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.

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MSU interior design students dominate at ASID Career Day

March 16th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU interior design students dominate at ASID Career Day

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.

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MSU Interior Design alumnus featured in ‘Mississippi Magazine’

March 6th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU Interior Design alumnus featured in ‘Mississippi Magazine’

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 CAAD holds Academic Insight 2015

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.

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