Art student accepted into national photography exhibition

October 22nd, 2014 Comments Off on Art student accepted into national photography exhibition

Bonnie Holliday

Bonnie Holliday | “Floating”

Via Professor Marita Gootee

Bonnie Holliday, a sophomore in the Department of Art, had a scanogram accepted into “A Midnight Eerie” at Gallery 136 ½ at PhotoSynthesis in Manchester, Conn.

A scanogram is created using a scanner as a camera, and it is often one of the early assignments in Professor Marita Gootee’s photography survey classes.

Gootee, photography emphasis coordinator, feels this is a perfect exhibition for Holliday’s work. “Bonnie pushed the limits of assignment and created an exceptional work of art. It represents the fear of drowning in a nightmare scenario.”

Holliday’s image, titled “Floating” was selected by juror Jessica Somers. Somers’ work has been exhibited nationally and has been published in various periodicals as well as the second edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James.

“”A Midnight Eerie” images may be inspired by the macabre writings of Edgar Allan Poe, reminiscent of the suspense films of Alfred Hitchcock, or come from a dark, creative place within the artist,” said the prospectus.

“All I have to say,” said Gootee, “if this is what she does now just starting the program here at state, I cannot wait to see her work develop as time goes on. I do hope see will take more photography!”

“A Midnight Eerie” runs from Oct. 25 through Nov. 22.

LEA group helps restaurant celebrate 25 years

October 17th, 2014 Comments Off on LEA group helps restaurant celebrate 25 years

“Miss Magnolia” (photos via Professor Alex Bostic)

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A group from Mississippi State University’s League of Extraordinary Artists recently participated in a call from a Natchez restaurant.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Fat Tamales purchased five fiberglass donkey sculptures and distributed them to five artists with ties to Natchez, asking the artists to create an original design on the donkey.

The LEA group, including Professor Alex Bostic and students Robbyn Weaver, Katye Drew, Kelly Clayton and Sarah Prater, pulled from various sources of inspiration to create “Miss Magnolia,” a Mississippi-themed donkey.

All five donkeys, including “Miss Magnolia,” were on display at the restaurant’s anniversary celebration.

Department of Art represented in Huntsville exhibit

October 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art represented in Huntsville exhibit

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By Professor Alex Bostic

By Professor Alex Bostic

Professor Alex Bostic, Assistant Professor Neil Callander and senior art student Thomas McBoom were all part of the “Red Clay Survey: 2014 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art” at the Huntsville Museum of Art.

An Artist Award Ceremony was held on August 16. Callander was honored with a Merit Award, and Bostic received a Museum Purchase Award. (View photos from the ceremony on facebook).

The exhibit juror was painter and educator Susanna Coffey of New York City.

Initiated in 1988, the Red Clay Survey is a recurring juried exhibition open to established and emerging artists in 11 Southern states. The survey “takes the pulse” of current art through a selection of works determined by a juror with strong national credentials. The series intends to recognize and encourage excellence, and provide a permanent record of the development of regional art through the publication of a comprehensive exhibition catalogue.

Exhibit sponsors included Alice Chang, Susan and Robert Kuehlthau, Jean and Jerre Penney, Progress Bank, Kelly and Randy Schrimsher, Anne and Ed Uher and Huntsville Museum of Art Docents.

Barn Trail kickoff to be held Oct. 18

October 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Barn Trail kickoff to be held Oct. 18

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 spring 2013 semester, MSU art 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

Mississippi State University art students in Assistant Professors Suzanne Powney and Neil Callander’s classes have been hard at work since last semester helping the Starkville Area Arts Council with the Barn Quilt Trail program in the area.

The kickoff for the Barn Quilt Trail will be held this Sat., Oct. 18 at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum at 5:30 p.m. along with a blues concert.

