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Say Wyatt? The Artist Speaks Vol. 7

Wyatt Waters tells about his experiences painting during his 2011 trip to Italy with friend and chef, Robert St. John. Wyatt Waters (born 1955), Between the Raindrops, 2011. watercolor on paper, copyright © the artist.

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Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 by MMA

Core Sample kick off with daniel johnson (VIDEO)

In case you missed it, here is the presentation and discussion of the 2014 C3 Participatory Art Project, Core Sample, with daniel johnson, Chief Aesthetics Officer of Significant Developments, LLC.

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Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 by MMA

Core Sample: First batch of bells into the kiln

Core Sample, a work of Significant Developments, LLC, the 2014 C3 Participatory Art Project. Click here to learn more about the C3 series and this year’s project to be installed in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. This project is made possible through support from Alternate ROOTS.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by MMA

Blue Christmas

Artists’ jobs are to interpret the world around them, so for any topic, subject matter, or holiday, there is bound to be some art made about it. Here is one such piece by Douglas Bourgeois, entitled Blue Christmas, that is especially appropriate this time of year. Curator of the Collection Beth Batton unearthed this example from the Museum’s permanent collection.

“Because the viewer knows it’s Christmas, there is a joyful expectation,” said Batton. “But the title, Blue Christmas, and the body language of the subject offers the possibility that the holidays can also be lonely and melancholy day for some. The experiences are different for each individual.”

We wish you and yours the happiest of holidays, and if you find yourself sprawled out on the bed like the man in Blue Christmas, may it be from overeating or the exhaustion of spending quality time with family and friends.

Douglas Bourgeois (born 1951), Blue Christmas, 1981. oil on canvas. 14 in. x 14 in. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of George Febres...

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Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by MMA

Say Wyatt? The Artist Speaks Vol. 6

Wyatt Waters tells about his experiences painting during his 2011 trip to Italy with friend and chef, Robert St. John.

Wyatt Waters (born 1955), The Procession, 2011. watercolor on paper, copyright © the artist.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by MMA

Core Sample Symbols Roll In

Core Sample update:

Already, Mississippians of all ages have been sending in and dropping off the symbols that represent what the state means to them. These symbols will be engraved into clay bells, 2200 in all, that will hang in unison for the final installation next Spring of Core Sample, a work of Significant Development, LLC. You can email or mail in your symbols, drop them off at the Museum, or even, as happened in one instance, hand them to Significant Development Chief Aesthetics Officer daniel johnson if you see him in line at the Home Depot.

Your help is also welcome and needed to make the bell assembly workshop run smoothly, so stop by anytime to check out the progress of the project in the Entergy Classroom just off the public corridor of the Museum and come Thursdays 10 AM - 2 PM and Saturdays 1- 5 PM to get your hands dirty.

Click here to learn more about Core Sample and about where to send...

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Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 by MMA

Core Sample Bell Assembly: How it works

Core Sample, a work of Significant Developments, LLC, the 2014 C3 Participatory Art Project. Click here to learn more about the C3 series and this year’s project to be installed in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. This project is made possible through support from Alternate ROOTS.

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Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 by MMA

Ribbon Cutting of 2014 C3 Participatory Art Project

On December 9 at 6 PM, Significant Developments introduced Core Sample and kicked off the project with the grand opening of the bell assembly workshop. The bell assembly workshop will operate Thursdays from 10 AM-2 PM, Saturdays from 1-5 PM, and during special events through the end of the project in March. The bell assembly workshop will involve the public in the hand-built ceramic process, creating bells for the survey. People are invited to inscribe on these bells the symbols they associate with themselves and their communities, including the state-wide Mississippi community.

Participants in the survey are able to create their own bell on which to impress their symbols or use an already finished bell and attach their symbols. Symbols can also be mailed to the museum or emailed to symbols@significantdevelopments.us. Click here for more information about how to submit your symbol.

The public installation of the survey results will be completed during the week of Spring Break 2014, March 10-14. Roughly 2,200 bells will be installed in The Art Garden, hung in a form which will surround...

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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 by MMA

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