‘Artists of the Armory Show’ exhibit at MSU opens Sept. 29

September 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Artists of the Armory Show’ exhibit at MSU opens Sept. 29

William Glackens (1870-1938), Peaches in a Compote, not dated. oil on linen. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of The Gallery Guild, Inc. 1984.074.

William Glackens (1870-1938), Peaches in a Compote, not dated. oil on linen. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of The Gallery Guild, Inc. 1984.074.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works by several of the biggest names in American modern art are on display Sept. 29-Nov. 11 at Mississippi State’s Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

Free to all, the exhibit titled “Artists of the Armory Show: Selections from the Mississippi Museum of Art” features 30 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by such well-known artists as George Bellows (1882-1925), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), William Glackens (1870-1938), Childe Hassam (1859-1935), Edward Hopper (1882-1967), John Sloan (1871-1951), and James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).

These artists were featured in one of the most important exhibitions of modern art in America, the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art held at the 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in New York City.

“The Armory Show was the first large-scale exhibition of modern art in America and included both American and European artists,” said Lizzy Abston, MMA’s curator of the collection. “The show was a shock to American art critics who had more traditional taste, and its effects reverberated through the art world in the United States.”

Abston explained that in spite of negative reviews, audiences flocked to see the Armory Show’s 1,300-plus paintings, sculptures and decorative objects.

“The Armory Show reinvigorated American art and served as a major factor in establishing New York City as the center of the modern art world,” she said.

A 5 p.m. reception for the MSU exhibit will take place Sept. 29 in the ground-floor gallery, whose main entrance is located off of the parking lot on McComas’ east side. The reception also is free to all, and refreshments will be served.

Exhibit hours for the McComas gallery are 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

In addition to the Mississippi Museum of Art and its Traveling Exhibition Endowment, the campus exhibit is supported by the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

MMA’s Traveling Exhibition Endowment is supported by significant private contributions that are matched by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.msmuseumart.org.

For more gallery information or to schedule a tour, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s gallery director, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Campbell joins prestigious Penland board

April 27th, 2016 Comments Off on Campbell joins prestigious Penland board

Critz Campbell (Photo by Blake McCollum)

Critz Campbell (Photo by Blake McCollum)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State art faculty member is positioned to officially join the policy making body of an international institution specializing in craft education.

Critz Campbell, an associate professor at the university, recently was elected to an eight-year term as a board trustee at North Carolina’s Penland School of Crafts. A West Point resident and Clay County native, he is a Penland alumnus.

Founded in 1929 and annually enrolling more than 1,400, the school located in the Blue Ridge Mountains northeast of Asheville, North Carolina, is dedicated to “helping people live creative lives.” In addition to training in such artistic media as clay, glass, iron, metals and wood, it features artist residencies and community collaboration programs, among other offerings. For more, see www.penland.org.

An MSU faculty member since 2005, Campbell coordinates the art department’s sculpture emphasis program. He currently teaches introductory and advanced sculpture and earlier led courses in furniture design and metal fabrication, among others.

He attended Penland after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Parnham College in England. Other studies were completed at the Arco Centro de Communicao in Portugal.

“I am excited to serve the school that nurtured me for 20-plus years and has such an impact on craft education,” Campbell said of the trustee role that begins in November.

“The opportunity to represent MSU at an institution as important to craft education as Penland School of Crafts is a great honor, especially when I am representing the College of Architecture, Art and Design, where our mission includes engaging students in the highest level of craft,” he said.

Trustee duties will help him grow as an educator and leader by “gaining a deeper relationship with the American craft community and greater understanding and ability in the pedagogy of craft,” Campbell said, adding that Penland “has a very active board and I expect my role to evolve as I gain experience in the group.

“What excites me most about the opportunity is the relationships I can build with renowned craft educators and advocates,” he said.

Campbell’s artistic creations have been featured at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and International Contemporary Furniture Fair, both in New York, deCordova Museum in Massachusetts and LIMN Gallery in California, among other prominent national venues.

His professional career also has been honored with awards and grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. For more biographical information, visit www.critzcampbell.com.

See the story in The Clarion Ledger.

Graduating graphic design majors at MSU present ‘(dis)ARRANGE’ exhibition

April 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on Graduating graphic design majors at MSU present ‘(dis)ARRANGE’ exhibition

disarrange_poster

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works of 19 fine art seniors specializing in graphic design at Mississippi State are on display April 26-May 4 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the second-floor “(dis)ARRANGE” exhibition at the university’s Welcome Center celebrates the conclusion of the students’ art department studies.

