MSU’s first student artist-in-residence creates art at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

May 18th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU’s first student artist-in-residence creates art at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

Shelby Nichols

Shelby Nichols

By Shelby Nichols

As the first MSU undergraduate student recipient of the MSU-Noxubee National Wildlife Artist in Residence award, recent fine art graduate Shelby Nichols is already hard at work out at the Refuge.

From May 15 – 28, Nichols is researching and creating a body of work inspired by black and white photography by Ansel Adams, a prevalent landscape photographer during the 20th century. Adams’ images brought attention to the natural beauty of America and its national parks. Adams hiked the high Sierra Mountains in terrain few had ever laid eyes on. What he discovered in the mountains was so magnificent that it motivated him to dedicate his life to capturing its awe-striking power with a camera. He felt that the raw wilderness should be preserved for generations.

Nichols’ more recent ceramic works exhibited at MSU as part of the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibit, and select pieces are now on view in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans.

Similar to Adams, Nichols grew up appreciating the nature and beauty of the Mississippi landscape. However, the ecosystem Nichols establishes a connection to is uniquely composed of tree species, such as bald cypress, sycamore and red cedar; this is in contrast to the sequoia, redwood and aspen trees Adams photographed.

After her stay at the Refuge, Nichols will head to Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snow Mass, Colo., for a week, supported by a financial scholarship award, then she is on to other parks and refuges. Before leaving the southeast to explore other places, Nichols wants to dedicate a body of work to the place that has inspired her art. Nichols translates these nature experiences by using a variety of specialized methods with mediums including wood and ceramic, not limited to photography.

Join the artist at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., May 23 to discover how and why Adams’ work helps her identify with her own; then come along on a nature walk through her favorite place on the Refuge, a jewel near the home of Mississippi State University.

“I never did a photograph of any importance for an environmental purpose—all the pictures I’ve done were done because I was there, and I loved the mountains, and I visualized a picture.” – Ansel Adams

The Artist-in-Residence program is made possible by the Friends of the Noxubee Refuge, the Starkville Area Arts Council, and a partnership between the MSU Department of Art and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. For more information contact Steve Reagan, Project Leader for the Choctaw and Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWRs at 662-323-5548 or steve_reagan@fws.gov.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Fall artists-in-residence connect with nature, local communities

December 1st, 2014 Comments Off on Fall artists-in-residence connect with nature, local communities

Caetlynn Booth painting

Caetlynn Booth painting

Artist talk at 929 (photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Artist talk at 929 (photo by Lori Neuenfeldt)

Tyson Washburn 2014

Tyson Washburn 2014

Whitfield Studies 2 by Diana Lyon

Whitfield Studies 2 by Diana Lyon

Whitfield studies 1 by Diana Lyon

Whitfield studies 1 by Diana Lyon

By Lori Neuenfeldt

This past fall the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and MSU Artist-in-Residence program hosted three visiting artists who found ways to connect to nature and the communities in Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties.

From October 20th through the 31st, Caetlynn Booth (painter) and Tyson Washburn (photographer) lived out at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge.

New York artist Booth’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, San Francisco, Paris and Berlin. Her work addresses where the human spirit and the spirit of place meet and investigates how rendering these points of connection in paint can activate the medium’s capacity for representing the spiritual.

Washburn is an artist and professor of photography based in New York City. HIs work deals with the landscape in both urban and rural areas. His compositions tune into the specificity of a location through observation, documenting the nature of the location with traces of human intervention.

On October 29, the New York artists invited the public to join them on a walk at the refuge. Participants were asked to bring a camera or drawing materials and join the conversation as the artists explored the landscape, including flora and fauna, as subjects. Refuge staff in attendance helped guide the walk along one of the most scenic trails, stopping along the way to photograph and draw.

On October 30 at 929 Coffee House in downtown Starkville, the artists spoke to a crowd of 20 about their collaborative research during their residency at the refuge. They discussed concepts and techniques and answered questions about their inspirations. The highlight of the evening came when both artists revealed works-in-progress they had created that captured their experiences at the refuge.

Booth and Washburn also spent time meeting MSU BFA Fine Art students in the senior research class. They spoke about their own experiences creating a body of work for exhibition and applying for graduate programs to receive a Masters in Fine Art.

