Fiber Paper Art Club, engineering students collaborate

March 30th, 2015 Comments Off on Fiber Paper Art Club, engineering students collaborate

Recently, the Fiber Paper Arts Club visited the MSU Factory, a maker’s space open to all students, and a great opportunity for students in all majors to collaborate.

FPA members taught engineering students to knit, and the engineering students taught 3D printing.

See more at Adrienne Callander’s blog.

Hester has two posters featured in the 2015 Global Poster Biennial

March 30th, 2015 Comments Off on Hester has two posters featured in the 2015 Global Poster Biennial

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Cassie Hester, assistant professor of graphic design in the Department of art, had two posters featured in the 2015 Global Poster Biennial.

The biennial opened on March 6 and will close on April 11 at The Art Center: Western Colorado Center for the Arts. Carlos Zamora will be speaking at the reception on Friday, April 3rd.

The biennial features designers from all over the world.

Co2 is a global poster biennial held in the spring of every odd year in Grand Junction, Colo. The inaugural co2 exhibition launched in March of 2013. The goal of the biennial is to educate through the visual communication of designers worldwide.

Bain’s ‘Writing Knowledge’ accepted into two university libraries

March 30th, 2015 Comments Off on Bain’s ‘Writing Knowledge’ accepted into two university libraries

Peter Bain's book was on display in the Bob and Kathy Luke Library in Giles Hall in fall of 2012.

Writing Knowledge was on display in the Bob and Kathy Luke Library in Giles Hall in fall of 2012.

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Peter Bain, assistant professor of graphic design in the Department of Art, has had his limited edition book, Writing Knowledge, accepted into the collections of Princeton University Library and the John M. Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Writing Knowledge is dedicated to the written word and its preservation in physical form. It is a showcase of handwriting and calligraphy, containing quotations in three languages.

Bain said quotes in the book discuss art, freedom of the press and education. Funding for the book was provided through the MSU Artist Incentive Program.

Crosby receives 2015 Jefferson Clarke Wilson Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography

March 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Crosby receives 2015 Jefferson Clarke Wilson Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography

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Brennan Crosby

Brennan Crosby was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Jefferson Clarke Wilson Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography. This $100 award is a recurring honor in the Department of Art on the Mississippi State University campus.

The award is presented in the spring to a student in the Department of Art for excellence in portrait or nature photography.

“This year, it was difficult to choose the winner of the award. There were many great photographs submitted by many talented students in the department,” said Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo.

In the end, it was Crosby’s landscape photograph that stood out to the selection committee.

“Brennan’s thoughtful consideration of repetition in the landscape allows the viewer’s eye to travel back to the sunset. Because of this, the viewer notices the transition from cool to warm colors, which allows the photograph to be interpreted on a visceral level,” said Lippillo.

The award is sponsored by Stuart Herring of Starkville in memory of Jeff Wilson and his love of photography. Born in Gulfport,  Wilson was an accomplished photographer and woodworker in addition to being a computer programmer and employee of Mississippi State University for 35 years.

For more information about the application process, please contact Professor Marita Gootee in the Department of Art at mgootee@caad.msstate.edu.

Click here to read about the 2014 recipient.

Art grad featured in ‘Alumnus’ magazine

March 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Art grad featured in ‘Alumnus’ magazine

(photo via Alumnus)

(photo via Alumnus magazine)

(By Leah Barbour | Alumnus magazine)

MSU ALUM CAPTURES THE IMAGE OF THE NATION

In some ways, Josh Hailey’s career as a photojournalist began when the faculty members in Mississippi State’s art program gave him the keys to the studio. The teachers trusted—expected—him to keep an open mind, use sound judgment and create original pieces in his own time and way.

Hailey took the skillset he cultivated at Mississippi State, along with the Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography he earned in 2003, when he left Starkville to begin his professional career. Nine years later, he founded “Photamerica: The Documentation of the Good, the Bad and the Beautiful USA.”

After he visited Hawaii in January 2012 while his 1992 Chevy van was being repaired on the main continent, Hailey drove to every state in that same van. He met, photographed and recorded “real America.” He had a Canon camera, an iPhone and almost nothing else. He crowdfunded his trip through Internet sites like Kickstarter and Couchsurfing International Inc., as well as generous friends and acquaintances.

The photos, collages and videos documenting the experience are all available online at photamerica.com.

