MSU alumni return for Department of Art’s creative education, careers panel

April 19th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU alumni return for Department of Art’s creative education, careers panel

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Reinforcing Mississippi State’s commitment to prepare students to become leaders in their chosen professions, five alumni are returning Friday [April 20] to share their success stories during the Department of Art’s Eric and Gina Yonge Lecture Series.

Taking place at 9:30 a.m. in the Colvard Student Union’s second-floor Bill R. Foster Ballroom, the “Creative Education to Creative Careers” panel discussion is part of the art department’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event is moderated by Starkville native and MSU alumnus Eric Yonge, president and creative director of Kennesaw, Georgia-based EYStudios, a leading e-commerce brand development firm.

With a $25,000 donation to the MSU Foundation, Yonge and his wife, Gina, established the lecture series in 2015 to engage fine arts students in thoughtful discussions on how to market themselves and their talents.

“This event is a great opportunity for students across our department, college and university to see and hear from five alumni who have translated their college education into professional careers,” said Angi Bourgeois, MSU art department professor and head.

In addition to Yonge, panelists include:

—Jerry Jackson, a 1989 MSU art/fine arts graduate who has been a photo editor for The Baltimore Sun since 1996. Prior to moving to Baltimore, he worked as a photo editor for the Houston Post and at the Union Democrat in Sonora, California. He also studied photojournalism at the University of Missouri. For more, visit http://www.baltimoresun.com/bal-jerry-jackson-20150320-staff.html.

—Kristen Ley, a 2007 MSU art/graphic design graduate who also minored in marketing. Following graduation, she and fellow MSU classmate Catherine Yerger opened Cultigraphic Creative to explore their shared passion for art and design through projects for various clients. In 2011, Ley purchased a 1925 10 x 15 Chandler and Price letterpress and opened Thimblepress gift shop in Jackson. The name is derived from a collection of thimbles she has acquired during her travels since childhood. For more, visit https://www.thimblepress.com/meet-kristen?v=7516fd43adaa.

—Wesley Stuckey, a Baltimore, Maryland-based designer, printmaker and educator whose work has been featured in various publications and exhibitions across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. In addition to traditional print design and printmaking, his work focuses on branding, illustration and environmental graphics, with occasional interactive projects for the web. A 2008 MSU art/graphic design and printmaking graduate, Stuckey teaches branding, typography, hand-letter, web design and basic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he earned a master’s in fine art in 2011. Stuckey also teaches at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and runs his own design studio practice. He served as a juror for the art department’s recent 50th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition. For more, visit http://wesleystuckey.com/about.

—Adam Trest, a watercolorist who owns Adam Trest Home retail store in Laurel. He graduated in 2009 with an MSU bachelor’s in art/painting and a minor in architectural design. He often is inspired by the native flora and fauna, as well as the historical districts around Mississippi. For more, visit www.adamtrest.com.

Additional information about the Department of Art’s 50th anniversary celebration is available by contacting Bourgeois at 662-325-8926 or ABourgeois@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

 

Graphic design seniors present ‘Layered’ exhibition at MSU

April 16th, 2018 Comments Off on Graphic design seniors present ‘Layered’ exhibition at MSU

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

 

From illustration and web development to branding and package design, 13 fine art seniors at Mississippi State are showcasing a variety of skills in a new exhibition at the university’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

On display April 17-21 at 808 University Drive, “Layered” celebrates the all-female graduating class’s completion of studio work in MSU’s Department of Art.

In addition to physical displays, the students’ portfolio books and self-promotional pieces will be available for viewing on opening night. For a preview, visit layered2018.com and follow on Instagram @layered_2018.

“Each designer brings a new dimension and unique style just as each layer adds depth to a design,” said student exhibitor Jennifer K. “Jenn” McFadden of Huntsville, Alabama.

A 6-7:30 p.m. opening reception in the students’ honor takes place Tuesday [April 17] at the Visual Arts Center Gallery, where complimentary refreshments will be available.

