Northeast Mississippi Community College art students Kara Reynolds of Corinth and Allye Grace Grisham of Iuka can say they have done something that few others at Northeast have.
Grisham’s “Vanilla Pine,” which was an exercise in color matching and Reynold’s three-dimensional boot were displayed at the home of Northeast president Ricky Ford throughout the 2017 summer months.
Grisham and Reynold’s pieces replaced those by Samantha Campbell of Ingomar and Emily Gafford of New Albany as Northeast art students get a chance to have their work on exhibit at the president’s home during each of the college’s three semesters – spring, summer and fall.
As part of a program started by the college’s first lady Luanne Ford, art students at Northeast get an opportunity to showcase their work in front of the president’s family and guests at the presidential home on campus.
“President Ford and I are happy to display just a small sample of the fine work done by the art students at Northeast,” Luanne Ford said. “We are proud of the work they are doing and the professors who guide their efforts.”
Grisham’s “Vanilla Pine” was part of an exercise in Northeast’s Design II class that focused on matching colors where students took various parts of wallpaper and rearranged them into another scene. Grisham’s work focused on her having to remove half of the original wallpaper and recreating it with acrylic paint to create their own work.
Reynold’s chose to use artistic freedom from her assignment in the college’s three-dimensional design class where students were challenged with their initial assignment of making a shoe out of masking tape. Reynold’s rose to the challenge and made an exact duplicate of her own boot that she was wearing in class instead of copying a shoe.
Works rotate on a semester basis and are nominated by instructors in the college’s art program. Northeast art instructor Jenna Fincher has been instrumental in seeing that quality works are presented at the president’s home.
Grisham and Reynolds joined just a handful of Northeast students to have their work on exhibit at the president’s residence since the program started during the 2016 spring.
Iuka’s Mayuka Nix started off the program with a conte crayon drawing of fruit and Sarah Richardson of Corinth followed with a two-dimensional design of “Lighthouse Hill” in acrylic paint during the 2016 summer months.
During the fall 2016 semester, Saltillo’s Bailey Rayford’s giraffe sculpture was joined in the president’s home by a Lane Blankenship’s (Wheeler High School/Booneville) “Leaves” drawing from an art class project.
Samantha Campbell of Ingomar and Emily Gafford of New Albany continued the program during the 2017 spring semester. Campbell displayed a triadic design of ordinary classroom objects which used cubism for a unique design while Gafford’s ceramic vase sat in the president’s home before becoming a gift for her mother.
“We want to highlight our students,” Ford said. “People who come to visit always point them out and are very interested to know the story behind the pieces. It is a welcome addition to the house.”
Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Kara Reynolds (left) of Corinth and the college’s first lady LuAnne Ford of Booneville look over Reynolds’ three-dimensional design of a boot that was on display at the president’s home during the 2017 summer months.
Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Allye Grace Grisham (right) of Iuka and the college’s first lady LuAnne Ford of Booneville look over Grisham’s artwork that was on display at the president’s home during the 2017 summer months.