International publication features Warren Co. graphic design student

December 18th, 2014 Comments Off on International publication features Warren Co. graphic design student

"It's a Boy" by Paul Prudhomme

“It’s a Boy” by Paul Prudhomme

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

The work of a Mississippi State art major is being recognized in a newly established international photography challenge.

An entry by senior Paul T. Prudhomme of Vicksburg won in the “Night” category of the 2014 Australian-based “Blow Up” competition.

Specializing in graphic design, Prudhomme is the son of David Prudhomme and Tammy Davenport. His winning submission is titled “It’s a Boy.” To view his and other entries, see www.blow-up.com.au.

Announced earlier this year, the annual event is organized by the Blow Up Photography Competition and Print Book. In addition to the Sydney-based Australian Centre for Photography and The Lomographic Society, competition sponsors include The Impossible Project of Berlin, Germany, and Redbird Editions of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Professional and amateur artists from throughout the world were invited to submit photographs in one of five categories–black and white, family, instant, night or portraits. Judging was based on quality, creativity and best depiction of the submitting artist’s chosen category.

In February, the five category winners will be profiled in the Blow Up #1 annual.

Selected from among more than 440 worldwide submissions, Prudhomme’s image was created during MSU’s just-completed fall semester in the digital photography class of assistant professor Dominic Lippillo.

“Paul is very talented and dedicated to photography, and he is doing a great job of getting his photography out into the world,” Lippillo said of Prudhomme, whose work earlier was recognized in the New York Photo Festival’s PhotoWorld 2014 Invitational.

Judges for the 2014 Blow Up competition included photographers Derek Henderson of New Zealand, Tamara Dean of Australia, Achim Lippoth of Germany, Nguan of Singapore, Henrik Purienne of South Africa, and Delphine Chanet and Melanie Rodriguez of France.

MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, it offers a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Art student work selected for Oregon photography exhibition, catalog

December 17th, 2014 Comments Off on Art student work selected for Oregon photography exhibition, catalog

"Fire Man" by Ronnie Robinson

“Fire Man” by Ronnie Robinson

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

A striking image created by a senior Mississippi State art student is among those featured in the Oregon-based Black Box Gallery’s “Poetics of Light” online-annex photography exhibition.

Completed during a spring 2014 photography survey class, Ronnie B. Robinson’s piece titled “Fire Man” is one of 54 photographs selected for the juried group photography show focusing on the quality and drama of light in photography. The daughter of Ronny and Donna Robinson of West Point, her work also will be included in a catalog available for purchase on Blurb Books. For more, see www.blackboxgallery.com/Poetics%20of%20Light%20EP.html.

According to the Black Box Gallery’s website, “Light is the foundation of great photography and photographers need to know the importance of seeing and controlling the luminosity of light in pictures. Exposure, direction, highlight, shadow and contrast all play a major role in creating striking and magical pictures.”

Serving as juror for “Poetics of Light” was Tricia Hoffman, executive director of Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon.

“In this image the play on fire as the light source to illuminate the fireman’s face is both clever and a technical challenge that Ronnie worked hard to capture,” said assistant professor Dominic Lippillo. “Ronnie also had an image published this semester in the 35th Annual Best of College and High School Photography 2014 publication,” he said, adding that “I can’t wait to see where her work ends up next.”

MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, it offers a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Department of Art takes on NYC

December 15th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art takes on NYC

The Department of Art offered an exciting, new one-hour course this fall, Art 2990: Art Field Study New York City.

The course provided students with an alternative to classroom-based learning and allowed them to experience firsthand historical and contemporary aspects of the New York art-and-design world. It was open to all art majors (sophomore-level and up) from any concentration and was taught by Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt and Assistant Professor Neil Callander.

The group traveled to New York from Oct. 22 – 25 to explore museums, artists’ studios, galleries, graduate programs and other cultural attractions.

A video the students created from the trip:

Click to see the video on Vimeo.

