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

April 19th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU alumni return for Department of Art’s creative education, careers panel

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 http://www.baltimoresun.com/bal-jerry-jackson-20150320-staff.html.

—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 https://www.thimblepress.com/meet-kristen?v=7516fd43adaa.

—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 http://wesleystuckey.com/about.

—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 www.adamtrest.com.

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

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 www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

 

Reception held for graphic design senior exhibition

April 18th, 2018 Comments Off on Reception held for graphic design senior exhibition

A reception was held on April 17 at the Visual Arts Center Gallery, showcasing work by 13 graphic design seniors.

“Layered” exhibitors include (by hometown):
AMORY—Amy Frances Farrar and Reagan N. Huffman
BRANDON—Alison P. Meeler
CLEVELAND—Justice B. Williams. She also is concentrating in photography
ELK RIVER, Minnesota—Sarah Tewolde
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Jennifer K. “Jenn” McFadden
LITTLE ROCK—Abbey E. Rigdon
LONG BEACH—Morgan N.A. Linnett
MADISON, Alabama—Lauryn O. Rody
MADISON—Madeline K. “Maddie” Marascalco
MENDENHALL—Samantha J. Sumrall
MERIDIAN—Caitlyn Ainsworth
PETAL—Haylee R. Upton

Read more about the show.

From the Gallery – March 2018

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From the Gallery – November 2017

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Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with visiting artist Susie Ganch.

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.

‘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.

One Night Only show held for 2017 Emerging Craftsperson Resident

November 15th, 2017 Comments Off on One Night Only show held for 2017 Emerging Craftsperson Resident

(Photos via Kenan Simpkins)
 
 
The show ended the jewelry artist’s fall stay at the university during which time he created new works of art while interacting with faculty and students.

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

 Read more about Parnham’s stay here. 

‘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.

Susie Ganch Exhibition Reception held in Visual Arts Center Gallery

November 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Susie Ganch Exhibition Reception held in Visual Arts Center Gallery

By Kesley Brownlee

A reception for the “How Soon is Now?” Work by Susie Ganch exhibit was held from 5-6 p.m. on Nov.9 in the Visual Arts Center Gallery.  It was funded in part by the Starkville Area Arts Council Community Grant.

The reception had a great turn out and featured some of Ganch’s work that was shown in her artist talk that was held the previous morning from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Second Emerging Craftsperson Resident to showcase work Nov. 9

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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.

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