MSU exhibit features sound, visual creations of Bluegrass State artists

February 2nd, 2015 Comments Off on MSU exhibit features sound, visual creations of Bluegrass State artists

"Spheric" by Letitia Quesenberry

“Spheric” by Letitia Quesenberry

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

Works of two Kentucky artists are on display through March 6 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery on University Drive.

Free to all, the “Audio/Optics” collaborative exhibition by Tim Barnes and Letitia Quesenberry explores relationships between audio and optical senses–and the realm of possibilities when sound itself is recognized as a fine art form.

Both artists are based in Louisville, where Barnes is the artistic director of Dreamland, a performing and visual art venue, and Quesenberry is a contemporary artist known for large-scale drawings, multimedia images and text-based sculptures.

While viewing Quesenberry’s visual images, exhibit visitors will hear Barnes’ compilation of MSU-specific recordings captured during a recent visit to the Starkville campus. Among others, these include the Famous Maroon Band and the George D. Perry Tower bells.

Barnes is an experimental percussionist and audio artist whose work has been credited with influencing areas of indie rock and New York avant jazz. He also is known for work as a commercial sound designer and contributions to the recordings of New England guitarist Matt Valentine and rock band Sonic Youth, among other achievements. For more, see

Over her career, Quesenberry has been honored with a Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship and Kentucky Arts Council Fellowship, as well as selection for an artist residency at Wyoming’s Ucross Foundation. In addition to Kentucky and Indiana, her works have been featured at galleries in New York and Ohio. For more, see

Adrienne Callander of MSU’s art department is exhibit curator. Now in her third year teaching art appreciation, sculpture and design courses, she is the department’s exhibition coordinator and adviser to the Fiber and Paper Arts Club.

In addition to the College of Architecture, Art and Design–of which the art department is a part–the exhibition and related events are made possible with support from the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

The University Drive unit is among several department galleries that regularly feature traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists, among other special events. Viewing hours are noon-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Saturday.

MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program, offering a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Additional information on this and other exhibits may be obtained from Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or

A an opening reception was held on January 29:

After the reception, the artists presented a musical display in the Metal Shop in Howell Hall. Check out the photos by Megan Bean | MSU:

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