Artist’s ‘Stark Vegas’ design steps into spotlight

June 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Artist’s ‘Stark Vegas’ design steps into spotlight

Photo by: Sarah Dutton/The Columbus Dispatch www.cdispatch.com

By Slim Smith | The Columbus Dispatch

Sports Center has a little — and in some cases a lot of — just about everything when it comes to sports apparel. 

The sprawling retail store at Highway 12 and Louisville Street in Starkville even has its own resident artist. 

It might not be the future Evelyn Collins imagined when she graduated from Starkville Academy and headed to college, first at East Mississippi and later at Mississippi State, where she earned with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, but her job at Sports Center fulfills her creative urges. 

“When I went to Mississippi State, I really wanted to major in graphic design,” said Collins, 25. “But I couldn’t get in, so rather than wait a year to get a spot, I decided to major in fine arts, painting. I’m still not painting or doing a lot of graphic design, but this job does give me a chance to use my creative energy.” 

For the past 18 months, Collins has worked in the store’s custom apparel department, creating logos or incorporating existing logos into designs for a range of apparel — everything from team jerseys and uniforms to golf shirts embellished with company logos. 

She’s designed or adapted all sorts of logos for all sorts of clothing. 

But she never really thought about socks. 

Who thinks about socks, right? 

Well, Andrew Tyler, for one. 

Tyler, the store’s shoe manager, has been with Sports Center since it opened in 2009. He speaks with remarkable enthusiasm about the shoes and the shoe-related products he sells. 

So, when Tyler received a notice about a design/marketing contest being staged by Balega, a leading line of high-tech running socks, he immediately thought of Collins. 

“I showed it to her and told her she might be interested,” Tyler said. 

For Collins, it was a chance to measure her creative chops against designers from across the country. 

Noting the judging would be held on the Balega Facebook page, she figured she would need a design that would be instantly recognizable. 

For someone who grew up in the shadows of MSU, a thought immediately came to her mind: Stark Vegas. 

“Stark Vegas has really kind of taken off,” Collins said. “You see it everywhere, so I thought using it on my design would be something people would respond to.” 

Her design was simple, minimalist — the word “STARK VEGAS” embroidered on the inside heel of the sock. The power of the phrase took over from there. 

“They picked 20 finalists out of hundreds of entries,” Collins said. “My design made that cut. Balega then put 10 designs up on its page one week for people to pick out their favorite, then put the other 10 up on the page. When it was over, I was one of the four winning designs. Pretty cool.” 

As a reward for its efforts, Balega sent 250 pairs of Collins’ “Stark Vegas” socks to Sports Center. 

“We’re probably the only place in the world you can buy them,” Tyler said. “We’ve already sold 30 pairs in just the few weeks we’ve had them.” 

Along with the bragging rights, Collins also got a $600 check. 

“I wish I could say I spent it on something cool,” she said, laughing. “I spent it all on bills.

Anna Zollicoffer featured as MSU ‘Our People’

May 3rd, 2017 Comments Off on Anna Zollicoffer featured as MSU ‘Our People’

Story by Emily Gouin | Photo by Russ Houston

Graphic design and marketing senior Anna Zollicoffer enjoys anything that sparks her creative nature.

“I love all things related to creating, whether that be graphic design, drawing, crocheting or cooking,” Zollicoffer said. “Anything that I can be creative with is what I enjoy doing.”

The 21-year-old from Flowood always knew that she wanted to attend Mississippi State University. From the teachers she’s had, to the professional experiences she’s gained, her time spent as an MSU student has been a rewarding experience, and she is especially reflective of the good times as she prepares for graduation this week.

“The art program at MSU has been phenomenal and has taught me so much. I had high expectations for it, but it surpassed what I imagined,” Zollicoffer said. “They teach you all the skills and techniques you need, but they also encourage you to be unique and think outside the box.”

Zollicoffer has created many graphic design campaigns in her classes. She won a class competition among 30 other designers for her Make It in Mississippi campaign, which she said was a challenging project but one of her favorites. She won another competition for a booklet she created for a collaboration project between MSU students and Bradfield & Gorrie, a construction management contractor and design-build service provider. Both projects were accepted in the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition and the Mississippi State University Student Juried Exhibit this year.

While graphic design is her passion, Zollicoffer also likes to incorporate fine art into her designs through mediums like watercolor and charcoal. She gets inspiration from nature and things that are bright and colorful.

During the summer of 2016, Zollicoffer studied abroad in Rome, Italy, where she created a poster series titled “Rome Abloom.” It was reminiscent of the colorful flowers and people she met during her time abroad.

Zollicoffer currently works at the Social Science Research Center and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. At the research center, she portrays education and family information, and economic and health-related data, through infographics, pamphlets and booklets. Her work for the College of Arts and Sciences includes branding for the college’s 60th anniversary and its Discover Your And campaign. She also produces magazine covers, logos, posters, and flyers for the college.

“My ultimate goal in my life and career is to be happy. I’m so glad I chose art as my major,” Zollicoffer said. “I feel like I can’t go wrong in any path I decide to pursue since I’m doing something that I love.”