The wide array of portfolio works includes posters, illustration, packaging, editorial design, typography, advertising design, visual identity design, web design, video work and self-promotional materials. In addition to the physical displays, individual portfolio books will be available for viewing on opening night. For a preview, visit www.disarrangemsstate.com.

A 5-7 p.m. opening reception in the students’ honor will be held Tuesday [April 26] at the Cullis Wade gallery. Complimentary refreshments provided by MSU’s State Fountain Bakery will be served.

According to student exhibitor Casey Jennings, “This year’s exhibition theme ‘(dis)ARRANGE’ is inspired by the chaotic and unrestrained feeling in grunge typography, the most memorable style from the decade in which we grew up.”

The “(dis)ARRANGE” exhibitors include (by hometown):

BATESVILLE—Amanda M. Whitaker.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—Allison R. Berler.

BRANDON—Robbyn M. Weaver.

CLINTON—Austin R. Grove.

COLUMBUS—Cornelius T. “Hank” Washington.

GULFPORT—Faith East.

HEIDELBERG—Kaiyla T. Barber.

HORN LAKE—Ricardo L. Odum.

JACKSON—Daniel R. Jackson; and Daniel L. Thompson.

LOUISVILLE—Assanti T. Miller. She also is concentrating in photography.

MANDEVILLE, Louisiana—Patrick L. Francis.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee—Jordan R. Hankinson; and Emma Katherine Hutto.

NEW ALBANY—Casey E. Jennings.

RIPLEY—Austin B. Kitchen.

STARKVILLE—Keith Kellum.

TERRY—Kimberly R. Eady.

WEST POINT—Ronnie B. Robinson. She also is concentrating in photography.

The exhibition and reception are made possible by the art department, home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program.

One of several departmental venues, the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery 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. For more, see at bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

Additional gallery information is available from Suzanne Powney at 662-325-2970 or suzanne@blackdogletterpress.com.

International exhibit features painting by MSU’s Brent Funderburk

April 20th, 2016 Comments Off on International exhibit features painting by MSU’s Brent Funderburk

"A Dream of Flying",​ Watercolor/mixed-media painting by Brent Funderburk

“A Dream of Flying”,​ Watercolor/mixed-media painting by Brent Funderburk

The Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center, Shenzhen, China

The Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center, Shenzhen, China

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A longtime faculty member and former head of the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department is receiving international recognition.

Professor Brent Funderburk’s watercolor painting, “Flying World,” is among 150 works selected for inclusion in one of the world’s largest competitive exhibits dedicated to water-based painting media.

Brent Funderburk, an MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art, has been named a 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipient. (Photo by Russ Houston / Mississippi State University)

Brent Funderburk

Touring a total of six Chinese museums, Funderburk’s piece is one of only 36 U.S. artist-produced works—from among nearly 3,800 entries submitted worldwide—selected by exhibit jurors from Australia, China, France and the United Kingdom.

“Flying World” previously was on display as part of the 2015-16 International Watercolor Biennial at Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center in China’s fourth-largest city.

Additionally, Funderburk’s watercolor/mixed-media painting, “A Dream of Flying,” was among more than 100 works—out of 430 submitted entries—chosen for the Houston, Texas-based Watercolor Art Society’s 2016 International Exhibition held in March.

An MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art and Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence award recipient, Funderburk recently was recognized with a 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

Earlier this year, his work was featured for the fifth time in the New-York based and internationally distributed “Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design.”

Funderburk is a North Carolina native who has taught at MSU since 1982. Over the decades, he has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence and Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence awards.

A fine arts graduate of East Carolina University, he is a former MSU art department head who currently serves as its fine-arts thesis coordinator. Painting survey, watercolor, watermedia, senior thesis and advanced studio are among courses he has taught.

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

See the story in The Columbus Dispatch.

Artistic creations by MSU students get worldwide spotlight

March 31st, 2016 Comments Off on Artistic creations by MSU students get worldwide spotlight

“Bird Eyes,” a watercolor self-portrait by senior Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison, is among the works by MSU students to be featured in the summer issue of Creative Quarterly, one of the world’s premier art and design publications. (Photo submitted by Katie Erickson)

“Bird Eyes,” a watercolor self-portrait by senior Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison, is among the works by MSU students to be featured in the summer issue of Creative Quarterly, one of the world’s premier art and design publications. (Photo submitted by Katie Erickson)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works by five art majors in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design are being featured in a major international publication.

