Funderburk’s art wins national prize, works accepted

Brent Funderburk

Brent Funderburk, a Mississippi State faculty member since 1982, has had artworks accepted into several national and international exhibitions.

“Today,” a watercolor painting by the university's W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art, has received the first prize award in the 42nd Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Juror Mark E. Mahaffey chose 66 works from 665 entries for the show that will be presented at the Foothills Art Center of Golden, Colorado, from Sept. 19 to Oct. 25.

Funderburk’s watercolor painting “Flying World” has been chosen as one of 233 of 3,779 international entries from 73 countries and regions for inclusion in the 2015-2016 Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial to be exhibited at the Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center from Dec. 5 to Jan. 7, 2016. Jurors include Maureen Bloomfield (USA), Chen Jian (China), Janine Gallizia (France), Jean Noble (UK), Shang Hui (China), Tie Yang (China) and Joseph Zbukvic (Australia). Works selected came from 73 countries and regions. The exhibit will produce a catalog and a traveling exhibit that will tour six cities. Eighty thousand dollars in prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony, dinner and opening reception Dec. 7.

During the summer, Funderburk’s mixed media painting “Before/After the Fall” was selected by juror Ted Nuttall to be exhibited in the 2015 Pike’s Peak International Watermedia Exhibition, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eighty-four of 399 entries were chosen for the exhibit.

Funderburk’s “Flame”, a watercolor painting, will be featured with 99 other works chosen from 545 entries by juror and Colorado artist and author Stephen Quiller for the 47th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition at the City of Brea Galley in Brea, California, from Oct. 17 to Dec. 13.

Additionally, the 2016 Ghost Ranch Calendar Photo Contest has resulted in publishing photographs by Funderburk. Accepted works include three of his images among the 12 photographs chosen. The noted education and retreat center in Abiquiu and Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the former residence of noted American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Nine other photographers were selected nationwide for inclusion in the calendar.

In May, Funderburk received the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award, which honors outstanding, nationally recognized, competitive researchers at Mississippi State.

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