Gallery hours are 12:30-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition will be open April 21 during MSU’s Super Bulldog Weekend and Starkville’s Cotton District Arts Festival.

The “Layered” exhibitors include (by hometown):
AMORY—Amy Frances Farrar and Reagan N. Huffman
BRANDON—Alison P. Meeler
CLEVELAND—Justice B. Williams. She also is concentrating in photography
ELK RIVER, Minnesota—Sarah Tewolde
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Jennifer K. “Jenn” McFadden
LITTLE ROCK—Abbey E. Rigdon
LONG BEACH—Morgan N.A. Linnett
MADISON, Alabama—Lauryn O. Rody
MADISON—Madeline K. “Maddie” Marascalco
MENDENHALL—Samantha J. Sumrall
MERIDIAN—Caitlyn Ainsworth
PETAL—Haylee R. Upton

Celebrating 50 years, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

‘Contact S18’ exhibition at MSU features photographs by graduating seniors

April 10th, 2018 Comments Off on ‘Contact S18’ exhibition at MSU features photographs by graduating seniors

“Tippi Hedren” by Kenan Simpkins (Photo submitted)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Two graduating seniors in Mississippi State’s Department of Art are presenting their photographs in a special exhibition April 12-May 7 in the university’s Colvard Student Union Art Gallery.

Free to all, the “Contact S18: BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition” celebrates the final year of studies for Brennan P. Crosby of Clinton and Kenan M. Simpkins of Madison.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

A public reception takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday [April 12] in the Union art gallery. Refreshments will be available.

“Contact S18” 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.

Titled “Perfectionism, A Dangerous State of Mind in an Imperfect World,” Crosby’s body of work employs imagery sourced from a wide scale of periodicals to create collages that reference post-colonial theory, the avant-garde and the post-modern left-wing Democratic movement.

“The collages deconstruct the sourced imagery to the extent that meaning is shifted to create commentary about the world’s past and present political issues and to address the effects of global strains put on us as people and to the planet,” Crosby explained.

In her photographic series “OUR: fragmented memory,” Simpkins uses a technique of fragmenting family photographs to mimic memories of collective experiences. The images contain a nostalgic vernacular lexicon that connects each person’s personal experience to reference ordinary American life. Simpkins altered the opacity of certain fragments in the images and made them more transparent to illustrate how general details of memories fade.

“Often, the most vivid details are in the forefront of our mind, and this is illustrated in the way that I layer the more opaque fragments in the foreground of the image,” she said.

In addition to the art department, the “Contact S18” exhibition is made possible with support from the Center for Student Activities. For more information, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art instructor and gallery director, at 662-325-2970 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Celebrating 50 years, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

Lippillo featured in international photography magazine

April 9th, 2018 Comments Off on Lippillo featured in international photography magazine

A faculty member in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design was recently featured in an international photography magazine.

Department of Art Associate Professor Dominic Lippillo’s portfolio from his series “Stories We Tell Ourselves” was showcased in “Don’t Take Pictures,” along with an article written by Roger Thompson, senior editor for the magazine and professor at Stony Brook University.

The feature can be found in issue #10, and his portfolio is currently featured online: http://www.donttakepictures.com.

“Lippillo aims to capture a landscape that, as he says, ‘can be anywhere,’ and part of the success of the photographs is their ability to evoke familiarity despite their generic Americana appearance,” says Thompson in the article.

“Don’t Take Pictures” is published in print twice a year — in March and September — along with regular online articles.

The magazine was founded as a publication of The Kiernan Gallery and now functions independently “to introduce art lovers, dog lovers, cat lovers, hipsters, oldsters, and collectors to artists who are on the move.”

An MSU faculty member since 2010, Lippillo earned his bachelor’s in photography from Youngstown State University in 2005 and master’s in photography from Ohio University in 2009. Digital photography and photography survey are among courses Lippillo has taught at MSU.

