Brent Funderburk’s ‘Angelus Vitae’ in noted national showcase

October 14th, 2017 Comments Off on Brent Funderburk’s ‘Angelus Vitae’ in noted national showcase

“Angelus Vitae”, 22″ x 38″, watercolor, 2017 | Brent Funderburk

Brent Funderburk, a long time Mississippi State University professor, has one of his artworks showing in a national juried exhibition for the month of October.

Funderburk’s “Angelus Vitae” a watercolor painting, was chosen by juror Stephen Quiller to be exhibited in the 44th Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, showing at the Evergreen Center for the Arts in Evergreen, Co., from Sept. 16 to Oct. 28. A reception for the artists was held on Sept. 16.

Funderburk

Quiller, a noted painter and author, chose 73 works from 549 entries submitted. In his interview with Southwest Art Magazine (September, 2017), Quiller stated that “one of the draws for many artists is the show’s reputation for experimentation.” A color catalog has been produced for the exhibit, which is viewed as one of the best exhibits showcasing watermedia painters in the United States.

According to Funderburk, “Angelus Vitae,” ‘angel of life,’ emerged out of a need to express gratitude for the female – mother; wife; lover; muse. The impulse that runs through the series is an exposition of Her varied appearances, in the still air of close objects, in vast space, and in the intimations of dreams. 

Funderburk, a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at Mississippi State, has taught there since 1982, serving as department head, senior fine art coordinator and fine art coordinator.

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. 

International photo competition honors Dominic Lippillo

October 13th, 2017 Comments Off on International photo competition honors Dominic Lippillo

“Car Lot” is among 10 images by MSU art faculty member Dominic Lippillo selected for judging in Photolucida’s 2017 Critical Mass portfolio competition. (Photo submitted/courtesy of Dominic Lippillo)

Photographic images by Dominic Lippillo of Mississippi State have been honored among top finalists in Photolucida’s 2017 Critical Mass portfolio competition.

A nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, Photolucida works to “expand, inspire, educate and connect” photography communities around the world. The CM competition involves submissions of 10-image portfolios.

Lippillo, an associate professor in the university’s art department, is among 200 whose entries were selected for final review by an international panel of professionals representing a range of photographic interests.

Lippillo’s portfolio entry comes from a series titled “Stories We Tell Ourselves,” which may be viewed at https://dominic-lippillo.pixpa.com/solowork/stories-we-tell-ourselves1.  

A department member since 2010, he also was honored last year with a Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship Grant.

“This latest recognition of Dom’s work not only supports the outstanding research reputation of the university, but also helps us continue to push our students to greater excellence,” said Angi E. Bourgeois, department head.

MSU is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program, and the department is makings plans for a master of fine arts degree in photography, Bourgeois said. Lippillo’s achievements “help demonstrate further the strength of our photography concentration,” she added.

Lippillo is a 2005 fine arts/photography graduate of Youngstown (Ohio) State University, with a master’s degree in the major completed at Ohio University. For more biographical information, see www.caad.msstate.edu/art/artdirectory.php.

His photographic and video creations explore aspects of memory, the domestic and space-versus-place, with works now in permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, and the universities of Alabama and North Dakota.

MSU’s art department is part of College of Architecture, Art and Design, online at www.caad.msstate.edu.

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Noted painter to give lecture and workshop on MSU campus

October 13th, 2017 Comments Off on Noted painter to give lecture and workshop on MSU campus

“Reflections in Marseilles, France” (18″ x 24″, on linen) | Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee

By Brent Funderburk

Matthew Lee, plein air painter and architect, will lecture and give a student workshop on the Mississippi State University campus in October. Lee is an alumnus of MSU where he received a BA in Architecture with a minor in Art in 1989.

Lee will present a public lecture “In Colored Air: Painting in the Heart of Nature” from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fazio Jury Room of Giles Hall (first floor, CAAD/Architecture Building) on Thurs., Oct. 26. The illustrated talk is free of charge.

Born in Paris, France, Lee’s childhood years gave him the opportunity to see the art and architecture of the Louvre, the Versailles Palace, the painter’s square at Montmartre, cathedrals, the European countryside and shore, and many other landmarks. The rich culture of France was deeply imprinted on his life. Lee was a U. S. Fulbright Scholar in 1991-1992 where he studied temples murals and architecture in Sri Lanka. He will bring this love of the landscape, color and outdoor painting into a three-day en plein air workshop with advanced painting students from Oct. 24–26. Samples of his artwork may be seen at matthewleestudio.com.

In addition to his interest in painting, Lee is also a licensed architect and practiced architecture full time for 22 years prior to launching a full-time art business in Memphis, Tenn.

