Artistic creations by MSU students get worldwide spotlight

March 31st, 2016 Comments Off on Artistic creations by MSU students get worldwide spotlight

“Bird Eyes,” a watercolor self-portrait by senior Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison, is among the works by MSU students to be featured in the summer issue of Creative Quarterly, one of the world’s premier art and design publications. (Photo submitted by Katie Erickson)

“Bird Eyes,” a watercolor self-portrait by senior Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison, is among the works by MSU students to be featured in the summer issue of Creative Quarterly, one of the world’s premier art and design publications. (Photo submitted by Katie Erickson)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works by five art majors in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design are being featured in a major international publication.

Based in New York City, Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design showcases graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art works of talented students and professionals worldwide.

A watercolor self-portrait titled “Bird Eyes” by Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison, a sophomore art/graphic design and photography major, took first-place honors in the Fine Art/Student category. It will appear in CQ’s summer issue.

Erickson’s “Fragile,” winner of the 2016 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition Juror’s Award in Painting, also received a runner-up award in the same category.

In CQ’s most recent issue, senior art/fine arts major Jillian N. Wilson of Ocean Springs was a runner-up in the Fine Art/Student category.

The issue also includes creations of Kaiyla T. Barber of Paulding, Austin R. Grove of Clinton and Jordan R. Hankinson of Collierville, Tennessee. All senior art/graphic design majors, they received runner-up honors in the Advertising/Student category.

In addition to Barnes & Noble and other major retail bookstores, issues of the publication may be purchased online at www.CQJournal.com.

Department of Art holds special demonstration

March 31st, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art holds special demonstration

(Photos by Lori Neuenfeldt)

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Funderburk receives 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

March 30th, 2016 Comments Off on Funderburk receives 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

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Brent Funderburk, an MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art, has been named a 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipient. (Photo by Russ Houston / Mississippi State University)

Brent Funderburk, an MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art, has been named a 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipient. (Photo by Russ Houston / Mississippi State University)

Recipients of the 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards were announced by the Southeastern Conference office on Wednesday. These annual awards recognize faculty members from every SEC university who have outstanding records in teaching, research and scholarship.
To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the individual must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.
“The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards provide a unique opportunity for our conference to recognize the work of world renowned faculty members from each of our 14 universities,” said Nicholas S. Zeppos, Chancellor of Vanderbilt University and President of the Southeastern Conference. “This year’s winners represent some of the brightest and most accomplished individuals in their disciplines, and I offer each of them my sincerest congratulations.”
SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners receive a $5,000 honorarium from the Southeastern Conference and become his or her university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. The&nbspSEC Professor of the Year, to be named in April, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the SEC Awards Dinner.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said, “The SEC is honored to support the scholarship and research of these 14 men and women, who represent nearly 14,000 full time, tenured professors in the SEC. We appreciate all they have done to empower and encourage students to make a difference, and to positively showcase the Southeastern Conference within the region and around the world.”
Selected by a committee of SEC Provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, which sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities.
Below are the 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients.
University of Alabama, Seth Panitch, Professor of Theatre
University of Arkansas, Dr. Rodolfo Nayga, Jr., Professor and Tyson Chair in Food Policy Economics
Auburn University, Dr. Hanqin Tian, Solon and Martha Dixon Endowed Professor
University of Florida, Dr. Jose Principe, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of Georgia, Dr. Milton Masciadri, Distinguished University Professor of Music
University of Kentucky, Dr. W. Brent Seales, Professor of Computer Science
Louisiana State University, Dr. Isiah Warner, Boyd Professor of LSU System
University of Mississippi, Dr. Joey Granger, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor
Mississippi State University, T. Brent Funderburk, William L. Giles Distinguished Professor
University of Missouri, Dr. Glen Cameron, Professor of Journalism
University of South Carolina, Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor
University of Tennessee, Dr. Susan Riechert, Distinguished Service Professor
Texas A&M University, Dr. Rafael Lara-Alecio, Regents Professor of Educational Psychology
Vanderbilt University, Dr. Sankaran Mahadevan, John R. Murray, Sr., Professor of Engineering
About SECU
The Southeastern Conference sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its fourteen member universities. The goals of the SECU academic initiative include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty and universities; advancing the merit and reputation of SEC universities outside of the traditional SEC region; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel. To connect with SECU online – www.TheSECU.com; on Facebook – TheSECU; on Twitter – @TheSECU; on Instagram –@TheSECUniversity; and on YouTube – SECUniversity.

