From the Gallery – January 2018

February 2nd, 2018 Comments Off on From the Gallery – January 2018

In this episode of From the Gallery, Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt discusses “Hatch Show Print” – on display through February at the Visual Arts Center Gallery – with graphic design Professor Jamie Mixon.

Historic print shop works featured in new exhibition at MSU

January 27th, 2018 Comments Off on Historic print shop works featured in new exhibition at MSU

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Iconic works from the archives of a historic Nashville letterpress print shop are on display through March 2 at Mississippi State University’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Free to all, the exhibition in the gallery at 808 University Drive in Starkville features vintage and contemporary posters from Hatch Show Print, the “Music City”-based shop housed in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Since 1879, HSP has worked to educate diverse audiences by creating and sharing a vast collection of well-known designs commemorating America’s evolving identity. The company’s first print job was a handbill announcing the appearance of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

HSP has created handmade posters for musicians such as the late, legendary African-American jazz and blues entertainers Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, as well as show posters for country music icons including the late Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. The shop’s print work in the 21st century has expanded to designs for vinyl record covers, packaging and books. For more, visit http://hatchshowprint.com.

VAC Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Saturday.

A 5-6 p.m. reception will take place Thursday, Feb. 15, at the VAC gallery. Refreshments will be available, and all are welcome.

Celene Aubrey, manager of Hatch Show Print, will give a 12:30 p.m. public presentation Friday, Feb. 16, in the Fazio Jury Room at Giles Hall, home to MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU Department of Art’s gallery director, expressed appreciation for Professor and Graphic Design Coordinator Jamie Mixon and other departmental colleagues who assisted in making the exhibition and related programs possible.

For more information, contact Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its Department of Art at www.caad.msstate.eduor follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

Graphic design alumnus Kaylie Mitchell featured in Starkville Daily News

January 25th, 2018 Comments Off on Graphic design alumnus Kaylie Mitchell featured in Starkville Daily News

Kaylie Mitchell (left) and Hagan Walker shown when they won a competition with the university’s E-Center that helped them get their company Glo started.

Glo plans to shine in new home on Lampkin Street

 
A Starkville business recently moved in to a new home downtown after its humble beginning in a closet three years ago.

Glo is a line of liquid-activated, glowing cubes used as drink enhancers. Glo also partnered with Musee to create bath bombs with a glowing cube inside.

The company was founded by Mississippi State University students Hagan Walker and Kaylie Mitchell in 2015.

“My cofounder, Kaylie, and I, were both students at State,” Walker said. “She was in graphic design and I was in electrical engineering, and this was one of her classroom projects. The idea behind it was to create a conceptual company that drew your eye to the product, and Kaylie always said, ‘If it lights up, people are going to look at it.'”

Walker said he helped make the product liquid-activated, and the pair won $15,000 in an entrepreneurship competition at MSU through the E-Center.

“When we first started, our first prototypes were made in my walk-in closet in a house I was renting in town,” Walker said. “Then we moved to the Research Park and had a very small office over there. Then we were in the Partnership building for a little while before we moved here.”

Glo’s new location had been empty for about a year before the company began leasing the building from owner Rick Underwood, who owns Rick’s Furniture, Walker said.

The front space in the new building will be used for office space for the Glo team and for retail space. A small back portion of the building will be used for inventory and supplies. A larger area in the back of the building will be used by young entrepreneurs from MSU to rent while they start their new businesses.

“Kaylie and I ran into this issue when we first started,” Walker said. “We couldn’t afford rent anywhere, and the university had to help us. Our idea is you start at the E-Center, then if you want to pursue your idea you come here, and then you’ll move down to some space they have at the Partnership. This whole thing is us trying to give back to Starkville.”

Glo will host an open house at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 to celebrate their new headquarters and release their newest product, glowing bath toys for children.

“It’s been crazy. Literally we started our first prototype in a closet three years ago,” Walker said. “To go from 10 square feet to 5,000 plus is pretty cool. And a lot of people like the story of Glo, but we want to tell them about the space in the back and how we want other young people to stay in Starkville as well.”