Read a blog put together by some of the students below:
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Click to download the blog PDF.

MSU student artists included at Wisconsin exhibition

December 9th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU student artists included at Wisconsin exhibition

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

The works of seven Mississippi State art majors are on display through Jan. 18 at an international juried exhibition in Wisconsin.

Joining entries submitted from all over the world, the university students’ creations at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center are part of a feature titled “Take Me With You: An Exhibition Without Borders” in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Focusing on the duality of place–whether as map coordinates or the experience of a particular time in a particular location–the exhibit challenged the artists to choose a place special to them, then take the viewing audience there via visual or short literary works embodying the location and its significance in their life.

Since its inception in 1967, the Kohler Arts Center has served “as a laboratory for the creation of new works, nurturer of interdisciplinary initiatives, originator of exhibitions, presenter and producer of performing arts, educator, publisher of critical writings, community builder and advocate for issues affecting the arts.”

According to its mission statement, the center “functions as a catalyst for and explorer of new art forms and new ideas that will impact the lives of both artists and the public.”

Center officials said the exhibit received more than 150 submissions from artists in nearly two dozen states, and Italy.

MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, it offers a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

“Take Me With You” exhibitors from MSU–and their respective areas of academic emphasis–include (by hometown):

BELAIR, Maryland–Junior Lorianna A. Livingston, emphasizing in graphic design and the daughter of Samuel Livingston and Tammy Livingston.
BRANDON–Sophomore Randi L. Watson, the daughter of Michael and Teri Watson whose art emphasis is not yet declared.
KILMICHAEL–Senior Devin J. Butts, emphasizing in graphic design and the son of Mattie Butts.
LONG BEACH–Senior Justin R. Ladner, emphasizing in graphic design and the son of Perry and Glenda Ladner.
LOUISVILLE–Senior Keia A. Eichelberger, emphasizing in painting and the daughter of Roy and Shiirley Eichelberger.
OCEAN SPRINGS–Junior Jillian N. Wilson, emphasizing in fine arts and the daughter of Victor Wilson and Lee Hagerty-Wilson.
WEST POINT–Senior Lucia D.J. Arellano, emphasizing in photography and the daughter of Rafael and Pablina Arellano.

Lippillo receives Mississippi Arts Commission grant

December 5th, 2014 Comments Off on Lippillo receives Mississippi Arts Commission grant

Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon, Wall (from the series Conflation), 30x40", Inkjet Print, 2013

Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon, Wall (from the series Conflation), 30×40″, Inkjet Print, 2013

(Via MAC news release)

Dominic Lippillo, assistant professor in the Department of Art, has been awarded a $500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.34 million in grants the commission awarded in 2014-2015 and will be used to purchase supplies for the artist’s collaborative photography project, “Conflation.” The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The arts in Mississippi are now being recognized as a key component to economic development and as a driver for creative strategies for the growth of our communities,” said Dr. Tom Pearson, executive director of MAC. “Individual artists play a vital role as really the backbone of this movement, and it is an honor for this agency to be a part of their professional growth.”

In the series “Conflation,” interior images of the Lippillo and partner Mark Schoon’s 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, while using the camera to deconstruct and explore time, space, distance and visual perception. Selections from the artists’ collaborative projects are included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Photographic Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; the Journal Exposure; and in the supplement of images accompanying Bruce Warren’s textbook Photography: The Concise Guide (2nd Edition March 2011).

The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is the funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Susan Liles, 601/359-6031 or sliles@arts.ms.gov

Senior graphic design ‘Hipsters’ hold exhibit reception

December 5th, 2014 Comments Off on Senior graphic design ‘Hipsters’ hold exhibit reception

(photo by Allie Salas)

(photo by Allie Salas)

A reception was held on Dec. 2, 2014 in McComas Hall for the senior graphic design exhibit, “Just a Bunch of Hipsters.”

