MSU’s Funderburk featured in national publication

A feature article about the art of Mississippi State University faculty member Brent Funderburk appears in the current (August 2016) issue of “Watercolor Artist Magazine”, a national publication of the ArtistsNetwork/F & W Publishing group. Written by New York writer, author and artist John A. Parks, the eight-page article “Drama, Extravagance and Poetry”, presents the creative background and processes of the artist in seven artworks from Funderburk’s “Flying World” and “New Solar Myths” series.

A William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, Funderburk has taught at Mississippi State University since 1982. He was awarded MSU’s SEC Faculty Achievement Award in 2016.

Funderburk Artwork Touring Six Chinese Museums in 2016

Luohu Cultural Center/Shenzhen Museum of Art

Brent Funderburk, a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at Mississippi State
University, currently has artwork chosen to be a part of the 2016 National Traveling
Exhibition following its display in the 2015-2016 Shenzhen International Watercolor
Biennial in Shenzhen, China.

One of 150 works jurors selected for the traveling show from the 233 work exhibit at the
Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center in Shenzhen (the 4th largest Chinese city
with over 11 million people), Funderburk’s “Flying World” was one of only 36 selected
from US artists, from a total of 3,779 entries worldwide, representing 73 countries and
provinces. Jurors from China, UK, France and Australia formed the exhibition jury for
this one of the world’s largest competitive exhibits dedicated to water-based painting
media. Total award money for the show was over $90,000.

The national tour will present the exhibit in the following museums across China:
Shenzhen Museum of Art, Shenzhen (Dec., 2015- Jan., 2016), Jinling Art Museum,
Nanjing/Jiangsu Province (April, 2016) Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou City/Zhejiang
Province (TBD), Guangxi Art Museum, Nanning City/Guangxi Province (TBD),
Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan City/Hubei Province (TBD), and Qingdao Art Museum,
Qingdao City/Shandong Province (TBD).

Funderburk has taught painting and drawing in the Department of Art in the College of
Architecture, Art, and Design at Mississippi State University since 1982.

Funderburk receives 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

(photo by Russ Houston / Mississippi State University)

Recipients of the 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards were announced by the Southeastern Conference office on Wednesday. These annual awards recognize faculty members from every SEC university who have outstanding records in teaching, research, and scholarship.To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the individual must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor; have a record of extraordinary teaching, and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.

To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the individual must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor; have a record of extraordinary teaching, and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the individual must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor; have a record of extraordinary teaching, and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.

To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the individual must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor; have a record of extraordinary teaching, and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.“The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards provide a unique opportunity for our conference to recognize the work of world-renowned faculty members from each of our 14 universities,” said Nicholas S. Zeppos, Chancellor of Vanderbilt University and President of the Southeastern Conference. “This year’s winners represent some of the brightest and most accomplished individuals in their disciplines, and I offer each of them my sincerest congratulations.”

“The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards provide a unique opportunity for our conference to recognize the work of world-renowned faculty members from each of our 14 universities,” said Nicholas S. Zeppos, Chancellor of Vanderbilt University and President of the Southeastern Conference. “This year’s winners represent some of the brightest and most accomplished individuals in their disciplines, and I offer each of them my sincerest congratulations.”

SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners receive a $5,000 honorarium from the Southeastern Conference and become his or her university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. The SEC Professor of the Year, to be named in April, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the SEC Awards Dinner.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said, “The SEC is honored to support the scholarship and research of these 14 men and women, who represent nearly 14,000 full-time, tenured professors in the SEC. We appreciate all they have done to empower and encourage students to make a difference, and to positively showcase the Southeastern Conference within the region and around the world.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said, “The SEC is honored to support the scholarship and research of these 14 men and women, who represent nearly 14,000 full-time, tenured professors in the SEC. We appreciate all they have done to empower and encourage students to make a difference, and to positively showcase the Southeastern Conference within the region and around the world.”

Selected by a committee of SEC Provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards, and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, which sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities.

Below are the 2016 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients.