Lippillo’s solo and collaborative work addresses ideas pertaining to memory, space and place, and vernacular photographic images. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Photographic Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and universities of Alabama and North Dakota.

His work also has been published in the journal “Exposure” and in the supplement of images accompanying Bruce Warren’s textbook “Photography: The Concise Guide” (2nd Edition, March 2011). Lippillo’s other honors include a 2013 MSU Faculty Research Award, 2016 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship and 2018 South Arts Fellowship. For more, visit https://dominic-lippillo.pixpa.com.

Celebrating its 50th year, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

Let’s talk art: MSU students, alumni connect through spring exhibition

April 6th, 2018 Comments Off on Let’s talk art: MSU students, alumni connect through spring exhibition

“CAR WASH: Dog” by Robert Lewis (Photo submitted)

“Copy of a Collage” by Mary Jackson (Photo submitted)

Earth Day Poster by Gerald Wicks (Photo submitted)

“Home” by Claire Burgett (Photo submitted)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Nine students in Mississippi State’s Department of Art received special awards and helpful feedback as part of the 46th Student Juried Exhibition at the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

The spring exhibition featured 80 works selected from 263 creations submitted for consideration.

Best in Show and sponsored prizes were presented in the fine art, graphic design and photography categories. All MSU Department of Art alumni, guest jurors for this year’s exhibition were Adam Trest, professional artist and owner of Adam Trest Home in Laurel; Jerry Jackson, senior photo editor with The Baltimore Sun; and Sarah Foley, senior design manager at Johnson and Johnson in New York City.

Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art department instructor and gallery director, said the juried exhibition provides current students opportunities to exhibit their work and receive feedback from Bulldog graduates making a name for themselves as creative professionals. Neuenfeldt said Foley attended the exhibition reception and shared her knowledge with students in graphic design classes.

“For the past four years, Sarah has met with students during our New York City Field Study trip and has helped students gain internships and job opportunities in New York City,” Neuenfeldt said. “She is one of our amazing alumni who continues to make a major impact here at MSU and on a national level.”

MSU’s 2018 Student Juried Exhibition award winners include (by hometown):

BOONEVILLE—Senior art/fine arts major Moesha S. Wright, RGH Artists’ Paint Award and Dr. Bourgeois Foundation Purchase Award for “Sugary Deception.”

CLINTON—Senior art/graphic design major Gerald A. Wicks, Graphic Design Best in Show for “Don’t Be a Homewrecker: Plant a Tree.”

MAYHEW—Senior art/photography major Robert W. Lewis, Photography Best in Show for “CAR WASH: Dog.”

NESBIT—Senior mathematics major Dominic A. Serpico, MSU Dean of Students Purchase Award for “Teapot & Pocket Vase.”

NEW ALBANY—Senior art/fine arts major Darren J. Cheairs, Starkville Area Arts Council Award for “Found Enlightened Object”

OLD HICKORY, Tennessee—Senior art/fine arts major Claire M. Burgett, Fine Art Best in Show for “Home.”

OXFORD—Sophomore art major Mary M. Jackson, Foundation Best in Show for “Copy of a Collage.”

STARKVILLE—Senior art/fine arts major Ashley N. Rude, Mount Vision Pastel Award for “Folds.”

VALRICO, Florida—Senior art/photography major Colleen E. McInnis, MSU College of Architecture Art and Design Purchase Award for “Real Aladin.”

Celebrating 50 years, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

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Watercolor paintings garner national, global recognition for MSU’s Funderburk

March 29th, 2018 Comments Off on Watercolor paintings garner national, global recognition for MSU’s Funderburk

MSU art professor Brent Funderburk works on a watercolor painting in the studio at his Starkville home. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Mississippi State University William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art Brent Funderburk stands with one of his award-winning watercolor paintings, “Oaxaca.” Funderburk is retiring this May after nearly 36 years at MSU. (Photo submitted)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Colorful creations by Mississippi State University’s William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art are featured this spring in multiple national and international exhibitions.

