Art students return from New York study

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on Art students return from New York study

New York Field Study 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Twenty students and two faculty members spent their Fall Break in New York.

Led by Associate Professor Ben Harvey and Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney – who organized the trip – the students are the fourth and largest group to participate in the department’s Special Topic in ART- Art Field Study course.

The course was created in 2014 to provide historical and contemporary cultural experiences in the Big Apple’s world of art and design through visits to museums, galleries, artists’ studios and design firms, among other activities.

Among other locales, the group visited the special collections at the Columbia University Butler Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art; graphic design work spaces of Gensler and Johnson & Johnson; along with an artists’ studio in the Red Hook neighborhood with textile designer Annie Coggan and fine art alumnus Chris Lucious. 

The group also visited the High Line Park before a boat tour of the entire island of Manhattan. Perhaps most importantly, the students and faculty had opportunities to meet with former MSU art majors that have “made it” in New York. They included Sarah Foley, design manager at Johnson & Johnson; Lauren Blalock, Anna Callaway and Drew Ford, graphic designers for Johnson & Johnson; and Ashlee Bennett, Britney Johnson, Lilly Scheibelhut, Mickenzie Robbins, Trey Harding, Patrick Finch, Caleb Hunt and Brian Barham.

Special thanks to Karen Green, curator for comics and cartoons, Ancient & Medieval History librarian, Columbia University; Lauren Docktor, workplace experience manager, Gensler; Chris Lucious, artist; and Sarah Foley, design manager at Johnson & Johnson for hosting our students! 

Students had various creative assignments as part of the trip, including a blog created by Carly Melton, Calli Nelson, April Porter, Mimi Sheppard, Haylee Upton and Moesha Wright.

Abbey Goodman, Ali Meeler, Mary Emily Moore and Abbey Ridgon created a course poster (above).

Conner Booth, Claire Burgett, Kennedy Caldwell and Madison Cheek were in charge of a video (watch it above), while Darren Cheairs, Stephen Latham, Breanna Rayburn, Lauryn Rody, Samantha Sumrall and Kaitlyn Upton were in charge of documenting the experience through photography (photos below).

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Department of Art announces 2017 Art Field Study Travel Award winners

August 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art announces 2017 Art Field Study Travel Award winners

Eleven art students were recently awarded scholarships to put toward their 2017 New York Field Study course trip.

Windgate winners ($1,000 each)

  • Carly Melton 
  • Samantha Sumrall 
  • Abbey Rigdon 
  • Haylee Upton 

Daybrite winners ($750 each)

  • April Porter 
  • Moesha Wright 
  • Darren Cheairs 
  • Breanna Rayburn 
  • Kaitlyn Upton 
  • Ali Meeler 
  • Lauryn Rody 

Students enrolled in Art 3801-01 will travel with Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney during Fall Break (October 4-8) to New York. Students will experience New York’s vibrant art scene and will get the chance to network with alumni in the area.

Highlights from last year’s trip include visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, touring the Guggenheim Museum, touring Manhattan via boat, visiting artist studios, and touring art galleries and design firms. 

MSU students, faculty present ‘Ciao! Travel ROME’ exhibit at Giles Hall gallery

February 18th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students, faculty present ‘Ciao! Travel ROME’ exhibit at Giles Hall gallery

Accompanied by Professors Jamie Mixon, far left, and Brent Funderburk, far right, 14 Mississippi State students— 11 current and three alumnae—participated last summer in a study abroad program at the University of Arkansas Rome Center. Along with visiting art and architectural sites and museums in Rome and central Italy, students and their faculty mentors enjoyed trips to Florence and Orvieto. (Photo submitted by Jamie Burwell Mixon)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Italian-inspired works by 11 current students, three alumnae and two faculty members at Mississippi State are on display Feb. 20-28 in the university’s Giles Hall gallery.

Free to all, the “Ciao! Travel ROME” exhibition features paintings, drawings and posters by 14 students from Professor Brent Funderburk’s studio course, “SKETCHBOOK: Journal for Artists, Architects + Designers,” and Professor Jamie Burwell Mixon’s studio course, “TRAVEL ROME: The Poster Image.”