While the Glo cubes are made in China, all the packaging and printing is done in-house in Starkville. Glo currently employs five people and has several interns throughout the semester, Walker said.

“Some of them are internships, but thinking that we’re creating jobs for people is really cool,” Walker said.

Elements of Design reception held November 28

December 2nd, 2017 Comments Off on Elements of Design reception held November 28

By Kelsey Brownlee

The “Elements of Design: BFA Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Show” was on display in the Visual Arts Center Gallery from Nov. 28 – Dec. 5.  

The senior show featured brand design elements from nine seniors.

A reception was held Tues., Nov. 28, from 6-7:30 p.m.

‘Elements of Design’ exhibition at MSU showcases talents of graduating graphic design majors

November 27th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Elements of Design’ exhibition at MSU showcases talents of graduating graphic design majors

On display Nov. 28-Dec. 5 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery, the “Elements of Design” exhibition features works of nine fine art seniors completing their graphic design studies in the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. The student exhibitors include (front row, left to right) Austin Thomas, Vernon McCoy Jr., Aubrey Pohl; (middle row, left to right) Heather Hardman, Alleigh Moffett, Matthew Rogers; (top row, left to right) Morgan Donour, Paige Knapp and Marianna Myrick. (Submitted photo)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works of nine fine art seniors specializing in graphic design at Mississippi State will be on display Nov. 28-Dec. 5 at the Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Free to all, the “Elements of Design” exhibition in the gallery at 808 University Drive in Starkville celebrates the conclusion of the students’ studies in the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program.

“These nine brand new design elements are bursting with creative energy and ready to go out into the world and change the entire foundation of design,” said Suzanne Powney, MSU assistant professor of graphic design. 

Portfolio works in “Elements of Design” range from illustrative poster designs and eye-catching advertisements to compelling web design layouts and packaging. In addition to the physical displays, individual portfolio books and self-promotional pieces will be available for viewing on opening night. For a preview, visit www.elementsofdesignmsstate.com and follow on Instagram @elementsofdesignmsstate.

A 6-7:30 p.m. opening reception in the students’ honor will take place Tuesday [Nov. 28] at the VAC gallery. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Two Brothers Smoked Meats in Starkville.

Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Saturday. 

The “Elements of Design” exhibitors include (by hometown):

  • Bay Saint Louis—Aubrey J. Pohl.
  • Birmingham, Alabama—Heather C. Hardman.
  • Fannin—Vernon E. McCoy Jr., who also is concentrating in fine arts.
  • Flowood—Marianna G. Myrick.
  • Fulton—Alleigh T. Moffett; and Austin L. Thomas.
  • Tupelo—Paige F. Knapp; and Matthew B. Rogers.
  • West Point—Morgan R. Donour.

For more information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU Department of Art’s gallery director, at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its Department of Art on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

Art students return from New York study

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on Art students return from New York study

New York Field Study 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Twenty students and two faculty members spent their Fall Break in New York.

Led by Associate Professor Ben Harvey and Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney – who organized the trip – the students are the fourth and largest group to participate in the department’s Special Topic in ART- Art Field Study course.

The course was created in 2014 to provide historical and contemporary cultural experiences in the Big Apple’s world of art and design through visits to museums, galleries, artists’ studios and design firms, among other activities.

Among other locales, the group visited the special collections at the Columbia University Butler Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art; graphic design work spaces of Gensler and Johnson & Johnson; along with an artists’ studio in the Red Hook neighborhood with textile designer Annie Coggan and fine art alumnus Chris Lucious. 

The group also visited the High Line Park before a boat tour of the entire island of Manhattan. Perhaps most importantly, the students and faculty had opportunities to meet with former MSU art majors that have “made it” in New York. They included Sarah Foley, design manager at Johnson & Johnson; Lauren Blalock, Anna Callaway and Drew Ford, graphic designers for Johnson & Johnson; and Ashlee Bennett, Britney Johnson, Lilly Scheibelhut, Mickenzie Robbins, Trey Harding, Patrick Finch, Caleb Hunt and Brian Barham.