From November 4th through the 22nd, the refuge welcomed watercolor painter Robin Whitfield. Whitfield is a Mississippi native currently living in Grenada and acting as artist-in-residence for ArtPlace Mississippi Inc. in Greenwood. She specializes in outdoor nature scenes and natural pigments on paper.

On November 24, a group of 21 members from the community and refuge staff met up with Whitfield at the artist-in-residence cabin, called “The Ibis,” located in the refuge on the shore of Bluff Lake. This was the first time the public has ever been invited to see the house and view the working space of the artist within. Whitfield treated visitors to a impromptu display of her watercolor works and natural pigment collection made during her residency. After the artwork display, the artist and refuge staff took visitors out to collect their own natural pigments – colors made from soil, dirt, bark and leaves from the refuge.

All three artists produced work inspired by nature. Their work is a creative record of the cypress trees, lakes, woodpecker dwellings and leaf patterns distinct to Northeast Mississippi. One year from now, each artist will donate a piece to the refuge that communicates their own personal experience as artists-in-residence at the refuge.

All artist-in-residence programs are free and made possible by the Sam. D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of the Refuge, MSU Department of Art and the Starkville Area Arts Council.

For more information contact Lori Neuenfeldt, lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Department of Art honors students at 42nd Annual Student Juried Exhibit

April 10th, 2014 Comments Off on Department of Art honors students at 42nd Annual Student Juried Exhibit

42 juried exhibit reception 03272014_15

The 42nd Annual MSU Student Juried Exhibition was held on March 27 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall from 5 – 7 p.m.

Judges were Joel Anderson, owner and creative director at Anderson Design Group, and Wesley Grissom, assistant director of J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

The following students were honored:
FINE ARTS
1 Hal Boerner “Oblorbs” Sculpture
2 Molly Howell “Golden Thread Paths” Painting
3 Ty Barnes “Sweet Sweet Sweet Baby Jesus Enthroned” Sculpture

GRAPHIC DESIGN
1 Shannon Hill “Letterpress Business Card”
2 Patrick Finch “Open Eye Vineyards Wine”
3 Dupree Bostic “Chocolate Packaging”

CAAD’s Dean’s Purchase award:
Amanda Whitaker “Eccentrics” Oil Painting
Cameron McMaser “Gaslight Anthem Gig Poster” Graphic Design
Mickenzie Robbins “Handmade” Graphic Design
Victoria Strayham “Hands Series” Photography
Award for Studio Practices: Ty Barnes
Blufish Design Excellence in Graphic Design:
“Gaslight Anthem Gig Poster” Cameron McMaser

L Donovan Dodd Award for Excellence in Ceramic Art:
Jacob Craig

Mount Pastel Award:
Molly Howell

Starkville Area Arts Council Award:
Austin Grove “Maps”

RGH Paint Award:
Anna Callaway

Honorable Mention Awards:
”Ambition” | Vernon McCoy
“Bags” | Kimberly Davis
“The Americans” | Joe Cain

RECENT SCHOLARSHIPS
2013 MSU High School Portfolio (Beverly B. Gulmon) Scholarship Winners:
Keats Haupt, Aubrey Pohl, Paige Knapp

2013 Del Rendon Scholarship:
Keats Haupt

Fall 2013 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award:
Nikki McKenzie

Spring 2014 Grahame Brooke Snider Endowed Photography Travel Award:
Andrew Yerger

Jefferson Clark Wilson Memorial Award for Excellence in Photography:
Paul Prudhomme

2014 Department of Art Travel Abroad Award:
Anna Callaway and Kaitlin Lincoln

For the first time this year, reception guests were encouraged to vote for their favorite works – one for graphic design and one for fine art. The 2014 People’s Choice Awards went to Ty Barnes (fine art) and June Upton (graphic design).

