‘Meretricious Restraint’ exhibit opens at MSU’s Cullis Wade gallery

January 13th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Meretricious Restraint’ exhibit opens at MSU’s Cullis Wade gallery

“Miasmatic Filigree” is among works by Minnesota artist and educator Liz Miller that will be on display Jan. 20-March 31 at Mississippi State’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery. Miller’s large scale, mixed media installations and works on paper have been featured regionally, nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Image Credit: Liz Miller, Miasmatic Filigree, stiffened felt, paint, and other mixed media, dimensions variable, installation view: South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD, 2016

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Large scale, mixed media installations and works on paper by a Minnesota artist and educator will be on display Jan. 20-March 31 at Mississippi State’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the second-floor exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center features Liz Miller’s works that have been featured regionally, nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions.

Miller currently serves as a professor of installation and drawing at Minnesota State University-Mankato. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from the University of Minnesota. For more biographical information, visit www.lizmiller.com.

According to Miller, her mixed media installations and works on paper “recontextualize simplified shapes, signs and symbols from disparate historical and contemporary imagery to create abstract fictions.”

“Existing forms from a multitude of sources are co-opted, altered and spliced to adopt hybrid identities,” she explained.

Her recent projects pit Baroque and Gothic pattern and ornament against forms derived from armor and weaponry. The use of paper, felt, foam and other tactile materials further complicates questions of source, masking the identity of forms while allowing them to inhabit both sculptural and two-dimensional space.

From 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday [Jan. 19], Miller will give an artist talk in Giles Hall’s Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium for MSU students and other interested members of the campus and local communities.

On Friday [Jan. 20], a 5 p.m. opening reception in Miller’s honor will be held in the Cullis Wade gallery. All are welcome to enjoy complimentary refreshments, view works on display and visit with Miller.

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. Additional support is provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Starkville Area Arts Council, and the Mississippi Arts Commission through the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

The Department of Art is part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu.

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Furniture making course wraps up

December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Furniture making course wraps up


(Photos via Critz Campbell)

The furniture making course, ART 4733, taught by Associate Professor and Sculpture Coordinator Critz Campbell had another succesful semester.

Throughout the course, students worked on sketching, mocking up, drafting, prototyping and fabricating chair designs.

According to Campbell, most students employed a common curved element in their back and seat. The curved wood is maple skateboard decking material, and the curve is created by laminating seven layers of the decking material together.

The curved elements were then vacuum-formed on a mold made in the class.

Students in the course this semester included:
Darren Cheairs
Izzy Cottrell
Mikayla Evans
Cecillia Lemus
Chauncey Mangum
Alison Meeler
Josh Meyer
Alliegh Moffett
Ryne Riebock
Matthew Rogers
Kenan Simpkins
Shaquita Woodson

Critz Campbell part of ‘Mississippi Invitational’

October 28th, 2016 Comments Off on Critz Campbell part of ‘Mississippi Invitational’

Critz Campbell

Critz Campbell

Via The Clarion Ledger

The 2016 Mississippi Invitational features work by 18 contemporary visual artists living and working across the state. The exhibition is on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson from Dec. 17, 2016 – Feb. 18, 2017.

Critz Campbell is assistant professor of sculpture at Mississippi State University and has shown work at galleries and museums across the country.

“I am striving to add my voice to a rich Southern vocabulary through measured craft and familiar form. Like the great writers of the South, I employ metaphor, Southern vernacular and gothic imagery to reflect stark Southern places that are simultaneously haunting and sublime. Each piece is a study of the Southern landscape, home, family and fragments of its beautiful complexity.”

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

MSU Assistant Professor Gregory Martin also had works selected for the exhibit.

Another One Night Only show held

October 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Another One Night Only show held

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(photos by Aaron McElfish)

A “One Night Only” exhibition featuring MSU Department of Art students Anna Zollicoffer, Carly Melton and Kenan Simpkins was held on Thurs., Sept. 29 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Howell Hall Metal Shop (room 111).

