The Art of Hope - National Juried Exhibition

January 21, 2020


Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery

Four works of art in The Art of Hope exhibition.
Artwork in the exhibition (clockwise from top left): Kyong Burke, Embarking, acrylic on canvas; Christy Nelson, Refashioning, salvaged 103-year old quilt section and zipper in encaustic; Cynthia Buob, Kate, charcoal on paper, and Jonathan Price, The Liquid Border – At the Big Bend, digital print on aluminum.

The Department of Art at Mississippi State University invites visitors to a new exhibition titled The Art of Hope on view January 21 through February 28, 2020 in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

When faced with discrimination, inequity, or loss, hope can conjure action, motivate and inspire. As a response to current events such as environmental change, social issues, political turmoil, or their own personal suffering, artists convey their vision for what the future may hold. Using adversity as a conductor for creation and art as a platform for communicating this exhibition represents the diverse ways artists visualize and convey their vision of hope.

120 pieces were submitted for consideration to be in the exhibition with 37 pieces selected for the exhibition by guest juror John Sabraw. 28 final artists including Sylvia Bandyke, Brandin Barón, Cynthia Buob, Martin Brief, Kyong Burke, Mark Dineen, Sam Dorgan, Cyndy Epps, John Fansmith, Linda Fuller, Rachel Green, Susan Harmon, Willoughby Lucas Hastings, J. Fredric May, Dana Moody, Christy Nelson, Raul Ortiz, Alexis Ortiz, Jonathan Price, Edward Ramsay-Morin, Joy Redstone, Jason Stout, Addie Studebaker, Wanda Sullivan, T R O N J A, Michael Voelkl, G. E. Vogt, and Setsuko Yoshida will show in The Art of Hope.

The invited juror John Sabraw made selections for this nationally competitive exhibition of 2D and 3D work. An artist, activist and environmentalist, Sabraw’s paintings, drawings and collaborative installations are produced in an eco-conscious manner, and he continually works toward a fully sustainable practice. Sabraw’s art is in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois, Emprise Bank, and Accenture Corp. Sabraw is represented in Chicago by Thomas McCormick and Martha’s Vineyard by Sargent Gallery. For more on Sabraw visit:

John Sabraw will be present at MSU to give a public talk at 1pm in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditroium in Giles Hall on Friday, January 31. Following the talk will be a public reception for the exhibition from 5pm–6:30pm in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

The Cullis Wade Depot is located at 75 B.S. Hood Road on MSU’s main campus. The gallery is open Monday through Fridays 9am until 5pm, closed campus holidays.

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