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.

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. 

Art student, alumna featured as ‘State Spotlight’

June 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Art student, alumna featured as ‘State Spotlight’

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

Shawna Williams, a senior art major from Hattiesburg, and art alumna Randi Layne Watson work on a mural on the back wall of the Dawg House stage in MSU’s Colvard Student Union.

The mural, which features Mississippi music with an emphasis on Black Prairie blues, is part of a larger remodeling of the Dawg House.

The revamped space, which is currently used for a wide variety of events and as a lounge space, will be unveiled this fall. 

See the image at msstate.edu!

‘Who, What, Wear?’ collaborative exhibition features works by MSU students

June 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Who, What, Wear?’ collaborative exhibition features works by MSU students

MSU senior art/fine arts major Dionicio D. “Dion” Coleman of Rex, Georgia, presents his research at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel while standing next to an original fashion design by Gabrielle Martinez, an MSU senior fashion design and merchandising/design and product development major from Byhalia. Martinez’s design was inspired by Benjamin West’s oil painting “J. Fall,” c. 1765–1770. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Phyllis Bell Miller)

On display through Oct. 22 at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, the “Who What Wear?” collaborative exhibition features costume recreations and original designs displayed next to works of art and research by students from Mississippi State and the University of Southern Mississippi. Under the direction of Phyllis Bell Miller, retiring MSU professor of fashion design merchandising, far left, and Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art instructor and gallery director, far right, the students include, from left to right, Neshelle Gilbert, Alicia Lemons, Candace Wheeler, Kristen Miller-Zohn, USM student Jacquelyn Loy, Heather Pace, Jennifer McFadden, USM costume shop supervisor Kelly James-Penot, Mackenzie Dunn, Dion Coleman, Kelly Byrd, Katye Drew and Haylee Upton. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Charles Freeman)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works representing the collaborative efforts of current and former Mississippi State art, fashion design and merchandising, and theatre students are on display through Oct. 22 at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel.

Featuring costume recreations and original designs, the “Who, What, Wear?” exhibition also showcases works of art and research by students from MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Art and Design; and College of Arts and Sciences, as well as students from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art instructor and gallery director, said last year, she was approached by Kristen Miller-Zohn, curator at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Miller-Zohn proposed the idea for a collaborative exhibition featuring the recreation of garments seen in works of art at the museum.

“For this exhibit, we sought to involve professionals and students in different fields including art, fashion design and theatre,” Neuenfeldt said. “This idea led to the creation of a special topics course at Mississippi State titled ‘Understanding Fashion in Art’ that combines my interests in the overlapping of art and clothing history.”

Neuenfeldt taught the “Understanding Fashion in Art” course this past spring, but the work featured in the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art exhibition is that of students who were enrolled in her 2016 spring semester course.

As part of the 2016 spring semester “Understanding Fashion in Art” course, 30 undergraduate students investigated different ways clothing and accessories are used to communicate ideas of power, gender, wealth and wisdom through works of art from ancient to modern periods.

Throughout the semester, the students conducted research and developed sketches and dossiers on pieces from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

“Students interpreted the way clothing functions in specific pieces from the museum’s permanent collection,” Neuenfeldt said. “This was no easy task, but they showed me that they were eager for the opportunity to access the collection, study the objects and provide information to the museum.”

MSU art students Alex Cayson, Jennifer McFadden, Haylee Upton, Dion Coleman and Katye Drew passed their research on to fashion design and merchandising majors Neshelle Gilbert, Gabrielle Martinez and Alicia Lemons, who were enrolled in MSU Professor Phyllis Bell Miller’s fall 2016 intermediate construction course. Miller’s students used the research and images as inspiration for new fashion designs, Neuenfeldt said.

Additionally, former MSU communication/theatre major Mackenzie Dunn and Kelly James-Penot, costume shop supervisor at the University of Southern Mississippi, produced historical recreations that are displayed next to paintings from the Lauren Rogers museum’s permanent collection. Dunn created a 19th-century folk costume from the Swiss Canton of Bern, while James-Penot created an 18th-century style “robe á la française.”

Neuenfeldt said this yearlong project is “an exciting example of how artwork can inspire collaborations across research fields and educational institutions.”

“The Mississippi State University Department of Art is happy to partner with the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and the University of Southern Mississippi for this special project,” she said. “An investigation of fashion and costume is a fascinating way to explore works of art and culture, and it is exciting to see how the work of our students is being used to actively engage visitors of the museum.”

For more exhibit information, visit www.lrma.org/exhibition/who-what-wear or contact Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

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Photographs by recent MSU art graduate accepted into national exhibitions

June 8th, 2017 Comments Off on Photographs by recent MSU art graduate accepted into national exhibitions

“Water Weight,” a digital image by Mississippi State art/photography and graphic design graduate Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Ronnie Robinson)

“Love Me Love Me Not,” a digital image by Mississippi State art/photography and graphic design graduate Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Ronnie Robinson)

“Girl with Horns,” a multi-paneled cyanotype photogram by Mississippi State art/photography and graphic design graduate Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Ronnie Robinson)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Photographic creations by a May graduate of Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design have been accepted into two national exhibitions.

