Interior Design Program holds Senior Show

April 21st, 2015 Comments Off

The Interior Design Senior Show was held at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on April 17-18.

Interior Design students participate in ‘Express Ourselves: An Exhibit of Creative Diversity’

April 20th, 2015 Comments Off

Left to right: Mackenzie Pettit, Erin Bristol, Kindyl Black, and Emily Hardin (Photo by Robin Carroll)

Left to right: Mackenzie Pettit, Erin Bristol, Kindyl Black, and Emily Hardin (Photo by Robin Carroll)

Mississippi State’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability recently presented a collaborative exhibit in the Martha Lipsey Art Gallery.

The exhibit, “Express Ourselves: An Exhibit of Creative Diversity,” was a collaboration between EXPRESS Yourself artists (T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability) and MSU students representing the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Architecture, Art, and Design.

MSU Art student/EXPRESS Yourself artist partnerships
Professor: Brent Funderburk

Art student 
McKinnon Herring
Lorianna Livingston
Charley Walker
Gerard Woods
Casey Jennings
Jessica Kent (Interior Design major)
Kendell Rogers
Randi Watson
EY artist
Mark S. Jones
Amanda Williams
Candace Stephenson
Monica Herard
Ashley Bass
Thalamus Brown
Shannon Herod
Demetria Gilbert

Interior Design Color & Lighting Course: Portable Lamps
Faculty: Robin Carroll

Erin Bristol
Anabel Wilson
Mackenzie Pettit
Chelsea Harrell
Anna Strohm
Victoria Owchar
Kindyl Black
Cheyenne Underwood 

Interior Design Furniture Design Couse: Chairs
Professor: William Riehm

Emily Robinson (interior design) & Erica Cox (Architecture)
Caroline Riley (interior design) & Lorianna Baker (Architecture)
Marguerite Johnson (interior design) & Chelsea Harrell (interior design)
Jessica Kent (interior design) & Tyler Warmath (Architecture)
Erin Bristol (interior design) & William Tonos (Architecture)
Mary Whitney Evins (interior design) & Mary Sanders (Architecture)
Emily Hardin (interior design) & Trey Hardin (Graphic Design)
Kindyl Black (interior design) & Xiaoling Zhou (Franklin Furniture Institute)

Made possible by support from the Mississippi Arts Commission

Read more about the exhibit.

See more photos via Professor Brent Funderburk on Facebook.

Interior Design Advisory Board meets

April 17th, 2015 Comments Off

The Interior Design Advisory Board held their spring semester meeting on Fri., April 17.

In addition to Interior Design faculty, board members also had a chance to hear from Jim West, the college’s dean; P.K. Thomas, the director of development for the college; and senior and recipient of the national Celiah Moh Scholarship, Emily Hardin.

Following the meeting, board members had lunch with the program’s seniors before heading over to view their Senior Show, which will be on display Fri., April 17 from 2-6 and Sat., April 18 from 9 a.m. – noon in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery (second floor above the clock museum).

Interior Design Program to hold Senior Exhibit

April 13th, 2015 Comments Off

INTERIOR DESIGN - SENIOR EXHIBIT -FLYERJoin us! Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery
Reception: Friday, April 17, 4-6 p.m.
Open: Friday, April 17, 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

EXPRESS Yourself! exhibit celebrates creative diversity

April 7th, 2015 Comments Off

Judy Duncan of MSU's T.K. Martin Center works with Thalamus Brown, an EXPRESS Yourself program participant, to create a painting. Photo by: Megan Bean

Judy Duncan of MSU’s T.K. Martin Center works with Thalamus Brown, an EXPRESS Yourself program participant, to create a painting. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Sasha Steinberg | MSU

Mississippi State’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability will present a collaborative exhibit Thursday [April 9] in the Martha Lipsey Art Gallery.

Open to all, the 5:30-7:00 p.m. event titled “Express Ourselves: An Exhibit of Creative Diversity” will feature creations by participants in the center’s EXPRESS Yourself program, as well as the university’s colleges of Architecture, Art and Design and Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Art students will create a ‘Soul’ portrait of the EXPRESS Yourself artists, while floral design students will prepare a flower arrangement to complement each painting. Interior design students also are designing a seating and lighting project to be paired with the art.

The Martha Lipsey Art Gallery was established as a memorial to the Yazoo City native and former member of the EXPRESS Yourself program who died in 2008. Using Artistic Realization Technologies techinques, the program provides a creative outlet for severely disabled individuals to express themselves through art.

