Department of Art holds summer camp

July 27th, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art holds summer camp

(Photos by Mississippi State University and Aaron McElfish)

Upper-level high school students participated in the Mississippi State Department of Art’s annual INvision summer camp from June 13-17.

Campers participated in workshops on photography, graphic design, drawing, ceramics and sculpting, among other media. Artist presentations, gallery exhibitions, movie nights and field trips were among the planned cultural and social activities.

At week’s end, camper-produced works were featured at the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive.

For additional information about INvision, contact Nicole Jackson at 662-325-2970 or njackson@caad.msstate.edu.

Registration open for MSU summer art camp

April 28th, 2016 Comments Off on Registration open for MSU summer art camp

High school students age 16 and up, as well as incoming Mississippi State freshmen, are invited to the university art department’s INvision summer camp. The annual event takes place June 13-17.

High school students age 16 and up, as well as incoming Mississippi State freshmen, are invited to the university art department’s INvision summer camp. The annual event takes place June 13-17.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s art department again is inviting creative upper-level high school students to participate in its annual INvision summer camp.

Taking place June 13-17, the visual arts experience is designed for students age 16 and older, including incoming freshmen at the university.

Now in its fourth year, the program offers an enriching introductory for both specific academic programs and post-graduate career paths in the studio fields of art and design.

Because camp space is limited, early registration is encouraged. Accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, applications may be obtained by contacting the department office at 662-325-2970 or visiting www.caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/in-vision/.

The $595 admission includes a non-refundable $100 filing fee that must accompany each application. Due by May 30, the remaining amount covers the cost of workshops, instruction, supplies, room and board, equipment fees and a meal card.

Campers will be housed in campus residence halls under the supervision of qualified counselors and resident advisers.

INvision is among MSU academic summer camps with tuition support for seventh-12th grade public school students in Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties provided by the Tupelo-based CREATE Foundation’s Toyota Wellspring Education Fund.

Campers will take part in workshops on photography, graphic design, drawing, ceramics and sculpting, among other media. Artist presentations, gallery exhibitions, movie nights and field trips are among the planned cultural and social activities.

Art-related career opportunities also will be discussed by professional sculptors, graphic designers, illustrators, interior designers, fashion designers and landscape architects. MSU faculty members and currently enrolled majors will make additional presentations.

At week’s end, camper-produced works will be featured at the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive. Exhibit admission is free to all.

For additional information about 2016 INvision, contact Nicole Jackson at 662-325-2970 or njackson@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is the longtime home of the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture). Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu, facebook.com/CAADatMSU, twitter.com/CAADatMSU and http://tinyurl.com/CAADatMSUYouTube.

For a list of other MSU summer camps with CREATE-provided tuition support, visit www.createfoundation.com/toyota-wellspring-fund.

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Department of Art holds BFA fine art thesis exhibit reception

April 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art holds BFA fine art thesis exhibit reception


(Photos by Aaron McElfish)

A reception was held on April 21 for works by eleven graduating fine art majors at Mississippi State are on display through April 28 in two university art galleries.

Free and open to all, the weeklong Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, “Epitome,” features images reflecting the students’ successful conclusion of research, writing, presentation and advanced studio practice, as well foundational coursework, survey, art history, academic and emphasis classes.

Read more about the exhibition.

Department of Art holds ‘One Night Only’ exhibit featuring ACCESS student work

April 21st, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art holds ‘One Night Only’ exhibit featuring ACCESS student work

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State junior Daniel J. Mooney of Brookhaven talks about one of his artworks with Student Support Services Coordinator Elizabeth Williams during a “One Night Only” exhibit at the university’s Howell Building.

The show represented a culmination of ACCESS program students’ semester-long artwork created with volunteer guest instructors from the Department of Art and Starkville community. Students completed the work through individual instruction and in Department of Art courses including Rowan Haug’s information on elements of design, 3-D design and acrylic painting. Students drew horses with Assistant Professor Neil Callander’s Drawing II class and made ceramic pieces with the help of Professor Robert Long and his advanced ceramics students.

MSU established the ACCESS program in 2010, becoming the only university in the state to provide post-secondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. The event also was sponsored by the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

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(photos by Aaron McElfish and Megan Bean)

Art Department to hold BFA fine art thesis exhibit reception Thursday

April 18th, 2016 Comments Off on Art Department to hold BFA fine art thesis exhibit reception Thursday

  • “Epitome”  2016 Mississippi State University BFA fine art thesis exhibition
  • April 21-28, 2016
  • Opening Reception: April 21, 5–7 p.m.
    • Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall
      • 5-6 p.m. with opening remarks at 5:45 p.m.
    • Visual Arts Center Gallery, 808 University Drive
      • 6-7 p.m.

