MSU kicks off art gallery season with an exhibition by Professor Emeritus Brent Funderburk

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Mississippi State University Emeritus Professor Brent Funderburk stands in his studio with his watercolor painting “From Who I Am to Where I Go”. Funderburk will showcase his paintings and drawings spanning the 1980s through recently completed pieces from August 17 to September 7. 17 at MSU’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery. (Photo submitted by Deborah Funderburk)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — The Mississippi State Department of Art opens its 2021-22 gallery season with an exhibition of works by a respected professor who has served the university for nearly 36 years.

Professor Emeritus Brent Funderburk will present watercolor creations in “Here and There: Paintings and Drawings – 1981-2021”, on display from August 17 to September 7. 17 at MSU’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, Second Floor, MSU Visitor Center, 75 BS Hood Drive. Admission is free for the month-long exhibition, as well as a public reception on September 9, 5 to 7 p.m., at the gallery.

Lori Neuenfeldt, art professor at MSU and gallery director, said the Arts Department looks forward to welcoming visitors, especially new students and faculty, to an exhibition of “incredible” works from a internationally renowned artist.

“I can’t think of a better way to express our appreciation for Professor Funderburk than with an exhibition celebrating his early work from the 1980s to his most recent pieces completed in the past three years,” he said. she declared. “By coming to the exhibition, our visitors will be part of something special.

A native of North Carolina, Funderburk retired in 2018 after nearly four decades in the state’s largest undergraduate studio art program, including serving as a department head and fine-grained thesis coordinator. arts.

During his career at MSU, Funderburk received the John Grisham Faculty Excellence, Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence and Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Awards from the university. Professor Emeritus William L. Giles has been named the 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Award recipient.

Funderburk’s paintings have been featured in national and international exhibitions. He is one of four artists featured this summer in the watercolor artist’s article “Inspiration in Bloom”. His painting “Soul House (Blue)” was featured in June in the annual Artists Magazine competition publication SPLASH 22 – The Best of Watercolor.

A graduate of Fine Arts from East Carolina University, Funderburk was named the Official Artist of the Jackson-based International American Ballet Competition in 2010. For more biographical information, visit

In addition to art, the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design offers bachelor’s degrees in construction science and interior design, as well as the state’s only professional architectural degree. accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Learn more at

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