Artist Mike Stephens visits MSU

October 31st, 2014 Comments Off on Artist Mike Stephens visits MSU

Mike Stephens, nationally recognized for his powerful and beautifully crafted large-scaled woodcut prints, visited campus on Oct. 29.

The print artists who teaches at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, held a workshop for students in the Department of Art.

During the workshop, Stephens demonstrated his woodcut techniques while carving on an 18” X 24” demo block he created specifically for the event. He also brought a number of large woodcut prints for viewing during the workshop – works that augmented those displayed in the McComas exhibition.

“Stephens spoke about each of the prints and shared insights with the workshop participants concerning his personal process of creating imagery, discussed the content of the work itself and shared some of his own ‘art’ experiences (life lessons) and philosophy,” said Linda Seckinger, professor and printmaking emphasis coordinator.

He also hosted a gallery talk of his work that has been on display since Aug. 26:

Department of Art assistant professor’s ‘Conflation’ at Manifest Gallery

October 29th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art assistant professor’s ‘Conflation’ at Manifest Gallery

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Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon, “Hallway” (from the series “Conflation”), 30×40” Inkjet Print, 2014

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Via Dominic Lippillo

This exhibition of Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo (Mississippi State University) and Assistant Professor Mark Schoon’s (University of West Georgia), collaborative photographs from their series “Conflation,” was one of eleven selected from among 199 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s new season. Lippillo and Schoon’s exhibit of photographs caped off the gallery-by-gallery suite of four exhibitions created for the FotoFocus Biennial.

“In “Conflation” interior images of the photographers’ homes are visually connected to create the illusion of a singular photograph and space. The literal connection of the images in the print creates a thin seam that appears and disappears. This newly forged space forms a photographically unique location where memories and past experiences merge to create new histories, narratives and non-places. Through the language of photography, the photographers attempt to subvert geographic location while using the camera to deconstruct and explore time, space, distance and visual perception.”

Manifest Gallery serves as a venue for the display and experience of insightful, thought-provoking art and design and functions as a hub for creative research and innovation at all levels of artistic endeavor. Manifest’s main selection process involves a complex two-part system. Most exhibits are juried by an anonymous 9-12 member panel of professional and academic advisors with a broad range of expertise.

The FotoFocus Biennial was launched in October 2012 and continued in October 2014. This year is the second edition of a month-long photography festival based in Cincinnati, Ohio, which includes five days of engaging and important photography lectures, panel discussions and performances.

To view more images from “Conflation,” please visit lippilloschoon.com.

All invited to showcase work at ‘One Night Only’ exhibit

October 27th, 2014 Comments Off on All invited to showcase work at ‘One Night Only’ exhibit

onenightonlyspookEveryone in the Department of Art is invited to submit work for the “One Night Only: Spook and Horror Fest” exhibit this Friday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

Work can be dropped off in the Metal Shop Gallery (Howell 111) from 5-7 p.m. Monday – Thursday.

Email tbb113@msstate.edu with questions.

NYC artist explores women’s habits, identities

October 27th, 2014 Comments Off on NYC artist explores women’s habits, identities

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“Abundance: Animals” by Claudia DeMonte

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

Works of a visiting New York City artist are on display through Nov. 7 at Mississippi State’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free and open to the public, the second-floor exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center features a variety of pieces–ranging from sculpture to photography–created over artist Claudia DeMonte’s extensive career.

DeMonte will discuss her works Oct. 2 during a 4:30 p.m. guided tour of the gallery. An opening reception in her honor takes place at 5-6:30 p.m. that day in the same location. Refreshments will be provided.

Influenced by the roles of women in societies around the world, the Queens Borough native’s creations focus on habits and identities, such as the desire to own and acquire as many objects as possible.

DeMonte has more than 60 one-person shows and 300 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her mixed media and sculptural works are featured in the permanent collections in New York and Florida art museums of art, among others. For more, see www.claudiademonte.com.

