From the Gallery – October 2017

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‘Color’ One Night Only show features illustrations, paintings

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A One Night Only show, “Color,” was held on Thurs., Oct. 26.

The show featured a variety of color pieces from students Lauryn Rody, Kate Webb and Danny Clark.

Rody showed illustration pieces; Webb showcased several abstract paintings, and Clark highlighted four paintings.

Read more about this semester’s shows.

MSU student raingarden collaboration garners national recognition

October 26th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU student raingarden collaboration garners national recognition

By | Vanessa Beeson

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University is receiving a national award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The MSU raingarden, funded by a $20,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, has been honored in the society’s student collaboration category. MSU team members accepted the award at the society’s annual meeting and expo in Los Angeles this week [Oct. 20-23]. 

Cory Gallo, associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, said landscape architecture and graphic design students worked side-by-side throughout the process of building a sustainable water management demonstration garden.

“The concerted effort wrapped up during a cross-college design/build class this spring,” said Gallo, who led the class alongside Suzanne Powney, assistant professor in graphic design. “Both landscape architects and graphic designers partner often in the real world and each discipline fosters different perspectives. This project gave students a chance to learn from each other by viewing the same problem from different angles.”

Gallo also said several others played a vital role, specifically MSU Facilities Management.

Tommy Verdell Jr., associate director of MSU Facilities Management, said the experience was a chance for his team to help out in the classroom.

“We were privileged to be a part of that whole academic enterprise and to see the skills of the students develop and grow,” Verdell said.  

Rodney Barksdale, carpentry supervisor, also was involved in the work.

“The best part was being able to interact with the students to share what I’ve learned over the years and then see them put the pieces together,” Barksdale said.

Caitlin Buckner, a landscape architecture senior and Starkville native, said the experience taught her several new skills including “how to fit pipes, cut boards and make water flow out of the cistern.”  

Graphic design senior and Madison, Alabama native, Lauryn Rody, said the project opened her eyes to options within the graphic design field.

“We had to demonstrate how the garden worked and employ processes like wayfinding. It went much further than the basic principles of graphic design,” Rody said.

Other MSU collaborators on the garden included the Bagley College of Engineering; Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Art and Design; and the Water Resources Research Institute.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Read the story in the Clarion Ledger here.

MYTH-issippi lecture held on October 19

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By Kelsey Brownlee, Mississippi State University student

“Myth-issippi: How Art Makes Place” was an illustrated talk by Brent Funderburk –  W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art at Mississippi State University –  followed by a musical performance in the Colvard Student Union Dawghouse on Thurs., Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Also premiered was the newly renovated Dawghouse and the mural “Black Prairie, Mississippi, World,”created by MSU art students Shawna Williams and Randi Watson.

After Funderburk’s talk,W.L. Giles Distinguished Professors of Entomology Richard Brown and Funderburk talked on life and culture on our unique Black(belt) Prairie, which then turned into a concert of Blues music performed by Caleb Childs and the Blues Review, featuring Dr. Brown on harmonica.

MSU Department of Art gallery director featured in Tupelo newspaper

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Lori Neuenfeldt (photo by Adam Robison via djournal.com)

By Scott Morris | via Daily Journal

Mississippi State University’s Moore Hall houses a roomful of colorful history.

“We have approximately 2,000 objects,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, instructor and gallery director.

Specifically, the MSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection preserves clothes, shoes and accessories. The oldest item dates back to the 1840s. Some were for everyday wear, others strictly reserved for special occasions.

“We don’t repair. We preserve them and protect them,” Neuenfeldt said. “We don’t try to bring them back to life. We’re more interested in the stories they have to tell.”

Some might not think of fashion as a serious topic, but it touches every aspect of human life. The differences between a store-bought silk dress and a handmade wool dress can speak to class, economic development, regional trends and down-to-earth realities of human existence.

“All of the garments have been worn by people,” Neuenfeldt said. “They have been lived in.”

In the past, clothes were constructed with the future in mind. A man’s coat or a woman’s dress could be passed down to children and siblings. Every ripped seam required needle and thread, rather than a trip to the department store or mall.

“If we get a hole in a shirt, unless it’s a favorite, favorite shirt, we don’t repair it,” Neuenfeldt said. “Victorians passed clothing down for generations and generations.”

When people first hear about a costume collection, they can get the wrong idea.

“They say, ‘Oh, I like the theater,’” she said. “No, costume is the academic term for historical fashion.”

But there has been theatrical interest. Professors and students from the University of Southern Mississippi traveled to Starkville for close-up views.

“They were interested in how they made those 1890s puffy sleeves,” Neuenfeldt said, holding up an example. “You can feel the horse hair in there that makes this leg-of-mutton-style sleeve.”

The visitors wanted to reproduce clothes for the stage. In the search for historical accuracy, they might use hooks and eyes, which were the norm until the zipper came into wide use during the 1930s.

