carmack, Nick DeFord, Joe Ford, Rowan Haug, Marty Haug, Paul Loughney, Jenna Richards and Cara Sullivan. The multi-media exhibition showcases photo-collage, ceramics, fiberart, photography and sculpture.

According to the show’s organizer, Adrienne Callander, “Each artist references domesticity directly or indirectly, in content or process.” This can be done with materials, technique, or subject matter. For example Nick DeFord utilizes stitching and other craft methods to explore notions of identity and space while ceramicist Jenna Richards directly states the intent to use textile process and domesticity as inspiration for her pieces.

The exhibition is open June 1–28 in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, second floor of the MSU Welcome Center next to Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Art senior receives national service-learning scholarship

May 15th, 2014 Comments Off on Art senior receives national service-learning scholarship

Mississippi State seniors from Mississippi, Alabama and Texas are the university’s first selections for national Dawn Brancheau Foundation Service-Learning Scholarships.

The Orlando, Florida-based organization recently presented $8,000 in scholarship funds for the 2014-15 school year to MSU’s Center for the Advancement of Serving-Learning Excellence.

A world-class animal trainer, Brancheau was regarded as the “face” of SeaWorld Orlando, where she had worked since 1994.

In 2010, she died after being involved in a tragic on-site accident with the orca “Tilikum.” That same year, her family created the foundation to serve as a living memorial. For more, see

In addition to $750 academic stipend in the fall and spring semesters, each student will receive $500 to create and complete a service-learning project honoring one of Indiana-native Brancheau’s four loves–animals, the environment, children, and handmade greeting cards.

MSU’s inaugural Brancheau Foundation Scholars–and their respective focus areas–include (by hometown):

GULF SHORES, Alabama–(see MADISON, Mississippi);

HIGHLAND VILLAGE, Texas–Alexis R. Tentler, animal and dairy science major and the daughter of James and Cynthia Tentler; love of animals

MADISON–Travis R. Crabtree, landscape architecture major and the son of Kenneth Crabtree of Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Shannon Arrowsmith of Madison; love of the environment

MOBILE, Alabama–Rebekah L. Herald, special education major and the daughter of Gregory and Nancy Herald; love of children; and

TYLER, Texas–Mickenzie Robbins, art major and the daughter of Mark and Leslie Robbins; love of cards through art and graphic design.

For information about CASLE, visit

Sculpture classes finish year with derby races

May 15th, 2014 Comments Off on Sculpture classes finish year with derby races

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Via Adrienne Callander, Interim Coordinator, Sculpture:

Final Project for the Art Department’s Sculpture Survey classes called for the design and engineering of soap box cars with a twist! Races were held in front of the campus post office.

Dean of Students, Dr. Thomas Bourgeois, enlisted the help of Assistant Dean, Tabor Mullen, in test driving one of the more safety-challenged cars. Fun was had by all!

Trophies designed by sculpture major Ty Barnes were awarded for Best Design, Best Engineering, Best Spirit and Speed.

Many thanks to an enthusiastic panel of guest judges:
Interim Department Head, Professor Jamie Mixon
Dean of Students, Dr. Thomas Bourgeois
Professor Neil Callander
Professor Suzanne Powney
Professor Robert Long
Exhibition Coordinator, Jake Weigel

Department of Art assistant professor’s work selected for national competition

May 13th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art assistant professor’s work selected for national competition

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A brochure designed and edited by Peter Bain, assistant professor of graphic design in the Department of Art, has been selected for the 2014 American Inhouse Design Awards, an annual national competition organized by Graphic Design USA.

Only fifteen percent of the 4,000+ entries received recognition; the published winners will appear in the July/August 2014 issue of Graphic Design USA magazine as well as on the website and app.

Bain’s flyer, “Share the Road,” was created for MSU Parking and Transit by Starkville in Motion (SIM). SIM is a community-based organization that works in collaboration with other civic groups, the City of Starkville, Oktibbeha County and Mississippi State University to promote sidewalks, bike lanes and recreational trails.

Barn Quilt project lets art students connect with community

May 12th, 2014 Comments Off on Barn Quilt project lets art students connect with community

During the just-concluded spring semester, a group of MSU students were part of a service-learning art project to design and paint an eight-foot-square wooden barn quilt. Among group members were (l-r) Brooke Rankins, Katy Coleman and Sydney Armer. Photo by: Megan Bean

During the just-concluded spring semester, a group of MSU students were part of a service-learning art project to design and paint an eight-foot-square wooden barn quilt. Among group members were (l-r) Brooke Rankins, Katy Coleman and Sydney Armer. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Allison Matthews | MSU Public Affairs

A community project by students in a Mississippi State art class may have a lasting local impact as part of a national Barn Quilt Trail program.

