Bostic featured as ‘Our People’ on MSU website

June 16th, 2016 Comments Off on Bostic featured as ‘Our People’ on MSU website

Alex Bostic - Art Department professor in home painting studio - for Our People feature. (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Alex Bostic (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

For Alex Bostic, the road to a successful art career began with a spark of imagination—literally.

At the age of seven, he discovered his artistic talents with help from his older brother Charles and a make-believe game of “war” the two played using wood matches.

“One day, a woman who lived next door came out and told us to stop, but we just kept playing. Ten minutes later, a fire truck showed up,” Bostic said. “The firemen who came gave us a ride to the fire station, and the fire chief told us he didn’t want us playing with matches anymore. Instead, he gave us paper and pencils and said, ‘I want you to draw.’”

Bostic ultimately presented nearly 10 fire truck drawings to the fire chief, who put them on display in the fire station’s community announcement box. “That was basically my gallery for two to three years before we moved,” Bostic said with a smile.

Always the “art guy” in school, Bostic started receiving private art lessons in seventh grade from his beloved teacher, Ellen Kuenzel. To this day, mentor and student make it a point to speak at least three times a month over the phone.

After completing associate in arts, bachelor of fine arts and master of arts degrees, Bostic landed his first job as a greeting card designer for Hallmark. He worked for a time in advertising before deciding to join the U.S. Navy as an illustrator draftsman. Prior to teaching stints at California’s Woodbury University, Kansas City Art Institute and Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, Bostic worked as a concept artist for the film industry in Hollywood. Later on, a 23-year career at Virginia Commonwealth University opened the door for drawing and graphic work for big-name clients, like NASA.

Now in his sixth year as an associate professor of drawing at MSU, Bostic is passionate about providing his students with a solid foundation in the arts. Focus and determination to succeed are concepts he emphasizes in the classroom.

“Learning to draw and think in a sequential way is important,” Bostic said. “If you’re a thinker who can draw creative ideas, you can make a living with your craft and use your talents to change lives.”

As the southeast director for the U.S. Air Force Art Program, Bostic has lent his talents while documenting tragic events in countries such as Germany, Haiti and Japan. His paintings, as well as works by artists from other branches of the military, are on display at The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Specializing in portraiture, Bostic is fascinated with the human figure and seeks to make a connection with the human condition through his artwork. Regardless of the subject matter, his goal always is to have fun.

“Art is a really good escape,” Bostic said. “I get to create something every day.”

Angi Bourgeois named MSU art department head

June 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Angi Bourgeois named MSU art department head

Angi Bourgeois - Department of Art faculty - studio headshot (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Angi Bourgeois (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A longtime faculty member in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is the new permanent leader of its art department.

Since 2014, Angi Elsea Bourgeois has headed the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program on an interim basis. Her permanent appointment begins July 1.

In making the announcement, Dean Jim West said Bourgeois “brings broad experience in administrative responsibilities to this critical leadership role,” adding that he is confident “the department will flourish and the College of Architecture, Art and Design will benefit from her leadership as well.”

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

Since joining the Mississippi State faculty in 2002, Bourgeois has taught a variety of art history courses and has climbed the academic ranks with a promotion to professor coinciding with her new appointment.

“I have spent my career as a member of this great department and am constantly in awe of the amazing work that is created by our students and our faculty every day,” Bourgeois said. “I am excited to lead the department into the future, growing our strengths and expanding our mission in the coming years.”

Earlier this year, she was elected to a two-year term as secretary for the Italian Arts Society, an international scholarly organization where she has been a member since 2004.

Bourgeois 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

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