“It was exciting for me to have them come,” Neuenfeldt said, “because they could elaborate on the construction of the clothing.”

The collection is affiliated with MSU’s fashion design and marketing program, so students can inspect and observe.

“It’s helping me learn the history and construction of clothing,” said Water Valley’s Taylor Anne Trusty, a freshman student worker who puts information about the collection into a searchable database. “I’ve learned fashion repeats itself. We tend to just make small changes to clothes over the years.”

Most changes are cosmetic, but others respond to momentous world events.

“During the 1940s,” Neuenfeldt said, “they had restrictions. People had to give their material to the war effort.”

If given the chance to add one piece to the collection, she might ask for a Christian Dior dress from 1947 or ’48. Dior remains a widely known luxury brand, but the time period is equally important when it comes to telling a story through fashion.

“Post World War II, Christian Dior introduced full skirts and used more yards of fabric than had been used in years,” Neuenfeldt said. “A lot of people saw it and said, ‘This is his way of saying the war was over.’”

Dior had his critics. Europe was devastated by the fighting. The end of open warfare didn’t rebuild homes, bring back jobs and return loved ones.

“Some were offended by the use of the fabric because there was so much poverty, and people were spending money on what many would consider frivolous fashion,” she said. “A Dior would symbolize so much about history.”

The collection has the capacity to surprise, as when visitors marvel at how long it would take to lace up an old-school pair of boots.

It also can offend. Several items incorporate fur, which was considered a symbol of status. Men wore their raccoon coats and women had their mink stoles. Babies even got into the act.

“We have a pair of baby slippers that look like rabbits and have rabbit fur on them,” Neuenfeldt said.

The collection focuses on U.S. items, but there are some international objects, including a pair of silk Chinese binding slippers.

“A female of high status would have her feet bound when she was younger,” Neuenfeldt said. “It would prevent them from growing. Small feet were considered beautiful. A lot of times the foot would grow around it. They would not be able to walk very well. They had to be carried.”

That might seem shocking, but Chinese women aren’t the only ones who underwent pain to attain a cultural ideal of beauty. Tight-fitting corsets are mostly in the past, but high heels are still exacting their price, and many women consider the cost worth it.

“Again, it’s a status symbol,” Neuenfeldt said. “Because you’re wearing high heels, you’re not doing hard labor. It sends a message. People will interpret the things you wear.”

The collection room at Moore Hall has undergone renovations in recent years. The carpet was removed and metal shelving was installed. Windows were covered to keep out natural light that could damage fragile fabrics.

“We have electronic devices that monitor the temperature and the humidity,” she said. “We need to maintain 67 degrees to keep the garments happy.”

Though space is limited, there’s room for more. Neuenfeldt isn’t interested in repeating items, but there are holes in MSU’s colorful collection of history. To make a donation or arrange a tour, go to www.historiccostume.msstate.edu.

Visitors will find themselves within one degree of separation between the present day and nearly 180 years of intimate human history.

“Really,” Neuenfeldt said, “you can study everything from clothing.”

Brent Funderburk’s ‘Angelus Vitae’ in noted national showcase

October 14th, 2017 Comments Off on Brent Funderburk’s ‘Angelus Vitae’ in noted national showcase

“Angelus Vitae”, 22″ x 38″, watercolor, 2017 | Brent Funderburk

Brent Funderburk, a long time Mississippi State University professor, has one of his artworks showing in a national juried exhibition for the month of October.

Funderburk’s “Angelus Vitae” a watercolor painting, was chosen by juror Stephen Quiller to be exhibited in the 44th Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, showing at the Evergreen Center for the Arts in Evergreen, Co., from Sept. 16 to Oct. 28. A reception for the artists was held on Sept. 16.

Funderburk

Quiller, a noted painter and author, chose 73 works from 549 entries submitted. In his interview with Southwest Art Magazine (September, 2017), Quiller stated that “one of the draws for many artists is the show’s reputation for experimentation.” A color catalog has been produced for the exhibit, which is viewed as one of the best exhibits showcasing watermedia painters in the United States.

According to Funderburk, “Angelus Vitae,” ‘angel of life,’ emerged out of a need to express gratitude for the female – mother; wife; lover; muse. The impulse that runs through the series is an exposition of Her varied appearances, in the still air of close objects, in vast space, and in the intimations of dreams. 

Funderburk, a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at Mississippi State, has taught there since 1982, serving as department head, senior fine art coordinator and fine art coordinator.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. 

See the story at msstate.edu.

Read about it in the Maroon Memo.

