Fiber Paper Art Club, engineering students collaborate

March 30th, 2015 Comments Off on Fiber Paper Art Club, engineering students collaborate

Recently, the Fiber Paper Arts Club visited the MSU Factory, a maker’s space open to all students, and a great opportunity for students in all majors to collaborate.

FPA members taught engineering students to knit, and the engineering students taught 3D printing.

See more at Adrienne Callander’s blog.

Adrienne Callander has solo exhibit in Arkansas

March 16th, 2015 Comments Off on Adrienne Callander has solo exhibit in Arkansas

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Photos by Adrienne Callander

Photos by Adrienne Callander

Adrienne Callander, exhibition coordinator and lecturer, has a solo exhibition, “Shape of a Pocket,” on display at The 505 Union Gallery in Jonesboro, Ark, through March 20.

Callander will hold a reception and artist talk for the show on March 19.

See more images and information about the show on Callander’s blog:

Department of Art professors team up for Jones County exhibit

March 16th, 2015 Comments Off on Department of Art professors team up for Jones County exhibit


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MSU Department of Art’s Adrienne Callander, exhibition coordinator and lecturer; Rowan Haug, lecturer; and Robert Ring, retired exhibition coordinator, have teamed up for a show at Jones County Community College.

The work will be on display through Friday.

MSU Department of Art takes ‘Best in Show’ at state competition

March 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on MSU Department of Art takes ‘Best in Show’ at state competition

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MSU winners in the 2015 state collegiate art competition include (l-r) Kierre Dawkins, Ronnie Robinson, Ellie Bailey, Lorianna Livingston, Thomas McBroom, Michael Wilkerson and Cameron McMaster. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

The “best” entry and seven other top award-winning works by Mississippi State art majors are on display through March 13 at The Arts Center of Mississippi in Jackson.

Now in its 65th year, the Mississippi Collegiate Arts exhibit is part of statewide juried competition involving submissions by student artists enrolled in the various four-year colleges and universities. The annual event is designed to showcase the high quality of visual arts education taking place in Mississippi higher education.

This year’s contest drew more than 700 submissions from nearly a dozen institutions. Of that number, 54 entries by MSU art majors were among nearly 140 judged worthy of inclusion in the arts center exhibit.

Best in Show honors went to senior Thomas M. McBroom of Starkville for an oil painting titled “Pig 3.” An art major concentrating in fine art/painting, he is the son of Allen and Lynn McBroom.

“This year’s dominance in both the number of entries anonymously chosen for inclusion into the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition and in the recognition of so many of our students’ works of art as the best in category and ultimately, the best in show, supports what we all believe and work for every day,” said Angi Bourgeois, MSU’s interim art department head.

Bringing prestige to “the largest and most diverse undergraduate art program in the state, these awards underscore the passion and dedication of our faculty and students, who push themselves daily to reach the highest achievements at the state level and beyond,” the associate professor added.

Jean Donegan, art department head and ceramics professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, was juror for the 2015 MCA competition.

In addition to McBroom’s top honor, the six other MSU art majors receiving Awards of Excellence included (by hometown):

BELAIR, Maryland–Junior Lorianna A. Livingston, for an oil painting titled “Self Portrait.” Concentrating in graphic design, she is the daughter of Samuel Livingston and Tammy Livingston.

BRANDON–Senior art major Kierre Dawkins, for both a watercolor painting titled “Roots” and watermedia piece titled “Entangled Web.” He is the son of Gary Dawkins and Lesia Turnage.

CARNATION, Washington–Senior Eleanor L. “Ellie” Bailey, for a charcoal and pastel piece titled “Wait.” Concentrating in fine art/drawing, she is the daughter of Ronald Bailey and Helen Duffy.

KILN–Senior Cameron A. McMaster, for “Shore Savers.” Concentrating in graphic design, he is the son of Mark and Tracy McMaster.

TUPELO–Michael J. Wilkerson, for a ceramics piece titled “Grid.” A December fine art/ceramics graduate, he is the son of Jack and Martha Wilkerson; and,

WEST POINT–Senior Ronnie B. Robinson, for a photograph titled “Act of Violence.” Concentrating in photography, she is the daughter of Ronny and Donna Robinson.

Professor Brent Funderburk, a former art department head, joined Bourgeois in extending the faculty’s congratulation to this year’s winners. “Eight of the total 12 awards were given to MSU art students — this bespeaks of our continuing preeminence as a strong regional art program,” he said.

He also expressed the department’s appreciation of Mark Wood, owner of Chalet Arts in Starkville, for “providing ‘Chalet Scholarships’ for the framing and presentation needs of students preparing artworks for the collegiate show.”

The Arts Center of Mississippi is located at 201 E. Pascagoula St. Viewing hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).

