MISSISSIPPI, from its very beginnings, has been a land of stories. Creative contributions by artists have articulated for the world the state’s place in American identity. As Mississippi prepares to celebrate its bicentennnial - marking 200 years of statehood on December 10, 2017 - the Mississippi Museum of Art embarks on an unprecedented artistic celebration. This visual journey charts the waters of the state’s dynamic, nuanced, and fertile history. The Museum’s initiatives celebrating Mississippi's bicentennial explore the full scope of Mississippi art, from works made by indigenous peoples before European arrival to depictions of the Civil War, responses to civil rights, and the emergence of the state's contemporary artistic voice.

PICTURING MISSISSIPPI, 1817 - 2017;
Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise

THE ANNIE LAURIE SWAIM HEARIN MEMORIAL EXHIBITION SERIES

DECEMBER 9, 2017 THROUGH JULY 8, 2018

ART ACROSS MISSISSIPPI:

Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities

MAY 2017 THROUGH MAY 2018


The Museum shares art from its collection with venues across the state.

McComb Public Library

A Social Art: Mississippi Art in the Early 20th Century

May 6 - June 16, 2017

Delta State University | Cleveland

​Home and Away: On the Road with Marie Hull

June 8 - July 27, 2017

Charleston Arts Center

Narratives of the Land

June 16 - August 19, 2017

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Port Gibson

​Eudora Welty’s Women

August 1 - September 9, 2017

Mississippi State University | Starkville

​Narratives of the Land

September 1 - October 13, 2017

E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center | Greenville

​More than Meets the Eye: The Art of the Mississippi Blues

September 8 - October 23, 2017

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College | Gautier

​A Social Art: Mississippi Art in the Early 20th Century

September 26 - October 27, 2017

Gumtree Museum of Art | Tupelo

Formal Explorations: Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection

December 19, 2017 - February 9, 2018

Union County Heritage Museum | New Albany

​Voices in the Threads: Quilts from the Mississippi Museum of Art

January 11 - March 1, 2018

Historic Jefferson College | Natchez

​Southern Gothic: Spiritual Sites and Evocative Spaces in Mississippi Art

February 1 - March 15, 2018

Meridian Museum of Art

A Social Art: Mississippi Art in the Early 20th Century

February 8 - March 23, 2018

Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art | Biloxi

Fine/Folk: Modes of Representation in African American Art

March 12 - May 19, 2018

Membership

Members receive free admission to all exhibitions and much more!

Envision

Create your vision for the state 200 years from now!

Educator Resources

Produced by the Museum and the Mississippi Arts Commission

Bicentennial Events at the Museum

  • 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...

  • Symposium | "Bringing Forward the Past: Art, Identity, and the American South"

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    5:30 - 8 PM Friday; all day Saturday

    The Mississippi Museum of Art and the Center for Art & Public Exchange present an interdisciplinary symposium that brings together artists, curators, scholars, and the public to explore issues related to identity, race, indigeneity, trauma, and memory. Using the bicentennial exhibition Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise as a lens through which to consider historical conceptions of Mississippi, as well as the larger South, this symposium will engage artists and scholars who are...

  • Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Mississippi Burning"

    Thursday, March 22, 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...

  • Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Freedom Song"

    Friday, March 23, 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...

  • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Concert | "...to me from the earth..."

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    7 PM

    The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions

    Join us in the galleries of the White Gold: Thomas Sayre exhibition for a special performance of...to me from the earth…, a musical composition for soprano and ensemble by D.J. Sparr, inspired by the exhibition, and “Mi Historia,” a poem written by David Dominguez. Produced in collaboration with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the performance features soprano Aundi Marie Moore. Ticket required, seating is limited. Instructions for purchasing a ticket are forthcoming.

  • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Concert | "...to me from the earth..."

    Sunday, April 8, 2018

    4 PM

    The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions

    Join us in the galleries of the White Gold: Thomas Sayre exhibition for an encore performance of...to me from the earth…, a musical composition for soprano and ensemble by D.J. Sparr, inspired by the exhibition, and “Mi Historia,” a poem written by David Dominguez. Produced in collaboration with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the performance features soprano Aundi Marie Moore. Ticket required, seating is limited. Instructions for purchasing a ticket are forthcoming.

  • Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "The Reivers"

    Thursday, April 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...

  • Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "This Property is Condemned"

    Thursday, May 24, 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...

  • Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Dixieland"

    Friday, May 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...

  • Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Cookie's Fortune"

    Thursday, June 28, 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...

  • Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series

    Friday, June 29, 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...

  • Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "My Dog Skip"

    Thursday, July 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...

  • Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Great Drives: Highway 61"

    Friday, July 27, 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...