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Viking Portraits with Jason Bouldin (VIDEO)

Even on his days off, Mississippi artist Jason Bouldin is pulsing with creative energy. Get out there and make something!

See more of Jason at work: vimeo.com/129477674

Read about the emotional unveiling of his portraits of Civil Rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers: http://www.msmuseumart.org/index.php/blog/entry/Legacy-Preserved

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Posted on Friday, September 1, 2017 by MMA

Meet the “Seedsters”

The latest in our Art in Us All Community Exhibition Series is now hanging in the public corridor, free to the public. The program invites nonprofit organizations in Mississippi to showcase art created by their constituents. In this installment, we celebrate the Mustard Seed, a non-profit and Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities. Mustard Seed was founded in 1981 to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of adults with special needs; their work has long included a studio art component led by distinguished Mississippi artists.

Learn more about the exhibition, and meet a few of the many “Seedsters” below. Visit the exhibition to see the art up close and to read more heartfelt stories.

BLAIR ALLEN

Blair is a “born artist” who has a strong attention to detail and even keeps a database of images on his phone. Blair loves throwing the Frisbee, painting in neutral or darker colors, and is known for his fantastic fashion sense. He enjoys looking at tattoos for inspiration when painting his ceramics and is known...

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Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017 by MMA

Philip Jackson, 2016 Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellow

Mississippi Museum of Art Announces Recipient of Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship Artist Philip Jackson of Oxford named 2016 recipient

(Jackson, Miss.) … The Museum is pleased to announce the 2016 recipient of The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The grant of $15,000 has been awarded to Philip R. Jackson of Oxford, whose artwork is featured in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational, on view through March 12, 2017.

Administered through the Museum, The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship provides a unique study-and-travel scholarship to support an individual artist in the development and creation of art over the course of two years. Artists whose work is selected to be included in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational exhibition are eligible to apply for the grant in the year that their work is chosen. Jackson is one of eighteen artists chosen by Guest Curator Marisa J. Pascucci for inclusion in this year’s presentation.

The fellowship recipient is determined by a panel of jurors following the...

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Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by MMA

2016 Mississippi Invitational installation (VIDEO)

The Mississippi Invitational surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state, and includes work in diverse media.

The Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to announce the eighteen artists selected for inclusion in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational exhibition. The artists, all residents of Mississippi, are Gregory Martin, Starkville; George Lee Miles, Jr., Jackson; Rod Moorhead, Oxford; Jerrod Partridge, Ocean Springs; Jaime Erin Johnson, Oxford; Mathew 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 Earl 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 and is on view from December 17, 2016 – March 11, 2017.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by MMA

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

Kelly Walters | Mapping a Modern MS

Artist Kelly Walters gives the rest of the world the opportunity to see the world as she does. Diagnosed with Epilepsy, Kelly’s brain transmits sights uniquely. In her work, she tries to depict what she sees by focusing on layering the paint to allow light to pass through differently than our eyes would perceive the actual object.

“I’m realizing other people aren’t seeing that, so I put that into my artwork to give them that experience… So it’s really interesting to see how our artwork really reaches out to touch people.”-Kelly

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

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Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by ModernMS

Robin Whitfield, Artist/Naturalist | Mapping a Modern MS

Robin Whitfield | Mapping a Modern MS from Mississippi Museum of Art on Vimeo.

Robin Whitfield is a formally educated visual artist whose career has increasingly brought her into conversation about the natural world. Living in Grenada, Mississippi, she dares to differ by exploring her own definitions of what art means, and using visual language to raise awareness about art, community, biodiversity, and the Mississippi landscape. This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by MMA

Becoming Rothko - John Maxwell

Mississippi actor John Maxwell reflects on playing the role of modern artist Mark Rothko during New Stage Theatre’s presentation of RED.

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Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by MMA

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