Special thanks to Karen Green, curator for comics and cartoons, Ancient & Medieval History librarian, Columbia University; Lauren Docktor, workplace experience manager, Gensler; Chris Lucious, artist; and Sarah Foley, design manager at Johnson & Johnson for hosting our students! 

Students had various creative assignments as part of the trip, including a blog created by Carly Melton, Calli Nelson, April Porter, Mimi Sheppard, Haylee Upton and Moesha Wright.

Abbey Goodman, Ali Meeler, Mary Emily Moore and Abbey Ridgon created a course poster (above).

Conner Booth, Claire Burgett, Kennedy Caldwell and Madison Cheek were in charge of a video (watch it above), while Darren Cheairs, Stephen Latham, Breanna Rayburn, Lauryn Rody, Samantha Sumrall and Kaitlyn Upton were in charge of documenting the experience through photography (photos below).

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Art alumna Kimberlin Singletary featured on design blog

June 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Art alumna Kimberlin Singletary featured on design blog

Kimberlin Singletary

on the big.co blog

50 States – Mississippi with Kimberlin Singletary

The Creative Chair talks graphic design and Mississippi with Kimberlin Singletary in the 14th edition of our 50 States series.

You can see a lot more from Kim on her website

Tell us a little bit more about yourself and what you do?

My name is Kimberlin Singletary. I was born and raised in Mississippi, specifically Crystal Springs. I graduated from Mississippi State University in 2015. After finishing college, I knew I wanted to move somewhere different. After applying for several jobs, I accepted a position in Atlanta, GA at Astral Health and Beauty as a Graphic Designer.

My responsibilities include designing brochures, packaging, flyers and other merchandising materials. Our company works with other organisations such as Kohls, ULTA, Costco, DreamWorks, Disney and many more.

How has Mississippi influenced the work that you do?

Mississippi is not considered the most respected state, so expectations are naturally lower there. But, I wanted to prove the stereotypes wrong. Since I was a little girl, I dreamed about moving away to do bigger and better things.

However, it was not until I moved when I realised how much of an influence Mississippi has had on me. Being a girl from the country, I was initially shocked by the traffic and crowds of people. I was excited for skyscrapers and never sleeping, but now I long for those quiet and hospitable people from back home. More than anything, Mississippi shaped my personality. The slower lifestyle has given me the patience to handle stressful situations in a fast-paced environment.

Of your own work, what is your favorite project and why?

My senior year in college I did a packaging project for a beverage. The product was called Kaleidoscope, and it was spiked lemonade. I am always attracted to color, especially bright ones, and I wanted to try a method that would be challenging, but a learning experience at the same time.

That method ended up being letterpress. I had taken a summer class to learn this technique, but I still had so much more to learn. Through this process of mixing the paints to get the right colour, designing the shapes on the labels and placing the imprints in just the right spot, I felt both frustration and appreciation. By the time I finished the project it was my baby. With so many tedious steps, I can confidently say I did it all myself and loved every minute.

And finally, if you died and got reincarnated as a song, what would that song be?

I don’t think I would be a specific song. When I listen to music, the genre changes in each song. So, I want to be a playlist on shuffle. One minute I listen to classical and the next heavy metal. I am full of surprises and unique; you never know what is going to happen next.

Mississippi Trivia

  • Became the 20th State on the 10th December 1817
  • Birthplace of Elvis Presley
  • Mississippi River is the largest river in the US

Department of Art wraps up annual summer camp

June 26th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art wraps up annual summer camp

Images by Matthew Gordon

Fourteen campers ages sixteen and up were a part of this summer’s INvision art camp at Mississippi State University.

From June 12-16, students participated in workshops across all concentrations led by art professors and had the chance to interact with current art students.

