Graduating fine art majors explore visual storytelling, emotion in ‘Reverie’ exhibition at MSU

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Cecilia Lemus of New Albany creates sculptures of ever-changing light, color and sound for the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design’s “Reverie” exhibition. Lemus is among nine graduating fine art majors whose works are being featured April 13-May 8 in the university’s McComas Hall Art Gallery and Colvard Student Union Art Gallery. (Submitted photo)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Diverse works by nine graduating fine art majors at Mississippi State are on display April 13-May 8 in two university art galleries.

Free to all, the weeklong Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, “Reverie,” 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.

“Through personal experience and reflection, these nine artists have created a multimedia visual exhibition exposing their individual tragedies, hopes, fears and dreams as part of an exploration of the human condition,” said MSU senior art/fine arts major Randi L. Watson of Brandon.

An opening reception takes place at 5-6:30 p.m. April 13 in the McComas Hall Art Gallery. Student introductions will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the McComas gallery and continue at 6 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union’s second-floor art gallery. Complimentary refreshments will be provided at both locations.

The “Reverie” exhibitors include (by hometown):

BAY SPRINGS—HuShawn D. Rambo.

BRANDON—Randi L. Watson.

LEXINGTON—Shaquita N. Woodson.

NATCHEZ—Chelsey V. Johnson.

NEW ALBANY—Cecilia A. Lemus.

OLIVE BRANCH—Taylor B. McGhee.

PONTOTOC—Ethan C. Ritchie.

SAGINAW, Michigan—Ki’erre Dawkins.

VICKSBURG—MiKayla M. Evans.

Exhibit hours for the McComas Hall Art Gallery are 1-5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 4-5 p.m. Wednesday; Colvard Student Union Art Gallery, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

For more exhibit information, contact Brent Funderburk, MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art, at 662-325-2970 or

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

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