California artist named new MSU-Refuge artist-in-residence

September 30th, 2015 Comments Off on California artist named new MSU-Refuge artist-in-residence

“Vulnerability Rocks!” by Nancy Mizuno Elliott

“Vulnerability Rocks!” by Nancy Mizuno Elliott

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s newest artist-in-residence is beginning her 11-day stay at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

Through her scheduled October 6 departure date, watercolor artist Nancy Mizuno Elliott plans to conduct research and host small discussions on her artwork. She also will visit classes and interact with art students at the university.

Located 12 miles south of the Starkville campus, the more than 48,000-acre federal land reserve spanning Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Winston counties was established in 1940. It serves as a feeding and resting area for migratory birds and resident wildlife, including white-tailed deer, alligators and beaver. Wetlands, cypress groves, prairie grasslands and forest also are among its many features.

A watercolor instructor at City College of San Francisco, Elliott attempts to create personal urban folk art through the use of common materials and discussions of everyday situations that make up a life.

“In general, my work examines intimacy, power and human behavior,” she said. “I confront embarrassing moments, unpleasant feelings and difficult situations, while maintaining a wry humor that tempers the discomfort of my subject matter.”

Elliott said images often come to her in the form of reactionary flashes to what she has heard, seen or experienced.

“My work is a visual diary, brimming with suffering and sap that rests in the space between memory and imagination,” she said. “Through the use of confessing characters and tattletale personas, I guide the viewer down a multi-layered narrative path.”

Currently residing in Oakland, California, Elliott holds a Master of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Georgia, as well as bachelor’s degrees in psychology and art from University of California at Berkeley. For more biographical information, visit http://www.nancymizunoelliott.com.

In addition to the MSU art department, the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife artist-in-residence program is a collaborative effort of the refuge and its Friends organization, along with the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Previous participants in the artist-in-residence program have included painter and Webster County native William “Bill” Dunlap; printmaker Kathryn Hunter of Decatur, Alabama; Pennsylvania ceramicist Lilly Zuckerman; mural artist and illustrator Michael Roy of Jackson County; New Orleans artist and critic Marian S. McLellan; New York artists Caetlynn Booth and Tyson Washburn; Mississippi Audubon Master Naturalist and artist Robin Whitfield of Grenada; Iowa artist Barbara Fedeler; MSU fine arts/sculpture graduate Shelby Nichols of Aberdeen; and San Francisco artist and curator Jenny Balisle.

Complete refuge information is found at www.fws.gov/refuge/Noxubee/, facebook.com/NoxubeeNWR, and twitter.com/USFWSsoutheast.

Funderburk’s art wins national prize, works accepted

September 28th, 2015 Comments Off on Funderburk’s art wins national prize, works accepted

Brent Funderburk, a Mississippi State faculty member since 1982, has had artworks accepted into several national and international exhibitions.

"Today" | Brent Funderburk

“Today” | Brent Funderburk

“Today,” a watercolor painting by the university’s W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art, has received the first prize award in the “42nd Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition.” Juror Mark E. Mahaffey chose 66 works from 665 entries for the show that will be presented at the Foothills Art Center of Golden, Colo., from Sept. 19 to Oct. 25.

"Flying World" | Brent Funderburk

“Flying World” | Brent Funderburk

Funderburk’s watercolor painting “Flying World” has been chosen as one of 233 of 3,779 international entries from 73 countries and regions for inclusion in the 2015-2016 “Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial” to be exhibited at the Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center from Dec. 5 to Jan. 7, 2016. Jurors include Maureen Bloomfield (USA), Chen Jian (China), Janine Gallizia (France), Jean Noble (UK), Shang Hui (China), Tie Yang (China) and Joseph Zbukvic (Australia). The exhibit will produce a catalog and a traveling exhibit that will tour six cities. Eighty thousand dollars in prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony, dinner and opening reception Dec. 7.

"Before/After the Fall" | Brent Funderburk

“Before/After the Fall” | Brent Funderburk

During the summer, Funderburk’s mixed media painting “Before/After the Fall” was selected by juror Ted Nuttall to be exhibited in the 2015 “Pike’s Peak International Watermedia Exhibition” in Colorado Springs, Colo. Eighty-four of 399 entries were chosen for the exhibit.

"Flame" | Brent Funderburk

“Flame” | Brent Funderburk

Funderburk’s “Flame,” a watercolor painting, will be featured with 99 other works chosen from 545 entries by juror and Colorado artist and author Stephen Quiller for the 47th “Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition” at the City of Brea Galley in Brea, Calif., from Oct. 17 to Dec. 13.

