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Mississippi Invitational

Information regarding the next Mississippi Invitational is forthcoming.

Initiated in 1997, the Mississippi Invitational surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state, and includes work in diverse mediums. All artists chosen for inclusion in the exhibition are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship in the year their work is featured. The fellowship was created in 2005 by Jane and Wood Hiatt in response to the need to nurture and invigorate the arts. A grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to one of the exhibiting artists who may use it for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting; to purchase supplies and equipment; to conduct research; and to travel. The artist is then required to donate one original work of art the Museum from at least five works created during the two-year period. The Invitational is housed in the Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions and reflects current directions in Mississippi art. A full-color catalogue will be available for purchase in The Museum Store. For more information about submission guidelines, contact Kathleen Varnell at kvarnell@msmuseumart.org. The Mississippi Invitational exhibition and catalogue are supported in part by the Hiatt-Ingram Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson/Jane Hiatt.

ELIGIBILITY

Artists who are residents of the state of Mississippi are eligible to submit images. Original works in all mediums will be considered.

REVIEW PROCEDURE

For initial artwork review, each artist should submit images of five works of art (a total of five image files that are representative of your style— artwork does not have to be in your possession) on one CD. To enter alternative media (film, video, performance, installation, etc.), contact Kathleen Varnell (kvarnell@msmuseumart.org) at the Mississippi Museum of Art to determine appropriate entry materials. Include a completed artist identification form with your submission, located for download here. Images must be submitted as PC-formatted JPG files, transferred to a CD. Full credit information noting the title, date, medium, and size of each piece must be included as a Microsoft Word-compatible file on the same CD, and on a sheet of paper. Do not use your name in the file names. There is a $20 administrative processing fee; checks should be made payable to Mississippi Museum of Art. Please send all materials to: Mississippi Invitational MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM of ART 380 South Lamar Street Jackson, Mississippi 39201 Review materials will not be returned.

SELECTION PROCESS

Selection of artists for inclusion in the Mississippi Invitational are made by a guest curator. After the initial artwork review, several artists will be contacted for in-studio meetings with the guest curator. These meetings are held in June, when the curator visits Mississippi to view original works. After all meetings have taken place, the curator makes the final selection of artists and specific works to be included in the Mississippi Invitational.

SELECTED ARTWORK

Selected artists will receive information regarding production of the catalogue and transportation of artwork, as well as a loan agreement. Every precaution will be taken for the safe handling of works; the Mississippi Museum of Art will provide door-to-door insurance for works at a fair value, designated by the artist and agreed to by the Mississippi Museum of Art.

THE JANE CRATER HIATT ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

Initiated in 2005, The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship provides a study and travel fellowship of up to $15,000 to support an individual artist in the development and creation of art. The recipient’s works should demonstrate the potential for significant artistic and cultural impact, as well as act as a catalyst for the development and realization of adventurous and imaginative ideas. Only artists whose work is selected for inclusion in the Mississippi Invitational exhibition are eligible to apply for the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship in the year that their work is chosen.

Upcoming Events

Gallery Talk | “Beyond Noble Savage: Native Americans in Art”

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

11:30 AM-noon

Talk begins in Museum Lobby

After Europeans first encountered the indigenous people that lived along the Mississippi River, they began to incorporate portraits of Native Americans into their artistic traditions. Focusing on a famous portrait of a Natchez by French artist Anne-Louis Girodet, Museum Curator Jochen Wierich will survey European and American views of Native Americans during the early decades of statehood. Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 3...

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

12:30-1:30 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past. Licensed art therapist Susan Anand facilitates this group to express themselves through art in an open studio approach, while also sharing stories of hope, fear, joy, and sorrow. The group is open to all skill levels, novice to master, and encourages self-expression with an emphasis on exploration, curiosity, and skill-building with...

Museum After Hours | "Mississippi Made"

Thursday, December 21, 2017

5:30 PM-until

Every third Thursday we host Museum After Hours, when we open the doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi's creative community. These collaborations feature one-night pop-up exhibitions, dining experiences, and combinations of live music, outdoor movies, games, and more. Each month has a new theme and a new story. This month, some of Mississippi’s finest show what they’re made of in a pop-up exhibition inspired by Laurin Stennis’ proposed new Mississippi...

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

12:30-1:30 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past. Licensed art therapist Susan Anand facilitates this group to express themselves through art in an open studio approach, while also sharing stories of hope, fear, joy, and sorrow. The group is open to all skill levels, novice to master, and encourages self-expression with an emphasis on exploration, curiosity, and skill-building with...

Art and Coffee

Saturday, January 6, 2018

10-11:30 AM

Yates Community Room

Art and Coffee is an opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. Join Museum staff and special guests to look at and discuss current and upcoming exhibitions through the lens of how we engage art as a group. Coffee and pastries are served. This event is free and open to the public. Art and Coffee occurs the first Saturday of every month.

Unburied Treasures | Williams Aiken Walker's "A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi"

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

5:30-6:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

William Aiken Walker's genre paintings after the Civil War presented a calm, orderly view of life in the South. This program will focus on Walker's A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi, considering and critiquing visualizations of cotton through images such as Walker's as well as through the words of writers. Unburied Treasures is a monthly series, occurring every second Tuesday of the month, that brings the humanities to life through art, literature, and music. This...