Photamerica is complete, but all the proceeds generated from the art developed on the 80-week trip are funding heARTalot, available at heartalot.com. The movement’s mission, begun in Hailey’s hometown of Jackson, is to teach adults and children about the arts, why creating art is important, how to use art to communicate and how the arts, as a whole, build a stronger community.

However, since he recently relocated to New Orleans, Hailey is working to introduce heARTalot in his new locale. His studio is open, he’s taking pictures and he’s meeting people.

Mississippi State art department faculty laid the foundation for the success he’s experiencing today, he says.

“The art teachers let me drive a lot of the projects, and they even gave me the keys to the studio. It’s what you need as an art student, and they gave me exactly what I needed to become what I am today,” Hailey emphasizes. “The art department at Mississippi State is really strong.”
The idea to travel the country and crowdfund it came to Hailey in late 2011. The economy was still down, and Hailey says he was literally sitting, watching and waiting for customers to enter his gallery in Jackson.

“Then I realized—it just fused in my mind—that I should be out doing something. I had to get out and go ask some questions,” he says. “I had to start raising funds, all for gasoline. I only need a little to eat per day, so the money was mainly for gas. It took $24,000 to do it, and I went to all 50 states.”

He interviewed three people each day, and Hailey sought to select people as free-spirited and open-minded as he is.

“I would talk to them about the things they’re doing to make the world a better place,” he explains. “It’s all about being open to the whims of the world—not pushing. The more you let go, the more people will step forward and help.”

Traveling the nation also gave Hailey the chance to visit with friends he met at Mississippi State. While his network has scattered all over the nation in the years since he graduated, Facebook and other social sites enabled Hailey to find friends and see for himself how their lives evolved over the years.
“Seeing all my college friends was like a 10-year reunion on the road. It was a real blessing, and it was really, really fascinating to see where everybody is now,” he says.

Many memorable moments also occurred with people he met by chance. Hailey was sitting in a coffee shop at the Utah-Arizona border when a lady came in and asked if anybody knew a photographer. Naturally, Hailey informed the woman of his expertise and asked how he could assist her.

“She said, ‘My father has terminal cancer, and we want to take him out on motorcycles.’ So her father rode the motorcycle backwards, and I got some amazing images for them. I got to spend a quality moment with her dad during his last few days on this earth,” Hailey remembers. “It turned out, this lady was a travel agent, and she said, ‘You’ve got to see this,’ and she gave me tickets to go see this breathtaking cavern that has all these lights.

“You see? You don’t have to ask. Just give and take the experience that happens when you’re not thinking about it. It’s beautiful.”

When Hailey returned to Jackson, he began work on the heARTalot project. He teaches middle school, high school and college students about various arts, all with the mission of activating, educating and communicating the message that the arts build stronger communities. All the proceeds of Photamerica go to heARTalot, and 20 percent of those monies go directly to schools with no art programs to purchase art materials.

He encourages the Mississippi State community to visit heartalot.com to see the work he’s accomplished in schools, as well as photamerica.com to view the photos and the videos of his trek across the nation, some of which feature Mississippi State alumni.

“Check it out. You might just see someone you know,” he says.

Sculpture student featured in ‘Alumnus’ magazine

March 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Sculpture student featured in ‘Alumnus’ magazine

(Photos by Megan Bean, Story via Alumnus magazine)

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: EXPERIENCING SCULPTURE WITH TY BARNES

As Ty Barnes, a senior art major, turns the crank on the side of his sculpture, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” rocks out from the front facing speakers. A small flagpole slowly rises from the top of his interactive structure that proudly displays the Star-Spangled Banner. Part sculpture and part performance art, Barnes’ work is something to experience.

Once a Boy Scout himself and someone who proclaims to be a very proud American, Barnes said when the idea popped into his head, he just had to create the piece. His initial sketches for this project are very similar to the finished product.

Along with the crank and pulley system that raises the flag, the sculpture also includes a few drawers that hold replacement flags, as well as a place to burn the flag. This feature allows flags that are no longer fit for display to be destroyed in a dignified way, as noted in the proper care of the flag in the U.S. Code. Barnes’ incinerator drawer has that covered and provides an educational feature to his sculpture he calls, “America, America.”

He knew his sculpture needed to be patriotic and have a dose of humor.

“I have a few other pieces I’ve made recently, and they are all linked by humor,” said Barnes. “There are over-sized smiley faces that are at different depths hanging on a wall. They are a symbol of fun, and I made them because everybody recognizes a smiley. They are supposed to be very friendly.

