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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Brent Funderburk

Brent Funderburk


M.F.A., East Carolina University School of Art, Greenville, NC, 1978 (Painting/Drawing)

B.F.A., East Carolina University School of Art, Greenville, NC, 1975 (Painting/Drawing/Film)

b. 1952, Charlotte, NC, a twin.

Married to Deborah Wyatt Funderburk, dancer/choreographer, Instructor of Dance in Department of Kinesiology, Director - Terpsicore Dance Company, Mississippi State University; two children.

Awards, Grants and Honors: (Selected)

2011 Mississippi StatePride Teaching Award: The Myrna Coley-Lee Award

2010 Named "Official Artist" of the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition

2009 "Best of Show", Mississippi Art Faculty Juried Competitive Exhibition, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, MS Joseph W. Campo, Juror

2008 Second Prize, 38th Visual Arts Society of Texas Annual National Competitive Exhibition

2005 "Who's Who in Fine Arts in Higher Education"

2002 O'Keeffe Foundation Grant, $7,000.00

1996 "Father of Waters", CD-ROM produced for U.S. Dept. Of the Interior / National Park Service (co-pi), $78,000.00

1994 Awarded John Grisham Faculty Excellence Award

Awarded Faculty-Student Interaction Grant, "Encounters"

1993 Named Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Awarded Academic Affairs grant to produce video program "Encounters in Art and Life"

1992 Named to "100 Outstanding Art School Alumni Exhibition", East Carolina University, School of Art, Greenville, NC (May)

1991 Nominated, Governor's Art Award

Nominated, Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award

1990 Awarded "Hambidge Fellowship", Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap / Atlanta, GA

Listing, "Art in America" Magazine, "Guide to Galleries, Museum and Artists", (1984 - 96)

1988 $500 Purchase Award, Sonat, Inc., "47th Annual National Competitive Exhibition of the Watercolor Society of Alabama", Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

$300 Purchase Award, Deposit Guaranty National Bank, "1988 Grand National Competitive Exhibition: of the Mississippi Watercolor Society, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

1987 Awarded Tenure, Mississippi State University

$2,000 "Special Teaching Project Grant" awarded, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Established Visiting Fine Artist Series (w/ M. Gootee)

Named First Vice-President, Mississippi Watercolor Society (1986 - 87)

Named Artist Class Signature Member, Southern Watercolor Society (accepted into three national competitive exhibits)

1986 $2,000 "National Burlington Northern Award for Excellence in Teaching" (first M.S.U. awardee, with Dr. Dominic Cunetto and Dr. Richard Wolf)

$250 Award of Merit, "Exhibition South '86 14th Annual Competitive Exhibition", Tennessee Valley Art Center, Tuscumbia, AL

$1,000 Purchase / Best in Show Award, "Thirteenth Annual Bi-State Competitive Exhibition", Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS (Mississippi - Alabama)

1984 Grumbacher Silver Medal and $600 Second Award, "Southern Watercolor Society Eight Annual Nineteen State Competitive Exhibition", Woodruff Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

$3,000 M.S.U. Research Initiation Grant awarded. "Eyesite: A portable, multi-sensory gallery". Regional tour of exhibit and multi-image presentations.

"Outstanding Young Men in America"

1976 "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities"

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