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Art gallery opens 2016-17 season August 25

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Delta State University’s Fielding Wright Art Center opens its 2016-17 season on Aug. 25 from 5-7 p.m. with an exhibition of Julia Morrisroe’s work “I’m Sorry You Were Saying?”

Morrisroe is an artist and associate professor in painting and drawing at the University of Florida. Her work explores the question of what it means to paint in an age in which digital technology has led to the proliferation and instant availability of images. She is interested in how the flood of images streaming in front of our eyes has affected the way we perceive images.

“Images can be replicated, expanded, enhanced or associated with other images — relevant or not — instantaneously,” said Morrisroe. “The simultaneity of image and experience has led to images becoming hyper-contextualized. The image can no longer exist as a single painting, but belongs to a network.”

Morrisroe creates series of abstract paintings that invite the viewer to explore this hyper-contextualized condition. In her work, patterns are repeated, inverted, rescaled, disrupted or reappear in different media. The artist’s intention is to “subvert the viewers’ desire to look at one painting, compelling a rambling, hyper-linked experience of viewing.”

She received her BFA from Northern Illinois University and her MFA from the University of Washington, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Morrisroe has received numerous awards, grants and fellowship grants for her work. Last year, she spent time at Anadolu University in Turkey as a Mevlana Faculty Exchange Scholar.

Morrisroe will be on campus to present a public lecture on  Sept. 22 at 4 p.m in the gallery.

The Fielding Wright Art Center Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends, holidays and during semester breaks.

For more information, visit the Department of Art’s website at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art/, or contact 662-846-4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events, follow Delta State Art Department on Facebook, or join the email list.

Iowa State professor to exhibit Ghanaian furniture

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Join the Delta State University Department of Art in welcoming nationally recognized furniture designer Chris Martin with his exhibit “Asa Sawa, Reflections on Ghana,” opening at the Fielding Wright Art Gallery Jan. 22 from 5-7 p.m.

Martin’s high-end designs were created as a response to his time in Ghana while serving in the Peace Corps.

Martin focuses on traditional furniture of the Ghanaian culture with a uniquely American twist. His work masterfully combines modern materials such as carbon fiber and fiberglass with traditional African beads and fabrics for colorful, thought-provoking works of functional art.

He will also be conducting a wood working demonstration for current Delta State furniture design students on Jan. 21 from 5:15-7:30 p.m. in room 150 of the Holcomb-Norwood Annex located next to the Wright Art Building. Additionally, Martin will lecture on his work and Peace Corps experience on Jan. 23, from 12:15–1:15 p.m. in the Wright Gallery. All events are open to the public, and those interested are invited to attend.

Martin is a former colleague and friend of Delta State sculpture professor Michael Stanley. Their connection began at Iowa State University, where Martin is an associate professor of art and visual culture and is head of the furniture design program. He is also a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

“Chris is an amazing artist and a great person,” said Stanley. “He is innovative and thoughtful with his artistic approach and blurs the line between art and craft. I’m really excited to have him here on campus and I hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity.”

The opening reception is free, and attendance is encouraged by the campus and community. “Asa Sawa, Reflections on Ghana” will remain in the gallery through Feb. 27. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information, contact 662-846-4720.

Chris Martin - Asa Sawa Exhibition

Community and campus bond through welding

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Teaching youth a valuable skillset is the goal of Delta State’s new sculpture professor, Michael Stanley.

Stanley, who began working for the university in August, recently completed his inaugural six-week introduction to welding course offered to local high school students. Well versed in metal fabrication, Stanley felt it was imperative to provide a meaningful and alternative after-school opportunity for area students.

Impressively, he has agreed to maintain and grow the program completely on a volunteer basis — an undertaking he was not asked or pressured to take on. Thanks to support from the Delta Arts Alliance and anonymous donors providing materials, the class operates on a very minimal budget.

The initial group was composed of six students from the Cleveland School District who met once a week for a two-hour session. And despite volunteering his time outside of his university workload, Stanley wants to see the program expand and begin offering lessons multiple times throughout the week.

Working for Delta State, he is able to teach the course in the back of Holcombe-Norwood Hall, where students utilize some of the machinery already on campus.

“They are developing a skill that is really needed in America today. A person working with their hands is a skill getting lost in our culture now,” said Stanley. “We ship so many things overseas that we don’t make much anymore — and specifically through welding and metal fabrication.

“I always felt if I ever had the opportunity to do a program like this it would be successful in the community. There’s a lot of need for welders in the area and across the country.”

Partnering with the DAA and making use of the art department’s workspace, the program has already gotten off to a thriving start. The six initial students have been very responsive and have all shown interest in taking the class again when it restarts in late January.

“It gives them something to do one day a week after school and it’s keeping them occupied and engaged,” he said. “They’re meeting people outside their normal cliques and learning about teamwork, craft and the linear thinking that happens when you’re working in a trade. They’re learning to make a product that is sellable and usable.”

Along with the mental and physical challenges of welding, they also learn about its related science and history. By the end of the program, students are skilled in various cutting, grinding and welding techniques.

Projects are collectively created as pairs of students rotate to different stations, each playing a hand in the final product. The first session ended with functioning tables, which even drew interest from a potential buyer at a recent DAA event.

While the students don’t receive a formal welding certificate at the end of the course, it does provide them the needed practice and opportunity to pursue welding as a career. “They’ll have the knowledge already and pass the certification on the first try,” said Stanley.

Another bonus with the program is the community partnerships it has already started to form.

“This shows that Delta State is part of the community and not an autonomous unit outside of it,” said Stanley. “I think it’s really important to invest in Cleveland and the Delta. Doing so gives kids a glimpse at higher education and lets them know it’s obtainable and feasible for them to go to college.

“We have to be invested in our community because without students a school won’t survive. Everybody thrives because of these relationships and the stronger the Delta becomes.”

If the platform continues to grow, as Stanley anticipates, additional support will be needed. Assistance can come through equipment and material donations, a larger working space, or even picking up and dropping off students on class days.

Those interested in taking part, either as a student or supporter, contact DAA Executive Director Rori Herbison at 662-843-3344 or Stanley at mstanley@deltastate.edu.

Kappa Pi Bazaar

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The Kappa Pi Bazaar is sponsored by the Kappa Pi Fraternity.

For additional information regarding this event, contact Kristen Price at (601) 667-9110.

Sculptor Lecture

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Lecture by Sculptor and DSU Alumnus Greely Myatt Monday
November 18, 2013 at 12:15
DSU Art Department, 151 Holcombe-Norwood Hall

Greely Myatt, who now lives and works in Memphis, was born and raised in Mississippi.  His sculptures and installations have been exhibited across the United States, Europe and Japan.  One of his sculptures is currently on view at the Hazel and Jimmy Sanders Sculpture Garden at Delta State University.

For more information about the lecture contact the DSU Art Department at 662-846-4720.