Art professor featured in Ghost Ranch calendar

August 22nd, 2013 Comments Off on Art professor featured in Ghost Ranch calendar

"Predawn" | Brent Funderburk

“Predawn” | Brent Funderburk

Professor Brent Funderburk’s color photograph “Predawn” is featured in the 2014 Ghost Ranch Calendar.

A team of jurors selected his work from hundreds sent nationwide to be included in a calendar marking seasons at the Abiquiu, N.M., former home of noted American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center is a dynamic learning community of workplaces, wilderness areas, museums and worship in northern New Mexico that is operated by the Presbyterian Church and is associated with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Homes in Santa Fe and Abiquiu.

Department of Art Professor presents artwork in Washington, DC

August 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art Professor presents artwork in Washington, DC

Professor Brent Funderburk, second from right, presented art to the collection of The Washington Home and Community Hospices in Washington, D.C.

Pictured (left to right): Nia Longwood, IPU clinical manager; Timothy Cox, CEO; Professor Brent Funderburk; and Laurie Beckman Singh, director of outreach and Education.

Brent Funderburk, professor and fine arts thesis coordinator in the Department of Art, traveled to Washington, D.C., in June 2013 to make a presentation of artwork, “November,” that will be included in the art collection at The Washington Home and Community Hospices (TWHCH).

The Washington Home, located in Northwest Washington, D.C., is part of the Washington Home and Community Hospices organization, which provides long-term residential, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and hospice care to residents of the metropolitan area. One of the oldest such organizations and one of the first patient hospice units in the U.S., the TWHCH is a national model for visionary home and hospice care since 1888, serving the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.

Art faculty present summer exhibit

May 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Art faculty present summer exhibit

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The Department of Art faculty have an exhibit open through June in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery: It’s What I Do.

Read more on MSU’s website.

A packed house for Funderburk’s Walter Anderson lecture

January 28th, 2013 Comments Off on A packed house for Funderburk’s Walter Anderson lecture

Professor Brent Funderburk presents “Walter Anderson: A World Vision of Art and Nature.” (Photo by Beth Wynn | MSU University Relations)

The Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall was filled on Thursday (Jan. 24) for a lecture presented by Professor Brent Funderburk, “Walter Anderson: A World Vision of Art and Nature.”

Walter Anderson’s youngest son John, a friend of Funderburk, was present for the lecture, which was meant to introduce the MSU community to the works and life of the artist Walter Anderson.

John Anderson was also visiting the campus to work on discussions to establish a Walter Anderson Center at Mississippi State, which would make his father’s works accessible to not just the MSU community but to scholars, artists and others worldwide.

Funderburk, a professor in the Department of Art at MSU who has spent years researching and focusing his classes toward Walter Anderson, walked the audience through the artist’s life history and paintings.

Funderburk said Walter Anderson, throughout his life, was searching for the answer of “What is art and my place in it?”

After a lifelong struggle to find the meaning – from art training in Philadelphia, Penn., New York and Europe, to a battle with depression that nearly killed him – Funderburk believes Anderson found his meaning of art. Along the way, Anderson discovered that when two different languages meet, they produce a third thing, a miracle, and he believed art could be that miracle.

Walter Anderson took some early advice from his mother to heart – to not show his work until he went as far as he can. After his death from lung cancer in 1962, Anderson’s family uncovered a mural, hidden in his cottage in Ocean Springs, Miss. In the cottage was also a wooden box that contained 85 log accounts of Anderson’s journey to discover the meaning of art and 2,000 neatly stacked watercolors.

“The box has been opened,” said Funderburk. “I believe with all of my heart that nothing could stop him and that they were meant to be seen.”

John Anderson (back, right), Walter Anderson’s youngest son, attended the lecture.

Recent art grad selected as runner up in art journal

January 16th, 2013 Comments Off on Recent art grad selected as runner up in art journal

Anna Katherine Phipps | “Homophony” | Acrylic & latex | 40 W 25.5 H

Anna Katherine Phipps, a December 2012 graduate from the Department of Art, was selected as “Runner Up” in the Fine Arts category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design (Issue 30).

Her submission, “Homophony,” was completed under the instruction of Professor Brent Funderburk for her thesis body of work.

According to the national magazine, “Runner Up” entries receive a majority of votes by the judges. Phipps’ work will be reproduced in the online gallery when the coinciding issue of CQ30 publishes this spring.

See the complete list of winners. (Phipps is listed under runner-up | fine art: student)

Funderburk to present Walter Anderson lecture

January 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Funderburk to present Walter Anderson lecture

“Walter Anderson: A World Vision of Art and Nature”
An illustrated lecture by Professor Brent Funderburk
3:30 p.m., Jan. 24, 2013
Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium, Giles Hall

Brent Funderburk, a faculty member in Art at Mississippi State University since 1982, has pursued Walter Inglis Anderson through lecturing about him, curating exhibitions of his artwork and dedicating courses to his vision for 30 years.

Funderburk’s lectures and exhibitions have taken him to many universities and museums, while his MSU classes – “Encounters,” “Sea- Earth- Sky” and various watercolor courses – have taken art and natural science students into the world of New Orleans-born/Mississippi-based Anderson. In order to better realize the renaissance perspective of Anderson’s philosophy and to help develop their own, Funderburk and his students dove into Anderson’s works – from Horn Island in the Gulf of Mexico, to nature’s forms, close and far.

Funderburk’s talk “Walter Anderson: A World Vision of Art and Nature” will present the lifelong, creative investment of the artist, naturalist and writer Anderson. Funderburk will discuss why and how Anderson created thousands of images – some purposefully reproducible for the identity of the greater local world and community – and others more carefully crafted, selected and hidden from view. The images revealed show a plan to replenish a culture bent on nuclear destruction, and those hidden might offer cross-millennial (and cross-cultural) “inside” communication from artist/sage to artist/sage, as vanguards in the movement.

Walter Anderson’s two bodies of work, one “tribal” and one “virtuosic,” report  a one-man campaign to save mankind (as well as himself!) and his natural environment through the power of art.

Did Anderson succeed in his world transforming plan? Funderburk believes that he did, and will attempt to prove it though a guided trek through hundreds of Anderson’s jewel-like watercolors, lightning lined drawings and myriad decorative objects.

Department of Art students, professor featured on WCBI

November 15th, 2012 Comments Off on Department of Art students, professor featured on WCBI


Professor Brent Funderburk and students Rebekah Trotter (photography) and Charlotte Smith (sculpture) were featured on the WCBI Mid-Morning Show with Andrea on Nov. 15.

The group discussed the senior thesis class and their current exhibit “Commune,” which will be in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall, the gallery in the Colvard Student Union and the Visual Arts Center Gallery until Nov. 17. (Find out more information on the thesis group’s website.)

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