Featured Artists:
Lara Ainsworth
Eleanor Bailey
Ty Barnes
Dominique Belcher
Allison Berler
Hal Boerner
Dupree Bostic
Bonnie Brumley
Joe Cain
Anna Callaway
Kimberly Davis
Lauren Doherty
Jackson Donald
Austin Edwards
Patrick Finch
Michael Gann
Austin Grove
Jordan Hankinson
Trey Hardin
Andre Hernandez
Shannon Hill
Molly Howell
Britney Johnson
Donald Kellum
Sarah Kilpatrick
Margaret La Foe
Sydney Lesniewski
Kaitlyn Lincoln
Vernon McCoy
Nikki McKenzie
Cameron McMaster
Allison Newman
Shelby Nichols
Landen Peairs
Piper Reaves-Free
Anna Richards
Mickenzie Robbins
Anna Russell
Lyndsay Simpson
Victoria Strayham
Sara Taheri
June Upton
Katja Walter
Cornelius Washington
Mandy Whitaker
Chelbie Williamson
Maura Worch
Andrew Yerger

The Department of Art would also like to offer a special thanks to all of the past sponsors and supporters of the Department of Art programs and students:
President & Mrs. Mark Keenum
Provost Dr. Jerry Gilbert
Dean Jim West, CAAD
Dr. April Heiselt
Alta Kinsley
Dr. Linda Morse
Brandi Van Ormer
The Rendon Family
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
Boys and Girls Club of Starkville
Department of Art Advisory Board
The Maroon Edition Committee
Mississippi Museum of Art
MSU Center for the Advancement of Service
Learning Excellence
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
MSU Mechanical Engineering Department
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
Starkville Area Arts Council
MSU Student Affairs Office

Student awards were designed by Jacob Craig.

Spring Artist-in-Residence to visit Feb. 26 through March 10

February 5th, 2014 Comments Off on Spring Artist-in-Residence to visit Feb. 26 through March 10

LZ.6.a

By Lori Neuenfeldt

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 will be Pennsylvania ceramicist Lilly Zuckerman.

Zuckerman will stay out at the Noxubee Refuge for 13 days, Feb. 26 – March 10. During her stay she will get to experience and observe the wildlife of Northeast Mississippi and interact with the communities in Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties.

The artist-in-residence program is unlike any other in the state and in the nation. It is the only residency program at a national wildlife refuge. Artists from all over the country are encouraged to apply for this unique experience. This residency is an exploration of environments – from wilderness, to the nearby city of Starkville to the resources in the MSU Department of Art.

Artists stay for two to four weeks at a fully furnished house located on the wildlife refuge. While there, artists conduct research or may create artwork, sketches and drafts that are influenced by their surroundings. Artists get to enjoy access to all parts of the Refuge, accompanying Refuge staff on routine duties, visiting hiking trails, identifying various flora and fauna and kayaking on Bluff Lake.

There are many activities for artists off the Refuge as well. Artists will visit MSU Department of Art facilities, just ten minutes away from the Refuge, where they will get to talk about their artwork to art students and faculty.

Artists are also encouraged to participate in outreach to the local community. During Zuckerman’s visit, she will spend an entire day at Starkville Academy, demonstrating her own sculpting techniques and work to K-12 art students. There are also plans for her to visit the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville to work with students there as well.

Zuckerman was selected from an application process overseen by members of the community and staff from the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, the MSU Department of Art and the Starkville Area Arts Council. The review panel is very excited about the unique qualities of Zuckerman’s work and is curious to see how her time at the Refuge and visiting MSU and the local community will influence her work.

Looking at Zuckerman’s recent work one does not see the typical “vessel” form commonly made by most ceramicists. Instead, the pieces look like trays with compartments, some open or notched on the side. Having open or missing walls questions the idea of the functional versus non-functional. Other pieces have no walls at all and are just connections of linear elements and asymmetrical forms. They are very minimal, oftentimes lacking colorful glazes, but beautiful and simple, allowing the viewer to see the natural reddish-brown color of the clay and the impressions of the artist’s fingerprints.

Zuckerman grew up on a farm in Greensburg, Pa. According to Zuckerman’s artist biography, “richly colored clay not only bears the vast and complex history of earthenware ceramics but also her memories of home.” In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Penn State University. Zuckerman’s work is influenced by her time in Morocco studying contemporary ceramics. Zuckerman notes, “I seek to translate into a tangible form the emotional senses of curiosity, sincerity, utility and generosity. Clay has the ability to be both tactile yet intelligent. I work to create and invite contemplative moments, where both experiences of the physical hand and intellectual mind can coexist.”

For more information or for an application to apply to be an artist-in-residence, visit: friends-of-noxubee-refuge.org/artist-in-residence.html or contact steve_reagan@fws.gov.

The artist-in-residence program is made possible by the Sam. D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi State University Department of Art, Friends of the Refuge and the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Read more via Mississippi Modern Productions.

