Reception held for ‘Narratives of the Land’ Exhibit

September 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Narratives of the Land’ Exhibit

A reception was held on Thursday [Sept. 7], a 5 p.m. in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery for “Narratives of the Land,” an exhibit featuring quintessential scenes of Mississippi landscapes created by artists Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-65), Ke Francis (1945-), William “Bill” Dunlap (1944-) and Eudora Welty (1909-2001).

The exhibition is one of twelve celebrating the Magnolia State’s bicentennial and will be on display through Sept. 29. Read more here.

College of Architecture, Art and Design hosts second annual Jackson Design Camp

August 5th, 2017 Comments Off on College of Architecture, Art and Design hosts second annual Jackson Design Camp

Jackson Design Camp 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo. (Video by Anna Barber)

Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently hosted its second annual design camp for students from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.

Held June 26–30, the five-day summer experience in Jackson had a goal of helping students in the Greater Jackson community develop their interests in architecture, art, community development, design, engineering, planning, social justice and related professional fields.

Students gained knowledge of design tools and media through individual and group workshops focused on design, sketching, printmaking, graphic design, model building, sculpture and construction, among other skills. Collaboration, leadership and communication skills were developed, which will help students increase their self-confidence in these areas, leaders said.

This year’s camp was co-directed by MSU School of Architecture Jackson Center Director Jassen Callender and Department of Art Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney.

“It was a wonderful experience to show design-centered entrepreneurship in Jackson to the students,” said Powney. “The range of presenters and activities really emphasized the many paths they could take in the future.” 

The faculty were joined by four student counselors from the College of Architecture, Art and Design – Kapish Cheema (May 2017 graduate, architecture), De’Andre Gaskin (senior, architecture), Carly Melton (senior, art), Garrett Yelverton (May 2017 graduate, architecture).

The camp experience included a variety of visits throughout downtown Jackson, including a tour of the New Capitol building and the Mississippi Museum of Art. The students also visited studios in downtown Jackson including NunoErin Interactive Furniture, Mississippi Light Collaborative with Jess Dalton, and architect and MSU alumnus Steve Davis’s firm – Canizaro Cawthon Davis.

The students visited Midtown to explore video work at Red Square Productions with Roderick Red, entrepreneurship at Offbeat with Phillip Rollins, art and design at Pearl River Glass Studio with Andrew Young, and furniture design at Reclaimed Miles with Chad Schwarzauer.

Speakers included interior designer and MSU alumnus Cristen Richard, animation and illustrator Assistant Professor Ginnie Hsu from the MSU Department of Art, and coordinator of recruitment activities Tabora Cook from the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships.

CAAD Associate Dean and Professor Greg Hall said the camp was designed to help expose students to the wide variety and scope of educational and career opportunities in design fields ranging from architecture to graphic design and interior design to fashion, as well as related fields such as engineering and construction.

“One of our primary goals is to help students form educational and professional goals that they can continue to develop during their high school education, regardless of their eventual career choice,” Hall said.

In addition to being funded in part by a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and $750 from the ChemFirst/First Mississippi Corporation Charitable Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, the camp is supported by MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design; its School of Architecture and Department of Art; the MSU Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and Office of the Registrar.

“I think one of the most rewarding things about this program is seeing the students develop an interest in design as it applies to everyday life,” said Jane Alexander, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. “Not all of them will pursue a career in this path, but they are motivated by the projects they do and the things they see and experience during the week.”

She added, “Once you’ve been exposed to art and architecture, you learn it’s accessible. Knowledge is power, and now these kids have the power of ‘seeing’.”

For additional camp information, contact Hall at 662-325-2509 or ghall@caad.msstate.edu.

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(Images by Anna Barber, De’Andre Gaskin and Christie McNeal)

From the Gallery – July 2017

August 4th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – July 2017

Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt discusses the MSU Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Artist in Residence Program with recent Artist in Residence Dr. Gillian J. Furniss, Ed.D.

Art student, alumna featured as ‘State Spotlight’

June 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Art student, alumna featured as ‘State Spotlight’

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

Shawna Williams, a senior art major from Hattiesburg, and art alumna Randi Layne Watson work on a mural on the back wall of the Dawg House stage in MSU’s Colvard Student Union.

The mural, which features Mississippi music with an emphasis on Black Prairie blues, is part of a larger remodeling of the Dawg House.

The revamped space, which is currently used for a wide variety of events and as a lounge space, will be unveiled this fall. 

See the image at msstate.edu!

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.

