‘One Night Only’ show set for Friday

March 17th, 2015 Comments Off on ‘One Night Only’ show set for Friday


Adrienne Callander has solo exhibit in Arkansas

March 16th, 2015 Comments Off on Adrienne Callander has solo exhibit in Arkansas

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Photos by Adrienne Callander

Photos by Adrienne Callander

Adrienne Callander, exhibition coordinator and lecturer, has a solo exhibition, “Shape of a Pocket,” on display at The 505 Union Gallery in Jonesboro, Ark, through March 20.

Callander will hold a reception and artist talk for the show on March 19.

See more images and information about the show on Callander’s blog: http://www.adriennecallander.com/#/pockets

Department of Art professors team up for Jones County exhibit

March 16th, 2015 Comments Off on Department of Art professors team up for Jones County exhibit


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MSU Department of Art’s Adrienne Callander, exhibition coordinator and lecturer; Rowan Haug, lecturer; and Robert Ring, retired exhibition coordinator, have teamed up for a show at Jones County Community College.

The work will be on display through Friday.

Historic Costume and Textile Collection celebrates 30 years with ‘Fashion A to Z’ exhibit at MSU

March 12th, 2015 Comments Off on Historic Costume and Textile Collection celebrates 30 years with ‘Fashion A to Z’ exhibit at MSU


By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

Select items from the Mississippi State University Historic Costume and Textiles Collection are on display March 16-April 9 at the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the second-floor exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center titled “Fashion A to Z” will introduce visitors to fashion terminology and a diverse array of costumes, accessories and footwear from the historic collection housed in the university’s School of Human Sciences.

Founded in 1985 by retired human sciences professor Catherine Boyd, the collection is home to more than 1,000 garments, hats, accessories and pieces of footwear representing a range of historical periods and styles dating from the mid-1800s to the present.

Led by instructor Lori Neuenfeldt, students taking part in the School of Human Sciences’ historic costume course selected more than 26 creations for display. Each student was given a letter in the alphabet and asked to identify a fashion term and item from the collection that corresponded with the letter.

Exhibit highlights include an elaborately beaded bodice from the 1890s, lace from the early 1900s, a pair of “space age” boots from the 1960s, and items by luxury design labels such as Vera Wang, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.

An opening reception for the exhibit takes place March 19, 5-6 p.m., in the same location. Refreshments will be provided.

From making marketing and layout decisions to applying and enhancing their knowledge of photography and graphic design, students are enjoying the opportunity to “experience all sides of the exhibition process and form a connection with the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection here at MSU,” Neuenfeldt said.

“They are learning how to handle and display historic garments and objects, just as a professional in the museum field would,” added the university’s Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs coordinator.

Senior Kateland M. “Katie” Brown, a human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major from Olive Branch, said the fashion exhibit “is going to be one for the books.”

“I encourage everyone to stop by and take a look at all the fabulous pieces on display that have been given to the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection,” added Brown.

The MSU exhibition and related programs are made possible by the School of Human Sciences and the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

The Cullis Wade Depot Gallery is among several art department venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Additional information on the “Fashion A to Z” exhibit and historic costume course is available from Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

CAAD holds Academic Insight 2015

March 11th, 2015 Comments Off on CAAD holds Academic Insight 2015

On Saturday, Feb. 28, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests. This is the third time the college has held the event, which was attended by 136 guests.

The event, held at the Leo W. Seal M-Club, was meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and was a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.

After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over breakfast before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.

After the presentation, the group split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”

During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.

Art students worked with Assistant Professor Neil Callander along with current art student volunteers on a project.

Hester serves as visiting designer at Central Michigan University

March 10th, 2015 Comments Off on Hester serves as visiting designer at Central Michigan University

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Cassie Hester, assistant professor of graphic design, was recently invited by Associate Professors Larry Burditt and Jonathon Russell to be a visiting designer at Central Michigan University.

As part of her visit, Hester gave a public lecture and hosted an advanced typography workshop. In the workshop, Hester explored typographic collage and experimental analog methods.

The visit was Feb. 19 through 21 at the College of Communication and Fine Arts/Department of Art & Design in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

MSU art students attend Alabama Clay Conference

March 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on MSU art students attend Alabama Clay Conference


Some of the MSU students with presenter Nick Joerling.

