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Marie Hull - Formation of an Artist

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.

Self-Portrait, probably 1905/07. Private collection

When Marie Hull was born, in Summit, there was no art education in the public schools of Mississippi and indeed there would be none until she had graduated from high school in McComb (1908) and completed her study of music at Belhaven (1909). Like most children she obviously had the natural instinct to draw, and it seems that the first sketches (hardly more than doodles, to tell the truth) which have providentially survived are those in a French-language composition primer that she used during the school years 1905-06 and 1906-07, when she was enrolled at the Higbee School for Young Ladies in Memphis. Of more substance, executed with greater confidence and technical finesse, are the drawings of members of her immediate family, her younger siblings’ toys and pets, and perhaps of her unidentified classmates and friends which are preserved in...

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Posted on Sunday, October 4, 2015 by MMA

An Artist’s Look - Wyatt Waters and Marie Hull

Wyatt Waters, the watercolorist who now occupies his well-deserved place in the contemporary context of Mississippi art, was once a lesser-known art student at Mississippi College. It was during those years in the late 1970s that he met Marie Hull, who herself was nearing the end of a long and prolific career as a painter. She gave him an audience at a local gallery opening, and the two talked for over an hour. The words of wisdom she imparted still impact Waters all these years later.

“When I grew up there weren’t that many people I knew of who painted around here,” Waters said. “Her speaking with me had a big influence. She was a very unusual and fascinating person, and she told me all of the things I needed to do with my life.”

Among her recommendations to Waters was that he, as an aspiring artist, needed to have the “European experience” – to travel, as she had, to exotic climes and explore uncharted – pun intended – waters. Hull gave similar advice to patrons of the arts and encouraged them to do their...

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Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015 by MMA

(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

Local Student Receives Attention in National Exhibition

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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

Bright Fields Curator Spotlight - Bruce Levingston

Meet Bruce Levingston, acclaimed concert pianist and Mississippi native, and the curator for this Fall’s celebratory exhibition, Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull. Levingston has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as in concert as a soloist and chamber musician in many international music festivals. His numerous recordings have received notable critical acclaim, and he was recently named the Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence at The University of Mississippi.

On view September 26, 2015 - January 10, 2016, Bright Fields, Myra Hamilton Green and Lynn Green Root memorial exhibition series, showcases approximately 100 Hull works in various media, unfolding chronologically as well as thematically. The exhibition showcases sections devoted to Mrs. Hull’s famous still lifes, and contains selected masterpieces from the collections of institutions such as the Wright Art Gallery at Delta State University, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The University of Mississippi Museum, The Johnson Collection, and from many private collections both within and beyond Mississippi. A forthcoming book by the same title – conceived, developed, and authored by Bruce Levingston – is to...

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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 by MMA

Museum Without Walls - Outsider Art to Starkville

Loy “Rhinestone Cowboy” Bowlin (1909-1995), no title, 1986. glitter and glue on paper. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of Warren and Sylvia Lowe. 1994.049.

From visions of space ships to rural landscape memory paintings to observations of New Orleans street life, the artworks in Here and Beyond: Outsider Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art range from the serene to the fantastic. The exhibition is on view August 18 - October 2 at the Mississippi State University Art Gallery in Starkville.

Included in the exhibition are three works by self-taught artist Loy “Rhinestone Cowboy” Bowlin, formerly of McComb. Bowlin had a spiritual awakening in 1975 when, despondent, he heard Glen Campbell’s hit song, “Rhinestone Cowboy.” This popular song inspired him, a religious man, to find happiness through the sparkling beauty of his creations, whether they be the colorful, glittery works on display in the McComb Public Library, the embellished, satin suits that he wore around McComb, or his home décor.

The exhibition showcases sixteen works by artists including Eula Crabtree, Roy Ferdinand, M....

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Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2015 by MMA

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