 

 

Visual Arts Center to gain resource room

December 2nd, 2013 Comments Off on Visual Arts Center to gain resource room

The winning team stands with Jamie Mixon, far left, and Lori Neuenfeldt, far right.

The winning team stands with Jamie Mixon, far left, and Lori Neuenfeldt, far right.

About 25 students from a freshman Mechanical Engineering class, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering with instructor Alta Kinzley, have worked this semester researching and writing a proposal for a resource room in the VAC.

Students presented their projects at the Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE) fair on Nov. 20, and Jamie Mixon, department head, and Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs, chose a winning project.

Next semester, mechanical engineering students on the winning team will earn Directed Independent Study credit and will help get the resource room up and running, thanks to funds from CASLE, the Starkville Area Arts Council and the Department of Art.

The room will include a magnitized wall to hang work on, an LED table to experiment with light and shapes, a touch gallery of mini art objects and reading materials about art and art history.

Click here to read the previous story about the service-learning project.

Reception held for artist-in-residence exhibit

October 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Reception held for artist-in-residence exhibit

hunter reception 09262013_2_web

Left to Right: A representative of the Friends of the Noxubee Refuge group; Lori Neuenfeldt, programs coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs; Steve Reagan, Manager of the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge; Kathryn Hunter, artist in residence; and Ellen Bolles, president of the SAAC.

A reception was held on Sept. 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery for the 2013 fall MSU Department of Art-Noxubbe Wildlife Refuge Artist In Residence, Kathryn Hunter.

The exhibits on display included “Kathryn Hunter: Confluence” and “The Human-Animal Bond Letterpress Print Invitational,” which are being held in conjunction with the the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Human-Animal Bond Lecture Series through Nov. 1. The reception was made possible by the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Hunter, operator of Blackbird Letterpress in Baton Rouge, La., is a printmaking graduate of Montana State University and also holds a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from Louisiana State University. A native of Decatur, Ala., she is currently represented by Le Mieux Galleries in New Orleans.

Hunter also hosted a “Meet the Artist” event on Sat., Sept. 27 at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center. Visitors were invited to meet the artist and see the work she has created during her time visiting the Refuge. Many of the works were in progress, a great way to see how Hunter develops her ideas and final pieces.

The residency is made possible by the Friends of the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge and the Starkville Area Arts Council. The exhibit of Kathryn Hunter’s work is made possible by the MSU Department of Art; College of Architecture, Art and Design and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

For more information about the residency, visit http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/artnews/air-partnership/
Read more on MSU’s website.

Humans, animals and a Hunter, oh my!

September 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Humans, animals and a Hunter, oh my!

Kathryn Hunter

Kathryn Hunter

Alie Dalee | The Reflector

There are few topics as relevant to a campus body as the bond between students and their pursuit of knowledge. Likewise, there are few bonds as telling as the natural bond between humans and animals  — a bond demonstrated daily on a morning walk down Main Street, leash in hand, as a dog meanders five feet ahead or the gentle exultation at the discovery of a stray campus cat under a car’s carriage.

This month, Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) has partnered with the College of Veterinary Medicine in an attempt to unite those two bonds. They are posed to host renowned artist Kathryn Hunter as a special highlight in Human-Animal Bond Week, which takes place Oct. 18-Nov. 1.

Hunter, an established artist with a gallery presence ranging from Louisiana to New York City, holds a bachelor’s degree in printmaking and currently operates Blackbird Letter Press in Baton Rogue, La. Her background encompasses letterpress, printmaking and three-dimensional work. However, her incorporation of textiles, fiber and paper have led her down an avenue into product development.

Animal-bond week celebrates the merger of two of MSU’s most diverse colleges in a venture to unify campus and the community. Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator of the MSU Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs, stressed the importance of viewing art as way of self-discovery and exploration of the world around us.

“Artworks reflect what is going on within contemporary times, and the concerns we have, whether it’s political, environmental, religious…” Neuenfeldt said. “That all can be seen visually in the works of art we’re trying to bring here to campus. In a way, we’re trying to bring a part of the world here to Mississippi State. Anyone can see that art is tied to any area of interest.”

Hunter’s exploration of polar bears in her work allows students to grapple with the issues of endangered species and growing up in an age of increased awareness to the finite world around them and depleting natural resources.

