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).

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.

Cox wins second Knoll Furniture Design Competition

December 30th, 2014 Comments Off on Cox wins second Knoll Furniture Design Competition

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Shadow Cox

The second annual Knoll Furniture Design Competition winner (2013-2014) was Shadow Cox.

Cox, an August 2014 graduate, is now a designer for Worlds Away LLC, a furniture design and importing company in Memphis, Tenn. She has designed many pieces in the Words Away product lines – recently Juno and Mixon. One of her first projects bears her name, Shadow.

Cox is an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and was recently featured in the South Central Mississippi District Chapter’s May “Meet the Designer” publication.

In true Bulldog spirit, Shadow has asked that her scholarship fund award of $500 be used for future scholarships or projects in the Interior Design Program’s furniture design course.

Second place for the 2013-14 competition went to Claire Thompson, now at Gensler – Dallas; and honorable mention went to Robert Ledet, who is now at Gilbert McLaughlin Casella Architects, Nashville.

Cox’s winning design was created in Professor William Riehm’s furniture design course (ID 4693). The studio, sponsored by Interior Elements, is open to upper-level students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

The 2014-15 award winners will be selected in July 2015, and the winners will be announced in September.

Read about the first winner (2012-2013).

Interior Design professor completes new writing excellence course

June 30th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design professor completes new writing excellence course

New Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence graduates include (seated from left) Kim Walters, Stephanie Bennett, Amy Crumpton and Renee Clary, (standing from left) Becky Smith, Robert Damm, Elizabeth Payne, Melanie Loehing, Juyoung Lee, institute facilitator Rich Raymond, Jeff Roberson, Peter Allen and Mehrzad Netadj. Photo by: Megan Bean

New Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence graduates include (seated from left) Kim Walters, Stephanie Bennett, Amy Crumpton and Renee Clary, (standing from left) Becky Smith, Robert Damm, Elizabeth Payne, Melanie Loehing, Juyoung Lee, institute facilitator Rich Raymond, Jeff Roberson, Peter Allen and Mehrzad Netadj. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

After becoming students once again at Mississippi State’s recent Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence, the new faculty-member graduates are ready to incorporate what they’ve learned in courses not traditionally associated with writing.

Now in its second year, the annual summer institute trains teachers to modify course syllabi to incorporate more writing-to-learn strategies in class assignments. Known as “Maroon & Write,” the overall initiative is the university’s quality enhancement plan to improve undergraduate learning at all class levels.

The QEP is required to maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

During Thursday [June 26] ceremonies, the 11 participants representing architecture, language arts, mathematics, music and various sciences formally concluded the three-week intensive institute. By free writing and journaling, conversing and debating, they have developed methods to amend syllabi to include writing assignments, many of which qualify as participation grades.

Creating a “culture change” to make MSU a more writing-centric institution is the underlying purpose of Maroon & Write, said Rich Raymond. Head of the English department and the institute’s facilitator, Raymond has for some time applied the writing-to-learn techniques in all his courses.

“We are very excited about the QEP and Maroon & Write,” said Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, at the graduation celebration. “We’re introducing writing-across-the-curriculum, and I tell students at each orientation, it’s important for their future careers. We’re preparing them for life and to be leaders.

“Our students are going to graduate from Mississippi State better prepared to be better members of the community,” Gilbert added.

The summer 2014 institute graduates and the writing-to-learn courses they’ll be teaching this fall include, by department:

–Agricultural economics assistant extension professor Becky Smith, three Honors Forum sections in the Shackouls Honors College.

–Architecture visiting assistant professor Jeffery Roberson, architectural theory.

–Communication assistant professor Melanie Loehwing, rhetorical theory.

–Curriculum, instruction and special education assistant professor Stephanie Bennett, integrated language arts instruction.

–Geosciences associate professor Renee Clary, principles of paleobiology.

–Human sciences assistant professor Juyoung Lee, sociological and psychological aspects of clothing.

–Interior design associate professor Amy Crumpton, principles, processes and practices for interior design.

–Landscape architecture assistant professor Elizabeth Payne, fundamentals of planning design.

–Mathematics and statistics instructor Kim Walters, problem-solving with real numbers for education majors.

–Music professor Robert Damm, African-American music.

–Sociology instructor Mehrzad Netadj, marriage and family.

–Wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture assistant professor Peter Allen, fish physiology.

