Work by Alex Bostic selected for international online exhibition

May 24th, 2018 Comments Off on Work by Alex Bostic selected for international online exhibition

“Dupree” by Alexander Bostic

Mississippi State University Department of Art Associate Professor Alexander Bostic’s painting “Dupree” was selected for the 2018 NOAPS Spring International Online Exhibition.

Jurors selected 150 paintings from more than 890 submissions.

See the accepted works here: https://www.noaps.org/copy-of-2018-spring-on-line-prospec 

Alex Bostic featured in ‘Artist Spotlight’

May 22nd, 2018 Comments Off on Alex Bostic featured in ‘Artist Spotlight’

“Dupree” by Alexander Bostic

By Dianne Poston Owens | SCNOW Morning News

LAKE CITY, S.C. – Though Alex Bostic left Bennettsville with his family when he was 4, and his time in the northeast became essential to his becoming the artist he is today, he still has cousins, namely Diane and Caroline, to whom he gives a shoutout in his hometown.

Now an art professor at Mississippi State University and living in Starkville, Mississippi, Bostic, who entered an oil painting of his son “Dupree” in this year’s ArtFields competition, credits his time spent in the Pratt Institute art school and his seventh-grade art teacher, Ellen Kuenzel, with helping him achieve his fine artist status.

In Brooklyn Heights, Bostic said, Kuenzel would give me him lessons and talk to him about art.

“I grew up in Brooklyn, and my art teacher, Ellen, mentored me. … To this day I talk to her at least twice a week,” Botic said. “All through my career from seventh grade until now, we have talked. I had lessons on Saturdays, and on Sundays she took me to galleries. … I understood art way better than a seventh-grader should.

“I think that’s why I teach.”

Pratt’s programs are ranked among the best in the nation, with its faculty and alumni among the most renowned artists, designers and scholars in their fields.

Bostic is an illustrator and fine artist. In additional to being on the Mississippi State faculty, he has worked at the Kansas City Art Institute, Woodburry University, Pratt Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University.

After getting his bachelor of fine arts from Pratt, he earned his master of arts degree from Syracuse University and became a studio artist, working in Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; and New York City.

In 2015, Bostic made it to the second round of the ArtFields’ Portrait Artist Competition.

His brother accompanied him on his trip, and the two agreed that Lake City, and ArtFields, was a venue and competition worth revisiting.

“I visited all the works on display and was interested in entering,” Bostic says. “There was outstanding work, and I wanted to be a part of it. When the opportunity came [to enter his work], I took it.”

Bostic said he had just finished the piece “Dupree” and believes it is a good representation of the work he does, and it offers a positive look at a good kid. The painting has been in a show in Chicago and elsewhere.

Bostic said his son, Dupree, is excited that the painting has had its own life.

“He’s in New York City right now, living there,” Bostic said, adding that the painting was done while he helped his son move to the city for a new job. He particularly likes the “determined kind of look on his face.”

It was an important time for the two, Bostic said.

Outside of his art, Bostic collects toys.

“I have a big toy collection,” he said.

His newest one is a figurine of the Incredible Hulk that his son sent to him.

“I’ve got vintage ones, but I like the current ones, too,” Bostic said.

As an educator for the past 34 years, Bostic said he believes in the craft of art, and he wants to “spread that kind of energy all over as much as I can.” His favorite enjoyment is teaching non-art students to draw, he said.

Lippillo featured in international photography magazine

April 9th, 2018 Comments Off on Lippillo featured in international photography magazine

A faculty member in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design was recently featured in an international photography magazine.

Department of Art Associate Professor Dominic Lippillo’s portfolio from his series “Stories We Tell Ourselves” was showcased in “Don’t Take Pictures,” along with an article written by Roger Thompson, senior editor for the magazine and professor at Stony Brook University.

The feature can be found in issue #10, and his portfolio is currently featured online: http://www.donttakepictures.com.

“Lippillo aims to capture a landscape that, as he says, ‘can be anywhere,’ and part of the success of the photographs is their ability to evoke familiarity despite their generic Americana appearance,” says Thompson in the article.

“Don’t Take Pictures” is published in print twice a year — in March and September — along with regular online articles.

The magazine was founded as a publication of The Kiernan Gallery and now functions independently “to introduce art lovers, dog lovers, cat lovers, hipsters, oldsters, and collectors to artists who are on the move.”

An MSU faculty member since 2010, Lippillo earned his bachelor’s in photography from Youngstown State University in 2005 and master’s in photography from Ohio University in 2009. Digital photography and photography survey are among courses Lippillo has taught at MSU.

Lippillo’s solo and collaborative work addresses ideas pertaining to memory, space and place, and vernacular photographic images. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Photographic Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and universities of Alabama and North Dakota.

