MSU celebrates Magnolia State bicentennial with fall event series

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU celebrates Magnolia State bicentennial with fall event series

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is sponsoring a fall-semester series of fun, educational events to commemorate the Magnolia State’s bicentennial.

Jim Giesen–MSU History professor environmental portrait

With support from the Mississippi Humanities Council through the Mississippi Development Authority, the official bicentennial project kicks off Sept. 6 with a 5 p.m. presentation in Mitchell Memorial Library’s third-floor John Grisham Room. Organized by the university’s Museums and Galleries Committee, the free talk “Farming in Mississippi: A Brief History” will be given by MSU Associate Professor of History Jim Giesen.

Also free to all is a Sept. 13 talk titled “Writing Across the Color Line: Conversations, Intersections and Chance Encounters in Mississippi Literary History.” Given by MSU Associate Professor of English and African American Studies Donald Shaffer, the presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in the Grisham Room.

 “The Museums and Galleries Committee is really excited to be putting together this series of events to celebrate the history of Mississippi,” said event coordinator Amy Moe-Hoffman, an instructor in MSU’s Department of Geosciences.

“We began with the idea of showcasing university specimens in a collaborative exhibit,” she continued, “but with the help of a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, we were able to expand our programming to include speakers, music, receptions and exhibits that will allow attendees to have a deeper level of engagement with the history of our state.”

Donald Shaffer environmental portrait (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Other upcoming bicentennial events that are free and open to the public include:

–Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m., opening reception for the exhibit “Symbols of our State: A Walk Through Mississippi Culture and Industry.” Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 30 at the new Old Main Academic Center located at the intersection of Barr Avenue and George Perry Street. Those interested in scheduling a tour may contact the MSU Welcome Center at 662-325-5198.

–Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-noon, a family-friendly Scan-a-Thon event at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville. Attendees can bring their historic photos depicting Oktibbeha County and Mississippi State to be scanned and digitized. Music and refreshments will be available in the museum’s outdoor pavilion, and the museum also will be open for tours.

–Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m., “Myth-issippi: How Art Makes Place” talk presented by longtime MSU Professor of Art Brent Funderburk in the Colvard Student Union’s first-floor Dawg House. Musicians Caleb Childs and Richard Brown will give live blues performances, and light refreshments will be served. The backdrop for this event will be the Dawg House’s new wall mural highlighting blues music and musicians from Mississippi.

–Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Jeff Harris, MSU assistant Extension research professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, will give a talk about the history of beekeeping in Mississippi. His presentation will take place in the Clay Lyle Entomology Building, home to the Mississippi State Bug Zoo that will be open for visitors starting at 6:30 p.m.

–Nov. 3, MSU Professor of Geosciences Darrel Schmitz, author of “Roadside Geology of Mississippi,” and George Phillips, curator of paleontology at the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, will discuss economic geology and important fossil finds in Mississippi. All are welcome to bring a bag lunch for the noon talk “Discoveries in Mississippi Geology and Paleontology,” which will be held in Hilbun Hall, Room 304.

For more event information, contact Amy Moe-Hoffman at 662-325-3915 or amhoffman@geosci.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Virginia artist, educator turns ‘trash into treasure’ in new MSU exhibition

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on Virginia artist, educator turns ‘trash into treasure’ in new MSU exhibition

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Coffee lids, plastic utensils and other repurposed materials make for one-of-a-kind creations in a special display Oct. 9-Nov. 11 in Mississippi State University’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Free to all, the “How Soon is Now?” exhibition features original sculpture and photographic prints crafted by Richmond, Virginia-based artist Susie Ganch, who serves as associate professor and head of the metal program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Craft and Material Studies.

Ganch will give an 11 a.m. public talk about her work Thursday [Nov. 9] in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium at Giles Hall, home to MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. She also will be available at 4 p.m. that day to meet with visitors at the VAC Gallery, located at 808 University Drive on the edge of the Starkville campus. A public reception in Ganch’s honor also will take place at 5-6 p.m. Thursday in the same location. 

Regular gallery hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, as well as by appointment.

A Bachelor of Science and Master of Fine Arts graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ganch is director of Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that travels across the country and abroad. In addition to California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin, Ganch’s work has been on display in Australia, England and Japan.

