Spring student exhibit showcases fine art, graphic design creations

March 19th, 2015 Comments Off

"The Pines" by junior art/graphic design major Lorianna A. Livingston, is among more than 170 works being featured over the next month in MSU's art department's student juried exhibition. Photo by: Submitted/Lorianna Livingston

“The Pines” by junior art/graphic design major Lorianna A. Livingston, is among more than 170 works being featured over the next month in MSU’s art department’s student juried exhibition.
Photo by: Submitted/Lorianna Livingston

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

The Mississippi State art department’s 43rd Student Juried Exhibition opens Friday [March 20] at the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

Free to all, the ground-floor exhibition through April 15 features more than 170 works.

A public reception for the exhibitors will be held 5-6 p.m. on March 26 in the same location. Light refreshments will be provided.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be presented in both fine art and graphic design categories. Many of the students’ works will be available for purchase.

Fine art and graphic design judges for this semester’s exhibition were, respectively, Kevin O’Brien, executive director of Biloxi’s Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, and Kristin Moses, founder and creative director of the DesignGood+DesignGood Studio in Austin, Texas.

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.

Regular gallery hours are 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 Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU art students attend Alabama Clay Conference

March 3rd, 2015 Comments Off


Some of the MSU students with presenter Nick Joerling.

Via Professor Robert Long, ceramics concentration coordinator

A group of ceramics students from Mississippi State University attended the 30th Alabama Clay Conference hosted by the Alabama Craft Council this past weekend in Birmingham, Ala. The conference was held at the Historic Boutwell Memorial Auditorium.

The ALCC 30 presenters were Nick Joerling from Penland, N.C; Peter Rose from Knoxville, Tenn.; and Patti Warashina from Seattle, Wash.

MSU students, the largest student group in attendance again this year, also enjoyed attending the 2nd Biannual Bunting Ceramics Symposium held next door at the Birmingham Museum of Art in conjunction with ALCC 30.

Presenters at the symposium included ceramic artist and keynote speaker Kathy Butterly, Birmingham clay artist Frank Fleming and speakers Professor Glen R. Brown, Gail Andrews, Dr. Don Wood, Dr. Graham Boettcher, Rob Hunter, Ellen Denker and Joey Brackner.

MSU Department of Art takes ‘Best in Show’ at state competition

March 3rd, 2015 Comments Off

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MSU winners in the 2015 state collegiate art competition include (l-r) Kierre Dawkins, Ronnie Robinson, Ellie Bailey, Lorianna Livingston, Thomas McBroom, Michael Wilkerson and Cameron McMaster. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

The “best” entry and seven other top award-winning works by Mississippi State art majors are on display through March 13 at The Arts Center of Mississippi in Jackson.

Now in its 65th year, the Mississippi Collegiate Arts exhibit is part of statewide juried competition involving submissions by student artists enrolled in the various four-year colleges and universities. The annual event is designed to showcase the high quality of visual arts education taking place in Mississippi higher education.

This year’s contest drew more than 700 submissions from nearly a dozen institutions. Of that number, 54 entries by MSU art majors were among nearly 140 judged worthy of inclusion in the arts center exhibit.

Best in Show honors went to senior Thomas M. McBroom of Starkville for an oil painting titled “Pig 3.” An art major concentrating in fine art/painting, he is the son of Allen and Lynn McBroom.

“This year’s dominance in both the number of entries anonymously chosen for inclusion into the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition and in the recognition of so many of our students’ works of art as the best in category and ultimately, the best in show, supports what we all believe and work for every day,” said Angi Bourgeois, MSU’s interim art department head.

Bringing prestige to “the largest and most diverse undergraduate art program in the state, these awards underscore the passion and dedication of our faculty and students, who push themselves daily to reach the highest achievements at the state level and beyond,” the associate professor added.

Jean Donegan, art department head and ceramics professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, was juror for the 2015 MCA competition.

In addition to McBroom’s top honor, the six other MSU art majors receiving Awards of Excellence included (by hometown):

BELAIR, Maryland–Junior Lorianna A. Livingston, for an oil painting titled “Self Portrait.” Concentrating in graphic design, she is the daughter of Samuel Livingston and Tammy Livingston.

