JSU Art Galleries

Johnson Hall Gallery Department of Art
1400 JR Lynch Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39217
8:30am – 5:00pm

College of Liberal Art Gallery:
Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building
1400 JR Lynch Street
9:00a – 5:00p

JSU Downtown Campus
101 W. Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201
9:00a – 5:00p

George Clinton’s Art Funk

Jackson State University's Gallery1 will run this exhibition from February 24-March 7, 2016. Reception is scheduled February 24 from 12p-1p. 

George Clinton exhibition flyerGeorge Clinton Bio

On February 24, 2016 at 12:00-1:00p, come join us as we exhibit painting by George Clinton. He is not only an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and music producer, but also a Visual Artist and Painter. Yes, he is the principal architect of P-Funk. The mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and launched a solo career in 1981. He has been cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music, along with James Brown and Sly Stone. Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic dominated diverse music during the 1970s with over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and three platinum albums. Clinton’s efforts as a solo artist began in 1982. He is also a notable music producer who works on almost all the albums he performs on, and has produced albums for Bootsy Collins and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.

Though Clinton’s popularity had waned by the mid-1980s, he experienced something of a resurgence in the early 1990s, as many rappers including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Tribe Called Quest, Digital Underground, and De La Soul cited him as an influence and began sampling his songs. Alongside James Brown, George Clinton is considered to be one of the most sampled musicians ever.

As a visual artist, Clinton’s paintings and sketches open the door to the weird and whimsical and entertain in a magical world heard so often in his music. The Smithsonian has recently recognized his contributions to the Arts and Music by making the P-Funk mothership which was seen in many of his concerts, a part of history as it will be exhibited in the Smithsonian. The Mothership landed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2011 and was rebuilt. It will be available for the public to see in 2016.  



Cedric Jenkins Bio

Cedric Jenkins will provide a short of that includes the history of George Clinton's music and Art contributions.  Mr. Jenkins has been in the entertainment business since the late 90's. He has worked with West Coast Giants such as Death Row Records and Hip Hop Icons such as Snoop Dogg and L.A. Dre with George Clinton.


In 2005, Cedric relocated to Jackson, MS and in 2007 co-founded CunningWorker Productions, LLC with business partner Tonya Gray.  CunningWorker Productions has grown substantially since that time with clients all over the United States and internationally.

BET, The Word Network, The Gospel Channel, TBN, CBS Sports, and ABC have showcased work under the CunningWorker umbrella.  Our client list includes: The Godwin Group, Neon Marketing, Music World Entertainment,  CSpire, AOL, AT&T, Frascogna Courtney, PLLC,  BlackBerry Records, just to name a few.

In 2012, Cedric partnered with Kamel King to form N.O.W. Entertainment. Building on this partnership with CunningWorker Productions as the foundation—Cedric Jenkins has positioned himself to be a force in the entertainment business throughout the southeastern United States.


FullSizeRender-7Justin Ransburg

Justin Ransburg is a mixed media artist specializing in illustration and traditional painting.

Ransburg draws much of his inspiration from Japanese comic books and often depicts the female form in his works. Combining digital media into his practice, he blends his forms with technology, spirituality, dreams, and nature to create characters with captivating stories. This influence also transfers into his traditional paintings with real world objects embedded into the works.

Ransburg received his B.A. from Texas Southern University in 2012, where he majored in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting. While studying at Texas Southern University, he showcased his artwork at War'Hous Visual Studio, Zen Art Space in the Galleria Mall, and the Annual 5A Citywide Exhibition with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His work is also in the collection of notable contemporary art collector Lester Marks.

Since returning to Mississippi, Ransburg continues to seek ways to give back to the communities in which he credits his foundational growth as an artist. Ransburg teaches creative workshops and does live demonstrations with organizations such as United Way, Ask 4 More Arts, and Operation Shoestring. One of his goals as an artist is to inspire young people to pursue a career in fine arts.

Ransburg currently resides in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi.


Contact information:

Instagram: @RansburgArt