Visitors of the VAC Gallery exhibition can examine Ganch’s pieces from a distance and then explore the details of each piece up-close.

“From a distance, the ‘waste’ is beautiful—plastic coffee lids appear almost hand-braided, rhythmic and full of movement—yet up-close we notice the coffee stains, dirt and grime indicative of the life of used, discarded garbage,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art department gallery director.

Ganch’s piece “Drag, 2012” is made from zip ties, nametags, bottle caps, cups and other items tied together to multiple steel rings. Arranged from large to small, the rings lead up to a final ring that can been chained to the wall.

When attached to a person’s wrist like a bracelet, this particular work of art by Ganch “conveys the pull and weight of irresponsible consumerism on an individual and the trail of waste that is left behind or leading the wearer,” Neuenfeldt said.

In addition to the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Department of Art, the exhibition is made possible through a Community Arts Grant from the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Additional information on Ganch’s campus visit and “How Soon is Now?” exhibition is available from Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

‘GLITCH’ reception to be held Friday

April 13th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘GLITCH’ reception to be held Friday

The GLITCH reception will be held Fri., April 14 from 6 until 9 p.m. upstairs at Central Station Grill!

We will announce the door prizes and category winners at 7 pm.

This is a one night only, special exhibition for the GLITCH 2017!

Graduating graphic design majors at MSU present ‘Half Dozen’ exhibition

November 29th, 2016 Comments Off on Graduating graphic design majors at MSU present ‘Half Dozen’ exhibition

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Half_Dozen_Exhibit_Poster

Works of six fine art seniors specializing in graphic design at Mississippi State are on display Nov. 29-Dec. 7 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the second-floor “Half Dozen” exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center celebrates the conclusion of the students’ art department studies.

The portfolio works range from illustrative poster designs and eye-catching advertisements to crisp web layouts and entertaining packaging. In addition to the physical displays, individual portfolio books and self-promotionals will be available for viewing on opening night. For a preview, visit www.halfdozenmsu.com.

A 6-7 p.m. opening reception in the students’ honor will be held Thursday [Dec. 1] at the Cullis Wade gallery. Complimentary refreshments provided by The Veranda in Starkville will be served. Note: The reception is canceled due to inclement weather.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more, see at bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

According to Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney, “This year’s exhibition theme ‘Half Dozen’ is inspired by the six graduating seniors who are taking their final steps toward leaving the nest and beginning their careers.”

The “Half Dozen” exhibitors include (by hometown):

BALTIMORE, Maryland—Lorianna A. Livingston.

GREENVILLE—Adey A. Efrem.

JACKSON—Brian T. Ballou.

MERIDIAN—Andrea M. “Andee” Schuurman. She also is pursuing a bachelor’s in fashion design and merchandising in the School of Human Sciences.

PASCAGOULA—Katherine L. “Kaylie” Mitchell.

PASS CHRISTIAN—Matthew C. Garriga.

Additional gallery information is available from Powney at 662-325-2970 or suzanne@blackdogletterpress.com.

Part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Graduating graphic design majors at MSU present ‘Half Dozen’ exhibition

November 23rd, 2016 Comments Off on Graduating graphic design majors at MSU present ‘Half Dozen’ exhibition

Half_Dozen_Exhibit_Poster

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works of six fine art seniors specializing in graphic design at Mississippi State are on display Nov. 29-Dec. 7 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the second-floor “Half Dozen” exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center celebrates the conclusion of the students’ art department studies.

The portfolio works range from illustrative poster designs and eye-catching advertisements to crisp web layouts and entertaining packaging. In addition to the physical displays, individual portfolio books and self-promotionals will be available for viewing on opening night. For a preview, visit www.halfdozenmsu.com.

A 6-7 p.m. opening reception in the students’ honor will be held Tuesday [Nov. 29] at the Cullis Wade gallery. Complimentary refreshments provided by The Veranda in Starkville will be served.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more, see at bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

According to Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney, “This year’s exhibition theme ‘Half Dozen’ is inspired by the six graduating seniors who are taking their final steps toward leaving the nest and beginning their careers.”

The “Half Dozen” exhibitors include (by hometown):

BALTIMORE, Maryland—Lorianna A. Livingston.

GREENVILLE—Adey A. Efrem.

JACKSON—Brian T. Ballou.

