Watercolor paintings garner national, global recognition for MSU’s Funderburk

March 29th, 2018 Comments Off on Watercolor paintings garner national, global recognition for MSU’s Funderburk

MSU art professor Brent Funderburk works on a watercolor painting in the studio at his Starkville home. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Mississippi State University William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art Brent Funderburk stands with one of his award-winning watercolor paintings, “Oaxaca.” Funderburk is retiring this May after nearly 36 years at MSU. (Photo submitted)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Colorful creations by Mississippi State University’s William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art are featured this spring in multiple national and international exhibitions.

Brent Funderburk, a longtime faculty member and former head of the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Department of Art, received a “Judge’s Recognition Award” in the recent 11th Biennial National Art Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Florida.

His watercolor work “Today” was selected by juror Steven J. Levin as one of 136 works out of 547 entries from 35 states and four countries. Biennial prizes totaled nearly $8,000 in a show considered one of the nation’s most prestigious exhibitions. Levin noted in the exhibition awards program that Funderburk’s work presented “an unusual concept enhanced by wonderfully vibrant color.”

Also, Funderburk’s painting “Montem Somnia” will appear in the upcoming 42nd Annual Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s National Exhibition. Chosen by juror John Salminen, the work will be available for viewing May 5-Aug. 5 at the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

One of more than 7,100 submitted entries, Funderburk’s watercolor painting “Oaxaca” is a Still Life/Interiors Award recipient for The Artist’s Magazine 34th Annual Art Competition.  Selected by juror Jaye Schlesinger, the piece appears with 42 others in the March 2018 issue and will be featured in future issues of the international publication.

Another of Funderburk’s watercolor paintings “Passiflora” will be featured in the National Watercolor Society’s 2018 Member’s Exhibition at the NWS Gallery in San Pedro, California. The jury-selected piece can be seen in the exhibition that runs from May 3-June 30 with a reception and awards ceremony on May 5. Juror for the show is Dreamworks Animation artist/designer Mike Hernandez.

A North Carolina native, Funderburk is retiring this May after nearly 36 years at MSU. Over the decades, he has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence, Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence and Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence awards. He also is a 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award recipient.

Funderburk, a fine arts graduate of East Carolina University, also has served as the art department’s fine-arts thesis coordinator. Courses he has taught include painting survey, watercolor, watermedia, senior thesis and advanced studio.

In 2010, Funderburk was named official artist for the Jackson-based USA International Ballet Competition. For additional biographical information, visit www.brentfunderburk.com.

Celebrating its 50th year, MSU’s Department of Art is the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

Check out the story in the university’s Maroon Memo.

2017 Guggenheim Fellow Joseph DeLappe discusses work

March 28th, 2018 Comments Off on 2017 Guggenheim Fellow Joseph DeLappe discusses work

Photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Joseph DeLappe, Professor of Games and Tactical Media at Abertay University and a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, delivered a discussion on his collection of works that disrupt social and political norms on Wed., March 21 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union’s Fowlkes Auditorium

“DeLappe’s work on gaming art, electromechanical installation and digital performance critically examines themes pertaining to surveillance, military occupation/technology and online interaction/connectivity. In dead-in-iraq (2006) DeLappe created an avatar to occupy the online gaming site, America’s Army. The piece served as an online intervention, using passive disruption of game play. He used the online message board within the game to type the names of US causalities from the Iraq War. Recently, he collaborated on Killbox, an interactive computer game that examines the use and after-effects of UAV/drone warfare (with the Biome Collective in Scotland). Killbox was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) as “Best Computer Game.”

Reviews of his work have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, and numerous articles and books. He has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, CBC, and The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio. He has authored two book chapters, including “The Gandhi Complex: The Mahatma in Second Life” in Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design, (New York, Routledge 2011) and “Playing Politics: Machinima as Live Performance and Document” in Understanding Machinima Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds (London, UK, Continuum 2012). Previously, DeLappe directed the Digital Media program at the University of Nevada-Reno for over two decades.