Under the direction of Funderburk and Mixon, the students participated last summer in a month-long, six-credit study abroad program at the University of Arkansas Rome Center. Founded as a center for architectural studies in 1989, the center is located in the 14th century Palazzo Taverna at the heart of ancient Rome. Along with visiting art and architectural sites and museums in Rome and central Italy, the students enjoyed trips to Florence and Orvieto.

Participants include (by hometown):

BAY SAINT LOUIS—Aubrey J. Pohl, a senior art/graphic design major.

BILOXI—Ian F. Green, a senior art/graphic design major.BELAIR, Maryland—Lorianna A. Livingston, a fall 2016 summa cum laude art/graphic design graduate.

BRANDON—Randi L. Watson, a senior art/fine arts major; and Anna R. Zollicoffer, a senior art/graphic design major.

CANTON—Daniel P. Smith, a senior architecture major.

CHELSEA, Alabama—Sarah L. Prater, a senior art/graphic design major.

FLORENCE, South Carolina—Candace B. Moreau, a fall 2016 summa cum laude computer science graduate.

HATTIESBURG—Shawna J. Williams, a senior art/fine arts and music/vocal double-major.

LUMBERTON, Texas—Samantha K. “Sami” McDougall, a senior art/graphic design major.

MADISON, Alabama—Rachel E. Patronas, a senior architecture major.

MADISON—Anna K. “Katie” Erickson, a senior art/graphic design and photography major.

OCEAN SPRINGS—Emily C. Koch, a junior art/fine arts major.

PASCAGOULA—Katherine L. “Kaylie” Mitchell, a fall 2016 art/graphic design graduate.

Also free to all, a public reception for the exhibit takes place 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday [Feb. 23] in the Giles Hall gallery at 889 Collegeview St. on the Starkville campus. Refreshments will be provided.

Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

For more information on the exhibit or the CAAD ROME Study Abroad Program, contact Claire Gipson, MSU assistant professor of art, at 662-325-2970 or cgipson@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu.

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International exhibit features painting by MSU’s Brent Funderburk

April 20th, 2016 Comments Off on International exhibit features painting by MSU’s Brent Funderburk

"A Dream of Flying",​ Watercolor/mixed-media painting by Brent Funderburk

“A Dream of Flying”,​ Watercolor/mixed-media painting by Brent Funderburk

The Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center, Shenzhen, China

The Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center, Shenzhen, China

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A longtime faculty member and former head of the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department is receiving international recognition.

Professor Brent Funderburk’s watercolor painting, “Flying World,” is among 150 works selected for inclusion in one of the world’s largest competitive exhibits dedicated to water-based painting media.

Brent Funderburk, an MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art, has been named a 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipient. (Photo by Russ Houston / Mississippi State University)

Brent Funderburk

Touring a total of six Chinese museums, Funderburk’s piece is one of only 36 U.S. artist-produced works—from among nearly 3,800 entries submitted worldwide—selected by exhibit jurors from Australia, China, France and the United Kingdom.

“Flying World” previously was on display as part of the 2015-16 International Watercolor Biennial at Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center in China’s fourth-largest city.

Additionally, Funderburk’s watercolor/mixed-media painting, “A Dream of Flying,” was among more than 100 works—out of 430 submitted entries—chosen for the Houston, Texas-based Watercolor Art Society’s 2016 International Exhibition held in March.

An MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art and Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence award recipient, Funderburk recently was recognized with a 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

Earlier this year, his work was featured for the fifth time in the New-York based and internationally distributed “Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design.”

Funderburk is a North Carolina native who has taught at MSU since 1982. Over the decades, he has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence and Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence awards.

A fine arts graduate of East Carolina University, he is a former MSU art department head who currently serves as its fine-arts thesis coordinator. Painting survey, watercolor, watermedia, senior thesis and advanced studio are among courses he has taught.

In 2010, Funderburk was named official artist for the Jackson-based USA International Ballet Competition. For additional biographical information, visit www.brentfunderburk.com.

See the story in The Columbus Dispatch.

