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Carmen Lugo | Mapping a Modern MS

Carmen Lugo is a visual artist from the Coast. After Hurricane Katrina, Carmen realized the importance of community and the impact that it can have, so she began including in the community in her works. Through the Fear Project, she asked others to anonymously share their fears, which she later painted. Her work highlights the commonality that we share, and the value of community.

“I haven’t experienced anything like that until I moved here. The network, the communities—it’s community. Everybody constantly pushing each other up instead of competing with each other, and I think that’s taught me the value of having a strong community behind you, everybody rallying behind each other.”-Carmen

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

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Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 by ModernMS

Jeff Clark | Mapping a Modern MS

A journalist in Bay St. Louis, Jeff Clark has worked with big names, like Lou Reed and the Oasis; however, to him, Mississippi is home, and family is most important.

“It’s Mississippi, but it’s not Mississippi if that makes sense. We’re very, very proud to be Coasties. I think I like the political climate here, especially with things that have gone on in Mississippi recently… I think down here it’s been a lot of people standing up for what they believe in, and I’m proud to be in a community that’s like that.”-Jeff

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

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Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 by ModernMS

Ann Madden and Sandy Maggio | Mapping a Modern MS

Ann Madden and Sandy Maggio are the owners of Smith and Lens in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Smith and Lens is a city favorite, but Ann and Sandy have done more than just a run a business. Their contribution to Second Saturday, a Bay St. Louis tradition, is Frieda Fest. An annual event happening every July, Frieda Fest shows the modernity of Bay St. Louis.

“We wanted a place where people felt welcome, and there are so many creatives. And we have many friends who are business-women right here, and we just collaborate with each other. Turning an event that’s already happening, like Second Saturday, amping it up a bit…Everybody’s game.”-Ann

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

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Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 by ModernMS

Greg Slotsky | Mapping a Modern MS

Greg Slotsky is the owner of Star 92 radio is Grenada, Mississippi, and his main goal is to help businesses grow. However, Greg doesn’t focus solely on his station, but he goes into the community to interact with the citizens, finding others who are daring to differ.

“Our whole job, the reason why we’re there, is to help businesses grow… When you’re doing local radio, you can do things like take the whole football team out for supper after the year… And then we get them on the radio, and every single player gets to talk about their most memorable game, who their family is… I feel like I’ve discovered one heck of a secret from living up in Iowa to now here.”-Greg

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

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Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 by ModernMS

Don Jacobs & Shaw Furlow | Mapping a Modern MS

Don Jacobs, a muralist, founded Brookstock. Brookstock is Brookhaven’s annual music festival with humble beginnings. Shaw Furlow approached Don about expanding Brookstock to more than one night.

“I’m trying to help build the music and art scene here in Brookhaven. You know, we’ve got a great little town here, and now that we’ve got venues to play in, the musicians are starting to reemerge.”-Shaw

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

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Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 by ModernMS

Mississippi Museum of Art Announces Artists for 2016 Mississippi Invitational Exhibition

The Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to announce the eighteen artists selected for inclusion in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational exhibition, on View December 17, 2016 – February 18, 2017. The artists, all residents of Mississippi, are Gregory Martin, Starkville; George Lee Miles, Jr., Jackson; Rod Moorehead, Oxford; Jerrod Partridge, Ocean Springs; Jamie Erin Johnson, Oxford; Matthew 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 Early 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.

This year’s process began with the Museum’s call to artists for sample images of their work. One hundred fifteen submissions were considered by guest curator Marisa J. Pascucci, an experienced art curator, speaker and educator. Presently, Pascucci holds a leadership role at the Boca Raton Museum of Art as...

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Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by MMA

Keith Wooten | Mapping a Modern MS

Keith Wooten is the owner of Buddyrow, Life More Civilized in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Buddyrow is a collection of vintage and modern clothing, jewelry, housewares, and art. With a background in fashion design, Keith has a great eye for unique pieces to bring to Buddyrow.

“Good design is always good design, whether it’s an eighteenth century piece or a twenty-first century piece. If it’s good, true design, they can all work together.”-Keith

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

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Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by ModernMS

Kat Fitzpatrick | Mapping a Modern MS

Kat Fitzpatrick, an artist in Bay St. Louis, found resilience and hope in the midst of Hurricane Katrina. After spending thirty years in the community, Kat can speak to the growth that Bay St. Louis has undergone.

“Well, I think that young people have the opportunity to come to Mississippi at the ground level of a new wave of creativity and quality of life that you don’t find everywhere. I mean, I can walk at night, I can lie down and watch meteor showers in a vacant lot and feel absolutely safe at two in the morning. I love that. That is true freedom to me.”-Kat

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

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Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by ModernMS

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