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Mississippi Invitational

The Mississippi Invitational is a bi-annual survey of recent works created by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state. Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration by a guest curator to be included in the bi-annual Mississippi Invitational exhibition. In addition to having their work exhibited, artists chosen are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship—a grant of up to $20,000 that is awarded to one artist to pursue projects which further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas. The fellowship recipient is announced at a reception for the exhibiting artists before the conclusion of the exhibition.

The 2019 Mississippi Invitational call-for-entries has begun. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2018.


Only artists who are residents of the state of Mississippi are eligible to submit images. Original works in all media will be considered.

Following the initial artwork review by the guest curator, a selection of artists will be contacted for in-studio visits. These visits will occur during October and November of 2018, when the guest curator visits Mississippi to view the selected artists’ origina Once the visits have been conducted, the guest curator will make the final selection of artists and works to be included in the 2019 Mississippi Invitational exhibition.

Artists must submit PC-formatted JPG images or media files (film, video, performance, installation, etc.), of five works (only one image or media file per work) of art representative of their art style on CD or online: ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM. Note: These works do not have to be in the artist’s possession.

• When submitting via CD, full credit information noting the title, date, medium, and size of each piece must be (1) included on the CD as a Microsoft Word-compatible file, and (2) included as a printed hard copy with the mailed CD.

• Do not include artist’s name in the image file names.

• There is a $20 administrative processing fee. Checks made payable to Mississippi Museum of Art should be mailed with materials* (postmarked no later than June 30, 2018) to:

2019 Mississippi Invitational
380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

*Review materials will not be returned.


The Museum will produce an illustrated catalog documenting the exhibition. Artists selected will receive information regarding the production of the catalog 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.

Artists with questions should contact Museum Curator of Exhibitions Kathleen Varnell at kvarnell@msmuseumart.org or 601.960.1515.

The bi-annual Mississippi Invitational exhibition and catalog are supported in part by the Hiatt-Ingram Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson/Jane Hiatt. The 2019 Mississippi Invitational exhibition will be on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art from June 29 through September 22, 2019, in The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions.

The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship was created in 2005 by Jane Crater Hiatt and her late husband Wood (1930-2010) in response to the need to nurture and invigorate the arts within the state. The fellowship provides support to an individual artist in the development and creation of art over a two-year period. The funds may be used to purchase supplies and equipment, conduct research, or travel, and may be used for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting. Following the conclusion of the grant period, the artist is required to donate one original work of art, chosen from at least five works created during the grant period, to the Museum. 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. 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.

Kimberli Gant, PhD is the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Previously she was the Mellon Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum, in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Gant has held curatorial positions at UT’s Warfield Center for African & African Diaspora Studies (2013), The Contemporary Austin (2012), and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York (2005-10). She has curated numerous exhibitions including Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place (2016), De-Luxe (2012), There is No Looking Glass Here: Wide Sargasso Sea Re-Imagined (2010), and Johannesburg to New York (2008). Dr. Gant received her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and holds both a MA and BA in Art History from Columbia University (2009) and Pitzer College (2002). Her scholarly work is published in academic books, such as Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (2015); art publications, such as NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Lies and African Arts; and exhibition catalogues for The Newark Museum, The Contemporary Austin, the Studio Museum of Harlem, MoCADA, Paris Photo, and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos.


June 30, 2018 – Submissions are due.

Mid-September – Artists are notified of selection status and in-studio visits with the guest curator are scheduled.

October/November 2018 – In-studio visits with the guest curator take place.

By December 5, 2018 – Artists are notified of final selection.

By January 18, 2019 – Images and artists’ statements are due for inclusion in exhibition catalog.

By May 24, 2019 – Works are received by the Mississippi Museum of Art.

June 28, 2019 – Opening reception for artists and their guests at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

June 29-September 22, 2019 – 2019 Mississippi Invitational exhibition is on view.

Week of October 28, 2019 – Artwork is returned to artists.

Upcoming Events

Young Artists: Architecture and Design STEAM

Monday, July 23, 2018

9 AM-4 PM

Entergy Classroom

Ages 8-10 Cost: $250 Class limit: 15 REGISTER HERE Explore architecture and design through this week’s Young Artists camp. Along with art educator Emily Simmons, students will learn fundamentals in art and architecture while having hands-on experiences building and decorating their own mini-model. Bring your imagination and dress for mess! Participants may bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch boxes through the registration link. About the Instructor:Emily Simmons is a graduate of Millsaps College, with...

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Monday, July 23, 2018

9 AM-noon

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Ages 6-10 Cost: $175 Class limit: 15 REGISTER HERE In this session, students will work with a variety of media (clay, paint, paper, wire, pencils, crayons, and more) to create drawings and sculptures while experimenting with color, line, and shape. Using their imagination and taking inspiration from our exhibitions and the Art Garden, students will be able to try new ways of making art. Teacher: Samantha King

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

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Art and Coffee

Saturday, August 4, 2018

10:00 AM to 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 is served. This event is free and open to the public. Art and Coffee occurs the first Saturday of every month.

Music in the City | Elizabeth Moak in Concert

Tuesday, August 7, 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 that occurs the first Tuesday of every month. The August program features a solo piano recital by Elizabeth Moak. This event is free and open to the public; donations are welcomed. Please note: In September, Music in the City will move to the second Tuesday of the month. Generously sponsored by Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.