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Funded in part by the Mississippi State University Public Artist Incentive Program, an exhibit by ceramics professor Robert Long and floral design professor Jim DelPrince, along with advanced floral design students, is currently on display in Mitchell Memorial Library.

In a floral design, plant materials and fine containers form a natural symbiosis. Long and DelPrince have worked together over the past five years on floral vessels that not only provide a basis for floral design but give support to individual, delicate stems; increase floral display longevity; and blur the lines between plant material and fired clay.

Dr. Robert Long (left), MSU ceramics professor, and Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU floral design professor pose for a photograph next to their latest installation at MSU Libraries.

Dr. Robert Long (left), MSU ceramics professor, and Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU floral design professor pose for a photograph next to their latest installation at MSU Libraries.

For a number of weeks this spring semester, a sculptural vessel from the Public Art Incentive Collection will hold a fresh floral arrangement created by an advanced MSU horticulture student or by DelPrince and will remain on display outside of the Dean’s Office on the Library’s third floor. From classical Ikebana to old world Flemish designs, each week’s floral design offers practice and experimentation to students and faculty in the art of floral design.

Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU floral design professor, installs a new arrangement at MSU Libraries.

Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU floral design professor, installs a new arrangement at MSU Libraries.

“For years, Dr. Long and I have been intrigued by the interaction between flowers and traditional forms,” said DelPrince. “Combining simple elements such as small, ceramic vases with single stems of flowers can create an extraordinary arrangement.”

Members of the Golden Triangle and MSU communities are invited to visit the Library each week to see the latest arrangement. For more information on this exhibit and on the Public Art Incentive Program, please contact Dr. Jim DelPrince at jdelprince@pss.msstate.edu. For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.



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