Bourgeois to serve as interim Art Department head

June 30th, 2014 Comments Off on Bourgeois to serve as interim Art Department head

Angi Bourgeois book portrait; outside ChapelEffective July 1, Angi Elsea Bourgeois, Ph.D., will take over as interim head for the Department of Art. Bourgeois will replace Jamie Burwell Mixon, who has served as interim head for the past year; Mixon will return to her former position as graphic design coordinator.

“I’m excited about this move,” said Bourgeois, who hopes to support the department and the college, faculty and students with her leadership experience. “Jamie has done a fabulous job, and I hope to continue the positive leadership that she has demonstrated.”

Bourgeois, who joined the department as an instructor in 2002, has most recently served as an associate professor and coordinator of art history. She has also held many other leadership positions – both within the College of Architecture, Art and Design and the university. In order to fulfill her duties as interim department head, she will step down from her current position as coordinator of the university’s Early Start program/Math Plus program.

Bourgeois is familiar with the tasks she’ll face as interim department head; she served as acting department head from July 2011 through September 2011.

One of her first tasks will be to oversee the hiring of new faculty.

Bourgeois is also excited about the establishment of the new Art Field Study course, Art 2990. The one-credit course is designed to provide students with an exciting alternative to classroom-based learning; students will travel to New York for five days to explore the city’s museums, artists’ studios, cultural attractions, galleries and graduate schools.

“The department is considering the option of introducing that course as a requirement for our curriculum,” said Bourgeois, who added that she is also excited about the college’s new study abroad partnership.

“Study abroad had such a positive impact on my life and career that I hope we can continue to grow the college’s new relationship with the University of Arkansas Rome Program.”

Bourgeois was the co-author of the department’s recent re-accreditation report, and she is excited to get to oversee the implementation of improvements that come as the result of the re-accreditation review.

“As challenging as the accreditation process is, we are very gratified to have received such positive feedback about our programs and to have gained the necessary funds to continue to improve our facilities through better ventilation, security upgrades and dedicated funding for technology. I’m looking forward to another great year for the Department of Art.”

Art student named MSU Alumni Association delegate

June 18th, 2014 Comments Off on Art student named MSU Alumni Association delegate

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

Twenty-eight Mississippi State students are new members of the university alumni association’s liaison organization.

Founded in 1980, Alumni Delegates serve as key links between the 136-year-old land-grant institution and its more than 127,000 living graduates. Helping improve the student body’s understanding of the alumni association’s role and purpose is among their major missions.

Over the decades, the volunteer group has proven invaluable in assisting with organizational programs and activities, including football tailgate gatherings, class reunions and numerous other on- and off-campus events.

New members are selected each year through a highly competitive interview process. This year’s group was chosen from among nearly 350 applicants.

Officers for the 2014-15 school year include president Charles S. “Charlie” Stocks of Hoover, Ala.; Robert O. “Rob” Hairston of Hattiesburg, vice president for public relations; Amari J. Kimble of Memphis, Tenn., secretary; and Roy G. “Grant” Krag, also of Hattiesburg, vice president for education.

Stocks is a senior civil engineering major and the son of Scotty and Stacey Stocks; Hairston, a junior communication/public relations major and the son of Lath and Kathryn Hairston; Kimble, a senior kinesiology/clinical exercise physiology major and the daughter of Joedae Jenkins of Bartlett and Willyn Jenkins of Memphis; and Krag, a senior political science/pre-law major and the son of Roy and Charlotte Krag.

The new members include (by hometown, alphabetically):

CANTON–Junior Sanjaris D. M. Johnson, a secondary education major and the son of Mary Brown; and junior Marshall G. Scruggs, a biological sciences major and the son of Ralph and Sarah Scruggs.

CHELSEA, Ala.–Junior Austin G. Grace, a computer science major and the son of Christopher and Gina Grace.

COLUMBUS–Sophomore Nicholas H. “Nick” Brewer, a biochemistry major and the son of David and Kitty Brewer; and junior Hagan D. Walker, an electrical engineering major and the son of James and Leigh Walker.

CORINTH–Sophomore Annaleigh E. Coleman, a biological engineering major and the daughter of Dennis and Robbie Coleman; and senior Kelsie E. Follin, a kinesiology major and the daughter of Larry and Suzanne Follin.

CUMMING, Ga.–Junior Emma C. Sweat, an elementary education major and the daughter of Mike Sweat and Robin Blackburn.

FLORA–Senior Zavian S. Burns, a kinesiology major and the daughter of Lonnie and Sharon Moncure.

GERMANTOWN, Tenn.–Junior Morgan G. Pace, a communication major and the daughter of Scott and Janet Pace.

HATTIESBURG–Junior Ashley E. Ricks, a human sciences major and the daughter of Ashley and Cindy Ricks.

HOOVER, Ala.–Junior Emily E. Dance, an electrical engineering major and the daughter of Jeff and Janice Dance.

