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Mississippi Invitational

Deadline for 2016 Mississippi Invitational materials is April 30, 2016.

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 2016 Mississippi Invitational will be made by the guest curator. After the initial artwork review, several artists will be contacted for in-studio meetings with the guest curator. These meetings will be held in June 2016 (week to be determined), when the curator visits Mississippi to view original works. After all meetings have taken place, the curator will make the final selection of artists and specific works to be included in the 2016 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.

CALENDAR

April 30, 2016 (postmark date) Review materials due. Please send the CD of images, a hard copy of image credits, a completed identification form, and a check in the amount of $20 made payable to Mississippi Museum of Art.

May 31 (no later than) Museum notifies artists of application status and schedules select artists for meetings with the guest curator.

June 2016 (week to be determined) Original works viewed by guest curator.

By August 12, 2016 Artists notified of final selections.

Early to mid November Works received by the Mississippi Museum of Art.

December 16, 2016 Opening reception for artists and their guests at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

December 17, 2016 - February 18, 2017 Mississippi Invitational exhibition

By March 13, 2017 Works of art returned to artists.

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