Second Emerging Craftsperson Resident to showcase work Nov. 9

November 6th, 2017 Comments Off on Second Emerging Craftsperson Resident to showcase work Nov. 9

 

 

The MSU Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program is funded with a grant provided by Arkansas-based nonprofit Windgate Charitable Trust. 

Bryan Parnham has been hard at work this semester creating new works of art while interacting with faculty and students.

“This opportunity allowed me to try things in my work I’ve been thinking about for years,” said the artist. “MSU and the Windgate Foundation provided invaluable resources and freedom to explore new ideas.”

Parnham recently taught a workshop to two art classes on ‘marquetry’ techniques – a process of cutting and arranging veneer to achieve a pattern. Each student made a number of samples and mounted their final piece on a sheet of bronze as a brooch.

“It’s been a pleasure to intermittently share demos and lectures,” he said. “I think this program is doing something important by putting young, professional artists in front of students.”

Parnham’s residency will conclude with a 6:30  p.m. show and reception Thurs., Nov. 9 in the university’s Howell Building sculpture studio. The event is free to all, and refreshments will be served.

Parnham began his jewelry practice in 2011 while attending the Virginia Commonwealth University, Craft/Material Studies Department. He served as a Penland Core Fellow from 2014-2016.

For more information on MSU’s Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program, contact Critz Campbell at 662-275-1064 or CCampbell@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. 

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

Noted painter to give lecture and workshop on MSU campus

October 13th, 2017 Comments Off on Noted painter to give lecture and workshop on MSU campus

“Reflections in Marseilles, France” (18″ x 24″, on linen) | Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee

By Brent Funderburk

Matthew Lee, plein air painter and architect, will lecture and give a student workshop on the Mississippi State University campus in October. Lee is an alumnus of MSU where he received a BA in Architecture with a minor in Art in 1989.

Lee will present a public lecture “In Colored Air: Painting in the Heart of Nature” from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fazio Jury Room of Giles Hall (first floor, CAAD/Architecture Building) on Thurs., Oct. 26. The illustrated talk is free of charge.

Born in Paris, France, Lee’s childhood years gave him the opportunity to see the art and architecture of the Louvre, the Versailles Palace, the painter’s square at Montmartre, cathedrals, the European countryside and shore, and many other landmarks. The rich culture of France was deeply imprinted on his life. Lee was a U. S. Fulbright Scholar in 1991-1992 where he studied temples murals and architecture in Sri Lanka. He will bring this love of the landscape, color and outdoor painting into a three-day en plein air workshop with advanced painting students from Oct. 24–26. Samples of his artwork may be seen at matthewleestudio.com.

In addition to his interest in painting, Lee is also a licensed architect and practiced architecture full time for 22 years prior to launching a full-time art business in Memphis, Tenn.

The lecture and workshop is supported by the Mississippi State University Department of Art; the College of Architecture, Art and Design; and MSU painting concentration students.

For more information, please contact Brent Funderburk, W. L. Giles Professor of Art, 662-325-2970, bfunderburk@caad.sstate.edu.

See the story at msstate.edu.

Read the story in The Columbus Dispatch.

Read the story about the workshop in The Starkville Daily News.

From the Gallery – September 2017

October 11th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – September 2017

From The Gallery – Sept. 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with College of Architecture, Art, and Design Dean Jim West about “the college of making.”

MSU celebrates Magnolia State bicentennial with fall event series

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU celebrates Magnolia State bicentennial with fall event series

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is sponsoring a fall-semester series of fun, educational events to commemorate the Magnolia State’s bicentennial.

Jim Giesen–MSU History professor environmental portrait

With support from the Mississippi Humanities Council through the Mississippi Development Authority, the official bicentennial project kicks off Sept. 6 with a 5 p.m. presentation in Mitchell Memorial Library’s third-floor John Grisham Room. Organized by the university’s Museums and Galleries Committee, the free talk “Farming in Mississippi: A Brief History” will be given by MSU Associate Professor of History Jim Giesen.

Also free to all is a Sept. 13 talk titled “Writing Across the Color Line: Conversations, Intersections and Chance Encounters in Mississippi Literary History.” Given by MSU Associate Professor of English and African American Studies Donald Shaffer, the presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in the Grisham Room.

 “The Museums and Galleries Committee is really excited to be putting together this series of events to celebrate the history of Mississippi,” said event coordinator Amy Moe-Hoffman, an instructor in MSU’s Department of Geosciences.

“We began with the idea of showcasing university specimens in a collaborative exhibit,” she continued, “but with the help of a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, we were able to expand our programming to include speakers, music, receptions and exhibits that will allow attendees to have a deeper level of engagement with the history of our state.”

Donald Shaffer environmental portrait (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Other upcoming bicentennial events that are free and open to the public include:

–Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m., opening reception for the exhibit “Symbols of our State: A Walk Through Mississippi Culture and Industry.” Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 30 at the new Old Main Academic Center located at the intersection of Barr Avenue and George Perry Street. Those interested in scheduling a tour may contact the MSU Welcome Center at 662-325-5198.

–Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-noon, a family-friendly Scan-a-Thon event at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville. Attendees can bring their historic photos depicting Oktibbeha County and Mississippi State to be scanned and digitized. Music and refreshments will be available in the museum’s outdoor pavilion, and the museum also will be open for tours.

–Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m., “Myth-issippi: How Art Makes Place” talk presented by longtime MSU Professor of Art Brent Funderburk in the Colvard Student Union’s first-floor Dawg House. Musicians Caleb Childs and Richard Brown will give live blues performances, and light refreshments will be served. The backdrop for this event will be the Dawg House’s new wall mural highlighting blues music and musicians from Mississippi.

–Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Jeff Harris, MSU assistant Extension research professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, will give a talk about the history of beekeeping in Mississippi. His presentation will take place in the Clay Lyle Entomology Building, home to the Mississippi State Bug Zoo that will be open for visitors starting at 6:30 p.m.

–Nov. 3, MSU Professor of Geosciences Darrel Schmitz, author of “Roadside Geology of Mississippi,” and George Phillips, curator of paleontology at the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, will discuss economic geology and important fossil finds in Mississippi. All are welcome to bring a bag lunch for the noon talk “Discoveries in Mississippi Geology and Paleontology,” which will be held in Hilbun Hall, Room 304.

For more event information, contact Amy Moe-Hoffman at 662-325-3915 or amhoffman@geosci.msstate.edu.

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

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.

Art alumna Kimberlin Singletary featured on design blog

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

Kimberlin Singletary

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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

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.

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

Read more in Alumnus magazine.

Renowned South American photojournalist visits MSU March 8

February 25th, 2017 Comments Off on Renowned South American photojournalist visits MSU March 8

By Karyn Brown | Mississippi State University

An Argentinian photographer recognized internationally for combining his art with humanitarian efforts will visit Mississippi State early next month.

Sebastián Suki Beláustegui comes to the university March 8 for a 6-8 p.m. address in Section U of the Colvard Student Union’s second-floor Bill R. Foster Ballroom.

Free to all, the presentation will spotlight some of his efforts to document cultural diversity, specifically among minority communities and tribes.

Also free to all is “Africa in the Americas: The Heritage of African Communities in the Americas,” an exhibit of Beláustegui’s work on display through March 24 at the art department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive.

Self-taught in documentary photography, Beláustegui has extensively chronicled since 1991 life among Latin America’s minority tribes. These and his other images have been featured over the years in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek and other major publications.

His massive—more than three pounds—2003 book, “Guardians of Time: Portraits of the Spirit of Latin America,” illuminates more than two dozen native communities in eight countries. The book’s prologue is provided by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago of Portugal.

Beláustegui now is working on two additional books, “Africa in the Americas” and “Tribal People of Asia.” For more biographical information, see http://sebastian-suki-belaustegui.format.com.

“Suki’s work really tries to bring awareness about cultural diversity, and on some level, it rescues the forgotten communities around the world,” said Karina Zelaya, MSU assistant professor of Spanish.

“The thing that really sets his work apart from others is his use of light in a metaphorical sense,” she continued. “His photography looks into someone’s soul and captures their sentiment. He thinks of himself as beyond a photographer, more as a humanitarian.”

Beláustegui’s MSU visit and the related event are supported by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Institute for the Humanities and classical and modern languages and literatures department, along with the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

For more on the March 8 program, contact Karyn Brown, arts and sciences communication director, at 662-325-6650 or kbrown@deanas.msstate.edu.

For more on the gallery display, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the art department’s gallery director, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

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

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‘From the Gallery’ – Episode 3

November 14th, 2016 Comments Off on ‘From the Gallery’ – Episode 3

From the Gallery October 2016 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt sits down with Department Head and Professor Angi Elsea Bourgeois, Ph.D, to discuss MSU’s art program.

Art alumna Val Cripps gives insight to MSU art students

November 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Art alumna Val Cripps gives insight to MSU art students

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Fri., Nov. 4, Department of Art alumna and 2016 CAAD Alumni Fellow Val Cripps gave insight to art students at MSU.  She spoke on her experience in art and on how she got to where she is today.

According to Cripps, she has always identified as an artist/creator.  Her passions have always included drawing and painting.  She told the students, “Think about what you did as a kid.  What I did as a kid, I do now.”

For a time in her life, she always had ideas of what she wanted to create.  However, sometimes when getting these ideas to real life, it was hard for her.  She felt that there was something she was missing out on.

“I felt like everyone else was in on some secret art training that I didn’t know about.”

She gave inspiration to the students, explaining that with your brain and heart, you have all the tools you need.

“Everything you’re looking for out there that you think you need – that you don’t have yet, you have it now inside of you.”

Cripps wasn’t always so lucky and didn’t always have all the answers.  She explained that her parents began to question her decisions on majoring in art, saying she wouldn’t be earning much money and that, “money doesn’t grow on trees.”

This got her down for a while, but she eventually went out and started looking for work.  Before she knew it, she had an offer for a job – but no money.  A friend gifted her the money to boost her along, and she was quickly able to pay it back.

Cripps has now been working in feature animation and has worked on many popular movies and shows. She also has a coloring book out and sells digital portraits.

She left the students with a piece of advice to inspire them to keep going for what they want.

“It takes a lot of dedication to become good. Unless you really want it, you won’t ever get good.”

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