His work also has been published in the journal “Exposure” and in the supplement of images accompanying Bruce Warren’s textbook “Photography: The Concise Guide” (2nd Edition, March 2011). Lippillo’s other honors include a 2013 MSU Faculty Research Award, 2016 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship and 2018 South Arts Fellowship. For more, visit https://dominic-lippillo.pixpa.com.

Celebrating its 50th year, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

MSU art student receives international honor from Creative Quarterly

March 20th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU art student receives international honor from Creative Quarterly

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A student in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is being honored by one of the world’s top design publications.

Senior art/graphic design major Lori L. Nesbitt of Winona is one of only four university students selected by an international panel of jurors to receive a Certificate of Excellence in the Fine Art-Student category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design.

Titled “Self Portrait,” her watercolor painting will be featured in CQ Journal’s Issue 50 and online gallery at www.cqjournal.com. Selected from a large pool of entries from students across the U.S. and several countries, Nesbitt’s work also will serve as cover art for the upcoming issue of the MSU Department of English’s literary journal “Jabberwock Review.”

Nesbitt completed her winning artwork in 2017 under the instruction of MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Brent Funderburk.

“Lori’s portrait is one of the best undergraduate student works I’ve seen in any show,” Funderburk said. “Her research regimen is very mature, and her execution in a difficult medium is acrobatic, as well as beautiful.”

Celebrating its 50th year, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

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.

See the news in Maroon Memo.

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

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.”

MSU Typography I students receive awards in international competition

April 27th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU Typography I students receive awards in international competition

SILVER Award Regan Huffman

 

SILVER Award Morgan Linett

 

SILVER Award Aleigh Moffett

 

SILVER Award: Samantha Sumrall

Via Assistant Professor Cassie Hester

Posters designed in Typography I by MSU art students Regan Huffman, Morgan Linnett, Alleigh Moffett and Samantha Sumrall received Silver Awards in the 2017 Graphis New Talent Competition.

In addition to being showcased in a digital gallery, their work was printed in a hardbound annual that is currently available for pre-order.

Eleven Typography I classmates also received Merit Awards and are included in the digital gallery: Joanna Bauer, Amy Farrar, Heather Hardman, Kwanzaa Hill, Catherine Remington, Lauryn Rody, Matthew Rogers, Jenn McFadden, Alison Meeler, Katherine Moore and Haylee Upton.

The 2017 Graphis New Talent Competition received 1084 international entries, and the following distinctions were awarded:

  • 18 Platinum Awards
  • 169 Gold Awards
  • 260 Silver Awards
  • 420 Merit Awards

Graphis is an international bastion of excellence in design and visual imagery committed to presenting and promoting the work of exceptional talent in graphic design, advertising, photography and art/illustration. The 2017 Graphis New Talent Annual received submissions from 46 international public and private institutions of higher learning, including but not limited to, Academy of Art University, California College of Arts, School of Visual Art, Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Drexel University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons and York University.

Mixon wins prestigious international design award

April 5th, 2017 Comments Off on Mixon wins prestigious international design award

Among more than 1,000 entries submitted from around the world, Mississippi State University graphic design professor Jamie Burwell Mixon’s Mumford & Sons concert poster recently was honored with a HOW International Design Award. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Jamie Burwell Mixon)

By Addison Arledge | Mississippi State Univeristy

Mississippi State University graphic design professor Jamie Burwell Mixon is being honored with a HOW International Design Award for her Mumford & Sons concert poster.

Sponsored annually by HOW magazine, the International Design Award competition recognizes excellence on a global scale. Mixon is one of 292 recipients selected from over 1,000 entries submitted from around the world.

Founded in 1985, HOW encompasses a variety of different products, competitions and events. Its mission is to serve the business, creativity and technology needs of graphic designers.

Award winners will receive exposure in the upcoming spring 2017 edition of HOW magazine, as well an online feature at www.howdesign.com.

Mixon has been designing concert posters for the Verizon arena since 2004. She typically illustrates four to five each year.

“I’m excited to have my Mumford & Sons poster chosen for this competition. It always feels good to have your work recognized internationally,” said Mixon.

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

See the story in The Columbus Dispatch.

MSU graphic design student work featured in Sappi’s new paper promotion

December 5th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU graphic design student work featured in Sappi’s new paper promotion

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spread featuring Crosby Arboretum series

A series of posters celebrating MSU’s Crosby Arboretum will be featured in Sappi Fine Papers’ latest promo titled “Verticals.” 

Currently in production, “Verticals” features excellent graphic design projects from universities across the country.

Phillip Bajoras, a December 2015 graduate, designed the poster series in Assistant Professor Cassie Hester’s spring 2015 Intro to Print Production class. Bajoras is currently working at a screen printing shop in Alabama.

The promo was curated and designed by Studio Hinrichs in San Francisco, Calif. Kit Hinrichs—recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal—is principal and creative director.

Be sure to request the latest promos and samples from Sappi!

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