Lori Neuenfeldt, galleries featured on ‘Our People’

January 4th, 2016 Comments Off on Lori Neuenfeldt, galleries featured on ‘Our People’


Via msstate.edu

“I can see a work of art, but when I hear about the background and understand the process and what the artist went through or what inspired that piece, it becomes much more fascinating,” she said.

“I always have a lot of questions because I love learning about the process,” added the art instructor who also coordinates the Mississippi State art department’s gallery and outreach programs.

Since coming to the College of Architecture, Art and Design in 2011, the longtime Jacksonville, Florida, resident has nurtured and shared a passion for historical objects and collections with fellow faculty and student artists, as well as members of the local community.

“I love the possibilities to understand different people and cultures through art,” said Neuenfeldt, a Florida State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in studio art and master’s in art history. “I would not have pictured myself in a small city, but I feel very appreciated at Mississippi State; I feel like I can make a bigger difference here, and also experiment more.”

Over the years, she has taught introductory art history, along with survey classes in senior-level fine art research and historic costumes. An upper-level art history course added this spring to her instructional repertoire is a new challenge she looks forward to with excitement, she added.

Neuenfeldt said she takes pride that the art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. In addition to offering ample space for student and faculty artists to research and create art, campus art facilities provide another special opportunity, she emphasized.

“We’re very unique in that all of our students who graduate from the department get to exhibit their work; not every program is like that,” she said. “Art definitely is a huge way things are connected in the world, so the students need to be able to explore the potential and power behind that.”

Critical thinking, problem solving and creativity also are skills that Neuenfeldt and husband Charles Freeman—an assistant professor in the School of Human Sciences’ fashion design and merchandising program—work hard to instill in their daughters, 5-year-old Ella and 1-year-old Celia.

“My parents made sure I had a very well-rounded childhood, and I want my girls to have that same experience,” Neuenfeldt said. “I want them to be able to choose their own path but give them as much information as possible about the opportunities, so they can see that everything is within reach.”

Department holds reception for ‘Fashion A to Z’ exhibit

March 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Department holds reception for ‘Fashion A to Z’ exhibit


A reception was held in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery on Thurs., March 19, for the “Fashion A to Z: Selections from the MSU Historical Costume and Textiles Collection” exhibit.

The collection will be on display in the Depot through April 9.

Historic Costume and Textile Collection celebrates 30 years with ‘Fashion A to Z’ exhibit at MSU

March 12th, 2015 Comments Off on Historic Costume and Textile Collection celebrates 30 years with ‘Fashion A to Z’ exhibit at MSU


By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

Select items from the Mississippi State University Historic Costume and Textiles Collection are on display March 16-April 9 at the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the second-floor exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center titled “Fashion A to Z” will introduce visitors to fashion terminology and a diverse array of costumes, accessories and footwear from the historic collection housed in the university’s School of Human Sciences.

Founded in 1985 by retired human sciences professor Catherine Boyd, the collection is home to more than 1,000 garments, hats, accessories and pieces of footwear representing a range of historical periods and styles dating from the mid-1800s to the present.

Led by instructor Lori Neuenfeldt, students taking part in the School of Human Sciences’ historic costume course selected more than 26 creations for display. Each student was given a letter in the alphabet and asked to identify a fashion term and item from the collection that corresponded with the letter.

Exhibit highlights include an elaborately beaded bodice from the 1890s, lace from the early 1900s, a pair of “space age” boots from the 1960s, and items by luxury design labels such as Vera Wang, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.

An opening reception for the exhibit takes place March 19, 5-6 p.m., in the same location. Refreshments will be provided.

From making marketing and layout decisions to applying and enhancing their knowledge of photography and graphic design, students are enjoying the opportunity to “experience all sides of the exhibition process and form a connection with the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection here at MSU,” Neuenfeldt said.

“They are learning how to handle and display historic garments and objects, just as a professional in the museum field would,” added the university’s Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs coordinator.

