Award-winning vocalist, painter brings her many talents to MSU

February 29th, 2016 Comments Off on Award-winning vocalist, painter brings her many talents to MSU

Kathy Kosins (Photo by Laurie Tennent)

Kathy Kosins (Photo by Laurie Tennent)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Kathy Kosins is a jazz singer and artist recognized internationally for incorporating her painting talents into live performances.

Monday and Tuesday [Feb. 29 and March 1], the award-winning Michigan native’s creative talents will be featured at Mississippi State University.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Kosins headlines a free concert that also includes the MSU Jazz and Choral ensembles, as well as Five Guys Who Improvise, a student jazz combo. The concert takes place in the McComas Hall theater.

Earlier in the day, she will lead a free, open-to-all 10 a.m. presentation in the Band and Choral Rehearsal Hall on South Hardy Road. Titled “Gainful Employment—Hustling the Gig,” the session will focus on professional networking and client identification techniques, among other career topics.

Tuesday, she leads two programs for art and music students. Also free to all, they include:

—9:30 a.m., in Music Building B on Morrill Road, a jazz singer clinic on how to sell the story within a song and build repertoire, as well as jazz-specific performance practices.

—Noon, 209 Freeman Hall (painting/life drawing studio), “Improvisation on Canvas,” a painting demonstration featuring jazz music and focusing on creativity and freedom of expression. Freeman is located on Barr Avenue, across from Davis Wade Stadium.

Kosins, a Mahogany Jazz recording artist, has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most alluring voices in jazz.” Since becoming a professional in the mid-1970s, she has been recognized with multiple songwriting awards by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP.

In addition, Kosins has been honored as the Michigan Council for the Arts’ jazz composer of the year and received a number of grants from Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the state’s leading arts and cultural advocacy organization. For more, visit www.kathykosins.com.

Her campus performance and related events are made possible with support from MSU Bands and the music department’s choral activities program in the College of Education, as well as the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU Lyceum Series and Starkville Area Arts Council.

Interim Art Department head joins Italian Art Society board

February 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Interim Art Department head joins Italian Art Society board

Bourgeois (photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

Bourgeois (photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

The leader of Mississippi State’s art department is the newly elected secretary of the Italian Art Society.

Associate professor Angi Elsea Bourgeois, currently serving as interim department head, recently began a two-year term on the international scholarly organization’s board of directors.

Founded in 1987, IAS is dedicated to the study of Italian art and architecture from prehistory to the present. Serving as “a vital force in generating new knowledge about the visual arts on the Italian peninsula and neighboring islands” is its primary mission.

Since joining the society in 2004, Bourgeois has helped organize various sessions and present research papers for IAS academic conferences.

Bourgeois said she is honored to be a part of “a vital and rigorous scholarly organization that supports the creation of new knowledge about human creative endeavors.”

Of her election, Bourgeois said she is “excited to give back to the organization through my time and service, and also have the opportunity to expand my own reputation as a scholar of Italian Renaissance art.”

After graduating with honors in art history from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, she went on to complete a doctorate in Italian Renaissance and medieval art history from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bourgeois joined the MSU faculty in 2002. Over the years, she has taught a variety of art history courses in the university department that is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program.

She also is the author of “Reconstructing the Lost Frescoes of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome from the ‘Meditationes’ of Cardinal Juan de Torquemada: A Case Study in the History of Art” (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009).

In 2010, she published a digital textbook for art history survey courses titled “The History of the Art of the Western World from Prehistory through the Gothic.For more biographical information, see http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/abourgeois.

In May, Bourgeois and other members will gather for the annual IAS meeting at the University of Western Michigan’s International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. For more, visit http://italianartsociety.org.

MSU students, alumna take home five awards in statewide art competition

February 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on MSU students, alumna take home five awards in statewide art competition

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Nearly 50 works by 24 current Mississippi State art majors and one alumna are on display through March 18 at The Arts Center of Mississippi in Jackson.