Created by MSU Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate Ronnie B. Robinson of West Point, a multi-paneled cyanotype photogram titled “Girl with Horns” was accepted into “she,” a national exhibition at the Smith Gallery in Johnson, Texas.

On display through June 11, the exhibition was juried by award-winning New York photographer Kat Kiernan, whose photographic narratives have been featured in various publications including “Fraction Magazine” and “F-Stop Magazine.”

Additionally, two of Robinson’s digital images were accepted earlier this spring in the 2017 Midwest Center for Photography Juried Exhibition in Wichita, Kansas.

Titled “Love Me Love Me Not” and “Water Weight,” the works are part of Robinson’s narrative-based photographic series, “Play Nice, Dearie,” which follows the transformation of a young girl from adolescence into womanhood. Through the series, Robinson said she seeks “to explore and understand the emotions, psyche and society’s treatment of a young woman.”

With academic concentrations in photography and graphic design, Robinson has been guided by Professor Marita Gootee and Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo of the art department’s photography emphasis area. Gootee is the department’s longtime photography coordinator.

“While Ronnie’s work explores different techniques and processes, the images selected for these exhibitions share a common thread exploring issues dealing with the pressures young women face as they grow up,” Lippillo said.

“The way Ronnie is able to utilize many different processes shows her diversity as a photo-based artist. I am extremely proud of her drive to exhibit her work, and I cannot wait to see where her photographs are exhibited next,” Lippillo added.

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. 

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Anna Zollicoffer featured as MSU ‘Our People’

May 3rd, 2017 Comments Off on Anna Zollicoffer featured as MSU ‘Our People’

Story by Emily Gouin | Photo by Russ Houston

Graphic design and marketing senior Anna Zollicoffer enjoys anything that sparks her creative nature.

“I love all things related to creating, whether that be graphic design, drawing, crocheting or cooking,” Zollicoffer said. “Anything that I can be creative with is what I enjoy doing.”

The 21-year-old from Flowood always knew that she wanted to attend Mississippi State University. From the teachers she’s had, to the professional experiences she’s gained, her time spent as an MSU student has been a rewarding experience, and she is especially reflective of the good times as she prepares for graduation this week.

“The art program at MSU has been phenomenal and has taught me so much. I had high expectations for it, but it surpassed what I imagined,” Zollicoffer said. “They teach you all the skills and techniques you need, but they also encourage you to be unique and think outside the box.”

Zollicoffer has created many graphic design campaigns in her classes. She won a class competition among 30 other designers for her Make It in Mississippi campaign, which she said was a challenging project but one of her favorites. She won another competition for a booklet she created for a collaboration project between MSU students and Bradfield & Gorrie, a construction management contractor and design-build service provider. Both projects were accepted in the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition and the Mississippi State University Student Juried Exhibit this year.

While graphic design is her passion, Zollicoffer also likes to incorporate fine art into her designs through mediums like watercolor and charcoal. She gets inspiration from nature and things that are bright and colorful.

During the summer of 2016, Zollicoffer studied abroad in Rome, Italy, where she created a poster series titled “Rome Abloom.” It was reminiscent of the colorful flowers and people she met during her time abroad.

Zollicoffer currently works at the Social Science Research Center and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. At the research center, she portrays education and family information, and economic and health-related data, through infographics, pamphlets and booklets. Her work for the College of Arts and Sciences includes branding for the college’s 60th anniversary and its Discover Your And campaign. She also produces magazine covers, logos, posters, and flyers for the college.

“My ultimate goal in my life and career is to be happy. I’m so glad I chose art as my major,” Zollicoffer said. “I feel like I can’t go wrong in any path I decide to pursue since I’m doing something that I love.”

Following graduation, she plans to either work for a graphic design or advertising agency, or as an in-house graphic designer for a company. Her online design portfolio can be found at www.artbyzanna.com. She credits MSU with equipping her with the knowledge and skill set to excel in her future endeavors, and she considers graduating from MSU to be a privilege and honor.

“I know how to draw and design, but because of Mississippi State, I understand what is at stake with every design I produce,” Zollicoffer said. “Design tells a story and makes a company memorable. I want to be able to tell that story successfully and beautifully.”

MSU Typography I student poster selected for international student competition exhibit

April 28th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU Typography I student poster selected for international student competition exhibit

“Beauty in Strength” by Heather Hardman

“Beauty in Stregth” designed by Heather Hardman in Assistant Professor Cassie Hester’s Typography I course was selected for inclusion in the international 2016 Poster Battle Competition/Exhibition, “No Selfie Thought, No Culture.”