University of Alabama, Seth Panitch, Professor of Theatre
University of Arkansas, Dr. Rodolfo Nayga, Jr., Professor and Tyson Chair in Food Policy Economics
Auburn University, Dr. Hanqin Tian, Solon and Martha Dixon Endowed Professor
University of Florida, Dr. Jose Principe, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of Georgia, Dr. Milton Masciadri, Distinguished University Professor of Music
University of Kentucky, Dr. W. Brent Seales, Professor of Computer Science
Louisiana State University, Dr. Isiah Warner, Boyd Professor of LSU System
University of Mississippi, Dr. Joey Granger, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor
Mississippi State University, T. Brent Funderburk, William L. Giles Distinguished Professor
University of Missouri, Dr. Glen Cameron, Professor of Journalism
University of South Carolina, Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor
University of Tennessee, Dr. Susan Riechert, Distinguished Service Professor
Texas A&M University, Dr. Rafael Lara-Alecio, Regents Professor of Educational Psychology
Vanderbilt University, Dr. Sankaran Mahadevan, John R. Murray, Sr., Professor of Engineering

About SECU

The Southeastern Conference sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its fourteen member universities. The goals of the SECU academic initiative include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty and universities; advancing the merit and reputation of SEC universities outside of the traditional SEC region; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel. To connect with SECU online –www.TheSECU.com; on Facebook – TheSECU; on Twitter – @TheSECU; on Instagram –@TheSECUniversity; and on YouTube – SECUniversity.
(photo by Russ Houston / Mississippi State University)

Funderburk among international publication’s ‘25 Best’ in fine art

Brent_Funderburk_CQJannualBy Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Photo by Megan Bean

A longtime faculty member in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design again is receiving recognition from a major art and design publication.

Professor Brent Funderburk’s mixed-media painting collection, “Palladio’s Dream: New Solar Myths,” was among works by 25 artists from around the world that were judged worthy of inclusion in the Fine Art category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design’s Best 100 Annual 2015.

In addition to Barnes & Noble and other major retail bookstores, issues of the publication—including the Best 100 Annual to be released in April—may be purchased online at www.CQJournal.com.

Funderburk’s “Palladio’s Dream: New Solar Myths” earlier appeared in CQ Journal’s Issue 37.

The recent CQ Journal recognition marks the fifth time that Funderburk, an MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, has seen his work featured in the New York-based and internationally distributed journal that showcases graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art work by talented students and professionals.

British painter Nathan Walsh, New York illustrator Katherine Street and graphic designer Oliver Munday, and California photographer Jennifer Davick were jurors for the annual competition. In addition to fine art, 25 top artists each were selected in graphic design, illustration and photography categories.

A 2015 recipient of the MSU Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award, Funderburk also will be featured in the spring 2016 issue of “Watercolor Artist” magazine. For more information, visit http://www.artistsnetwork.com/watercolor-artist.

Funderburk is a North Carolina native who has taught at MSU since 1982. Over the decades, he also has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence and Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence awards.

A fine arts graduate of East Carolina University, he is a former MSU art department head who currently serves as its fine-arts thesis coordinator. Painting survey, watercolor, watermedia, senior thesis and advanced studio are among courses he has taught.

Funderburk’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2010, he was named official artist for the Jackson-based USA International Ballet Competition.

MSU’s Funderburk recognized in international Texas exhibit

 

Brent Funderburk at his home studio--for Our People

Mississippi State University Professor Brent Funderburk’s mixed media painting “Flying Dream” has been chosen by juror Anne Abgott, AWS NWS with 106 other works (of 430 submitted) to be presented in the 39th International Exhibition 2016, of the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, TX.

IMG_4398T he show will be exhibited in Houston’s WAS-H Gallery (1601 West Alabama Street, in the Museum District) from March 8 through March 31, 2016, with a reception on March 6 at 4:00 p.m. Funded by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the exhibit is the premier annual juried exhibition of noted international artists by the Texas-based society of over 600 members.

“Flying Dream” is a part of Funderburk’s series “Dreams of Palladio: New Solar Myths”, inspired by the lucid, geometric architecture of 16th C. Italian architect Andreas Palladio, as well as by the artist’s and others’ somnambulistic or lucid dream flights. The subject/model in the watercolor/papier colle painting is both his wife, dancer Deborah Funderburk, and one of her dance company students, who seems to be effortlessly swimming through a IMG_4324Southwestern sky.

Funderburk, a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at Mississippi State University, has taught painting and drawing in the Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Art, and Design since 1982.

