North Carolina, California artists inaugurate MSU’s Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Audrey Bell, a North Carolina-based studio artist and owner of Outline Designs furniture and upholstery business, is an inaugural participant in the Mississippi State art department’s Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program. During her five-week stay on the Starkville campus, Bell is exploring her interests in a variety of media, including woodworking, painting, printmaking, furniture and textiles. (Submitted photo by Christie McNeal)

STARKVILLE, Miss—With a grant provided by Arkansas-based nonprofit Windgate Charitable Trust, Mississippi State’s Department of Art recently established a residency program that is advancing the university’s fine arts programming efforts.

Under the direction of Associate Professor of Sculpture Critz Campbell, the MSU Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program currently is hosting its first two artists, Audrey Bell of North Carolina and Angela Eastman of California.

As part of a five-week stay on the Starkville campus, Bell and Eastman are creating new works of art while interacting with art department faculty and students.

Their residency will end with a 5 p.m. show and reception Tuesday [Sept. 6] in the university’s Howell Building sculpture studio. The event is free to all, and refreshments will be served.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Bell is a studio artist who runs her own furniture and upholstery business, Outline Designs. She earned a bachelor’s in studio art and anthropology from Massachusetts’ Williams College in 2010. From 2013-15, she served as a Core Fellow at North Carolina’s Penland School of Crafts, focusing on woodworking and painting. She also enjoys printmaking, as well as making furniture and textiles.

In addition to the Williams College Museum of Art and Penland Gallery, Bell’s work has been displayed at the Nave Gallery Annex in Boston. For more biographical information, visit

Eastman is a native of Albany, Oregon, who holds a bachelor of arts from Colorado College. She has seen her sculptures and installations exhibited at her alma mater, as well as in the collections of Duke University.

As an inaugural participant in the Mississippi State art department’s Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program, California artist Angela Eastman is enjoying pursuit of her metalwork passion during a five-week stay at the university. Jewelry designer and maker behind Flag Mountain Design, Eastman also creates sculptures and installations that have been exhibited nationally. (Submitted photo by Christie McNeal)

Currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Cranbrook Academy of Art just outside of Detroit, Michigan, Eastman received metalwork training through her participation in the Penland School of Crafts Core Fellowship program.

Additionally, she has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Oregon’s Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, New York’s Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and Illinois’s Ragdale Foundation. For more biographical information, visit

For more information on MSU’s newly-established Emerging Craftsperson Residency Program, contact Critz Campbell at 662-275-1064 or

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit

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