International photo competition honors Dominic Lippillo

October 13th, 2017 Comments Off on International photo competition honors Dominic Lippillo

“Car Lot” is among 10 images by MSU art faculty member Dominic Lippillo selected for judging in Photolucida’s 2017 Critical Mass portfolio competition. (Photo submitted/courtesy of Dominic Lippillo)

Photographic images by Dominic Lippillo of Mississippi State have been honored among top finalists in Photolucida’s 2017 Critical Mass portfolio competition.

A nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, Photolucida works to “expand, inspire, educate and connect” photography communities around the world. The CM competition involves submissions of 10-image portfolios.

Lippillo, an associate professor in the university’s art department, is among 200 whose entries were selected for final review by an international panel of professionals representing a range of photographic interests.

Lippillo’s portfolio entry comes from a series titled “Stories We Tell Ourselves,” which may be viewed at https://dominic-lippillo.pixpa.com/solowork/stories-we-tell-ourselves1.  

A department member since 2010, he also was honored last year with a Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship Grant.

“This latest recognition of Dom’s work not only supports the outstanding research reputation of the university, but also helps us continue to push our students to greater excellence,” said Angi E. Bourgeois, department head.

MSU is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program, and the department is makings plans for a master of fine arts degree in photography, Bourgeois said. Lippillo’s achievements “help demonstrate further the strength of our photography concentration,” she added.

Lippillo is a 2005 fine arts/photography graduate of Youngstown (Ohio) State University, with a master’s degree in the major completed at Ohio University. For more biographical information, see www.caad.msstate.edu/art/artdirectory.php.

His photographic and video creations explore aspects of memory, the domestic and space-versus-place, with works now in permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, and the universities of Alabama and North Dakota.

MSU’s art department is part of College of Architecture, Art and Design, online at www.caad.msstate.edu.

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Department of Art holds fall 2017 ‘One Night Only’ shows

October 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art holds fall 2017 ‘One Night Only’ shows

Images and information via Kenan Simpkins, Fall 2017 “One Night Only” show leader

Each semester, the Department of Art hosts a few “One Night Only” shows as a chance for students to exhibit their work.

This semester, the series is titled Back To Basics, with each show featuring a certain element of design.

The first show, “Value,” was held Sept. 28 and featured photographic work from Chauncey Mangum and Kamau Bostic. 

The second show, “Texture,” was held on Oct 3 and featured varied texture pieces from Elizabeth Gammill, Haylee Upton and Alison Meeler. Gammill displayed 26 hoop embroidery pieces. Upton had a variation of quilting and sewing pieces, and Meeler showcased several pieces that she created on a loom.

Remaining fall 2017 “One Night Only” show schedule:

  • Oct. 26: “Color”
  • Nov. 2: “Line”
  • Nov. 30: “Form”

Unless noted, shows are held in the Metal Shop in Howell Hall from 6:30-8 p.m.

Contact Kenan Simpkins, kms760@msstate.edu, for more information.

Download the Fall 2017 “One Night Only” show poster.

Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee accepted into international exhibition

September 27th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee accepted into international exhibition

Marita Gootee

By Kesley Brownlee

Songzhuang International Photo Biennale accepted nine of Mississippi State University Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee’s images from her “Sand Shadows Series” for the international call for photo artists/photographers. The theme “Live in This Moment, Return to the Origin” and was held in Songzhuang, Beijing, China. Songzhuang Photo is a major part of the 10th Annual Songzhuang Art Festival. It will be held in the Czech China Contemporary Museum (CCCM) from Sept. 29 to Oct. 13. 

Gootee is one of 37 artists selected to be presented at the Songzhuang International Photo Biennale. Each artist will exhibit nine images. The countries represented are Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Dubai, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, USA, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.

There will be an exhibition catalogue exclusive to the 2017 Songzhuang International Photo Biennale. The catalogue will feature a luxurious linen cloth hardcover, high quality paper and full color prints. The catalogue will contain 350 pages, with each artist having four pages. One of the four pages will introduce the artist, and the other three will display the art. 

Songzhuang Photo is a legally registered art organization sponsored by both domestic and international curators/directors, critics, artists, writers and poets in Songzhuang, Beijing. It is based on the idea of a permanent exhibition with changing themes. Through peer support and mutual encouragement, the aim is to promote the artistic development and professional advancement of domestic and international artists/photographers.

Today, Songzhuang is the largest artist community in the world, with more than 8,000 artists living in this art community. Among those are curators/directors, critics, artists, writers and poets. It may also be the most dynamic and vibrant community with some of the best artists worldwide, both famous and unknown. This community of artists, art museums, galleries, exhibitions and art activities is situated in the eastern suburbs of Beijing.

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Gootee’s photograph selected for Landscape, Grand and Personal exhibition

August 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Gootee’s photograph selected for Landscape, Grand and Personal exhibition

Marita Gootee | “The Fold”

Via Jim Laird | Maroon Memo

Mississippi State University Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee’s photograph, “The Fold,” was selected by juror Eliot Dudik for the Landscape, Grand and Personal exhibition at the SE Center for Photography. The exhibition will run during September at the center in Greenville, S.C. 

Dudik is a photographic artist, educator and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, history and politics. His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010. In 2012, he was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, and one of The Oxford American magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art.

“The Fold” is a lumen print of an 8×10 negative contact. The Jill Enfield Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes explains a Lumen as “…prints are made by taking sheets of unexposed black-and-white photo paper and placing objects or negatives on top as if you were going to make a photogram, but instead of using an enlarger you take the paper out into the sun. The results will vary due to exposure times, density of photogram or negative, quality of light and, most importantly, the type of paper.” 

Learn more about the SE Center for Photography at www.sec4p.com.

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.

Photographs by recent MSU art graduate accepted into national exhibitions

June 8th, 2017 Comments Off on Photographs by recent MSU art graduate accepted into national exhibitions

“Water Weight,” a digital image by Mississippi State art/photography and graphic design graduate Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Ronnie Robinson)

“Love Me Love Me Not,” a digital image by Mississippi State art/photography and graphic design graduate Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Ronnie Robinson)

“Girl with Horns,” a multi-paneled cyanotype photogram by Mississippi State art/photography and graphic design graduate Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Ronnie Robinson)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Photographic creations by a May graduate of Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design have been accepted into two national exhibitions.

Created by MSU Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point, a multi-paneled cyanotype photogram titled “Girl with Horns” was accepted into “she,” a national exhibition at the Smith Gallery in Johnson, Texas.

On display through June 11, the exhibition was juried by award-winning New York photographer Kat Kiernan, whose photographic narratives have been featured in various publications including “Fraction Magazine” and “F-Stop Magazine.”

Additionally, two of Robinson’s digital images were accepted earlier this spring in the 2017 Midwest Center for Photography Juried Exhibition in Wichita, Kansas.

Titled “Love Me Love Me Not” and “Water Weight,” the works are part of Robinson’s narrative-based photographic series, “Play Nice, Dearie,” which 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.”

With academic concentrations in photography and graphic design, Robinson has been guided 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.

“While Ronnie’s work explores different techniques and processes, the images selected for these exhibitions share a common thread exploring issues dealing with the pressures young women face as they grow up,” Lippillo said.

“The way Ronnie is able to utilize many different processes shows her diversity as a photo-based artist. I am extremely proud of her drive to exhibit her work, and I cannot wait to see where her photographs are exhibited next,” Lippillo added.

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. 

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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.

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

From the Gallery – April 2017

April 25th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – April 2017

From The Gallery April 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with two 2017 Bachelor of Fine Arts (photography) graduates, Ronnie Robinson and Assanti Miller.

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