 

Living the unexpected dream: MSU seniors tell their stories through visual art

 By Eric Jackson

“The dream of a lifetime” is the description Eric Jackson assigns to his three-dimensional offerings in this year’s BFA fine art thesis exhibition at Mississippi State University. Jackson, a 68-year-old, non-traditional sculpture student from Sturgis, always dreamed of returning to his Alma Mater where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1971 in industrial education, to study fine art. His dream will be realized with an upcoming senior showing that will feature artworks created by graduating students in their senior capstone year.

Jackson, along with ten fellow candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art, will be honored at the exhibition, “Epitome,” on the Mississippi State University campus, beginning Thurs., April 21. A public reception will initiate the showing at the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall from 5 – 6 p.m. and will continue in the Visual Arts Center, 808 University Drive, from 6 – 7 p.m. (introductions honoring seniors start at 5:45 p.m. in McComas). Refreshments will be served.

The BFA exhibit will be open to the public through April 28 – in McComas Monday through Friday, 12 – 4 p.m., and in the CAAD Visual Arts Center Gallery Monday through Friday from 12:30 – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 12:30-5 p.m.

Jackson’s nonlinear journey into art led him back to Mississippi State after years of working in education and counseling. Upon graduation from the university in 1971, artistic aspirations were abandoned in lieu of home and family. As the years passed and the family grew, his ambitions faded but were never completely forgotten. Opportunities occasionally presented themselves to indulge his subconscious artistic craving such as drawing caricatures at birthday parties or building props for the PTA fundraisers. Then, one day, Jackson’s career and career identity ended, and hours of retirement invaded their space. Finally, with the luxury of time and the relocation back to his ancestral family home near Mississippi State University, Jackson began to explore all of the possibilities, and a new path was formed back through MSU – to the future.

A Diverse Group of Young Creatives
Eleven senior students in the “Epitome” exhibit represent a wide diversity of artistic disciplines and medias.

Eric Jackson develops clay molds for BFA Thesis sculptural forms

In his ensembles of forms, Eric Jackson exhibits his sculptural wall installations containing multiple figures of colored cement. Each group of figures reflects a different psychosocial aspect of the human condition but leaves the mystery of their interwoven meaning to be unraveled by the observer.

Katye Drew

Katye Drew

Katye Drew, who claims both Ellisville and Lucedale as her hometowns, pushes against society’s social norms of stereotyping career women with her documentary portraits in the oil medium on canvas.

Luke Buckner

Luke Buckner in his senior studio amid oil paintings on canvas

Oil on canvas is also the medium of Luke Buckner, citizen of the world and Starkville. In his contemporary Baroque renderings, Buckner attempts to merge his two great passions: painting and sports. He feels that this merger will result in a healing balm for both the artist and the spectator, but not without considering each of his framed paintings of weary, ordinary keepsakes as a kind of extraordinary reliquary.

McKinnon Herring of Saltillo seeks artistic inspiration from her personal perceptions and their relationship with reality. Using acrylic paint and mixed media – such as plastic children’s toys, handmade paper and organic material, on board and paper – Herring has conjured shadow boxes to convey her inner strengths and battles to the viewer through a riddlesome confluence of 2D and 3D forms. She is a recent winner of a $2,000 MSU Undergraduate Research Award.

The search for one’s real identity is the story depicted in Gerard Woods’s mythically inspired paintings. Using mixed media on board and canvas through a mystic haze of oil impasto and glazes, Woods enlists active representational figures set in a timeless dream atmosphere, often in a twisted abstraction, to provide the viewer glimpses into his own veiled psyche in his pursuit of healing power.

Animation and imagination are the forces behind Devin Butts’s creativity. Butts, a product of Kilmichael, uses oils and pencils/dry media and repurposed superheroes from childhood to depict the evolution of each human being as one develops his/her own personality and character. Identity and super-identity come into question in Butt’s realistic fantasies.

