‘Artists of the Armory Show’ exhibit at MSU opens Sept. 29

September 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Artists of the Armory Show’ exhibit at MSU opens Sept. 29

William Glackens (1870-1938), Peaches in a Compote, not dated. oil on linen. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of The Gallery Guild, Inc. 1984.074.

William Glackens (1870-1938), Peaches in a Compote, not dated. oil on linen. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of The Gallery Guild, Inc. 1984.074.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works by several of the biggest names in American modern art are on display Sept. 29-Nov. 11 at Mississippi State’s Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

Free to all, the exhibit titled “Artists of the Armory Show: Selections from the Mississippi Museum of Art” features 30 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by such well-known artists as George Bellows (1882-1925), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), William Glackens (1870-1938), Childe Hassam (1859-1935), Edward Hopper (1882-1967), John Sloan (1871-1951), and James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).

These artists were featured in one of the most important exhibitions of modern art in America, the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art held at the 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in New York City.

“The Armory Show was the first large-scale exhibition of modern art in America and included both American and European artists,” said Lizzy Abston, MMA’s curator of the collection. “The show was a shock to American art critics who had more traditional taste, and its effects reverberated through the art world in the United States.”

Abston explained that in spite of negative reviews, audiences flocked to see the Armory Show’s 1,300-plus paintings, sculptures and decorative objects.

“The Armory Show reinvigorated American art and served as a major factor in establishing New York City as the center of the modern art world,” she said.

A 5 p.m. reception for the MSU exhibit will take place Sept. 29 in the ground-floor gallery, whose main entrance is located off of the parking lot on McComas’ east side. The reception also is free to all, and refreshments will be served.

Exhibit hours for the McComas gallery are 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

In addition to the Mississippi Museum of Art and its Traveling Exhibition Endowment, the campus exhibit is supported by the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

MMA’s Traveling Exhibition Endowment is supported by significant private contributions that are matched by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.msmuseumart.org.

For more gallery information or to schedule a tour, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s gallery director, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Graphic Design holds senior show

April 24th, 2013 Comments Off on Graphic Design holds senior show

The graphic design senior show was held on April 23.  The night started in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall and ended with a reception in the Visual Arts Center.

Check out some of the students’ work at www.msudesignstew.com.

Read the story in The Reflector by Daniel Hart – Feast your eyes: Senior graphic design students serve ‘design stew.’

Graphic Design seniors to hold spring show

April 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Graphic Design seniors to hold spring show

Twenty-one graduating Graphic Design students will host their BFA senior show, celebrating their final days as Mississippi State students. Come get a taste of what these designers have been “cookin’ up” this semester!

The public is invited to a reception honoring these talented students on Tuesday, April 23rd. The reception will begin in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall at 5:30 p.m. and will then proceed to the Visual Arts Center at 808 University Drive for the rest of the evening.

The Graphic Design exhibition will be open to the public the week of April 23–30.

Exhibited work includes posters, illustrations, packaging, editorial, typeface design, advertising, identity, website, self-promotional design and more. Students’ final portfolio books will also be on display the night of the reception.

To get a glimpse of what will be at the BFA Graphic Design senior show, go to www.msudesignstew.com or like their Facebook page COME SEE WHAT’S COOKIN’.

For more information, please contact Professor Jamie Mixon at jmixon@caad.msstate.edu.

Department of Art holds reception for student juried exhibition

March 8th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art holds reception for student juried exhibition

Artist Richard A. Lou, one of the jurors for the exhibit, congratulates all the students and tells them the quality of their work made his job tough.

A reception for the 41st MSU Student Juried Exhibition was held on March 7 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall. The presentation of awards honored winners in the Fine Art and Graphic Design competitions.

This year, 105 works were selected consisting of sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, graphic design, typography and package designs. Over $2000 dollars in prize and purchase awards were given out.

The work was selected for the exhibit by two jurors outside of the university. Richard A. Lou is a photography professor and chair of the Department of Art at the University of Memphis, and Doug Barrett is an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The show will remain up until March 28. Gallery hours in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All galleries are closed during school holidays.

Congratulations to the following winners:
• 1st Place in Fine Arts category – Shelby Nichols for Scanography: Ecuadorian Tropics
• 2nd Place in Fine Arts category – Trey Hardin for Clarence
• 3rd Place in Fine Arts category – Dominique Belcher for Colorful Soul
• Honorable Mention in Fine Art – Angela Latham for Nestled Tea Pot
Starkville Area Arts Council Award ($100) – Nicole Beck for Fantasy and Reality
• 1st place in Graphic Design – Sweta Desai for “We Click – Self Promotion”
• 2nd Place in Graphic Design – Ashley Bennett for “Stay Foxy, Self Promo”
• 3rd Place in Graphic Design – Margaret La Foe for “Cured! Pork Products Packaging”
• Graphic Design Juror’s Award ($100) – Bethany Johnson for “Letter Press Business card”
RGH Paint Award to Regan Watts
Mount Vision Pastel Award to Anthony Lowe for “Plugs”
• Potter’s Wheel Award to April Shelby
Bill Dunlap Purchase Prize – Angela Latham for Nestled Tea Pot
• Bill Dunlap Purchase Prize – Jacob Craig for Untitled
• Bill Dunlap Purchase Prize – Sarah Kilpatrick for Tea Bowl

Art community enjoys New Associations exhibit

January 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Art community enjoys New Associations exhibit

The reception for New Associations: Works by New Faculty in the Department of Art – Adrienne Callander, Neil Callander, Gregory Martin and Suzanne Powney was held Thursday night (Jan. 24) in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.  The exhibit will stay open through Feb. 23.