Now in its 66th year, the Mississippi Collegiate Arts exhibit is part of statewide juried competition for student artists enrolled in the state’s 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 930 submissions from nearly a dozen institutions. Of that number, 46 entries by MSU art majors were among 138 judged worthy of inclusion in the exhibit.

Richard Doubleday, assistant professor in the graphic design program at Louisiana State University’s School of Art, was juror for the 2016 MCA competition. He selected five MSU student works for Juror’s Awards, one each in the Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Graphic Design and Time Based Media categories.

MSU’s 2016 MCA Competition exhibitors and winners included (by hometown):

BAY SAINT LOUIS—Junior Aubrey J. Pohl, concentrating in graphic design and photography.

BELAIR, Maryland—Senior Lorianna A. Livingston, concentrating in graphic design.

Ian Green | "Kenzo Tange"

Ian Green | “Kenzo Tange”

BILOXI—Senior Ian F. Green, concentrating in graphic design, who also received the Juror’s Award in Graphic Design for his work, “Kenzo Tange.”

BRANDON—Seniors Kierre Dawkins, concentrating in fine arts; and Anna R. Zollicoffer, concentrating in graphic design.

CLINTON—Junior Brennan P. Crosby, concentrating in photography; and sophomore Carly A. Melton, undeclared concentration.

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee—Senior Jordan R. Hankinson, concentrating in graphic design.

FLORENCE, South Carolina—Senior computer science major Candace B. Moreau.

FOXWORTH—Haleigh E. Parker, a fall 2015 magna cum laude art/photography graduate.

Alleigh Moffett | "Shell Phone"

Alleigh Moffett | “Shell Phone”

FULTON—Senior Alleigh T. Moffett, concentrating in graphic design, she also received the Juror’s Award in Sculpture for her work, “Shell Phone.”

HATTIESBURG—Senior Shawna J. Williams, concentrating in fine arts.

Zach Boozer | "Goshen"

Zach Boozer | “Goshen”

JACKSON—Senior Zachary S. “Zach” Boozer. Concentrating in photography, he received the Juror’s Award in Time Based Media for his work, “Goshen.”

LITTLE ROCK—Junior Abbey E. Rigdon, concentrating in graphic design.

Katie Erickson | "Fragile"

Katie Erickson | “Fragile”

MADISON—Concentrating in graphic design and photography, sophomore Anna K. “Katie” Erickson received the Juror’s Award in Painting for her work, “Fragile”; and seniors Nicolette L. “Niki” Johnson, undeclared concentration; and Gerard Woods, concentrating in fine arts.

NEW ALBANY—Senior Casey E. Jennings, concentrating in graphic design.

OCEAN SPRINGS—Senior Jillian N. Wilson, concentrating in fine arts.

Jinwon Kim | "Untitled 1"

Jinwon Kim | “Untitled 1”

STARKVILLE—Junior Kamau J. Bostic, concentrating in photography; and senior Jinwon Kim, an art/undeclared major. Also an architecture master’s and magna cum laude business administration/finance bachelor’s graduate, Kim received the Juror’s Award in Drawing for her work, “Untitled 1.”

TERRY—Senior Kimberly R. Eady, concentrating in graphic design.

TUPELO—Sophomore Alex P. Cayson, undeclared concentration; and junior Matthew B. Rogers, concentrating in graphic design.

YAZOO CITY—Sophomore Catherine E. Remington, concentrating in graphic design.

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 is the longtime home of the 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).

Department of Art holds annual Academic Insight event

February 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art holds annual Academic Insight event

(Above photos by Robbyn Weaver, art student)

On Sat., Feb. 13, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an annual event for admitted MSU students and their guests.

The event is meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and is 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.

(Above photos by Sami McDougal, art student)

Reception held for ‘Salvaged Splendor’ exhibit

February 18th, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Salvaged Splendor’ exhibit

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(photos by Aaron McElfish)

A reception was held last night for the “Salvaged Splendor” exhibition, which will be display through March 10 in the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery.

