The MSU-Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Artist-In-Residence Program is a partnership with the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi State University Department of Art, and the Friends of the Noxubee Refuge with support from the Starkville Area Arts Council.

The Artist-In-Residence Program located at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge offers professional writers, composers, and visual artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the Refuge's inspiring landscape and wildlife.

As father of the Federal Duck Stamp Program, founder of the National Wildlife Federation, “Ding” Darling and his artwork laid the groundwork for the systems of today’s National Wildlife Refuges. Today, painters, writers, sculptors, musicians, composers, and performing artists continue to be inspired by and document our national landscapes with contemporary approaches and techniques. Artists are needed to translate the national wildlife refuges' purpose, as a place where wildlife comes first, into images and other forms of art that bring enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the refuges.


Selected artists stay in refuge housing for two- to four-weeks during which they perform their research, participate in the daily and seasonal activities of park rangers, such as monitoring wildlife, and hold two public outreach programs (approx. 45-min each). 

Public Programs: Programming may include a combination of presentations, demonstrations, workshops, exploratory walks, performances, or meet and greets. Outreach interaction can be tailored to an individual artist's medium, interest, and experience and uses only a few hours of one’s stay. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. In addition, artists are requested to give public presentations in their communities about their residency experiences. Any revenue generated (i.e., registration fees) as part of the presentations will be shared equally with the artist and the program. 

Artwork Donations: Selected artists participating in the Artist-In-Residence Program are asked to donate to the refuge an original piece of work from, and representative of, their residency in Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. This piece will serve to promote and celebrate the refuge and its wildlife. Donated artwork must be received no later than one year after an artist's residency.

Artists are also required to provide the copyright for this artwork to the Fish and Wildlife Service and Mississippi State University. The Fish and Wildlife Service and Mississippi State University will not allow the commercial use of any donated artwork once accessioned into the program's collection. Artwork may be used in exhibits and for educational purposes by Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi State University, or Friends of Noxubee Refuge nonprofit cooperating association for their products.

1. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art.
2. The Fish and Wildlife Service owns the artwork and the rights to reproduce it. Under those rights, the artist has a license to make use of the artwork for his or her purposes. When artists reproduce artwork for their own purposes, publication information will include the language: "This work was produced under the Mississippi State University-Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Artist in Residence program”

These creative works will be exhibited as frequently as possible and shared with the public through other appropriate means. Donated pieces not used for long-term use within the program's collection will be displayed and may be available for purchase at Friends of Noxubee Refuge gift shop. All proceeds from these sales will be used for continued support of the Artist in Residence program.

How to Apply
Applications for the program are accepted throughout the year. Applicants submit digital files of recent work, a statement of purpose with proposal of research, and digital CV or resume of artistic and/or professional experiences. Applicants must indicate in their proposal the two- to four- week period they wish to perform their residency. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications at least 5 months prior to the preferred start date of their residence. 

The Selection Process: A panel consisting of staff from Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR, Mississippi State University Department of Art, and Friends of Noxubee Refuge will review applications. Selection is based on artistic merit, the statement of purpose, appropriateness to a national wildlife refuge residency, and availability of housing during the proposed time period provided by the artist.

For questions please contact the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Manager at 662-323-5548.

To learn more about the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge visit

To learn more about the MSU Department of Art visit

Past Artists in Residence:

Watch past Artist in Residence Gillian Furniss talk to MSU Gallery Director Lori Neuenfeldt about her time at the Refuge.

Born through the power of a mishap, an unavoidable accident, a glitch will somehow almost always produce our best work. When you are forced to take a step back and reevaluate, you gain a new perspective. GLITCH celebrates that. 

Submit any student work created between January 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020, glitchy or not. We're looking for all sorts of work in all categories of design! Winners will be selected by a jury of professional designers and showcased in a gallery exhibition as well as online and published in a book. 



Branding/Packaging (including logos, visual identity systems, branding collateral, brand guides/brand, brand videos, product shots, dielines, etc.) 

Book/Publication Design (including book covers, magazine spreads, etc.)

Advertising (including single print ads and multimedia campaigns containing print, billboards, commercials/video campaigns, social media ads, guerrilla ads, etc.)

Illustration (single entry or campaigns including digital, painting, photo composites, concept drawings, stand-alone illustrations, illustrated posters, etc.) 