Via Professor Robert Long, ceramics concentration coordinator

A group of ceramics students from Mississippi State University attended the 30th Alabama Clay Conference hosted by the Alabama Craft Council this past weekend in Birmingham, Ala. The conference was held at the Historic Boutwell Memorial Auditorium.

The ALCC 30 presenters were Nick Joerling from Penland, N.C; Peter Rose from Knoxville, Tenn.; and Patti Warashina from Seattle, Wash.

MSU students, the largest student group in attendance again this year, also enjoyed attending the 2nd Biannual Bunting Ceramics Symposium held next door at the Birmingham Museum of Art in conjunction with ALCC 30.

Presenters at the symposium included ceramic artist and keynote speaker Kathy Butterly, Birmingham clay artist Frank Fleming and speakers Professor Glen R. Brown, Gail Andrews, Dr. Don Wood, Dr. Graham Boettcher, Rob Hunter, Ellen Denker and Joey Brackner.

MSU Department of Art takes ‘Best in Show’ at state competition

March 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on MSU Department of Art takes ‘Best in Show’ at state competition

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MSU winners in the 2015 state collegiate art competition include (l-r) Kierre Dawkins, Ronnie Robinson, Ellie Bailey, Lorianna Livingston, Thomas McBroom, Michael Wilkerson and Cameron McMaster. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

The “best” entry and seven other top award-winning works by Mississippi State art majors are on display through March 13 at The Arts Center of Mississippi in Jackson.

Now in its 65th year, the Mississippi Collegiate Arts exhibit is part of statewide juried competition involving submissions by student artists enrolled in the various four-year colleges and universities. The annual event is designed to showcase the high quality of visual arts education taking place in Mississippi higher education.

This year’s contest drew more than 700 submissions from nearly a dozen institutions. Of that number, 54 entries by MSU art majors were among nearly 140 judged worthy of inclusion in the arts center exhibit.

Best in Show honors went to senior Thomas M. McBroom of Starkville for an oil painting titled “Pig 3.” An art major concentrating in fine art/painting, he is the son of Allen and Lynn McBroom.

“This year’s dominance in both the number of entries anonymously chosen for inclusion into the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition and in the recognition of so many of our students’ works of art as the best in category and ultimately, the best in show, supports what we all believe and work for every day,” said Angi Bourgeois, MSU’s interim art department head.

Bringing prestige to “the largest and most diverse undergraduate art program in the state, these awards underscore the passion and dedication of our faculty and students, who push themselves daily to reach the highest achievements at the state level and beyond,” the associate professor added.

Jean Donegan, art department head and ceramics professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, was juror for the 2015 MCA competition.

In addition to McBroom’s top honor, the six other MSU art majors receiving Awards of Excellence included (by hometown):

BELAIR, Maryland–Junior Lorianna A. Livingston, for an oil painting titled “Self Portrait.” Concentrating in graphic design, she is the daughter of Samuel Livingston and Tammy Livingston.

BRANDON–Senior art major Kierre Dawkins, for both a watercolor painting titled “Roots” and watermedia piece titled “Entangled Web.” He is the son of Gary Dawkins and Lesia Turnage.

CARNATION, Washington–Senior Eleanor L. “Ellie” Bailey, for a charcoal and pastel piece titled “Wait.” Concentrating in fine art/drawing, she is the daughter of Ronald Bailey and Helen Duffy.

KILN–Senior Cameron A. McMaster, for “Shore Savers.” Concentrating in graphic design, he is the son of Mark and Tracy McMaster.

TUPELO–Michael J. Wilkerson, for a ceramics piece titled “Grid.” A December fine art/ceramics graduate, he is the son of Jack and Martha Wilkerson; and,

WEST POINT–Senior Ronnie B. Robinson, for a photograph titled “Act of Violence.” Concentrating in photography, she is the daughter of Ronny and Donna Robinson.

Professor Brent Funderburk, a former art department head, joined Bourgeois in extending the faculty’s congratulation to this year’s winners. “Eight of the total 12 awards were given to MSU art students — this bespeaks of our continuing preeminence as a strong regional art program,” he said.

He also expressed the department’s appreciation of Mark Wood, owner of Chalet Arts in Starkville, for “providing ‘Chalet Scholarships’ for the framing and presentation needs of students preparing artworks for the collegiate show.”

The Arts Center of Mississippi is located at 201 E. Pascagoula St. Viewing hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).

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