Reception held for Martin Arnold exhibit

February 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Reception held for Martin Arnold exhibit

A reception was held on Feb. 19 in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery for the “Martin Arnold: Empathetic Resonance” exhibit. Arnold was present for the reception and presented a guided tour of the work.

The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 27, so be sure to check it out!

Bostic accepted into Wyoming exhibit

February 23rd, 2015 Comments Off on Bostic accepted into Wyoming exhibit

"Santiago" | Alexander Bostic

“Santiago” | Alexander Bostic

"Remo" | Alexander Bostic

“Remo” | Alexander Bostic

Associate Professor Alexander Bostic has had two paintings, “Remo” and “Santiago” accepted into the show, “Old West Museum – Cheyenne Frontier Days.”

The exhibition will be from March 7 through April 9 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Martin’s students draw inspiration from motorcycle

February 20th, 2015 Comments Off on Martin’s students draw inspiration from motorcycle

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Students in Assistant Professor Gregory Martin’s drawing classes are currently perfecting their drawing skills with the help of a motorcycle.

(via Martin:)

“The motorcycle as a subject for drawing classes started when I taught at USC in Los Angeles. Parking was difficult, and I would park my 1969 BMW motorcycle in the ground floor drawing room. Comparing it to the still life I was setting up, it was a far more interesting object and collection of shapes. The students enjoyed drawing from it, and I found that it was challenging in a very useful way. It had a degree of detail and complication that requires simplifying forms down to basic shapes and using sighting techniques.

When an artist sticks out their thumb or a director makes a frame with their fingers, they are using sighting techniques. Utilizing the length of their pencils, students learn to analyze proportional relationships in the subject they are studying and then apply those same proportions in the drawing they are making of the subject. They also employ the pencil as a straight edge and use it for plumb and level lines to get a sense of alignment between the various elements that compose the subject.

The students are asked to draw the motorcycle as large as possible on an 18″ x 24″ sheet of drawing paper but without going outside of the edges of the paper. The only way they are able to do this is to simplify shapes into major forms, use sighting techniques to get the proportions they see to be the same in their drawings, and map out a framework of the entire subject before refining into a detailed drawing using more specific contour lines. If they give in to the impulse to concentrate on details too soon, they will surely fail and make a drawing either too small or too large for the page and of a subject with distorted proportions. Those who follow the process with patience and determination are able to draw a complex subject in proportion and at the desired size with a level of detail they had not previously realized they could accomplish.”

Hester featured in ‘Project Passion’

February 17th, 2015 Comments Off on Hester featured in ‘Project Passion’

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“Build It Up to Burn It Down” | Cassie Hester

Two typographic explorations by Assistant Professor Cassie Hester were accepted into Conkling Gallery’s international juried show,  “Project Passion.”

The show, which was on display in Mankato, Minn., from Feb. 16 through March 4, featured work from all over the country as well as London.  According to its website, “Project Passion” is an exhibition celebrating the self-initiated work of graphic designers everywhere.

Hester had two projects included in the show:
1. A series of three branded (burned with custom-made brands) posters.
2. “Pleasure Is A Worthy Investment,” a typographic piece wherein letterforms were applied to coins and placed on railroad tracks, resulting in smashed and distorted letterforms.

Jurors for the show were Kate Bingaman-Burt, Mikey Burton and Phil Jones.

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E-Center site publishes Adrienne Callander post

February 16th, 2015 Comments Off on E-Center site publishes Adrienne Callander post

“The Ludic Moment in Entrepreneurship” | By Adrienne Callander

Most often, entrepreneurship is framed as a West Coast, technology–driven vehicle for innovation and profit. The product developer in this scenario is often an engineer, his or her work channeled by market vision or need and supported by venture capitalism.

This is a limited vision of entrepreneurship and one that does not acknowledge the full potential of the discipline. In Art Production Beyond the Art Market?, art historian and artist Caroline Jones discusses the problematic model in which “research is instrumentalized toward an existing paradigm,” either looking for new ways to meet the same old needs or deploying the same old processes in the face of new challenges.

Jones argues for an injection of artistic process in research and development. This begs the definition of artistic practice, and Jones answers in part with the “ludic moment” – a stage of spontaneity and undirected play.

What if we not only step away from existing paradigms, but also, for a moment, strip away the push to instrumentalize process in the first place? What if, on the way to usefulness, we engage in seemingly useless activities? What if we start with Play?

Artists are very good at this.

We explore things all the time that the market might consider pointless. We explore not only the possible, but the seemingly impossible, and even the seemingly useless.

Now, the ludic moment is a stage. If we stay forever in the ludic moment, we literally starve to death. But if we never engage it, we fail to thrive.

While working closely with project architects in designing sculptural aspects of the Getty Museum grounds, artist Robert Irwin said that if architects are going to call themselves artists, then he should be free to call himself an architect. These days, people who think independently and take risks in any field might be crowned “artists” and this is reasonably offensive to trained artists.

But if we leave titles out of it, and inspect process, we see that artists, engineers, business people, leaders – anyone involved in revolutionary thinking – all engage the game of aesthetics.

I am borrowing here on a definition of aesthetics given by Erik Demaine, Professor in Computer Science at MIT. He refers to the aesthetics of math as a realm in which a concept is pursued for its intrinsic beauty, without regard for its application. This is a sound starting point for innovation. Eventually, innovation must pass the test of application. But first, we must play. Seriously.

