Interior Design professor selected for Winterthur Fellowship this summer

April 29th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design professor selected for Winterthur Fellowship this summer

William Riehm, assistant professor in Interior Design, was selected for a Winterthur Fellowship this summer. The fellowship application process is very competitive and open to academics internationally.

As part of the fellowship, Riehm will have access to the museum’s collections and archives and will receive housing for a month in Winterthur, Delaware.

His research will look at American and Louisiana furniture following the Louisiana Purchase – “In-Between Creole and Anglo-American Material Culture.”

Winterthur fellowships are awarded annually (chosen based on the merit of the research proposal) and include graduate students up to senior academics.

“Having access to the collection is just such a special opportunity because I will get hands-on exposure to some of the finest and rarest pieces of furniture in the world,” said Riehm.

MSU Interior Design well represented at 2014 IDEC Conference

April 28th, 2014 Comments Off on MSU Interior Design well represented at 2014 IDEC Conference

The 2014 Interior Design Educators’ Council (IDEC) Conference was held March 6 – 8 in New Orleans.

Mississippi State, along with Louisiana State University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, hosted the conference, providing and organizing volunteers.

Eight interior design students attended the conference, helping with tasks such as monitoring Continuing Education Credits, taking photos and keeping speakers on time. Volunteers included Kate Berryman, Kindyl Black, Ebbony Evans, Mary Whitney Evins, Lauren Henson, Camille Holland, Macenzie Pettit and Shadow Cox.

Assistant Professor William Riehm was in charge of coordinating the volunteers, and he received a Service Award as a member of the host committee.

Riehm, however, gave full credit to the students for their hard work.

“I think they represented us really well and impressed people,” he said. “A big win, win.”

A student project was also on display at the conference. The project represented the IDEC South Region and was one of 16 winners on display. It also received honorable mention in the Sustainable Design – Team Category at the ASID South Central Career Day Competition.  Team members were Alex Birkholz, Sunny Clements, Kate Berryman and Catherine Ross. See the project and other Career Day winners here.

All the MSU interior design professors also presented at the conference.

Riehm presented two research papers.

The first presentation discussed the way we view slave quarter interiors.

For the second presentation, Riehm partnered with TL Ritchie from Louisiana State’s Interior Design Program to discuss issues of professional examination and curriculum development, research the two also presented at the last IDEC conference.

MSU Assistant Professor Lyndsey Miller also conducted presenations.

She discussed her recent ASID Gold award-winning project, “The LOFTS: Transformation of an Iconic Industrial Plant into a Lux Urban Dwelling.”

She also worked with Beth Miller, director of the program and current interim associate dean, to present research from the interdisciplinary annual Brasfield and Gorrie Student Design Competition.

Professor Amy Crumpton, along with Dana Moody from University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, presented “Students Come and Students Go: Results of a multi-year study of attracting and retaining interior design students.” The presentation discussed the top three reasons students choose interior design as a major (they wanted to do something creative; were interested in architecture but liked interiors better; liked to design rooms in their house), how students most often learned about their selected university from a website and the fact students who choose interior design as a major before choosing a university are more likely to stay in the program.

Click here to see student Shadow Cox’s photos from the conference.

Interior Design holds Senior Exhibit

April 14th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design holds Senior Exhibit

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The MSU Interior Design Senior Exhibit and reception was held on April 11-12 in the Depot Gallery.

The eleven graduating seniors displayed their work created during the past four years.

Class of 2014:
Kate Berryman
Cordova, Tenn.

Alex Birkholz

Mary Clair Cardin

Sunny Clements

Shadow Cox

Camille Holland

Molly Mullett

Mackenzie Neel
Memphis, Tenn.

Racheal Powell
Ocean Springs

Catherine Ross

Claire Thompson

Interior Design Senior Exhibit to be held April 11-12

April 9th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design Senior Exhibit to be held April 11-12

Senior interior design students will have a chance to showcase their work this Friday and Saturday.

The Interior Design Senior Exhibit will be held at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery (second floor above the clock museum) on Fri., April 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat., April 12 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The opening reception, where students will be available to discuss their work, will be held on Friday from 2 – 6 p.m.

The exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.

View photos from last year’s Senior Exhibit.

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