An artist explores nature’s bounty at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

June 11th, 2014 Comments Off on An artist explores nature’s bounty at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

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Marian McLellan, “Grounded”

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Marian McLellan, “Crow”

Story by Lori Neuenfeldt

When you Google the name of the next MSU-Noxubee Artist-In-Residence, it’s surprising to see how many other artists’ websites pop up. This is because Marian McLellan is an artist and a prolific art critic who reviews gallery shows predominantly in the New Orleans area. Her thoughtful and poignant essays are cited on the sites of artists who have had the pleasure of her viewing their works.

As an artist McLellan creates works directly relating to nature.

She states, “Nature fuels our communal psyche.”

McLellan found out about the MSU-Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Residency opportunity when a friend who is familiar with her work suggested she apply. After looking up the information, she sent in her proposal for a one-month summer residence in June 2014.

According to McLellan, “I am looking forward to being in the midst of the beautiful flora and fauna of Noxubee and having this wonderful opportunity to create in a wildlife refuge in Mississippi.”

While at the Refuge, McLellan plans to take nature walks and explore.

“I will walk amongst nature’s bounty, taking visual and textual notes, which I will translate into drawings, paintings and prints,” she said. “An important part of my stay will be the compilation of area residents’ drawings to accompany a guidebook I have in mind, titled An Unspoiled Glimpse of Noxubee, which in turn is a companion to a more global piece, An Unspoiled Glimpse.”

McLellan will be at the Noxubee Refuge from June 9 to July 3. There are two workshops in which visitors to the Refuge can meet and make art with McLellan – June 11 and June 21. Workshops will be at 2 p.m. at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center.

McLellan received a BFA from Tulane University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi, both in studio art. It was during her graduate studies that she had the opportunity to interview New York artists and art critics. This led to a career writing art reviews. In 2010 McLellan received an award at the Baltimore NAEA Conference for her role in conceptual artist Mel Chin’s Fundred Dollar Bill Project as it related to the lead in New Orleans soil. In 2009 she received a Scholastic Art and Writing Teacher Award at Carnegie Hall.  In 2011 McLellan served as juror for Mississippi State University’s Student Juried Art Exhibit. McLellan taught for several years at a Catholic girls’ high school and recently began teaching Art Appreciation at Delgado Community College in Covington, La.

McLellan sees the residency at the Refuge as a career highlight since, as she states, “much of my life has been dedicated to the appreciation of the physical and spiritual beauty of nature as it relates to our collective well-being.”

For more information about McLellan’s visit or for an application to apply to be an artist-in-residence, visit: www.friends-of-noxubee-refuge.org/artist-in-residence.html, or contact Steve Reagan, project manager of the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, steve_reagan@fws.gov.

The artist-in-residence program is made possible by the Sam. D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi State University Department of Art, Friends of the Refuge and the Starkville Area Arts Council.

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Mural Collective helps make Michael Roy mural a reality

June 9th, 2014 Comments Off on Mural Collective helps make Michael Roy mural a reality

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Even small actions lead to big changes. We see that happening firsthand here in Starkville.

Starkville, a city that heralds itself as one of the lead cities for art in Mississippi, is finally getting a large public artwork in the form of a mural by Michael Roy. It was no small feat getting the world-traveling mural artist here to create a unique piece on the side of the local Italian eatery Stromboli’s. Instead, it was the collective acts and vision of a community, many of them with ties to the MSU Department of Art.

Michael Roy, aka “birdcap,” is a mural artist visiting Starkville to paint the first official mural sponsored by the Mural Collective of Starkville, an organization started by MSU graphic design alumna Lorrin Webb. A friend of Webb’s, Roy grew up in Mississippi and has spent some time creating murals in South Korea and Germany.

To get him to Starkville, Webb rallied the support of businesses and the city leaders, including the mayor. However, getting Roy here was just part of the puzzle. Once here, he needed a place to stay, transportation,and extra hands to help get the mural painted. That’s where the community stepped up.