The work is a collection of creations made with salvaged objects from old homes and buildings. Participating student artists include members of such campus groups as the ACCESS program, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Music Maker Productions and Student Association.

All exhibition works may be purchased, with proceeds going to the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity’s Maroon Edition House program.

‘Salvaged Splendor’ exhibit opens Feb. 17

February 16th, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Salvaged Splendor’ exhibit opens Feb. 17

“Europe” by senior art/fine arts major Christina D. McField of Madison is among works on display Feb. 17-March 10 as part of the “Salvaged Splendor” exhibit in MSU’s Colvard Student Union Art Gallery. (Photo submitted/Brad Ward)

“Europe” by senior art/fine arts major Christina D. McField of Madison is among works on display Feb. 17-March 10 as part of the “Salvaged Splendor” exhibit in MSU’s Colvard Student Union Art Gallery. (Photo submitted/Brad Ward)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A celebration of special beauty found in overlooked items of everyday life begins Wednesday [Feb. 17] at Mississippi State’s Colvard Student Union Art Gallery.

Free to all through March 10, the “Salvaged Splendor” collection of university student art features creations made with salvaged objects from old homes and buildings.

Participating artists include members of such campus groups as the ACCESS program, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Music Maker Productions and Student Association.

All exhibition works may be purchased, with proceeds going to the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity’s Maroon Edition House program.

A 5-6 p.m. opening reception Wednesday also is free to all in the second-floor gallery. Refreshments will be provided.

Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

In addition to the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department, the exhibit is made possible by the Center for Student Activities and Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity. Additional support comes from the MSU Maroon Edition Committee.

The Colvard gallery is among several campus venues that regularly feature traveling art exhibits, student shows, and group and solo displays by professional artists.

Additional information on this and other exhibits is available from Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

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).

More about campus art galleries is found at bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

Yonge honored as CAAD Alumnus of the Year

February 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Yonge honored as CAAD Alumnus of the Year

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

Via Amy Cagle | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State will recognize 1967 general business graduate and retired retailer Turner A. Wingo of Collierville, Tennessee, as its national alumnus of the year during the Friday [Feb. 12] MSU Alumni Association 2016 awards banquet.

“We are proud to salute Turner Wingo on behalf of Mississippi State University for his professional success and for his loyal lifelong connection with his alma mater,” said Jeff Davis, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association. “Of our more than 133,000 living alumni, Turner is a distinguished selection for Alumnus of the Year.”

Wingo is a native of Socorro, New Mexico, who grew up and graduated from high school in Collierville in 1963. Following graduation from MSU, he returned to Collierville where he worked in real estate and opened Sherry’s Hallmark. He also spent six years in the U.S. Army National Guard.

At Mississippi State, Wingo currently serves on the board for the MSU Foundation, chairing its real estate committee since 2015. Over his lifetime, Wingo has generously supported Mississippi State with scholarships in the colleges of Architecture, Art and Design, Business, and Engineering. His giving also extends to athletics, the Turner A. Wingo Endowed Professorship in the College of Business, and campus facilities.

For his many accomplishments, Wingo previously has been recognized by Mississippi State. He was named the 2011 College of Business Alumnus of the Year and, most recently, was honored among the business college’s top all-time 100 graduates for its centennial anniversary.

Wingo is a member of the Patriots Circle for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he is a board member for Alpha Corporation, Inc. He has also been a member and vice president of the Memphis Maroon Club for Bulldog alumni and friends.

Along with the national alumnus recognition, each of MSU’s eight academic colleges will honor a graduate for outstanding personal, professional and community achievements.

The new MSU alumni-of-the-year group includes (by hometown):

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee—George D. “Dave” Thomas Jr., College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A 1987 master’s in agricultural economics graduate, Thomas is vice president of marketing for Helena Chemical Co., a role he has held since 2009. He joined Helena in 1987 and over the years has served as location manager for Louisiana and Mississippi and also as manager for the South Delta Division and South Texas Division. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Mississippi.