 Brittany Bobo, who has ties to Louisiana but claims Starkville as her home, states: “I’ve always known I wanted to be an artist.” Bobo, who works with MSU’s T.K. Martin Center with artists who have physical disabilities, did not find her true artisticoutlet until enrolling at Mississippi State, where she discovered printmaking. Bobo draws on her love of nature for subject matter and attempts to portray her intricately defined creatures and insects in mysterious or whimsical ways.

Since the ancient Greeks, ceramics have not only been functional but also a source for aesthetic beauty and expression. Jillian Wilson, from the Mississippi Gulf Coast hamlet of Ocean Springs, commits herself to find visual meaning in the daily redundant aspects of life and re-pronounces this cryptic beauty in innovative clay forms that teeter between function and pure aesthetics.

Devin Peairs

Devin Peairs works on ceramic forms for senior exhibit

Devin Peairs, a senior from Brookhaven, is also a ceramicist but approaches his art with a more realistic and functional philosophy. He recognizes the relationship between many vessels and their contents, in particular, those associated with wine and spirits. Through his pottery, Peairs hopes to draw attention to the powerful societal influence that this historical and communal association represents.

Kara VonKanel fine tunes her clay characters for final presentation

Kara VonKanel fine tunes her clay characters for final presentation

“Once an adult, twice a child” is the theme of Kara VonKanel’s senior thesis exhibit. The sculptor from Caledonia brings her elderly characters to life with her great artistic skills and the use of polymer clay. Each of her small characters exaggerates the returning childlike qualities often associated with aging and allows the viewer to find humor in the reality of life.

Christina McField from Madison also works in the three-dimensional realm. Her wall installations incorporate metamorphic shapes in relief, often within a geometric perimeter that she feels work as metaphors for her life. McField creates depth by layering these objects into a hierarchy that leads the viewer’s attention with the use of bright colors and sequencing of shapes to a central story puzzled within the construction.

The BFA fine art thesis exhibition represents the capstone year of studio work of senior students and fulfills a major requirement in the fine art concentration. The MSU Department of Art is the largest studio art program in the state and offers concentrations in fine art, graphic design and photography. For more information concerning “Epitome,” the 2016 BFA fine art senior thesis show, or for general information related to the Mississippi State University Department of Art, please contact the Department of Art at (662) 325-2970 weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., online at caad.msstate.edu/art, or email abourgeois@caad.msstate.edu.

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Art students honored at 44th Juried Exhibit

April 1st, 2016 Comments Off on Art students honored at 44th Juried Exhibit

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(Photos by Aaron McElfish)

The 44th Student Juried Exhibition opened March 31 at the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

Free to all, the ground-floor exhibition through April 8 features 79 works selected from nearly 350 fine art, graphic design and photography creations submitted for consideration.

A public reception for the exhibitors was held from 5-6 p.m. on March 31, where the following awards were presented:

Fine Art Juror Awards

  • Best in Show – Haylee Upton, “Hive”
  • Honorable Mention – Catherine Ranager, “Crowd Pleaser”
  • Honorable Mention – Kenan Simpkins, “Hymnal Chapel”
  • Honorable Mention – Katye Drew, “Lisa: For the Forest”


Photography Juror Awards

  • Best in Show – Haleigh Parker, “Ironing Board”
  • Honorable Mention – Ronnie Robinson, “Play Nice, Deary: Portrait Series”
  • Honorable Mention – Samantha Sumrall, “Self Portrait”
  • Honorable Mention – Chaka Watkins, “Strangers”


Graphic Design Juror Awards

  • Best in Show – Jordan Hankinson, “DNP 2015: APS Division of Nuclear Physics”
  • Honorable Mention – Kelli Clayton, “WWF Illegal Wildlife Trade 2”
  • Honorable Mention – Daniel Jackson, “Dog Gone It”
  • Honorable Mention – Phillip Bajoras, “Alabama Shakes”


Sponsor Awards

  1. Starkville Area Arts Council Fine Art Award – Niki Johnson, “Land of Cerberus”
  2. RGH Artists’ Paint Award – Shaquita Woodson, “Glacier”
  3. Mount Vision Pastel Award – Randi Watson, “Self Portrait One”


CAAD Dean’s Purchase Prizes

  • Jillian Wilson, “The Five”
  • Jordan Hankinson, “DNP 2015: APS Division of Nuclear Physics”
  • Kenan Simpkins, “Jackson + Starkville”


