Mississippi State art senior paints mural at health center

October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Mississippi State art senior paints mural at health center

A public reception was held at the MSU Longest Health Center on Thurs., Oct. 22 for the unveiling of a mural by senior art student McKinnon Herring.

Herring, who is concentrating in painting, developed the large wall painting after studying large-scale public art with her professor, Brent Funderburk.

Her design proposal was chosen by Longest Student Health Center staff, led by Sue Bennett and Robert Cadenhead.

The project was funded by an undergraduate research grant from the Office of Research and Economic Development at MSU and the Longest Student Health Center with support from the MSU Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Longest Student Health Center is located at the corner of Hardy and Morrill roads on the Starkville campus.

For additional information, please contact Funderburk at bfunderburk@caad.msstate.edu or 662-312-1764.

See the story in the Maroon Memo.

Dept. of Art celebrates fine art seniors with reception

April 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Dept. of Art celebrates fine art seniors with reception

A reception was held on April 23 for the “Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: TANGENT,” located in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall, the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery, and the Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Seniors exhibiting in the show, which will be on display through April 30, include (by hometown):

ABERDEEN–Shelby K. Nichols, the daughter of Howard Nichols of Aberdeen and Nancy Bengtson of Collierville, Tennessee, concentrating in fine art/sculpture.

CARNATION, Washington–Eleanor L. “Ellie” Bailey, the daughter of Ronald Bailey and Helen Duffy concentrating in fine art/drawing.

ESTILL SPRINGS, Tennessee–Molly M. Howell, the daughter of Kendall and Winifred Howell, concentrating in fine art/painting.

GULFPORT–Jacob E. Craig, the son of Paul and Ava Craig, concentrating in fine art/ceramics.

JACKSON–Merritt La Foe, the daughter of John and Marcella La Foe, concentrating in graphic design and fine art.

KOSCIUSKO–Victoria A. Cheek, the daughter of Jerry and Jennifer Cheek, concentrating in fine art/drawing. She also is completing a second major in geoscience/environmental geoscience.

LAUREL–Bonnie Brumley, the daughter of Michael Brumley and Lizabeth Brumley, concentrating in fine art/ceramics.

MADISON–Anna L. Callaway, the daughter of David and Annette Callaway, concentrating in graphic design and fine art/painting.

MARRERO, Louisiana–Zachary A. Kloor, the son of Thomas and Cynthia Kloor, concentrating in fine art/painting.

SIERRA VISA, Arizona–Reagan M. Watts, the daughter of Shawn and Leslie Watts, concentrating in fine art/painting.

SOSO–Alison M. Petro, the daughter of Christopher Petro of Alice Springs, Australia, and Sheri Valentien of Douglasville, Georgia, concentrating in fine art/painting.

STARKVILLE–Thomas M. McBroom, the son of Allen and Lynn McBroom, concentrating in fine art/painting.

TUPELO–Henry L. “Hal” Boerner, the son of Henry and Helen Boerner concentrating in fine art/sculpture.

BFA Fine Art Thesis Show features dynamic ceramics

November 13th, 2014 Comments Off on BFA Fine Art Thesis Show features dynamic ceramics

Wilkerson art poster

Michael Wilkerson will present his BFA Thesis exhibit “From Nothingness” in the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery on the Mississippi State University campus. An art major from Tupelo concentrating in fine art/ceramics, Michael has been looking toward Asian cultures as inspiration for his Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis. The work is based on the Japanese tea ceremony and the Chinese rituals of Zen in which this ancient gathering is rooted. “The classical Chinese texts I’ve been reading focus a lot on the power of ‘nothingness’ and the usefulness of ‘what is not’. This ties into my ceramic work, as well as life in general. We all have a choice to make something out of the nothingness,” he explains.

Wilkerson, previously studying as a photography student, quickly changed his major to ceramics after taking Professor Robert Long’s survey class and hasn’t looked back. He says that he had always enjoyed photography and drawing, but it never felt exactly right. “I knew that I had to find something else; I just didn’t know what, and I honestly never thought I would end up in clay. So far it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made.” Wilkerson has been working on a series of teapots and tea sets for his thesis show. He says that his work reflects a sense of ritual and gathering found in the Japanese tea ceremony while also playing with the boundaries of the conventional teapot.