MSU spring student exhibit showcases fine art, graphic design, photography creations

March 29th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU spring student exhibit showcases fine art, graphic design, photography creations

“Hymnal Chapel” by sophomore art/photography major Kenan M. Simpkins from Madison, is among 79 student creations being featured March 31-April 8 in the MSU art department’s student juried exhibition. (Submitted photo by Kenan Simpkins)

“Hymnal Chapel” by sophomore art/photography major Kenan M. Simpkins from Madison, is among 79 student creations being featured March 31-April 8 in the MSU art department’s student juried exhibition. (Submitted photo by Kenan Simpkins)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

The Mississippi State art department’s 44th Student Juried Exhibition opens Thursday [March 31] at the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

Free to all, the ground-floor exhibition through April 8 features 79 works selected from nearly 350 fine art, graphic design and photography creations submitted for consideration.

A public reception for the exhibitors will be held 5-6 p.m. on March 31 in the same location. Light refreshments will be provided.

Best in Show and honorable mention prizes will be presented in the fine art, graphic design and photography categories. Many of the students’ works will be available for purchase.

Fine art, graphic design and photography judges for this semester’s exhibition were, respectively, Ryan Cobourn, a New York painter, designer and photographer; James Louis Walker, a multidisciplinary graphic designer and educator in Texas; and Laura Larson, an Ohio-based photographer.

MSU’s art department is part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. The McComas art gallery is among several departmental venues regularly featuring traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists.

Special gallery hours for the exhibition in McComas Hall are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, as well as by appointment.

For additional information on this latest exhibit, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator of the MSU art department’s gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Art history students work on research for Cobb Institute

March 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Art history students work on research for Cobb Institute

By Lori Neuenfeldt, gallery director and instructor

Art History I students have been working this semester with the Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archeology and Derek Anderson, outreach coordinator for the museum, to research items in their collections.

Items are Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Etruscan and Ancient Roman. These items have had limited research done on them and in many cases nothing is known about them.

Students worked at the Cobb Museum to experience how to properly handle the objects and research them through a visual analysis to understand more about where they came from and how they might have been used. Their research will be given to the Cobb Institute to keep in the museum records of the objects.

Reception held for ‘Silk Unraveled’ exhibit

March 4th, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Silk Unraveled’ exhibit

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(Photos by Aaron McElfish)

A reception was held on Thursday [March 3] “Silk Unraveled: A Revealing Look at the History and Use of Silk Fabric,” an exhibit featuring objects from the university’s Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, Mississippi Entomological Museum, Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology, MSU Herbarium and geosciences department.

The exhibit will remain on display in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery (second floor of the MSU Welcome Center) through March 29.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; other times, by appointment.

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‘Silk Unraveled’ exhibit opens Thursday

March 1st, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Silk Unraveled’ exhibit opens Thursday

MSU’s Cullis Wade Deport Art Gallery is featuring a March 3-29 exhibition titled “Silk Unraveled: A Revealing Look at the History and Use of Silk Fabric.” (Photo by Brianna Williams)

MSU’s Cullis Wade Deport Art Gallery is featuring a March 3-29 exhibition titled “Silk Unraveled: A Revealing Look at the History and Use of Silk Fabric.” (Photo by Brianna Williams)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State exhibition opening Thursday [March 3] will explore the history, creation and use of an insect-derived luxury fabric first developed by ancient civilizations.

Free to all through March 29 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, “Silk Unraveled: A Revealing Look at the History and Use of Silk Fabric” features objects from the university’s Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, Mississippi Entomological Museum, Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology, MSU Herbarium and geosciences department.

Also free to all is a 5-6 p.m. opening reception Thursday [the 3rd] at the gallery. Refreshments will be provided.

The gallery is located on the second floor of MSU’s Welcome Center that adjoins the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Mississippi State. Beginning Friday [the 4th], gallery hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; other times, by appointment.

With archaeological artifacts from Greek, Roman and Persian empires to entomological specimens to 19th and 20th-century fashions, the exhibition is designed to give visitors a better appreciation of silk’s importance from Old World origins to the modern age.

“Through its associations with luxury, comfort and aesthetic appeal, silk is a material that continues to fascinate people,” said Lori Neuenfeldt. “Items from this exhibit will educate and help visitors in understanding the impact of this wonderful material.”

Neuenfeldt is the MSU art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs and the exhibit’s curator.

In addition to her department, Neuenfeldt said the exhibition is made possible by support from the university’s School of Human Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, history professor Shu-Hui Wu, geosciences associate professor Shrinidhi Ambinakudige and associate extension professor John Guyton.

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

A major unit of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the 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).

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