Additional Artist Info: www.delappe.net

Opera performance to showcase Department of Art illustrations

March 27th, 2018 Comments Off on Opera performance to showcase Department of Art illustrations

On April 6 and 7, the Mississippi State University Opera Workshop program is hosting family-friendly performances of scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s operas. (Original illustration by Ginnie Hsu)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Under the direction of internationally acclaimed soprano Roza Tulyaganova, the Mississippi State University Opera Workshop is hosting two performances of scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s operas.

The family-friendly performances take place at 7:30 p.m. April 6 and 7 at First United Methodist Church’s Connection Center. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and MSU students with ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Cathy Evans in the Department of Music at 662-325-3070.

The downtown Connection Center is located a short distance east of the church at the intersection of East Lampkin and South Washington streets in Starkville.

Considered by many to be some of the greatest vocal compositions, Mozart’s operas touch on a wide variety of topics—love, loss, intrigue, class conflict and passion—and are as relevant today as when they were written. Combining scenes from four of Mozart’s major operas, “Dreaming of Mozart” tells the story of two young people who, after getting lost in the woods and falling asleep, wake up to find themselves within Mozart’s operas.

“Roza Tulyaganova has created a story that connects the scenes in a way that allows the audience to enjoy and follow the story without knowing the synopses of the operas themselves,” said Ryan Landis, MSU voice instructor. “Originally written for orchestra, this production will feature the MSU Faculty Wind Quintet.”

Throughout the program, original illustrations by students in MSU’s Department of Art will be projected on a screen behind the performers. The illustrations were completed under the guidance of MSU Assistant Professor Shih  “Ginnie” Hsu.

A native of Uzbekistan, Tulyaganova is an MSU assistant professor of voice and opera. The Opera Workshop program provides music majors and non-majors with opportunities to perform a wide variety of opera, musical theatre and operetta music.

Recent Opera Workshop productions include a fully staged performance of the Baroque opera “Dido and Aeneas”; well-known Broadway musicals “Ragtime,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Into the Woods”; and “Bulldogs on Broadway,” a Cabaret performance produced by Mississippi Opera in Jackson.

For more Opera Workshop information, contact Tulyaganova at rozat@colled.msstate.edu.

Part of MSU’s College of Education, the nationally accredited Department of Music is online at www.music.msstate.edu, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MSStateMusic.

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

From the Gallery – March 2018

March 20th, 2018 Comments Off on From the Gallery – March 2018

MSU art student receives international honor from Creative Quarterly

March 20th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU art student receives international honor from Creative Quarterly

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A student in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is being honored by one of the world’s top design publications.

Senior art/graphic design major Lori L. Nesbitt of Winona is one of only four university students selected by an international panel of jurors to receive a Certificate of Excellence in the Fine Art-Student category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design.

Titled “Self Portrait,” her watercolor painting will be featured in CQ Journal’s Issue 50 and online gallery at www.cqjournal.com. Selected from a large pool of entries from students across the U.S. and several countries, Nesbitt’s work also will serve as cover art for the upcoming issue of the MSU Department of English’s literary journal “Jabberwock Review.”

Nesbitt completed her winning artwork in 2017 under the instruction of MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Brent Funderburk.

“Lori’s portrait is one of the best undergraduate student works I’ve seen in any show,” Funderburk said. “Her research regimen is very mature, and her execution in a difficult medium is acrobatic, as well as beautiful.”

Celebrating its 50th year, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

MSU student work selected for Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibit

March 7th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU student work selected for Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibit

“Flowers” by Mississippi State University senior Claire M. Burgett of Old Hickory, Tennessee, received a Juror’s Award in Mixed Media during the current 2018 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Twenty-five works of art by 17 current Mississippi State University students and one alumnus are featured through Saturday [March 10] in the Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibit at the University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford.

Dan Brawner, graphic design professor at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, served as juror for the competition, which is now in its 68th year. The statewide juried competition is designed to showcase the high quality of visual arts education taking place in Mississippi higher education.

