Reception held for ‘Affinity’ exhibit

February 5th, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Affinity’ exhibit

A reception was held on Feb. 4 for and exhibit showcasing recent ceramic installations by Illinois-based husband and wife sculptors Ian and Natalie Shelly.

“Affinity” will be on display through March 11 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery, 808 University Drive.

Funderburk among international publication’s ‘25 Best’ in fine art

February 4th, 2016 Comments Off on Funderburk among international publication’s ‘25 Best’ in fine art

MSU art professor Brent Funderburk’s mixed-media painting collection, “Palladio’s Dream: New Solar Myths,” was among creations by 25 artists from around the world that were selected for inclusion in the Fine Art category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design’s Best 100 Annual 2015. The collection also appeared in last year’s CQ Journal Issue 37.

MSU art professor Brent Funderburk’s mixed-media painting collection, “Palladio’s Dream: New Solar Myths,” was among creations by 25 artists from around the world that were selected for inclusion in the Fine Art category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design’s Best 100 Annual 2015. The collection also appeared in last year’s CQ Journal Issue 37.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A longtime faculty member in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design again is receiving recognition from a major art and design publication.

Professor Brent Funderburk’s mixed-media painting collection, “Palladio’s Dream: New Solar Myths,” was among works by 25 artists from around the world that were judged worthy of inclusion in the Fine Art category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design’s Best 100 Annual 2015.

In addition to Barnes & Noble and other major retail bookstores, issues of the publication—including the Best 100 Annual to be released in April—may be purchased online at www.CQJournal.com.

Funderburk’s “Palladio’s Dream: New Solar Myths” earlier appeared in CQ Journal’s Issue 37.

The recent CQ Journal recognition marks the fifth time that Funderburk, an MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, has seen his work featured in the New York-based and internationally distributed journal that showcases graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art work by talented students and professionals.

British painter Nathan Walsh, New York illustrator Katherine Street and graphic designer Oliver Munday, and California photographer Jennifer Davick were jurors for the annual competition. In addition to fine art, 25 top artists each were selected in graphic design, illustration and photography categories.

A 2015 recipient of the MSU Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award, Funderburk also will be featured in the spring 2016 issue of “Watercolor Artist” magazine. For more information, visit http://www.artistsnetwork.com/watercolor-artist.

Funderburk is a North Carolina native who has taught at MSU since 1982. Over the decades, he also has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence and Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence awards.

A fine arts graduate of East Carolina University, he is a former MSU art department head who currently serves as its fine-arts thesis coordinator. Painting survey, watercolor, watermedia, senior thesis and advanced studio are among courses he has taught.

Funderburk’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2010, he was named official artist for the Jackson-based USA International Ballet Competition. For additional biographical information, visit www.brentfunderburk.com.

 

‘Affinity’ exhibit opens next month at MSU Visual Arts Center Gallery

February 1st, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Affinity’ exhibit opens next month at MSU Visual Arts Center Gallery

“Campsite Plan: Alpha” by Ian Shelly

“Campsite Plan: Alpha” by Ian Shelly

“Correspondence” by Natalie Shelly

“Correspondence” by Natalie Shelly

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Recent ceramic installations by Illinois-based husband and wife sculptors will be on display Feb. 4-March 11 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Titled “Affinity,” the exhibition at 808 University Drive in Starkville features two different styles of artwork by Ian and Natalie Shelly.

“Ian’s work appears gritty, dark and rough, while Natalie’s pieces are fragile, light and minimal,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, the university art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs.

“Both artists are interested in using materials to explore connections and interactions with the world around us,” she added, explaining that “people, memories, traditions and location all contribute to their visual investigations.”

Also open to the public is a 5-6 p.m. reception Feb. 4, at the gallery. The Shellys will be in attendance, and complimentary refreshments will be served.

Ian Shelly (www.ianshelly.com) is an assistant professor of art at Western Illinois University, where he teaches ceramics and 3D design courses. He and Natalie (www.natalieshelly.com) reside in Macomb, Illinois, where she is the ceramics coordinator and educator for the Macomb Park District Ceramics Studio.

In addition to the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department, the exhibit is supported by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission through the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more exhibit information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

The Visual Arts Center Gallery is one of several departmental venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Exhibit hours for the gallery are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

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