2018 ANNUAL FACULTY EXHIBITION
Delta State University’s Art Department invites the community to the opening reception of its annual faculty exhibition on Thursday, October 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. DSU’s art faculty are practicing artists and designers who regularly exhibit in venues across the nation. The annual faculty exhibition, held at the Fielding Wright Art Center, offers the campus and the community an opportunity to view work created by these artists over the past year.
The artwork on view reflects the diverse interests of DSU’s art faculty and drawings, paintings, prints, includes musical instruments, quilts, jewelry, and large-scale sculpture.
Sammy Britt is represented by a series of landscape paintings that explore the language of light and color and the different light keys in which they are seen.
Cetin “Chet” Oguz will showcase his recent portrait paintings and a series of landscape paintings depicting the reminiscences of Jones Bayou. In his portrait paintings, Chet chose people who impacted his life as models. His portrait paintings convey the vulnerability and beauty of the human figure, while his paintings of Jones Bayou remain loose and energetic.
Ky Johnston will present three custom-made guitars. His goal is to make instruments that are as enjoyable to play as his favorite guitars. His guitars combine elements of various instruments that he admires and use a variety of new and reclaimed woods, hardware, and electronics. While some of his guitars follow more traditional designs, others introduce unconventional shapes that might offer ergonomic improvements.
Michaela Merryday’s research interests focus on sustainability and the role of culture in promoting sustainability. This year she is showing jewelry made from wood and stone dust waste produced by furniture making and sculpture classes at DSU.
Nathan Pietrykowski will display selections from his interactive webcomic Stock which invites visitors to participate in games, submit photographs, collaborate on digital drawings, and leave voicemails. You can follow his webcomic on Instagram under @stocksubject43.
Mollie Rushing is a textile artist whose quilts use pattern and color to create the illusion of texture and space but also remain conscious of the history of quilts and their function in our lives.
Kim Rushing explains that when he is out in the world, living life, he is not often willing to carry his bulky digital SLR, instead, he reaches into his pocket for his phone. It’s always with him, and people tend not to notice it because everybody has one. It, therefore, lends itself, more readily to the kind of images he enjoys making, namely, images that can be described by what Henri Cartier-Bresson called the“decisive moment.”
Kayla Selby’s series No employs a combination of digital and traditional media to explore interactions and the pressure to appease others in the current social landscape.
Michael Stanley’s sculpture Delta Queen was inspired by his time in the Mississippi Delta. The dynamic patterning and jarring edges of the sculpture refer to the harsh and discordant environment of the Delta. The contrapposto pose of the figure is a direct reference to classical sculpture, which is in contrast to the contemporary style of the sculpture. The combination of classical and contemporary conventions here is meant to reference the duality of living life in the Delta: We recognize our past but it is not what defines us. The rust covering the steel is meant to represent strength amidst decay, something that is familiar in this area as well. Delta Queen is also representative of his love for patterning and his desire to push his fabrication skills to the limit of his technical ability.
John Stiles who is a graphic designer works in a variety of media and explores a range of different subject matter. This year Stiles will show some of his paintings as well as digital illustrations and graphic design work. His digital illustration Adolph the Laser-Sight Reindeer is a tour de force digital illustration that took about a year to complete. It is in the low-brow style influenced by artists such as Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Robert Williams, and Todd Schorr, however, the attention to detail of this piece cannot be fully appreciated unless seen on a large scale.
Robyn Wall is a printmaker whose work explores the personal associations our surroundings carry, whether landscapes or structures. At the same, she makes the viewer aware that our memories can distort and recreate our images of these places.
DSU’s Annual Faculty Exhibition will be on view until October 25. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the Art Department at 662-846-4720. Join our email list to receive regular updates on upcoming events or follow us on Facebook.