Ghost Ranch | Brent Funderburk

Ghost Ranch | Brent Funderburk

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Additionally, three of Funderburk’s photographs were among the 12 selected nationwide for publication in the 2016 Ghost Ranch Calendar Photo Contest. The noted education and retreat center in Abiquiu and Santa Fe, N.M., is the former residence of noted American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

In May, Funderburk received the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award, which honors outstanding, nationally recognized, competitive researchers at Mississippi State.

See the story in the Maroon Memo.

Department of Art awards freshmen portfolio scholarships

September 28th, 2015 Comments Off on Department of Art awards freshmen portfolio scholarships

The Department of Art Scholarship Committee awards the Beverly B. Gulmon Scholarship each year to incoming freshmen based on portfolio strength.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Beverly B. Gulmon Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year:

o   Laura Leigh Hicks: $1,000

o   DeMarques Nevels: $1,000

Click here to read more about scholarships offered by the Department of Art.

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Experimental photography exhibit opens at MSU

September 18th, 2015 Comments Off on Experimental photography exhibit opens at MSU

Via Lori Neuenfeldt, gallery director

“Looking Back to Go Forward: Recent Work by Pamela Venz,” an exhibition of photographer Pamela Venz’s recent work representing experimentation with photography processes and imaging from x-rays and MRI’s opened Sept. 17 in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery at MSU.

Venz is an associate professor of art at Birmingham Southern College. According to Venz, the recent work illustrates “looking back” towards the 19th century processes to explore personal concepts of family and place.

Venz’s recent pieces are called alternative processes because the techniques are non-traditional to the digital age of photography. During the 19th century, when photography was first introduced, photographers used cyanotype, Van Dyke and tintype, typical to how one envisions Civil War era images.

Oftentimes utilized by artists today because of the creative potential and the ability to connect to the past, alternative processes have a haunting presence and can be manipulated into powerful imagery.

A public reception during Venz’s visit to MSU was held in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on Sept. 17 from 5 – 6 p.m.

Open through October 30, the exhibition is made possible by the Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Art and Design and a grant from the Mississippi Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts. All events are free and open to the public.

The Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on the second floor of the MSU Welcome Center, next to Barnes and Noble Bookstore, is open Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Department of Art Galleries present museum shows, traveling exhibits, student shows, group and solo exhibitions by professional artists and special events.

For more information, concat Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2970 or lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu

Read the story on MSU’s website.

MSU receives federal support for ‘RainWorks’ demonstration project

September 18th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU receives federal support for ‘RainWorks’ demonstration project

A $20,000 federal grant is enabling MSU to implement a green infrastructure demonstration project on campus. Construction already has begun on a 1,500 square-foot bioretention basin, or rain garden, in the landscape architecture department courtyard. (Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

A $20,000 federal grant is enabling MSU to implement a green infrastructure demonstration project on campus. Construction already has begun on a 1,500 square-foot bioretention basin, or rain garden, in the landscape architecture department courtyard. (Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)


By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

With a $20,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, Mississippi State is creating a green infrastructure demonstration project.

A collaborative effort between faculty and students in the university’s landscape architecture, civil and environmental engineering, and art departments, the project involves construction of a 1,500 square-foot bioretention basin—rain garden—that will be the first of its kind on campus.

Cory Gallo said the rain garden is being located in the courtyard of the landscape architecture department where he is an associate professor.

The basin is being designed to treat at least 95 percent of the average, annual rainfall for the watershed it will manage. It also will be equipped with two educational kiosks to help visitors better appreciate the facility’s function and benefit to water quality, Gallo added.

Green infrastructures reduce the volume of stormwater discharges by managing rainwater close to where it falls and removing many of the pollutants present in runoff, making it an effective strategy for addressing wet-weather pollution and improving water quality, according to EPA officials.

In addition to providing participating academic majors with valuable training and experience in the benefits of green infrastructure technologies, the project “hopefully will lead to the campus-wide adoption of green infrastructure technologies,” Gallo said.

“By educating current and future practitioners on green infrastructure technologies and their applicability to the South, this effort also will be a regional resource for policymakers to learn about and promote green infrastructure in their communities,” he emphasized.

The stormwater mitigation plan was conceived several years ago by a team of MSU landscape architecture, civil engineering and graphic design majors. Their efforts were recognized with a second-place award in the 2013 EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge. See http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/crw_challenge.cfm.

Throughout the current academic year, three original team members will continue working on the project, Gallo said. Student participation is essential since the rain garden primarily is being designed, built, maintained and monitored through classroom activities, he explained.

