380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

601.960.1515
(toll-free) 1.866.VIEWART

Museum Hours

Tuesday - Saturday

10 AM - 5 PM

Sunday

noon - 5 PM


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About Us

Our mission: To engage Mississippians with visual art.

The move

The move from the Arts Center of Mississippi to the new facility in 2007 was small geographically, amounting to no more than a city block, yet it pushed the Museum light years ahead in terms of capabilities, technology, and the overall philosophy of what an art museum means to the community. The facility’s brilliant architectural makeover reflects the Museum’s mission to become a symbolic “museum without walls” – an inviting public space that offers relevant and meaningful cultural experiences to both the Jackson community and the state of Mississippi. The completed building represented Phase 1 of the decade-long plan to transform the Museum’s surroundings into a cohesive cultural district in Downtown Jackson.

The architecture

The architecture of the Museum is a tangible manifestation of a philosophical mission. For many years, the mission of MMA was “collecting, preserving and exhibiting art,” a typical museum mission statement. However, when the Board of Trustees of the Museum began to plan the building process for the new facility, the mission was changed to “engage Mississippians with visual art,” a statement that focuses on community interaction and personal experience. The architects, Glavé and Holmes in Richmond, Virginia, and Dale & Associates locally, applied this new philosophical mission to the architecture of the building, creating a sleek, open design for the once-rectangular building. The Museum lobby and entryway is filled with light through the use of a large amount of glass and by raising the roof of the entryway. Museum visitors plainly see not only the entrance to the Museum but other visitors inside the building, breaking down barriers and creating a transparent front door that makes everyone feel welcome. The vibrant Palette Café encourages visitors to sit and relax, and the patio and terrace create welcoming and comfortable spaces that compose the front porch of the downtown cultural district.

Recently

In Fall 2011, the Museum completed Phase 2 of the visionary plan, opening The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art, a 1.2 acre public green space complete with outdoor art installations, the sprawling BankPlus Green, a performance stage, and various spaces for visitors to engage with the arts in a variety of forms. Symbolically, The Art Garden breaks down barriers between the neighboring arts organizations and serves as a nexus that empowers creativity, expression, and synergy in the arts community. The Art Garden has, from the beginning, been a public-private partnership with the city of Jackson. Numerous private and individual donors, as well as state and federal agencies, contributed to and helped to realize the grand vision. Architect Madge Bemiss oversaw construction, and carried the torch passed by the late Ed Blake (1947-2010), whose imagination and forward thinking years before laid foundations for The Art Garden.

Ribbon cutting of The Art Garden (Fall 2011)

The Mississippi Museum of Art has been a community-supported institution for more than 100 years, and was at its former location since the late 1970s. The Museum boasts a seasoned staff of museum professionals and fiscally responsible administrators who have been managing operating budgets for over 30 years. These individuals have worked to ensure that the Museum’s renovations and upgrades are the best thing for the art and people of Mississippi. The Museum’s twenty-nine affiliate museums across the state will continue to benefit from the loan of artwork and traveling exhibitions, ensuring that even those Mississippians who cannot make the trip to Jackson can enjoy our rich cultural history. MMA continues to expand its programs and community outreach that are already in place.

In 2010, the Museum received the National Medal for Museum Service from the Institute of Museum of Library Services, a federal agency. The medal is the highest national honor awarded annually to five museums and five libraries. In 2010, the Mississippi Museum of Art was the only art museum to be recognized with this distinction. Support and recognition from local, regional, and federal arts organizations serve as reminders of the Museum’s successes and motivation for continued excellence and innovation. The Museum also plays a pivotal role in the revitalization of downtown Jackson. Situated between Thalia Mara Hall and the Jackson Convention Complex, the Museum and The Art Garden serve as the anchors of Jackson’s cultural district, and Downtown Jackson. Visitors to the Jackson Convention Complex will get a grand impression of Mississippi’s creative heritage. Meeting goers, as well as everyday downtowners, can adjourn to the Museum for particularly inspirational coffee and lunch breaks (it sets the stage for a remarkable rebirth of Downtown Jackson). Mississippi has always had an abundant supply of creative energy. The Mississippi Museum of Art strives to be a fountainhead attracting people from all walks to discuss the issues and glories of the past and present, while continuing to inspire progress in the future.

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

To see the Museum’s most recent audited financial statement and tax return, please contact rpeeples@msmuseumart.org.

We invite you to peruse our current strategic plan, and hope you will visit soon and help us continue the mission.

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Day: Teaching Fellows Tour, “Seeing Sound”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2 - 2:45 PM

Teaching Fellows are full-time students at Belhaven University, Jackson State University, Millsaps College, or Tougaloo College who were chosen for their academic rigor and interest in teaching and museums. Coming from a breadth of disciplinary interests, they are extensively trained on the museum’s permanent collection on an ongoing basis. The Teaching Fellows Program is generously supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To learn more about our Teaching Fellow program, click here. ...

Art & Coffee

Saturday, April 1, 2017

10 – 11:30 AM

Art & Coffee is an opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. Join Museum staff to look at and discuss current and upcoming exhibitions through the lens of how we engage art as a group. Spend time in the galleries and hear special presentations from Museum staff and the occasional visiting artist! Coffee and pastries are served. This program is free and open to the public. For more information,...

The Magnificent Masterpiece Showcase: A MAC Whole Schools Pop-Up Exhibition

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Museum Corridor

The Magnificent Masterpiece Showcase features student artwork from schools taking part in the Whole Schools Initiative, an arts-integrated teaching program sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission. This one-night pop-up exhibition showcases art from 26 schools across the state of Mississippi. Lesson plans which prompted the student work will be displayed alongside each class and also available by request for attending educators. Cost: Free to the public.

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Museum Classrooms

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 Ainlay 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...

Spring Benefit 2017: Icing on the Cake

Friday, April 7, 2017

7 – 10 PM

Remember the sugar high from your sixth birthday party? The freedom you felt behind the wheel when you turned sixteen? Rekindle the nostalgia. Time travel with fellow partygoers and recapture youthful bliss at a birthday party 200 years in the making! Icing on the Cake, the 2017 Spring benefit, kicks off the our state bicentennial celebrations with an over-the-top evening of grown-up play hearkening back to the magic of childhood. The cake topper to this historic birthday...

Hoot and Holler Family Creation Lab

Sunday, April 9, 2017

2 – 3:30 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom

Ages: Families with children 6-10 Each second Sunday, families with children ages 6-10 are led by a Museum educator in a collaborative art project inspired by a different artist each month. Families are guided in conversations around works by the selected artist followed by related studio projects in the classroom. Families will not only leave with an art work, but will learn techniques they can repeat and expand on at home. This month, we will...