An acronym for EXperiencing Painting as Recreation and Express the Sprit within YourSelf, the program is funded in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, as well as sales of artists’ paintings and merchandise.

Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

Additional information on the “Express Ourselves” exhibit is available from Judy Duncan at 662-325-1028 or jduncan@tkmartin.msstate.edu.

Named for MSU’s late vice president who led in making the university more accessible to those with physical challenges, the T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluations to remove limitations through the application of assistive technology, allowing individuals to participate in educational, vocational and leisure activities to the fullest degree they choose.

Learn more about the center at www.tkmartin.msstate.edu; its EXPRESS Yourself! Art program at www.tkmartin.msstate.edu/projects/express.php.

Coast student awarded home furnishings scholarship

April 6th, 2015 Comments Off

Southeastern Home Furnishings Association scholarship recipient Vanessa L. Holden, center, is pictured with directors Bill Martin, MSU Franklin Furniture Institute, and Beth Miller, MSU interior design. Photo by: Russ Houston

Southeastern Home Furnishings Association scholarship recipient Vanessa L. Holden, center, is pictured with directors Bill Martin, MSU Franklin Furniture Institute, and Beth Miller, MSU interior design. Photo by: Russ Houston

By Georgia Clarke | MSU

A Mississippi State interior design major from Biloxi is being honored by the Southeastern Home Furnishings Association.

Senior Vanessa L. Holden is receiving a $2,500 scholarship in recognition of academic excellence and integrity. A President’s List Scholar at the university, she is the daughter of Robert and Vicki Holden.

SEHFA is an affiliate of the National Home Furnishings Association, the country’s largest organization representing home furnishings retailers. It regularly recognizes high-achieving university students in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Northwest Florida whose full-time curriculum relates to the home furnishings industry.

The university’s Franklin Furniture Institute, directed by Bill Martin, selects recipients based on their commitment to the furnishing industry, as well as GPA and class standing. The institute is a multi-disciplinary effort involving Mississippi State’s colleges of Business, Forest Resources, Engineering, and Architecture, Art and Design. MSU’s interior design academic program is part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

National Geographic channel to feature MSU students’ interior designs

March 26th, 2015 Comments Off

A group of interior design seniors studying at Mississippi State University won a design contest that will feature their ideas on the National Geographic channel's "Cabin Fever." From left are associate professor Amy Crumpton and students Anna Strom, Vanessa Holden, Victoria Owchar, Blake Marlar and Liz Grantham. Photo by: Beth Wynn

A group of interior design seniors studying at Mississippi State University won a design contest that will feature their ideas on the National Geographic channel’s “Cabin Fever.” From left are associate professor Amy Crumpton and students Anna Strom, Vanessa Holden, Victoria Owchar, Blake Marlar and Liz Grantham. Photo by: Beth Wynn

By Leah Barbour | Mississippi State University

The winning ceiling design for a Kosciusko cabin first imagined by Mississippi State University interior design majors will be featured on the National Geographic channel’s next episode of “Cabin Fever.”

It will air at 9 p.m. Tuesday [March 31] on NatGeo. The reality show was launched in February.

The Attala County cabin was constructed by Minnesota-based Heim Log Homes for Chris and Susan Strohm of Gallatin, Tennessee. The couple, parents of interior design senior Anna L. Strohm, owned the property for years and planned to build a log cabin there one day.

“Then my dad saw an ad in the newspaper promoting ‘Cabin Fever’ on National Geographic and, kind of jokingly, my parents applied for it,” Anna Strohm said. “They started doing Skype interviews, one thing led to another and (the project) turned into a cabin and an interior design contest here at Mississippi State.”

She said her father contacted Beth Miller, interior design program head, to involve MSU in the show. After approvals by College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West and Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert, the students in interior design associate professor Amy Crumpton’s class competed to develop the best ceiling design for the cabin.

Anna Strohm’s team won, and the group of senior interior design majors visited the cabin when the show’s producers filmed the unveiling a few months ago.

The winning concept was initially developed by Blake Marlar of Corinth, the daughter of Frederick and Leslie Marlar. Other winning team members with Marlar and Strohm included Liz Grantham, the daughter of Robert and Terry Grantham of Greenwood; Vanessa L. Holden, the daughter of Robert and Vicki Holden of Biloxi; and Victoria M. Owchar, the daughter of William and Lorna Owchar of Ridgeland.

While the winning design will get the spotlight when “Cabin Fever” airs, the students said they aren’t certain whether they’ll be featured or not.

Images and information about the “Cabin Fever” episode featuring the MSU interior design students’ work is available at http://bit.ly/MSU_ID_cabin-fever.

