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.

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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.

Read more about the show.

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.

Fifth ‘One Night Only’ show on display this Friday

March 26th, 2014 Comments Off


The “One Night Only” series of exhibitions will continue this Fri., March 28, from 5 – 7 p.m. with the fifth student gallery showing in The Metal Shop in 111 Howell Hall.

This week’s featured artists are Dupree Bostic (Graphic Design), Mark Slawson (Graphic Design), Paul Prudhomme (Graphic Design) and Bonnie Brumley (Ceramics).

Come out to see their work, hang out in the freshly clean workspace, and enjoy free snacks and friends.

Fine Art ‘Metamorphosis’ show to light up campus gallery

March 25th, 2014 Comments Off

Written by Andre Hernandez, thesis public relations chair

If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change.  If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.
~John A. Simone, Sr.

Mary Lucas Halliwell

Mary-Lucas Halliwell

“Change” is a simple word that can provoke feelings of joy, sorrow, anxiety and even fear. How does one deal with change? After the loss of her dear friend Callye Haney, Mississippi State University senior Mary-Lucas Halliwell of Hattiesburg decided she would cope by creating a series of sculptural works. Crystal forms, burgeoning flowers and other growing forms reveal an emotional world inside her. Through experimentation with materials such as carved foam board, hand-cast urethane plastic, beads, gold wire, glitter and much more, Halliwell’s series of artworks transforms into a self-portrait containing influences of Haney. The resulting body of work took the artist on an emotional journey, which not only allowed her to cope with the loss of her friend but also allowed her to further discover who she is as an artist.

Halliwell and her four exhibiting colleagues will reveal the work in MSU’s Fine Art Thesis Show in the Department of Art Gallery (located in McComas Hall on the Mississippi State University campus) from April 15 through April 22. A public reception will be held in the Gallery on April 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided. Introductions of the honored students by Department Art Interim Head Jamie Mixon and faculty will take place at 6 p.m.

“Metamorphosis” is an exhibition presenting work from their final year of study by MSU’s BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Art/ Fine Art students. These five senior students have composed bodies of work that deal with the idea of transformation in its many varieties. Be it the progression of time, the loss of ego or the transitioning of shape and form, “Metamorphosis” grabs the viewers’ attention by focusing on the ideas behind change.

Sarah Kilpatrick

Sarah Kilpatrick

Through the use of lumber as well as recycled parts, Sarah Kilpatrick of Cumberland has developed a series of works titled “Pieces of a Whole” which represent the past, present and future as well as the influences each of these time frames places on one another. Each work holds the potential to stand on its own; however, when viewed as a uniform piece, the collection resembles an incomplete infinity knot.

Amanda LeClair

Amanda LeClair

Amanda LeClair of Flowood has created ceramic pieces which represent the individual’s loss of ego and describe the different levels of connection to the self, the universe and the higher consciousness. Varying degrees of fragility within each work presents a metaphor for the delicateness and complexity of the human mind. While each piece within the series is completely unique, all are made through the same process with the same intent.

Landen Olivia Peairs

Landen Olivia Peairs

Using plywood, dowel rods and acrylic paint, Landen Olivia Peairs of Brookhaven takes the viewer back to the basics of design by fashioning complex shapes through the overlapping of circles, squares and rectangles. Peairs covers the shapes using acrylic paint to orchestrate color harmony and a sense of balance among the forms. Multiple levels of dowel rods raise shapes to different heights, engaging the viewer to observe the works from many choices of angles.

Andre Anson Hernandez

Andre Anson Hernandez

Andre Anson Hernandez of Olive Branch has built a series of paintings depicting surreal, organic forms and shapes which seem to grow from one another. Hernandez uses a pouring process of splatter painting, which establishes a blueprint upon which forms emerge. The artist states that, “the end image is unknown until the work is finished; planning occurs during the development of the painting rather than prior.”

The exhibition “Metamorphosis” has been developed as a part of the senior capstone experience in MSU’s Department of Art, wherein Senior Research and Senior Thesis Fine Art students engage in research, writing and presentation processes leading to a final exhibition and portfolio.

The largest university art program in the state, the MSU Department of Art was formed in 1968 and offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art with concentrations in Fine Art (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture), Graphic Design and Photography.

The MSU Department of Art Gallery is located in McComas Hall and is open from 10  a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For directions or more information, call 662 325 2970, or visit

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Department of Art to host ‘Foundation Forward’ event

March 5th, 2014 Comments Off


The Department of Art will host an event on March 18 from 11 – 1 p.m. in Briscoe 112.

Foundation Forward is an event designed to help students decide which major is right for them.

• Photography

• Graphic Design

• Fine Arts  (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture)


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