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Give to MMA, Get a William Dunlap original!

William Dunlap, renowned artist and Trustee Emeritus of the Mississippi Museum of Art, has donated “Black and White, Red and Blue, Too” (2016) as a gift to the first supporter who contributes $10,000 or more to the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Annual Fund between now and the end of our current fiscal year, which closes at midnight on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

The Annual Fund enables the museum to engage Mississippians in the visual arts by supporting our calendar of exhibitions, events, and programs throughout the year.

A generous gift for a generous donation!

Click here to make your donation and to claim your new painting!

Thanks for the support!

William Dunlap, Black and White, Red and Blue too, 2016. oil and polymer paint on rag paper with gold leaf. 43” x 28.5”.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by MMA

Mark Brockway | Mapping a Modern MS

Mark Brockway is a manager at The Castle Restaurant & Pub at Dunleith Historic Inn in Natchez, MS, but he is also a photographer and filmmaker who has found in Mississippi an incubator for his creative projects and a place where he can truly be himself.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Monday, June 27, 2016 by ModernMS

Lee Sturdivant Carby | Mapping a Modern MS

Lee Sturdivant Carby is the owner of Satya Yoga Wellness Center in Natchez, Mississippi. By allowing her students to let go of comparisons and self-judgment she encourages them to discover that the world is full of possibilities within their own practice and within their daily lives. She has developed a partnership with Natchez Brewing Company to offer Balance and Brews, a yoga-meets-happy-hour program that injects playfully fuses mindfulness with craft beer.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2016 by ModernMS

Modern Chat - Offbeat

By Guest Contributor Shalina Chatlani, Jackson, MS native and rising senior at Georgetown University

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

Wesley Avenue is a series of pothole chains that wind down to the city’s famously ominous railroad tracks, where most people in Jackson believe they “ought to turn around.” The railroad, once a symbol for travel and progress, has morphed into a ubiquitous indicator of where segregation in all forms is normal, even expected.

On this same road is Offbeat, one of my favorite stores. Upon entering, I am greeted by walls of beautiful, abstract artwork, stacks of alternative literature and comic books, hanging wooden furniture, shelves of music representing genres in jazz, rock, and hip-hop—much different from what the traveler might anticipate to find at the end of this street. I’m beckoned in by the store owner, a DJ named Phillip Rollins, spinning his own mix of contemporary beats.

After stepping inside, thoughts of the railroad tracks or the road outside completely melt away. Instead of ...

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Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by MMA

Jeremy Houston | Mapping a Modern MS

Jeremy Houston of Natchez, MS is a community organizer, musician, and activist. One his projects is the Wharlest Jackson Community Garden, named for slain Civil Rights veteran Wharlest Jackson. The garden educates and feeds members of the traditionally African American neighborhood in which it sits. All of Houston’s work focuses on a more complete and authentic telling of the collective history of Natchez.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2016 by ModernMS

Prudence Owens McGee | Mapping a Modern MS

Prudence Owens McGee is an artist and art educator living in McComb, Mississippi. In addition to being a visual arts explorer in her own right, she encourages the next generation of Mississippi artists to find their own individual paths.

That’s only a starting point,” she tells her students about the academic modes of art making. “It’s like a diving board - jump in the water! This is how you hone those skills, but where you go with it is the art.”

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative

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Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by ModernMS

Aallyah Wright | Mapping a Modern MS

Aallyah Wright is a student at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Through her position as editor of the campus newspaper and her involvement in other organizations and groups, she is hoping to tell provide a platform for telling the diverse stories of student experience in the Delta.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Saturday, June 4, 2016 by ModernMS

Fern Crossley | Mapping a Modern MS

At the age of 65 Fern Crossley continues to be a powerhouse in her McComb community and has kept her late husband Charles Crossley’s studio alive through workshops and tours. She is still a central figure in town and has her own radio show on WAKK fm where she highlights local culture and creative economy.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Saturday, June 4, 2016 by ModernMS

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