Following graduation, she plans to either work for a graphic design or advertising agency, or as an in-house graphic designer for a company. Her online design portfolio can be found at www.artbyzanna.com. She credits MSU with equipping her with the knowledge and skill set to excel in her future endeavors, and she considers graduating from MSU to be a privilege and honor.

“I know how to draw and design, but because of Mississippi State, I understand what is at stake with every design I produce,” Zollicoffer said. “Design tells a story and makes a company memorable. I want to be able to tell that story successfully and beautifully.”

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

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.

Students selected for 2017 statewide exhibition

February 26th, 2017 Comments Off on Students selected for 2017 statewide exhibition

In its 67th year, the Mississippi Collegiate Arts exhibit is part of statewide juried competition for student artists enrolled in the state’s four-year colleges and universities. The annual event is designed to showcase the high quality of visual arts education taking place in Mississippi higher education.

This year’s contest drew more than 755 submissions from 8 institutions. Of that number, 44 entries by MSU art majors were among 134 judged worthy of inclusion in the exhibit.

Unfortunately, this year’s exhibit was canceled due to a tornado that struck William Carey University, where the show was being held.

MSU’s 2017 MCA Competition selected exhibitors included:

  • Kelli Clayton
  • Daniel Clark
  • Sam Douglas
  • Erin Frazier
  • Trent Furr
  • Canaan Griffin
  • Heather Hardman
  • Nicolette Johnson
  • Matthew Lewis
  • Justin Mayfield
  • Jenn McFadden
  • Alleigh Moffett
  • Aubrey Pohl
  • Ronnie Robinson
  • Shannon Shepherd
  • Kenan Simpkins
  • Imani Smith
  • Whitney White
  • Gerald Wicks
  • Anna Zollicoffer

‘One Night Only’ – February 2017 Galleries

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

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

The show featured work from students Brennan Crosby (photography), Brian Ballou (graphic design) and Isabelle Cottrell (painting).


(Photos via Ronnie Robinson)

 

Gregory Martin part of ‘Mississippi Invitational’

November 1st, 2016 Comments Off on Gregory Martin part of ‘Mississippi Invitational’

Greg Martin - MSU Department of Art professor. (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Greg Martin – MSU Department of Art professor.
(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Assistant Professor Gregory Martin is one of 18 contemporary visual artists living and working across the state to have work selected for the 2016 Mississippi Invitational.

The exhibition will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson from Dec. 17, 2016 – Feb. 18, 2017.

Guest curator, Marisca J. Pascucci, curator of collections at Boca Raton Museum of Art, selected four paintings by Martin   – (“Long Term Parking,” “Spirit,” “Spiral” and “Goodyear”) for inclusion out of 115 submissions from artists across the state.

An opening reception for Mississippi Invitational artists, special guests and museum members is scheduled for Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The following day, Pacucci will be joined by Jane Hiatt and the recipient of the Hiatt Artist Fellowship for a panel discussion moderated by MMA Director and Chief Curator Roger Ward. 

MSU Assistant Professor Critz Campbell also had works selected for the exhibit.

Find out more about the Mississippi Invitational at msmuseumart.org.

Reception held for ‘Peri Schwartz: Paintings • Drawings • Prints’ exhibit

October 28th, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Peri Schwartz: Paintings • Drawings • Prints’ exhibit


(Photos by Aaron McElfish)

A reception was held for the current exhibit on display on the second-floor exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center on Thurs., Oct. 27.

Peri Schwartz’s paintings, drawings and print creations will remain on display through Nov. 5.

Read more about the exhibit.

 

‘Peri Schwartz: Paintings • Drawings • Prints’ exhibit opens at MSU

October 20th, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Peri Schwartz: Paintings • Drawings • Prints’ exhibit opens at MSU

“Bottles & Jars XXXVI” is among works by New York artist Peri Schwartz that are on display through Nov. 5 at Mississippi State’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery. In her paintings, drawings and prints, Schwartz focuses on composition and the interplay of color, light and space.

“Bottles & Jars XXXVI” is among works by New York artist Peri Schwartz that are on display through Nov. 5 at Mississippi State’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery. In her paintings, drawings and prints, Schwartz focuses on composition and the interplay of color, light and space.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Paintings, drawings and print creations by a New York artist are on display through Nov. 5 at Mississippi State’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the second-floor exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center features Peri Schwartz’s works focused on composition and the interplay of color, light and space.

Reared in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of New York’s Queens borough, Schwartz currently lives and works in the southeastern city of New Rochelle, New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and also holds a Master of Fine Arts from Queens College. Her work is featured in numerous public and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. For more biographical information, visit www.perischwartz.com.

From 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday [Oct. 27], Schwartz will give an artist talk in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall for MSU students and other interested members of the campus and local communities.

Also on Thursday, a 5 p.m. public reception in Schwartz’s honor will be held in the Cullis Wade gallery. Refreshments will be provided.

The exhibition and related events are made possible by MSU’s Department of Art, home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program.

Regular Cullis Wade gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

Additional gallery information is available from Lori Neuenfeldt, the art department’s gallery director, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

See the story in The Columbus Dispatch.

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