Read the story at wtva.com.

Read the story in The Clarion-Ledger.

MSU interior design students dominate at ASID Career Day

March 16th, 2015 Comments Off

Via Mississippi State University website

Mississippi State interior design students picked up 24 of 57 possible awards at the recent American Society of Interior Designers South Central Career Day at Harding University in Arkansas.

MSU participants won first place in 12 categories during the competition, which included interior design students from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. MSU swept the commercial design team, hospitality design team and retail design team categories.

Professor Beth Miller, MSU interior design program director, credited the group’s success to its involvement in a wide variety of university programs, including furniture design, computer renderings and hand renderings.

“I think it was evident that student work from MSU is high quality,” said Miller. “In the past few years, the MSU interior design program has dominated the competition, and we expect to continue to do so.”

Winners from MSU included, by hometown:

BILOXI — Erin Bristol, a junior and daughter of Jerry and Kathy Bristol, received honorable mention in the portfolio category.

CALHOUN CITY– Emily Hardin, a junior and daughter of Tony and Susan Hardin, received third place in healthcare design. Hardin’s work was completed in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

CORINTH–Blake Marlar, a senior and daughter of Jason and Leslie Marlar, received first place in commercial design team and hand rendering. The winning work was done in instructor Robin Carroll’s color and lighting course and director and professor Beth Miller’s rendering course.

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee–Taylor Tillman, a senior and daughter of Chad and Kim Tillman, received third place in hospitality design team. Her work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee–Anna Strohm, a senior and daughter of Chris and Susan Strohm, received first place in computer generated rendering and third place in retail design team. Strohm’s work was done in instructor Robin Carroll’s color/lighting course and studio III, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller. Also at Career Day, Strohm was announced as the new student representative and will serve on the board for the 2015-2016 year.

HERNANDO–Emily Robinson, a senior and daughter of Anthony and Susan Hardin, received honorable mention in hospitality design team. Her work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

JACKSON –Ebbony Evans, a junior and daughter of Ruby Smith, received first place in retail design team. Evans’s work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

Marguerite Johnson, a junior and daughter of Bill and Hope Johnson, received third place in portfolio and second place in hand rendering. Johnson’s rendering was completed in professor and program director Beth Miller’s rendering course. Kayla Thompson, a senior and daughter of Kevin and Judy Aeschliman, received first place in residential design team for her work in studio IV, taught by associate professor Amy Crumpton.

LOVELAND, Ohio–Sidney Ashmore, a senior and daughter of Jeffrey Ashmore and Margaret King, received an honorable mention in retail design team. Ashmore’s work was done in studio IV, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee–Caroline Riley, a senior and daughter of David and Donna Riley, received second place in hospitality design team. Her work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller. Riley also received second place in portfolio.

NASSAU, Bahamas–Daniella Bower, a junior and daughter of Bobby and Kay, received honorable mention in hand rendering and first place in hospitality design individual and beginning studio residential. Bower’s work was completed in director and professor Beth Miller’s rendering course and assistant professor Lyndsey Miller’s studios III and I.

RIDGELAND–Victoria Owchar, a senior and daughter of Gary and Lorna Owchar, received second place in hospitality design individual. Owchar’s work was completed in studio III, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

WILSON, North Carolina–Chelsea Harrell, a senior and daughter of William and Margaret Harrell, received second place in hospitality design team and first place in educational design. Her work was completed in studios IV and V, both taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

YAZOO CITY — Jennifer Potter, a junior and daughter of Belinda Poe, received second place in retail design team, as well as computer generated rendering. Potter’s work was done in studio III, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller. She also received honorable mention in product design for her work in assistant professor William Riehm’s furniture design course.

See the story at WCBI.com

MSU Interior Design alumnus featured in ‘Mississippi Magazine’

March 6th, 2015 Comments Off

Chris Rakestraw, a 2010 graduate of the MSU Interior Design Program, was featured in the 2015 Wedding Register edition of Mississippi Magazine for his work.

A Q&A with Rakestraw is featured in the front of the magazine.

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A spread showing Rakestraw’s recent work in Tupelo follows.

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CAAD holds Academic Insight 2015

March 2nd, 2015 Comments Off

On Saturday, Feb. 28, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests. This is the third time the college has held the event, which was attended by 136 guests.

The event, held at the Leo W. Seal M-Club, was meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and was a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.

After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over breakfast before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.

After the presentation, the group split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”

During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.

Interior design students worked with Assistant Professor William Riehm along with current interior design student volunteers on a project.