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 rozat@colled.msstate.edu.

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

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.

MSU student work selected for Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibit

March 7th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU student work selected for Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibit

“Flowers” by Mississippi State University senior Claire M. Burgett of Old Hickory, Tennessee, received a Juror’s Award in Mixed Media during the current 2018 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Twenty-five works of art by 17 current Mississippi State University students and one alumnus are featured through Saturday [March 10] in the Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibit at the University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford.

Dan Brawner, graphic design professor at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, served as juror for the competition, which is now in its 68th year. The statewide juried competition is designed to showcase the high quality of visual arts education taking place in Mississippi higher education.

Of 693 entries from 10 four-year colleges and universities, 100 works were selected. In addition to MSU, students represent Delta State University, Jackson State University, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Mississippi Valley State University, Mississippi University for Women, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University.

MSU’s 2018 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibitors include (by hometown):

ABERDEEN—Reagan N. Huffman, a senior art/graphic design major.

BRANDON— Ki’erre Dawkins, an art/fine arts bachelor’s graduate; Lexus S. Giles, a senior art/fine arts major; and Jordan C. Knight, a senior art/fine arts major.

CLEVELAND—Justice B. Williams, a senior art/graphic design and photography major.

MADISON—Anna K. “Katie” Erickson, a senior art/graphic design major who received the Juror’s Award in Graphic Design for her piece “Mad Mary’s”; and Nicolette L. “Niki” Johnson, a senior art/fine arts major.

MAYHEW—Robert W. Lewis, a senior art/photography major.

OLD HICKORY, Tennessee—Claire M. Burgett, a senior art/fine arts major who received the Juror’s Award in Mixed Media for her work “Flowers.”

OXFORD—Mary M. Jackson, a sophomore art major.

REX, Georgia—Dionicio D. “Dion” Coleman, a senior art/fine arts major.

RIDGELAND—Mary E. Moore, a senior art/graphic design major.

STARKVILLE—Canaan Griffin, a senior art/graphic design major; Sammira G. Rais-Rohani, a senior biological engineering/biomedical engineering major; and Todd M. Rowan, a junior art major.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia—April M. Porter, a senior art/graphic design major.

WINONA—Lori L. Nesbitt, a senior art/graphic design major.

YAZOO CITY—Catherine E. Remington, a senior art/fine arts major.

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

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

From the Gallery – February 2018

February 28th, 2018 Comments Off on From the Gallery – February 2018

First spring 2018 ‘One Night Only’ show has good turnout

February 26th, 2018 Comments Off on First spring 2018 ‘One Night Only’ show has good turnout

Photos via Elizabeth Gammill

The first “One Night Only” show for the spring was held on Feb. 16 and had a good turnout.

Featured work was by students Dion Coleman, Malik Henley and Moesha Wright.

 

Elements of Design reception held November 28

December 2nd, 2017 Comments Off on Elements of Design reception held November 28

By Kelsey Brownlee

The “Elements of Design: BFA Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Show” was on display in the Visual Arts Center Gallery from Nov. 28 – Dec. 5.  

The senior show featured brand design elements from nine seniors.

A reception was held Tues., Nov. 28, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Final fall 2017 One Night Only Show features five CAAD students

December 1st, 2017 Comments Off on Final fall 2017 One Night Only Show features five CAAD students

(via Kenan Simpkins)

A One Night Only show, “Form,” was held on Nov. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Metal Shop in Howell Building. 

The show featured five students in the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design:

  • Darren Cheairs exhibited sculpture pieces.
  • Hannah Hebinck showed ceramic pieces.
  • Justin Mayfield showcased drawing pieces.
  • Aubrey Pohl showed typographic videos. 
  • Samantha Sumrall displayed photographic books.

‘Elements of Design’ exhibition at MSU showcases talents of graduating graphic design majors

November 27th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Elements of Design’ exhibition at MSU showcases talents of graduating graphic design majors

On display Nov. 28-Dec. 5 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery, the “Elements of Design” exhibition features works of nine fine art seniors completing their graphic design studies in the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. The student exhibitors include (front row, left to right) Austin Thomas, Vernon McCoy Jr., Aubrey Pohl; (middle row, left to right) Heather Hardman, Alleigh Moffett, Matthew Rogers; (top row, left to right) Morgan Donour, Paige Knapp and Marianna Myrick. (Submitted photo)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works of nine fine art seniors specializing in graphic design at Mississippi State will be on display Nov. 28-Dec. 5 at the Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Free to all, the “Elements of Design” exhibition in the gallery at 808 University Drive in Starkville celebrates the conclusion of the students’ studies in the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program.