For more information about the Barn Quilt Trail, visit


Artist Mike Stephens to visit on October 29

October 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Artist Mike Stephens to visit on October 29

Stephens Teachers Pet

Mike Stephens “Teacher’s Pet”

(Via Professor Linda Seckinger)

Mike Stephens will come to MSU as a visiting artist on October 29. Stephens is nationally recognized for his powerful and beautifully crafted large-scaled woodcut prints. He is an actively exhibiting print artist who also teaches at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Tex.

Stephens’ prints utilize traditional woodcut techniques combined with current images from popular culture to make social commentary. In his prints, Stephens employs an alter-ego figure based upon a graphic comic book style to explore his place within the chaotic scenarios that often occur in today’s society. The artist investigates his own self-identity and his place within the world through the process of printmaking. His print techniques, artistry and use of social commentary all pay homage to the history of printmaking and the medium’s continued potential for powerful expression.

Ten of Stephens’ incredible woodcuts are currently on exhibit in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall along with “Italian Prints from the Mississippi Museum of Art.”

Join the MSU Department of Art in welcoming Mike Stephens to campus on October 29:

(Open to printmaking classes and art majors – as space permits)
12 – 3 p.m.
204 Briscoe Hall

Mike Stephens Gallery Talk
(Open to the public)
4 – 5 p.m.
Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall

Exhibit Reception, Artist Meet-and-Greet
(Open to the public)
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Adrienne, Neil Callander selected for 2014 ‘Mississippi Invitational’

October 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Adrienne, Neil Callander selected for 2014 ‘Mississippi Invitational’

Neil Callander, "Dusty’s Table, 2011." Oil on linen on panel, 38” x 38”.

Neil Callander, Dusty’s Table, 2011. Oil on linen on panel, 38” x 38”.

"Dad’s Hawaiian Shirt, 2013"

Adrienne Callander, “Dad’s Hawaiian Shirt, 2013”

(Mississippi Museum of Art media release)

The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is pleased to announce the fifteen artists selected for inclusion in the 2014 “Mississippi Invitational” exhibition.

The artists, all residents of Mississippi, are Carolyn Busenlener, Pearlington; Adrienne Callander, Starkville; Neil Callander, Starkville; Shawn Lee Dickey, Columbus; Marcus Frazier, Natchez; Lou Haney, Oxford; Chatham Kemp, Hattiesburg; Ruth Miller, Picayune; Don Norris, Hattiesburg; Anne O’Hara, Jackson; David Jason Pressgrove, Jackson; Andrew Smith, Oxford; Gregory Walker, Jackson; J. Marcus Weekley, Gulfport; and Milly West, Oxford.

Initiated in 1997, the “Mississippi Invitational” surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state and includes work in diverse media. The 2014 exhibition marks the ninth iteration and is on view from Nov. 1, 2014, through Jan. 25, 2015.

“For me, it was a transformative experience to travel the state from Holly Springs to Pearlington in pursuit of recent art by such talented creators,” said Roger Ward, MMA deputy director and chief curator. “Mississippi is genuinely blessed to be the home of so many brilliant artists.”

This year’s process began with the museum’s call to artists for sample images of their work. One hundred fifteen submissions were considered by guest curator Carla Hanzal, an independent curator and writer, who most recently served as the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., a position she held for ten years. A recipient of a Truman Scholarship as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hanzal is currently a trustee of the International Sculpture Center, the publisher of Sculpture magazine. She identified twenty-four applicants for in-person studio visits and, after six days of statewide travel, narrowed that number to the final fifteen.

“This was a unique opportunity for me to become better acquainted with one of the most creative and artistically diverse regions of the country,” said Hanzal. “Mississippi is surely one of the richest states with respect to art and the making of art. It is astonishing.”

In addition to exhibiting in the “Mississippi Invitational” exhibition, all fifteen artists are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The fellowship was created in 2005 by Jane Crater Hiatt and her late husband Wood (1930 –2010) in response to the need to nurture and invigorate the arts in the state.

A grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to one artist who may use it for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting; to pursue projects which further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas; to purchase supplies and equipment; to conduct research; and to travel. The artist is then required to donate one original work of art to the museum from at least five works created during the two-year grant period.

This year’s fellowship recipient will be announced at a private reception for the exhibiting artists on Oct. 31.

According to Hiatt, “The idea for this fellowship grew from my years of listening to artists and learning what a difference mid-career travel and study can make in an artist’s vision, skill and scope. Wood and I wanted to foster that. And we wanted to enhance the Mississippi Museum of Art’s relationship with artists living in the state.”

Presenting sponsors for the exhibition include the Hiatt-Ingram Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson/Jane Hiatt and Yates Construction. This exhibition is partially funded by a grant through the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division.

“The Museum is thrilled to present the Mississippi Invitational once again,” said Betsy Bradley, MMA Director. “We are so grateful to Jane Crater Hiatt for her vision, for her ability to translate that vision into a meaningful reality and for her genuine love of artists and their art.”

An opening reception for “Mississippi Invitational” artists, special guests and Museum members is scheduled for Oct.31, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

The fourth annual Town Creek Arts Festival, held on Nov. 1, will feature the display and sale of artwork by artists included in the “Mississippi Invitational,” among others. For more information on the Town Creek Arts Festival, visit

On Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., Hanzal will be joined by Hiatt and the recipient of the 2014 Hiatt Artist Fellowship for a panel discussion moderated by Ward. The event is free and open to the public.

Admission to the 2014 “Mississippi Invitational” is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students (includes admission to Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain.). Children 5 and under and museum members will receive free admission.

The Mississippi Museum of Art’s mission is to “engage Mississippians in the visual arts.” The Museum is located at 380 South Lamar Street in Jackson. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Monday. For more information about the Mississippi Museum of Art’s exhibitions, programs, and special events, please call 601-960-1515 or 1-866-VIEW ART (843-9278), or visit

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Read the story on MSU’s website.


Adrienne Callander receives 2014 MAC Fellowship

October 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Adrienne Callander receives 2014 MAC Fellowship

"Dad’s Hawaiian Shirt, 2013"

“Dad’s Hawaiian Shirt, 2013”

Adrienne Callander, exhibition coordinator for the Department of Art, was one of 20 artists to receive a 2014 Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) Fellowship for $4,500.

Callander was honored at the MAC Artist Fellowship Winner’s Exhibition reception on October 13 at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center.

See the full list of 2014 fellows:

One Night Only Show this Friday

October 15th, 2014 Comments Off on One Night Only Show this Friday


The next One Night Only art how featuring Reagan Watts, Lindsay Simpson and Dustin Templin will be held this Fri., Oct. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the Howell 111 metal shop.

All are welcome to come view the artwork and enjoy snacks.

Department of art hosts bowl-making day for ‘Empty Bowls’ Project

October 13th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of art hosts bowl-making day for ‘Empty Bowls’ Project


Photo by Associate Professor Critz Campbell

Via Robert Long

On September 12, Department of Art students in the advanced ceramic art classes hosted a bowl-making day for the 2014 “Empty Bowls” project.

Students in Professor Robert Long’s classes assisted students, faculty and administrators from across campus in the making of over two hundred bowls.

On World Food Day (October 16), these handmade bowls will be sold or auctioned and filled with a meal organized by the Student Dietetic Association and students in Dr. Sylvia Byrd’s nutrition classes.

The silent auction will begin at 11 a.m. in the Bost Extension Center auditorium and will be followed at 11:30 a.m. by a luncheon catered by MSU Dining Services and City Bagel.

Come join us for lunch, and buy a bowl to raise money to spotlight food security issues and awareness in our local community. The goal is to raise $5,000 to benefit local food pantries and programs such as “Backpack Buddies.”

All are welcome and encouraged to be a part of this Maroon Edition event related to the book, The Invisible Girls: A Memoir by Sarah Thebarge.

For more information, read the story on MSU’s website.

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