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.

Anderson Ranch offers MSU Department of Art tuition waiver for summer workshop

December 1st, 2014 Comments Off on Anderson Ranch offers MSU Department of Art tuition waiver for summer workshop

Anderson Ranch in Snow Mass, Colo., is providing the Department of Art with one full tuition waiver for a summer workshop.

The workshop category is limited to Photography/New Media, and all art students are invited to apply.

TO APPLY:  Write a statement of interest in the workshop, and complete the application. All applications must be turned into the main ART office by 5 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 4. Click here for the application

The list of the summer 2015 workshops will be available in January 2015.  Students are responsible for lodging and travel.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at 662-325-2970.

MSU students, faculty help launch NYC art field study

November 14th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU students, faculty help launch NYC art field study

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Seniors Britney Johnson, a graphic design major from Bay St. Louis, and Christina McField, a fine arts major from Madison, relax at Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain. They were among 16 MSU art majors recently completing a five-day field study in New York City. Photo by: submitted/Lauren Blalock

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU Office of Public Affairs

Sixteen 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 instructor Lori Neuenfeldt and assistant professor Neil Callander, the students are part of the university department’s new 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.

Neuenfeldt said the course also was designed to give MSU students, many from small cities and towns, the confidence to travel and pursue cultural experiences as they prepare for professional careers after graduation.

“We already see that the students who went on the trip are extra motivated to start their careers and are considering the possibilities that a cultural center like New York has to offer,” she said.

Currently being offered only to sophomore-senior art majors during the fall semester, the one-hour elective resulted from a year-long planning collaboration by Neuenfeldt, Callander, veteran art professor Brent Funderburk and assistant professor Greg Martin.

“The art department has done trips to cities in the past, but they were never built into a particular course like they are in other programs, such as architecture, fashion design and merchandising, and interior design,” Neuenfeldt said. “We designed this experienced-based field study course for our fine art, graphic design and photography majors, especially for those who were missing out on a key component of the fine-arts experience, seeing works of art in person.”

Since the group contained graphic design and fine art majors, “we wanted to offer experiences that highlighted both careers,” she emphasized.

Among other locales, the MSU group visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, graphic design work spaces of Kate Spade Saturday and The Barbarian Group, along with a shared loft in the SoHo neighborhood of artists Claudia DeMonte and Ed McGowan.

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 Jessi Arrington, co-founder of WORKSHOP Graphic Design Firm; Sarah Foley, design manager at Johnson & Johnson; Angela Minor, graphic designer for Global Visual Merchandising & Store Design at The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.; Meredith Norwood, head designer at Azzure Home; and June Upton, a graduate student at Parsons: The New School for Design.

Combining notes, sketches, photographs and videos compiled during the week, the 16-member class now is working to create a “pitch” that will be presented to other students, faculty and interested members of the public at the semester’s conclusion.

One class member is senior Molly M. Howell, an art/painting major from Estill Springs, Tennessee, who previously had visited New York with her family. Viewing works of world-famous artists in Chelsea neighborhood galleries and visiting graduate school representatives from top U.S. art schools on the Parsons campus were among her highlights, she said.

“Having the opportunity to go to New York City and be exposed to the art scene there taught me that MSU is giving me all the tools I need to take my career and life to the next step,” Howell said.

Senior graphic design major Britney Johnson of Bay St. Louis said she most appreciated “encouraging” and “invaluable” insights of the former MSU students.

“Coming from a small town in Mississippi, it sometimes seems like being successful in a place like New York is out of reach, but seeing a community of MSU alumni living and working in New York and hearing their stories really showed me that it is not,” she said.

“There are MSU alumni doing big things in the Big Apple, and hopefully, this trip will show other students that they can be next,” she added.

Part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the art department currently offers a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Department of Art names Travel Abroad Award recipients

April 25th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art names Travel Abroad Award recipients

Anna Callaway (left) and Kaitlin Lincoln (right)

Anna Callaway (left) and Kaitlin Lincoln (right)

Anna Callaway and Kaitlyn Lincoln have each received the 2014 Department of Art Travel Abroad Award

The two will put the $750 award toward their trip this summer to Rome, a partnership between the College of Architecture, Art and Design and the University of Arkansas.