BRANDON–Senior art major Kierre Dawkins, for both a watercolor painting titled “Roots” and watermedia piece titled “Entangled Web.” He is the son of Gary Dawkins and Lesia Turnage.

CARNATION, Washington–Senior Eleanor L. “Ellie” Bailey, for a charcoal and pastel piece titled “Wait.” Concentrating in fine art/drawing, she is the daughter of Ronald Bailey and Helen Duffy.

KILN–Senior Cameron A. McMaster, for “Shore Savers.” Concentrating in graphic design, he is the son of Mark and Tracy McMaster.

TUPELO–Michael J. Wilkerson, for a ceramics piece titled “Grid.” A December fine art/ceramics graduate, he is the son of Jack and Martha Wilkerson; and,

WEST POINT–Senior Ronnie B. Robinson, for a photograph titled “Act of Violence.” Concentrating in photography, she is the daughter of Ronny and Donna Robinson.

Professor Brent Funderburk, a former art department head, joined Bourgeois in extending the faculty’s congratulation to this year’s winners. “Eight of the total 12 awards were given to MSU art students — this bespeaks of our continuing preeminence as a strong regional art program,” he said.

He also expressed the department’s appreciation of Mark Wood, owner of Chalet Arts in Starkville, for “providing ‘Chalet Scholarships’ for the framing and presentation needs of students preparing artworks for the collegiate show.”

The Arts Center of Mississippi is located at 201 E. Pascagoula St. Viewing hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department 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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Call for submissions: MSU 43rd Student Juried Show

December 3rd, 2014 Comments Off


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BFA Fine Art Thesis Show features dynamic ceramics

November 13th, 2014 Comments Off

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Michael Wilkerson will present his BFA Thesis exhibit “From Nothingness” in the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery on the Mississippi State University campus. An art major from Tupelo concentrating in fine art/ceramics, Michael has been looking toward Asian cultures as inspiration for his Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis. The work is based on the Japanese tea ceremony and the Chinese rituals of Zen in which this ancient gathering is rooted. “The classical Chinese texts I’ve been reading focus a lot on the power of ‘nothingness’ and the usefulness of ‘what is not’. This ties into my ceramic work, as well as life in general. We all have a choice to make something out of the nothingness,” he explains.

Wilkerson, previously studying as a photography student, quickly changed his major to ceramics after taking Professor Robert Long’s survey class and hasn’t looked back. He says that he had always enjoyed photography and drawing, but it never felt exactly right. “I knew that I had to find something else; I just didn’t know what, and I honestly never thought I would end up in clay. So far it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made.” Wilkerson has been working on a series of teapots and tea sets for his thesis show. He says that his work reflects a sense of ritual and gathering found in the Japanese tea ceremony while also playing with the boundaries of the conventional teapot.

Wilkerson will exhibit his Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition “From Nothingness” from Nov. 20 through Dec. 5 on the second floor of the MSU Colvard Student Union in the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery. A public reception honoring the student artist will be held on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the artist will be formally presented at 5:30 p.m.

Wilkerson’s show represents the culmination of a capstone year of senior research and thesis studies, as well as four years of university foundations, survey, art history, academic and concentration area classes. The end result is the development of a significant body of work for the exhibition and portfolio in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

Mississippi State University’s Art program, a part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, is the largest undergraduate studio art program in the state of Mississippi and offers exhibits of senior work every year. For more information, contact the MSU Department of Art at 662-325-2970.

Read the story on MSU’s website by Sasha Steinberg.

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Department of art hosts bowl-making day for ‘Empty Bowls’ Project

October 13th, 2014 Comments Off


Photo by Associate Professor Critz Campbell

Via Robert Long

On September 12, Department of Art students in the advanced ceramic art classes hosted a bowl-making day for the 2014 “Empty Bowls” project.

Students in Professor Robert Long’s classes assisted students, faculty and administrators from across campus in the making of over two hundred bowls.

On World Food Day (October 16), these handmade bowls will be sold or auctioned and filled with a meal organized by the Student Dietetic Association and students in Dr. Sylvia Byrd’s nutrition classes.

The silent auction will begin at 11 a.m. in the Bost Extension Center auditorium and will be followed at 11:30 a.m. by a luncheon catered by MSU Dining Services and City Bagel.