Call for submissions: MSU 43rd Student Juried Show

December 3rd, 2014 Comments Off on Call for submissions: MSU 43rd Student Juried Show

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MSU JURIED SHOW
March 20 – April 10, 2015

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2015

Department of Art holds senior photography exhibit reception

December 2nd, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art holds senior photography exhibit reception

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“Contact F14,” the final exhibit for photography seniors graduating in December 2014, was held on Nov. 24 in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery.

Department of Art holds ‘One Night Only’ exhibit

December 2nd, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art holds ‘One Night Only’ exhibit

A “One Night Only” exhibit featuring work by seniors Molly Howell and Austin Grove was held on Nov. 21 in the Howell 111 Metal Shop Gallery.

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Photo by Allie Salas

Fall artists-in-residence connect with nature, local communities

December 1st, 2014 Comments Off on Fall artists-in-residence connect with nature, local communities

Caetlynn Booth painting

Caetlynn Booth painting

Artist talk at 929 (photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Artist talk at 929 (photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Tyson Washburn 2014

Tyson Washburn 2014

Whitfield Studies 2 by Diana Lyon

Whitfield Studies 2 by Diana Lyon

Whitfield studies 1 by Diana Lyon

Whitfield studies 1 by Diana Lyon

By Lori Neuenfeldt

This past fall the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and MSU Artist-in-Residence program hosted three visiting artists who found ways to connect to nature and the communities in Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties.

From October 20th through the 31st, Caetlynn Booth (painter) and Tyson Washburn (photographer) lived out at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge.

New York artist Booth’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, San Francisco, Paris and Berlin. Her work addresses where the human spirit and the spirit of place meet and investigates how rendering these points of connection in paint can activate the medium’s capacity for representing the spiritual.

Washburn is an artist and professor of photography based in New York City. HIs work deals with the landscape in both urban and rural areas. His compositions tune into the specificity of a location through observation, documenting the nature of the location with traces of human intervention.

On October 29, the New York artists invited the public to join them on a walk at the refuge. Participants were asked to bring a camera or drawing materials and join the conversation as the artists explored the landscape, including flora and fauna, as subjects. Refuge staff in attendance helped guide the walk along one of the most scenic trails, stopping along the way to photograph and draw.

On October 30 at 929 Coffee House in downtown Starkville, the artists spoke to a crowd of 20 about their collaborative research during their residency at the refuge. They discussed concepts and techniques and answered questions about their inspirations. The highlight of the evening came when both artists revealed works-in-progress they had created that captured their experiences at the refuge.

Booth and Washburn also spent time meeting MSU BFA Fine Art students in the senior research class. They spoke about their own experiences creating a body of work for exhibition and applying for graduate programs to receive a Masters in Fine Art.

From November 4th through the 22nd, the refuge welcomed watercolor painter Robin Whitfield. Whitfield is a Mississippi native currently living in Grenada and acting as artist-in-residence for ArtPlace Mississippi Inc. in Greenwood. She specializes in outdoor nature scenes and natural pigments on paper.

On November 24, a group of 21 members from the community and refuge staff met up with Whitfield at the artist-in-residence cabin, called “The Ibis,” located in the refuge on the shore of Bluff Lake. This was the first time the public has ever been invited to see the house and view the working space of the artist within. Whitfield treated visitors to a impromptu display of her watercolor works and natural pigment collection made during her residency. After the artwork display, the artist and refuge staff took visitors out to collect their own natural pigments – colors made from soil, dirt, bark and leaves from the refuge.

All three artists produced work inspired by nature. Their work is a creative record of the cypress trees, lakes, woodpecker dwellings and leaf patterns distinct to Northeast Mississippi. One year from now, each artist will donate a piece to the refuge that communicates their own personal experience as artists-in-residence at the refuge.

All artist-in-residence programs are free and made possible by the Sam. D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of the Refuge, MSU Department of Art and the Starkville Area Arts Council.

For more information contact Lori Neuenfeldt, lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

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