Jamie Burwell Mixon,
Interim Department Head, Department of Art
I’m excited about being asked to serve as interim department head this year. I’ve taught in the department since 1991 and have seen a wealth of faculty and student talent over the ensuing years. The BFA Art program at MSU has an excellent reputation and for good reason. Our grads are working in art- and design-related disciplines from coast to coast. Open up any design or art journal, and you will likely find work from one of our faculty, students or alums. Our program was featured in an article in HOW Magazine about three top “should-be-on your-radar” design programs, and it continues to be listed in their annual Top USA Design Programs guide since 2009.
Recent student accolades include the Best of Show award in the Metro Washington, D.C. Art Director’s Club REAL Show design competition; a drawing accepted into the prestigious Society of Illustrators student competition; third prize in the 2012 New York Center for Photographic Art International Call for Entry, Category Together; a print accepted into the national juried art competition and exhibition, Americas 2013: Paperworks; two Outstanding Student awards and travel scholarships in the annual HOW Magazine PROMO design competition; Top New Creatives award in the CMYK 54 Design Journal and Best of Show at the 2013 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition.
Our students are engaged in internships across the country and internationally. In the last year, students have found themselves interning at firms in Norway, Great Britain and Japan, as well as in Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, New York and firms throughout the Southeastern U.S.
The Department of Art boasts a diverse faculty with national and international reputations within their respective fields. High expectations abound in and out of the studio; students are expected to find and follow their passion through hard work and devotion to craft and discovery. Our faculty make it a habit to engage students in pre-professional practices by facilitating and encouraging students to seek out and secure significant internships, enter competitions, attend conferences, visit museums, study abroad, tour galleries, and to visit professional studios and design firms to see firsthand the day-to-day life of working professionals.
There are three BFA concentration areas offered within the Department of Art: Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography. Within the Fine Art concentration are the emphasis areas of ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Our students pass through a strong Foundation program, which then leads them into their concentration area of choice. The Department of Art offices, labs and studios are located in Stafford Hall (graphic design, art history and foundations), Freeman Hall (foundations, drawing, and painting), Briscoe Hall (photography and printmaking) and Howell Hall (sculpture and ceramics).
Our mission in the Department of Art at MSU is to ensure the lifelong success of our students.
We’re inviting you along for the ride!
Professor Jamie Burwell Mixon
Interim Department Head