Background Image Alternative Text: watercolor image of house and flowers at night by Brent Funderburk
Background Image Alternative Text: watercolor image of house and flowers at night by Brent Funderburk

Emeritus Professor Funderburk garners international award, success in exhibitions

Brent Funderburk is a retired professor of art and W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor from Mississippi State University, where he taught for 36 years.

Brent Funderburk, right, leans on a large watercolor painting of a house and flower
Brent Funderburk with "From Who I am to Where I am Going"

Via Brent Funderburk 

Mississippi painter and Mississippi State Emeritus Professor Brent Funderburk has had recent notice in several national and international art exhibitions, including the “International Society of Experimental Artists Award” and merchandise prizes in the 2020 National Watercolor Society (NWS) Centennial International Open Exhibition, which are now on display through Dec. 20.              

The 100th competitive exhibition of the NWS features 107 works by artists chosen by jurors, Catherine Chang Liu, Dean Mitchell and John Salminen from 1,100 entries internationally.

Juror Mary Whyte selected Funderburk’s “From Who I am to Where I am Going” for the $1700 honor.

Cover of The Best of Watercolor magazine at left, bottom, on top sits the spread inside showing watercolor painting titled "Nature and Wildlife" and shows flowers and mountains at night
Two of Funderburk’s works, “Blood Moon” and “Soul House Red,” are currently presented in the “Splash 21: The Best of Watercolor” publication with 124 paintings juried by Keiko Wanabe.

Also, a Funderburk water media painting, “Soul House Blue”, has been juried into the competitive “National Watercolor Society” competition. “The First 100 Years” will be shown from Nov. 14 through Feb. 20 at the Hilbert Museum of California Art in Orange, Calif., where 81 contemporary artists’ works, as well as artwork by classic California watercolor artists will be shown. A virtual opening will be broadcast on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. CST.

Two of Funderburk’s works, “Blood Moon” and “Soul House Red,” are currently presented in the “Splash 21: The Best of Watercolor” publication with 124 paintings juried by Keiko Wanabe. “Blood Moon” was also juried into the 50th Annual International Exhibition of the Louisiana Watercolor Society in fall 2020.

Funderburk is a retired professor of art and W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor from Mississippi State University, where he taught for 36 years. He resides with his wife, Deborah, in Starkville.