Brent Funderburk, a longtime faculty member and former head of the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Department of Art, received a “Judge’s Recognition Award” in the recent 11th Biennial National Art Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Florida.

His watercolor work “Today” was selected by juror Steven J. Levin as one of 136 works out of 547 entries from 35 states and four countries. Biennial prizes totaled nearly $8,000 in a show considered one of the nation’s most prestigious exhibitions. Levin noted in the exhibition awards program that Funderburk’s work presented “an unusual concept enhanced by wonderfully vibrant color.”

Also, Funderburk’s painting “Montem Somnia” will appear in the upcoming 42nd Annual Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s National Exhibition. Chosen by juror John Salminen, the work will be available for viewing May 5-Aug. 5 at the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

One of more than 7,100 submitted entries, Funderburk’s watercolor painting “Oaxaca” is a Still Life/Interiors Award recipient for The Artist’s Magazine 34th Annual Art Competition.  Selected by juror Jaye Schlesinger, the piece appears with 42 others in the March 2018 issue and will be featured in future issues of the international publication.

Another of Funderburk’s watercolor paintings “Passiflora” will be featured in the National Watercolor Society’s 2018 Member’s Exhibition at the NWS Gallery in San Pedro, California. The jury-selected piece can be seen in the exhibition that runs from May 3-June 30 with a reception and awards ceremony on May 5. Juror for the show is Dreamworks Animation artist/designer Mike Hernandez.

A North Carolina native, Funderburk is retiring this May after nearly 36 years at MSU. Over the decades, he has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence, Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence and Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence awards. He also is a 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award recipient.

Funderburk, a fine arts graduate of East Carolina University, also has served as the art department’s fine-arts thesis coordinator. Courses he has taught include painting survey, watercolor, watermedia, senior thesis and advanced studio.

In 2010, Funderburk was named official artist for the Jackson-based USA International Ballet Competition. For additional biographical information, visit www.brentfunderburk.com.

Celebrating its 50th year, MSU’s Department of Art is the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

Check out the story in the university’s Maroon Memo.

From the Gallery – March 2018

March 20th, 2018 Comments Off on From the Gallery – March 2018

MSU art student receives international honor from Creative Quarterly

March 20th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU art student receives international honor from Creative Quarterly

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A student in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is being honored by one of the world’s top design publications.

Senior art/graphic design major Lori L. Nesbitt of Winona is one of only four university students selected by an international panel of jurors to receive a Certificate of Excellence in the Fine Art-Student category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design.

Titled “Self Portrait,” her watercolor painting will be featured in CQ Journal’s Issue 50 and online gallery at www.cqjournal.com. Selected from a large pool of entries from students across the U.S. and several countries, Nesbitt’s work also will serve as cover art for the upcoming issue of the MSU Department of English’s literary journal “Jabberwock Review.”

Nesbitt completed her winning artwork in 2017 under the instruction of MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Brent Funderburk.

“Lori’s portrait is one of the best undergraduate student works I’ve seen in any show,” Funderburk said. “Her research regimen is very mature, and her execution in a difficult medium is acrobatic, as well as beautiful.”

Celebrating its 50th year, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

MSU student work selected for Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibit

March 7th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU student work selected for Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibit

“Flowers” by Mississippi State University senior Claire M. Burgett of Old Hickory, Tennessee, received a Juror’s Award in Mixed Media during the current 2018 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Twenty-five works of art by 17 current Mississippi State University students and one alumnus are featured through Saturday [March 10] in the Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibit at the University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford.

Dan Brawner, graphic design professor at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, served as juror for the competition, which is now in its 68th year. The statewide juried competition is designed to showcase the high quality of visual arts education taking place in Mississippi higher education.

