McComas exhibit featuring ‘outsider art’ from Jackson collection

August 28th, 2015 Comments Off on McComas exhibit featuring ‘outsider art’ from Jackson collection

A glue-and-glitter creation by the late Loy Allen Bowlin of McComb is among 16 works by various artists on display through Oct. 2 at Mississippi State’s McComas Hall Art Gallery. Photo: Loy Allen “Rhinestone Cowboy” Bowlin (1909-1995), no title, 1994.049.

A glue-and-glitter creation by the late Loy Allen Bowlin of McComb is among 16 works by various artists on display through Oct. 2 at Mississippi State’s McComas Hall Art Gallery. Photo: Loy Allen “Rhinestone Cowboy” Bowlin (1909-1995), no title, 1994.049.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Artworks by the co-author of Mississippi State’s 2015 Maroon Edition book selection—as well as others by self-taught artists—are on display at the university.

Free and open to all through Oct. 2 in the McComas Hall Art Gallery, the exhibit titled “Here and Beyond: Outsider Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art” features 16 varied pieces. They range from visions of space ships to rural landscape memory paintings to observations of New Orleans street life.

Among them is a print made from an original painting by Denver Moore (1937-2012). Titled “We Are All Homeless Just Working Our Way Home,” it shares its name with the last line of this year’s Maroon Edition selection, “Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together.”

Moore is co-author of the 245-page novel released in 2006 by Thomas Nelson, a HarperCollins Publishers subsidiary. His art piece was donated to the MMA exhibit by Cerulean Gallery in Amarillo, Texas.

Among other self-taught artists being featured are Eula Crabtree (20th century), Roy Ferdinand (1959-2004), M.C. “Five Cent” Jones (1917-2003), Prophet Royal Robertson (1936-97), Juanita Rogers (1934-85) and Luster Willis (1913-94).

In addition to the Jackson museum and its Traveling Exhibition Endowment, the campus exhibit is supported by MSU’s Maroon Edition freshman common reading program and College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

A 5 p.m. exhibition reception will take place Oct. 1 in the ground-floor gallery whose main entrance is located off the parking lot on McComas’ east side. The reception also is free and open to all.

In addition to Moore’s creation, the exhibit includes three works by self-taught artist Loy Allen Bowlin (1909-95), a Franklin County native who resided in McComb until his death.

Bowlin experienced a spiritual awakening of sorts in 1975 after hearing Glen Campbell’s hit song “Rhinestone Cowboy,” which he said inspired his passion to create colorful, glittery art works. Bowlin also favored embellished satin suits that, along with his distinctive artworks, earned him the nickname “The Original Rhinestone Cowboy.”

“The art on view was created sometimes for spiritual reasons and sometimes from the sheer pleasure of creating,” said Beth Batton, MMA’s curator of the collection. “Art by outsider artists was shaped less by an ambition to ‘make it’ in the art world and more by the ups and downs of life.”

Ron Hall, the other co-author of “Same Kind of Different as Me,” was keynote speaker for the university’s second Freshman Convocation held earlier this month.

MMA’s Traveling Exhibition Endowment is supported by significant private contributions that are matched by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.msmuseumart.org.

Now in its seventh year, Maroon Edition is a university-wide program that encourages incoming freshmen to read the same book prior to fall-semester arrival. Throughout the school year, they discuss the selected work with other students, administration, faculty and staff members. For more, visit www.maroonedition.msstate.edu.

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

The McComas Art Gallery is one of the several departmental venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Exhibit hours for the gallery are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

Additional gallery information is available from Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Department of Art holds ‘Great Chalk Walk’ event

August 25th, 2015 Comments Off on Department of Art holds ‘Great Chalk Walk’ event

(photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

Mississippi State’s art department and the university’s Ladies Social Circle organization held the inaugural Great Chalk Walk event last Thursday in front of the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Dr.

Participants of all ages created colorful, large-scale chalk art pieces to brighten one of the major thoroughfares leading to campus.

The event was one of many in the university’s 10th annual Dawg Daze program, 17 successive days of free activities to help welcome new freshmen and transfer students. A complete Dawg Daze schedule is available at www.dawgdaze.msstate.edu.

Funds for the event were provided by the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Haupt to exhibit in Meridian

August 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Haupt to exhibit in Meridian

Jeffrey Haupt

Jeffrey Haupt

Via The Meridian Star

The works of Mississippi State University Art Professor Jeffrey Haupt will lead the 2015-16 season of the Miller Art Gallery at Meridian Community College with the initial show opening Tuesday.

A reception is planned in the gallery, which is located in Ivy Hall, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

 For this exhibit, Haupt said his work tends to focus on the formal picture making ideas while embracing primordial familiarities. “These works are metaphorical. They are analogies,” he said.
Haupt, who holds a bachelor of fine arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art, studied in Spain and Holland before beginning graduate work at New York Academy.  He earned his master of fine art at Indiana University and was awarded the Lanham fellowship study in Italy.

Since joining the Mississippi State faculty roll, Haupt’s work has been exhibited from Alaska to Florida, California to New York and many points between.

The Miller Gallery show will be on display through Sept. 24. The gallery is open from Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free of charge. For details, contact John Marshall, art instructor and curator, at 601-484-8647.

MSU invites all to first ‘Great Chalk Walk’

August 14th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU invites all to first ‘Great Chalk Walk’

Photo by: Lori Neuenfeldt

Photo by: Lori Neuenfeldt

Via Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s art department and the university’s Ladies Social Circle organization are announcing the inaugural Great Chalk Walk.

Taking place Thursday [Aug. 20] in front of the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Dr., the free 4-6 p.m. event is open to all interested members of campus and surrounding communities.

Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to create colorful, large-scale chalk art pieces designed to brighten a major thoroughfare leading to campus.

Chalk and sidewalk spaces will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments also will be served.

Art department students, faculty and staff will be on hand to assist participants, and share information about the academic unit’s diverse curriculum and programs.

“We want to show new students and others the main route that connects downtown businesses with the campus and also introduce them to the creative resources available here in Starkville,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, gallery director.

“Come ready to have fun, be creative and get messy,” she added.

Neuenfeldt said this first-ever activity is among many in the university’s 10th annual Dawg Daze program—17 successive days of free activities to help welcome new freshmen and transfer students. A complete Dawg Daze schedule is available at www.dawgdaze.msstate.edu.

Funds for the event were provided by the Starkville Area Arts Council.

The Visual Arts Center Gallery is one of several art department venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Fall exhibit hours for the gallery are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

Additional gallery information is available from Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture). Complete information is found at caad.msstate.edu, facebook.com/CAADatMSU and twitter.com/CAADatMSU.

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