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.
• Graphic Design
• Fine Arts (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture)
February 24th, 2014 Comments Off
Via Robert Long
Students in the upper level ceramic art classes with Professor Robert Long recently attended the 29th annual Alabama Clay Conference.
The conference, held in Birmingham, was held February 20-23 at the Boutwell Auditorium next to the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Nationally and internationally recognized presenters at the conference this year were Daphne Roehr Hatcher and Gary Hatcher from Mineola, Texas; Peter Beasecker from Syracuse, N.Y.; and Bonnie Seeman from Boca Raton, Fla.
Students were treated to demonstrations on process and technique and heard personal stories on life as an artist and the journey along the way.
Included in the activities was an exhibition opening of artwork by the presenters hosted by and located at the Alabama Power Archives Museum, a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art and a demonstration from various ceramic art vendors located at the rear of the auditorium.
Mississippi State University again had the largest student attendance at the conference and came home excited to get into the studio and get to work!
February 24th, 2014 Comments Off
Shelby Nichols | Crystal Cluster Teapot
By Landen Peairs, student writer
While working for a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, fine art, graphic design and photography students in the MSU Department of Art prepare themselves for careers as professional artists. Through the guidance of the faculty, students work on finding their identity as an artist. They are given opportunities and encouraged to enter in a variety of local and national shows and competitions.
This will mark the 42nd year the Department of Art has hosted a show of student work at MSU. Held every spring, the MSU Student Juried Exhibition students the chance to enter works in all genres of fine art, graphic design and photography. Through an online submission process, judges from the professional art world in fine art and graphic design are invited to review the works. The students are allowed to enter work from any class taken throughout their undergraduate career.
This year, the fine art judge is Wesley Grissom, assistant director of J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, Fa. Grissom received her Associate of Arts from University of Florida and graduated with a degree in art history from University of North Florida. Grissom has been with J. Johnson Gallery for more than seven years. The gallery specializes in exhibiting internationally recognized contemporary artists with emphasis on Latin American and Caribbean artists. Grissom’s work allows her to travel frequently and has led to experience participating in international art fairs including Art Basel Miami, ARCO Madrid, Palm Beach 3 and the Cornice Venice International Art Fair, which coincided with the 52nd Venice Biennale. She is currently active in Jacksonville’s cultural community through her role on the Art in Public Places Committee, a division of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.
The graphic design judge this year is Joel Anderson, owner/creative director for the Anderson Design Group. After graduating from Ringling School of Art & Design in 1986, Anderson moved to Nashville and worked at Carden & Cherry Advertising for seven years, winning an Emmy Award for his work on a CBS kids’ show. He co-founded Anderson Thomas Design in 1993, producing countless award-winning creative projects. In 2007, Anderson retooled the firm to specialize in branding, packaging and poster art. The Nashville Advertising Foundation named him Art Director of the Year in 2010.
For the 42nd Student Juried Exhibition, there were 247 fine art entries and 91 graphic design entries – a total of 358 overall entries. Out of all the entries, 41 fine art and 37 graphic design pieces were selected by the judges to be in the show. Along with choosing which works will be displayed, judges select their choice for first, second and third-place awards in fine art and graphic design. These works, along with other prizes and awards, will be announced at a special reception on March 27 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.
The 42nd Student Juried Exhibit will run from March 4–28 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. –4 p.m.
For questions, contact the Department of Art at 662-325-2970, or email Jake Weigel, exhibitions coordinator, at email@example.com.
Read the story on MSU’s website.
February 24th, 2014 Comments Off
An artists’ reception was held on Feb. 20 for the CAAD Faculty Exhibit.
The exhibit will run through March 29 in the Visual Arts Center Gallery.
February 21st, 2014 Comments Off
Via Robert Long
Ian Childers, ceramic artist from Philadephia, Pa., recently spent a day with Professor and Ceramics Emphasis Coordinator Robert Long’s ceramics classes at Mississippi State.
Childers, who is currently an assistant professor of art at the University for Women in Columbus, demonstrated his personal technique of throwing and then applying thick layers of slip, which he manipulates into lush beautiful flowing patterns and textures.
Childers is nationally known for his rich, crystalline glazed forms and demonstrated throwing this signature vase/bottle shape, which uniquely articulates his glazing style.
During the day students where able to enjoy firsthand the dozen or more pieces brought fresh from the kiln Childers unloaded the day before.
January 27th, 2014 Comments Off
Robert Long, professor and ceramics emphasis coordinator in the Department of Art, is currently featured in the Artist Spotlight at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art‘s Center for Southern Craft and Design and Museum Store.