The exhibition and related programs are made possible by the Mississippi Arts Commission, June Kelly Gallery in New York and MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

The Wade gallery is one of several MSU art department venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and two hours before kickoff of every home football game.

For details about art department events, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Exhibit by Chicago artist featured through Nov. 7

October 27th, 2014 Comments Off on Exhibit by Chicago artist featured through Nov. 7

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Works of a visiting artist-in-residence are on display through Nov. 8 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery on University Drive.

Free and open to the public, the university exhibition titled “Migration and Other Natural History Phenomena” features nature-inspired illustrations by Chicago-based watercolor artist Peggy Macnamara.

Also free to all, an opening reception takes place 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday [Sept. 18] in the VAC Gallery at 808 University Dr.

In addition to serving since 1990 as artist-in-residence at the internationally famous Field Museum of Natural History, Macnamara is a professor of scientific illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An SAIC alumna and author of five books, she also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history from, respectively, Manhattanville College in New York and the University of Chicago. For more, visit www.peggymacnamara.com.

At 3:30 p.m. Friday [the 19th], she will give a free watercolor technique demonstration at the Wise Center, home of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Attendees will get to see different kinds of animal specimens found in the CVM’s lab, similar to those Macnamara paints regularly at the Field Museum,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for gallery and outreach programs.

The exhibition and related programs are made possible through a Mississippi Arts Commission grant and additional support from the Starkville Area Arts Council and MSU’s colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Architecture, Art and Design.

One of several Mississippi State art department venues, the Visual Arts Center Gallery regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists, among other special events. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

For details about current and future art department events, contact Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

McComas Hall Art Gallery presents two printmaking exhibitions

October 24th, 2014 Comments Off on McComas Hall Art Gallery presents two printmaking exhibitions

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“The Guardian Angel” by Girolamo Imperiale (left) and “First in War” by Mike Stephens (right)

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

Printmaking creations on loan from the Mississippi Museum of Art’s extensive permanent collection go on display Tuesday [Aug. 26] at Mississippi State’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

Also simultaneously being featured through Oct. 31 at the ground-floor gallery is a series of woodcut prints by contemporary Texas artist Mike Stephens. Since 2006, he has served as an adjunct art instructor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.

Free and open to all, the combined exhibit is sponsored by the university’s art department.

“Italian Prints from the Mississippi Museum of Art” includes 20 paper creations completed between the 16th-20th centuries by artists Martino Rota, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Canaletto, Simone Cantarini, Orazio Farinati, and Girolamo Imperiale. They focus on a variety of subjects, including angels, religion, architecture and nature.

Stephens seeks to make social commentary through the application of traditional woodcut techniques combined with current images from popular culture. A master of fine arts graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he employs a graphic comic-book style developed in childhood to explore his place within chaotic scenarios of modern society.

Stephens also holds a bachelor of fine arts from Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi, as well as an associate’s degree from Del Mar. For more, visit http://woodencyclops.com.

The MMA exhibition is supported with funds provided by Entergy, and the museum’s statewide Traveling Exhibition Endowment that is supported through significant private contributions matched by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more, contact the museum at 601-960-1515 or visit www.msmuseumart.org.

One of several art department venues, the McComas Hall Art Gallery regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows and exhibitions by professional artists. To obtain information about current or future exhibits, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Art student in international photography publication

October 22nd, 2014 Comments Off on Art student in international photography publication

Ronnie Robinson, 2013

Ronnie Robinson, 2013

Via Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo

Ronnie Robinson, a dual photography and graphic design concentration student in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University, recently had a photograph accepted into the 35th Annual Best of College and High School Photography 2014 publication.

The college and high school contest is open to all high school, college and university students in the United States, Canada and around the world. Both full-time and part-time students may enter. Photographers are also eligible if they have graduated within the past six months.

The image selected for the publication was created in Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo’s Photography Survey class in the spring of 2014.

“Ronnie is a very hard-working student who has a great passion for photography,” said Lippillo. “She takes risks in her work and always challenges herself. I am excited to see her image was selected for the publication. I know this will not be the first time her work gets published.”