“These are a way for them to revisit those in a way that’s very visual, and they can respond to that visually, so not just the Department of Arts students, but any student,” Neuenfeldt said. “What we’re trying to do is we’re trying initiate that conversation and get people to confront those ideas.”

Hunter’s exhibit falls in conjunction with the College of Veterinary’s almuni weekend. The exhibit aims to encourage veterinary students to explore outside the scientific realm of animal studies.

Brandi Van Ormer, director of communications at the College of Veterinary Medicine, said veterninary students are a student group especially passionate about the bond between humans and animals.

“I think that veterinary students are a uniquely passionate group of people, and they are people who have had a passion for animals and science since they were small,” Van Ormer said. “It’s a way to get them outside of the science part and help them to enjoy and appreciate a subject they love anyways.”

CAAD’s persistent effort to draw in diversified exhibits has played a large part in expanding its students’ worldviews and creative optimism toward future career ventures.

Trey Hardin, junior art major with an emphasis in graphic design, said the exhibitions add subjects to his education students do not learn otherwise.

“I don’t think you can get the same kind of education without it (exhibitions). If you’re out there trying to do it alone and you never see anyone else, how do you even know how to go about pursuing a career?,” he said. “But also, because of the diversity of it, it kind of makes you think, and it gets you interested in pursuing things that you never would have thought to do.”

Neuenfeldt said she has seen a positive response to CAAD’s exhibitions through increased student engagement and hopes to continue to serve the community and Golden Triangle region by bringing in future exhibits. The university’s continued persistence to diversified exhibits honors CAAD’s mission statement which says, “Preparing students for a career or advanced study; offering courses that fulfill university requirements; and providing an active art gallery to serve the university, the community, and region.”

Neuenfeldt said she values raising varied issues with students even when the discussions and ideas are difficult.

“I think it’s important to show students different concepts — you know, whether they’re tough to grapple with, they’re raising certain issues,” Neuenfeldt said.

Alaina Griffin, junior architecture major, said she concurred with Neuenfeldt. She said she felt her education involved more than mere school work and felt it necessary for students to go beyond their own majors and learn about different colleges that unite campus as a whole.

“I think it’s important to see other people’s work and what’s going on,” Griffin said. “I feel like your education shouldn’t just be about what you want to do. It should be about knowing about other things that are going on at the school.”

Hunter’s exhibit is set to run Sept. 23 – Nov. 1, including a free gallery reception on Thursday, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The artist is also hosting a casual “Meet the Artist” event on Sat., Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center.

For more information about Kathryn Hunter visit:
http://kathrynhunterfineart.com/home.html

For information about the residency visit:
http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/artnews/air-partnership/
http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/artnews/kathryn-hunter/

The residency is made possible by the Friends of the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge and the Starkville Area Arts Council. The exhibit of Kathryn Hunter’s work is made possible by the MSU Department of Art, College of Architecture Art and Design, and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Department of Art holds reception for student juried exhibition

March 8th, 2013 Comments Off on Department of Art holds reception for student juried exhibition

Artist Richard A. Lou, one of the jurors for the exhibit, congratulates all the students and tells them the quality of their work made his job tough.

A reception for the 41st MSU Student Juried Exhibition was held on March 7 in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall. The presentation of awards honored winners in the Fine Art and Graphic Design competitions.

This year, 105 works were selected consisting of sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, graphic design, typography and package designs. Over $2000 dollars in prize and purchase awards were given out.

The work was selected for the exhibit by two jurors outside of the university. Richard A. Lou is a photography professor and chair of the Department of Art at the University of Memphis, and Doug Barrett is an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The show will remain up until March 28. Gallery hours in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All galleries are closed during school holidays.

Congratulations to the following winners:
• 1st Place in Fine Arts category – Shelby Nichols for Scanography: Ecuadorian Tropics
• 2nd Place in Fine Arts category – Trey Hardin for Clarence
• 3rd Place in Fine Arts category – Dominique Belcher for Colorful Soul
• Honorable Mention in Fine Art – Angela Latham for Nestled Tea Pot
Starkville Area Arts Council Award ($100) – Nicole Beck for Fantasy and Reality
• 1st place in Graphic Design – Sweta Desai for “We Click – Self Promotion”
• 2nd Place in Graphic Design – Ashley Bennett for “Stay Foxy, Self Promo”
• 3rd Place in Graphic Design – Margaret La Foe for “Cured! Pork Products Packaging”
• Graphic Design Juror’s Award ($100) – Bethany Johnson for “Letter Press Business card”
RGH Paint Award to Regan Watts
Mount Vision Pastel Award to Anthony Lowe for “Plugs”
• Potter’s Wheel Award to April Shelby
Bill Dunlap Purchase Prize – Angela Latham for Nestled Tea Pot
• Bill Dunlap Purchase Prize – Jacob Craig for Untitled
• Bill Dunlap Purchase Prize – Sarah Kilpatrick for Tea Bowl