Recent Awards and Scholarships of Special Recognition

Donovan Dodd Award for Excellence in Ceramic Art
Jillian Wilson

2016 Ferretti/Karnstedt Endowed Scholarship in Photography
Kenan Simpkins
Katie Erikson
Samantha Sumrall

2016 Grahame Brook Snider Endowed Travel Photography Award
Anna Katherine “Katie” Erickson

2016 M. Ashley Duboise Endowed Photography Scholarship
Kamau Bostic
Samantha Sumrall

Penland Higher Education Partners Program Award
Jillian Wilson

Rome Travel Award
Anna Katherine “Katie” Erickson
Lorianna Livingston
Samantha “Sami” McDougall
Katherine “Kaylie” Mitchell
Aubrey Pohl
Randi Watson

MSU Student Scholarship from Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Colorado
Sara Beard
Darby Taylor

2016 Undergraduate MSU-Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Artist in Residence
Kara VonKanel

Guests at the exhibit were asked to vote for their favorite piece, and the People’s Choice Award went to Shaquita Woodson for “Glacier.”

Department of Art student Jordan Knight designed the Best in Show, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice Awards for this year’s juried exhibit. Knight is a junior in the Department of Art and a gallery assistant for the MSU Department of Art Galleries.

Special Thanks to Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator of the MSU Art Department’s gallery and outreach programs, and all of who made this event possible:
CAAD Dean Jim West                       Department of Art faculty
Matthew Gordon                               Jacqueline Posley
Jordan Knight                                    Brennan Byrne
Katie Trapp                                         Ashley Brewer
Nicole Jackson                                   Christina Vanderberg

Fine art, graphic design and photography judges for this semester’s exhibition were, respectively, Ryan Cobourn, a New York painter, designer and photographer; James Louis Walker, a multidisciplinary graphic designer and educator in Texas; and Laura Larson, an Ohio-based photographer.

Click here to see the awards show program.

Special gallery hours for the exhibition in McComas Hall are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, as well as by appointment.

For additional information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU spring student exhibit showcases fine art, graphic design, photography creations

March 29th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU spring student exhibit showcases fine art, graphic design, photography creations

“Hymnal Chapel” by sophomore art/photography major Kenan M. Simpkins from Madison, is among 79 student creations being featured March 31-April 8 in the MSU art department’s student juried exhibition. (Submitted photo by Kenan Simpkins)

“Hymnal Chapel” by sophomore art/photography major Kenan M. Simpkins from Madison, is among 79 student creations being featured March 31-April 8 in the MSU art department’s student juried exhibition. (Submitted photo by Kenan Simpkins)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

The Mississippi State art department’s 44th Student Juried Exhibition opens Thursday [March 31] at the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

Free to all, the ground-floor exhibition through April 8 features 79 works selected from nearly 350 fine art, graphic design and photography creations submitted for consideration.

A public reception for the exhibitors will be held 5-6 p.m. on March 31 in the same location. Light refreshments will be provided.

Best in Show and honorable mention prizes will be presented in the fine art, graphic design and photography categories. Many of the students’ works will be available for purchase.

Fine art, graphic design and photography judges for this semester’s exhibition were, respectively, Ryan Cobourn, a New York painter, designer and photographer; James Louis Walker, a multidisciplinary graphic designer and educator in Texas; and Laura Larson, an Ohio-based photographer.

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.

Special gallery hours for the exhibition in McComas Hall are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 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 MSU art department’s gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU students, alumna take home five awards in statewide art competition

February 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on MSU students, alumna take home five awards in statewide art competition

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Nearly 50 works by 24 current Mississippi State art majors and one alumna are on display through March 18 at The Arts Center of Mississippi in Jackson.

Now in its 66th year, the Mississippi Collegiate Arts exhibit is part of statewide juried competition for student artists enrolled in the state’s 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 930 submissions from nearly a dozen institutions. Of that number, 46 entries by MSU art majors were among 138 judged worthy of inclusion in the exhibit.

Richard Doubleday, assistant professor in the graphic design program at Louisiana State University’s School of Art, was juror for the 2016 MCA competition. He selected five MSU student works for Juror’s Awards, one each in the Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Graphic Design and Time Based Media categories.

MSU’s 2016 MCA Competition exhibitors and winners included (by hometown):

BAY SAINT LOUIS—Junior Aubrey J. Pohl, concentrating in graphic design and photography.

BELAIR, Maryland—Senior Lorianna A. Livingston, concentrating in graphic design.

