Department of Art invites alumni to participate in 50th Anniversary Exhibit

June 8th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art invites alumni to participate in 50th Anniversary Exhibit

The Mississippi State University Department of Art invites all past alumni to submit works for the 50th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition.

The exhibition is open to all alumni with a degree from the MSU Department of Art (BFA, MFA, BS or BA). All media is eligible: ceramics, drawing, graphic design (branding campaigns, packaging etc.), illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and electronic media. 

Works will be reviewed and selected by invited juror Wesley Stuckey, designer, printmaker, educator and fellow MSU alumnus! One Best in Show winner will be selected and invited for a future solo exhibition at one of the MSU Department of Art Galleries.

The MSU Alumni Exhibition will be located in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, MSU Welcome Center, next to Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

Important dates:

  • Submission Deadline October 1, 2017
  • Judging the month of October
  • Notifications sent in November
  • Accepted works postmarked to MSU Galleries by December 16, 2017
  • Exhibition opens late January 2018

For full details visit: http://bit.ly/msuart50

MSU Typography I student poster selected for international student competition exhibit

April 28th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU Typography I student poster selected for international student competition exhibit

“Beauty in Strength” by Heather Hardman

“Beauty in Stregth” designed by Heather Hardman in Assistant Professor Cassie Hester’s Typography I course was selected for inclusion in the international 2016 Poster Battle Competition/Exhibition, “No Selfie Thought, No Culture.”

In total, 520 posters were submitted from 14 countries. The top 50 submissions were selected by a distinguished panel of international judges including Maria Papaefstathiou, Natalia Delgado, Andrew Lewis, Dimitris Kanellopoulos, Peter Bankovand Stavros Damos

The selected top 50 posters van be viewed here: http://posterbattle2016.designtoolkit.org.

The works were exhibited in Thessaloniki, Greece, in February.

Ceramic Edition One Night Only Show held

April 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Ceramic Edition One Night Only Show held


(Photos by Ronnie Robinson)

A One Night Only Show was held Thurs., April 16 from 4-7 p.m. in Howell 111.

The show featured work by ceramics students.

Receptions held for Department of Art senior exhibits

April 27th, 2017 Comments Off on Receptions held for Department of Art senior exhibits


(images via Brent Funderburk)
BFA Fine Art Thesis

  • Colvard Student Union and McComas Galleries
  • April 13–May 6
  • Reception: April 13


(images by Kelsey Brownlee)
BFA Photo Thesis
 

  • Visual Arts Center Gallery
  • April 20–April 29
  • Reception: April 20


(images by Kelsey Brownlee)
BFA Graphic Design Thesis

  • Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery
  • April 24–28 
  • Reception: April 24

One Night Only Show Thursday

April 26th, 2017 Comments Off on One Night Only Show Thursday

‘Contact S17’ photography exhibit now open at MSU

April 19th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Contact S17’ photography exhibit now open at MSU

“Height” by Mississippi State senior James K. Cox of Clarksdale is among photographic works by graduating art/photography majors that are on display April 17-29 in the university’s Visual Arts Center Gallery. (Submitted photo/by James Cox)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Photographic creations by four graduating art/photography majors at Mississippi State are on display April 17-29 in the university’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Free to all, the “Contact S17: BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition” celebrates the final year of art department studies for James K. Cox of Clarksdale, Assanti T. Miller of Louisville, Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point, and Willie D. Stewart of Brooksville. Miller and Robinson also are concentrating in graphic design.

Also open to all is a 5-6 p.m. Thursday [April 20] reception in their honor in the gallery located at 808 University Drive on the edge of the Starkville campus. Refreshments will be provided.

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

All four students have been guided over the years by Professor Marita Gootee and Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo of the art department’s photography emphasis area. Gootee is the department’s longtime photography coordinator.

The students’ images reflect the successful conclusion of departmental research, writing and presentation requirements, as well as four years of foundational coursework, survey, art history, and academic and emphasis classes.

Cox, who grew up in the Mississippi Delta, said his imagery is centered in present-time and “involves a limitless collection that brings up feelings of hopefulness that are deserving of preservation.”

“By preserving the imagery in this manner, I’m cherishing the culture that exists in this area, in hopes that it will continue to prosper and evolve into something more,” Cox said.

Miller said her body of work “Visions of Life” was inspired by various personal experiences and contemplations she has had over the years, specifically about the human experience, spirituality and metaphysics.

“Using the basic elements of this physical world —water, soil and plant life—I aimed to explore the simple relationship between the physical and the abstract realities universal to the whole of mankind,” Miller explained.

Robinson’s narrative-based photographic series “Play Nice, Dearie” follows the transformation of a young girl from adolescence into womanhood. Through the series, Robinson said she seeks “to explore and understand the emotions, psyche and society’s treatment of a young woman.”

Stewart’s body of work for the photography thesis exhibit focuses on imperfections of the human body.

