STARKVILLE, Miss. (Press Release) — Works of more than 30 current and just-graduated fine arts majors at Mississippi State University are on display through September in New Orleans.
The exhibit at Loyola University’s Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery is part of a first-ever “Exchange” project in which works by graduating seniors in the private Louisiana institution’s fine arts program are being displayed through July 24 at MSU’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.
Loyola visual arts professor Mark Grote proposed the interchange after viewing samples of MSU student-produced work online, according to Lori Neuenfeldt.
“It’s always special when students participate in a summer exchange program because they get to travel to and absorb the culture in new places,” says Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs.
Neuenfeldt said the MSU-Loyola collaboration presents “a unique opportunity for our graduating seniors to experience an exhibition exchange and have their art receive exposure in a major urban area that is rooted in arts and cultural activities.”
Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program.
It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).
MSU’s “Exchange” exhibitors, and their respective concentrations,include (by hometown):
ABERDEEN–Shelby K. Nichols, May graduate in sculpture.
BAY ST. LOUIS–Britney R. Johnson, May graduate in graphic design.
BRANDON–Blair Toney, May graduate in graphic design.
CLINTON–Senior Patrick W. Finch, graphic design.
COLUMBUS–Elena M. Marchak, May magna cum laude graduate in photography.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS–Kimberlin A. Singletary, May summa cum laude graduate in graphic design.
ESTILL SPRINGS, Tennessee–Molly M. Howell, May summa cum laude graduate in painting.
FAYETTE, Alabama–Anna Leigh Richards, May graduate in graphic design.
GULFPORT–Jacob E. Craig, May graduate in ceramics.
HATTIESBURG–Senior George T. “Trey” Hardin, graphic design.
JACKSON–Senior Ty B. Barnes, sculpture; Merritt La Foe, May graduate in graphic design and fine arts.
KOSCIUSKO–Joseph T. “Joe” Cain, May cum laude graduate in graphic design; Victoria A. Cheek, May graduate in drawing, with a second major in geoscience/environmental geoscience.
LAUREL–Bonnie K. Brumley, May cum laude graduate in ceramics.
MADISON–Senior Anna L. Callaway, graphic design and painting; Katelyn N. Napier, May cum laude graduate in graphic design.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee–Rebecca E. Brannen, May graduate in graphic design.
MERIDIAN–Stephanie E. Travis, May graduate in graphic design.
OCEAN SPRINGS–Senior Dominique J. Belcher, Sydney M. Lesniewski, May magna cum laude graduate and Maura D. Worch, May magna cum laude graduate, all in graphic design.
OLIVE BRANCH–Lauren E. Blalock, May cum laude graduate in graphic design.
SIERRA VISA, Arizona–Senior Reagan M. Watts, painting.
SOSO–Alison M. Petro, May cum laude graduate in painting.
SOUTHAVEN–Victoria C. Sharp, May graduate in graphic design, as well as second major in marketing.
STARKVILLE–Kaitlyn M. Lincoln, May summa cum laude graduate in graphic design; Thomas M. McBroom, May magna cum laude graduate in painting.
TYLER, Texas–Mickenzie Robbins, May summa cum laude graduate in graphic design.
TUPELO–Senior John D. “J.D.” Cox and May graduate Tucker Napier, both in graphic design.
WEST POINT–Lucia D.J. Arellano, May magna cum laude graduate in photography.
One of several departmental venues, the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Special summer gallery hours are 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.
Additional gallery information is available from Neuenfeldt at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.
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