Ceramic artist holds workshop for MSU Department of Art students

February 21st, 2014 Comments Off on Ceramic artist holds workshop for MSU Department of Art students


Via Robert Long

Ian Childers, ceramic artist from Philadephia, Pa., recently spent a day with Professor and Ceramics Emphasis Coordinator Robert Long’s ceramics classes at Mississippi State.

Childers, who is currently an assistant professor of art at the University for Women in Columbus, demonstrated his personal technique of throwing and then applying thick layers of slip, which he manipulates into lush beautiful flowing patterns and textures.

Childers is nationally known for his rich, crystalline glazed forms and demonstrated throwing this signature vase/bottle shape, which uniquely articulates his glazing style.

During the day students where able to enjoy firsthand the dozen or more pieces brought fresh from the kiln Childers unloaded the day before.

MSU CAAD Faculty Art Exhibit open now through March 29

February 4th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU CAAD Faculty Art Exhibit open now through March 29

(photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

(photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

By: Lori Neuenfeldt

Opening today in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) Gallery is a show of works created by faculty from the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Visitors to the gallery will see the diverse styles of the artists that include samples of painting, sculpture, photography, furniture design, graphic design, fiber art and printmaking. The works range from representational images depicting figures and portraits to explorations of abstract forms, colors, text and shapes.

Many students in the Department of Art look forward to the faculty exhibit, which typically occurs every other year, as it allows them to see the work and research of their professors.

The 19 faculty and staff artists represented are Chad Anderson, Peter Bain, Alex Bostic, Adrienne Callander, Neil Callendar, Brent Funderburk, Marita Gootee, Rowan Haug, Jeffery Haupt, Jude Landry, Dominic Lippillo, Robert Long, Gregory Martin, Tim McCourt, Soon Ee Ngoh, Jamie Mixon, Linda Sekinger, Jake Weigel and Jim West.

Many of the pieces in the show have won awards or have been part of juried exhibitions. For example, Jamie Mixon’s concert poster for Pink created for the Verizon Arena won an Award of Excellence from the professional creative journal Communication Arts; Jude Landry’s design of The United States of America for a T-shirt print also received recognition from Communication Arts and is represented in the gallery show as a wood cut; Marita Gootee’s “DollarTree Rex,” a cyanotype photogram of a toy purchased from a DollarTree store, recently exhibited at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Ore.

There will be a reception for the show at the VAC Gallery on Thurs., Feb. 20 from 5 –7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Visual Arts Center Gallery is located at 808 University Drive. Hours of operation: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday 2 – 4p.m. For more information please call 662-325-2970.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Department of Art professor featured as Ogden Museum’s ‘artist spotlight’

January 27th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art professor featured as Ogden Museum’s ‘artist spotlight’

Robert Long

Robert Long

Robert Long, professor and ceramics emphasis coordinator in the Department of Art, is currently featured in the Artist Spotlight at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art‘s Center for Southern Craft and Design and Museum Store.

From the Spotlight:
Robert Long has been head of the ceramic arts program in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University since 1990.  He studied at the University of California in Sacramento receiving a BA in Art before going on to earn an MFA in Ceramics at Clemson University.

His work has been featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad including more recently the “Third International Small Teapot Exhibition” at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.; “100 Teapots III” at the Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Md.; the “National Juried/Invitational Cup Show” at the Isadore Gallery in Lancaster, Penn.; “It’s Only Clay” national juried ceramics exhibition at the Bemidji Art Center in Bemidji, Minn.; the “Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition” at The Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, Kan.;  the Lillstreet International, “Drink:Functional Forms for Every Libation” at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. Ill., and in 2007 a solo exhibition at the Sekitei Gallery in Hiroshima, Japan.

Articles about his work have appeared in Ceramics Monthly, in the Mississippi State Magazine Alumnus and also the American Ceramic Society publication “Wood-Firings; Journeys and Techniques” which features one of Long’s pieces on the cover.  More recently his work was included in the Lark Books publications “500 Plates, Platters and Chargers,” which features a piece by Long titled ”Platter with Cut Rim” and “500 Teapots: volume 2,” which features a piece by Long entitled “Oil Can Teapot.”

Department of Art holds summer camp

June 19th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art holds summer camp

The 2013 In-Vision MSU Summer Art Program campers and instructors

The 2013 In-Vision MSU Summer Art Program campers and instructors stand in front of an installation the campers created using Post-It notes.

Check out the story by Margaret Kovar on MSU’s website!

The Department of Art held its first session of a visual arts summer program, In-Vision, from June 7 through 14. The overnight camp, intended for high school students age 16 and up, is meant to expose students to majors and careers in the studio fields of art and design.

Six students spent the week at Mississippi State learning from art professors Jonathan Cumberland, Suzanne Powney, Robert Long and John Paul Remo. Along with working in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking and clay, students got to meet with professionals from the visual arts field to learn more about career opportunities. The program is unique because it introduces students to materials and tools they would not normally use in other camps or at school. Lori Neuenfeldt served a camp coordinator, and Lorrin Webb was the student assistant who conducted the camp’s evening activities.

Workshops included:
Observational Drawing Workshop 1: Perspective
Three Dimensional Design
Observational Drawing Workshop 2: Geometric Deconstruction
Three Dimensional Design
Design Fundamentals
Observational Drawing Workshop 3: Anatomy/Figure
Drawing & Inking: Comic Strip
Computing Arts Photoshop
Poster Design Graphics

Students also went on a field trip to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge to study color and theory during an outdoor watercolor workshop.

An exhibition was held on the final day to showcase the students’ work.

Click here for more information about In-Vision.

Art faculty present summer exhibit

May 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Art faculty present summer exhibit

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The Department of Art faculty have an exhibit open through June in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery: It’s What I Do.

Read more on MSU’s website.

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