Of 693 entries from 10 four-year colleges and universities, 100 works were selected. In addition to MSU, students represent Delta State University, Jackson State University, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Mississippi Valley State University, Mississippi University for Women, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University.

MSU’s 2018 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibitors include (by hometown):

ABERDEEN—Reagan N. Huffman, a senior art/graphic design major.

BRANDON— Ki’erre Dawkins, an art/fine arts bachelor’s graduate; Lexus S. Giles, a senior art/fine arts major; and Jordan C. Knight, a senior art/fine arts major.

CLEVELAND—Justice B. Williams, a senior art/graphic design and photography major.

MADISON—Anna K. “Katie” Erickson, a senior art/graphic design major who received the Juror’s Award in Graphic Design for her piece “Mad Mary’s”; and Nicolette L. “Niki” Johnson, a senior art/fine arts major.

MAYHEW—Robert W. Lewis, a senior art/photography major.

OLD HICKORY, Tennessee—Claire M. Burgett, a senior art/fine arts major who received the Juror’s Award in Mixed Media for her work “Flowers.”

OXFORD—Mary M. Jackson, a sophomore art major.

REX, Georgia—Dionicio D. “Dion” Coleman, a senior art/fine arts major.

RIDGELAND—Mary E. Moore, a senior art/graphic design major.

STARKVILLE—Canaan Griffin, a senior art/graphic design major; Sammira G. Rais-Rohani, a senior biological engineering/biomedical engineering major; and Todd M. Rowan, a junior art major.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia—April M. Porter, a senior art/graphic design major.

WINONA—Lori L. Nesbitt, a senior art/graphic design major.

YAZOO CITY—Catherine E. Remington, a senior art/fine arts major.

Celebrating its 50th year, MSU’s Department of Art is the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

Dominic Lippillo honored with 2018 South Arts State Fellowship

March 6th, 2018 Comments Off on Dominic Lippillo honored with 2018 South Arts State Fellowship

“Pond,” an ink jet print from Dominic Lippillo’s “Stories We Tell Ourselves” series

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A faculty member in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is being recognized for his role in advancing Southern vitality through the arts.

Dominic Lippillo, an associate professor in the university’s Department of Art, is among nine visual artists from around the region receiving a $5,000 State Fellowship from Atlanta, Georgia-based nonprofit South Arts. In addition to Mississippi, this year’s recipients represent Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Selected from nearly 700 visual artists by a panel of four jurors, the State Fellowship recipients now are in consideration for the South Arts Southern Prize, which includes $25,000 and a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia. One fellow also will be named a finalist and receive a $10,000 prize.

All of the award winners will be recognized at an April 16 ceremony in New Orleans.

Now in their second year, the South Arts State Fellowships and Southern Prize mission is to celebrate and support the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. Visual artists living in South Arts’ nine-state region and producing crafts, drawing, experimental art, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and multidisciplinary work are eligible to apply. For more, visit www.southarts.org.

“We are very proud to support Southern artists,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “These State Fellows reflect the richly diverse arts and culture of our region, and each offers a distinct viewpoint with their work and background. The Southern Prize and State Fellowships are an important vehicle for artistic and professional growth of artists in the South.”

An MSU faculty member since 2010, Lippillo earned his bachelor’s in photography from Youngstown State University in 2005 and master’s in photography from Ohio University in 2009. Digital photography and photography survey are among courses Lippillo has taught at MSU.

Lippillo’s solo and collaborative work addresses ideas pertaining to memory, space and place, and vernacular photographic images. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Photographic Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and universities of Alabama and North Dakota.

His work also has been published in the journal “Exposure” and in the supplement of images accompanying Bruce Warren’s textbook “Photography: The Concise Guide” (2nd Edition, March 2011). Lippillo’s other honors include a 2013 MSU Faculty Research Award and 2016 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship. For more, visit https://dominic-lippillo.pixpa.com.

Celebrating 50 years at MSU, the Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

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