Department of Art celebrates 50 years at MSU with spring exhibitions

February 8th, 2018 Comments Off on Department of Art celebrates 50 years at MSU with spring exhibitions

By | Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is celebrating its art department’s 50th anniversary with two spring exhibitions showcasing works by Bulldog art graduates.

“The Department of Art is proud of its history and legacy,” said MSU Professor and Art Department Head Angi Bourgeois. “Our 50th anniversary exhibitions highlight the amazing impact of a creative education on generations of artists, photographers and designers, as well as the significant cultural role the department and university have played and continue to play for the broader community through our permanent collection and exhibition program.”

On display through April 21 in the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, the exhibition “Statements: 50 Years of Making” features more than 120 graphic designs, paintings, drawings, photographs and ceramic and mixed media creations by 105 MSU art graduates.

Guest juror and MSU alumnus Wesley Stuckey selected works for the exhibition, which is available for viewing 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. A Mississippi native, Stuckey currently runs his own studio practice in Baltimore, Maryland, working as a designer and printmaker while also teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

“This exhibition is an incredible display of recent work showing the success our alumni have had since their graduation and the impact they are making on the world,” said MSU Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt. “Art grads are professional illustrators and designers, obtaining art or visual director positions in retail and marketing fields, and many attended graduate school and are now teachers and professors.”

A 50th anniversary reunion and exhibition reception will take place the evening of April 19. All MSU art alumni are welcome and encouraged to visit www.caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/art-50 for more information.

Open through March 4 at the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery, the exhibition “Collect 50: Celebrating 50 Years of Collecting in the Department of Art” showcases more than 20 pieces of art by former students and current and former faculty, as well as purchased pieces and donated works.

With items dating from 1970 through 2010, “Collect 50” highlights the diverse styles and media found in the department’s collection. Visitors are welcome from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, to see works by Jane Abrams, Marion L. Brown, Ken Clifford, Katherine Holmes, and a photograph by Arthur Leonard Farley, who served as art department head for many years.

Neuenfeldt said Farley’s most recognizable work is the bronze Bulldog sculpture that was installed in 1970 on the north side of the Colvard Student Union. Additionally, MSU’s Cobb Institute of Archaeology features stone and marble relief panels of prehistoric designs replicated by Farley in 1973.

For more about the Department of Art’s 50th anniversary and related events, contact Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program, offering a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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From the Gallery – January 2018

February 2nd, 2018 Comments Off on From the Gallery – January 2018

In this episode of From the Gallery, Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt discusses “Hatch Show Print” – on display through February at the Visual Arts Center Gallery – with graphic design Professor Jamie Mixon.

Historic print shop works featured in new exhibition at MSU

January 27th, 2018 Comments Off on Historic print shop works featured in new exhibition at MSU

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Iconic works from the archives of a historic Nashville letterpress print shop are on display through March 2 at Mississippi State University’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Free to all, the exhibition in the gallery at 808 University Drive in Starkville features vintage and contemporary posters from Hatch Show Print, the “Music City”-based shop housed in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Since 1879, HSP has worked to educate diverse audiences by creating and sharing a vast collection of well-known designs commemorating America’s evolving identity. The company’s first print job was a handbill announcing the appearance of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

HSP has created handmade posters for musicians such as the late, legendary African-American jazz and blues entertainers Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, as well as show posters for country music icons including the late Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. The shop’s print work in the 21st century has expanded to designs for vinyl record covers, packaging and books. For more, visit http://hatchshowprint.com.

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

A 5-6 p.m. reception will take place Thursday, Feb. 15, at the VAC gallery. Refreshments will be available, and all are welcome.

Celene Aubrey, manager of Hatch Show Print, will give a 12:30 p.m. public presentation Friday, Feb. 16, in the Fazio Jury Room at Giles Hall, home to MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU Department of Art’s gallery director, expressed appreciation for Professor and Graphic Design Coordinator Jamie Mixon and other departmental colleagues who assisted in making the exhibition and related programs possible.

For more information, contact Neuenfeldt 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.eduor follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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Graphic design alumnus Kaylie Mitchell featured in Starkville Daily News

January 25th, 2018 Comments Off on Graphic design alumnus Kaylie Mitchell featured in Starkville Daily News

Kaylie Mitchell (left) and Hagan Walker shown when they won a competition with the university’s E-Center that helped them get their company Glo started.

Glo plans to shine in new home on Lampkin Street

 
A Starkville business recently moved in to a new home downtown after its humble beginning in a closet three years ago.

Glo is a line of liquid-activated, glowing cubes used as drink enhancers. Glo also partnered with Musee to create bath bombs with a glowing cube inside.

The company was founded by Mississippi State University students Hagan Walker and Kaylie Mitchell in 2015.