“I wanted to show imperfections from different people at different angles,” Stewart said. “The idea is to show that anything on our body, no matter how bad we may think it looks, can be beautiful.”

In addition to the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Department of Art, the exhibit is made possible with support from the university’s Center for Student Activities.

Additional information on the “Contact S17” exhibit is available from Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art department gallery director, at 662-325-2973 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 and bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

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 fine art majors explore visual storytelling, emotion in ‘Reverie’ exhibition at MSU

April 13th, 2017 Comments Off on Graduating fine art majors explore visual storytelling, emotion in ‘Reverie’ exhibition at MSU

Cecilia Lemus of New Albany creates sculptures of ever-changing light, color and sound for the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design’s “Reverie” exhibition. Lemus is among nine graduating fine art majors whose works are being featured April 13-May 8 in the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery and Colvard Student Union Art Gallery. (Submitted photo)

By | Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Diverse works by nine graduating fine art majors at Mississippi State are on display April 13-May 8 in two university art galleries.

Free to all, the weeklong Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, “Reverie,” 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.

“Through personal experience and reflection, these nine artists have created a multimedia visual exhibition exposing their individual tragedies, hopes, fears and dreams as part of an exploration of the human condition,” said MSU senior art/fine arts major Randi L. Watson of Brandon.

An opening reception takes place at 5-6:30 p.m. April 13 in the McComas Hall Art Gallery. Student introductions will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the McComas gallery and continue at 6 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union’s second-floor art gallery. Complimentary refreshments will be provided at both locations.

The “Reverie” exhibitors include (by hometown):

BAY SPRINGS—HuShawn D. Rambo.
BRANDON—Randi L. Watson.
LEXINGTON—Shaquita N. Woodson.
NATCHEZ—Chelsey V. Johnson.
NEW ALBANY—Cecilia A. Lemus.
OLIVE BRANCH—Taylor B. McGhee.
PONTOTOC—Ethan C. Ritchie.
SAGINAW, Michigan—Ki’erre Dawkins.
VICKSBURG—MiKayla M. Evans.

Exhibit hours for the McComas Hall Art Gallery are 1-5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 4-5 p.m. Wednesday; Colvard Student Union Art Gallery, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

For more exhibit information, contact Brent Funderburk, MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art, at 662-325-2970 or BFunderburk@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.

MSU fine art, graphic design, photography student creations showcased in annual juried exhibit

April 7th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU fine art, graphic design, photography student creations showcased in annual juried exhibit

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Eleven students from Mississippi State’s Department of Art recently received top awards as part of the 45th Student Juried Exhibition at the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

The spring exhibition featured 60 works selected from nearly 250 fine art, graphic design and photography creations submitted for consideration. Included in the exhibition were 44 works by MSU students accepted into the Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition.

Best in Show and honorable mention prizes also were presented in the fine art, graphic design and photography categories.

Fine art, graphic design and photography judges for this semester’s exhibition were, respectively, Heather Hart, a professional artist in Brooklyn, New York; Ginger Owen, associate professor of photography and intermedia at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art; and Meena Khalili, assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Louisville.

MSU’s 2017 Student Juried Exhibition award winners include (by category):

Fine Art

—Senior art/fine arts major Cecilia A. Lemus of New Albany, Best in Show for “LED Music Chair.”

—Junior art/fine arts major Phoebe L. Fitzgerald of Decatur, Alabama, Honorable Mention for “The Great Depression.”

—Senior art/fine arts major Jordan C. Knight of Brandon, Honorable Mention for “Black Beans.”

—Senior art/graphic design major Jennifer K. McFadden of Harvest, Alabama, Honorable Mention for “White Studio Wall.”

Graphic Design

—Senior art/graphic design major Catherine M. Ranager of New Albany, Best in Show for “Gold Eagle Brewing Co.”

—Senior art/graphic design and photography major Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison, Honorable Mention for “Viaggo Roma: A City of Texture and Color.”

—Senior art/graphic design major Ian F. Green of Biloxi, Honorable Mention for “Santo Spirito in Sassia.”

—Senior art/graphic design major Heather C. Hardman of Birmingham, Alabama, Honorable Mention for “Spoked Summer Ale.”

Photography

—Senior art/photography and graphic design major Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point, Best in Show for “Play Nice, Deary: Portrait Series” and Honorable Mention for “Girl With Horns.”

—Senior art/photography major Robert W. Lewis of Mayhew, Honorable Mention for “Relaxing Hunter.”

—Senior art/fine arts major Randi L. Watson of Brandon, Honorable Mention for “This is Granna. She’s Forgotten My Name.”

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.

‘One Night Only’ – March 2017

March 25th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘One Night Only’ – March 2017


(Photos via Ronnie Robinson)

A “One Night Only”  show was held on March 23 in room 111 of Howell Hall from 6-8 p.m.

The show featured work from Jenni Kilburn (photography), Joseph H. MacGown (fine art) and Phoebe Fitzgerald (drawing).

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