Longtime MSU faculty artist garners major new recognition

April 17th, 2015 Comments Off on Longtime MSU faculty artist garners major new recognition

"Infusion" by MSU art professor Brent Funderburk recently was honored by the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

“Infusion” by MSU art professor Brent Funderburk recently was honored by the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Five works by a veteran Mississippi State artist and faculty member are receiving major recognition.

All part of university professor Brent Funderburk’s “New Solar Myths” collection, they are featured images in the spring issue of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design. The mixed media pieces are titled “Palladio’s Dream,” “Palladio’s New Myth,” “Before the Fall,” “Hypnopompic,” “True Myths” and “Beauty is Not Enough.”

Of the 25 artists judged worthy of inclusion in the publication’s professional fine art category, Funderburk is one of only four to have five separate pieces selected. This is the fourth time his creations have appeared in what recently was named “one of the top 100 art and design publications in the world.”

British painter Nathan Walsh was juror for the latest issue of CQJ that may be viewed at www.cqjournal.com.

“Palladio’s New Myth” and another Funderburk watercolor painting titled “Infusion” recently were recognized by the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Both pieces were accepted into the organization’s sixth annual International Open Online Show, with “Infusion” receiving the Strathmore Artist Paper & Creative Catalyst Award.

Canadian artist Linda Kemp served as juror for that exhibition. For more, see www.ISAP.com.

Funderburk is a North Carolina native who has taught at MSU since 1982. Over the decades, he has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence and Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence awards.

A fine arts graduate of East Carolina University, he is a former MSU art department head who currently serves as its fine-arts thesis coordinator. Painting survey, watercolor, watermedia, senior thesis and advanced studio are among courses he has taught.

Funderburk’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2010, he was named official artist for the Jackson-based USA International Ballet Competition. For additional biographical information, visit www.brentfunderburk.com.

In addition to Barnes & Noble and other major retail bookstores, Creative Quarterly may be purchased online at www.CQJournal.com.

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