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Emerging Craftsperson Residents hold ‘One Night Only’ show

September 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Emerging Craftsperson Residents hold ‘One Night Only’ show

Audrey Bell of North Carolina and Angela Eastman of California ended their five-week stay in Starkville with a “One Night Only” show in the Howell Building sculpture studio last night.

The two were the first artists to represent the MSU Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program – made possible with a grant provided by the Arkansas-based nonprofit Windgate Charitable Trust.

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Emerging Craftsperson Resident Audrey Bell gives upholstery demo

September 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Emerging Craftsperson Resident Audrey Bell gives upholstery demo

photo by Critz Campbell

photo by Critz Campbell

Emerging Craftsperson Resident Audrey Bell recently gave an upholstery demo to Associate Professor Critz Campbell’s Furniture Making class. 

About the course:
The chair-making class revolves around bent laminations. Students employ skateboard-decking veneer in learning bent lamination techniques to create a batch of curved seats and backs. They find individual solutions for employing this common curved, laminated element. Students are encouraged to explore the dynamic of communal and individual problem solving and celebrate the variety of answers found. Skills covered include drafting, bent lamination, vacuum pressing, wood selection, milling, joinery and finishing.

North Carolina, California artists inaugurate MSU’s Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program

August 29th, 2016 Comments Off on North Carolina, California artists inaugurate MSU’s Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program

Hard at work:

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

With a grant provided by Arkansas-based nonprofit Windgate Charitable Trust, Mississippi State’s Department of Art recently established a residency program that is advancing the university’s fine arts programming efforts.

Under the direction of Associate Professor of Sculpture Critz Campbell, the MSU Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program currently is hosting its first two artists, Audrey Bell of North Carolina and Angela Eastman of California.

As part of a five-week stay on the Starkville campus, Bell and Eastman are creating new works of art while interacting with art department faculty and students.

Their residency will end with a 5 p.m. show and reception Tuesday [Sept. 6] in the university’s Howell Building sculpture studio. The event is free to all, and refreshments will be served.

Audrey Bell

Audrey Bell

A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Bell is a studio artist who runs her own furniture and upholstery business, Outline Designs. She earned a bachelor’s in studio art and anthropology from Massachusetts’ Williams College in 2010. From 2013-15, she served as a Core Fellow at North Carolina’s Penland School of Crafts, focusing on woodworking and painting. She also enjoys printmaking, as well as making furniture and textiles.

In addition to the Williams College Museum of Art and Penland Gallery, Bell’s work has been displayed at the Nave Gallery Annex in Boston. For more biographical information, visit www.audrey-bell.com.

Eastman is a native of Albany, Oregon, who holds a bachelor of arts from Colorado College. She has seen her sculptures and installations exhibited at her alma mater, as well as in the collections of Duke University.

Angela Eastman

Angela Eastman

Currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Cranbrook Academy of Art just outside of Detroit, Michigan, Eastman received metalwork training through her participation in the Penland School of Crafts Core Fellowship program.

Additionally, she has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Oregon’s Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, New York’s Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and Illinois’s Ragdale Foundation. For more biographical information, visit www.angelaeastman.com.

For more information on MSU’s newly-established 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. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu.

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

The pair presented an artist talk at 11 a.m. on Aug. 23 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

They also recently spoke to Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt’s Bachelor of Fine Arts research class:

Department of Art holds summer camp

July 27th, 2016 Comments Off on Department of Art holds summer camp

(Photos by Mississippi State University and Aaron McElfish)

Upper-level high school students participated in the Mississippi State Department of Art’s annual INvision summer camp from June 13-17.

Campers participated in workshops on photography, graphic design, drawing, ceramics and sculpting, among other media. Artist presentations, gallery exhibitions, movie nights and field trips were among the planned cultural and social activities.

At week’s end, camper-produced works were featured at the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive.

For additional information about INvision, contact Nicole Jackson at 662-325-2970 or njackson@caad.msstate.edu.

Registration open for MSU summer art camp

April 28th, 2016 Comments Off on Registration open for MSU summer art camp

High school students age 16 and up, as well as incoming Mississippi State freshmen, are invited to the university art department’s INvision summer camp. The annual event takes place June 13-17.

