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I AM NEPTEWNS

When I was 14, I created 'Neptewns' as an Instagram handle for my artwork. As a teenager, my art led me to become the youngest artist at Pacesetter Fine Arts Gallery and to create the inaugural Mississippi Maker's Fest Poster commissioned by MDAH & The Two Mississippi Museums. In high school, I trademarked 'Neptewns' to mark my growth.

 

Entering college, I immersed myself in the art scene, participating in numerous markets and collaborations, including a solo-residency at MacGown Art Studio & Retreat in summer 2023. Over nearly a decade, 'Neptewns' has become a beloved alias.

Usually, I'm Zoé Ishee, an undergraduate researcher in Biology, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at MSU. I'm also a graphic designer and artist for the Entomological Museum, and founder and president of MSU's Neuroscience Club. I'm dedicated to creating meaningful art events and projects, often collaborating with Starkville D.I.Y. to engage the community. Whether creating art or organizing events, creativity remains at the core of everything I do, stemming from my lifelong passion for drawing and learning.

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Achievements

  • Designed the festival poster for Mississippi Makers Fest In Jackson, MS 2022, Commissioned by MDAH + The Two Mississippi Museums

  • 2 week Solo Artist Residency at Macgown Art Studio & Retreat, Financial Support provided by the Del Rendon Foundation.

  • The Art of Dance and Movement Exhibition, Starkville Area Arts Council, 2023.

  • Mississippi Maker's Fest Poster Design awarded the Silver Award in the Southeastern Museums Conference Poster Contest.

  • Gallery Showing at Del Rendon Gallery Space, (Starkville, MS) culminating Ishee's stay at MacGown Art Residency.

  • Featured display in the Mississippi Museum Of Art

  • Granted a "5" on AP Art Portfolio, College Board 2021

  • Lead "Moon Man" Paint and Sip Workshop at Pacesetter Fine Arts Gallery.

  • Lead workshop at PaceSetter Fine Arts Gallery, "Halloween House".

  • December Art Show Exhibition at Random Sample in Nashville, TN.

  • Live Painting - Improvisation Night at 929 Coffee, Starkville, MS, September 29th 2023

  • Live Painting - Starkville Area Arts Council, February 6th, 2023, Starkville, MS

  • Silver Key Award- Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2019

  • Organized "Poetry Night" Event at Starkville Area Arts Council, February 17th, 2024

  • Honorable Mention - The Mississippi Museum of Art, Art shown temporarily at the museum. 

  • Countless experiences vending at art festivals and markets.

  • Tee shirt design collaboration with Scooter's Records, Starkville, MS.

  • Led student campers in 3 art class periods during Summer Art Camp 2022, hosted by Pacesetter Gallery.

  • Featured in TLYB Art Magazine 2022.

  • Two-time Feature in Hometown Rankin Magazine

  • Feature in "Southern Exposure" by tlbyART Mag. 

  • Best in Show Award - Chimneyville Arts and Crafts Festival 

  • Honorable Mention - Chimneyville Crafts Festival 

  • Created Album Cover for Bored To Tears' Band self-titled EP, among others.

  •  1st Place - Law Bar Art Day Contest of Mississippi 

  • Best In Show B.H.S Art Show 2021 

  • Recipient of six (6) ​Honorable Mention Awards presented by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

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