April 17th, 2014 Comments Off
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.
April 10th, 2014 Comments Off
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:
Mount Pastel Award:
Starkville Area Arts Council Award:
Austin Grove “Maps”
RGH Paint Award:
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:
Fall 2013 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award:
Spring 2014 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award:
Jefferson Clark Wilson Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography:
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).
Margaret La Foe
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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 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
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 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 www.caad.msstate.edu.
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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.