Artist Bryan Saunders visits MSU Department of Art

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Bryan Sanders talks with a student about his self-portrait in Associate Professor Alex Bostic’s class.

Artist Bryan Lewis Saunders visited Mississippi State University on Feb. 6.

Saunders’ packed itinerary included one-on-one time with Department of Art students and faculty. He visited Associate Professor Alex Bostic’s figurative painting class, Assistant Professor Greg Martin’s figurative drawing class, and met with several students to discuss their work and methodologies.

The visiting artist was impressed with the Mississippi State students’ work.

“I could tell who they belonged to,” he said, referring to black and white oil self-portrait paintings in Bostic’s class. “They really looked like them.”

Saunders also had a chance to tour campus and was especially impressed with the Bob and Kathy Luke Library, a separate university library dedicated to the arts, which he said is something he has not seen on other campuses he has visited. The library acquired several books from Saunder’s collection, including The Interviews (vol. 1) and Just Noticeable Difference Issue 2: 30 Days Totally Blind.

The visit concluded with a lecture on his life’s work and influences. Saunders discussed the entirety of his oeuvre, ranging from his first self-portrait sketches in 1995 to his blind and deaf month performances from 2018.

The talk concluded with a lively question and answer session and one-on-one discussions with the students and faculty.

Since 1995, Saunders has worked to excavate the varied nature of his creative process, a task documented in his daily self-portraits series that spans over two decades. He currently lives and works in Johnson City, Tenn., where he attended East Tennessee State University. Reviews and critical inquiries of his work have appeared in Vice, CNN, Hyperallergic, WIRED, and The Huffington Post. Saunders has performed with Lydia Lunch, Eugene S. Robinson and Bibbe Hansen at the International Poetry Festival; exhibited alongside Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Henri Michaux, and Witkacy as part of the Sous Influences: Artists et Psychotropes at La Maison Rouge in Paris, France; and was part a 2015 exhibition titled De Maakbare Mens at the Dolhuys Museum in the Netherlands ­– an  exhibition that featured his work alongside Vincent Van Gogh and Willem Van Genk. Most recently, he spent 30 days in self-initiated blindness and deafness for a performance titled, Blind and Deaf Months, at the Bunk Spot in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

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From the Gallery – May 2018

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MSU alumni return for Department of Art’s creative education, careers panel

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By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Reinforcing Mississippi State’s commitment to prepare students to become leaders in their chosen professions, five alumni are returning Friday [April 20] to share their success stories during the Department of Art’s Eric and Gina Yonge Lecture Series.

Taking place at 9:30 a.m. in the Colvard Student Union’s second-floor Bill R. Foster Ballroom, the “Creative Education to Creative Careers” panel discussion is part of the art department’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event is moderated by Starkville native and MSU alumnus Eric Yonge, president and creative director of Kennesaw, Georgia-based EYStudios, a leading e-commerce brand development firm.

With a $25,000 donation to the MSU Foundation, Yonge and his wife, Gina, established the lecture series in 2015 to engage fine arts students in thoughtful discussions on how to market themselves and their talents.

“This event is a great opportunity for students across our department, college and university to see and hear from five alumni who have translated their college education into professional careers,” said Angi Bourgeois, MSU art department professor and head.

In addition to Yonge, panelists include:

—Jerry Jackson, a 1989 MSU art/fine arts graduate who has been a photo editor for The Baltimore Sun since 1996. Prior to moving to Baltimore, he worked as a photo editor for the Houston Post and at the Union Democrat in Sonora, California. He also studied photojournalism at the University of Missouri. For more, visit

—Kristen Ley, a 2007 MSU art/graphic design graduate who also minored in marketing. Following graduation, she and fellow MSU classmate Catherine Yerger opened Cultigraphic Creative to explore their shared passion for art and design through projects for various clients. In 2011, Ley purchased a 1925 10 x 15 Chandler and Price letterpress and opened Thimblepress gift shop in Jackson. The name is derived from a collection of thimbles she has acquired during her travels since childhood. For more, visit

—Wesley Stuckey, a Baltimore, Maryland-based designer, printmaker and educator whose work has been featured in various publications and exhibitions across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. In addition to traditional print design and printmaking, his work focuses on branding, illustration and environmental graphics, with occasional interactive projects for the web. A 2008 MSU art/graphic design and printmaking graduate, Stuckey teaches branding, typography, hand-letter, web design and basic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he earned a master’s in fine art in 2011. Stuckey also teaches at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and runs his own design studio practice. He served as a juror for the art department’s recent 50th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition. For more, visit

—Adam Trest, a watercolorist who owns Adam Trest Home retail store in Laurel. He graduated in 2009 with an MSU bachelor’s in art/painting and a minor in architectural design. He often is inspired by the native flora and fauna, as well as the historical districts around Mississippi. For more, visit

Additional information about the Department of Art’s 50th anniversary celebration is available by contacting Bourgeois at 662-325-8926 or

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 and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.