Senior Kateland M. “Katie” Brown, a human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major from Olive Branch, said the fashion exhibit “is going to be one for the books.”

“I encourage everyone to stop by and take a look at all the fabulous pieces on display that have been given to the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection,” added Brown.

The MSU exhibition and related programs are made possible by the School of Human Sciences and the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

The Cullis Wade Depot Gallery is among several art department venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Additional information on the “Fashion A to Z” exhibit and historic costume course is available from Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Reception held for Martin Arnold exhibit

February 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Reception held for Martin Arnold exhibit

A reception was held on Feb. 19 in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery for the “Martin Arnold: Empathetic Resonance” exhibit. Arnold was present for the reception and presented a guided tour of the work.

The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 27, so be sure to check it out!

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 www.dreamlandislouisville.org/tag/tim-barnes.

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 www.letitiaquesenberry.com.

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 LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

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:

Department of Art takes on NYC

December 15th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art takes on NYC

The Department of Art offered an exciting, new one-hour course this fall, Art 2990: Art Field Study New York City.

The course provided students with an alternative to classroom-based learning and allowed them to experience firsthand historical and contemporary aspects of the New York art-and-design world. It was open to all art majors (sophomore-level and up) from any concentration and was taught by Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt and Assistant Professor Neil Callander.

The group traveled to New York from Oct. 22 – 25 to explore museums, artists’ studios, galleries, graduate programs and other cultural attractions.

A video the students created from the trip:

Click to see the video on Vimeo.

Read a blog put together by some of the students below:
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Click to download the blog PDF.

Fall artists-in-residence connect with nature, local communities

December 1st, 2014 Comments Off on Fall artists-in-residence connect with nature, local communities

Caetlynn Booth painting

Caetlynn Booth painting

Artist talk at 929 (photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Artist talk at 929 (photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Tyson Washburn 2014

Tyson Washburn 2014

Whitfield Studies 2 by Diana Lyon

Whitfield Studies 2 by Diana Lyon

Whitfield studies 1 by Diana Lyon

Whitfield studies 1 by Diana Lyon

By Lori Neuenfeldt

This past fall the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and MSU Artist-in-Residence program hosted three visiting artists who found ways to connect to nature and the communities in Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties.

From October 20th through the 31st, Caetlynn Booth (painter) and Tyson Washburn (photographer) lived out at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge.

New York artist Booth’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, San Francisco, Paris and Berlin. Her work addresses where the human spirit and the spirit of place meet and investigates how rendering these points of connection in paint can activate the medium’s capacity for representing the spiritual.

Washburn is an artist and professor of photography based in New York City. HIs work deals with the landscape in both urban and rural areas. His compositions tune into the specificity of a location through observation, documenting the nature of the location with traces of human intervention.

On October 29, the New York artists invited the public to join them on a walk at the refuge. Participants were asked to bring a camera or drawing materials and join the conversation as the artists explored the landscape, including flora and fauna, as subjects. Refuge staff in attendance helped guide the walk along one of the most scenic trails, stopping along the way to photograph and draw.

On October 30 at 929 Coffee House in downtown Starkville, the artists spoke to a crowd of 20 about their collaborative research during their residency at the refuge. They discussed concepts and techniques and answered questions about their inspirations. The highlight of the evening came when both artists revealed works-in-progress they had created that captured their experiences at the refuge.

Booth and Washburn also spent time meeting MSU BFA Fine Art students in the senior research class. They spoke about their own experiences creating a body of work for exhibition and applying for graduate programs to receive a Masters in Fine Art.

From November 4th through the 22nd, the refuge welcomed watercolor painter Robin Whitfield. Whitfield is a Mississippi native currently living in Grenada and acting as artist-in-residence for ArtPlace Mississippi Inc. in Greenwood. She specializes in outdoor nature scenes and natural pigments on paper.