There is a high failure rate in discovery and innovative practice. Many ideas do not survive outside of the ludic moment. But to instrumentalize the ludic moment is to try to arrive before heading out the door. To stop before starting.

Entrepreneurship acknowledges the likelihood of failure – it relishes failure as a learning tool. Rapid prototyping is essential so that flawed ideas, products, or services can fail quickly and provide feedback to the larger initiative, whatever that might be.

Arts-based entrepreneurship goes a step further. In a collaborative, inter-disciplinary environment biased toward action and a search for meaningful application and visionary perspective, arts-based entrepreneurship supports the ludic moment.

Adrienne Callander is a sculptor and New York City native who has taught sculpture, design, art history and contemporary criticism in New Jersey, Indiana, Kentucky and Mississippi. She has taught beginning to advanced sculpture in the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at Mississippi State University and currently serves the Department of Art as lecturer and exhibition coordinator. Her works have been exhibited around the country, as well as internationally in Germany and Iceland. Callander serves as co-chair of the Special Projects Committee within her department, and she started a program titled Art+Business to mentor art students in product development, presentation, networking, marketing and to advise non-art students in the various ways in which art can enhance their business initiatives. In 2014, Art+Business students earned grants, collaborated across majors and secured freelance contracts. She has served as a member of the MSU Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board since early 2014. Her work is online at

Works by Bostic part of major Illinois exhibition

February 16th, 2015 Comments Off on Works by Bostic part of major Illinois exhibition

"Syd Sleeping" | Alexander Bostic

“Syd Sleeping” | Alexander Bostic

"Fire Works" | Alexander Bostic

“Fire Works” | Alexander Bostic

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Paintings by a Mississippi State art department faculty member are among a special group on display through Feb. 22 at a national juried exhibition in Illinois.

Part of the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, two works by Associate Professor Alexander Bostic are featured at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

An annual event since 1970, Black Creativity is the nation’s longest-running major display of African-American art that includes paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics, and photography.

According to museum officials, the program seeks to inspire “African-American children to pursue educational opportunities and careers in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering, through programs and events that encourage children and their parents to utilize the Museum of Science and Industry as a resource for exploring and discovering their inventive and creative genius.” For more, see

Bostic’s entries were among than 100 submitted nationwide by professional and amateur African-American artists, including a dozen ages 14-17.

Home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program, the MSU art department is 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. Learn more at and

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One Night Only show set for Friday

February 11th, 2015 Comments Off on One Night Only show set for Friday

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Art alumni visit, advise current students on post-grad life

February 4th, 2015 Comments Off on Art alumni visit, advise current students on post-grad life

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MSU Department of Art alumni Sarah Qarqish and Morgan Welch were on campus this week giving several workshops.

Monday, they spoke to CAAD students about their Jackson-based business, The HannaBerry Workshop. The two also shared their post-graduate experiences and discussed grant opportunities, exhibiting, their upcoming collaborative project with the Mississippi Museum of Art and starting a small business.

On Tuesday, they shared more about their studio practice and gave demos on creating curves in wood and coopering to furniture design students in the sculpture wood shop.

MSU exhibit features sound, visual creations of Bluegrass State artists

February 2nd, 2015 Comments Off on MSU exhibit features sound, visual creations of Bluegrass State artists

"Spheric" by Letitia Quesenberry

“Spheric” by Letitia Quesenberry

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

Works of two Kentucky artists are on display through March 6 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery on University Drive.

Free to all, the “Audio/Optics” collaborative exhibition by Tim Barnes and Letitia Quesenberry explores relationships between audio and optical senses–and the realm of possibilities when sound itself is recognized as a fine art form.

Both artists are based in Louisville, where Barnes is the artistic director of Dreamland, a performing and visual art venue, and Quesenberry is a contemporary artist known for large-scale drawings, multimedia images and text-based sculptures.

While viewing Quesenberry’s visual images, exhibit visitors will hear Barnes’ compilation of MSU-specific recordings captured during a recent visit to the Starkville campus. Among others, these include the Famous Maroon Band and the George D. Perry Tower bells.

Barnes is an experimental percussionist and audio artist whose work has been credited with influencing areas of indie rock and New York avant jazz. He also is known for work as a commercial sound designer and contributions to the recordings of New England guitarist Matt Valentine and rock band Sonic Youth, among other achievements. For more, see

Over her career, Quesenberry has been honored with a Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship and Kentucky Arts Council Fellowship, as well as selection for an artist residency at Wyoming’s Ucross Foundation. In addition to Kentucky and Indiana, her works have been featured at galleries in New York and Ohio. For more, see

Adrienne Callander of MSU’s art department is exhibit curator. Now in her third year teaching art appreciation, sculpture and design courses, she is the department’s exhibition coordinator and adviser to the Fiber and Paper Arts Club.

In addition to the College of Architecture, Art and Design–of which the art department is a part–the exhibition and related events are made possible with support from the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

The University Drive unit is among several department galleries that regularly feature traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists, among other special events. Viewing hours are noon-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Saturday.

MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program, offering a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Additional information on this and other exhibits may be obtained from Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or

A an opening reception was held on January 29:

After the reception, the artists presented a musical display in the Metal Shop in Howell Hall. Check out the photos by Megan Bean | MSU:

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