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Mississippi Museum of Art Honors Long-Time Relationship, Welcomes Farcus as Hollingsworth Fellow

The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) recently appointed its first Hollingsworth Fellow, a full-time position funded by a grant awarded to the Museum by the Jane Oakley Hollingsworth Trust in honor of William R. Hollingsworth, Jr., born in Jackson, Mississippi. Hollingsworth is best known for his French impressionist-inspired oil and watercolor interpretations of Mississippi life and landscapes. Adam Farcus, a Mississippi transplant, accepted the two-year fellowship in early November.

Farcus, a Chicago-based artist and teacher, was born and raised in the rural town of Coal City, Illinois. They received their Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, their Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois State University, and Associate Degree from Joliet Junior College. They have exhibited their work at numerous venues, including Box 13, Houston, Texas; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the American University Museum; and A+D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois. They have lectured on his work at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Performance Studies International 16 conference, among many others. From 2012 through 2015 they were also a co-curator, with Allison Yasukawa, for the Baltimore-based residential art...

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Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by MMA

Zooming in on the Capital City

Carol Cole, Jackson, MS, 1980, ca. 1983. acrylic on canvas.Carol Cole, Jackson, MS, 1980, ca. 1983. acrylic on canvas.

This month, we’ve scoured the galleries to ZOOM in on locations, techniques and ideas. Here is Carol Cole’s Jackson, MS, 1980.

Hanging in The Mississippi Story, this acrylic on canvas shows what the downtown city of Jackson was like decades ago, and demonstrates both the preservation of structures and the modernization of the city itself. Iconic building like the Standard Life, the Regions Plaza Mall, the State Capitol and the Mississippi Coliseum stand tall as pictured still today.

While the artist took liberties in her placement of a few buildings and locations, the majority is true-to-life. Find Davis Planetarium on the right, adjacent to the Arts Center of Mississippi where the Museum used to stand. Just out of frame to the right is the plot of land where the Mississippi Museum of Art now resides, an example of modernization and change in the Capital.

The new building...

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Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by MMA