On November 24, a group of 21 members from the community and refuge staff met up with Whitfield at the artist-in-residence cabin, called “The Ibis,” located in the refuge on the shore of Bluff Lake. This was the first time the public has ever been invited to see the house and view the working space of the artist within. Whitfield treated visitors to a impromptu display of her watercolor works and natural pigment collection made during her residency. After the artwork display, the artist and refuge staff took visitors out to collect their own natural pigments – colors made from soil, dirt, bark and leaves from the refuge.

All three artists produced work inspired by nature. Their work is a creative record of the cypress trees, lakes, woodpecker dwellings and leaf patterns distinct to Northeast Mississippi. One year from now, each artist will donate a piece to the refuge that communicates their own personal experience as artists-in-residence at the refuge.

All artist-in-residence programs are free and made possible by the Sam. D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of the Refuge, MSU Department of Art and the Starkville Area Arts Council.

For more information contact Lori Neuenfeldt, lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU students, faculty help launch NYC art field study

November 14th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU students, faculty help launch NYC art field study


Seniors Britney Johnson, a graphic design major from Bay St. Louis, and Christina McField, a fine arts major from Madison, relax at Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain. They were among 16 MSU art majors recently completing a five-day field study in New York City. Photo by: submitted/Lauren Blalock

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU Office of Public Affairs

Sixteen students and two faculty members in Mississippi State’s art department are back on campus following a five-day field study in New York City.

Led by instructor Lori Neuenfeldt and assistant professor Neil Callander, the students are part of the university department’s new Special Topic in ART-Art Field Study. The course was created to provide historical and contemporary cultural experiences in the Big Apple’s worlds of art and design through visits to museums, galleries, artists’ studios and design firms, among other activities.

Neuenfeldt said the course also was designed to give MSU students, many from small cities and towns, the confidence to travel and pursue cultural experiences as they prepare for professional careers after graduation.

“We already see that the students who went on the trip are extra motivated to start their careers and are considering the possibilities that a cultural center like New York has to offer,” she said.

Currently being offered only to sophomore-senior art majors during the fall semester, the one-hour elective resulted from a year-long planning collaboration by Neuenfeldt, Callander, veteran art professor Brent Funderburk and assistant professor Greg Martin.

“The art department has done trips to cities in the past, but they were never built into a particular course like they are in other programs, such as architecture, fashion design and merchandising, and interior design,” Neuenfeldt said. “We designed this experienced-based field study course for our fine art, graphic design and photography majors, especially for those who were missing out on a key component of the fine-arts experience, seeing works of art in person.”

Since the group contained graphic design and fine art majors, “we wanted to offer experiences that highlighted both careers,” she emphasized.

Among other locales, the MSU group visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, graphic design work spaces of Kate Spade Saturday and The Barbarian Group, along with a shared loft in the SoHo neighborhood of artists Claudia DeMonte and Ed McGowan.

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 Jessi Arrington, co-founder of WORKSHOP Graphic Design Firm; Sarah Foley, design manager at Johnson & Johnson; Angela Minor, graphic designer for Global Visual Merchandising & Store Design at The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.; Meredith Norwood, head designer at Azzure Home; and June Upton, a graduate student at Parsons: The New School for Design.

Combining notes, sketches, photographs and videos compiled during the week, the 16-member class now is working to create a “pitch” that will be presented to other students, faculty and interested members of the public at the semester’s conclusion.

One class member is senior Molly M. Howell, an art/painting major from Estill Springs, Tennessee, who previously had visited New York with her family. Viewing works of world-famous artists in Chelsea neighborhood galleries and visiting graduate school representatives from top U.S. art schools on the Parsons campus were among her highlights, she said.

“Having the opportunity to go to New York City and be exposed to the art scene there taught me that MSU is giving me all the tools I need to take my career and life to the next step,” Howell said.

Senior graphic design major Britney Johnson of Bay St. Louis said she most appreciated “encouraging” and “invaluable” insights of the former MSU students.