HOUSTON–Junior Nolen Hood, a mechanical engineering major and the son of James and Rhonda Hood.

JACKSON–Jonathan D. Lancaster, a senior accounting major and the son of David and Amy Lancaster; Jonathan B. Peterson, a senior economics and communication double-major and the son of Bernard Peterson and Stacy Peterson; and Bianca A. Tatum, a junior marketing major and the daughter of Anita Young.

MERIDIAN–Senior Luke T. Stanley, a biological sciences major and the son of Richard and Carol Stanley.

NEW ALBANY–Sophomore Samuel J. “Josh” Creekmore, a biological engineering major and the son of Samuel and Warner Creekmore.

PASCAGOULA–Sophomore Katherine L. “Kaylie” Mitchell, an art major and the daughter of Randall and Melinda Mitchell.

PELHAM, Ala.–Senior Van K. Tong, a communication major and the daughter of Hien and Ha Tong.

PETAL–Senior Conner Estess, a kinesiology major and the son of Stephen and Cari Estess.

PONTOTOC–Junior Edward M. “Eddie Mac” Huddleston, a biochemistry major and the son of Rep. Elton “Mac” and Flavia Huddleston.

RULEVILLE–Senior Franklin P. “Frank” Chandler, an international business (finance and French) major and the son of Franklin and Patrice Chandler.

SALTILLO–Junior Katherine O. “Katy” Penney, a biological sciences major and the daughter of Jeffery and Katherine Penney.

STARKVILLE–Senior Evgeniya Y. “Zhenia” Sandanova, a business administration major and the daughter of Yury Sandanov and Olga Kozina; and junior Prachi Singhania, a computer science major and the daughter of Shashi Singhania.

TUPELO–Sophomore Mary Holliman Lanphere, an elementary education major and the daughter of Russell and Tracie Lanphere.

UNION CITY, Tenn.–Junior Chase Bowling, a political science major and the son of Darren and Dawn Bowling.

For more information on the association and delegates organization, visit www.alumni.msstate.edu.

Local students complete MSU art summer camp

June 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Local students complete MSU art summer camp

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Ashley Bryant of McCarley (foreground) and Katherine Huang of Tupelo (background) were among recent campers taking place in the INvision summer art camp at Mississippi State. (photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Via Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

Nine students from throughout the Magnolia State are back home after spending last week at the Mississippi State art department’s INvision summer camp.

Now in its second year, the visual arts introductory program provided a week-long [June 6-13] learning experience for students 16 years and older, as well as incoming freshmen at the university, interested in pursuing academic majors in the studio fields of art and design.

Led by department faculty members and students, the camp included a variety of workshops focusing on sculpture, drawing, graphic design, letterpress, bookmaking, papermaking, painting and screen-printing.

Participants this year also worked with mural artist and illustrator Michael Roy of Moss Point and went on a nature hike with MSU artist-in-residence Marian McLellan to sketch local plants at the nearby Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

MSU graphic design graduate Lorrin Webb, owner of Wanderite Screen Print Design Studio in Starkville, returned to campus to provide campers with better appreciation of the varied career opportunities available to graduates with a fine arts degree.

At summer’s end, art works completed by the campers in a variety of media will be featured at the university’s Colvard Student Union second-floor gallery. The exhibit will be free and open to the public.

This year’s INvision participants included (by hometown):

ACKERMAN–Jaiye Gillon, the daughter of Raymond and Tricia Gillon.

BATESVILLE–Tatum Roper, the son of Cindy Roper; and James “Carson” Smith, the son of Cheryl Baird.

COLUMBUS–Ivy Williamson, the daughter of Andy and Jennifer Williamson.

McCARLEY–Ashley Bryant, the daughter of Lynn and Jearline Bryant.

OCEAN SPRINGS–Emily Koch, the daughter of Mark and Maureen Koch.

PASCAGOULA–Carly Bond, the daughter of Cleve and Carla Bond; and

TUPELO–Katherine Huang, the daughter of An-Ching and Mei-huei Huang; and Samantha Turba, the daughter of Mark and Michelle Turba.

For more about MSU’s art department and College of Architecture, Art and Design, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and on Facebook www.facebook.com/CAADatMSU and Twitter @CAADatMSU.

See more photos on the Department of Art Gallery Facebook page.

Read the story at WCBI.com.

An artist explores nature’s bounty at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

June 11th, 2014 Comments Off on An artist explores nature’s bounty at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

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Marian McLellan, “Grounded”

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Marian McLellan, “Crow”

Story by Lori Neuenfeldt

When you Google the name of the next MSU-Noxubee Artist-In-Residence, it’s surprising to see how many other artists’ websites pop up. This is because Marian McLellan is an artist and a prolific art critic who reviews gallery shows predominantly in the New Orleans area. Her thoughtful and poignant essays are cited on the sites of artists who have had the pleasure of her viewing their works.

As an artist McLellan creates works directly relating to nature.

She states, “Nature fuels our communal psyche.”

