National magazine touts Funderburk's paintings

Brent Funderburk

A longtime faculty member and former head of the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department is receiving national recognition.

Seven artworks from Professor Brent Funderburk’s “Flying World” and New Solar Myths” watercolor painting series appear in the August issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. Published by ArtistsNetwork, Watercolor Artist is the watermedia artist’s definitive source for creative inspiration and technical information. For more, visit

Written by New York writer, author and artist John A. Parks, an eight-page article titled “Drama, Extravagance and Poetry” highlights Funderburk’s creative background and processes used to produce vibrant, award-winning works.

An MSU William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Art and Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence award recipient, Funderburk recently was recognized with a 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

Earlier this year, Funderburk’s work was featured for the fifth time in the New-York based and internationally distributed “Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design.”

In April, Funderburk’s watercolor painting “Flying World” was among 150 works selected for inclusion in one of the world’s largest competitive exhibits dedicated to water-based painting media. The traveling exhibit is being featured at a total of six museums around China.

“Flying World” previously was on display as part of the 2015-16 International Watercolor Biennial at Shenzhen Art Museum/Luohu Cultural Center in China’s fourth-largest city.

Funderburk is a North Carolina native who has taught at MSU since 1982. Over the decades, he has been honored by the university with the John Grisham Faculty Excellence and Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence awards.

A fine arts graduate of East Carolina University, he is a former MSU art department head who currently serves as its fine-arts thesis coordinator. Painting survey, watercolor, watermedia, senior thesis and advanced studio are among courses he has taught.

In 2010, Funderburk was named official artist for the Jackson-based USA International Ballet Competition. For additional biographical information, visit

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, MSU’s art department is the longtime home of the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. It offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture). Learn more at,, and

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