Funderburk’s art wins national prize; works accepted into national and international exhibitions

Brent Funderburk, a Mississippi State University faculty member since 1982, has had artworks accepted into several national and international exhibitions in Fall, 2015.

“Today” a watercolor painting by Brent Funderburk, has received the “First Prize” award  (and $1800) in the 42nd Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Juror Mark E. Mahaffey of Michigan chose 66 works from 665 entries for the show that will be presented at the Foothills Art Center of Golden, CO from September 19 to October 25, 2015. (links)

Before / After the Fall

Funderburk’s watercolor painting “Flying World” has been chosen as one of 233 of 3,779 international entries for inclusion in the 2015-2016 Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial to be exhibited at the Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center from December 5, 2015 to January 7, 2016. Jurors include Maureen Bloomfield (USA), Chen Jian (China), Janine Gallizia (France), Jean Noble (UK), Shang Hui (China), (China), Tie Yang (China), and Joseph Zbukvic (Australia). Works selected came from 73 countries and regions. The exhibit will produce a catalog and a traveling exhibit that will tour six cities. $80,000 in prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony, dinner, and Opening Reception held on December 7, 2015.  (Shenzhen is China’s fourth largest city, with a population of over 11 million). (links)

During the summer of 2015, Brent Funderburk’s mixed media painting “Before/After the Fall” was selected by juror Ted Nuttall (AZ) to be exhibited in the 2015 Pike’s Peak International Watermedia Exhibition, in Colorado Springs, CO. 84 of 399 entries were chosen for the exhibit from June 6 to July 7, 2015. (links)    

Flame

Funderburk’s “Flame”, a watercolor painting, will be featured with 99 other works chosen from 545 entries by juror/Colorado artist/author Stephen Quiller for the 47th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition at the City of Brea Galley in Brea (Los Angeles), CA from October 17 to December 13, 2015. (links)

The 2016 Ghost Ranch Calendar Photo Contest has resulted in publishing photographs by Brent Funderburk.Accepted works include 3 of Funderburk’s images among 13 photographs chosen.. The noted education and retreat center in Abiquiu/Santa Fe, New Mexico is the former residence of noted American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Nine other photographers were selected nationwide for inclusion in the calendar. (links)

Funderburk is a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor and 2015 awardee of the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award at Mississippi State University.

Funderburk wins top MSU research award

Brent Funderburk with the 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award.

(Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum, left, and Greg Bohach, right, vice president for agriculture, forestry, and veterinary medicine, presented art professor Brent Funderburk with the 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award Thursday afternoon [April 30]. The Powe Award is the university’s top research honor and is named for the late MSU alumnus and longtime research vice president. Photo by: Beth Wynn)

 

By Jim Laird | Mississippi State University

Forty-nine Mississippi State students, faculty and staff are 2015 selections for exceptional research and leadership honors.

Honorees, their guests, and senior administrators gathered for a campus awards luncheon Thursday [April 30].

As a major student-oriented research university, Mississippi State is improving the quality of life “for millions of people here at home and around the world,” MSU President Mark E. Keenum said.

“Your research is helping make our public schools better, our communities stronger, our food safer, our vehicles more efficient, our critical infrastructure more secure, and our farms and factories both more profitable and more environmentally friendly,” he said.

Before an audience of friends and colleagues in the Hunter Henry Center’s Hal and Linda Parker Ballroom, professor of art Brent Funderburk received the afternoon’s top honor: the 2015 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award.

A Charlotte, North Carolina native, Funderburk has exhibited his mixed-media paintings and drawing in 32 one-person exhibitions in museums, universities, and galleries, and has presented his artwork, often with awards, in over 70 invited or juried (peer-reviewed) regional, national, and international exhibitions. He has given more than 100 invited or juried illustrated lecture-performances to galleries, museums, conferences, and professional organizations. His artwork is represented in museum, university and private collections across the country, in 26 states, and in Canada.

Funderburk studied with artist-author Edward A. Reep in the School of Art at East Carolina University, where he received BFA and MFA degrees in painting/drawing. His research in watercolor and water media has been shared in lectures and workshops and in his book “Flying World” (2011).

