Noted painter to give lecture and workshop on MSU campus

October 13th, 2017 Comments Off on Noted painter to give lecture and workshop on MSU campus

“Reflections in Marseilles, France” (18″ x 24″, on linen) | Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee

By Brent Funderburk

Matthew Lee, plein air painter and architect, will lecture and give a student workshop on the Mississippi State University campus in October. Lee is an alumnus of MSU where he received a BA in Architecture with a minor in Art in 1989.

Lee will present a public lecture “In Colored Air: Painting in the Heart of Nature” from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fazio Jury Room of Giles Hall (first floor, CAAD/Architecture Building) on Thurs., Oct. 26. The illustrated talk is free of charge.

Born in Paris, France, Lee’s childhood years gave him the opportunity to see the art and architecture of the Louvre, the Versailles Palace, the painter’s square at Montmartre, cathedrals, the European countryside and shore, and many other landmarks. The rich culture of France was deeply imprinted on his life. Lee was a U. S. Fulbright Scholar in 1991-1992 where he studied temples murals and architecture in Sri Lanka. He will bring this love of the landscape, color and outdoor painting into a three-day en plein air workshop with advanced painting students from Oct. 24–26. Samples of his artwork may be seen at matthewleestudio.com.

In addition to his interest in painting, Lee is also a licensed architect and practiced architecture full time for 22 years prior to launching a full-time art business in Memphis, Tenn.

The lecture and workshop is supported by the Mississippi State University Department of Art; the College of Architecture, Art and Design; and MSU painting concentration students.

For more information, please contact Brent Funderburk, W. L. Giles Professor of Art, 662-325-2970, bfunderburk@caad.sstate.edu.

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Department of Art holds fall 2017 ‘One Night Only’ shows

October 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art holds fall 2017 ‘One Night Only’ shows

Images and information via Kenan Simpkins, Fall 2017 “One Night Only” show leader

Each semester, the Department of Art hosts a few “One Night Only” shows as a chance for students to exhibit their work.

This semester, the series is titled Back To Basics, with each show featuring a certain element of design.

The first show, “Value,” was held Sept. 28 and featured photographic work from Chauncey Mangum and Kamau Bostic. 

The second show, “Texture,” was held on Oct 3 and featured varied texture pieces from Elizabeth Gammill, Haylee Upton and Alison Meeler. Gammill displayed 26 hoop embroidery pieces. Upton had a variation of quilting and sewing pieces, and Meeler showcased several pieces that she created on a loom.

Remaining fall 2017 “One Night Only” show schedule:

  • Oct. 26: “Color”
  • Nov. 2: “Line”
  • Nov. 30: “Form”

Unless noted, shows are held in the Metal Shop in Howell Hall from 6:30-8 p.m.

Contact Kenan Simpkins, kms760@msstate.edu, for more information.

Download the Fall 2017 “One Night Only” show poster.

From the Gallery – September 2017

October 11th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – September 2017

From The Gallery – Sept. 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt talks with College of Architecture, Art, and Design Dean Jim West about “the college of making.”

MSU celebrates Magnolia State bicentennial with fall event series

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU celebrates Magnolia State bicentennial with fall event series

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is sponsoring a fall-semester series of fun, educational events to commemorate the Magnolia State’s bicentennial.

Jim Giesen–MSU History professor environmental portrait

With support from the Mississippi Humanities Council through the Mississippi Development Authority, the official bicentennial project kicks off Sept. 6 with a 5 p.m. presentation in Mitchell Memorial Library’s third-floor John Grisham Room. Organized by the university’s Museums and Galleries Committee, the free talk “Farming in Mississippi: A Brief History” will be given by MSU Associate Professor of History Jim Giesen.

Also free to all is a Sept. 13 talk titled “Writing Across the Color Line: Conversations, Intersections and Chance Encounters in Mississippi Literary History.” Given by MSU Associate Professor of English and African American Studies Donald Shaffer, the presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in the Grisham Room.

 “The Museums and Galleries Committee is really excited to be putting together this series of events to celebrate the history of Mississippi,” said event coordinator Amy Moe-Hoffman, an instructor in MSU’s Department of Geosciences.

“We began with the idea of showcasing university specimens in a collaborative exhibit,” she continued, “but with the help of a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, we were able to expand our programming to include speakers, music, receptions and exhibits that will allow attendees to have a deeper level of engagement with the history of our state.”

Donald Shaffer environmental portrait (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Other upcoming bicentennial events that are free and open to the public include:

–Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m., opening reception for the exhibit “Symbols of our State: A Walk Through Mississippi Culture and Industry.” Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 30 at the new Old Main Academic Center located at the intersection of Barr Avenue and George Perry Street. Those interested in scheduling a tour may contact the MSU Welcome Center at 662-325-5198.

–Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-noon, a family-friendly Scan-a-Thon event at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville. Attendees can bring their historic photos depicting Oktibbeha County and Mississippi State to be scanned and digitized. Music and refreshments will be available in the museum’s outdoor pavilion, and the museum also will be open for tours.

–Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m., “Myth-issippi: How Art Makes Place” talk presented by longtime MSU Professor of Art Brent Funderburk in the Colvard Student Union’s first-floor Dawg House. Musicians Caleb Childs and Richard Brown will give live blues performances, and light refreshments will be served. The backdrop for this event will be the Dawg House’s new wall mural highlighting blues music and musicians from Mississippi.

–Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Jeff Harris, MSU assistant Extension research professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, will give a talk about the history of beekeeping in Mississippi. His presentation will take place in the Clay Lyle Entomology Building, home to the Mississippi State Bug Zoo that will be open for visitors starting at 6:30 p.m.

–Nov. 3, MSU Professor of Geosciences Darrel Schmitz, author of “Roadside Geology of Mississippi,” and George Phillips, curator of paleontology at the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, will discuss economic geology and important fossil finds in Mississippi. All are welcome to bring a bag lunch for the noon talk “Discoveries in Mississippi Geology and Paleontology,” which will be held in Hilbun Hall, Room 304.

For more event information, contact Amy Moe-Hoffman at 662-325-3915 or amhoffman@geosci.msstate.edu.

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Virginia artist, educator turns ‘trash into treasure’ in new MSU exhibition

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on Virginia artist, educator turns ‘trash into treasure’ in new MSU exhibition

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Coffee lids, plastic utensils and other repurposed materials make for one-of-a-kind creations in a special display Oct. 9-Nov. 11 in Mississippi State University’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Free to all, the “How Soon is Now?” exhibition features original sculpture and photographic prints crafted by Richmond, Virginia-based artist Susie Ganch, who serves as associate professor and head of the metal program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Craft and Material Studies.

Ganch will give an 11 a.m. public talk about her work Thursday [Nov. 9] in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium at Giles Hall, home to MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. She also will be available at 4 p.m. that day to meet with visitors at the VAC Gallery, located at 808 University Drive on the edge of the Starkville campus. A public reception in Ganch’s honor also will take place at 5-6 p.m. Thursday in the same location. 

Regular gallery hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, as well as by appointment.

A Bachelor of Science and Master of Fine Arts graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ganch is director of Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that travels across the country and abroad. In addition to California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin, Ganch’s work has been on display in Australia, England and Japan.

Visitors of the VAC Gallery exhibition can examine Ganch’s pieces from a distance and then explore the details of each piece up-close.

“From a distance, the ‘waste’ is beautiful—plastic coffee lids appear almost hand-braided, rhythmic and full of movement—yet up-close we notice the coffee stains, dirt and grime indicative of the life of used, discarded garbage,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art department gallery director.

Ganch’s piece “Drag, 2012” is made from zip ties, nametags, bottle caps, cups and other items tied together to multiple steel rings. Arranged from large to small, the rings lead up to a final ring that can been chained to the wall.

When attached to a person’s wrist like a bracelet, this particular work of art by Ganch “conveys the pull and weight of irresponsible consumerism on an individual and the trail of waste that is left behind or leading the wearer,” Neuenfeldt said.

In addition to the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Department of Art, the exhibition is made possible through a Community Arts Grant from the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Additional information on Ganch’s campus visit and “How Soon is Now?” exhibition is available from Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

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. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu.

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Art students return from New York study

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on Art students return from New York study

New York Field Study 2017 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Twenty students and two faculty members spent their Fall Break in New York.

Led by Associate Professor Ben Harvey and Assistant Professor Suzanne Powney – who organized the trip – the students are the fourth and largest group to participate in the department’s Special Topic in ART- Art Field Study course.

The course was created in 2014 to provide historical and contemporary cultural experiences in the Big Apple’s world of art and design through visits to museums, galleries, artists’ studios and design firms, among other activities.

Among other locales, the group visited the special collections at the Columbia University Butler Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art; graphic design work spaces of Gensler and Johnson & Johnson; along with an artists’ studio in the Red Hook neighborhood with textile designer Annie Coggan and fine art alumnus Chris Lucious. 

The group also visited the High Line Park before a boat tour of the entire island of Manhattan. Perhaps most importantly, the students and faculty had opportunities to meet with former MSU art majors that have “made it” in New York. They included Sarah Foley, design manager at Johnson & Johnson; Lauren Blalock, Anna Callaway and Drew Ford, graphic designers for Johnson & Johnson; and Ashlee Bennett, Britney Johnson, Lilly Scheibelhut, Mickenzie Robbins, Trey Harding, Patrick Finch, Caleb Hunt and Brian Barham.

