MSU art student receives international honor from Creative Quarterly

“Self Portrait,” a watercolor painting by Mississippi State University senior art major Lori L. Nesbitt of Winona, is one of only four student works receiving a Certificate of Excellence in Fine Art from Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design. (Photo submitted by Lori Nesbitt)

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—A student in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is being honored by one of the world’s top design publications.

Senior art/graphic design major Lori L. Nesbitt of Winona is one of only four university students selected by an international panel of jurors to receive a Certificate of Excellence in the Fine Art-Student category of Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design.

Titled “Self Portrait,” her watercolor painting will be featured in CQ Journal’s Issue 50 and online gallery at Selected from a large pool of entries from students across the U.S. and several countries, Nesbitt’s work also will serve as cover art for the upcoming issue of the MSU Department of English’s literary journal “Jabberwock Review.”

Nesbitt completed her winning artwork in 2017 under the instruction of MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Brent Funderburk.

“Lori’s portrait is one of the best undergraduate student works I’ve seen in any show,” Funderburk said. “Her research regimen is very mature, and her execution in a difficult medium is acrobatic, as well as beautiful.”

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