Based in New York City, Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design showcases graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art works of talented students and professionals worldwide.

A watercolor self-portrait titled “Bird Eyes” by Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison, a sophomore art/graphic design and photography major, took first-place honors in the Fine Art/Student category. It will appear in CQ’s summer issue.

Erickson’s “Fragile,” winner of the 2016 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition Juror’s Award in Painting, also received a runner-up award in the same category.

In CQ’s most recent issue, senior art/fine arts major Jillian N. Wilson of Ocean Springs was a runner-up in the Fine Art/Student category.

The issue also includes creations of Kaiyla T. Barber of Paulding, Austin R. Grove of Clinton and Jordan R. Hankinson of Collierville, Tennessee. All senior art/graphic design majors, they received runner-up honors in the Advertising/Student category.

In addition to Barnes & Noble and other major retail bookstores, issues of the publication may be purchased online at www.CQJournal.com.

MSU spring student exhibit showcases fine art, graphic design, photography creations

March 29th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU spring student exhibit showcases fine art, graphic design, photography creations

“Hymnal Chapel” by sophomore art/photography major Kenan M. Simpkins from Madison, is among 79 student creations being featured March 31-April 8 in the MSU art department’s student juried exhibition. (Submitted photo by Kenan Simpkins)

“Hymnal Chapel” by sophomore art/photography major Kenan M. Simpkins from Madison, is among 79 student creations being featured March 31-April 8 in the MSU art department’s student juried exhibition. (Submitted photo by Kenan Simpkins)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

The Mississippi State art department’s 44th Student Juried Exhibition opens Thursday [March 31] at the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery.

Free to all, the ground-floor exhibition through April 8 features 79 works selected from nearly 350 fine art, graphic design and photography creations submitted for consideration.

A public reception for the exhibitors will be held 5-6 p.m. on March 31 in the same location. Light refreshments will be provided.

Best in Show and honorable mention prizes will be presented in the fine art, graphic design and photography categories. Many of the students’ works will be available for purchase.

Fine art, graphic design and photography judges for this semester’s exhibition were, respectively, Ryan Cobourn, a New York painter, designer and photographer; James Louis Walker, a multidisciplinary graphic designer and educator in Texas; and Laura Larson, an Ohio-based photographer.

MSU’s art department is part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. The McComas art gallery is among several departmental venues regularly featuring traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists.

Special gallery hours for the exhibition in McComas Hall are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, as well as by appointment.

For additional information on this latest exhibit, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator of the MSU art department’s gallery and outreach programs, at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

‘Silk Unraveled’ exhibit opens Thursday

March 1st, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Silk Unraveled’ exhibit opens Thursday

MSU’s Cullis Wade Deport Art Gallery is featuring a March 3-29 exhibition titled “Silk Unraveled: A Revealing Look at the History and Use of Silk Fabric.” (Photo by Brianna Williams)

MSU’s Cullis Wade Deport Art Gallery is featuring a March 3-29 exhibition titled “Silk Unraveled: A Revealing Look at the History and Use of Silk Fabric.” (Photo by Brianna Williams)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State exhibition opening Thursday [March 3] will explore the history, creation and use of an insect-derived luxury fabric first developed by ancient civilizations.

Free to all through March 29 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, “Silk Unraveled: A Revealing Look at the History and Use of Silk Fabric” features objects from the university’s Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, Mississippi Entomological Museum, Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology, MSU Herbarium and geosciences department.

Also free to all is a 5-6 p.m. opening reception Thursday [the 3rd] at the gallery. Refreshments will be provided.

The gallery is located on the second floor of MSU’s Welcome Center that adjoins the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Mississippi State. Beginning Friday [the 4th], gallery hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; other times, by appointment.

With archaeological artifacts from Greek, Roman and Persian empires to entomological specimens to 19th and 20th-century fashions, the exhibition is designed to give visitors a better appreciation of silk’s importance from Old World origins to the modern age.

“Through its associations with luxury, comfort and aesthetic appeal, silk is a material that continues to fascinate people,” said Lori Neuenfeldt. “Items from this exhibit will educate and help visitors in understanding the impact of this wonderful material.”