Dominic Lippillo featured on MPB ‘Arts Hour’

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Mississippi State University Department of Art Associate Professor Dominic Lippillo was featured on Mississippi Public Broadcasting: Think Radio’s ‘Mississippi Arts Hour’ on April 8th.

The interview has been posted on the MPB website, and it can be streamed here.

Via the site: “Turry Flucker speaks with Dominic Lippillo. Dominic is among nine visual artists from around the region receiving a State Fellowship from Atlanta, Georgia-based and MAC‘s regional partner South Arts. In addition to Mississippi, this year’s recipients represent Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.   Dominic Lippillo’s work questions the role of photography by making digitally constructed images that address notions of space versus place, memory, and experience. Selections of his collaborative work are included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Photographic Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; and the University of North Dakota. His work has been published in Don’t Take Pictures, Exposure, Daily Serving, and The Eye of Photography.”

2017 Guggenheim Fellow Joseph DeLappe discusses work

March 28th, 2018 Comments Off on 2017 Guggenheim Fellow Joseph DeLappe discusses work

Photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Joseph DeLappe, Professor of Games and Tactical Media at Abertay University and a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, delivered a discussion on his collection of works that disrupt social and political norms on Wed., March 21 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union’s Fowlkes Auditorium

“DeLappe’s work on gaming art, electromechanical installation and digital performance critically examines themes pertaining to surveillance, military occupation/technology and online interaction/connectivity. In dead-in-iraq (2006) DeLappe created an avatar to occupy the online gaming site, America’s Army. The piece served as an online intervention, using passive disruption of game play. He used the online message board within the game to type the names of US causalities from the Iraq War. Recently, he collaborated on Killbox, an interactive computer game that examines the use and after-effects of UAV/drone warfare (with the Biome Collective in Scotland). Killbox was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) as “Best Computer Game.”

Reviews of his work have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, and numerous articles and books. He has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, CBC, and The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio. He has authored two book chapters, including “The Gandhi Complex: The Mahatma in Second Life” in Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design, (New York, Routledge 2011) and “Playing Politics: Machinima as Live Performance and Document” in Understanding Machinima Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds (London, UK, Continuum 2012). Previously, DeLappe directed the Digital Media program at the University of Nevada-Reno for over two decades.

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Opera performance to showcase Department of Art illustrations

March 27th, 2018 Comments Off on Opera performance to showcase Department of Art illustrations

On April 6 and 7, the Mississippi State University Opera Workshop program is hosting family-friendly performances of scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s operas. (Original illustration by Ginnie Hsu)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Under the direction of internationally acclaimed soprano Roza Tulyaganova, the Mississippi State University Opera Workshop is hosting two performances of scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s operas.

The family-friendly performances take place at 7:30 p.m. April 6 and 7 at First United Methodist Church’s Connection Center. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and MSU students with ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Cathy Evans in the Department of Music at 662-325-3070.

The downtown Connection Center is located a short distance east of the church at the intersection of East Lampkin and South Washington streets in Starkville.

Considered by many to be some of the greatest vocal compositions, Mozart’s operas touch on a wide variety of topics—love, loss, intrigue, class conflict and passion—and are as relevant today as when they were written. Combining scenes from four of Mozart’s major operas, “Dreaming of Mozart” tells the story of two young people who, after getting lost in the woods and falling asleep, wake up to find themselves within Mozart’s operas.

“Roza Tulyaganova has created a story that connects the scenes in a way that allows the audience to enjoy and follow the story without knowing the synopses of the operas themselves,” said Ryan Landis, MSU voice instructor. “Originally written for orchestra, this production will feature the MSU Faculty Wind Quintet.”

Throughout the program, original illustrations by students in MSU’s Department of Art will be projected on a screen behind the performers. The illustrations were completed under the guidance of MSU Assistant Professor Shih  “Ginnie” Hsu.

A native of Uzbekistan, Tulyaganova is an MSU assistant professor of voice and opera. The Opera Workshop program provides music majors and non-majors with opportunities to perform a wide variety of opera, musical theatre and operetta music.

Recent Opera Workshop productions include a fully staged performance of the Baroque opera “Dido and Aeneas”; well-known Broadway musicals “Ragtime,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Into the Woods”; and “Bulldogs on Broadway,” a Cabaret performance produced by Mississippi Opera in Jackson.

For more Opera Workshop information, contact Tulyaganova at

Part of MSU’s College of Education, the nationally accredited Department of Music is online at, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MSStateMusic.

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From the Gallery – March 2018

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From the Gallery – February 2018

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From the Gallery – January 2018

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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.

From the Gallery – December 2017

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