Design II students present Barn Quilt Trail squares

April 28th, 2015 Comments Off on Design II students present Barn Quilt Trail squares

Assistant Professor Neil Callander’s Design II students presented their final projects today – squares for the Oktibbeha County Barn Quilt Trail.

For the project, students made eight quilt pieces that will be installed around the community as part of the trail. The project is sponsored by the Center for Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE) and the Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC).

Students learned service learning, collaboration and how to use art/design skills to engage the community.

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.

 

MSU Arts Inclusion works to bring art to MSU, community

March 28th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU Arts Inclusion works to bring art to MSU, community

Lori Neuenfeldt talks to Boys & Girls Club members at the Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Boys & Girls Club members in front of the VAC.

Adrienne Callander leads a Valentine’s Day workshop at the Boys & Girls Club.

When Adrienne Callander joined the Department of Art faculty at Mississippi State, her earliest experiences involved outreach. Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for the Visual Arts Center and outreach programs, enlisted her right away to lead a fiber arts workshop at the Starkville Boys & Girls Club.

The Department of Art first sat down with Joyce Ellenwood, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Golden Triangle, last year to talk about how to get students at the university and at the club involved with hands-on art projects and visits to the art galleries on campus. Since then, students from the Boys and Girls Club have visited campus to see two art exhibitions, and art students and faculty have taught numerous projects at the club.

“The work with the Boys and Girls Club has really been an inspiration and launching point for planning more outreach programs in the Department,” said Neuenfeldt.

Callander continues to support Neuenfeldt and other outreach efforts between the Department and the greater MSU and Starkville community, which have been dubbed MSU Arts Inclusion.

The plan right now is to have one project per month with the Boys & Girls Club until more students get involved, and Neuenfeldt and Callander hope to increase the efforts each semester.

Building on her outreach experience with the Boys & Girls Club, Callander also started a club last semester to share her love and passion for fiber arts. The framework for the Fiber Arts Club is that of community-based learning.

As skills develop within the club, members will begin sending artwork into the community. Members have been encouraged to include their work in the upcoming Fiber Arts Showcase put on by the Columbus Arts Council. They have also started joining in on The Golden Triangle Quilt Guilds Saturday “Sit ’n Sews.”

“This outreach initiative is also an effort to expose students to teaching within the arts,” said Callander. “If someone has something to teach the fiber club, we encourage that individual to take the reins to broaden our knowledge base. In turn, we want to share the fiber club with any and all members of the MSU campus and the Starkville community. This is also an aim of ours in bringing our students to the Boys & Girls Club – we want them to gain hands-on experience teaching in the arts.”

At the same time, Neuenfeldt has been working to grow art outreach through other relationships in the community. Neuenfeldt believes in leading by example and currently sits on the board of the Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC) and is chair of the SAAC Art in Public Places Committee.

“This is one of the many ways we can get students and community connected,” she said. “The Arts in Public Places shows at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership are one of the places students show their work and allow the community to see the skills practiced by young artists.”

Neuenfeldt said Department of Art students are also volunteering with the SAAC.

“Many areas of the arts wouldn’t survive without volunteers,” she said. “It gets students working with a professional organization – one that gives back to the community.”

“We have a lot more ideas that we would love to bring to fruition,” said Callander about MSU Arts Inclusion. “For instance, an art van that would bring supplies and teachers to locations where instruction in the arts is needed. It’s easier to bring the art to the people sometimes.”

This summer, the Department of Art will launch a weeklong summer program for high school students wanting the complete artistic experience. In-Vision: MSU Visual Arts Summer Program will be an exciting, intensive introduction to the studio fields of art and design. Participants in the program will work hands-on creating art in classes taught by faculty and professionals in fields such as sculpture, graphic design, drawing and illustration.

“We are very excited about offering this to talented and curious high school students,” said Neuenfeldt. “And parents are pleased to hear that we will also address careers in the field of art post college graduation.”

Neuenfeldt said the plan is to have the program every summer and continue to keep even the young members of the community involved and interested in the arts.

“It’s fun to grow something from scratch, and I feel like in Starkville, you can do it,” said Callander. “You just need to take the first steps, and see where it leads you.”

If you’d like to get involved with MSU Arts Inclusion, or if you have more ideas for outreach, contact Lori Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or Adrienne Callander at 662-325-1515.

Read the story in The Reflector by Catie Marie Martin: Crafting Relationships: Department of Art, MSU art students reach out to Starkville Boys & Girls Club.

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