His research has also focused on the life, art and influence of 20th Century American artist/naturalist Walter Inglis Anderson and his contemporaries through research, publications, curating exhibits, presenting lectures, developing courses, and in the ongoing development of a multidisciplinary research center at MSU. These efforts have enlivened a critical national discussion on the work of Anderson. His curated exhibit, “Ecstasy — The Mystical Landscapes of Walter Anderson,” has toured U.S. museums, with Funderburk’s lectures, since 2006.

Named the official artist of the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition, Funderburk has had artwork featured in international publications such as Creative Quarterly, Graphis, and Studio Visit Magazine.

The Powe Award is a memorial to the MSU alumnus and longtime research vice president who died in 1996. It is selected at the university level from nominations received from the MSU community.

The annual research awards program honors individuals who contribute significantly to MSU’s mission of research. In addition to faculty, it recognizes and rewards students and staff for accomplishments and creative endeavors, as well as for increasing awareness of the university’s many research programs and capabilities.

The program and banquet are co-sponsored by the offices of the vice presidents for Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine.

“Our research enterprise is strong and growing thanks to our world-class faculty, students and staff, and I always look forward to recognizing them here,” said David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development.

Greg Bohach, vice president for agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine, echoed Shaw’s assessment.

“The awards banquet is one of my favorite events because it’s an opportunity to recognize the commitment to excellence of our university’s scientists, staff and students, and their collaborative efforts,” he said.

Other 2015 research award winners include (alphabetically, by academic unit):

–Bagley College of Engineering: Yong Fu, faculty; Teresa Stewart, research support; Trenton Ricks, graduate student; and Dexter Duckworth, undergraduate student.

–College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station: Jason Bond, faculty; Josh White, research support; Caitlin Hart, graduate student; and Amber Kay, undergraduate student.

–College of Architecture, Art, and Design: Alexis Gregory, faculty; Leah Kemp, research support; and J. Brooke Dorman, undergraduate student.

–College of Arts and Sciences: John Bickle, faculty; Rita Christopher, research support; Sara Shields-Menard, graduate student; and Sally White, undergraduate student.

–College of Business: James Vardaman, faculty; and Nathan Hammond, graduate student.

–College of Education: April Heiselt, faculty; Anne Steverson, research support; Sonum Sanjanwala, graduate student; and Scott Pope, undergraduate student.

–College of Forest Resources: Donald L. Grebner, faculty; Ray Iglay, research support; Zach Loman, graduate student; and Lisa Garrigues, undergraduate student.

–College of Veterinary Medicine: Lesya Pinchuk, faculty; Hossam Abdelhamed, research support; Graham Rosser, graduate student; and Ethan Woodyard, undergraduate student.

–Office of Research and Economic Development: Ronald Gatewood, research support.

–University Centers and Institutes: Patrick Fitzpatrick, faculty; Rooban Thirumalai, research support; Kala Marapereddy, graduate student; and Evan McBroom, undergraduate student.

Also honored were new graduates of the university’s 2014-2015 George Duke Humphrey Faculty Leadership Program:

–Craig Aarhus, associate professor of music and associate director of bands;

–Ashli Brown, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory director;

–Angus Catchot, Extension professor of entomology;

–Renee Clary, associate professor of geosciences and Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum director;

–Diana Eubanks, College of Veterinary Medicine associate clinical professor;

–Donald L. Grebner, professor of forestry;

–William Anthony Hay, associate professor of history and Institute of the Humanities director;

–Brien Henry, associate professor of plant and soil sciences;

–Rocky Lemus, associate Extension/research professor of plant and soil sciences;

–Robert McMillen, associate professor and Social Science Research Center associate director;

–Stephen Middleton, professor and director of African American studies;

–Jane Parish, Extension/research professor of animal and dairy sciences.

Funderburk receives highest university honor

(photo by Beth Wynn / © Mississippi State University)

MSU’s 2014-15 faculty award honorees include (seated, from left) Karyn Brown, Nancy Fultz, and Frances McDavid, (standing, from left) Veera Gude, Lindsey Peterson, Jared Keeley, and Brent Funderburk. The honors were presented by MSU Alumni Association Executive Director Jeff Davis (standing, second from left) and Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert (at far right). Photo by: Beth Wynn

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Longtime art department member and former administrator Brent Funderburk is receiving Mississippi State’s highest faculty honor.