In total, 520 posters were submitted from 14 countries. The top 50 submissions were selected by a distinguished panel of international judges including Maria Papaefstathiou, Natalia Delgado, Andrew Lewis, Dimitris Kanellopoulos, Peter Bankovand Stavros Damos

The selected top 50 posters van be viewed here: http://posterbattle2016.designtoolkit.org.

The works were exhibited in Thessaloniki, Greece, in February.

Ceramic Edition One Night Only Show held

April 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Ceramic Edition One Night Only Show held


(Photos by Ronnie Robinson)

A One Night Only Show was held Thurs., April 16 from 4-7 p.m. in Howell 111.

The show featured work by ceramics students.

Receptions held for Department of Art senior exhibits

April 27th, 2017 Comments Off on Receptions held for Department of Art senior exhibits


(images via Brent Funderburk)
BFA Fine Art Thesis

  • Colvard Student Union and McComas Galleries
  • April 13–May 6
  • Reception: April 13


(images by Kelsey Brownlee)
BFA Photo Thesis
 

  • Visual Arts Center Gallery
  • April 20–April 29
  • Reception: April 20


(images by Kelsey Brownlee)
BFA Graphic Design Thesis

  • Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery
  • April 24–28 
  • Reception: April 24

EPA raingarden ribbon cutting marks observation of Earth Day at MSU

April 27th, 2017 Comments Off on EPA raingarden ribbon cutting marks observation of Earth Day at MSU


(Photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)By Vanessa Beeson | Mississippi State University

Three cross-college departments commemorated a new raingarden at the university with a ribbon cutting Friday [April 21] in observation of Earth Day. The raingarden is located in the courtyard of the landscape architecture facility on the Starkville campus.

Landscape architecture students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences built the garden, funded by a $20,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to create a green infrastructure training and demonstration project. Those also contributing to the project include graphic design and engineering students, as well as the MSU facilities management department.

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum spoke about the importance of sustainability at the ceremony.

“I am so pleased to see so many students who took an active role in leading this effort to make a difference. Having a wonderful raingarden to demonstrate the sustainability of water is something we are all going to learn from for years to come,” Keenum said. “Our university must address critical challenges like this for the future and instill in our younger generations knowledge of how to develop innovative solutions.”

Cory Gallo, associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, said the raingarden manages one-fourth of the building’s rainwater runoff, but the project’s main purpose is to serve as an educational showpiece that teaches students, faculty and the broader community about green infrastructure technologies.

“The focus of this is really about education. This is the most comprehensive raingarden demonstration project in Mississippi and perhaps even in the Southeast. I don’t know of any that communicate what a raingarden does as well as this one,” Gallo said.

The raingarden’s focal piece is a 2,000 gallon cistern that collects rainwater and directs excess water into a 1,500-square-foot bioretention basin where it is managed with soil and plants. The raingarden is a sustainable water management demonstration in three steps — conveyance, storage and management. As water comes off the roof, it goes into the cistern for storage and then into the garden. Once in the garden, the water is cooled, filtered, absorbed and delayed.

Gallo explained the effects of the process.

“If you come here a day or two after it rains, you’ll hear water making its way into the basin because that’s how much water flow has been slowed down. When there is less water, it becomes much slower and takes more time, and it’s cleaner and cooler as it comes through. It’s an audible experience,” he said.

In previous semesters, landscape architecture students installed the basin in addition to surrounding benches. Part of that previous work included collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering. Civil engineering students completed water quality testing prior to construction as part of the preliminary work.

“This is one of the most amazing projects where landscape architects, graphic designers and civil engineers worked together marching toward environmental sustainability. It is a win-win situation for all involved,” said Veera Gnaneswar Gude, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering.

Graphic design students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design also worked alongside landscape architecture students to develop informational graphics to communicate the project’s purpose in an effective, concise manner.

Both landscape architecture and graphic design students enrolled in a cross-college collaborative course were tasked with designing, creating and installing the cistern; building out the garden; and developing, creating and implementing the demonstration component.

Suzanne Powney, assistant professor in the Department of Art, discussed how that hands-on collaboration, especially the opportunity for graphic design students to assist in the construction of the garden, resulted in a better design. She said while the work was challenging at times, the students took it in stride and did an incredible job.

“All of the students worked really hard. I am very proud of them,” she said. “This is a permanent structure they can come back to years in the future and say, ‘I built this.’”

In addition to Friday’s ribbon cutting, students also participated in a ceremonial first planting in the new MSU Community Garden immediately adjacent to the raingarden. Graphic design students contributed to this garden with a wall graphic, numbering system on the planters and educational graphic explaining when to plant various crops.

For more information, visit MSU’s Department of Landscape Architecture online at lalc.msstate.edu; the College of Architecture, Art and Design at caad.msstate.edu; and the Bagley College of Engineering at bagley.msstate.edu. The Water Resources Research Institute, housed at Mississippi State, facilitated the raingarden project’s grant and budget.

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