Through word of mouth, the mural plan spread fast, and all those necessary needs were met. The MSU Department of Art and the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge have an ongoing artist-in-residence program that offers free housing for visiting artists, and Michael Roy found a place to stay. For transportation, a group message on the Mural Collective of Starkville’s facebook page connected volunteers to arrange rides for the artist to and from the Refuge in order to paint. Many of these volunteers are staff, students and former students of the MSU Department of Art. And to help paint the mural, current art students, such as Thomas McBroom and Dupree Bostic, enthusiastically volunteered.

The spectacular mural, imbedded with its own symbolism put there by the artist, also becomes a symbol of the community. It represents all those who stepped up to make it possible. Years from now those who see the mural will not know the names of all those who contributed, but they will see a stunning work of art and know this is an inspired community that loves creativity, art and working together to make their vision happen.

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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Ceramic artist creates art with Starkville community

March 18th, 2014 Comments Off on Ceramic artist creates art with Starkville community

Zuckerman shows students at the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville how to work with clay.

Zuckerman shows students at the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville how to work with clay. (All photos by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Zuckerman’s demonstration at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

Zuckerman’s demonstration at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

Zuckerman working with Starkville Academy Students.

Zuckerman working with Starkville Academy Students.

Zuckerman working with Starkville Academy Students.

Zuckerman working with Starkville Academy Students.

Zuckerman conducting a demonstration in MSU Professor Robert Long’s Ceramics I Class.

Zuckerman conducting a demonstration in MSU Professor Robert Long’s Ceramics I Class.

Zuckerman’s ceramic work in progress created during her visit to Starkville.

Zuckerman’s ceramic work in progress created during her visit to Starkville.

By Lori Neuenfeldt, lecturer and programs coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs

The next artist-in-residence hosted through the collaborative efforts of Mississippi State University Department of Art and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was Pennsylvania ceramicist Lilly Zuckerman.

Zuckerman finished her residency recently after staying out at the Noxubee Refuge for 10 days, Feb. 26 – March 8, 2014.

During her stay she experienced and observed the wildlife of Northeast Mississippi and was active making art in the Starkville community. The artist spent a full day on Feb. 27 making clay sculptures with K-12 students at Starkville Academy, helped for an afternoon on Feb. 28 at the Boys & Girls Club of Starkville and visited MSU ceramic students on Feb. 27 and March 3. Zuckerman also conducted a public demonstration at the visitor’s center at the NWR.

Zuckerman was selected from an application process overseen by members of the community, staff from Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, the MSU Department of Art and Starkville Area Arts Council.

The Artist-In-Residence program promotes art awareness by bringing visiting artists to Starkville and surrounding areas. Artists interact with the community, encouraging creative learning opportunities.

The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by a generous grant from The Starkville Area Arts Council.

For more information on the Zuckerman’s residency visit http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/artnews/tag/lilly-zuckerman/

For more information on the artist-in-residence program visit http://www.friends-of-noxubee-refuge.org/artist-in-residence.html, or contact Steve Reagan 662-323-5548 x223.

 

Artist Lindsey Landfried holds workshops

February 4th, 2014 Comments Off on Artist Lindsey Landfried holds workshops

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Artist LIndsey Landfried, left, presents to students in Rowan Haug’s class. (Photos by Lori Neuenfeldt)

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Artist Lindsey Landfried recently held two “Workshops in Design” for students in Rowan Haug’s classes.

Landried will also meet with Lori Neuenfeldt’s Fine Art seniors on Fri., Feb. 14.

“Lindsey Landfried: Feed.Back.Loop” will remain on display in the Cullis Wade Depot Welcome Center Gallery (second floor) through March 7. The show was made possible by a Starkville Area Arts Council Grant and a grant from the Mississippi Arts Council.

See the spring 2014 exhibition schedule.

‘From Seoul to Mississippi’ opens Oct. 29

October 23rd, 2013 Comments Off on ‘From Seoul to Mississippi’ opens Oct. 29

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An artist talk, “4 Artists: Sakiroo, Gwaja, 1000Day, Obam,” will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

AIGA is sponsoring the opening reception and Artists’ Poster Raffle. The reception is free, and raffle tickets are $2 each.  For more information about the reception or raffle, contact Dupree Bostic, AIGA President dgb95@msstate.edu

Fine art seniors visit New Orleans

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

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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.