Callaway is a junior studying graphic design and painting from Madison. She is the daughter of Brint and Annette Callaway.

“It means so much to me to know that I have the art department’s support,” she said. “Having your own people support you means so much more than an outsider.”

Lincoln, is a senior studying graphic design from Starkville. She is the daughter of Rodney and Patty Lincoln.

“Upon being notified about being one of the recipients of this award, I was so excited and thankful because receiving this award is allowing me a clear jump forward in my path to study in Rome,” said Lincoln. “Hopefully, through this award, others will have the same opportunity in the future.”

For more information about scholarships offered by the Department of Art, call 662-325-2970. For more information about CAAD’s study abroad program, contact 662-325-2202.

Ceramic students attend 29th Alabama Clay Conference

February 24th, 2014 Comments Off on Ceramic students attend 29th Alabama Clay Conference

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Via Robert Long

Students in the upper level ceramic art classes with Professor Robert Long recently attended the 29th annual Alabama Clay Conference.

The conference, held in Birmingham, was held February 20-23 at the Boutwell Auditorium next to the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Nationally and internationally recognized presenters at the conference this year were Daphne Roehr Hatcher and Gary Hatcher from Mineola, Texas; Peter Beasecker from Syracuse, N.Y.; and Bonnie Seeman from Boca Raton, Fla.

Students were treated to demonstrations on process and technique and heard personal stories on life as an artist and the journey along the way.

Included in the activities was an exhibition opening of artwork by the presenters hosted by and located at the Alabama Power Archives Museum, a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art and a demonstration from various ceramic art vendors located at the rear of the auditorium.

Mississippi State University again had the largest student attendance at the conference and came home excited to get into the studio and get to work!

Art Professor gives presentation at typography conference in the Netherlands

October 21st, 2013 Comments Off on Art Professor gives presentation at typography conference in the Netherlands

Professor Peter Bain at the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

Professor Peter Bain at the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

Peter Bain, assistant professor in the Department of Art, recently traveled to the Netherlands for the 57th annual conference of Association Typographique Internationale.  ATypI is the premier worldwide organization dedicated to type and typography.

Bain’s presentation, “A Mid-Century Modernist Lettering Manual,” analyzed part of a 1949 lettering manual from Switzerland. This book anticipated design trends set by the typefaces Helvetica and Univers; its author was Walter Käch, whose students became distinguished typographers.

Check out a sketch of Bain made during the conference by Cyrus Highsmith, the senior designer at Font Bureau who is on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design. Highsmith designed the typeface, Scout, which the Department of Art uses for communications.

Art professor shares Iceland residency experience

October 18th, 2013 Comments Off on Art professor shares Iceland residency experience

Neil and Adrienne Callander participated in a residency at Gullkistan in Iceland this summer.

Neil and Adrienne Callander participated in a residency at Gullkistan in Iceland this summer.

Neil and Adrienne Callander, professors in the Department of Art, participated in a residency at Gullkistan in Iceland this summer.

Today, Adrienne and the FiberPaperArt Club Skyped with Icelandic botanist and natural dye specialist, Guðrún Bjarnadóttir, to learn about specific Icelandic plants and her dye processes. The Callanders visited Bjarnadóttir’s studio along the western coast of Iceland in early August.  Read Adrienne’s blog post about that visit.

Read more on Adrienne’s blog about the residency at Gullkistan and her experiences:
Open House
• “This link covers a lovely little village church,” said Adrienne. “They dot the whole countryside!”
Solheimar, an eco-village and integrated community where adult residents with developmental handicaps live and work and make art.
• Off-roading adventure:
The Lake Road
   The Road Home
   More

Visit Gullkistan.is to read more about the residency.