‘Who, What, Wear?’ collaborative exhibition features works by MSU students

June 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Who, What, Wear?’ collaborative exhibition features works by MSU students

MSU senior art/fine arts major Dionicio D. “Dion” Coleman of Rex, Georgia, presents his research at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel while standing next to an original fashion design by Gabrielle Martinez, an MSU senior fashion design and merchandising/design and product development major from Byhalia. Martinez’s design was inspired by Benjamin West’s oil painting “J. Fall,” c. 1765–1770. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Phyllis Bell Miller)

On display through Oct. 22 at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, the “Who What Wear?” collaborative exhibition features costume recreations and original designs displayed next to works of art and research by students from Mississippi State and the University of Southern Mississippi. Under the direction of Phyllis Bell Miller, retiring MSU professor of fashion design merchandising, far left, and Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art instructor and gallery director, far right, the students include, from left to right, Neshelle Gilbert, Alicia Lemons, Candace Wheeler, Kristen Miller-Zohn, USM student Jacquelyn Loy, Heather Pace, Jennifer McFadden, USM costume shop supervisor Kelly James-Penot, Mackenzie Dunn, Dion Coleman, Kelly Byrd, Katye Drew and Haylee Upton. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Charles Freeman)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works representing the collaborative efforts of current and former Mississippi State art, fashion design and merchandising, and theatre students are on display through Oct. 22 at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel.

Featuring costume recreations and original designs, the “Who, What, Wear?” exhibition also showcases works of art and research by students from MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Art and Design; and College of Arts and Sciences, as well as students from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art instructor and gallery director, said last year, she was approached by Kristen Miller-Zohn, curator at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Miller-Zohn proposed the idea for a collaborative exhibition featuring the recreation of garments seen in works of art at the museum.

“For this exhibit, we sought to involve professionals and students in different fields including art, fashion design and theatre,” Neuenfeldt said. “This idea led to the creation of a special topics course at Mississippi State titled ‘Understanding Fashion in Art’ that combines my interests in the overlapping of art and clothing history.”

Neuenfeldt taught the “Understanding Fashion in Art” course this past spring, but the work featured in the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art exhibition is that of students who were enrolled in her 2016 spring semester course.

As part of the 2016 spring semester “Understanding Fashion in Art” course, 30 undergraduate students investigated different ways clothing and accessories are used to communicate ideas of power, gender, wealth and wisdom through works of art from ancient to modern periods.

Throughout the semester, the students conducted research and developed sketches and dossiers on pieces from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

“Students interpreted the way clothing functions in specific pieces from the museum’s permanent collection,” Neuenfeldt said. “This was no easy task, but they showed me that they were eager for the opportunity to access the collection, study the objects and provide information to the museum.”

MSU art students Alex Cayson, Jennifer McFadden, Haylee Upton, Dion Coleman and Katye Drew passed their research on to fashion design and merchandising majors Neshelle Gilbert, Gabrielle Martinez and Alicia Lemons, who were enrolled in MSU Professor Phyllis Bell Miller’s fall 2016 intermediate construction course. Miller’s students used the research and images as inspiration for new fashion designs, Neuenfeldt said.

Additionally, former MSU communication/theatre major Mackenzie Dunn and Kelly James-Penot, costume shop supervisor at the University of Southern Mississippi, produced historical recreations that are displayed next to paintings from the Lauren Rogers museum’s permanent collection. Dunn created a 19th-century folk costume from the Swiss Canton of Bern, while James-Penot created an 18th-century style “robe á la française.”

Neuenfeldt said this yearlong project is “an exciting example of how artwork can inspire collaborations across research fields and educational institutions.”

“The Mississippi State University Department of Art is happy to partner with the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and the University of Southern Mississippi for this special project,” she said. “An investigation of fashion and costume is a fascinating way to explore works of art and culture, and it is exciting to see how the work of our students is being used to actively engage visitors of the museum.”

For more exhibit information, visit www.lrma.org/exhibition/who-what-wear or contact Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

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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

From the Gallery – May 2017

June 1st, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – May 2017

Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with Professor of Biological Sciences Diana Outlaw. Outlaw discusses a special project dealing with photography by autistic children. An exhibit of this work will be on display through July in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

EPA raingarden ribbon cutting marks observation of Earth Day at MSU

April 27th, 2017 Comments Off on EPA raingarden ribbon cutting marks observation of Earth Day at MSU


(Photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)By Vanessa Beeson | Mississippi State University

Three cross-college departments commemorated a new raingarden at the university with a ribbon cutting Friday [April 21] in observation of Earth Day. The raingarden is located in the courtyard of the landscape architecture facility on the Starkville campus.

