William Dunlap: Look At It – Think About It
What: Art Gallery Exhibit
When: Feb. 21 – April 5, 2013
Where: Cullis Wade Depot Gallery, Mississippi State University Welcome Center
- Public Opening Reception and Artist Book Signing – Feb. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Gallery Talk with Bill Dunlap – Feb. 26, 11 a.m.
All events are free and open to the public.
(By Lori Neuenfeldt:)
Something very exciting is happening this spring in the Mississippi State University Department of Art. For the first time ever, the Department of Art has a visiting artist in residence. And it’s not just any artist living in Starkville and working in the Department of Art facilities at MSU; it is none other than Mississippi native and nationally recognized artist William “Bill” Dunlap.
Dunlap has a strong connection to Mississippi, where he was born and attended high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967 from Mississippi College in Clinton, worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Mississippi from 1967 to 1969 and earned a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Mississippi in 1969. In 1985, he won the Mississippi Arts and Letters, Visual Arts Award and since has had numerous exhibits of his work around the state. His paintings, sculpture and constructions are included in prestigious collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, IBM Corporation, Federal Express, Arkansas Art Center and United State Embassies throughout the world.
While he is visiting, the artist will take advantage of the Department of Art’s studio spaces to work with ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Students in the Department of Art will get to work alongside Dunlap and experience his creative process. Students will also get a few helpful tips on having a career making art, or as Dunlap calls it “a life in the arts – people who have gone out and amounted to something.” According to Lydia Thompson, department head for art, the Artist-In-Residence program supports the department’s mission of preparing students for a career or for advanced study in the field of art through studio practice, liberal arts, visual language and exposure to regional, national and international artists.
Along with working on campus, Dunlap will have an exhibit of his paintings and constructions up at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery on the second floor of the MSU Welcome Center. The exhibition, Look At It – Think About It, will open Feb. 21 and run until April 5, 2013. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the gallery. The public is invited to this free event where the artist will be present talking about his work and signing copies of the book Dunlap. A complete catalog of Dunlap’s works that can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on MSU’s campus.
Dunlap is immersing himself in the arts’ scene at MSU and in Starkville. Some of the events the Department of Art will host are free gallery talks with the artist, where visitors will experience the work through a guided discussion with Dunlap. The first scheduled talk with Dunlap is Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery. “What I want to do is engage people on an aesthetic and personal level and give them something to contemplate,” the artist said.
Look At It – Think About It showcases several of Dunlap’s paintings and constructions from a twenty-four-year period from 1971 to 1995. The show is the inaugural exhibit at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery, which officially became part of the MSU Department of Art Galleries this past fall 2012. It is the first of many important exhibits that the Department of Art will organize and bring to the MSU and Starkville community.
As he thinks about the time he will spend in Starkville, Dunlap notes, “It’s going to be one interaction after another. If I make some work, get to know some people and have some influence on the students and community, it will be a success.”
For more information about the exhibition and free events offered by the Department of Art, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, Coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery at 662-325-2973, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All events will also be posted on the Department of Art’s facebook page.
The exhibition and its programming are made possible by the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design, Department of Art and a 2012-2013 Starkville Area Arts Council Art Grant.