The lecture and workshop is supported by the Mississippi State University Department of Art; the College of Architecture, Art and Design; and MSU painting concentration students.

For more information, please contact Brent Funderburk, W. L. Giles Professor of Art, 662-325-2970, bfunderburk@caad.sstate.edu.

Department of Art holds fall 2017 ‘One Night Only’ shows

October 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art holds fall 2017 ‘One Night Only’ shows

Images and information via Kenan Simpkins, Fall 2017 “One Night Only” show leader

Each semester, the Department of Art hosts a few “One Night Only” shows as a chance for students to exhibit their work.

This semester, the series is titled Back To Basics, with each show featuring a certain element of design.

The first show, “Value,” was held Sept. 28 and featured photographic work from Chauncey Mangum and Kamau Bostic. 

The second show, “Texture,” was held on Oct 3 and featured varied texture pieces from Elizabeth Gammill, Haylee Upton and Alison Meeler. Gammill displayed 26 hoop embroidery pieces. Upton had a variation of quilting and sewing pieces, and Meeler showcased several pieces that she created on a loom.

Remaining fall 2017 “One Night Only” show schedule:

  • Oct. 26: “Color”
  • Nov. 2: “Line”
  • Nov. 30: “Form”

Unless noted, shows are held in the Metal Shop in Howell Hall from 6:30-8 p.m.

Contact Kenan Simpkins, kms760@msstate.edu, for more information.

Download the Fall 2017 “One Night Only” show poster.

From the Gallery – September 2017

October 11th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – September 2017

From The Gallery – Sept. 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with College of Architecture, Art, and Design Dean Jim West about “the college of making.”

MSU celebrates Magnolia State bicentennial with fall event series

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU celebrates Magnolia State bicentennial with fall event series

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is sponsoring a fall-semester series of fun, educational events to commemorate the Magnolia State’s bicentennial.

Jim Giesen–MSU History professor environmental portrait

With support from the Mississippi Humanities Council through the Mississippi Development Authority, the official bicentennial project kicks off Sept. 6 with a 5 p.m. presentation in Mitchell Memorial Library’s third-floor John Grisham Room. Organized by the university’s Museums and Galleries Committee, the free talk “Farming in Mississippi: A Brief History” will be given by MSU Associate Professor of History Jim Giesen.

Also free to all is a Sept. 13 talk titled “Writing Across the Color Line: Conversations, Intersections and Chance Encounters in Mississippi Literary History.” Given by MSU Associate Professor of English and African American Studies Donald Shaffer, the presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in the Grisham Room.

 “The Museums and Galleries Committee is really excited to be putting together this series of events to celebrate the history of Mississippi,” said event coordinator Amy Moe-Hoffman, an instructor in MSU’s Department of Geosciences.

“We began with the idea of showcasing university specimens in a collaborative exhibit,” she continued, “but with the help of a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, we were able to expand our programming to include speakers, music, receptions and exhibits that will allow attendees to have a deeper level of engagement with the history of our state.”

Donald Shaffer environmental portrait (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Other upcoming bicentennial events that are free and open to the public include:

–Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m., opening reception for the exhibit “Symbols of our State: A Walk Through Mississippi Culture and Industry.” Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 30 at the new Old Main Academic Center located at the intersection of Barr Avenue and George Perry Street. Those interested in scheduling a tour may contact the MSU Welcome Center at 662-325-5198.

–Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-noon, a family-friendly Scan-a-Thon event at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville. Attendees can bring their historic photos depicting Oktibbeha County and Mississippi State to be scanned and digitized. Music and refreshments will be available in the museum’s outdoor pavilion, and the museum also will be open for tours.

–Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m., “Myth-issippi: How Art Makes Place” talk presented by longtime MSU Professor of Art Brent Funderburk in the Colvard Student Union’s first-floor Dawg House. Musicians Caleb Childs and Richard Brown will give live blues performances, and light refreshments will be served. The backdrop for this event will be the Dawg House’s new wall mural highlighting blues music and musicians from Mississippi.

–Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Jeff Harris, MSU assistant Extension research professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, will give a talk about the history of beekeeping in Mississippi. His presentation will take place in the Clay Lyle Entomology Building, home to the Mississippi State Bug Zoo that will be open for visitors starting at 6:30 p.m.

–Nov. 3, MSU Professor of Geosciences Darrel Schmitz, author of “Roadside Geology of Mississippi,” and George Phillips, curator of paleontology at the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, will discuss economic geology and important fossil finds in Mississippi. All are welcome to bring a bag lunch for the noon talk “Discoveries in Mississippi Geology and Paleontology,” which will be held in Hilbun Hall, Room 304.

