Graduating fine art majors at MSU present ‘Epitome’ exhibition

Devin P. Peairs of Brookhaven crafts ceramic pieces for the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design’s “Epitome” exhibition. Peairs is among nearly a dozen graduating fine art majors whose works are being featured April 21-28 in the McComas Hall Art Gallery and Visual Arts Center Gallery. The VAC gallery is located at 808 University Drive. (Submitted photo by Brittany Bobo)

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—Diverse works by eleven graduating fine art majors at Mississippi State are on display April 21-28 in two university art galleries.

Free and open to all, the weeklong Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, “Epitome,” features images reflecting the students’ successful conclusion of research, writing, presentation and advanced studio practice, as well foundational coursework, survey, art history, academic and emphasis classes.

An opening reception takes place at 5-6 p.m. April 21 in the McComas Hall Art Gallery, with student introductions beginning at 5:45 p.m. Also that day, a separate reception will be held 6-7 p.m. in the Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive. Complimentary refreshments will be provided at both locations.

The “Epitome” exhibitors—and their respective areas of emphasis—include (by hometown):

BROOKHAVEN—Devin P. Peairs, concentrating in ceramics.

CALEDONIA—Kara D. VonKanel, concentrating in sculpture.

ELLISVILLE—Kathryne G. “Katye” Drew, concentrating in painting.

KILMICHAEL—Devin J. Butts, concentrating in drawing.

MADISON—Christina D. McField, concentrating in sculpture; and Gerard Woods, concentrating in painting.

OCEAN SPRINGS—Jillian N. Wilson, concentrating in ceramics.

SALTILLO—McKinnon Herring, concentrating in ­­painting.

STARKVILLE—Brittany N. Bobo, concentrating in printmaking; and Luke J. Buckner, concentrating in painting.

STURGIS—Eric Jackson, concentrating in sculpture.

Exhibit hours for the McComas Hall Art Gallery are 12:30-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; Visual Arts Center Gallery, 12:30-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

The exhibition and related programs are made possible by the art department, home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. Additional information is available from Brent Funderburk, William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art, at 662-325-2970 or

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture). Its galleries regularly feature traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists.

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