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About Last Thursday | July 2017

By Julian Rankin, Director of Art & Public Exchange

A conversational debrief of our monthly Museum After Hours community events, held every Third Thursday.

Event date: July 20, 2017

Theme: “Uncommon Spirit”

Who is Dorie Ladner?

I asked myself this question about a year ago, when I first heard the name mentioned. Ladner, born in Hattiesburg, is an immensely significant – if lesser-known – veteran of the Civil-Rights-‘60s in Mississippi. She attended Jackson State University and Tougaloo College, at a time when both campus communities buzzed with student resistance. This youthful energy was supported by SNCC and cultivated by established leaders like Medgar Evers who reached out and listened to young activists. Ladner responded. She protested the arrests of the Tougaloo Nine who attempted to desegregate the public library, for which she was expelled from Jackson State. At Tougaloo, she deepened her relationship to the movement and worked alongside Bob Moses and Fannie Lou Hamer in communities...

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Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 by MMA

MMA and Tougaloo College announce Art and Civil Rights Initiative

The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) and Tougaloo College (the College) are pleased to announce the Art and Civil Rights Initiative (the Initiative), a multi-layered, multi-year partnership that leverages the art collections of both institutions to foster community dialogue and interpretation about civil rights issues, past and present. The Initiative, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, supports new exhibitions, dynamic programming, and evolving scholarship that is made even more powerful and relevant given Mississippi’s place as ground zero for much of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th Century.

The stated goals for the Art and Civil Rights Initiative include: leveraging the Museum’s experience and intellectual base in art and civil rights programs into a more permanent structure that continues to benefit all Mississippians; formalizing an ongoing partnership between the College and the Museum; increasing collective understanding of the influence of social causes on artists, and of artists on historical events; expanding the focus of the program from the American Civil Rights Movement to other national and international civil rights and social justice challenges; and increasing the capacity for compassion, understanding, and civil discourse in our communities.

“The Art and Civil...

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Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by MMA

Downtown Jackson - Collaborative Drawing

Participants in the Museum’s Hoot & Holler Family Creation Lab class recently made a large collaborative drawing. It’s 50” x 32”,made in oil pastel on paper, and illustrates downtown Jackson.

Hoot & Holler Family Creation Lab is held each second Sunday, and is open to families with children ages 6 – 10. Led by Hollingsworth Fellow and artist Adam Farcus, attendees join 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.

Take a look at our events calendar here to learn more about the next Family Creation Lab, held Sunday, April 9. What will you create?

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Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 by MMA





Meet the “Seedsters”

The latest in our Art in Us All Community Exhibition Series is now hanging in the public corridor, free to the public. The program invites nonprofit organizations in Mississippi to showcase art created by their constituents. In this installment, we celebrate the Mustard Seed, a non-profit and Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities. Mustard Seed was founded in 1981 to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of adults with special needs; their work has long included a studio art component led by distinguished Mississippi artists.

Learn more about the exhibition, and meet a few of the many “Seedsters” below. Visit the exhibition to see the art up close and to read more heartfelt stories.


Blair is a “born artist” who has a strong attention to detail and even keeps a database of images on his phone. Blair loves throwing the Frisbee, painting in neutral or darker colors, and is known for his fantastic fashion sense. He enjoys looking at tattoos for inspiration when painting his ceramics and is known...

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Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017 by MMA

Philip Jackson, 2016 Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellow

Mississippi Museum of Art Announces Recipient of Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship Artist Philip Jackson of Oxford named 2016 recipient

(Jackson, Miss.) … The Museum is pleased to announce the 2016 recipient of The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The grant of $15,000 has been awarded to Philip R. Jackson of Oxford, whose artwork is featured in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational, on view through March 12, 2017.

Administered through the Museum, The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship provides a unique study-and-travel scholarship to support an individual artist in the development and creation of art over the course of two years. Artists whose work is selected to be included in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational exhibition are eligible to apply for the grant in the year that their work is chosen. Jackson is one of eighteen artists chosen by Guest Curator Marisa J. Pascucci for inclusion in this year’s presentation.

The fellowship recipient is determined by a panel of jurors following the...

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Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by MMA

Art Lab - Exquisite Corpse

At a recent Third Thursday, our new William R. Hollingsworth Fellow in education, Adam Farcus, organized a collaborative drawing station where visitors created Exquisite Corpse drawings. An Exquisite Corpse is a type of drawing game that was created by the Surrealists in the early 1900’s. Drawings are made by multiple people in sequence. Each person’s addition to the drawing is not fully revealed until the drawing is completed. Below are some examples of drawings made by Third Thursday visitors. On each Third Thursday, Farcus leads a different activity as part of the Art Lab pop up studio experience.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by MMA

2016 Mississippi Invitational installation (VIDEO)

The Mississippi Invitational surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state, and includes work in diverse media.

The Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to announce the eighteen artists selected for inclusion in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational exhibition. The artists, all residents of Mississippi, are Gregory Martin, Starkville; George Lee Miles, Jr., Jackson; Rod Moorhead, Oxford; Jerrod Partridge, Ocean Springs; Jaime Erin Johnson, Oxford; Mathew Grant Puckett, Jackson; Jennifer Torres, Hattiesburg; Michael Richardson, Gulfport; Gerard Howard, Jackson; Bill Jackson, Drew; Critz Campbell, West Point; Charles W. Carraway, Terry; Nate Theisen, Jackson; Joey Rice, Ocean Springs; Megan Hitt, Ridgeland; Myra Meade, Hattiesburg; Obie Earl Clark, Taylor; and Philip R. Jackson, Oxford.

Initiated in 1997, the Mississippi Invitational surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state, and includes work in diverse media. The 2016 exhibition marks the eleventh iteration and is on view from December 17, 2016 – March 11, 2017.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by MMA

The Art Garden - Designing and Activating Public Space

The Mississippi Museum of Art was recently featured in How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development, a resource published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Highlighted as a case study, the Museum’s Art Garden is used as an example of designing and activating public space.

“The book is meant to help people start working with the arts to make their place better,” says NEA Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Jason Schupbach. “We wanted to create something easy to use and full of options for communities to begin doing this work, or to improve what they have already started.”

How to Do Creative Placemaking features 28 essays from thought leaders active in arts-based community development as well as 13 case studies of projects funded through the NEA’s creative placemaking program, “Our Town.”2016 marks the celebration of the Art Garden’s fifth birthday. Shortly after moving to its current downtown location, the Museum transformed a retired 1.2-acre city-owned parking lot sitting adjacent to its building into an open public park with...

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Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016 by MMA

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