Artistic creations by MSU students get worldwide spotlight

“Bird Eyes,” a watercolor self-portrait by senior Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison, is among the works by MSU students to be featured in the summer issue of Creative Quarterly, one of the world’s premier art and design publications. (Photo submitted by Katie Erickson)

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—Works by five art majors in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design are being featured in a major international publication.

Based in New York City, Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design showcases graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art works of talented students and professionals worldwide.

A watercolor self-portrait titled “Bird Eyes” by Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison, a sophomore art/graphic design and photography major, took first-place honors in the Fine Art/Student category. It will appear in CQ’s summer issue.

Erickson’s “Fragile,” winner of the 2016 Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition Juror’s Award in Painting, also received a runner-up award in the same category.

In CQ’s most recent issue, senior art/fine arts major Jillian N. Wilson of Ocean Springs was a runner-up in the Fine Art/Student category.

The issue also includes creations of Kaiyla T. Barber of Paulding, Austin R. Grove of Clinton and Jordan R. Hankinson of Collierville, Tennessee. All senior art/graphic design majors, they received runner-up honors in the Advertising/Student category.

In addition to Barnes & Noble and other major retail bookstores, issues of the publication may be purchased online at

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is the longtime home of 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). Learn more at,, and

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