Contact: Madison Welzbacher
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Four graduating Mississippi State students are showcasing their work in a photography exhibition on the Starkville campus.
On display Nov. 18-23 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, “Contact F.21: Photo Thesis Exhibition” celebrates the artistic talents of Bulldog seniors Sloane D. Bush of Edwards, Bryce R. Camp of Amory, Hailey P. Farrington-Bentil of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Kyler L. Moore of Columbus.
Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
A public reception will be held Nov. 18 from 5-6 p.m. at the gallery.
The students’ individual portfolios also will be available for viewing at www.caad.msstate.edu/exhibitions.
“I believe I can speak for all of us when I say that we did not expect the journey that was before us with this class, but now it is with great joy that we get to share it with others,” Bush said. “We have been through a lot of all-nighters, more research than I’ve ever done before, and the craziest adventures trying to figure out how to photograph our projects in a way that shows them off best for the viewers. We have been through a lot, but it has just made it all more than worth it.”
Through their featured images, each student exhibitor seeks to provide insight into different topics.
Bush’s work focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder and how it can be “a life-altering disorder, but not a life-ending one.”
For his series, Camp expands upon the concept of death, showing his viewers the objects and memories left behind.
Through her photos, Farrington-Bentil displays the beauty and uniqueness of the human body, comparing it to flowers that grow in gardens.
Moore’s photos explore how ordinary spaces such as public schools or gas stations can be made strange and evoke different emotions and memories.
Housed in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the Department of Art offers concentrations in photography, graphic design and fine arts. For more on the state’s largest undergraduate studio program, visit www.caad.msstate.edu.
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