MERIDIAN—Andrea M. “Andee” Schuurman. She also is pursuing a bachelor’s in fashion design and merchandising in the School of Human Sciences.

PASCAGOULA—Katherine L. “Kaylie” Mitchell.

PASS CHRISTIAN—Matthew C. Garriga.

Additional gallery information is available from Powney at 662-325-2970 or suzanne@blackdogletterpress.com.

Michelangelo, ‘David’ to share spotlight in MSU program

September 15th, 2016 Comments Off on Michelangelo, ‘David’ to share spotlight in MSU program

Victor Coonin (Photo submitted)

Victor Coonin (Photo submitted)

By Karyn Brown

An internationally recognized authority on one of the greatest artists of all time—and, arguably, his greatest creation—will speak Sept. 21 at Mississippi State University.

“Michelangelo’s David: From Renaissance Icon to Modern Activist” is the title of Victor Coonin’s address to begin at 4 p.m. in Foster Ballroom U of the Colvard Student Union.

Free and open to all, the event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities’ 2016-17 Distinguished Lecture Series and the Department of Art.

Coonin will highlight research undertaken for his 2014 book-length monograph titled “From Marble to Flesh: The Biographies of Michelangelo’s David” (Florentine Press). He is the James F. Ruffin Professor of Art History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has taught since 1995.

Over his professional career, Coonin has been honored with a number of scholarships from the prestigious J. William Fulbright, Samuel H. Kress and Andrew W. Mellon foundations. His writings on Italian Renaissance art have been featured in such major journals as the Burlington Magazine, Metropolitan Museum Journal and Artibus et Historiae.

In addition to a doctorate from Rutgers University, he holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s study-abroad campus in Florence, Italy, and a bachelor’s from Oberlin College. For more biographical information, visit www.rhodes.edu/bio/cooninv.

“It is a great honor to have Professor Coonin share his expertise about one of the most important works in human history,” said art department head Angie E. Bourgeois. His presentation “promises to cause us to think critically about the evolving impact of Michelangelo’s David on cultures from its creation in the Renaissance to our own time.”

William Anthony Hay, Institute for the Humanities director, said Coonin’s professional work epitomizes “how an iconic artwork develops a life of its own as successive generations bring to it their own understandings.

“We are delighted to have him open the distinguished lecture series for the 2016-17 academic year,” Hay added.

MSU’s Institute for the Humanities is a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, while the art department is part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. For more on each, see www.ih.msstate.edu and www.caad.msstate.edu/art

Other details about Coonin’s campus visit is available from Hay at whay@history.msstate.edu or Bourgeois at abourgeois@caad.msstate.edu. Karyn Brown, College of Arts and Sciences communications director, may be reached at kbrown@deanas.msstate.edu or 662-325-7952.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Students in Graphic Design Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney designed a poster to advertise the lecture:
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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.

Award-winning vocalist, painter brings her many talents to MSU

February 29th, 2016 Comments Off on Award-winning vocalist, painter brings her many talents to MSU

Kathy Kosins (Photo by Laurie Tennent)

Kathy Kosins (Photo by Laurie Tennent)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Kathy Kosins is a jazz singer and artist recognized internationally for incorporating her painting talents into live performances.

Monday and Tuesday [Feb. 29 and March 1], the award-winning Michigan native’s creative talents will be featured at Mississippi State University.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Kosins headlines a free concert that also includes the MSU Jazz and Choral ensembles, as well as Five Guys Who Improvise, a student jazz combo. The concert takes place in the McComas Hall theater.

Earlier in the day, she will lead a free, open-to-all 10 a.m. presentation in the Band and Choral Rehearsal Hall on South Hardy Road. Titled “Gainful Employment—Hustling the Gig,” the session will focus on professional networking and client identification techniques, among other career topics.

Tuesday, she leads two programs for art and music students. Also free to all, they include:

—9:30 a.m., in Music Building B on Morrill Road, a jazz singer clinic on how to sell the story within a song and build repertoire, as well as jazz-specific performance practices.

—Noon, 209 Freeman Hall (painting/life drawing studio), “Improvisation on Canvas,” a painting demonstration featuring jazz music and focusing on creativity and freedom of expression. Freeman is located on Barr Avenue, across from Davis Wade Stadium.