Chick-Fil-A looking to team up with the Department of Art

October 8th, 2013 Comments Off on Chick-Fil-A looking to team up with the Department of Art

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Photo by Lori Neuenfeldt

Photo by Jenna Whitmire

Photo by Jenna Whitmire

Photo by Lori Neuenfeldt

Photo by Lori Neuenfeldt

By Lori Neuenfeldt

The national restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A is known for its involvement in local communities. One of their programs, Mini-Moo Time, held every Thursday morning, invites young children and their parents to the restaurant to listen to stories and participate in activities based on weekly themes.

Recently, Jenna Whitmire, marketing director and the coordinator for Mini-Moo Time at the Starkville location, contacted the Department of Art Coordinator for Outreach Programs, Lori Neuenfeldt, to find out how to get Department of Art students involved in planning and leading art activities.

“This is exactly how the Department of Art wants to be used by the community,” said Neuenfeldt.  “We want everyone to know that you can contact us about any opportunities you think we can assist with – specific to bringing art to the public in an engaging and positive way.”

For the first Department of Art and Chick-Fil-A team up project, Neuenfeldt contacted senior fine art student Andrea Byers about planning and leading the art project for Mini-Moo Time on October 3. Byers is interested in working with children and plans to teach art in the school system in Pennsylvania after graduation.

On October 3, Byers led a group of young children in two art projects with a fall theme. The participants made beautiful tissue paper trees with fall leaves and candy corn pictures. Everyone had a great time. Check out the Chick-fil-A newsletter featuring Byers!

If you are interested in partnering with the Department of Art and its students for a community art project, or if you are a student looking to have a rewarding experience bringing art to the community, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs at lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Other organizations and projects students from the Department of Art participates in or has participated in recently are:
After-school art activities with students at the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville
Art Partners
Murals at the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville and Columbus
Recycling and Art Supply Donations
Starkville Mural Project
Starkville Area Arts Council

MSU gallery show examines loss and potential

August 29th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU gallery show examines loss and potential

Belinda Blum, "Rule 7," 2010, oil on canvas

Belinda Blum, “Rule 7,” 2010, oil on canvas

By Margaret Kovar | University Relations

Works by seven nationally known artists are on display through Oct. 19 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Sponsored by the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department, “Collapse” features imagery and objects by artists Carin Rodenborn, Belinda Blum, Josh Azzarella, Gabbe Grodin, Tiffany Calvert, Julie Evanoff and Ronna Lebo.

The exhibit addresses various middle grounds, asking the viewer to consider loss of structure and the potential new realities that such loss can generate.

On Sept. 1, the artists will speak about their works at 4:30 p.m. in Giles Hall’s Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt at lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-2973.

Service-learning program connects Department of Art, Mechanical Engineering

August 22nd, 2013 Comments Off on Service-learning program connects Department of Art, Mechanical Engineering

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Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs, has been working toward her vision of making the Visual Arts Center (VAC) an enjoyable art space for the entire community. She has envisioned converting a sunroom on the left side of the building into a resource center for the arts.

However, Neuenfeldt wasn’t quite sure how to make her vision a reality, until she was connected with April Heiselt and the Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE)

Heiselt, coordinator of CASLE, works to connect classes that have a service-learning component with service projects. About 25 students from a freshman Mechanical Engineering class, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering with instructor Alta Kinzley, will work this semester researching and writing a proposal for a resource room in the VAC.

“I’m really excited we were teamed up with Mechanical Engineering,” said Neuenfeldt. “Like us, they are also creative thinkers and will be able to solve the space issues we have.”

Neuenfeldt says she hopes the space will be interactive and will be able to expand on the gallery exhibits.

“An iPad kiosk would be great,” she said, adding that she envisions parents wanting to bring their children to the space to get them excited about learning and the arts.

 The research and proposal from this semester will be passed onto another group of students next semester who will work on implementing their peers’ work.

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