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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.


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


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 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 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.


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

Family Day

Saturday, March 24, 2018

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Galleries, Classrooms, & The Art Garden

Come to the museum for a time-traveling adventure! We’ll venture back in time and look to the future during this fun and art-filled family day, FREE FOR ALL AGES! SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 8 AM: Kick off your Saturday with breakfast* at La Brioche at the Museum! (*Available for purchase.) 9 AM – 1 PM: GALLERIES OPEN FOR FAMILY DAY TRUSTMARK GRAND HALL Build and decorate your time capsule GALLERY 1 – A Contested Place: Native Americans and Europeans Sculpt an...

Art in Mind

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

10:30 AM-noon

BancorpSouth Classroom

Everyone wants to strengthen their memory. As we get older, it’s not just about strengthening it, but also about maintaining it. Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries to stimulate observation and recall, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio. Art Therapist Susan Anand joins William Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake to create fun and comfortable experiences inspired by artworks in the Museum’s collection that stimulate cognition. No previous experience is needed...

Gallery Talk | “The Legacy of Cotton: Artistic Responses from William Aiken Walker to Thomas Sayre”

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Talk begins in Selby and Richard McCrae Lobby

Join Curator Jochen Wierich as he presents a survey of artistic responses to cotton, the crop that has defined the identity of Mississippi like no other. From slavery to sharecropping to industrial farming, artists have portrayed the legacy of cotton throughout history. Selected works that will be discussed are by William Aiken Walker, Thomas Hart Benton, Dorothea Lange, and Thomas Sayre. Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing...

Best of 2018 Oxford Film Fest State Tour

Saturday, March 31, 2018

9:45 AM to 5:00 PM

Yates Community Room

The Mississippi Museum of Art's Bicentennial Film Series: Moving Images in Mississippi is excited to host the Best of Oxford Film Fest State Tour during its stop in Jackson. The tour is comprised of state-wide screening events that shine a spotlight on the best films of the 15th annual Oxford Film Festival held in early February 2018. Join us for a day of free film screenings followed by a panel discussion and filmmaker workshop led by...

Music in The City

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

5:15 PM cash bar; 5:45 PM program

Trustmark Grand Hall

Music in the City is a live monthly performance by classical and traditional artists. The April program features Creole songs performed by Karen Laubengayer on piano and soprano Phyllis Lew-Hale. This event is free and open to the public, donations are welcomed. Music in the City occurs the first Tuesday of every month. Sponsored by Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, April 4, 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...