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One Night Only show set for Friday

February 11th, 2015 Comments Off on One Night Only show set for Friday

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MSU exhibit features sound, visual creations of Bluegrass State artists

February 2nd, 2015 Comments Off on MSU exhibit features sound, visual creations of Bluegrass State artists

"Spheric" by Letitia Quesenberry

“Spheric” by Letitia Quesenberry

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

Works of two Kentucky artists are on display through March 6 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery on University Drive.

Free to all, the “Audio/Optics” collaborative exhibition by Tim Barnes and Letitia Quesenberry explores relationships between audio and optical senses–and the realm of possibilities when sound itself is recognized as a fine art form.

Both artists are based in Louisville, where Barnes is the artistic director of Dreamland, a performing and visual art venue, and Quesenberry is a contemporary artist known for large-scale drawings, multimedia images and text-based sculptures.

While viewing Quesenberry’s visual images, exhibit visitors will hear Barnes’ compilation of MSU-specific recordings captured during a recent visit to the Starkville campus. Among others, these include the Famous Maroon Band and the George D. Perry Tower bells.

Barnes is an experimental percussionist and audio artist whose work has been credited with influencing areas of indie rock and New York avant jazz. He also is known for work as a commercial sound designer and contributions to the recordings of New England guitarist Matt Valentine and rock band Sonic Youth, among other achievements. For more, see

Over her career, Quesenberry has been honored with a Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship and Kentucky Arts Council Fellowship, as well as selection for an artist residency at Wyoming’s Ucross Foundation. In addition to Kentucky and Indiana, her works have been featured at galleries in New York and Ohio. For more, see

Adrienne Callander of MSU’s art department is exhibit curator. Now in her third year teaching art appreciation, sculpture and design courses, she is the department’s exhibition coordinator and adviser to the Fiber and Paper Arts Club.

In addition to the College of Architecture, Art and Design–of which the art department is a part–the exhibition and related events are made possible with support from the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

The University Drive unit is among several department galleries that regularly feature traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists, among other special events. Viewing hours are noon-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Saturday.

MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program, offering a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Additional information on this and other exhibits may be obtained from Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or

A an opening reception was held on January 29:

After the reception, the artists presented a musical display in the Metal Shop in Howell Hall. Check out the photos by Megan Bean | MSU:

Adrienne, Neil Callander selected for 2014 ‘Mississippi Invitational’

October 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Adrienne, Neil Callander selected for 2014 ‘Mississippi Invitational’

Neil Callander, "Dusty’s Table, 2011." Oil on linen on panel, 38” x 38”.

Neil Callander, Dusty’s Table, 2011. Oil on linen on panel, 38” x 38”.

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Adrienne Callander, “Dad’s Hawaiian Shirt, 2013”

(Mississippi Museum of Art media release)

The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is pleased to announce the fifteen artists selected for inclusion in the 2014 “Mississippi Invitational” exhibition.

The artists, all residents of Mississippi, are Carolyn Busenlener, Pearlington; Adrienne Callander, Starkville; Neil Callander, Starkville; Shawn Lee Dickey, Columbus; Marcus Frazier, Natchez; Lou Haney, Oxford; Chatham Kemp, Hattiesburg; Ruth Miller, Picayune; Don Norris, Hattiesburg; Anne O’Hara, Jackson; David Jason Pressgrove, Jackson; Andrew Smith, Oxford; Gregory Walker, Jackson; J. Marcus Weekley, Gulfport; and Milly West, Oxford.

Initiated in 1997, the “Mississippi Invitational” surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state and includes work in diverse media. The 2014 exhibition marks the ninth iteration and is on view from Nov. 1, 2014, through Jan. 25, 2015.

“For me, it was a transformative experience to travel the state from Holly Springs to Pearlington in pursuit of recent art by such talented creators,” said Roger Ward, MMA deputy director and chief curator. “Mississippi is genuinely blessed to be the home of so many brilliant artists.”

This year’s process began with the museum’s call to artists for sample images of their work. One hundred fifteen submissions were considered by guest curator Carla Hanzal, an independent curator and writer, who most recently served as the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., a position she held for ten years. A recipient of a Truman Scholarship as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hanzal is currently a trustee of the International Sculpture Center, the publisher of Sculpture magazine. She identified twenty-four applicants for in-person studio visits and, after six days of statewide travel, narrowed that number to the final fifteen.

“This was a unique opportunity for me to become better acquainted with one of the most creative and artistically diverse regions of the country,” said Hanzal. “Mississippi is surely one of the richest states with respect to art and the making of art. It is astonishing.”

In addition to exhibiting in the “Mississippi Invitational” exhibition, all fifteen artists are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The fellowship was created in 2005 by Jane Crater Hiatt and her late husband Wood (1930 –2010) in response to the need to nurture and invigorate the arts in the state.

A grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to one artist who may use it for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting; to pursue projects which further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas; to purchase supplies and equipment; to conduct research; and to travel. The artist is then required to donate one original work of art to the museum from at least five works created during the two-year grant period.

This year’s fellowship recipient will be announced at a private reception for the exhibiting artists on Oct. 31.

According to Hiatt, “The idea for this fellowship grew from my years of listening to artists and learning what a difference mid-career travel and study can make in an artist’s vision, skill and scope. Wood and I wanted to foster that. And we wanted to enhance the Mississippi Museum of Art’s relationship with artists living in the state.”

Presenting sponsors for the exhibition include the Hiatt-Ingram Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson/Jane Hiatt and Yates Construction. This exhibition is partially funded by a grant through the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division.

“The Museum is thrilled to present the Mississippi Invitational once again,” said Betsy Bradley, MMA Director. “We are so grateful to Jane Crater Hiatt for her vision, for her ability to translate that vision into a meaningful reality and for her genuine love of artists and their art.”

An opening reception for “Mississippi Invitational” artists, special guests and Museum members is scheduled for Oct.31, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

The fourth annual Town Creek Arts Festival, held on Nov. 1, will feature the display and sale of artwork by artists included in the “Mississippi Invitational,” among others. For more information on the Town Creek Arts Festival, visit

On Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., Hanzal will be joined by Hiatt and the recipient of the 2014 Hiatt Artist Fellowship for a panel discussion moderated by Ward. The event is free and open to the public.

Admission to the 2014 “Mississippi Invitational” is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students (includes admission to Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain.). Children 5 and under and museum members will receive free admission.

The Mississippi Museum of Art’s mission is to “engage Mississippians in the visual arts.” The Museum is located at 380 South Lamar Street in Jackson. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Monday. For more information about the Mississippi Museum of Art’s exhibitions, programs, and special events, please call 601-960-1515 or 1-866-VIEW ART (843-9278), or visit

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Adrienne Callander receives 2014 MAC Fellowship

October 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Adrienne Callander receives 2014 MAC Fellowship

"Dad’s Hawaiian Shirt, 2013"

“Dad’s Hawaiian Shirt, 2013”

Adrienne Callander, exhibition coordinator for the Department of Art, was one of 20 artists to receive a 2014 Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) Fellowship for $4,500.

Callander was honored at the MAC Artist Fellowship Winner’s Exhibition reception on October 13 at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center.

See the full list of 2014 fellows:

Summer exhibit brings viewers close to home

May 29th, 2014 Comments Off on Summer exhibit brings viewers close to home

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Paul Loghney | “Commiseration Procession” | 2013 | Collage | 8″ X 6 1/4″

By Lori Neuenfeldt | Programs Coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs

The word domestic conjures up pictures of home, family life or activities inside a home. No two homes or family are the same. We each celebrate diverse home lives, and domestic means something different to each of us.

This summer’s exhibition in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery invites viewers to take a look at how these ideas are made visual into works of art. “HomeEc” considers domestic influence in the work of Summer Carmack, Nick DeFord, Joe Ford, Rowan Haug, Marty Haug, Paul Loughney, Jenna Richards and Cara Sullivan. The multi-media exhibition showcases photo-collage, ceramics, fiberart, photography and sculpture.

According to the show’s organizer, Adrienne Callander, “Each artist references domesticity directly or indirectly, in content or process.” This can be done with materials, technique, or subject matter. For example Nick DeFord utilizes stitching and other craft methods to explore notions of identity and space while ceramicist Jenna Richards directly states the intent to use textile process and domesticity as inspiration for her pieces.

The exhibition is open June 1–28 in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, second floor of the MSU Welcome Center next to Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information contact the Department of Art office, 662-325-2970.

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Sculpture classes finish year with derby races

May 15th, 2014 Comments Off on Sculpture classes finish year with derby races

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Via Adrienne Callander, Interim Coordinator, Sculpture:

Final Project for the Art Department’s Sculpture Survey classes called for the design and engineering of soap box cars with a twist! Races were held in front of the campus post office.

Dean of Students, Dr. Thomas Bourgeois, enlisted the help of Assistant Dean, Tabor Mullen, in test driving one of the more safety-challenged cars. Fun was had by all!

Trophies designed by sculpture major Ty Barnes were awarded for Best Design, Best Engineering, Best Spirit and Speed.

Many thanks to an enthusiastic panel of guest judges:
Interim Department Head, Professor Jamie Mixon
Dean of Students, Dr. Thomas Bourgeois
Professor Neil Callander
Professor Suzanne Powney
Professor Robert Long
Exhibition Coordinator, Jake Weigel

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