McLellan found out about the MSU-Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Residency opportunity when a friend who is familiar with her work suggested she apply. After looking up the information, she sent in her proposal for a one-month summer residence in June 2014.

According to McLellan, “I am looking forward to being in the midst of the beautiful flora and fauna of Noxubee and having this wonderful opportunity to create in a wildlife refuge in Mississippi.”

While at the Refuge, McLellan plans to take nature walks and explore.

“I will walk amongst nature’s bounty, taking visual and textual notes, which I will translate into drawings, paintings and prints,” she said. “An important part of my stay will be the compilation of area residents’ drawings to accompany a guidebook I have in mind, titled An Unspoiled Glimpse of Noxubee, which in turn is a companion to a more global piece, An Unspoiled Glimpse.”

McLellan will be at the Noxubee Refuge from June 9 to July 3. There are two workshops in which visitors to the Refuge can meet and make art with McLellan – June 11 and June 21. Workshops will be at 2 p.m. at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center.

McLellan received a BFA from Tulane University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi, both in studio art. It was during her graduate studies that she had the opportunity to interview New York artists and art critics. This led to a career writing art reviews. In 2010 McLellan received an award at the Baltimore NAEA Conference for her role in conceptual artist Mel Chin’s Fundred Dollar Bill Project as it related to the lead in New Orleans soil. In 2009 she received a Scholastic Art and Writing Teacher Award at Carnegie Hall.  In 2011 McLellan served as juror for Mississippi State University’s Student Juried Art Exhibit. McLellan taught for several years at a Catholic girls’ high school and recently began teaching Art Appreciation at Delgado Community College in Covington, La.

McLellan sees the residency at the Refuge as a career highlight since, as she states, “much of my life has been dedicated to the appreciation of the physical and spiritual beauty of nature as it relates to our collective well-being.”

For more information about McLellan’s visit or for an application to apply to be an artist-in-residence, visit: www.friends-of-noxubee-refuge.org/artist-in-residence.html, or contact Steve Reagan, project manager of the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, steve_reagan@fws.gov.

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

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Read the story at WCBI.com.

Mural Collective helps make Michael Roy mural a reality

June 9th, 2014 Comments Off on Mural Collective helps make Michael Roy mural a reality

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Even small actions lead to big changes. We see that happening firsthand here in Starkville.

Starkville, a city that heralds itself as one of the lead cities for art in Mississippi, is finally getting a large public artwork in the form of a mural by Michael Roy. It was no small feat getting the world-traveling mural artist here to create a unique piece on the side of the local Italian eatery Stromboli’s. Instead, it was the collective acts and vision of a community, many of them with ties to the MSU Department of Art.

Michael Roy, aka “birdcap,” is a mural artist visiting Starkville to paint the first official mural sponsored by the Mural Collective of Starkville, an organization started by MSU graphic design alumna Lorrin Webb. A friend of Webb’s, Roy grew up in Mississippi and has spent some time creating murals in South Korea and Germany.

To get him to Starkville, Webb rallied the support of businesses and the city leaders, including the mayor. However, getting Roy here was just part of the puzzle. Once here, he needed a place to stay, transportation,and extra hands to help get the mural painted. That’s where the community stepped up.

Through word of mouth, the mural plan spread fast, and all those necessary needs were met. The MSU Department of Art and the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge have an ongoing artist-in-residence program that offers free housing for visiting artists, and Michael Roy found a place to stay. For transportation, a group message on the Mural Collective of Starkville’s facebook page connected volunteers to arrange rides for the artist to and from the Refuge in order to paint. Many of these volunteers are staff, students and former students of the MSU Department of Art. And to help paint the mural, current art students, such as Thomas McBroom and Dupree Bostic, enthusiastically volunteered.

The spectacular mural, imbedded with its own symbolism put there by the artist, also becomes a symbol of the community. It represents all those who stepped up to make it possible. Years from now those who see the mural will not know the names of all those who contributed, but they will see a stunning work of art and know this is an inspired community that loves creativity, art and working together to make their vision happen.

Department of Art featured in HOW magazine

June 3rd, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art featured in HOW magazine

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Mississippi State’s graphic design program was featured in the May 2014 issue of HOW, an award-winning design magazine.

“Planting the Seed” by Jessica Kuhn discusses students and alumni who are doing work in sustainable design.

“Our students are design entrepreneurs and are making an impact on the world around them, and it’s exciting to see them recognized in this well-respected international design journal,” said Jamie Mixon, interim department head.

The graphic design program was also featured in a 2009 article about exceptional under-the-radar design programs.

“Our students have had great success in the annual HOW Promo Design Awards Competition over the years,” added Mixon.

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HOW magazine provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technology tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design. This award-winning design magazine began the HOW brand. – See more at: http://www.howdesign.com/about-how/#sthash.j8Hir6y5.dpuf
HOW magazine provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technology tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design. This award-winning design magazine began the HOW brand. – See more at: http://www.howdesign.com/about-how/#sthash.j8Hir6y5.dpuf

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