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The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) and Tougaloo College (the College) are pleased to announce the Art and Civil Rights Initiative (the Initiative), a multi-layered, multi-year partnership that leverages the art collections of both institutions to foster community dialogue and interpretation about civil rights issues, past and present. The Initiative, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, supports new exhibitions, dynamic programming, and evolving scholarship that is made even more powerful and relevant given Mississippi’s place as ground zero for much of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th Century.
The stated goals for the Art and Civil Rights Initiative include: leveraging the Museum’s experience and intellectual base in art and civil rights programs into a more permanent structure that continues to benefit all Mississippians; formalizing an ongoing partnership between the College and the Museum; increasing collective understanding of the influence of social causes on artists, and of artists on historical events; expanding the focus of the program from the American Civil Rights Movement to other national and international civil rights and social justice challenges; and increasing the capacity for compassion, understanding, and civil discourse in our communities.
“The Art and Civil...
Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by MMA
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.
Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017 by MMA
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...
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by MMA
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.
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by MMA
The Mississippi Museum of Art was recently featured in How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development, a resource published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Highlighted as a case study, the Museum’s Art Garden is used as an example of designing and activating public space.
“The book is meant to help people start working with the arts to make their place better,” says NEA Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Jason Schupbach. “We wanted to create something easy to use and full of options for communities to begin doing this work, or to improve what they have already started.”
How to Do Creative Placemaking features 28 essays from thought leaders active in arts-based community development as well as 13 case studies of projects funded through the NEA’s creative placemaking program, “Our Town.”2016 marks the celebration of the Art Garden’s fifth birthday. Shortly after moving to its current downtown location, the Museum transformed a retired 1.2-acre city-owned parking lot sitting adjacent to its building into an open public park with...
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016 by MMA
The Mississippi Museum of Art recently received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Commission.
Through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by peers, the Museum demonstrated it meets standards and best practices set by the commission, and showed itself to be a core educational entity and good steward of the collections and resources it holds in the public trust.
As the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, accreditation signifies excellence and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.
Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 45 years, the museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforce the education and public service roles of museums, and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior.
Of the nation’s estimated 35,000 museums, 1,056 are currently accredited. To earn accreditation, a museum submits a self-study questionnaire and key operational documents for evaluation then undergoes a site visit...
Posted on Friday, December 9, 2016 by MMA
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...
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by MMA
(Jackson, Miss…) From August 2 – August 16, it’s Summer break at The Palette Café at the Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum). While the cafe will not serve lunch during this period, Executive Chef and Culinary Curator Nick Wallace will be busy with his team conceptualizing new menus inspired by Mississippi foodways traditions, local ingredients, and the art on the Museum walls.
Wallace, a native of Edwards, Mississippi, has long been influenced by his experience on the farm. Since joining the Museum, he has found added inspiration from the artworks on view in The Mississippi Story, the Museum’s ongoing, free, public exhibition of works from the permanent collection. Wallace can often be found roaming the galleries, studying scenes of farm life and pool halls that hearken back to his childhood, and quilts illustrating family meals at a shared table. His artistic appreciation and culinary prowess will now be fused in forthcoming menus that draw explicit connections...
Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 by MMA