Kosins, a Mahogany Jazz recording artist, has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most alluring voices in jazz.” Since becoming a professional in the mid-1970s, she has been recognized with multiple songwriting awards by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP.

In addition, Kosins has been honored as the Michigan Council for the Arts’ jazz composer of the year and received a number of grants from Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the state’s leading arts and cultural advocacy organization. For more, visit www.kathykosins.com.

Her campus performance and related events are made possible with support from MSU Bands and the music department’s choral activities program in the College of Education, as well as the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU Lyceum Series and Starkville Area Arts Council.

‘Salvaged Splendor’ exhibit opens Feb. 17

February 16th, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Salvaged Splendor’ exhibit opens Feb. 17

“Europe” by senior art/fine arts major Christina D. McField of Madison is among works on display Feb. 17-March 10 as part of the “Salvaged Splendor” exhibit in MSU’s Colvard Student Union Art Gallery. (Photo submitted/Brad Ward)

“Europe” by senior art/fine arts major Christina D. McField of Madison is among works on display Feb. 17-March 10 as part of the “Salvaged Splendor” exhibit in MSU’s Colvard Student Union Art Gallery. (Photo submitted/Brad Ward)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A celebration of special beauty found in overlooked items of everyday life begins Wednesday [Feb. 17] at Mississippi State’s Colvard Student Union Art Gallery.

Free to all through March 10, the “Salvaged Splendor” collection of university student art features creations made with salvaged objects from old homes and buildings.

Participating artists include members of such campus groups as the ACCESS program, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Music Maker Productions and Student Association.

All exhibition works may be purchased, with proceeds going to the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity’s Maroon Edition House program.

A 5-6 p.m. opening reception Wednesday also is free to all in the second-floor gallery. Refreshments will be provided.

Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

In addition to the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department, the exhibit is made possible by the Center for Student Activities and Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity. Additional support comes from the MSU Maroon Edition Committee.

The Colvard gallery is among several campus venues that regularly feature traveling art exhibits, student shows, and group and solo displays by professional artists.

Additional information on this and other exhibits is available from Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU’s art department is home to 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).

More about campus art galleries is found at bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

Surrealism exhibit opens at MSU this month

January 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Surrealism exhibit opens at MSU this month

“Etcetera Etcetera” by Michigan artist Jay Garfinkle is among more than 30 works by American and Portuguese artists to be featured in Mississippi State’s “Luso-American Surrealism from the 21st Century” exhibit.

“Etcetera Etcetera” by Michigan artist Jay Garfinkle is among more than 30 works by American and Portuguese artists to be featured in Mississippi State’s “Luso-American Surrealism from the 21st Century” exhibit.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works by more than 20 contemporary American and Portuguese artists will be on display Jan. 21-Feb. 19 in Mississippi State’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the “Luso-American Surrealism from the 21st Century” exhibit features more than 30 paintings, drawings and sculpture creations exploring the popular art movement.

Lori Neuenfeldt, the university art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, described surrealism as a visual expression of dreams or play with reality. Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904-89)—whose melting clocks are pop-culture icons—remains the best-known representative of the creative movement dating from the early 20th century, she added.

Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

Also free to all, an opening reception for the exhibit takes place 5-6 p.m. Jan. 21 in the second-floor gallery at the MSU Welcome Center. Refreshments will be provided.

“Antipodes,” a large pen-and-ink drawing combining the talents of 14 artists, will be on display during the reception.

Additionally, visitors will have opportunities to meet artists Shahla Rosa of California and Joe MacGown of Starkville during a casual talk at noon on the 22nd, also in the gallery.

Other featured artists in the exhibit include Jay Garfinkle of Michigan; France Garrido and Olga Spiegal of New York; Victor Lages, Santiago Ribeiro and Francisco Urbano of Portugal; K.D. Matheson of Nevada; Patrick McGrath Muniz of Texas; and Laurie Burton, also of Starkville.

In addition to the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department and Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, the exhibit is made possible with support from the Portugal-based International Surrealism Now, as well as the local Chalet Arts supply store and frame shop.

The Cullis Wade Depot is located just west of Davis Wade Stadium. Situated above the Welcome Center office, its gallery is among several art department venues that regularly feature traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists.

Additional information on this and other exhibits is available from Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 orLNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

 

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