Interior design student helps document Columbus history

July 20th, 2015 Comments Off on Interior design student helps document Columbus history

Caryne Eskridge, Lauren Clark Hill and Hannah Boettcher set up an antique item to be photographed at the Amzi Love Home in Columbus. The women, of the Classical Institute of the South, have spent the summer in Southern cities going to antebellum homes cataloging antique objects for an online database. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff (via cdispatch.com)

Caryne Eskridge, Lauren Clark Hill and Hannah Boettcher set up an antique item to be photographed at the Amzi Love Home in Columbus. The women, of the Classical Institute of the South, have spent the summer in Southern cities going to antebellum homes cataloging antique objects for an online database. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff (via cdispatch.com)

By Isabelle Altman/The Columbus Dispatch 

In the dim lighting of the Amzi Love Home on Seventh Street, a group of women hover around a table in the front bedroom.

One adjusts a 150-year-old candlestick on the table, while another suggests which way to turn it, and yet another waits to take photos of it. Scattered around the room are laptops, photography lights and other technical equipment that stand in sharp contrast with the 19th century-era clothing laid out on the antique bed, and old picture frames and other antebellum objects awaiting their turn to be photographed.

The women are from the Classical Institute of the South, a New Orleans-based non-profit that tracks down private collections of historical objects in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

They catalogue and photograph objects from the collections and enter the information onto an online database. Scholars can then use the information for research.

While projects like the CIS’s have been undertaken in other parts of the country, this is the first to track down privately-owned historical objects in Gulf states.

“It’s the first survey like that of its kind,” Caryne Eskridge, the project director, said.

Eskridge and two summer fellows from the program — Lauren Clark Hill and Hannah Boettcher — have spent the summer in Southern cities going from antebellum home to antebellum home for the project.

They arrived in Columbus two weeks ago and were joined by interior design student Hannah Monroe, who attends Mississippi State University. Monroe was there specifically to help with Columbus research.

The four spent a handful of days in each house. They usually pick objects from the 1860s or earlier. They enter a thorough description of each object into an Excel spreadsheet, making note of dimensions, surface treatments, hardware, inlays, marks and more. They also enter any information they know about who owned the item and record any stories about the item that the current owner tells.

Of course, if there is no story for the object, the women make up stories about them to entertain themselves as they sit cross legged on the floor typing their notes or place objects for photographs. Each of them has a piece of furniture or knick-knack that they get more excited about than others.

Hill, a history student from George Mason University, is fascinated by objects made out of human hair. Boettcher likes objects that have traveled and play a role in stories about the people who owned them.

Boettcher particularly liked Columbus historian Rufus Ward’s traveling liquor set. When she was catalogueing items in his home, she found that several pieces from the set were missing from the set. Ward had them in his kitchen. He told Boettcher that he thought it was important to keep using the objects — otherwise, why keep them?

One of Eskridge’s favorite objects in the Amzi Love Home is a waxwork sculpture of flowers. She imagines it was made by one of the five daughters of Amzi Love, or possibly their mother. Waxwork sculptures, she explained, were activities specifically for women in the 19th century.

“I always like to see things that clearly deal with women and what they were doing,” she said.

Monroe prefers the silverware.

“A lot of them have (retail) marks on them, which is really cool,” she said. “A lot of the objects we’ve documented haven’t had that.”

To see the objects or to learn more about the project, go to classicalinstituteofthesouth.org.

2014 Omnova Wallcovering Design Competition winners announced

May 19th, 2015 Comments Off on 2014 Omnova Wallcovering Design Competition winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Omnova Wallcovering Design Competition.

The wallcovering designs were developed as part of a large Hospitality Project in Assistant Professor Lyndsey Miller’s ID Studio V.

Each wallcovering design was reviewed by a panel of judges and the results are listed below.  Congratulations to all of the winners!

$800 First Place – Hotel X
Caroline Riley
Erin Bristol
Mackenzie Pettit
Mary Whitney Evins

$400 Second Place – Molokini
Kindyl Black
Jessica Kent
Ebbony Evans
Sidney Ashmore

$200 Third Place – White Point
Caitlyn McDade
Anabel Wilson
Emily Robinson
Marguerite Johnson

Interior design faculty receive major lighting education grant

May 18th, 2015 Comments Off on Interior design faculty receive major lighting education grant

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Via msstate.edu

Two Mississippi State faculty members in the university’s interior design program are receiving a $20,000 national grant.

The 2015 Nuckolls Fund Grant has been awarded to assistant professor William Riehm and instructor Robin Carroll by the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education Inc. They will use the funds to purchase supplies necessary to launch a new course in integrated lighting solutions.

Given annually since 1989 by the New York-based non-profit organization, the grants support development and delivery of innovative academic courses in lighting. After a rigorous review of submitted proposals, Nuckolls provided a total of $80,000 in grants this year–with MSU receiving one of the largest. For more, see www.nuckollsfund.org.

MSU’s interior design program is housed in the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

According to Riehm and Carroll, the new three-credit-hour elective course will begin in the 2016 spring semester and address lighting analytics and the understanding of lighting as an integrated part of building systems.

Jim West, dean of the college, said the award represents “a major step forward for the interior design program’s lighting curriculum.”

Speaking as both a veteran architect and university administrator, West said the lighting industry “rapidly is evolving in terms of technical advancements and, in particular, advancements in LED lighting and lighting controls directed at reducing energy usage. Keeping these advancements squarely within the purview of solid architectural lighting design practices is the fundamental aim of this new coursework.”

Joining him in expressing appreciation to Nuckolls, Carroll said the grant “will open many doors for a future lighting program at MSU.”

A five-year, $5,000 gift also is being provided by Curtis Stout of Little Rock, Arkansas, the nation’s largest representative of electrical equipment manufacturers, she added.

West said the new course will do much to enable creation of a lighting certification program and should be considered a first step in developing a new interdisciplinary teaching program involving four MSU academic units. In addition to interior design, architecture, building construction science in his college, the program would include industrial and systems engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering.

Click here to see the news release.

Interior Design Program holds Senior Show

April 21st, 2015 Comments Off on Interior Design Program holds Senior Show

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

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 on Interior Design Advisory Board meets

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 on Interior Design Program to hold Senior Exhibit

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 on EXPRESS Yourself! exhibit celebrates creative diversity

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 on Coast student awarded home furnishings scholarship

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 on National Geographic channel to feature MSU students’ interior designs

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.