Fall 2014 MSU Graphic Design BFA Senior Exhibit opens Dec. 2

November 25th, 2014 Comments Off on Fall 2014 MSU Graphic Design BFA Senior Exhibit opens Dec. 2

MSU Hipsters

(By Mary Katherine Kitchens | MSU graphic design senior)

The Mississippi State University Graphic Design Senior BFA Portfolio Exhibit’s theme is ‘Just a Bunch of Hipsters.’ The public is invited to a reception honoring these talented students beginning at 5 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 2 in McComas Hall. Fourteen students have a variety of portfolio work to be displayed throughout the week. Exhibited work includes: web design, posters, illustrations, packaging, editorial design, typeface design, advertising design, identity design, self-promotional materials and more. The students’ final portfolio books will be on display the night of the reception. Visit the senior portfolio website www.msuhipsters.com for a sneak peek.

Along with amazing design work, there will be refreshments served. City Bagel will be catering finger foods and coffee.

The show is open to the public from Dec. 2 –8, 2014 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

To promote the opening of the show, the students have taken part in a photo shoot that embraced the stereotypical roles of being a hipster that most artists are labeled with. As the opening approaches the photos have been sporadically released along with a small description about the students’ design style.

The fourteen hipsters are as follows:
Alyce Calkins
Ocean Springs
Alyce is a fun–loving energetic designer who loves to explore color and textures. She enjoys incorporating various different patterns in her designs.

Kimberly Davis
Kim loves design because any object she sees can spark a new design idea, and she gets to communicate that with the world. Her work is very experimental, and she loves trying new techniques and using various materials to create her ideal design.

Austin Edwards
Austin’s design is most influenced by simple geometry, bold colors and alternative print processes such as letterpress, screenprinting and vinyl.

McRae Hopper
McRae would rather be outside because he is inspired by nature and spending time outdoors. He enjoys working with his hands whether it is screenprinting or woodworking.

Mary Katherine Kitchens
New Albany
Mary Katherine loves to incorporate hand–drawn illustrative elements into her work as well as experimenting with overlays and textures. She is also inspired by installation art that exceeds the standard norms of design so that it has to involve the viewer.

Colten McMickens
Oak Grove, AL
Colten enjoys digital and traditional illustration but prefers fantasy illustration. Colten wishes to work as a concept artist for video games and movies.

Kelsey Ann Moore
Akron, OH
Kelsey likes hand lettering and illustrations. She enjoys making patterns with simple shapes. She is inspired by an earth tone color palette that can be seen reflected in her work.

Carley Robertson
Memphis, TN
Carley’s design style is a mixture of hand made and simple, clean elements. She enjoys incorporating vintage style with modern designs.

Cissy Rowland
Cissy is inspired by Walt Disney’s quote, “if you can dream it, you can do it.” She is a designer and an artist, but first and foremost, a dreamer and that is all that needs to be said.

Victoria Strayham
Victoria has been told her work is happy and uplifting. She tries to blend graphics with illustrations to create a crafty down to earth design.

Katja Walter
Wasserburg am Bodensee, Germany
Katja’s designs are usually very clean and simple, often based on grids. She loves to work with typography, illustrations and textures to create beautiful, versatile and unique designs.

Rachel Lynn Weed
Rachel loves design because it always presents a new challenge and a new problem to solve. Her design is quirky, hand–drawn, and at times, a little girly.

Carlyse Williams
Birmingham, AL
Carlyse’s design style leans on the more modern side of design or as some of her friends say, “futuristic.” She always uses a good bit of color if she hasn’t snuck a gradient in somewhere in her work.

Chelbie Williamson
Chelbie’s design style is inspired by Lindon Leader’s quote, “I strive for two things in design, simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.” She was drawn to design because it can and is done on everything even though it’s not always noticed because it should remain transparent.


The galleries are open from Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, contact the Department of Art at 662.325.2970.

The MSU graphic design program is in the Department of Art within the College of Architecture, Art and Design. In August of 2009, the program was featured in an article and name one of HOW Magazine’s three design schools that “should be on your radar.” For more information on the graphic design program, contact Jamie Burwell Mixon, graphic design coordinator at 662.325.2970.

The MSU graphic design program continues to mold its students into excellent designers and prepares them for life after college. This semester of students is no different and has an abundance of exciting work they can’t wait to share with you!

Read the story on MSU’s website and on WCBI.com.

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