‘Elements of Design’ exhibition at MSU showcases talents of graduating graphic design majors

November 27th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Elements of Design’ exhibition at MSU showcases talents of graduating graphic design majors

On display Nov. 28-Dec. 5 at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery, the “Elements of Design” exhibition features works of nine fine art seniors completing their graphic design studies in the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. The student exhibitors include (front row, left to right) Austin Thomas, Vernon McCoy Jr., Aubrey Pohl; (middle row, left to right) Heather Hardman, Alleigh Moffett, Matthew Rogers; (top row, left to right) Morgan Donour, Paige Knapp and Marianna Myrick. (Submitted photo)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works of nine fine art seniors specializing in graphic design at Mississippi State will be on display Nov. 28-Dec. 5 at the Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Free to all, the “Elements of Design” exhibition in the gallery at 808 University Drive in Starkville celebrates the conclusion of the students’ studies in the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program.

“These nine brand new design elements are bursting with creative energy and ready to go out into the world and change the entire foundation of design,” said Suzanne Powney, MSU assistant professor of graphic design. 

Portfolio works in “Elements of Design” range from illustrative poster designs and eye-catching advertisements to compelling web design layouts and packaging. In addition to the physical displays, individual portfolio books and self-promotional pieces will be available for viewing on opening night. For a preview, visit www.elementsofdesignmsstate.com and follow on Instagram @elementsofdesignmsstate.

A 6-7:30 p.m. opening reception in the students’ honor will take place Tuesday [Nov. 28] at the VAC gallery. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Two Brothers Smoked Meats in Starkville.

Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Saturday. 

The “Elements of Design” exhibitors include (by hometown):

  • Bay Saint Louis—Aubrey J. Pohl.
  • Birmingham, Alabama—Heather C. Hardman.
  • Fannin—Vernon E. McCoy Jr., who also is concentrating in fine arts.
  • Flowood—Marianna G. Myrick.
  • Fulton—Alleigh T. Moffett; and Austin L. Thomas.
  • Tupelo—Paige F. Knapp; and Matthew B. Rogers.
  • West Point—Morgan R. Donour.

For more information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU Department of Art’s gallery director, at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its Department of Art on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

One Night Only show held for 2017 Emerging Craftsperson Resident

November 15th, 2017 Comments Off on One Night Only show held for 2017 Emerging Craftsperson Resident

(Photos via Kenan Simpkins)
 
 
The show ended the jewelry artist’s fall stay at the university during which time he created new works of art while interacting with faculty and students.

The MSU Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program is funded with a grant provided by Arkansas-based nonprofit Windgate Charitable Trust. 

 Read more about Parnham’s stay here. 

‘Contact F17’ exhibition celebrates MSU photography seniors’ work

November 14th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Contact F17’ exhibition celebrates MSU photography seniors’ work

“Doll Head” by Jenna Todd is part of her series that captures details left behind in abandoned structures. (Submitted/by Jenna Todd)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Diverse works by graduating majors of Mississippi State’s Department of Art are on display Nov. 16-Dec. 1 in the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the “Contact F17: BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition” celebrates the final year of studies for five students enrolled in the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. They include Kamau J. Bostic of Richmond, Virginia; Jenni L. Kilburn of Duck Hill; Chauncey D. Mangum of Florence; Jenna A. Todd of Quincy, Illinois; and Whitney A. White of Oxford.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

A public reception takes place 5-6 p.m. Thursday [Nov. 16] in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on the second floor of the university’s Welcome Center at 75 B.S. Hood Drive. Refreshments will be provided.

“Contact F17” reflects the students’ successful conclusion of departmental research, writing and presentation requirements, as well as four years of foundational coursework, survey, art history, and academic and emphasis classes.

During their time at MSU, the students have benefited from the expertise and support of Professor Marita Gootee and Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo. Both teach in the department’s photography emphasis area, with Gootee as its longtime coordinator.

Bostic’s body of work “My Generation” focuses on the inspiration and identity of individuals with tattoos and explores millennial ideals and attitudes regarding body art. Communicating through the visual language of photography was Bostic’s primary goal.

For her photographic series “Chemical Balance,” Kilburn created representational and metaphorical depictions of anxiety disorders, the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older. Each image is designed to show how time seems to stop and last forever for those dealing with such disorders, while appearing only as a passing moment to the viewer.   

Mangum’s series of images “Reminders” focuses on the African American community where he grew up. Visiting with relatives and others while working on this project inspired him to overcome a sense of fear to return home and gave him a better understanding of how his past has shaped his future.

Todd captured the hidden details left behind in abandoned homes, schools, hospitals, hotels and churches. Through her collection of photographs “Forsaken with Time,” Todd seeks to convey each location’s unique story while giving readers a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Titled “Fragmented Abstraction,” White’s photographic series shows the unknown beauty of friends and family members with whom she has grown close. Individual photographs are organized in a grid to convey the connection that exists between family and friends, as well as help the viewer focus on the abstracted form and beauty of the human body.

In addition to the art department, the “Contact F17” exhibition is made possible with support from the Center for Student Activities. For more information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s gallery director, at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its Department of Art at www.caad.msstate.edu, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Susie Ganch Exhibition Reception held in Visual Arts Center Gallery

November 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Susie Ganch Exhibition Reception held in Visual Arts Center Gallery

By Kesley Brownlee

A reception for the “How Soon is Now?” Work by Susie Ganch exhibit was held from 5-6 p.m. on Nov.9 in the Visual Arts Center Gallery.  It was funded in part by the Starkville Area Arts Council Community Grant.