Wilkerson will exhibit his Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition “From Nothingness” from Nov. 20 through Dec. 5 on the second floor of the MSU Colvard Student Union in the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery. A public reception honoring the student artist will be held on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the artist will be formally presented at 5:30 p.m.

Wilkerson’s show represents the culmination of a capstone year of senior research and thesis studies, as well as four years of university foundations, survey, art history, academic and concentration area classes. The end result is the development of a significant body of work for the exhibition and portfolio in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

Mississippi State University’s Art program, a part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, is the largest undergraduate studio art program in the state of Mississippi and offers exhibits of senior work every year. For more information, contact the MSU Department of Art at 662-325-2970.

Read the story on MSU’s website by Sasha Steinberg.

Read the story on WCBI.

Department of Art Professor to lecture at MMA Nov. 18

November 5th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art Professor to lecture at MMA Nov. 18

Brent Funderburk, professor of art and fine arts thesis coordinator at Mississippi State University, will present “Infinite Simplicity: Readings from Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit” at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson on Tues., Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

The illustrated talk is part of the presentation of the exhibition, “Spanish Sojourns- Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain,” currently showing through January 4, 2015 at the museum.

Roger Ward, Ph.D, curator of the exhibit, “Robert Henri and Spain, Face to Face,” will also speak about the influence of Spain and Spanish artists on Robert Henri, and a performance by the Ensemble Polonaise will present music related to Henri’s Spanish travels.

Funding for the evening’s presentations is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council and Trustmark. The event is free to the public.

Funderburk has taught for thirty-two years at Mississippi State University and is currently lecturing on subjects such as Robert Henri, Walter Anderson and his recent series of paintings, “New Solar Myths: Dreams of Palladio.”

Anderson Museum features Funderburk’s ‘New Solar Myths’

February 12th, 2014 Comments Off on Anderson Museum features Funderburk’s ‘New Solar Myths’

Brent Funderburk | "Beauty is Not Enough" from "New Solar Myths" show | 25" X 40" Watercolor and papier colle on paper, 2013

Brent Funderburk | “Beauty is Not Enough” from “New Solar Myths” show | 25″ X 40″ Watercolor and papier colle on paper, 2013

(Via Professor Brent Funderburk)

For artist Brent Funderburk, color is not an option. When someone says a word using the letter “x,” he sees a coppery hue; when the number “5” appears on a bank draft it is always a blue-black color.

Brent Funderburk at his home studio--for Our People“My eyes are as much on the inside as outside,” said the Mississippi State University professor, who has taught in the state since 1982.

Funderburk is a self-described synesthete, a scientific term for someone who has “crossover” senses.

His exhibit, “New Solar Myths: Paintings and Drawings by Brent Funderburk,” will be on display at the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs from January 16 through April 30.

“Color harmony was handed down to me from my teacher Edward Reep, a great American painter who studied with master colorist Josef Albers,” said the North Carolina native. “When I’m in nature, color still commands my attention and clues me to meaning. In the paintings, I orchestrate this wave of feeling that comes over and through me.”

The 31 paintings and drawings making up the exhibit in the main galleries of the Anderson Museum illustrate this “colored feeling” in intense watercolor and acrylic and charcoal images of creatures and flora interconnecting with geometric forms and formats.

Funderburk will speak about his work in a slide talk, “Finding the Symbol That Explains Everything: My Art and Walter Anderson,” at a public reception on March 13 at 6 p.m. at the museum.

He will also give an illustrated lecture, “Walter Anderson: A World Vision for Art, Nature and Man,” on Thurs., April 10 at 6 p.m. also at the museum. The presentation will be filmed before the live audience by New Orleans PBS documentary filmmaker Win Riley.