 

International photo competition honors Dominic Lippillo

October 13th, 2017 Comments Off on International photo competition honors Dominic Lippillo

“Car Lot” is among 10 images by MSU art faculty member Dominic Lippillo selected for judging in Photolucida’s 2017 Critical Mass portfolio competition. (Photo submitted/courtesy of Dominic Lippillo)

Photographic images by Dominic Lippillo of Mississippi State have been honored among top finalists in Photolucida’s 2017 Critical Mass portfolio competition.

A nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, Photolucida works to “expand, inspire, educate and connect” photography communities around the world. The CM competition involves submissions of 10-image portfolios.

Lippillo, an associate professor in the university’s art department, is among 200 whose entries were selected for final review by an international panel of professionals representing a range of photographic interests.

Lippillo’s portfolio entry comes from a series titled “Stories We Tell Ourselves,” which may be viewed at https://dominic-lippillo.pixpa.com/solowork/stories-we-tell-ourselves1.  

A department member since 2010, he also was honored last year with a Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship Grant.

“This latest recognition of Dom’s work not only supports the outstanding research reputation of the university, but also helps us continue to push our students to greater excellence,” said Angi E. Bourgeois, department head.

MSU is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program, and the department is makings plans for a master of fine arts degree in photography, Bourgeois said. Lippillo’s achievements “help demonstrate further the strength of our photography concentration,” she added.

Lippillo is a 2005 fine arts/photography graduate of Youngstown (Ohio) State University, with a master’s degree in the major completed at Ohio University. For more biographical information, see www.caad.msstate.edu/art/artdirectory.php.

His photographic and video creations explore aspects of memory, the domestic and space-versus-place, with works now in permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, and the universities of Alabama and North Dakota.

MSU’s art department is part of College of Architecture, Art and Design, online at www.caad.msstate.edu.

See the article at msstate.edu.

See the story in the Maroon Memo.

Noted painter to give lecture and workshop on MSU campus

October 13th, 2017 Comments Off on Noted painter to give lecture and workshop on MSU campus

“Reflections in Marseilles, France” (18″ x 24″, on linen) | Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee

By Brent Funderburk

Matthew Lee, plein air painter and architect, will lecture and give a student workshop on the Mississippi State University campus in October. Lee is an alumnus of MSU where he received a BA in Architecture with a minor in Art in 1989.

Lee will present a public lecture “In Colored Air: Painting in the Heart of Nature” from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fazio Jury Room of Giles Hall (first floor, CAAD/Architecture Building) on Thurs., Oct. 26. The illustrated talk is free of charge.

Born in Paris, France, Lee’s childhood years gave him the opportunity to see the art and architecture of the Louvre, the Versailles Palace, the painter’s square at Montmartre, cathedrals, the European countryside and shore, and many other landmarks. The rich culture of France was deeply imprinted on his life. Lee was a U. S. Fulbright Scholar in 1991-1992 where he studied temples murals and architecture in Sri Lanka. He will bring this love of the landscape, color and outdoor painting into a three-day en plein air workshop with advanced painting students from Oct. 24–26. Samples of his artwork may be seen at matthewleestudio.com.

In addition to his interest in painting, Lee is also a licensed architect and practiced architecture full time for 22 years prior to launching a full-time art business in Memphis, Tenn.

The lecture and workshop is supported by the Mississippi State University Department of Art; the College of Architecture, Art and Design; and MSU painting concentration students.

For more information, please contact Brent Funderburk, W. L. Giles Professor of Art, 662-325-2970, bfunderburk@caad.sstate.edu.

See the story at msstate.edu.

Read the story in The Columbus Dispatch.

Read the story about the workshop in The Starkville Daily News.

Department of Art holds fall 2017 ‘One Night Only’ shows

October 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art holds fall 2017 ‘One Night Only’ shows

Images and information via Kenan Simpkins, Fall 2017 “One Night Only” show leader

Each semester, the Department of Art hosts a few “One Night Only” shows as a chance for students to exhibit their work.

This semester, the series is titled Back To Basics, with each show featuring a certain element of design.

The first show, “Value,” was held Sept. 28 and featured photographic work from Chauncey Mangum and Kamau Bostic. 

The second show, “Texture,” was held on Oct 3 and featured varied texture pieces from Elizabeth Gammill, Haylee Upton and Alison Meeler. Gammill displayed 26 hoop embroidery pieces. Upton had a variation of quilting and sewing pieces, and Meeler showcased several pieces that she created on a loom.

Remaining fall 2017 “One Night Only” show schedule:

  • Oct. 26: “Color”
  • Nov. 2: “Line”
  • Nov. 30: “Form”

Unless noted, shows are held in the Metal Shop in Howell Hall from 6:30-8 p.m.

Contact Kenan Simpkins, kms760@msstate.edu, for more information.

Download the Fall 2017 “One Night Only” show poster.

From the Gallery – September 2017

October 11th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – September 2017

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Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with College of Architecture, Art, and Design Dean Jim West about “the college of making.”

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