The reception had a great turn out and featured some of Ganch’s work that was shown in her artist talk that was held the previous morning from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Second Emerging Craftsperson Resident to showcase work Nov. 9

November 6th, 2017 Comments Off on Second Emerging Craftsperson Resident to showcase work Nov. 9

 

 

The MSU Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program is funded with a grant provided by Arkansas-based nonprofit Windgate Charitable Trust. 

Bryan Parnham has been hard at work this semester creating new works of art while interacting with faculty and students.

“This opportunity allowed me to try things in my work I’ve been thinking about for years,” said the artist. “MSU and the Windgate Foundation provided invaluable resources and freedom to explore new ideas.”

Parnham recently taught a workshop to two art classes on ‘marquetry’ techniques – a process of cutting and arranging veneer to achieve a pattern. Each student made a number of samples and mounted their final piece on a sheet of bronze as a brooch.

“It’s been a pleasure to intermittently share demos and lectures,” he said. “I think this program is doing something important by putting young, professional artists in front of students.”

Parnham’s residency will conclude with a 6:30  p.m. show and reception Thurs., Nov. 9 in the university’s Howell Building sculpture studio. The event is free to all, and refreshments will be served.

Parnham began his jewelry practice in 2011 while attending the Virginia Commonwealth University, Craft/Material Studies Department. He served as a Penland Core Fellow from 2014-2016.

For more information on MSU’s Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program, contact Critz Campbell at 662-275-1064 or CCampbell@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. 

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Latest One Night Only show, ‘Line,’ features four CAAD students

November 4th, 2017 Comments Off on Latest One Night Only show, ‘Line,’ features four CAAD students

Via Kenan Simpkins

A One Night Only show, “Line,” was held on Thurs., Nov. 2.

The show featured a variety of line pieces from Alex Cayson, Matthew Lewis, Madison Cheek and Claire Burgett.

Cayson showed printmaking pieces and one drawing, and Lewis showed several architectural blueprints and several photographs.

Cheek exhibited watercolor pieces and several paintings, and Burgett also displayed watercolor pieces.

Read more about this semester’s shows.

 

From the Gallery – October 2017

October 30th, 2017 Comments Off on From the Gallery – October 2017

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‘Color’ One Night Only show features illustrations, paintings

October 28th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Color’ One Night Only show features illustrations, paintings

A One Night Only show, “Color,” was held on Thurs., Oct. 26.

The show featured a variety of color pieces from students Lauryn Rody, Kate Webb and Danny Clark.

Rody showed illustration pieces; Webb showcased several abstract paintings, and Clark highlighted four paintings.

Read more about this semester’s shows.

MSU student raingarden collaboration garners national recognition

October 26th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU student raingarden collaboration garners national recognition

By | Vanessa Beeson

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University is receiving a national award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The MSU raingarden, funded by a $20,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, has been honored in the society’s student collaboration category. MSU team members accepted the award at the society’s annual meeting and expo in Los Angeles this week [Oct. 20-23]. 

Cory Gallo, associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, said landscape architecture and graphic design students worked side-by-side throughout the process of building a sustainable water management demonstration garden.

“The concerted effort wrapped up during a cross-college design/build class this spring,” said Gallo, who led the class alongside Suzanne Powney, assistant professor in graphic design. “Both landscape architects and graphic designers partner often in the real world and each discipline fosters different perspectives. This project gave students a chance to learn from each other by viewing the same problem from different angles.”

Gallo also said several others played a vital role, specifically MSU Facilities Management.

Tommy Verdell Jr., associate director of MSU Facilities Management, said the experience was a chance for his team to help out in the classroom.

“We were privileged to be a part of that whole academic enterprise and to see the skills of the students develop and grow,” Verdell said.  

Rodney Barksdale, carpentry supervisor, also was involved in the work.

“The best part was being able to interact with the students to share what I’ve learned over the years and then see them put the pieces together,” Barksdale said.

Caitlin Buckner, a landscape architecture senior and Starkville native, said the experience taught her several new skills including “how to fit pipes, cut boards and make water flow out of the cistern.”  

Graphic design senior and Madison, Alabama native, Lauryn Rody, said the project opened her eyes to options within the graphic design field.

“We had to demonstrate how the garden worked and employ processes like wayfinding. It went much further than the basic principles of graphic design,” Rody said.

Other MSU collaborators on the garden included the Bagley College of Engineering; Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Art and Design; and the Water Resources Research Institute.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Read the story in the Clarion Ledger here.

MYTH-issippi lecture held on October 19

October 20th, 2017 Comments Off on MYTH-issippi lecture held on October 19

By Kelsey Brownlee, Mississippi State University student

“Myth-issippi: How Art Makes Place” was an illustrated talk by Brent Funderburk –  W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art at Mississippi State University –  followed by a musical performance in the Colvard Student Union Dawghouse on Thurs., Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Also premiered was the newly renovated Dawghouse and the mural “Black Prairie, Mississippi, World,”created by MSU art students Shawna Williams and Randi Watson.

After Funderburk’s talk,W.L. Giles Distinguished Professors of Entomology Richard Brown and Funderburk talked on life and culture on our unique Black(belt) Prairie, which then turned into a concert of Blues music performed by Caleb Childs and the Blues Review, featuring Dr. Brown on harmonica.

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