Typography (including typeface design, hand lettering, type posters, experimental type, etc.) 

Interactive (including multimedia pieces such as websites, app design, interactive videos, etc.) 



$15 per entry (a campaign counts as one entry; one project per entry please)

Please submit your payment through Submittable. You may also email if you have any payment questions.



Undergraduate and graduate school projects, freelance, and pro bono work created by students between the dates of 1/1/19 and 1/31/20 is eligible.  

Mississippi State students are welcome to enter, as the judging will be blind. 

If accepted, you will be notified by email. 



MSU AIGA will host a reception to mark the opening of a gallery showing to honor all of our GLITCH winners. We’ll exhibit the Best in Show piece, the Best in Category pieces, and all honorable mentions in each category. Join us for a fun evening featuring light refreshments and great work.

The reception will be held on Friday February 28, 2020 at 6pm.

Visual Arts Center Gallery, 808 University Drive, Starkville, MS 39759

To be eligible to receive transfer credit you must:

1. Attach a PDF document that includes syllabi or catalog descriptions for each of the courses that you wish to transfer

2. Upload high quality images of the work that was created in each course, you must have a minimum of 75% of the coursework from each course. 

3. Label your art work files according to this example: lastname_course_piece#.jpg, ex. jones_painting_piece3.jpg

Images in your transfer portfolio should show your artwork in the best possible light. Photograph your artwork on a neutral background under even light - no dark shadows or extreme highlights. Images should be a minimum file size of 72dpi.

To receive transfer credit each class must be approved by the coordinator of the area in which the course falls under: Foundations, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, Graphic Design, or Art History. If the transfer credit is not approved, the student must enroll in the MSU Art course in order to receive required credits.

To view MSU student work from each course click here:

As part of the Articulation Agreement between Mississippi Junior and  Community Colleges and the state’s four-year universities, the following  courses will automatically transfer.  A grade of “C” or better is  required in each course in order for it to be accepted by the Department  of Art:

  • ART 1213 Drawing I
  • ART 1223 Drawing II
  • ART 1123 Design I (2-D)
  • ART 1133 Design II (Color)
  • ART 1013 Art History I
  • ART 1023 Art History II
  • ART 1153 3D Design.

A Foundations Professor or Academic Records Assistant may advise the student to retake one or more courses, if doing so will improve the student’s technique and/or skill level, and increase their chances of a successful Concentration Portfolio Review.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process please contact:

Audra Gines 

Academic Records Assistant


The Photography portfolio review is for students entering the Department of Art’s Photography concentration at Mississippi State University.  Students must have completed 18 studio hours. Must have completed ART 2103: Photography Survey.
The Photography Portfolio Review is an evaluation of the student’s artwork by the Photography Faculty after completion of the following classes in the Department of Art BFA Program (or their transferred equivalent): Design 1, Drawing 1, Design 2, Drawing 2, 3D Design, and Photography Survey.  All courses listed above must be completed at the close of the submission deadline of DEC 10th.
Students can start downloading imagery starting December 1st and make changes until midinght of December 13th.
Passing the review is a requirement to enter the Photography concentration.
1.     Complete the Photography Review application on Submittable.
2.     A statement of intent, one to two pages in length, indicating why you wish to pursue a BFA in Photography.
3.     Ten (10) – Photographs (color or black and white)
4.     One  (1) – Basic drawing that shows knowledge of light and form.
5.     Two (2) – Design 1 projects demonstrating quality composition.
6.     Two (2) – Design 2, Drawing 2, or Painting Survey projects showing a clear understanding of the use of color.
7.     One to three (1 to 3) – images of any media showing creativity and a unique vision.

8.     Include a PDF of Grade, Semester, Year, Instructor and School each ART Foundation class taken.

Naming Conventions for foundation examples: Last name_Foundation Class. Jpg.
Example: gootee_design2.jpg
Naming Conventions for photography examples: Last name_title. Jpg.
Example: gootee_MomSleeping.jpg
File formats include: jpg, tiff, pnd, mp4, pdf and doc.  Images should be a minimum file size of 72dpi.
Students can start downloading imagery starting December 1st and make changes until midinght of December 13th.

Mississippi State University Department of Art