From the Spotlight:
Robert Long has been head of the ceramic arts program in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University since 1990. He studied at the University of California in Sacramento receiving a BA in Art before going on to earn an MFA in Ceramics at Clemson University.
His work has been featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad including more recently the “Third International Small Teapot Exhibition” at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.; “100 Teapots III” at the Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Md.; the “National Juried/Invitational Cup Show” at the Isadore Gallery in Lancaster, Penn.; “It’s Only Clay” national juried ceramics exhibition at the Bemidji Art Center in Bemidji, Minn.; the “Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition” at The Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, Kan.; the Lillstreet International, “Drink:Functional Forms for Every Libation” at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. Ill., and in 2007 a solo exhibition at the Sekitei Gallery in Hiroshima, Japan.
Articles about his work have appeared in Ceramics Monthly, in the Mississippi State Magazine Alumnus and also the American Ceramic Society publication “Wood-Firings; Journeys and Techniques” which features one of Long’s pieces on the cover. More recently his work was included in the Lark Books publications “500 Plates, Platters and Chargers,” which features a piece by Long titled ”Platter with Cut Rim” and “500 Teapots: volume 2,” which features a piece by Long entitled “Oil Can Teapot.”
November 21st, 2013 Comments Off
Virginia Rood Pates, a 1995 MSU alumna and now assistant professor of fine arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., recently completed a summer residency with the Artistic Alliance in Cork, Ireland.
An exhibition featuring Pates, who holda an MFA from the University of Wales (UK), opens Sat., Nov. 23.
“PRIDE: Artistic Alliance Annual Winter Show 2013″ will run through Dec. 8.
June 19th, 2013 Comments Off
The 2013 In-Vision MSU Summer Art Program campers and instructors stand in front of an installation the campers created using Post-It notes.
Check out the story by Margaret Kovar on MSU’s website!
The Department of Art held its first session of a visual arts summer program, In-Vision, from June 7 through 14. The overnight camp, intended for high school students age 16 and up, is meant to expose students to majors and careers in the studio fields of art and design.
Six students spent the week at Mississippi State learning from art professors Jonathan Cumberland, Suzanne Powney, Robert Long and John Paul Remo. Along with working in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking and clay, students got to meet with professionals from the visual arts field to learn more about career opportunities. The program is unique because it introduces students to materials and tools they would not normally use in other camps or at school. Lori Neuenfeldt served a camp coordinator, and Lorrin Webb was the student assistant who conducted the camp’s evening activities.
Observational Drawing Workshop 1: Perspective
Three Dimensional Design
Observational Drawing Workshop 2: Geometric Deconstruction
Three Dimensional Design
Observational Drawing Workshop 3: Anatomy/Figure
Drawing & Inking: Comic Strip
Computing Arts Photoshop
Poster Design Graphics
Students also went on a field trip to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge to study color and theory during an outdoor watercolor workshop.
An exhibition was held on the final day to showcase the students’ work.
Click here for more information about In-Vision.
May 15th, 2013 Comments Off
The Department of Art faculty have an exhibit open through June in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery: It’s What I Do.
Read more on MSU’s website.
May 6th, 2013 Comments Off
April Shelby at the reception for her senior thesis work.
April Shelby’s thesis work
Last summer, April Shelby decided to start a Facebook page to post pictures of her artwork.
“That generated a lot of interest, and I was surprised to find out that people were actually interested in the work I do,” the soon-to-be ceramics graduate from the Florence said.
Since then, Shelby has stayed busy creating pieces for sale and working on her thesis body of work.
“Last semester was a really big one,” she said.
Shelby was honored when she was selected by her professors to win a pottery wheel at the 41st MSU Juried Student Art Exhibition. She also recently received a grant from the Entrepreneurship Center that provided the funds to purchase a kiln, which has been ordered and should arrive any day.
“I’m just waiting on that phone call,” she said.
The artist gives credit to her professors and the Department of Art for helping prepare her for a career in art. She said studio assistant Michelle Neumann and Professor Robert Long were always available to help her with art and even to offer advice about working as an artist in general.
“My thesis also really taught me to become a dedicated studio artist and put forth the effort and work every day on a particular goal,” said Shelby.
She also says she could have never pursued her love of art without the constant support of her family.
“They’ve always believed in me, even when I’ve doubted myself,” she said.
Shelby said her next big purchase will be a building, and she’d like to start making as much work as possible to sell in stores and more sculptural work for galleries.
“I’m just excited to have my own equipment and make what I want to make,” she said.