Landscape architecture students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences built the garden, funded by a $20,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to create a green infrastructure training and demonstration project. Those also contributing to the project include graphic design and engineering students, as well as the MSU facilities management department.

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum spoke about the importance of sustainability at the ceremony.

“I am so pleased to see so many students who took an active role in leading this effort to make a difference. Having a wonderful raingarden to demonstrate the sustainability of water is something we are all going to learn from for years to come,” Keenum said. “Our university must address critical challenges like this for the future and instill in our younger generations knowledge of how to develop innovative solutions.”

Cory Gallo, associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, said the raingarden manages one-fourth of the building’s rainwater runoff, but the project’s main purpose is to serve as an educational showpiece that teaches students, faculty and the broader community about green infrastructure technologies.

“The focus of this is really about education. This is the most comprehensive raingarden demonstration project in Mississippi and perhaps even in the Southeast. I don’t know of any that communicate what a raingarden does as well as this one,” Gallo said.

The raingarden’s focal piece is a 2,000 gallon cistern that collects rainwater and directs excess water into a 1,500-square-foot bioretention basin where it is managed with soil and plants. The raingarden is a sustainable water management demonstration in three steps — conveyance, storage and management. As water comes off the roof, it goes into the cistern for storage and then into the garden. Once in the garden, the water is cooled, filtered, absorbed and delayed.

Gallo explained the effects of the process.

“If you come here a day or two after it rains, you’ll hear water making its way into the basin because that’s how much water flow has been slowed down. When there is less water, it becomes much slower and takes more time, and it’s cleaner and cooler as it comes through. It’s an audible experience,” he said.

In previous semesters, landscape architecture students installed the basin in addition to surrounding benches. Part of that previous work included collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering. Civil engineering students completed water quality testing prior to construction as part of the preliminary work.

“This is one of the most amazing projects where landscape architects, graphic designers and civil engineers worked together marching toward environmental sustainability. It is a win-win situation for all involved,” said Veera Gnaneswar Gude, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering.

Graphic design students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design also worked alongside landscape architecture students to develop informational graphics to communicate the project’s purpose in an effective, concise manner.

Both landscape architecture and graphic design students enrolled in a cross-college collaborative course were tasked with designing, creating and installing the cistern; building out the garden; and developing, creating and implementing the demonstration component.

Suzanne Powney, assistant professor in the Department of Art, discussed how that hands-on collaboration, especially the opportunity for graphic design students to assist in the construction of the garden, resulted in a better design. She said while the work was challenging at times, the students took it in stride and did an incredible job.

“All of the students worked really hard. I am very proud of them,” she said. “This is a permanent structure they can come back to years in the future and say, ‘I built this.’”

In addition to Friday’s ribbon cutting, students also participated in a ceremonial first planting in the new MSU Community Garden immediately adjacent to the raingarden. Graphic design students contributed to this garden with a wall graphic, numbering system on the planters and educational graphic explaining when to plant various crops.

For more information, visit MSU’s Department of Landscape Architecture online at lalc.msstate.edu; the College of Architecture, Art and Design at caad.msstate.edu; and the Bagley College of Engineering at bagley.msstate.edu. The Water Resources Research Institute, housed at Mississippi State, facilitated the raingarden project’s grant and budget.

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Design I class installs work at Sudduth Elementary

December 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Design I class installs work at Sudduth Elementary


(Photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University and submitted)

For their final project, students in Brittany Spencer’s Design I class completed a community installation at Sudduth Elementary School in Starkville.

Earlier in the semester, a committee at the elementary school chose two quotes for students to base designs on: “Plant Kindness, Grow Love” and “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti.”

Each of Spencer’s students proposed three designs based on the two quotes. Those proposed designs were eventually narrowed down by a vote to the top three designs for each quote, and the Sudduth committee chose the final designs.

The MSU students then cut out these designs by hand on vinyl and decorated the school’s hall windows.

Students who were a part of the installation include:
Ashtyn Carpenter
Caroline Fitzwater
Tess Frazier
Karleigh Harfst
Megan Henry
Hayden Hunt
Haley Lawrence
Eric Lindsey
Savanah Martinez
Meghan Norman (her design was chosen for the theme “Plant Kindness, Grow Love”)
Elise Sears
Melissa Sones(her design was chosen for the theme “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti”)
Mary Katherine Swindoll
Anna Terry
Deremy Triplett

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This is the second community installation done by Spencer’s Design I students. Read more about the previous installation in Howell Building.

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