Watercolor artist visits MSU

November 6th, 2014 Comments Off on Watercolor artist visits MSU

photo provided by College of Veterinary Medicine

photo provided by College of Veterinary Medicine

(Review by Thomas McBroom, Fine Art Student)

Nestled in the outskirts of the campus, the Visual Art Center became the most recent home to a display of pieces by Peggy Macnamara. Macnamara is an illustrator based out of the Chicago area. For the past 24 years Macnamara has worked and illustrated as an artist-in-residence at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Ill., as well as taught a the Art Institute of Chicago for the past 13 years. It is no surprise that she paints and works, often drawing her inspiration from nature itself. This understanding of nature comes about in the wild, often unpredictable color in her work. Her drawing, however controlled, emphasizes calculated measurements of space and proportion. The drawing also functions as a guide for the viewer to move around the page. A grid pattern is on several of the pieces connecting points that would be invisible to the unaware viewer. A keen observer of the specimens, Macnamara is aware of the viewer’s limitation in viewing these pieces. This explains the penciled lines that are left into the composition of the work. They guide the viewer around the piece around and sometimes back into space.

Recently the artist visited the campus for a reception and demonstration of her technique for watercolor. She was quiet, even blending into the confines of the crowd who came to observe her work during the reception. She is used to the nature of visitors who surround her as she works at the museum. Her moves and speech calculated much as her relationship with the marks she applied to the paper. In her demonstration at the College of Veterinary Medicine, she was at ease in front of her portfolio case and paper. She worked at applying washes in timed layers, often waiting between these layers for the fluid to dry. She paints as an oil painter layering with the intent of applying color repeatedly. Her mannerisms were that of an artist and a professor, answering questions while silently bent over her paper measuring the specimen in front of her. She told stories as she waited for the paint to dry. Often these centered on her work and experience of leaving in Chicago, raising her children and even of working with certain specimens and scientists.

“Peggy Macnamara: Migration and Other Natural Phenomena” will be on display from through November 7 at the Visual Arts Center Gallery on University Drive.

Design I class adds some color to Howell Building

November 5th, 2014 Comments Off on Design I class adds some color to Howell Building

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Students, left to right: George Kinsey (interior design), Melanie Moore (art), Katie Fretesi (interior design) Not pictured– Haley Beckham (interior design) Photo by Brittany Spencer

Brittany Spencer, a new lecturer this semester in the Department of Art, recently had students in her Design I class (George Kinsey, interior design; Melanie Moore, art; Katie Fretesi, interior design; and Haley Beckham, interior design) create vinyl sticker installations on the entrance of Howell Building.

See the project unfold in step-by-step photo via Spencer’s blog: http://brittanyspencer.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/design-i-collaborative-vinyl-public-installation/

Department of Art Professor to lecture at MMA Nov. 18

November 5th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art Professor to lecture at MMA Nov. 18

Brent Funderburk, professor of art and fine arts thesis coordinator at Mississippi State University, will present “Infinite Simplicity: Readings from Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit” at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson on Tues., Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

The illustrated talk is part of the presentation of the exhibition, “Spanish Sojourns- Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain,” currently showing through January 4, 2015 at the museum.

Roger Ward, Ph.D, curator of the exhibit, “Robert Henri and Spain, Face to Face,” will also speak about the influence of Spain and Spanish artists on Robert Henri, and a performance by the Ensemble Polonaise will present music related to Henri’s Spanish travels.

Funding for the evening’s presentations is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council and Trustmark. The event is free to the public.

Funderburk has taught for thirty-two years at Mississippi State University and is currently lecturing on subjects such as Robert Henri, Walter Anderson and his recent series of paintings, “New Solar Myths: Dreams of Palladio.”

Department of Art professor lectures in New Mexico

November 5th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art professor lectures in New Mexico

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photo via Brent Funderburk

Brent Funderburk, professor of Art and fine arts thesis coordinator at Mississippi State University, recently gave an invited lecture, “Art and Architecture: Syn-Aesthetic Twins,” to the 2014 American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Western Mountain Region Conference (October 16-19) in Santa Fe, N.M.

The annual conference, which gathered architects and allied professionals from the six-state Western Mountain AIA region (New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Utah and Wyoming), was themed around “The Art of Architecture” and featured lectures, workshops and exhibitions in the Santa Fe Convention Center, museums and galleries.

Funderburk has taught for thirty-two years at Mississippi State University and is currently lecturing on subjects such as Robert Henri, Walter Anderson and his recent series of paintings, “New Solar Myths: Dreams of Palladio.”

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