This group joins the institute’s inaugural class from 2013, many of whom plan to continue teaching Maroon & Write courses. They include, by department:

–Animal and dairy science assistant professor Jamie Larson, physiology of reproduction.

–Associate professor Matthew Little, American literature survey, and instructor LaToya Bogard, introduction to literature. Both are English department faculty members.

–Forestry professor Stephen Grado, forest resources survey.

–Human sciences instructor Rick Noffsinger, introduction to technical writing in agricultural communication.

–Marketing, quantitative analysis, and business law professor Robert S. Moore, Internet marketing.

–Music professor Michael Brown, history and appreciation of music and honors history and appreciation of music.

Learn more about Maroon & Write at www.qep.msstate.edu.

Interior Design students honored in national competition

June 29th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design students honored in national competition

Mississippi State interior design students were selected as winners in the national 2014 Brass Ring 100 competition.

Congratulations to the following students:

Emily Hardin and Mackenzie Pettit
Silver Award, Computer Rendering
Instructor: Robin Carroll

Erin Bristol and Mackenzie Black
Bronze Award, Computer Rending
Instructor: Robin Carroll

Emily Hardin
Merit Award, Next Office Space
Professor: Amy Crumpton

Kindyl Black
Silver Award, Hand Rendering
Professor: Beth Miller

Emily Hardin
Bronze Award, Hand Rendering
Professor: Beth Miller

Mary Whitney Evins
Gold Award, Commercial Design
Professor: Lyndsey Miller

Emily Hardin
Bronze Award, Commercial Design
Professor: Lyndsey Miller

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.

Presentations
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.

Mississippi State Interior Design Program to be well represented at IDEC Conference

February 4th, 2014 Comments Off on Mississippi State Interior Design Program to be well represented at IDEC Conference

Lyndsey Miller won a  Gold Excellence in Design Award from the American Society of Interior Designers – South Central Chapter for her involvement in the LOFTS condos in Starkville.

Lyndsey Miller won a Gold Excellence in Design Award from the American Society of Interior Designers – South Central Chapter for her involvement in the LOFTS condos in Starkville.

The annual Interior Design Educator’s Council Conference (IDEC) will be held March 6-8 in New Orleans.

Beth R. Miller, interim associate dean for the College of Architecture, Art and Design and director of the Interior Design Program, and Lyndsey Miller, assistant professor in the Interior Design Program, will present “A Paradigm Shift in the AEC Industry and the Implications on Design Pedagogy: The Effects of IPD Processes in a Collaborative Studio Project.”

The presentation will focus on findings by Lyndsey Miller, Beth R. Miller, Alexis D. Gregory, Michele M. Herrmann, Jarrod Moss, Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary annual Brasfield and Gorrie Student Design Competition.

The presentation is part of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning category at the conference.

Lyndsey Miller will also present in the Creative Scholarship category.

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

The jury selected her work because of its “aesthetic and conceptual achievement.” They also recognized the project’s “contribution as it effectively presents yet another layer that elevates the creative values celebrated within the discipline.”

A total of 179 presentations were submitted this year, and 44%, or 79, were accepted. Acceptance was limited to those presentation abstracts that earned an average review score of 23.5 or higher (out of a possible 35 points).

Interior Design assistant professor receives ASID Excellence in Design Award

January 28th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design assistant professor receives ASID Excellence in Design Award

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Lyndsey Miller, assistant professor in the Interior Design Program, recently received a Gold Excellence in Design Award from the American Society of Interior Designers – South Central Chapter.

Miller received the award for a collaborative project, the LOFTS. Located in the Central Station Development in Starkville, the LOFTS are six individual condominium units, both two and three bedrooms. The focus of the project was to enhance the existing architectural features of the former Borden Condensed Milk Plant, originally built in 1926.

For the award, Miller submitted slides of her work and had to respond to questions relating to the development of the project, code-related and lighting issues she dealt with during the project.

“This award honors both a personal achievement in my practice as well as an academic achievement,” said Miller “The project involved a collaboration between Jeremy Tabor of Tabor Construction and Development, Cyndi Rutherford of Something Southern (Interior Designer) and myself.  The initial design development for the Lofts was incorporated in a junior-level design studio.  The students’ ideas about the space were merged to form a foundation for the final design.  The communication and ideas generated between everyone really enabled the spaces to be a success.  I appreciate the acknowledgment from ASID and the recognition within the profession of interior design.”

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