Barn quilts began several years ago in Ohio and quickly became a trend that spread across the United States. Typically, an eight-by-eight-foot wooden square is painted to resemble a quilt block and positioned at the front of a barn or other structure.

With a goal to put Mississippi on the national Barn Quilt “map,” members of the Starkville Area Arts Council became interested in the project for Oktibbeha County.

The organization was aided by the university’s Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence–CASLE, for short–that works to identify and develop ways to incorporate service-learning projects into course curricula.

When complete, the finished works will be installed at such locations such as the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, Starkville Community Market, Habitat for Humanity warehouse, and a local park, as well as the MSU Horse Park.

A website managed by Suzi Parron, author of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement,” shows Oktibbeha and Greene counties as the first in Mississippi to participate in the national trail. See for more.

April Heiselt, CASLE director, said service-learning is a holistic approach to instruction that integrates meaningful community service and civic engagement into academic objectives. Using experiential learning and critical reflection, it is designed to enrich educational experiences, teach civic responsibility and meet the needs of communities, the associate professor of counseling and educational psychology added.

SAAC member Vicki Burnett, Oktibbeha County Quilt Trail co-chair, brought the idea to Heiselt who, in turn, contacted MSU art department faculty.

Jamie Mixon, interim department head, and Neil Callander, assistant professor, thought the project would fit well with a design course.

Heiselt said, “Neil already used quilts to teach color block theory. I don’t think I could have developed a class that could have been a more perfect match for this particular service-learning project.”

Also taking part was assistant professor Suzanne Powney, who included the project in her graphic design course.

Callander’s students, primarily art and graphic design majors, were studying color palettes and color interactivity. He said they first worked individually to create a full-color Barn Quilt design influenced by research about the traditional quilt-making folk art and other color theory topics.

Next, they formed teams to collaborate on the design and creation of the eight-foot-square quilts.

Ava Moore, the other Oktibbeha County Quilt Trail co-chair, and Burnett are helping coordinate with other local groups and individuals to create additional barn quilts. Plans include placements at the Sam Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Oktoc Community Center and adjacent Oktoc Fire Station, and on some private barns.

Burnett, a painter, said her own family is creating one for the art studio by her Sunnyland Estates home. Formerly a Leake County 1940s-era country store, the studio was moved from its original location.

“I think there’s a lot of value in taking the art of quilting beyond the home to appreciate this traditional art in a new way,” said the owner of Burnett Art, Cowbells and Calligraphy. “So many community members and entities are coming together to make our community more aesthetically pleasing.”

Callander said service-learning projects like this provide excellent venues for students to apply academics to real-world situations.

Freshman Kelli M. Clayton of Pass Christian, a double-major in drawing and design, agreed, saying she enjoyed creating a small quilt design and seeing it through to creation on a much larger scale.

As part of her research, she studied aesthetic qualities inherent to the local area. “I also researched Choctaw Indians and found that they revered the sun and eagles. We’ve incorporated eagle feathers into our design,” she said.

Clayton called the project “very rewarding because, not only are you learning, you’re helping the community.”

While this time it was art courses, CASLE also has facilitated service-learning projects in the colleges of Business, Education and Bagley College of Engineering. For more, visit

Service learning class works on solutions for clients

May 6th, 2014 Comments Off on Service learning class works on solutions for clients

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Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney’s service learning class has been working on solutions for a variety of clients this semester. Projects have ranged from print, packaging and environmental design.

Recently, the group presented a project organized through CASLE with April Heiselt, associate professor and director, who partnered the class with Joel Downey from Habitat for Humanity and Vicki Burnett from Starkville Area Arts Council quilt trail initiative.

The class was directed to make a stronger presence for the Habitat Warehouse through a mural installation and to help make their mission and hours known throughout the community.

They also were asked to design a quilt square that will be a part of the Oktibbeha County Barn Quilt Trail. (Watch the video on WCBI here for more info about the Barn Quilt Trail.)

The students enjoyed the project and explored media and history of the community to address this service learning project.

Research and thoughts were recorded in a project journal, and the implementation phase for the quilt square was a great bonding experience for the students.

Students in the class included:
Abbey Barker
Lauren Blalock
Dupree Bostic
Alyce Calkins
Ashley Coulter
Austin Edwards
Shannon Hill
Cameron McMaster
June Upton
TJ Vaught
Katja Walter
Chelbie Williams


Graphic design emphasis coordinator discusses work with the Bernard Malamud Library

May 2nd, 2014 Comments Off on Graphic design emphasis coordinator discusses work with the Bernard Malamud Library

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Jude Landry, assistant professor and graphic design emphasis coordinator in the Department of Art, was recently interviewed by Sean McDonald with Work in Progress about his work on the Bernard Malamud Library.

See the work and read the interview here.

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