Lee Renninger Ceramics Workshop & Demonstration and Gallery Talk

                     

On Wednesday, January 31, we were honored by the return of Lee Renninger to lead a ceramics workshop and demonstration, and later on in the day, revisit her ceramic installations in the Gallery of Art + Design to give a gallery talk and speak about each of the works individually. 

The event started in the morning with Renninger speaking on her artistic development and how her style of creation tended to be process based. She was enthusiastic in answering all questions, and encouraged the students present to strive to be open-minded and authentic with their work and ideas. Renninger gave insight to how she always pushed for success in getting exposure for her work, but accepted that she has to work other jobs for income. 

She also introduced a sneak-peak into her work in progress, revolving around the phrase “let them eat cake,” which Renninger feels that the public has been told by the government in relation to recent policies, and pulled out tiny, delicate, multicolored porcelain leaves, some of which she was already experimenting with how she would tie them together. This new body of art seems to be at its start, but is certainly something to keep an eye on in the future! The remaining time of the workshop, Renninger spent time individually with current students and those who had brought ceramic work in to discuss processes and troubleshooting.

Thank you to all who came and participated in the workshop, and a huge thanks to Lee Renninger for spending time in the studio with us and her wonderful advice! Follow SMAD on social media (@usmartdesign) for future updates and announcements for future events like these!





BOTANICA by Lee Renninger Opening Night



On Wednesday, January 24th, the USM Gallery of Art + Design opened its inaugural event of the year with a solo exhibition of Lee Renninger’s Botanica. Professor Stacy Reischman Fletcher opened the showing and introduced Lee Renninger. The Ben and Nan Stevens Fund was recognized and their representatives were 
awarded with framed prints of the event’s poster for their generous donation that made the Botanica gallery showing possible. The exhibition opening was well attended and showcased free-flowing installation art made up of complex sculptural ceramics. Thank you for all who came out and attended Lee Renninger’s gallery showing! Botanica will remain in the Gallery until February 16th.

Graphic Design Field Trips

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This week was a big week for our students filled with opportunities to see and experience design beyond the Hattiesburg campus. On Wednesday Nov. 15th close to 40 students and 3 of our design faculty traveled to LSU in Baton Rouge to view 2 great exhibitions on typography and to hear a lecture by one of the preeminent typographers of our time, Matthew Carter. The lecture, a presentation on the typographer Bruce Rogers and his typeface “centaur” covered many of the issues talked about in our required typography course. 

The very next day, students from Professor John Mark Lawler’s Print Production course traveled to Bourne Brothers Printing to tour their facilities, experience the offset printing process and to see a student designed poster series be produced. Pictured below are students from the course on tour and Gabbi Graham the student designer of the poster series. 



New Train Kiln and Wood Firing



Congrats are in order for Professor Allen Chen and our amazing students for a successful wood firing in our new student built train kiln. The train kiln build was a part of an advanced ceramics course taught this summer by Professor Chen. The wood firing of the kiln, which took place during fall break in October, was a great experience for students and faculty alike and resulted in exceptional work. 

DSVC National Student Show and Conference


On March 29th, 21 design students and one faculty member from the Southern Miss Art + Design Department traveled to Dallas TX. to take part in the 13th Annual National Student Show and Conference hosted by the Dallas Society of Visual Communicators. The conference, the largest of its type for students, boasts keynote speakers who are design and advertising industry leaders along with studio tours, breakout sessions, portfolio reviews, a job fair, and an educator’s forum.

Students were lead to the conference by Asst. Professor Jacob C. Cotton. Cotton, is no stranger to the conference, he was awarded a gift set in the welcome ceremony for having been the one in attendance to have attended the most conferences to date, and was selected at the 11th Annual National Conference as Educator of the Year. This year Professor Cotton took on a more elevated role by being one of only three speakers in this years Educator’s Forum. His presentation entitled “Motivating Millennials: Sport of Design” was selected after a national call for abstracts and was well received by those in attendance.