DALLAS, Texas—William M. “Bill” Cobb, James Worth Bagley College of Engineering. Cobb earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering in 1966 and 1967, respectively, and he is a former faculty member of MSU, having served as an assistant professor of petroleum engineering from 1972-1975. He is founder and president of the oil-field management firm of William M. Cobb & Associates Inc. He also received a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University in 1971.

HOLLY SPRINGS—Robert P. “Bob” Bowen, College of Arts and Sciences. A retired CPA, Bowen is a 1963 history and political science graduate who spent 30 years with Arthur Andersen LLP, concluding his career as partner. Bowen became a director and audit committee chair for three New York stock exchange-listed public companies, and has served on a number of civic boards in Memphis and North Mississippi. He also received an MBA from Emory University in 1968.

JACKSON—Haley R. Fisackerly, College of Business. A 1987 business administration graduate, Fisackerly is president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi Inc., a role he has held since 2008. His career with Entergy has included roles as director of system regulatory strategy and vice president of customer operations, among others. He also had a stint at Entergy Nuclear as vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Entergy in 1995, Fisackerly managed the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. He also earned a master’s degree in public policy administration from George Washington University in 1993.

Also of JACKSON is Andrew W. Grady, College of Veterinary Medicine. A 1986 doctor of veterinary medicine graduate, he directs the Center for Comparative Research and is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Since 2001, Grady has served as veterinary medical officer for the Jackson-based Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He serves as an adjunct professor in MSU-CVM’s Department of Clinical Sciences. He also holds a Master of Laboratory Animal Medicine from the University of Missouri.

KENNESAW, Georgia—Eric G. Yonge, College of Architecture, Art and Design. President and creative director of EYStudios, Yonge is a 1998 fine arts graduate. Yonge began EYStudios in Starkville, where he was raised, and later relocated the company to Georgia. Under his leadership, EYStudios has developed more of the world’s Top 1,000 e-commerce stores than any other private firm in the world.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas—John D. Enlow, College of Forest Resources. A 1990 forestry graduate, Enlow is vice president of real estate and southern timberlands at Weyerhaeuser Co. He joined Weyerhaeuser in 2014 to lead the company’s southern division and in 2015 assumed leadership of Weyerhaeuser’s real estate nationally. He also holds an MBA from Brenau University and is a graduate of the Executive Education Strategy Program of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

PELAHATCHIE—Andrea Scott Mayfield, College of Education. Mayfield is an MSU 2009 doctoral graduate in community college leadership who became executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board in 2015, overseeing the state’s 15 community and junior colleges. Prior to this, Mayfield served as president of Shelton State Community College in Alabama. She earlier spent 18 years at East Mississippi Community College, where her roles included vice president of the Scooba campus. Mayfield also holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Arts in teaching, both from the University of West Alabama.

Other graduates to be given special recognition at the banquet for service to the alumni association will include (by hometown):

BROOKHAVEN—Jason A. Snider, a 2010 business administration graduate, receiving the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Snider works as risk management coordinator for King’s Daughters Medical Center, and he recently became a certified professional in Healthcare Risk Management.  He was chapter president for the Lincoln County alumni chapter in 2013 and 2014. Since 2013, Snider has served as a National Alumni Board member for the Mississippi South 2 Region. He also earned a master’s of Health Services Administration from Mississippi College in 2012.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Brian M. Sabourin, a 1983 aerospace engineering graduate, receiving a Distinguished Service Award. Sabourin is director for corporate development for Strata-G Solutions Inc. He previously has served as the deputy project manager for Fixed Wing Aircraft and the deputy project manager for Aviation Systems, both with the U.S. Army Aviation. Sabourin is vice president of the Huntsville-Decatur alumni chapter, having served in roles ranging from president to membership committee lead. He was a national board member in 2014.