High school students age 16 and up, as well as incoming Mississippi State freshmen, are invited to the university art department’s INvision summer camp. The annual event takes place June 13-17.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s art department again is inviting creative upper-level high school students to participate in its annual INvision summer camp.

Taking place June 13-17, the visual arts experience is designed for students age 16 and older, including incoming freshmen at the university.

Now in its fourth year, the program offers an enriching introductory for both specific academic programs and post-graduate career paths in the studio fields of art and design.

Because camp space is limited, early registration is encouraged. Accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, applications may be obtained by contacting the department office at 662-325-2970 or visiting www.caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/in-vision/.

The $595 admission includes a non-refundable $100 filing fee that must accompany each application. Due by May 30, the remaining amount covers the cost of workshops, instruction, supplies, room and board, equipment fees and a meal card.

Campers will be housed in campus residence halls under the supervision of qualified counselors and resident advisers.

INvision is among MSU academic summer camps with tuition support for seventh-12th grade public school students in Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties provided by the Tupelo-based CREATE Foundation’s Toyota Wellspring Education Fund.

Campers will take part in workshops on photography, graphic design, drawing, ceramics and sculpting, among other media. Artist presentations, gallery exhibitions, movie nights and field trips are among the planned cultural and social activities.

Art-related career opportunities also will be discussed by professional sculptors, graphic designers, illustrators, interior designers, fashion designers and landscape architects. MSU faculty members and currently enrolled majors will make additional presentations.

At week’s end, camper-produced works will be featured at the department’s Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive. Exhibit admission is free to all.

For additional information about 2016 INvision, contact Nicole Jackson at 662-325-2970 or njackson@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is the longtime home of the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture). Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu, facebook.com/CAADatMSU, twitter.com/CAADatMSU and http://tinyurl.com/CAADatMSUYouTube.

For a list of other MSU summer camps with CREATE-provided tuition support, visit www.createfoundation.com/toyota-wellspring-fund.

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Campbell joins prestigious Penland board

April 27th, 2016 Comments Off on Campbell joins prestigious Penland board

Critz Campbell (Photo by Blake McCollum)

Critz Campbell (Photo by Blake McCollum)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State art faculty member is positioned to officially join the policy making body of an international institution specializing in craft education.

Critz Campbell, an associate professor at the university, recently was elected to an eight-year term as a board trustee at North Carolina’s Penland School of Crafts. A West Point resident and Clay County native, he is a Penland alumnus.

Founded in 1929 and annually enrolling more than 1,400, the school located in the Blue Ridge Mountains northeast of Asheville, North Carolina, is dedicated to “helping people live creative lives.” In addition to training in such artistic media as clay, glass, iron, metals and wood, it features artist residencies and community collaboration programs, among other offerings. For more, see www.penland.org.

An MSU faculty member since 2005, Campbell coordinates the art department’s sculpture emphasis program. He currently teaches introductory and advanced sculpture and earlier led courses in furniture design and metal fabrication, among others.

He attended Penland after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Parnham College in England. Other studies were completed at the Arco Centro de Communicao in Portugal.

“I am excited to serve the school that nurtured me for 20-plus years and has such an impact on craft education,” Campbell said of the trustee role that begins in November.

“The opportunity to represent MSU at an institution as important to craft education as Penland School of Crafts is a great honor, especially when I am representing the College of Architecture, Art and Design, where our mission includes engaging students in the highest level of craft,” he said.

Trustee duties will help him grow as an educator and leader by “gaining a deeper relationship with the American craft community and greater understanding and ability in the pedagogy of craft,” Campbell said, adding that Penland “has a very active board and I expect my role to evolve as I gain experience in the group.

“What excites me most about the opportunity is the relationships I can build with renowned craft educators and advocates,” he said.

Campbell’s artistic creations have been featured at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and International Contemporary Furniture Fair, both in New York, deCordova Museum in Massachusetts and LIMN Gallery in California, among other prominent national venues.

His professional career also has been honored with awards and grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. For more biographical information, visit www.critzcampbell.com.

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