Of 693 entries from 10 four-year colleges and universities, 100 works were selected. In addition to MSU, students represent Delta State University, Jackson State University, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Mississippi Valley State University, Mississippi University for Women, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University.

MSU’s 2018 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition exhibitors include (by hometown):

ABERDEEN—Reagan N. Huffman, a senior art/graphic design major.

BRANDON— Ki’erre Dawkins, an art/fine arts bachelor’s graduate; Lexus S. Giles, a senior art/fine arts major; and Jordan C. Knight, a senior art/fine arts major.

CLEVELAND—Justice B. Williams, a senior art/graphic design and photography major.

MADISON—Anna K. “Katie” Erickson, a senior art/graphic design major who received the Juror’s Award in Graphic Design for her piece “Mad Mary’s”; and Nicolette L. “Niki” Johnson, a senior art/fine arts major.

MAYHEW—Robert W. Lewis, a senior art/photography major.

OLD HICKORY, Tennessee—Claire M. Burgett, a senior art/fine arts major who received the Juror’s Award in Mixed Media for her work “Flowers.”

OXFORD—Mary M. Jackson, a sophomore art major.

REX, Georgia—Dionicio D. “Dion” Coleman, a senior art/fine arts major.

RIDGELAND—Mary E. Moore, a senior art/graphic design major.

STARKVILLE—Canaan Griffin, a senior art/graphic design major; Sammira G. Rais-Rohani, a senior biological engineering/biomedical engineering major; and Todd M. Rowan, a junior art major.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia—April M. Porter, a senior art/graphic design major.

WINONA—Lori L. Nesbitt, a senior art/graphic design major.

YAZOO CITY—Catherine E. Remington, a senior art/fine arts major.

Celebrating its 50th year, MSU’s Department of Art is the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

Dominic Lippillo honored with 2018 South Arts State Fellowship

March 6th, 2018 Comments Off on Dominic Lippillo honored with 2018 South Arts State Fellowship

“Pond,” an ink jet print from Dominic Lippillo’s “Stories We Tell Ourselves” series

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A faculty member in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is being recognized for his role in advancing Southern vitality through the arts.

Dominic Lippillo, an associate professor in the university’s Department of Art, is among nine visual artists from around the region receiving a $5,000 State Fellowship from Atlanta, Georgia-based nonprofit South Arts. In addition to Mississippi, this year’s recipients represent Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Selected from nearly 700 visual artists by a panel of four jurors, the State Fellowship recipients now are in consideration for the South Arts Southern Prize, which includes $25,000 and a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia. One fellow also will be named a finalist and receive a $10,000 prize.

All of the award winners will be recognized at an April 16 ceremony in New Orleans.

Now in their second year, the South Arts State Fellowships and Southern Prize mission is to celebrate and support the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. Visual artists living in South Arts’ nine-state region and producing crafts, drawing, experimental art, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and multidisciplinary work are eligible to apply. For more, visit www.southarts.org.

“We are very proud to support Southern artists,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “These State Fellows reflect the richly diverse arts and culture of our region, and each offers a distinct viewpoint with their work and background. The Southern Prize and State Fellowships are an important vehicle for artistic and professional growth of artists in the South.”

An MSU faculty member since 2010, Lippillo earned his bachelor’s in photography from Youngstown State University in 2005 and master’s in photography from Ohio University in 2009. Digital photography and photography survey are among courses Lippillo has taught at MSU.

Lippillo’s solo and collaborative work addresses ideas pertaining to memory, space and place, and vernacular photographic images. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Photographic Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and universities of Alabama and North Dakota.

His work also has been published in the journal “Exposure” and in the supplement of images accompanying Bruce Warren’s textbook “Photography: The Concise Guide” (2nd Edition, March 2011). Lippillo’s other honors include a 2013 MSU Faculty Research Award and 2016 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship. For more, visit https://dominic-lippillo.pixpa.com.

Celebrating 50 years at MSU, the Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Learn more at www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

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