Starkville Area Arts Council’s Cotton District Arts Festival Juried Arts Exhibit 2021

October 2, 2021


Visual Arts Center Gallery

Photographs of a variety of artwork.

The MSU Department of Art Galleries and the Starkville Area Arts Council co-organize this annual juried exhibition as part of the programming for the Cotton District Arts Festival.

45 pieces are on exhibit in the 2021 Starkville Area Arts Council’s Cotton District Arts Festival Juried Arts Exhibit. Pieces include examples of painting, drawing, ceramics,  printmaking, fiber art, graphic design, sculpture and photography. From the accepted pieces, prizes are awarded in several categories. All pieces and awards in the exhibit were selected by notable guest juror Julian Rankin, Executive Director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.

About the Juror:

Julian Rankin was raised in Mississippi and North Carolina. He studied English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rankin was the founding Director of the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art, which uses artworks and engagements to address issues of racial equity and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi. He is the Executive Director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Rankin is a part of the Jekyll Island Management Institute class of 2019, a program supported through the Southeastern Museums Conference.   

He is the author of Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for his Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta published by the University of Georgia Press as part of the Southern Foodways Alliance Studies in Culture, People, and Place series. Catfish Dream was short-listed for a James Beard Foundation Award and was recognized as the 2019 Nonfiction winner by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.


Best in Show

Cultivos, Ana Sofia Licona Luque

2D - Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking

1st Place

Multiverse 1, Joe MacGown

2nd Place

No. 3, Derek Smith

3D - Sculpture & Ceramics

1st Place

Dog With Cup, Mia Parker

2nd Place

Outpouring, Michelle Neumann

Photography/Graphic Design

1st Place

Juxtaposition 23, John Bateman

2nd Place

Processing, Colleen E. McInnis

Merit Awards - Sponsored Honorary Awards

Mrs. Barbara Walker in Memory of Ron Walker

Quilt Book, Suzanne Powney

Dr. Jim and Mrs. Suzy Turner in Memory of Jane M. Persian

Dipsophobia, Rosie Ferguson

Dr. Jim and Mrs. Suzy Turner in Memory of Marion M. Turner

Effigy, Mark Brown

Robert and Joan Wilson in Honor of Brent Funderburk

Asynchronous, Alison Meeler

Juror’s Award

Let’s Get This Bread, Trisha Harjono

Artists in the Exhibition

Taylor Barlow

John Bateman

Stacy Blalock

McColly Brashear

Mark Brown

Bob Brzuszek

Libby Cagle

Sabrina Campbell

Walter Diehl

Marika Dunne

Colleen E. McInnis

Rosemary Ferguson

Trisha Harjono

Jessica Hughes

Ana Licona Luque

Joe MacGown

Joseph MacGown

Dian McCray

Allison Meeler

Pete Melby

Jeremy Murdock

Diana Neal

Michelle Neumann

Olin Norton

Mia Parker

Will Pearson

Suzanne Powney

Andre Ray

Bonnie Renfroe

Derek Smith