“These nine brand new design elements are bursting with creative energy and ready to go out into the world and change the entire foundation of design,” said Suzanne Powney, MSU assistant professor of graphic design. 

Portfolio works in “Elements of Design” range from illustrative poster designs and eye-catching advertisements to compelling web design layouts and packaging. In addition to the physical displays, individual portfolio books and self-promotional pieces will be available for viewing on opening night. For a preview, visit www.elementsofdesignmsstate.com and follow on Instagram @elementsofdesignmsstate.

A 6-7:30 p.m. opening reception in the students’ honor will take place Tuesday [Nov. 28] at the VAC gallery. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Two Brothers Smoked Meats in Starkville.

Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Saturday. 

The “Elements of Design” exhibitors include (by hometown):

  • Bay Saint Louis—Aubrey J. Pohl.
  • Birmingham, Alabama—Heather C. Hardman.
  • Fannin—Vernon E. McCoy Jr., who also is concentrating in fine arts.
  • Flowood—Marianna G. Myrick.
  • Fulton—Alleigh T. Moffett; and Austin L. Thomas.
  • Tupelo—Paige F. Knapp; and Matthew B. Rogers.
  • West Point—Morgan R. Donour.

For more information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU Department of Art’s gallery director, at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its Department of Art on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

Reception held for photography thesis exhibit

November 18th, 2017 Comments Off on Reception held for photography thesis exhibit

Photos by Kelsey Brownlee

A reception was held on Nov. 16 for the “Contact F17: BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition” that celebrates the final year of studies for five students enrolled in the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. They include Kamau J. Bostic of Richmond, Virginia; Jenni L. Kilburn of Duck Hill; Chauncey D. Mangum of Florence; Jenna A. Todd of Quincy, Illinois; and Whitney A. White of Oxford.

The work will be on display Nov. 16-Dec. 1 in the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

 

‘Contact F17’ exhibition celebrates MSU photography seniors’ work

November 14th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Contact F17’ exhibition celebrates MSU photography seniors’ work

“Doll Head” by Jenna Todd is part of her series that captures details left behind in abandoned structures. (Submitted/by Jenna Todd)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Diverse works by graduating majors of Mississippi State’s Department of Art are on display Nov. 16-Dec. 1 in the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the “Contact F17: BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition” celebrates the final year of studies for five students enrolled in the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. They include Kamau J. Bostic of Richmond, Virginia; Jenni L. Kilburn of Duck Hill; Chauncey D. Mangum of Florence; Jenna A. Todd of Quincy, Illinois; and Whitney A. White of Oxford.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

A public reception takes place 5-6 p.m. Thursday [Nov. 16] in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on the second floor of the university’s Welcome Center at 75 B.S. Hood Drive. Refreshments will be provided.

“Contact F17” reflects the students’ successful conclusion of departmental research, writing and presentation requirements, as well as four years of foundational coursework, survey, art history, and academic and emphasis classes.

During their time at MSU, the students have benefited from the expertise and support of Professor Marita Gootee and Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo. Both teach in the department’s photography emphasis area, with Gootee as its longtime coordinator.

Bostic’s body of work “My Generation” focuses on the inspiration and identity of individuals with tattoos and explores millennial ideals and attitudes regarding body art. Communicating through the visual language of photography was Bostic’s primary goal.

For her photographic series “Chemical Balance,” Kilburn created representational and metaphorical depictions of anxiety disorders, the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older. Each image is designed to show how time seems to stop and last forever for those dealing with such disorders, while appearing only as a passing moment to the viewer.   

Mangum’s series of images “Reminders” focuses on the African American community where he grew up. Visiting with relatives and others while working on this project inspired him to overcome a sense of fear to return home and gave him a better understanding of how his past has shaped his future.

Todd captured the hidden details left behind in abandoned homes, schools, hospitals, hotels and churches. Through her collection of photographs “Forsaken with Time,” Todd seeks to convey each location’s unique story while giving readers a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Titled “Fragmented Abstraction,” White’s photographic series shows the unknown beauty of friends and family members with whom she has grown close. Individual photographs are organized in a grid to convey the connection that exists between family and friends, as well as help the viewer focus on the abstracted form and beauty of the human body.

In addition to the art department, the “Contact F17” exhibition is made possible with support from the Center for Student Activities. For more information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s gallery director, at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its Department of Art at www.caad.msstate.edu, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

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