Department Head of Art, Lydia Thompson (left) with the new faculty in the Department of Art at the reception for New Associations. (left to right) Suzanne Powney, Gregory Martin, Adrienne Callander and Neil Callander (photo by Megan Bean | MSU University Relations)

New faculty hold panel to share about their work

January 17th, 2013 Comments Off on New faculty hold panel to share about their work


On January 16, the four new faculty members in the Department of Art participated in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Ben Harvey. Adrienne Callander, Neil Callander, Gregory Martin and Suzanne Powney each briefly discussed their work before the floor was opened up for questions. According to Lori Neuenfeldt, programs coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery, the panel was set up as a way for students and current faculty to meet the new faculty and learn about their work.

Harvey said he has had a chance to view his new colleagues’ work in the gallery in McComas Hall, which will be up until February 23.

“We are lucky to have this kind of talent in Starkville,” he said, before introducing the first new faculty member, Adrienne Callander.

Adrienne Callander
Callander holds a Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University and is the Department of Art’s most recent hire as a lecturer in 2D Design and Art Appreciation. She described her current body of work, “Ball Series,” to involve a conversation with the people she receives the materials from.

“I remember how it all began,” she said. She first got the idea for this while in graduate school at Rutgers. When observing a painting of a sweater, she thought about how it was really a 3D drawing and, “in theory, you should be able to deconstruct it,” she said.

Now, 21 deconstructed sweaters later, Callander joked, “If you bring me a sweater, I’ll add it.”

Callander even deconstructed a friend’s entire sea foam halter wedding dress.

“That was complicated because this was something of great value to her; I didn’t want to disappoint her,” she said. “The piece itself is an action. I received the dress. I altered it, and I’m going to send it back to her.”

Other pieces in Callander’s “Ball Series” include a piece that honors her father, who passed away in 2007, and a piece she explained to be her conversation with painting ­– her mother was a painter, and she is married to a painter.

Neil Callander
Next, Callander’s “painter” husband, Neil Callander, was introduced. Neil Callander also holds an MFA from Rutgers University and is the Foundations Coordinator for the Department of Art. His current body of work revolves around a fictional character, “Dusty,” as imagined by his now-six-year-old son when he was two.

The paintings are done from direct observation in his studio. Neil Callander said he is unapologetically still life painting.

He said if you remove the cliché fruits and vases from still life and think about “what’s possible when you set up anything in the world and freeze it, I don’t see it as boring at all but full of potential.”

Neil Callander tries to set up items in the studio quickly, so they look like they are pulled from someone’s life.

“They exist naturally in the world of Dusty, and I recreate them in the studio.”

The artist described his paintings to be like “choose-your-own-adventure books” in that “you can go back to them, and they constantly reveal themselves in different ways.” He showed a zoomed-in image of one of his paintings to further illustrate this thought, and explained that perceptions may change based on one’s mood, the time of day and/or the lighting.

Neil Callander ended his lecture by telling about how a colleague once reacted to one of his paintings by telling him it made her want to throw up.

“I took it as one of the best compliments that I could imagine – that a painting could have that sort of reaction!”

Gregory Martin
Gregory Martin said Neil Callander’s work hasn’t had that kind of reaction, yet, for him.

“But I’ll give it a chance and see how it goes,” he joked.

Martin, who was born and raised in southern California, recently drove 2,000 miles from Venice, Calif., to start a position as assistant professor of Drawing and Design at MSU. He holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate School.

“The disconnect and relationship between people’s ideals and the reality they live” is a major theme in his work.

Martin described some more of the influences place has had on his work and encouraged everyone to go to the gallery to see the work. He said artists often have a hard time in the spotlight, talking about their work.

“We sort of want the attention to be on that neat thing we made,” he laughed.

Martin said he was attracted to MSU by the fairly large pool of faculty doing good work, and he hopes to build on that while he is here.

Suzanne Powney
Suzanne Powney has been a graphic designer since 1995 but said she discovered the world of letterpress when she got frustrated with the lack of texture in graphic design.

“It has become a part of me; it feeds my soul,” the professor of Letterpress, Graphic Design and Advertising with an MFA from the University of Houston said.

Powney’s work in the exhibit includes three books resting on tables that float. She said she wanted to create an intimate space where visitors could engage with the work on a very intimate level. In fact, all Powney’s books are meant to be touched, and she hopes visitors will interact with them.

“Poke” consists of a series of circles. Powney said people are supposed to use a stylus to poke through to see where the paper gives, and eventually words will emerge from the pattern.

“Stroke” is a series of words and graphics, “thousands of dots referring to thousands of neurons – how we physically observe the idea of touch.”

Powney said “Trace” requires interaction to find what the message is.

The overall theme in her work is “how touch is important to who we are as humans.”

“I’m hoping this feeds you with some thoughts,” she said.

Questions
Harvey and the audience next had a chance to ask the artists several questions about their work and connections between their work.

The artists will all be present at the opening reception of the exhibit, New Associations, on Jan. 24 from 5:30–7:30 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall, to answer more questions.

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