“I’ve also created a Stilt Rental sculpture that was part performance art as it had a ribbon cutting ceremony with cheese and crackers to encourage people to try the experience of walking on stilts,” said Barnes.

Influenced by New York-based artist Tom Sachs, whose mixed-media work samples and borrows to reconstruct contemporary political and social references, Barnes is wrapping up his last semester at MSU and deciding what his senior thesis project will be.

One idea he is toying with is creating a dance floor that would feature music by David Bowie spinning on a record player. He wants people to be a part of his sculpture, to dance, to enjoy the music and have fun.

Creating works from constructed and found materials, Barnes took a long pause when asked what motivates him as an artist. He finally said with a grin, “I just can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s just what I do, and I can’t stop creating.”

Department holds ‘One Night Only’ exhibit

March 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Department holds ‘One Night Only’ exhibit

The Department of Art held a One Night Only exhibit reception in the Metal Shop in Howell Building on March 20 from 5-7 p.m.

The show featured the work of Merrit Lafoe, Randi Watson and Lindsay Simpson.

Department holds reception for ‘Fashion A to Z’ exhibit

March 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Department holds reception for ‘Fashion A to Z’ exhibit

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A reception was held in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery on Thurs., March 19, for the “Fashion A to Z: Selections from the MSU Historical Costume and Textiles Collection” exhibit.

The collection will be on display in the Depot through April 9.

Spring student exhibit showcases fine art, graphic design creations

March 19th, 2015 Comments Off on Spring student exhibit showcases fine art, graphic design creations

"The Pines" by junior art/graphic design major Lorianna A. Livingston, is among more than 170 works being featured over the next month in MSU's art department's student juried exhibition. Photo by: Submitted/Lorianna Livingston

“The Pines” by junior art/graphic design major Lorianna A. Livingston, is among more than 170 works being featured over the next month in MSU’s art department’s student juried exhibition.
Photo by: Submitted/Lorianna Livingston

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

The Mississippi State art department’s 43rd Student Juried Exhibition opens Friday [March 20] at the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

Free to all, the ground-floor exhibition through April 15 features more than 170 works.

A public reception for the exhibitors will be held 5-6 p.m. on March 26 in the same location. Light refreshments will be provided.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be presented in both fine art and graphic design categories. Many of the students’ works will be available for purchase.

Fine art and graphic design judges for this semester’s exhibition were, respectively, Kevin O’Brien, executive director of Biloxi’s Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, and Kristin Moses, founder and creative director of the DesignGood+DesignGood Studio in Austin, Texas.

MSU’s art department is part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. The McComas art gallery is among several departmental venues regularly featuring traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists.

Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, as well as by appointment.

For additional information on this latest exhibit, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator of the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Well-known cartoonist, graphic novelist McCloud to speak at MSU

March 18th, 2015 Comments Off on Well-known cartoonist, graphic novelist McCloud to speak at MSU

Scott McCloud's self-portrait, left, and McCloud pictured at a book signing, right. Photo by: submitted

Scott McCloud’s self-portrait, left, and McCloud pictured at a book signing, right.
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Poster design by Assistant Professor Cassie Hester

Poster design by Assistant Professor Cassie Hester

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

An internationally recognized visual communication authority with more than three decades of professional comic-making experience will speak March 31 at Mississippi State.

Scott McCloud’s presentation, “Comics and the Art of Visual Communication,” is part of the university’s 2014-15 Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series. Free to all, the program begins at 3:30 p.m. in McCool Hall’s Taylor Auditorium.

Following the presentation, McCloud will sign copies of his new graphic novel, “The Sculptor.” Published by First Second Books, it has been recognized by Booklist as “…a work of stunning, timeless graphic literature.” For more, see http://scottmccloud.com/2-print/5-sculpt/index.html.

“Connecting popular art with the craft of storytelling, McCloud’s talk presents members of the campus and surrounding communities with a tremendous opportunity to interact with a leading art critic and cartoonist whose new book has received strong reviews from the New York Times and other major publications,” said institute director William Anthony Hay.

A fine arts/illustration graduate of Syracuse University now residing in Newbury Park, California, McCloud became widely known through his popular non-fiction books “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art” (1993), “Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form” (2000) and “Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels” (2006), as well as the fiction comic series “Zot!” (1984-1991), among other works.

Over the past two decades, he has spoken at more than 250 national and international events. Among the venues were Harvard University, the Google corporation and Pixar studios, and the federal government’s high-technology Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. For more biographical information, visit http://scottmccloud.com.

Read the story in The Dispatch.

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