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


Join our Email List!

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

Book Signing: St. John + Waters

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

5 PM

The Museum Store

Chef Robert St. John and watercolorist Wyatt Waters are at it again with another feast for the eyes and taste buds! Published in November 2017, “A Mississippi Palate: Heritage Cuisine and Watercolors of Home,” marks the fourth partnership between the two notable Mississippians. “A Mississippi Palate” delivers 105 recipes, each with a Mississippi connection. Readers will enjoy delving into these recipes for delicious favorites from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. The book includes easy-to-follow recipes...

Music in the City

Tuesday, January 23, 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 January program features Franz Shubert’s Arpeggione Sonata and compositions by Robert Schumann performed by Ausra Jasineviciute on the viola and John Paul on the piano. This event is free and open to the public, donations are welcomed. Sponsored by Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.

Gallery Talk | "Beneath the Surface of Sam Gilliam's 'Red April'"

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

11:30 AM-noon

Talk begins in Museum Lobby

In 1970, Mississippi-native Sam Gilliam created his monumental canvas, Red April, which was inspired by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April, 1968. Led by Museum Curator Elizabeth Abston, the gallery talk explores Gilliam’s motivations, painting process, and lasting legacy to the field of abstract art. Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as...

Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

6:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

For more than a century the landscapes and stories of Mississippi have inspired filmmakers. Beginning in Natchez in 1914, cinematic storytellers have used our backdrops to enhance and authenticate their vision. And the imagination of our own writers and the drama of our own history have been brought to life by directors of influence, insight, and power. On the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month, the Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series will celebrate...

JXNStands Light Portraits w T.J. Legler

Thursday, January 25, 2018

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Yates Community Room

Photographer T.J. Legler joins us at the Museum to capture a series of his signature light portraits for #JXNSTANDS. You'll write down what you stand for and become a living monument! #JXNStands invites residents of and visitors to Mississippi’s capital city to assume the role of monument; to stand proudly for whatever value, belief, or idea they believe belongs in the public square. About JXNSTANDS The Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) at...

Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Thieves Like Us"

Friday, January 26, 2018

6:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

For more than a century the landscapes and stories of Mississippi have inspired filmmakers. Beginning in Natchez in 1914, cinematic storytellers have used our backdrops to enhance and authenticate their vision. And the imagination of our own writers and the drama of our own history have been brought to life by directors of influence, insight, and power. On the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month, the Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series will celebrate...