Art students visit Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

February 5th, 2016 Comments Off on Art students visit Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

Students in Lori Neuenfeldt’s Understanding Fashion in Art course recently visited the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel.

Curator Kristen Miller Zohn discussed the different costumes in some of the key works on permanent display at the museum.

Each student in the class will now research a piece in the collection to understand aspects of costume and how artists use costume to convey meaning.

The art students in the class will draw costume illustrations that will be passed on to MSU fashion design students, who will construct garments based on the illustrations.

The work may be part of an upcoming exhibition at the Lauren Rogers Museum titled “Who, What, Wear?”

Art students return from New York study

November 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on Art students return from New York study

Front steps of the Met. Wonky group portrait with selfie-stick. (via Dr. Ben Harvey's blog: http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/bharvey/)

Front steps of the Met. (via Dr. Ben Harvey’s blog: caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/bharvey/)

Thirteen students and two faculty members in Mississippi State’s art department are back on campus following a five-day field study in New York City.

Led by Associate Professor Ben Harvey and Assistant Professor Neil Callander, the students are the second group to participate in the department’s Special Topic in ART-Art Field Study.

The course was created to provide historical and contemporary cultural experiences in the Big Apple’s worlds of art and design through visits to museums, galleries, artists’ studios and design firms, among other activities.

Students were required to keep a blog during their time in New York. Take a look!

MSU, Loyola University art students collaborate for exhibition

May 19th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU, Loyola University art students collaborate for exhibition

Thomas McBroom, "Aegnbilck," oil on canvas

Thomas McBroom, “Aegnbilck,” oil on canvas

Via Lori Neuenfeldt

It’s always special when students participate in a summer exchange program, traveling to new places and absorbing the culture. But this summer will be the first-ever art exhibition exchange for MSU fine art students. The exhibit, titled “Exchange,” is a collaboration between the MSU Bachelor of Fine Art seniors and the Bachelor of Fine Art seniors from Loyola University, New Orleans. This is a unique opportunity for the graduating seniors to experience an exhibition exchange and have their art receive exposure in a major urban area, rooted in arts and cultural activities.

After he saw samples of MSU student work online, Loyola professor Mark Grote contacted the MSU Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt to explore the possibility of a summer exchange exhibit featuring graduating senior works.

Works from the MSU BFA graduating class in three concentrations – fine art, photography and graphic design – will travel to New Orleans and be on display in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, Loyola University New Orleans from mid-May through September of this year. Around the same time, senior works from Loyola’s BFA program will travel and be on display at MSU in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on the second floor of the MSU Welcome Center, next to Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus.

The Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery is open special hours this summer starting in May: Monday–Friday 1–5 p.m. and by appointment. For information call the Department of Art at 662-325-2970 or email Lori Neuenfeldt, gallery director, lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

The 32 MSU artists exhibiting at Loyola University New Orleans include:
Lucia Arellano (photography)
Ty Barnes (sculpture)
Dominique Belcher (graphic design)
Lauran Blalock (graphic design)
Rebecca Brannen (graphic design)
Bonnie Brumley (ceramics)
Joe Cain (graphic design)
Anna Callaway (painting)
Victoria Cheek (drawing)
JD Cox (graphic design)
Jacob Craig (ceramics)
Patrick Finch (graphic design)
Trey Hardin (graphic design)
Molly Howell (painting)
Britney Johnson (graphic design)
Merritt La Foe (painting)
Sydney Lesniewski (graphic design)
Kaitlyn Lincoln (graphic design)
Elana Marchak (photography)
Thomas McBroom (painting)
Katelyn Napier (graphic design)
Tucker Napier (graphic design)
Shelby Nichols (ceramics)
Allison Petro (painting)
Anna Leigh Richards (graphic design)
Mickenzie Robbins (graphic design)
Victoria Sharp (graphic design)
Kimberlin Singletary (graphic design)
Blair Toney (graphic design)
Stephanie Travis (graphic design)
Reagan Watts (painting)
Maura Worch (graphic design)

“Exchange”
Mississippi State University & Loyola University New Orleans Art & Design Seniors 2015
May 11-September, 2015
Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, Loyola University New Orleans

“Exchange”
Loyola University New Orleans & Mississippi State University Art & Design Seniors 2015
May 18–July 24, 2015
Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery

Read the story on MSU’s website.