Fine art seniors visit New Orleans

October 8th, 2013 Comments Off on Fine art seniors visit New Orleans

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By Lori Neuenfeldt

On Oct. 4, seven senior fine art majors and two professors traveled to New Orleans for the weekend to experience the contemporary arts scene in a major metropolitan area.

While in New Orleans, students studying painting, drawing and sculpture visited the University of New Orleans, touring the facilities and meeting with faculty and students in order to find out about opportunities in the masters of fine arts program and the masters in arts administration program.

Other important stops included the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, an outdoor collection of modern and contemporary sculpture by artists such as Henry Moore, Fernando Botero and Louise Bourgeois. Important works by well-known artists inspired the students.

Students met with local artists and alumna of the MSU Department of Art, who took them around the galleries off Magazine Street and gave their first-hand accounts about living and working as an artist.

One of the highlights was a visit to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (OMSA), where Department of Art alumni and director of the OMSA, William Andrews, led students on a tour of the galleries.

The trip was capped off by the evening gallery hopping event, “Art for Art’s Sake,” that always occurs on the first Saturday of October in the Warehouse Arts District in downtown New Orleans. Students visited several galleries, participated in public art installations and listened to music by live DJs on Julia Street.

Throughout the weekend travelers followed the national weather updates on Tropical Storm Karen. They were happy that the storm weakened and stayed off the coast, allowing them to enjoy a perfect art-filled weekend.

Department of Art professor part of St. Louis leadership symposium

October 8th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professor part of St. Louis leadership symposium

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Alexander Bostic

From 1975 through 2000, Anheuser-Busch commissioned African-American artists to paint the Great Kings and Queens of Africa. The collection of 30 paintings highlights the richness of African history and provides a timeless lesson in leadership.

Millions of people have viewed the artwork over the past 40 years as it traveled around the country, helping to educate about the rich history of African Kings and Queens and fill a void in understanding the ancestral history of African-Americans.

Alexander Bostic, associate professor in the Department of Art, contributed to the collection and was recently invited to attend a leadership symposium inspired by the collection in St. Louis, Mo. Former department head Lydia Thompson was also a contributing artist.

“Legends of the Crown: Lessons in Leadership from Anheuser-Busch and the Great Kings and Queens of Africa” was at the Anheuser-Busch headquarters, where the entire collection was on display for viewing.

Anheuser-Busch partnered with the United Negro College Fun (UNCF) to award 30 $5,000 scholarships to students attending HBCU schools who have also demonstrated leadership as the African Kings and Queens portrayed in the art collection. The students attended a two-day resume-building leadership symposium as part of the program. Students were able to strengthen their leadership skills through interaction with company executives, hearing from the artists and participating in a community service project.

McKenzie first recipient of the Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award

September 26th, 2013 Comments Off on McKenzie first recipient of the Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award

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The fall 2013 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award is presented to Nikola McKenzie, a senior in the Department of Art. This $500 award is a recurring honor in the photography concentration in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University and is given to a student who sees and understands the value of travel for  creative visual research.

McKenzie will use the funds to attend the Society for Photographic Education South Central Regional Conference, titled “Refining Humanity: Photography and Empathy” at the College of the Mainland from October 17 – 20. The conference will explore the many and varied ways in which photographers and lens-based artists illuminate the human experience.

This award is in the memory of Grahame Brooke Snider, who was a student in the photography concentration in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University from 2006-2010.

“Grahame lived and loved photography. She absorbed all she could by attending photographic workshops and conferences,” said Professor Marita Gootee, who is the photography area coordinator. “Her family created this award to honor Grahame’s passion for photographic knowledge and to provide MSU photo students the opportunity to develop their passion for photography through travel.”

The Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award will be presented in the fall and spring to a photography concentration BFA student. This award is to encourage creative visual research in the photographic field through travel to conferences, libraries, collections, museums, workshops and more.

The spring application is due Jan. 27 , 2014. For more information and application process please contact Professor Marita Gootee in the Department of Art at mgootee@caad.msstate.edu.

Click here to read more about the Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award.

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