Come join us for lunch, and buy a bowl to raise money to spotlight food security issues and awareness in our local community. The goal is to raise $5,000 to benefit local food pantries and programs such as “Backpack Buddies.”

All are welcome and encouraged to be a part of this Maroon Edition event related to the book, The Invisible Girls: A Memoir by Sarah Thebarge.

For more information, read the story on MSU’s website.

Local students complete MSU art summer camp

June 16th, 2014 Comments Off

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Ashley Bryant of McCarley (foreground) and Katherine Huang of Tupelo (background) were among recent campers taking place in the INvision summer art camp at Mississippi State. (photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Via Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

Nine students from throughout the Magnolia State are back home after spending last week at the Mississippi State art department’s INvision summer camp.

Now in its second year, the visual arts introductory program provided a week-long [June 6-13] learning experience for students 16 years and older, as well as incoming freshmen at the university, interested in pursuing academic majors in the studio fields of art and design.

Led by department faculty members and students, the camp included a variety of workshops focusing on sculpture, drawing, graphic design, letterpress, bookmaking, papermaking, painting and screen-printing.

Participants this year also worked with mural artist and illustrator Michael Roy of Moss Point and went on a nature hike with MSU artist-in-residence Marian McLellan to sketch local plants at the nearby Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

MSU graphic design graduate Lorrin Webb, owner of Wanderite Screen Print Design Studio in Starkville, returned to campus to provide campers with better appreciation of the varied career opportunities available to graduates with a fine arts degree.

At summer’s end, art works completed by the campers in a variety of media will be featured at the university’s Colvard Student Union second-floor gallery. The exhibit will be free and open to the public.

This year’s INvision participants included (by hometown):

ACKERMAN–Jaiye Gillon, the daughter of Raymond and Tricia Gillon.

BATESVILLE–Tatum Roper, the son of Cindy Roper; and James “Carson” Smith, the son of Cheryl Baird.

COLUMBUS–Ivy Williamson, the daughter of Andy and Jennifer Williamson.

McCARLEY–Ashley Bryant, the daughter of Lynn and Jearline Bryant.

OCEAN SPRINGS–Emily Koch, the daughter of Mark and Maureen Koch.

PASCAGOULA–Carly Bond, the daughter of Cleve and Carla Bond; and

TUPELO–Katherine Huang, the daughter of An-Ching and Mei-huei Huang; and Samantha Turba, the daughter of Mark and Michelle Turba.

For more about MSU’s art department and College of Architecture, Art and Design, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and on Facebook www.facebook.com/CAADatMSU and Twitter @CAADatMSU.

See more photos on the Department of Art Gallery Facebook page.

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Reception held for fine art ‘Metamorphosis’ show

April 17th, 2014 Comments Off

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Left to right: Mary-Lucas Halliwell, Andre A. Hernandez, Sarah G. Kilpatrick, Amanda V. LeClair and Landen O. Peairs

Watch the video of Professor Brent Funderburk introducing the seniors.

A reception was held on April 15 for five graduating fine-art majors in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas.

The show, “Metamorphosis” will be on display through April 22.

Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Metamorphosis” exhibitors include (by hometown):

BROOKHAVEN–Landen O. Peairs, a painting-emphasis major and the daughter of Darin and Annie Peairs.

CUMBERLAND–Sarah G. Kilpatrick, a sculpture-emphasis major and the daughter of Diane and Bobby Kilpatrick.

FLOWOOD–Amanda V. LeClair, a ceramics-emphasis major and the daughter of Shana and Geoff LeClair.

HATTIESBURG–Mary-Lucas Halliwell, a sculpture-emphasis major and the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Henry Halliwell III.

OLIVE BRANCH–Andre A. Hernandez, a drawing-emphasis major and the son of Andres and Dicnelia Hernandez.

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Department of Art honors students at 42nd Annual Student Juried Exhibit

April 10th, 2014 Comments Off

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The 42nd Annual MSU Student Juried Exhibition was held on March 27 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall from 5 – 7 p.m.