Special thanks to Karen Green, curator for comics and cartoons, Ancient & Medieval History librarian, Columbia University; Lauren Docktor, workplace experience manager, Gensler; Chris Lucious, artist; and Sarah Foley, design manager at Johnson & Johnson for hosting our students! 

Students had various creative assignments as part of the trip, including a blog created by Carly Melton, Calli Nelson, April Porter, Mimi Sheppard, Haylee Upton and Moesha Wright.

Abbey Goodman, Ali Meeler, Mary Emily Moore and Abbey Ridgon created a course poster (above).

Conner Booth, Claire Burgett, Kennedy Caldwell and Madison Cheek were in charge of a video (watch it above), while Darren Cheairs, Stephen Latham, Breanna Rayburn, Lauryn Rody, Samantha Sumrall and Kaitlyn Upton were in charge of documenting the experience through photography (photos below).

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Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee accepted into international exhibition

September 27th, 2017 Comments Off on Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee accepted into international exhibition

Marita Gootee

By Kesley Brownlee

Songzhuang International Photo Biennale accepted nine of Mississippi State University Department of Art Professor Marita Gootee’s images from her “Sand Shadows Series” for the international call for photo artists/photographers. The theme “Live in This Moment, Return to the Origin” and was held in Songzhuang, Beijing, China. Songzhuang Photo is a major part of the 10th Annual Songzhuang Art Festival. It will be held in the Czech China Contemporary Museum (CCCM) from Sept. 29 to Oct. 13. 

Gootee is one of 37 artists selected to be presented at the Songzhuang International Photo Biennale. Each artist will exhibit nine images. The countries represented are Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Dubai, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, USA, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.

There will be an exhibition catalogue exclusive to the 2017 Songzhuang International Photo Biennale. The catalogue will feature a luxurious linen cloth hardcover, high quality paper and full color prints. The catalogue will contain 350 pages, with each artist having four pages. One of the four pages will introduce the artist, and the other three will display the art. 

Songzhuang Photo is a legally registered art organization sponsored by both domestic and international curators/directors, critics, artists, writers and poets in Songzhuang, Beijing. It is based on the idea of a permanent exhibition with changing themes. Through peer support and mutual encouragement, the aim is to promote the artistic development and professional advancement of domestic and international artists/photographers.

Today, Songzhuang is the largest artist community in the world, with more than 8,000 artists living in this art community. Among those are curators/directors, critics, artists, writers and poets. It may also be the most dynamic and vibrant community with some of the best artists worldwide, both famous and unknown. This community of artists, art museums, galleries, exhibitions and art activities is situated in the eastern suburbs of Beijing.

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Reception held for ‘Symbols of Our State’ exhibit

September 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Symbols of Our State’ exhibit

(Images by Kelsey Brownlee)

A reception was held on Sept. 22 in the Old Main Resource Building Gallery at Mississippi State University for “Symbols of Our State: A Walk through Mississippi Culture and Industry,” a Museums and Galleries Bicentennial Exhibit.

Objects, images, and curatorial interpretation of items from our collections that reflect the history and diversity of the state of Mississippi. The first portion of the exhibit will display examples of official state symbols, while the second half of the exhibit will focus on the economic resources, industry and cultural diversity that have shaped Mississippi into what it is today.

Haupt assumes new leadership role in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design

September 14th, 2017 Comments Off on Haupt assumes new leadership role in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design

Via msstate.edu

A longtime art professor is moving into a new role as interim associate dean for Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Jeffrey Haupt, who previously served as the painting concentration coordinator in the Department of Art, will take on the role of the associate dean. This addition to the college administration is allowing Associate Dean Greg Hall to concentrate his work as interim director of the college’s Building Construction Science program. 

Haupt

“We are fortunate in the College of Architecture, Art and Design to have the type of faculty and administrators that anticipate change and take advantage of opportunity,” said CAAD Dean Jim West. “We had a need to fill the director’s position in the Building Construction Science program, and our current Associate Dean Gregory Hall – who has a construction background – was willing to step into the role. 

“Jeffrey Haupt, one of our senior professors, was also equally willing and wonderfully equipped to assume the associate dean’s responsibilities. Both of these positions will benefit from fresh perspectives and energy,” West added.

Haupt received his Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He began his teaching career in 1997

Hall

at Indiana University and then taught at the John Waldron Arts Center before joining the Mississippi State art department faculty in 1999 ­as an assistant professor. He was promoted to full professor in 2010.

“I am excited, humbled and grateful to serve CAAD and Mississippi State University in this role,” Haupt said. “For me, it becomes another channel for the pedagogical experience.”

Additional biographical information on Haupt and Hall is available via their “Biography” links at www.caad.msstate.edu/caad/caaddirectory.

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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.