“Coming from a small town in Mississippi, it sometimes seems like being successful in a place like New York is out of reach, but seeing a community of MSU alumni living and working in New York and hearing their stories really showed me that it is not,” she said.

“There are MSU alumni doing big things in the Big Apple, and hopefully, this trip will show other students that they can be next,” she added.

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

Exhibit by Chicago artist featured through Nov. 7

October 27th, 2014 Comments Off on Exhibit by Chicago artist featured through Nov. 7

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Works of a visiting artist-in-residence are on display through Nov. 8 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery on University Drive.

Free and open to the public, the university exhibition titled “Migration and Other Natural History Phenomena” features nature-inspired illustrations by Chicago-based watercolor artist Peggy Macnamara.

Also free to all, an opening reception takes place 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday [Sept. 18] in the VAC Gallery at 808 University Dr.

In addition to serving since 1990 as artist-in-residence at the internationally famous Field Museum of Natural History, Macnamara is a professor of scientific illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An SAIC alumna and author of five books, she also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history from, respectively, Manhattanville College in New York and the University of Chicago. For more, visit www.peggymacnamara.com.

At 3:30 p.m. Friday [the 19th], she will give a free watercolor technique demonstration at the Wise Center, home of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Attendees will get to see different kinds of animal specimens found in the CVM’s lab, similar to those Macnamara paints regularly at the Field Museum,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for gallery and outreach programs.

The exhibition and related programs are made possible through a Mississippi Arts Commission grant and additional support from the Starkville Area Arts Council and MSU’s colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Architecture, Art and Design.

One of several Mississippi State art department venues, the Visual Arts Center Gallery regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists, among other special events. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

For details about current and future art department events, contact Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Local students complete MSU art summer camp

June 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Local students complete MSU art summer camp

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Ashley Bryant of McCarley (foreground) and Katherine Huang of Tupelo (background) were among recent campers taking place in the INvision summer art camp at Mississippi State. (photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Via Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

Nine students from throughout the Magnolia State are back home after spending last week at the Mississippi State art department’s INvision summer camp.

Now in its second year, the visual arts introductory program provided a week-long [June 6-13] learning experience for students 16 years and older, as well as incoming freshmen at the university, interested in pursuing academic majors in the studio fields of art and design.

Led by department faculty members and students, the camp included a variety of workshops focusing on sculpture, drawing, graphic design, letterpress, bookmaking, papermaking, painting and screen-printing.

Participants this year also worked with mural artist and illustrator Michael Roy of Moss Point and went on a nature hike with MSU artist-in-residence Marian McLellan to sketch local plants at the nearby Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

MSU graphic design graduate Lorrin Webb, owner of Wanderite Screen Print Design Studio in Starkville, returned to campus to provide campers with better appreciation of the varied career opportunities available to graduates with a fine arts degree.

At summer’s end, art works completed by the campers in a variety of media will be featured at the university’s Colvard Student Union second-floor gallery. The exhibit will be free and open to the public.

This year’s INvision participants included (by hometown):

ACKERMAN–Jaiye Gillon, the daughter of Raymond and Tricia Gillon.

BATESVILLE–Tatum Roper, the son of Cindy Roper; and James “Carson” Smith, the son of Cheryl Baird.

COLUMBUS–Ivy Williamson, the daughter of Andy and Jennifer Williamson.

McCARLEY–Ashley Bryant, the daughter of Lynn and Jearline Bryant.

OCEAN SPRINGS–Emily Koch, the daughter of Mark and Maureen Koch.

PASCAGOULA–Carly Bond, the daughter of Cleve and Carla Bond; and

TUPELO–Katherine Huang, the daughter of An-Ching and Mei-huei Huang; and Samantha Turba, the daughter of Mark and Michelle Turba.

For more about MSU’s art department and College of Architecture, Art and Design, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and on Facebook www.facebook.com/CAADatMSU and Twitter @CAADatMSU.

See more photos on the Department of Art Gallery Facebook page.

Read the story at WCBI.com.

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