Gallo worked with assistant professors Gnaneswar Gude of the civil and environmental engineering department and Suzanne Powney of the art department to prepare and submit the grant proposal through the MSU-based Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute.

“Dr. Gude’s classes will learn about proper water quality sampling techniques while conducting water monitoring,” Gallo said. “Ms. Powney’s graphic design students will create interpretive signs for the facility that my students will design and construct.”

Gallo expressed appreciation for continuing support of the MSU facilities management department and Brian Templeton, a landscape architecture associate with the MSU Extension Service.

Hester accepted to international poster triennial

September 16th, 2015 Comments Off on Hester accepted to international poster triennial

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A poster Assistant Professor Cassie Hester designed for Art Incend will be included in the 2015 “Trnava Poster Triennial.”

The triennial received 3,564 submissions from around the world.

The prestigious jury selected 370 entries to be added to the TPT permanent collection and featured in an exhibition at the Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Slovakia.

Graphic design student’s typographic illustration featured by Jet Magazine

September 15th, 2015 Comments Off on Graphic design student’s typographic illustration featured by Jet Magazine

by Hank Washington (via jetmag.com)

by Hank Washington (via jetmag.com)

Hank Washington, a senior art major concentrating in graphic design, recently had a typographic illustration featured by Jet Magazine.

View the article here.

Martin staying busy with numerous works on display

September 15th, 2015 Comments Off on Martin staying busy with numerous works on display

Assistant Professor Gregory Martin has had several works in exhibits recently.

"Teepee" | Gregory Martin

“Teepee” | Gregory Martin

Martin’s painting “Teepee” is currently featured in an exhibition, “American Landscapes,” at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, Md.

Work was juried into the exhibition from artists residing in the United States, Canada and Mexico by John Morrell, associate professor of painting at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

“Out on Highway 182” | Gregory Martin

“Out on Highway 182” | Gregory Martin

Martin’s painting “Out on Highway 182” was included in SCOPE: The Southern Landscape, at VAE in Raleigh, N.C., in July.

Work for the exhibition was selected by Marshall Price, Ph.D; and Nancy Hanks, curator of modern and contemporary art at  Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

"Nocturnal Negotiations" | Gregory Martin

“Nocturnal Negotiations” | Gregory Martin

"Spiral" | Gregory Martin

“Spiral” | Gregory Martin

Martin’s paintings “Nocturnal Negotiations” and “Spiral” were exhibited in “After Dark IV” at Greg Moon Gallery in Taos, N.M., in June.

Work was selected for this exhibition by Greg Escalante, co-founder of Juxtapose Magazine, art collector, owner of Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, Ca., and the recently opened Greg Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown neighborhood.

"Long Term Parking" | Gregory Martin

“Long Term Parking” | Gregory Martin

Martin’s painting “Long Term Parking” was selected by artist Wayne White to be included in the exhibition “The Art of the South 2015” at the Hyde Gallery at Memphis College of Art.

The work was on display from May 20 – July 31 .

White is an american artist, illustrator, art director and puppeteer and is best known for his work on Peewee’s Playhouse and as the subject of the movie “Beauty is Embarrassing.”

Professor, curator to present lecture

September 15th, 2015 Comments Off on Professor, curator to present lecture

Mon., Sept. 21 | 3 – 4 p.m.

Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium, Giles Hall

Lisa A. Banner, a visiting associate professor at the Brooklyn, New York-based Pratt Institute, will deliver a public lecture titled “Diplomatic Packages: The transmission of Italian disegno from Rubens to Velázquez.”

Banner also serves as curator of the family collection of Henry Ulke, a renowned 19th century artist and photographer. The collection includes paintings, photographs, documents, manuscripts and memorabilia dating from the 1700s to present day. Most of the portraits and early photographs in “The President’s Face: Portraits of Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln in Context” exhibit on display through April 30, 2016 in MSU’s Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library represent holdings from Ulke’s family.

Read the full story at msstate.edu. 

Hester wins global design award

September 14th, 2015 Comments Off on Hester wins global design award

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Assistant Professor Cassie Hester recently won a Merit Award in the 2015 Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) Global Design Awards for “Get Back to What Matters,” an ongoing project  she began as a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Hester’s interactive typographic installation can be viewed in the 2015 SEGD Global Design Awards Winner Gallery.

This is Hester’s second SEGD Global Design Award. She also received a Merit Award in 2012 forDig Deep.

In 2013, Hester served as a member of the jury for the 2013 Global Design Awards.

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