LUCEDALE—Douglas D. “Doug” McLeod, a friend of the university receiving the Distinguished Service Award. He has owned McLeod Tire Company for nearly 30 years. McLeod also is a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 107 in his second term. With the George-Greene County MSU alumni chapter, Doug served as secretary from 2001 to 2009, vice president from 2010 to 2012, and president from 2013 to 2015.

TUCKER, Georgia—Kieu-Anh T. Tran, a 1996 civil engineering graduate, receiving a Distinguished Service Award. Tran is vice president, engineer and project manager at Q Solutions Inc., and a registered professional engineer in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. In 2004, Tran was the university’s Outstanding Young Alumnus. She is a member of the Atlanta, Georgia, alumni chapter and has been an officer in the Central Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee, chapters. From 2010-2013, Tran served on the Alumni Association National Board.

Other highlights of the awards banquet will include the announcement of individual chapters recognized for their achievements during the 2015 calendar year. Some 54 chapters of the university’s 95 worldwide are scheduled to be saluted.

The 2016 alumni awards banquet will be simulcast live via the Internet, beginning at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 from The Mill at MSU Conference Center. For a broadcast link and more on the MSU Alumni Association, visit www.alumni.msstate.edu.

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‘Cargo for Conservation: Impacts of the Illegal Wildlife Trade’ exhibit opens Feb. 9

February 5th, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Cargo for Conservation: Impacts of the Illegal Wildlife Trade’ exhibit opens Feb. 9

Image by Ria Bennett

Image by Ria Bennett

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Poster and photographic creations by students from Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design will be on display Feb. 9-12 from 8-11 a.m. in the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

Free to all, the “Cargo for Conservation: Impacts of the Illegal Wildlife Trade” exhibit focuses on the illegal wildlife trade and destruction of animals for human pleasure.

Students enrolled in Professors Jamie Burwell Mixon’s introductory graphic design and Marita Gootee’s scanography courses were challenged to design compelling posters and photographic works conveying the message that the illegal wildlife trade is cruel and unnecessary.

Along with incorporating typography and original imagery, the students had to design their creations while considering the actual World Wildlife Fund as a figurative client.

Lori Neuenfeldt, the university art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, said the project required students to conduct research, which involved the examination of a cargo trunk full of objects relating to the illegal wildlife trade.

“All of the items in this exhibit were confiscated by the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service and are now part of a program to help educate diverse audiences about the consequences of destroying wildlife,” Neuenfeldt explained.

Also free to all, an opening reception for the exhibit takes place 4-5 p.m. Feb. 9 in the ground-floor gallery at McComas Hall. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to the student-produced posters, exhibit visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at items including an ocelot and mink fur coat, Asian leopard fur panel, elephant skin hiking boot, caviar face cream and an ivory bracelet.

Part of the MSU-sponsored weeklong series of events celebrating the life and work of English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin (1809-82), the “Cargo for Conservation” exhibit is made possible with support from the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The McComas Hall Art Gallery is among several art department venues that regularly feature traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists.

Additional information on this and other exhibits is available from Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Art students visit Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

February 5th, 2016 Comments Off on Art students visit Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

Students in Lori Neuenfeldt’s Understanding Fashion in Art course recently visited the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel.

Curator Kristen Miller Zohn discussed the different costumes in some of the key works on permanent display at the museum.

Each student in the class will now research a piece in the collection to understand aspects of costume and how artists use costume to convey meaning.

The art students in the class will draw costume illustrations that will be passed on to MSU fashion design students, who will construct garments based on the illustrations.

The work may be part of an upcoming exhibition at the Lauren Rogers Museum titled “Who, What, Wear?”

Ceramics artists hold demo

February 5th, 2016 Comments Off on Ceramics artists hold demo

Ian and Natalile Shelly held demonstrations for ceramics students before the opening reception for their exhibit, “Affinity,” on display through March 11 in the Visual Arts Center Gallery, 808 University Drive.

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