In a Tuesday [April 28] campus-wide ceremony, the internationally acclaimed artist, teacher and 1995-2002 department head whose university career spans more than three decades was named a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor.

Though not a faculty rank, the memorial recognition named for MSU’s 13th president is awarded on the basis of outstanding research, teaching and service to individuals who have attained national or international status. For more, see www.giles.msstate.edu.

Also at the 2014-15 Faculty Awards and Recognition Program, communication instructor Karyn L. Brown was named a John Grisham Master Teacher, a tribute to excellence in classroom instruction named for the MSU alumnus and internationally recognized author. Brown joins others in the highly select group who serve as role models and mentors for their campus colleagues.

The annual spring-semester program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and MSU Alumni Association.

“The strengths of a great university are always in its people,” said Provost Jerry Gilbert, who served as master of ceremonies.

“We are in a great time at Mississippi State, and it’s because of these honorees, our outstanding students and tremendous faculty and staff,” he emphasized, in congratulating and thanking the winners for their considerable service and achievements.

Also receiving awards were six faculty members in the colleges of Architecture, Art and Design, Arts and Sciences, and James Worth Bagley College of Engineering, as well as a provost’s office administrator. They included:

–Nancy M. Fultz, academic programs support manager in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Staff Award;

–Veera Gnaneswar Gude, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, the alumni association’s Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award;

–Jared W. Keeley, assistant professor of psychology, the alumni association’s Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award;

–Frances O. McDavid, also a communication instructor, the Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Faculty Award; and

–Lindsey P. Peterson, also an assistant professor of sociology, the alumni association Graduate Teaching Excellence Award.

 

Funderburk Wins Award in International Art Show and Appears in Creative Quarterly

Brent Funderburk, artist

Brent Funderburk, professor of Art at Mississippi State University, has a series of his artworks presented in the current Spring 2015 issue #37 of “Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design”. British painter Nathan Walsh selected “New Solar MythsDreams of Palladio” to appear in the Professional Fine Art area of the international publication. The juror selected 25 artists for the Fine Art awards section. Funderburk was one of only four artists with five works selected.

Funderburk’s mixed media pieces “Palladio’s New Myth”, “Before/After the Fall”, “Hypnopompic”, “True Myths”, and “Beauty is Not Enough” are shown in Creative Quarterly, now available at most books stores, such as Barnes and Noble, and can also be viewed at the CQ Online Gallery. This is the fourth time he has won awards in this competitive magazine, which was recently named “one of the top one hundred art and design publications in the world.”

The artist also had two works, “Infusion” and “Palladio’s New Myth” accepted by Canadian artist and exhibition juror Linda Kemp into the International Society of Acrylic Painters 6th Annual International Open Online Show 2015. Funderburk was awarded the Strathmore Prize for his painting “Infusion”. The show will be presented on the ISAP website beginning April 6.

Funderburk has taught at Mississippi State University since 1982.

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Funderburk Lectures in Santa Fe, NM, and Jackson, MS

 

Funderburk  in Santa Fe

Brent Funderburk, Professor of Art at Mississippi State University, will present “Infinite Simplicity: Readings from Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.

The illustrated talk is part of the presentation of the exhibition Spanish Sojourns- Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain, currently showing through January 4, 2015 at the museum. Roger Ward, Ph.D, curator of the exhibit Robert Henri and Spain, Face to Face, will also speak about the influence of Spain and Spanish artists on Robert Henri, and a performance by the Ensemble Polonaise will present music to Henri’s .

Funding for the evening’s presentations is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council, and Trustmark. The event is free to the public. (link to MMA here)

Funderburk recently gave an invited lecture, “Art and Architecture: Syn-Aesthetic Twins”, to the 2014 American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Western Mountain Region Conference (October 16-19) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The annual conference, which gathered architects and allied professionals from the six state WM AIA region (New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming), was themed around “The Art of Architecture”, and featured lectures, workshops and exhibitions in the Santa Fe Convention Center, museums and galleries. (link to WM AIA here) has taught for thirty-two years at Mississippi State University, and is currently lecturing on subjects such as Robert Henri, Walter Anderson, and his recent series of paintings, “New Solar Myths: Dreams of Palladio”.