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(Re)introducing Marie Hull

Part of an ongoing series on Mississippi artist Marie Hull, showcased in this Fall and Winter’s celebratory exhibition, Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull.

The idea as well as the determination to create this exhibition—and to write the book of the same title—were those of Bruce Levingston. A native of Cleveland who now resides in Oxford and New York City, Levingston grew up in a cultured environment in which, like Marie Hull, his musical talent emerged at an early age and he became an accomplished keyboard artist (indeed, in his case, a renowned one). As a youngster he was captivated by Mrs. Hull’s paintings and thus began a life-long journey of studying and collecting her art. In recent years his interest has been focused on the development of a retrospective exhibition with works from each of the seven decades of her documented activity. The exhibition achieves that goal with examples ranging in date from about 1910-11, when she received some semi-professional art instruction in Jackson, to 1972, when...

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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by MMA

Marie Hull Day

Photograph of Marie Hull and her dog Mimi, taken in 1966 by Charles Gerald for the Clarion Ledger–Jackson Daily News. Courtesy of Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

On this day, we look back, for it marks an important anniversary - 125 years since Mississippi artist Marie Hull was born in Summit, Mississippi. Over the course of the next 90 years, she went on to great success and acclaim both in her home state and abroad. Hull remains one of Mississippi’s most lasting cultural ambassadors. This Fall, her resonance is being celebrated through not one, but two unprecedented exhibitions at the Museum: Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull, curated by acclaimed concert pianist and Honors College artist-in-residence at the University of Mississippi, Bruce Levingston; and On the Road with Marie Hull, a partner exhibition of her treasured sketchbooks curated by the Museum’s own Chief Curator, Dr. Roger Ward.

It was in the not-so-distant past that Hull’s significance was recognized, not just by those in the arts and cultural communities,...

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Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 by MMA

Marie Hull gallery time lapse

​Watch the galleries of Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull come to colorful fruition through this time lapse of installation. Exhibition is on view September 26, 2015 - January 10, 2016, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the artist’s birth. Along with a second partner exhibition, On the Road with Marie Hull, this fall’s celebratory showcase presents and amasses nearly 150 Hull works, the most ever assembled. Learn more here and plan your visit today!

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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 by MMA

Museum Without Walls: Skating to McComb

​Jane Kent, Title Page from Skating (The Grenfell Press, 2011). silkscreen and letterpress. 21 x 15 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Skating, a series of forty-five short, acerbic, sometimes hilarious renderings of how two lovers argue their way out of love, is an artist’s book by Jane Kent and author Richard Ford in which text and image combine to create an eccentric and irregular structure. The piece is constructed so that the eleven differently sized unbound sheets fit together as one image when displayed on the wall in an intended configuration. Text and image are printed variously in letterpress, drypoint, engraving, mezzotint, and silkscreen. Published by the Grenfell Press.

This affiliate exhibition is on view at the McComb Public Library from October through November, 2015. It is supported with funds provided by its statewide Traveling Exhibition Endowment, a fund made possible through significant private contributions matched by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more about the Museum’s affiliate network here.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by MMA

Marie Hull Curator Spotlight - Dr. Roger Ward

Meet Dr. Roger Ward, the Museum’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator. He has conceived and curated On the Road with Marie Hull, the second of two fall celebratory exhibitions held in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of Marie Hull’s birth. Its subject is Marie Hull’s amazing vitality which found expression through her constant travel—in an age when travel was generally less easy than it is today. From Jackson to Philadelphia and New York, from Tampa to San Diego, from Vancouver to Kennebunkport, and constantly back and forth to Chicago on the “City of New Orleans” locomotive, America as seen from the window of a car, bus, or train was the fuel for Hull’s creativity. An indefatigable draftsman, she left an extraordinarily rich record of her experience in her sketchbooks of all shapes and sizes. No less so is this the case for her extended sojourn in France, Spain, and Morocco during the course of 1929 when she made nearly 600 drawings and watercolors of the picturesque hilltop towns of Brittany and the Auvergne, of La Mancha and Andalusia, and of the dazzling...

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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by MMA

Local Student Receives Attention in National Exhibition

PRESS CONTACT: Julian Rankin jrankin@msmuseumart.org | 601.960.1515

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2015

Mississippi Student’s Original Artwork on Display in Year-Long Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition at Two Prestigious Washington, D.C. Locations

The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, in partnership with The U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, host the annual Art.Write.Now.DC Exhibition featuring artwork by a Mississippi student.

Noel Quave, Mississippi School for the Arts, Kelly Walters instructor. Gold Key and American Visions Medal for Mixed Media work, The Messiah

(Jackson, Miss…) The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is proud to announce that Mississippi scholastic artist Noel Quave, a student at the Mississippi School of the Arts, has been selected to be a part of the annual Art.Write.Now.DC Exhibition, on view at two prominent Washington D.C. locations:...

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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by MMA

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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by MMA