Judges were Joel Anderson, owner and creative director at Anderson Design Group, and Wesley Grissom, assistant director of J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

The following students were honored:
1 Hal Boerner “Oblorbs” Sculpture
2 Molly Howell “Golden Thread Paths” Painting
3 Ty Barnes “Sweet Sweet Sweet Baby Jesus Enthroned” Sculpture

1 Shannon Hill “Letterpress Business Card”
2 Patrick Finch “Open Eye Vineyards Wine”
3 Dupree Bostic “Chocolate Packaging”

CAAD’s Dean’s Purchase award:
Amanda Whitaker “Eccentrics” Oil Painting
Cameron McMaser “Gaslight Anthem Gig Poster” Graphic Design
Mickenzie Robbins “Handmade” Graphic Design
Victoria Strayham “Hands Series” Photography
Award for Studio Practices: Ty Barnes
Blufish Design Excellence in Graphic Design:
“Gaslight Anthem Gig Poster” Cameron McMaser

L Donovan Dodd Award for Excellence in Ceramic Art:
Jacob Craig

Mount Pastel Award:
Molly Howell

Starkville Area Arts Council Award:
Austin Grove “Maps”

RGH Paint Award:
Anna Callaway

Honorable Mention Awards:
”Ambition” | Vernon McCoy
“Bags” | Kimberly Davis
“The Americans” | Joe Cain

2013 MSU High School Portfolio (Beverly B. Gulmon) Scholarship Winners:
Keats Haupt, Aubrey Pohl, Paige Knapp

2013 Del Rendon Scholarship:
Keats Haupt

Fall 2013 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award:
Nikki McKenzie

Spring 2014 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award:
Andrew Yerger

Jefferson Clark Wilson Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography:
Paul Prudhomme

2014 Department of Art Travel Abroad Award:
Anna Callaway and Kaitlin Lincoln

For the first time this year, reception guests were encouraged to vote for their favorite works – one for graphic design and one for fine art. The 2014 People’s Choice Awards went to Ty Barnes (fine art) and June Upton (graphic design).

Featured Artists:
Lara Ainsworth
Eleanor Bailey
Ty Barnes
Dominique Belcher
Allison Berler
Hal Boerner
Dupree Bostic
Bonnie Brumley
Joe Cain
Anna Callaway
Kimberly Davis
Lauren Doherty
Jackson Donald
Austin Edwards
Patrick Finch
Michael Gann
Austin Grove
Jordan Hankinson
Trey Hardin
Andre Hernandez
Shannon Hill
Molly Howell
Britney Johnson
Donald Kellum
Sarah Kilpatrick
Margaret La Foe
Sydney Lesniewski
Kaitlyn Lincoln
Vernon McCoy
Nikki McKenzie
Cameron McMaster
Allison Newman
Shelby Nichols
Landen Peairs
Piper Reaves-Free
Anna Richards
Mickenzie Robbins
Anna Russell
Lyndsay Simpson
Victoria Strayham
Sara Taheri
June Upton
Katja Walter
Cornelius Washington
Mandy Whitaker
Chelbie Williamson
Maura Worch
Andrew Yerger

The Department of Art would also like to offer a special thanks to all of the past sponsors and supporters of the Department of Art programs and students:
President & Mrs. Mark Keenum
Provost Dr. Jerry Gilbert
Dean Jim West, CAAD
Dr. April Heiselt
Alta Kinsley
Dr. Linda Morse
Brandi Van Ormer
The Rendon Family
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
Boys and Girls Club of Starkville
Department of Art Advisory Board
The Maroon Edition Committee
Mississippi Museum of Art
MSU Center for the Advancement of Service
Learning Excellence
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
MSU Mechanical Engineering Department
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
Starkville Area Arts Council
MSU Student Affairs Office

Student awards were designed by Jacob Craig.

Sixth ‘One Night Only’ show on display this Friday

April 2nd, 2014 Comments Off


The “One Night Only” series of exhibitions will continue this Fri., April 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. with the sixth student gallery showing in The Metal Shop in 111 Howell Hall.

This week’s featured artists are Anna Callaway (graphic design), Maura Worch (graphic design) and Jacob Craig (ceramics).

Along with the gallery, there will also be a special Italian-themed art sale to support Callaway and Worch’s study abroad trip to Italy this summer.

Come out to see their work, hang out in the freshly clean workspace, and enjoy free snacks and friends. This will be the last “One Night Only” exhibit for the semester.

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