‘Best in Show’ exhibit now open at MSU Visual Arts Center Gallery

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Poster creations in which artists explore the theme of “man’s best friend” are on display through Dec. 2 in the “Best in Show” exhibition at Mississippi State’s Visual Arts Center Gallery. (Graphic by Cassie Hester)

STARKVILLE, Miss.— Poster creations in which artists explore the theme of “man’s best friend” are on display through Dec. 2 at Mississippi State.

Titled “Best in Show,” the exhibition at the university’s Visual Art Center Gallery is free and open to all.

The gallery is located at 808 University Drive.

In addition to works of graphic design professionals and students from around the world, the exhibit features an installation of miniature paper dog sculptures created by children from Starkville, Meridian and Tupelo.

Robynne Raye, co-founder of the Seattle, Washington-based internationally acclaimed design studio Modern Dog Design Co., served as guest juror for the exhibit. Raye selected nearly 50 of the 100 submissions to become part of the first “Best in Show” exhibition at MSU.

Two of those selected will be awarded “Best in Show” in the professional and student categories.

During her visit to MSU, Raye will deliver a 3 p.m. public presentation Nov. 9 in Giles Hall’s Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

Also open to all—including canine companions—is a public reception and “Best in Show” awards ceremony that will be held Nov. 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. Raye will be in attendance, and complimentary refreshments will be served.

Additionally, Raye will lead a 3 p.m. discussion on copyright laws for graphic designers Tuesday [Nov. 10] in Harrison Auditorium.

With design clients in both local and national entertainment and retail companies, Raye’s posters are included in the permanent archives of renowned museums, including the Louvre, Library of Congress, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and The National Museum in Warsaw.

In 2013, Graphic Design USA listed her as one of the “50 Most Influential Designers Working Today.” For more biographical information, visit http://moderndog.com/18/about-modern-dog.

In addition to the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department and College of Veterinary Medicine, the exhibit is made possible by the Starkville Area Arts Council, Chalet Arts in Starkville, Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Memphis-based B2B marketing communications firm Oden.

The exhibit also is supported by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission through the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more exhibit information, visit www.bestinshowmsu.com and  facebook.com/bestinshowmsu. Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s coordinator for gallery and outreach programs, also may be contacted at 662-325-2973 or LNeuenfeldt@caad.msstate.edu.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture). For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu, facebook.com/CAADatMSU and twitter.com/CAADatMSU.

The Visual Arts Center Gallery is one of several departmental venues that regularly features traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. Exhibit hours for the gallery are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit bit.ly/MSUArtGalleriesFB.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.