  • Bookbinding
    • Campers started the week learning how to bind a sketchbook. They kept the book, which they used throughout the camp to draw and journal their experiences. 
  • Sculpture
    • The group made plaster casts of their hands, and learned to steam-bend wood and braze small pieces of metal together.
  • Ceramics
    • Campers learned to throw pottery on the wheel and do a hand building project.  They also got to see their pots fired in a Raku firing.
  • Drawing
    • This workshop taught basic drawing rules and skills to help with composition.
  • Photography
    • The campers learned about different studio lighting techniques and how photographers use lighting to take studio portraits.  The campers then got to take turns practicing their technique – both modeling and taking portraits.
  • Graphic Design
    • Campers were excited to get to design their own t-shirt for the camp.  Its was a collaborative effort, combining individual drawings into one for the final design.

On the final day of the camp, students installed their work from the week at the Visual Arts Center and had a reception for parents and visitors.

For more about the annual summer camp, visit: caad.msstate.edu/in-vision, or contact us at in-vision@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-6900.

Department of Art announces 2017-2018 scholarship recipients

June 15th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art announces 2017-2018 scholarship recipients

The Mississippi State University Department of Art has awarded the following scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Beverly B. Gulmon Memoria Scholarship: $3,000

  • Savannah Alley, incoming freshman
  • Hannah Bewley, incoming freshman
  • Elaina Hart, incoming freshman

Ferretti/Karnstedt Endowed Scholarship: $1,500

  • Shannon Shepherd, senior 
  • Jeffery Daniel, senior

Ashley DuBoise Endowed Photography Scholarship: $1,000

  • Jeffery Daniel, senior

The Del Rendon Endowed Art Scholarship: $1,500

  • Carly Melton, senior
  • Bhakti Patel, incoming freshman

Tramel Memorial Endowed Scholarship: $1,000

  • Phoebe Fitzgerald, senior
  • Matthew Rogers, senior

Van Bristow Memorial Endowed Scholarship: $800

  • Gerald Wicks, senior

William Pittman Andrews Endowed Scholarship: $1,000

  • Sarah Steen, incoming freshman

 

Graphic design student to bike across country raising funds, awareness for cancer

June 6th, 2017 Comments Off on Graphic design student to bike across country raising funds, awareness for cancer

Beth Wynn | Mississippi State University

Via msstate.edu | Our People

Heather Hardman wanted to spend her last summer before graduation “doing something bigger than herself.”

In her search, the Mississippi State graphic design senior stumbled upon the 4K for Cancer website. The program allows 18-25 year olds the opportunity to give and get support within the cancer community as they bike or run 4,000 plus miles across the country.

Now part of Team Seattle in the program, Hardman joined 24 other college students in Baltimore, Maryland, this week.  Together, they are biking across the country (through sites such as the Appalachian Mountains, Lakes Michigan and Chicago, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and the Olympic National Park), and plan to end their journey in Seattle in mid-August.

Hardman and her teammates will be raising funds and awareness for cancer along the way, visiting treatment centers and delivering scholarships. They will dedicate days of the journey to people they know who have battled cancer by writing these names on their legs. Hardman has had friends and family members who have had cancer, as well as her childhood figure skating coach. (See her dedication list here.)

The graphic design student has taken on several additional roles for the trip.

She was part of the committee that designed the team jerseys.

“I think we rotate out three all summer,” she laughed. “Hopefully there will be laundry facilities at some of our host sites.”

And, some of that responsibility is on her. As a leg leader, she was in charge of finding hosts (lodging and food) for twelve of the cities they will stop in – all around 50-100 miles apart.

“It was easier than I thought it would be to find people willing to help,” she said. “Anytime I called a church or others who have helped in the past, they have been so welcoming.”

Hardman won’t have much time to relax at these stops, though; she is social media coordinator for her team and will be blogging about the experience at seeyouinseattle.tumblr.com. She will keep an updated map with her team’s current location and post photos and details from each day.

She is excited about the journey – getting to know this group of like-minded students, exploring new states and pushing herself to the limit – all for a good cause.

Read more and see how you can donate here: https://ulman.z2systems.com/heather-hardman

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