Walter Inglis Anderson made an early impact on the artist/naturalist/teacher. Funderburk’s courses since the ’80s, “Sea Earth Sky” and “Encounters,” have guided students into the life art and environments of Anderson over the years, combining the natural sciences with art processes in the field and classroom. Funderburk has curated touring shows of the Gulf Coast artist’s work and has given lectures at numerous museums and universities.

“New Solar Myths” is Funderburk’s thirty-first one person show; he has exhibited nationally and internationally and was the official artist of the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition.

Funderburk contends that it all comes back to the “maintaining of childlike eyes in the nearest faraway place.

“I was nearsighted, synesthetic and a twin,” he said. “We spent hours seeing, playing, singing our new discoveries. My brother, an architect, and I both visualize spatial sequences to organize our projects and lives. It came from our playroom experiences as children. ‘New Solar Myths’ are just the latest versions of what we played.”


The Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) opened in 1991 in historic Ocean Springs, MS.  WAMA is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the forefront of American painters of the Twentieth Century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramicist.

Hours: Monday- Sat. 9: 30am- 4: 30 pm, Sun.- 12: 30 pm- 4 : 30 pm
Prices: $10 for adults,$8 seniors, students, AAA, Military, $5 children 5-15, Museum members  and Children 4 and under are free. Discounts provided for groups tours.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
510 Washington Avenue
Ocean Springs, MS  39564

Brent Funderburk’s Biography
Brent Funderburk’s Biographical Essay

Read more about Funderburk’s other recent Anderson lectures.

Read the story on MSU’s website.


MSU CAAD Faculty Art Exhibit open now through March 29

February 4th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU CAAD Faculty Art Exhibit open now through March 29

(photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

(photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

By: Lori Neuenfeldt

Opening today in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) Gallery is a show of works created by faculty from the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Visitors to the gallery will see the diverse styles of the artists that include samples of painting, sculpture, photography, furniture design, graphic design, fiber art and printmaking. The works range from representational images depicting figures and portraits to explorations of abstract forms, colors, text and shapes.

Many students in the Department of Art look forward to the faculty exhibit, which typically occurs every other year, as it allows them to see the work and research of their professors.

The 19 faculty and staff artists represented are Chad Anderson, Peter Bain, Alex Bostic, Adrienne Callander, Neil Callendar, Brent Funderburk, Marita Gootee, Rowan Haug, Jeffery Haupt, Jude Landry, Dominic Lippillo, Robert Long, Gregory Martin, Tim McCourt, Soon Ee Ngoh, Jamie Mixon, Linda Sekinger, Jake Weigel and Jim West.

Many of the pieces in the show have won awards or have been part of juried exhibitions. For example, Jamie Mixon’s concert poster for Pink created for the Verizon Arena won an Award of Excellence from the professional creative journal Communication Arts; Jude Landry’s design of The United States of America for a T-shirt print also received recognition from Communication Arts and is represented in the gallery show as a wood cut; Marita Gootee’s “DollarTree Rex,” a cyanotype photogram of a toy purchased from a DollarTree store, recently exhibited at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Ore.

There will be a reception for the show at the VAC Gallery on Thurs., Feb. 20 from 5 –7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Visual Arts Center Gallery is located at 808 University Drive. Hours of operation: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday 2 – 4p.m. For more information please call 662-325-2970.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Department of Art students, faculty featured in Creative Quarterly

October 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art students, faculty featured in Creative Quarterly

Three students and three faculty members from the Department of Art were featured in Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design, Issue No. 33. The issue will be printed in winter 2013.
HUTCHINSON | Chad Anderson

HUTCHINSON | Chad Anderson

BLADE | Chad Anderson

BLADE | Chad Anderson

HARLAND | Chad Anderson

HARLAND | Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson, assistant professor
Fine Art: Professional Winner


"Mom Sleeping" | from Marita Gootee's "Talking to Ghosts" series

“Mom Sleeping” | from Marita Gootee’s “Talking to Ghosts” series

Martia Gootee, professor and photography emphasis coordinator
Prof. Runner Up Award  FA