Neuenfeldt is the MSU art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs and the exhibit’s curator.

In addition to her department, Neuenfeldt said the exhibition is made possible by support from the university’s School of Human Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, history professor Shu-Hui Wu, geosciences associate professor Shrinidhi Ambinakudige and associate extension professor John Guyton.

The Cullis Wade gallery is among several campus venues that regularly feature traveling art exhibits, student shows, and group and solo displays by professional artists.

A major unit of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).

Interim Art Department head joins Italian Art Society board

February 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Interim Art Department head joins Italian Art Society board

Bourgeois (photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

Bourgeois (photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

The leader of Mississippi State’s art department is the newly elected secretary of the Italian Art Society.

Associate professor Angi Elsea Bourgeois, currently serving as interim department head, recently began a two-year term on the international scholarly organization’s board of directors.

Founded in 1987, IAS is dedicated to the study of Italian art and architecture from prehistory to the present. Serving as “a vital force in generating new knowledge about the visual arts on the Italian peninsula and neighboring islands” is its primary mission.

Since joining the society in 2004, Bourgeois has helped organize various sessions and present research papers for IAS academic conferences.

Bourgeois said she is honored to be a part of “a vital and rigorous scholarly organization that supports the creation of new knowledge about human creative endeavors.”

Of her election, Bourgeois said she is “excited to give back to the organization through my time and service, and also have the opportunity to expand my own reputation as a scholar of Italian Renaissance art.”

After graduating with honors in art history from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, she went on to complete a doctorate in Italian Renaissance and medieval art history from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bourgeois joined the MSU faculty in 2002. Over the years, she has taught a variety of art history courses in the university department that is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program.

She also is the author of “Reconstructing the Lost Frescoes of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome from the ‘Meditationes’ of Cardinal Juan de Torquemada: A Case Study in the History of Art” (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009).

In 2010, she published a digital textbook for art history survey courses titled “The History of the Art of the Western World from Prehistory through the Gothic.For more biographical information, see http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/abourgeois.

In May, Bourgeois and other members will gather for the annual IAS meeting at the University of Western Michigan’s International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. For more, visit http://italianartsociety.org.

Surrealism exhibit opens at MSU this month

January 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Surrealism exhibit opens at MSU this month

“Etcetera Etcetera” by Michigan artist Jay Garfinkle is among more than 30 works by American and Portuguese artists to be featured in Mississippi State’s “Luso-American Surrealism from the 21st Century” exhibit.

“Etcetera Etcetera” by Michigan artist Jay Garfinkle is among more than 30 works by American and Portuguese artists to be featured in Mississippi State’s “Luso-American Surrealism from the 21st Century” exhibit.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Works by more than 20 contemporary American and Portuguese artists will be on display Jan. 21-Feb. 19 in Mississippi State’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the “Luso-American Surrealism from the 21st Century” exhibit features more than 30 paintings, drawings and sculpture creations exploring the popular art movement.

Lori Neuenfeldt, the university art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, described surrealism as a visual expression of dreams or play with reality. Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904-89)—whose melting clocks are pop-culture icons—remains the best-known representative of the creative movement dating from the early 20th century, she added.

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

Also free to all, an opening reception for the exhibit takes place 5-6 p.m. Jan. 21 in the second-floor gallery at the MSU Welcome Center. Refreshments will be provided.

“Antipodes,” a large pen-and-ink drawing combining the talents of 14 artists, will be on display during the reception.

Additionally, visitors will have opportunities to meet artists Shahla Rosa of California and Joe MacGown of Starkville during a casual talk at noon on the 22nd, also in the gallery.

Other featured artists in the exhibit include Jay Garfinkle of Michigan; France Garrido and Olga Spiegal of New York; Victor Lages, Santiago Ribeiro and Francisco Urbano of Portugal; K.D. Matheson of Nevada; Patrick McGrath Muniz of Texas; and Laurie Burton, also of Starkville.

In addition to the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department and Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, the exhibit is made possible with support from the Portugal-based International Surrealism Now, as well as the local Chalet Arts supply store and frame shop.

The Cullis Wade Depot is located just west of Davis Wade Stadium. Situated above the Welcome Center office, its gallery is among several art department venues that regularly feature traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists.

Additional information on this and other exhibits is available from Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 orLNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

 

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