View the story at WCBI.com.

MSU’s first student artist-in-residence creates art at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

May 18th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU’s first student artist-in-residence creates art at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

Shelby Nichols

Shelby Nichols

By Shelby Nichols

As the first MSU undergraduate student recipient of the MSU-Noxubee National Wildlife Artist in Residence award, recent fine art graduate Shelby Nichols is already hard at work out at the Refuge.

From May 15 – 28, Nichols is researching and creating a body of work inspired by black and white photography by Ansel Adams, a prevalent landscape photographer during the 20th century. Adams’ images brought attention to the natural beauty of America and its national parks. Adams hiked the high Sierra Mountains in terrain few had ever laid eyes on. What he discovered in the mountains was so magnificent that it motivated him to dedicate his life to capturing its awe-striking power with a camera. He felt that the raw wilderness should be preserved for generations.

Nichols’ more recent ceramic works exhibited at MSU as part of the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibit, and select pieces are now on view in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans.

Similar to Adams, Nichols grew up appreciating the nature and beauty of the Mississippi landscape. However, the ecosystem Nichols establishes a connection to is uniquely composed of tree species, such as bald cypress, sycamore and red cedar; this is in contrast to the sequoia, redwood and aspen trees Adams photographed.

After her stay at the Refuge, Nichols will head to Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snow Mass, Colo., for a week, supported by a financial scholarship award, then she is on to other parks and refuges. Before leaving the southeast to explore other places, Nichols wants to dedicate a body of work to the place that has inspired her art. Nichols translates these nature experiences by using a variety of specialized methods with mediums including wood and ceramic, not limited to photography.

Join the artist at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., May 23 to discover how and why Adams’ work helps her identify with her own; then come along on a nature walk through her favorite place on the Refuge, a jewel near the home of Mississippi State University.

“I never did a photograph of any importance for an environmental purpose—all the pictures I’ve done were done because I was there, and I loved the mountains, and I visualized a picture.” – Ansel Adams

The Artist-in-Residence program is made possible by the Friends of the Noxubee Refuge, the Starkville Area Arts Council, and a partnership between the MSU Department of Art and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. For more information contact Steve Reagan, Project Leader for the Choctaw and Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWRs at 662-323-5548 or steve_reagan@fws.gov.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Hester serves as visiting designer at Central Michigan University

March 10th, 2015 Comments Off on Hester serves as visiting designer at Central Michigan University

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Cassie Hester, assistant professor of graphic design, was recently invited by Associate Professors Larry Burditt and Jonathon Russell to be a visiting designer at Central Michigan University.

As part of her visit, Hester gave a public lecture and hosted an advanced typography workshop. In the workshop, Hester explored typographic collage and experimental analog methods.

The visit was Feb. 19 through 21 at the College of Communication and Fine Arts/Department of Art & Design in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

MSU art students attend Alabama Clay Conference

March 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on MSU art students attend Alabama Clay Conference

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Some of the MSU students with presenter Nick Joerling.

Via Professor Robert Long, ceramics concentration coordinator

A group of ceramics students from Mississippi State University attended the 30th Alabama Clay Conference hosted by the Alabama Craft Council this past weekend in Birmingham, Ala. The conference was held at the Historic Boutwell Memorial Auditorium.

The ALCC 30 presenters were Nick Joerling from Penland, N.C; Peter Rose from Knoxville, Tenn.; and Patti Warashina from Seattle, Wash.

MSU students, the largest student group in attendance again this year, also enjoyed attending the 2nd Biannual Bunting Ceramics Symposium held next door at the Birmingham Museum of Art in conjunction with ALCC 30.

Presenters at the symposium included ceramic artist and keynote speaker Kathy Butterly, Birmingham clay artist Frank Fleming and speakers Professor Glen R. Brown, Gail Andrews, Dr. Don Wood, Dr. Graham Boettcher, Rob Hunter, Ellen Denker and Joey Brackner.

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