Fleetwood Mac CQ

Jamie Mixon, interim department head and professor
Graphic Design: Professional Winner

G Strait 2013 Poster

Jamie Mixon, interim department head and professor
Graphic Design: Professional Runner Up (george strait poster)


Brooke Boyd

Brooke Boyd, senior
Graphic Design: Student Winner


Austin Edwards (work was created in Funderburk's  Art 2013 Painting Survey class)

Austin Edwards (work was created in Funderburk’s Art 2013 Painting Survey class)

Austin Edwards, senior graphic design student
Graphic Design: Student Winner


Jordan Gill  (work was created in Professor Brent Funderburk's Art 3053 Watercolor class)

Jordan Gill (work was created in Professor Brent Funderburk’s Art 3053 Watercolor class)

Jordan Gill, fifth-year student in the School of Architecture
Fine Art: Student Runner Up
Note: Gill’s award is listed online under “Thomas Funderburk” and will be corrected in the printed magazine.


Other recent winners from the department of Art include:
Issue No. 32:
Brent Funderburk, professor and thesis coordinator
Fine Art: Professional Winner

Anna Katherine Phipps, 2012 painting alumna
Fine Art: Student Runner Up

Issue No. 31:
Emily Hobart, 2012 ceramics alumna
Fine Art: Student Runner Up


Department of Art alumna accepted into international publication

October 9th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art alumna accepted into international publication

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith, a December 2012 sculpture graduate, recently had work selected for the international ArtAscent Figures issue.

“I am very proud of Charlotte’s inclusion in ArtAscent magazine and happy to see that her work is receiving the recognition it deserves,” said Critz Campbell, Department of Art associate professor and sculpture emphasis coordinator.

To purchase a copy of the issue, visit www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/637300. Smith has three images in the issue (two inside and one on the back cover.)

Each issue, printed bi-monthly, has a different theme.  The current Call for Artists is open through October 31.  Visit www.artascent.com/call-for-artists/ for more information.

Fine art seniors visit New Orleans

October 8th, 2013 Comments Off on Fine art seniors visit New Orleans


By Lori Neuenfeldt

On Oct. 4, seven senior fine art majors and two professors traveled to New Orleans for the weekend to experience the contemporary arts scene in a major metropolitan area.

While in New Orleans, students studying painting, drawing and sculpture visited the University of New Orleans, touring the facilities and meeting with faculty and students in order to find out about opportunities in the masters of fine arts program and the masters in arts administration program.

Other important stops included the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, an outdoor collection of modern and contemporary sculpture by artists such as Henry Moore, Fernando Botero and Louise Bourgeois. Important works by well-known artists inspired the students.

Students met with local artists and alumna of the MSU Department of Art, who took them around the galleries off Magazine Street and gave their first-hand accounts about living and working as an artist.

One of the highlights was a visit to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (OMSA), where Department of Art alumni and director of the OMSA, William Andrews, led students on a tour of the galleries.

The trip was capped off by the evening gallery hopping event, “Art for Art’s Sake,” that always occurs on the first Saturday of October in the Warehouse Arts District in downtown New Orleans. Students visited several galleries, participated in public art installations and listened to music by live DJs on Julia Street.

Throughout the weekend travelers followed the national weather updates on Tropical Storm Karen. They were happy that the storm weakened and stayed off the coast, allowing them to enjoy a perfect art-filled weekend.

Department of Art professor joins consultation team in New Mexico

August 26th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art professor joins consultation team in New Mexico


In July 2013 Brent Funderburk, professor and thesis coordinator in the Department of Art, was asked to join a team of staff members, art and landscape consultants to nurture the development of programs at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in New Mexico, which opened in July.

Funderburk worked with Clayton Bass, CEO; Linda Milbourn, managing director; W. Gary Smith, landscape architect; and Larry Littlebird, leader, at the Hamaatsa indigenous learning center near Albuquerque for a workshop and discussion affecting the newly established Garden on Museum Hill in Sante Fe, the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve and the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve.

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