For more event information, contact Amy Moe-Hoffman at 662-325-3915 or amhoffman@geosci.msstate.edu.

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Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee accepted into international exhibition

September 27th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee accepted into international exhibition

Marita Gootee

By Kesley Brownlee

Songzhuang International Photo Biennale accepted nine of Mississippi State University Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee’s images from her “Sand Shadows Series” for the international call for photo artists/photographers. The theme “Live in This Moment, Return to the Origin” and was held in Songzhuang, Beijing, China. Songzhuang Photo is a major part of the 10th Annual Songzhuang Art Festival. It will be held in the Czech China Contemporary Museum (CCCM) from Sept. 29 to Oct. 13. 

Gootee is one of 37 artists selected to be presented at the Songzhuang International Photo Biennale. Each artist will exhibit nine images. The countries represented are Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Dubai, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, USA, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.

There will be an exhibition catalogue exclusive to the 2017 Songzhuang International Photo Biennale. The catalogue will feature a luxurious linen cloth hardcover, high quality paper and full color prints. The catalogue will contain 350 pages, with each artist having four pages. One of the four pages will introduce the artist, and the other three will display the art. 

Songzhuang Photo is a legally registered art organization sponsored by both domestic and international curators/directors, critics, artists, writers and poets in Songzhuang, Beijing. It is based on the idea of a permanent exhibition with changing themes. Through peer support and mutual encouragement, the aim is to promote the artistic development and professional advancement of domestic and international artists/photographers.

Today, Songzhuang is the largest artist community in the world, with more than 8,000 artists living in this art community. Among those are curators/directors, critics, artists, writers and poets. It may also be the most dynamic and vibrant community with some of the best artists worldwide, both famous and unknown. This community of artists, art museums, galleries, exhibitions and art activities is situated in the eastern suburbs of Beijing.

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Reception held for ‘Symbols of Our State’ exhibit

September 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Symbols of Our State’ exhibit

(Images by Kelsey Brownlee)

A reception was held on Sept. 22 in the Old Main Resource Building Gallery at Mississippi State University for “Symbols of Our State: A Walk through Mississippi Culture and Industry,” a Museums and Galleries Bicentennial Exhibit.

Objects, images, and curatorial interpretation of items from our collections that reflect the history and diversity of the state of Mississippi. The first portion of the exhibit will display examples of official state symbols, while the second half of the exhibit will focus on the economic resources, industry and cultural diversity that have shaped Mississippi into what it is today.

Haupt assumes new leadership role in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design

September 14th, 2017 Comments Off on Haupt assumes new leadership role in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design

Via msstate.edu

A longtime art professor is moving into a new role as interim associate dean for Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Jeffrey Haupt, who previously served as the painting concentration coordinator in the Department of Art, will take on the role of the associate dean. This addition to the college administration is allowing Associate Dean Greg Hall to concentrate his work as interim director of the college’s Building Construction Science program. 

Haupt

“We are fortunate in the College of Architecture, Art and Design to have the type of faculty and administrators that anticipate change and take advantage of opportunity,” said CAAD Dean Jim West. “We had a need to fill the director’s position in the Building Construction Science program, and our current Associate Dean Gregory Hall – who has a construction background – was willing to step into the role. 

“Jeffrey Haupt, one of our senior professors, was also equally willing and wonderfully equipped to assume the associate dean’s responsibilities. Both of these positions will benefit from fresh perspectives and energy,” West added.

Haupt received his Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He began his teaching career in 1997

Hall

at Indiana University and then taught at the John Waldron Arts Center before joining the Mississippi State art department faculty in 1999 ­as an assistant professor. He was promoted to full professor in 2010.

“I am excited, humbled and grateful to serve CAAD and Mississippi State University in this role,” Haupt said. “For me, it becomes another channel for the pedagogical experience.”

Additional biographical information on Haupt and Hall is available via their “Biography” links at www.caad.msstate.edu/caad/caaddirectory.

For more information on MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, 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.

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Reception held for ‘Narratives of the Land’ Exhibit

September 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Narratives of the Land’ Exhibit

A reception was held on Thursday [Sept. 7], a 5 p.m. in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery for “Narratives of the Land,” an exhibit featuring quintessential scenes of Mississippi landscapes created by artists Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-65), Ke Francis (1945-), William “Bill” Dunlap (1944-) and Eudora Welty (1909-2001).

The exhibition is one of twelve celebrating the Magnolia State’s bicentennial and will be on display through Sept. 29. Read more here.

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