“My cofounder, Kaylie, and I, were both students at State,” Walker said. “She was in graphic design and I was in electrical engineering, and this was one of her classroom projects. The idea behind it was to create a conceptual company that drew your eye to the product, and Kaylie always said, ‘If it lights up, people are going to look at it.'”

Walker said he helped make the product liquid-activated, and the pair won $15,000 in an entrepreneurship competition at MSU through the E-Center.

“When we first started, our first prototypes were made in my walk-in closet in a house I was renting in town,” Walker said. “Then we moved to the Research Park and had a very small office over there. Then we were in the Partnership building for a little while before we moved here.”

Glo’s new location had been empty for about a year before the company began leasing the building from owner Rick Underwood, who owns Rick’s Furniture, Walker said.

The front space in the new building will be used for office space for the Glo team and for retail space. A small back portion of the building will be used for inventory and supplies. A larger area in the back of the building will be used by young entrepreneurs from MSU to rent while they start their new businesses.

“Kaylie and I ran into this issue when we first started,” Walker said. “We couldn’t afford rent anywhere, and the university had to help us. Our idea is you start at the E-Center, then if you want to pursue your idea you come here, and then you’ll move down to some space they have at the Partnership. This whole thing is us trying to give back to Starkville.”

Glo will host an open house at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 to celebrate their new headquarters and release their newest product, glowing bath toys for children.

“It’s been crazy. Literally we started our first prototype in a closet three years ago,” Walker said. “To go from 10 square feet to 5,000 plus is pretty cool. And a lot of people like the story of Glo, but we want to tell them about the space in the back and how we want other young people to stay in Starkville as well.”

While the Glo cubes are made in China, all the packaging and printing is done in-house in Starkville. Glo currently employs five people and has several interns throughout the semester, Walker said.

“Some of them are internships, but thinking that we’re creating jobs for people is really cool,” Walker said.

Alex Bostic places in Portrait Society of America’s Members Only Competition

January 18th, 2018 Comments Off on Alex Bostic places in Portrait Society of America’s Members Only Competition

“Milayla#2” | Alexander Bostic

Mississippi State University Department of Art Associate Professor Alexander Bostic’s painting “Milayla#2″ (12×18, Casein) was a finalist in the Non-Commissioned Portrait category of the 2017 Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition.

“This is our 13th year sponsoring this event, and it is encouraging and inspiring to see a showcase of such excellent portrait, figurative and easel work being created by our members around the world,” said Executive Director of the Portrait Society of America Christine Egnoski.

See the full list of winners here: http://www.portraitsociety.org/members-only-competition.

2018 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition to include work by Alex Bostic

January 18th, 2018 Comments Off on 2018 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition to include work by Alex Bostic

“Dupree” | By Alexander Bostic

Mississippi State University Department of Art Associate Professor Alexander Bostic’s painting “Dupree” was accepted to the the Museum of Science and Industry’s (MSI) 2018 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition.

The work will be on display at MSI (5700 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60637) from January 15 to February 21.

 

 

Work by Alex Bostic selected for international online exhibition

January 18th, 2018 Comments Off on Work by Alex Bostic selected for international online exhibition

“Syd Sitting” | Acrylics | Alex Bostic

Mississippi State University Department of Art Associate Professor Alexander Bostic’s painting “Syd Sitting” was selected for the 2017 NOAPS Fall International Online Exhibition.

Jurors selected 150 paintings from more than 930 submissions.

See the works here: https://www.noaps.org/2017-fall-online.

Alex Bostic receives Gold Award, has two paintings accepted to national competition

January 18th, 2018 Comments Off on Alex Bostic receives Gold Award, has two paintings accepted to national competition

“Syd Sleeping” | Alexander Bostic

“Sydney #1 | Alex Bostic

Mississippi State University Department of Art Associate Professor Alexander Bostic had two paintings – “Sleeping Syd” and “Sydney #1″ –  accepted to the “Illustration West 56″ competition, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles 56th Annual Illustration Competition.

“Sleeping Syd” received a Gold Award in the competition.

More than 1100 entries were judged by Cliff Cramp, Francis Guy, Franck Stephan, Bill Morrison, Julie Murphy and Peter Paul.

“The caliber of everyone’s work was very high, and, as a result, the cut off numbers were very tight,” said Alyce Heath, association manager of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

The Illustration West 56 Gallery Exhibit will be held at the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, 5119 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca. Opening Night will be in early 2018. 

The Illustration West 56 Online Exhibit is currently up and can be viewed here: https://illustrationwest.org/56/.

From the Gallery – November 2017

December 5th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – November 2017

From The Gallery November 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

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.

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