Bill Dunlap serves as first artist in residence at MSU

February 6th, 2013 Comments Off on Bill Dunlap serves as first artist in residence at MSU

Bill Dunlap in his studio in McLean, Va. (Photo by Linda Burgess)

William Dunlap: Look At It – Think About It
What:
Art Gallery Exhibit
When:
Feb. 21 – April 5, 2013
Where:
Cullis Wade Depot Gallery, Mississippi State University Welcome Center
Event Programs:

– Public Opening Reception and Artist Book Signing – Feb. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
– Gallery Talk with Bill Dunlap – Feb. 26, 11 a.m.
All events are free and open to the public.

(By Lori Neuenfeldt:)
Something very exciting is happening this spring in the Mississippi State University Department of Art. For the first time ever, the Department of Art has a visiting artist in residence. And it’s not just any artist living in Starkville and working in the Department of Art facilities at MSU; it is none other than Mississippi native and nationally recognized artist William “Bill” Dunlap.

Dunlap has a strong connection to Mississippi, where he was born and attended high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967 from Mississippi College in Clinton, worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Mississippi from 1967 to 1969 and earned a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Mississippi in 1969. In 1985, he won the Mississippi Arts and Letters, Visual Arts Award and since has had numerous exhibits of his work around the state. His paintings, sculpture and constructions are included in prestigious collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, IBM Corporation, Federal Express, Arkansas Art Center and United State Embassies throughout the world.

While he is visiting, the artist will take advantage of the Department of Art’s studio spaces to work with ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Students in the Department of Art will get to work alongside Dunlap and experience his creative process. Students will also get a few helpful tips on having a career making art, or as Dunlap calls it “a life in the arts – people who have gone out and amounted to something.” According to Lydia Thompson, department head for art, the Artist-In-Residence program supports the department’s mission of preparing students for a career or for advanced study in the field of art through studio practice, liberal arts, visual language and exposure to regional, national and international artists.

Along with working on campus, Dunlap will have an exhibit of his paintings and constructions up at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery on the second floor of the MSU Welcome Center. The exhibition, Look At It – Think About It, will open Feb. 21 and run until April 5, 2013. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the gallery. The public is invited to this free event where the artist will be present talking about his work and signing copies of the book Dunlap. A complete catalog of Dunlap’s works that can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on MSU’s campus.

Dunlap is immersing himself in the arts’ scene at MSU and in Starkville. Some of the events the Department of Art will host are free gallery talks with the artist, where visitors will experience the work through a guided discussion with Dunlap. The first scheduled talk with Dunlap is Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. in the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery. “What I want to do is engage people on an aesthetic and personal level and give them something to contemplate,” the artist said.

Look At It – Think About It showcases several of Dunlap’s paintings and constructions from a twenty-four-year period from 1971 to 1995. The show is the inaugural exhibit at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery, which officially became part of the MSU Department of Art Galleries this past fall 2012. It is the first of many important exhibits that the Department of Art will organize and bring to the MSU and Starkville community.

As he thinks about the time he will spend in Starkville, Dunlap notes, “It’s going to be one interaction after another. If I make some work, get to know some people and have some influence on the students and community, it will be a success.”

For more information about the exhibition and free events offered by the Department of Art, contact Lori Neuenfeldt, Coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery at 662-325-2973, or email lneuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu. All events will also be posted on the Department of Art’s facebook page.

The exhibition and its programming are made possible by the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design, Department of Art and a 2012-2013 Starkville Area Arts Council Art Grant.

Genesis of the Art Wars, 1990. Slate, oil paint on stretched paper, paint, snake, nest, arrows, palette. Collection of the artist.

You are currently browsing entries tagged with Starkville Area Arts Council at Department of Art News.