Ian Green | "Kenzo Tange"

Ian Green | “Kenzo Tange”

BILOXI—Senior Ian F. Green, concentrating in graphic design, who also received the Juror’s Award in Graphic Design for his work, “Kenzo Tange.”

BRANDON—Seniors Kierre Dawkins, concentrating in fine arts; and Anna R. Zollicoffer, concentrating in graphic design.

CLINTON—Junior Brennan P. Crosby, concentrating in photography; and sophomore Carly A. Melton, undeclared concentration.

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee—Senior Jordan R. Hankinson, concentrating in graphic design.

FLORENCE, South Carolina—Senior computer science major Candace B. Moreau.

FOXWORTH—Haleigh E. Parker, a fall 2015 magna cum laude art/photography graduate.

Alleigh Moffett | "Shell Phone"

Alleigh Moffett | “Shell Phone”

FULTON—Senior Alleigh T. Moffett, concentrating in graphic design, she also received the Juror’s Award in Sculpture for her work, “Shell Phone.”

HATTIESBURG—Senior Shawna J. Williams, concentrating in fine arts.

Zach Boozer | "Goshen"

Zach Boozer | “Goshen”

JACKSON—Senior Zachary S. “Zach” Boozer. Concentrating in photography, he received the Juror’s Award in Time Based Media for his work, “Goshen.”

LITTLE ROCK—Junior Abbey E. Rigdon, concentrating in graphic design.

Katie Erickson | "Fragile"

Katie Erickson | “Fragile”

MADISON—Concentrating in graphic design and photography, sophomore Anna K. “Katie” Erickson received the Juror’s Award in Painting for her work, “Fragile”; and seniors Nicolette L. “Niki” Johnson, undeclared concentration; and Gerard Woods, concentrating in fine arts.

NEW ALBANY—Senior Casey E. Jennings, concentrating in graphic design.

OCEAN SPRINGS—Senior Jillian N. Wilson, concentrating in fine arts.

Jinwon Kim | "Untitled 1"

Jinwon Kim | “Untitled 1”

STARKVILLE—Junior Kamau J. Bostic, concentrating in photography; and senior Jinwon Kim, an art/undeclared major. Also an architecture master’s and magna cum laude business administration/finance bachelor’s graduate, Kim received the Juror’s Award in Drawing for her work, “Untitled 1.”

TERRY—Senior Kimberly R. Eady, concentrating in graphic design.

TUPELO—Sophomore Alex P. Cayson, undeclared concentration; and junior Matthew B. Rogers, concentrating in graphic design.

YAZOO CITY—Sophomore Catherine E. Remington, concentrating in graphic design.

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 is the longtime home of the state’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).

Ceramics artists hold demo

February 5th, 2016 Comments Off on Ceramics artists hold demo

Ian and Natalile Shelly held demonstrations for ceramics students before the opening reception for their exhibit, “Affinity,” on display through March 11 in the Visual Arts Center Gallery, 808 University Drive.

‘Affinity’ exhibit opens next month at MSU Visual Arts Center Gallery

February 1st, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Affinity’ exhibit opens next month at MSU Visual Arts Center Gallery

“Campsite Plan: Alpha” by Ian Shelly

“Campsite Plan: Alpha” by Ian Shelly

“Correspondence” by Natalie Shelly

“Correspondence” by Natalie Shelly

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Recent ceramic installations by Illinois-based husband and wife sculptors will be on display Feb. 4-March 11 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Titled “Affinity,” the exhibition at 808 University Drive in Starkville features two different styles of artwork by Ian and Natalie Shelly.

“Ian’s work appears gritty, dark and rough, while Natalie’s pieces are fragile, light and minimal,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, the university art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs.

“Both artists are interested in using materials to explore connections and interactions with the world around us,” she added, explaining that “people, memories, traditions and location all contribute to their visual investigations.”

Also open to the public is a 5-6 p.m. reception Feb. 4, at the gallery. The Shellys will be in attendance, and complimentary refreshments will be served.

Ian Shelly (www.ianshelly.com) is an assistant professor of art at Western Illinois University, where he teaches ceramics and 3D design courses. He and Natalie (www.natalieshelly.com) reside in Macomb, Illinois, where she is the ceramics coordinator and educator for the Macomb Park District Ceramics Studio.

In addition to the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department, the exhibit is supported by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission through the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more exhibit information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

The Visual Arts Center Gallery is one of several departmental venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Exhibit hours for the gallery are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

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