The annual is published by Serbin Communication and is sponsored by Nikon. To see all of the selected photographs and to find out how to order a copy of the publication please visit: http://pfmagazine.com/wp-content/plugins/p-gallery/index.php?searchterms=ronnie+robinson&level=search

Graphic design student in national photography exhibition

October 22nd, 2014 Comments Off on Graphic design student in national photography exhibition

Paul Prudhomme, "It’s a boy," 2014

Paul Prudhomme, “It’s a boy,” 2014

Via Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo

Paul Prudhomme, a graphic design student in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University, recently had a photograph accepted into the New York Photo Festival’s “PhotoWorld 2014 Invitational.”

“The PhotoWorld 2014 Invitational” was juried by three top experts working in the field of photography today: Jim Casper, Neil Harris and Elizabeth Griffin. Out of the thousands of submissions received, seventy-four finalists were chosen including twenty-one student finalists in the documentary and fine art categories. The competition was part of the New York Photo Festival and was open to all photographers and artists over the age of 18.

The image selected for the publication was created in Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo’s digital photography class in the fall of 2014.

“Paul pushed himself out of his comfort zone for the project this image was part of, and he has achieved great results in doing so,” said Lippillo. “He has a wonderful photographic eye that is becoming even more mature the longer he makes photographs. I am excited for him to be part of this NYC exhibition!”

“The PhotoWorld 2014” exhibition opening reception took place at The POWERHOUSE Arena in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 26 on the opening day of the world-famous Dumbo Arts Festival. The exhibition will be on view through November 10.

To see a list of all of the selected photographers and to find out more about the invitational please visit: http://nyph.at/news/photoworld-2014-finalists/

Graphic design student in International Photography Annual

October 22nd, 2014 Comments Off on Graphic design student in International Photography Annual

Austin Grove, "Maps," 2013

Austin Grove, “Maps,” 2013

Via Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo

Austin Grove, a graphic design student in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University, was recently accepted into the INPHA 3, the 3rd International Photography Annual, produced by Manifest Gallery located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For this third International Photography Annual, Manifest received 1,143 submissions from 340 artists across the U.S. and beyond. The publication includes 70 works by 54 artists from 5 countries including England, Canada, Switzerland, Greece and the United States.

Eleven professional and academic advisors qualified in the fields of art, design, photography, new media, criticism and art history juried this project. The process of selection was by anonymous blind jury, with each jury member assigning a quality rating for artistic merit to each work submitted. The entries receiving the highest average combined score are included in this publication.

The image selected for the publication was created in Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo’s digital photography class in the fall of 2013.

“Austin is very talented behind the camera,” said Lippillo. “He is a natural photographer with a keen eye for composition. This image came from a portfolio of fifteen images he created for his final project that was made into a self-published book. The series as a whole explores time and movement in still photography by playing with multiple exposures stacked on top of each other. He took on a difficult idea with careful technical and conceptual concerns.”

Manifest is a non-profit organization working very hard to carry its mission forward for students, professionals and the public. To see a list of the photographers who were selected and to find out how to order a copy of the publication please visit: http://www.manifestgallery.org/inpha/inpha3/

Department of Art assistant professor exhibits at Birmingham-Southern College

October 22nd, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art assistant professor exhibits at Birmingham-Southern College

defining place 1 defining place 3 defining place 2Via Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo

“Defining Place” showcased the work of art professors Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon of Mississippi State University and the University of West Georgia, respectively. Their two collaborative photographic series, “Anti-local” and “Conflation,” open an expanded dialogue about home, domesticity and space. The exhibition chronicled a six-year working relationship between the artists with works ranging from intimate diptych pairings to larger scale studies of rooms.

The exhibit was on display inside the Birmingham-Southern College’s Durbin Gallery from September 5-25. An opening reception was held on Sept. 5, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the gallery, and an artist talk was held on Sept. 25.

To view more of this collaborative work please visit their website, lippilloschoon.com.

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