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Mississippi Museum of Art Receives National Accreditation

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...

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Posted on Friday, December 9, 2016 by MMA

Mannequin Challenge Holiday Edition

Museum staff came together to help install the final pieces of our annual Bethlehem Tree exhibition. The 18th century Italian figures did such a good job posing that we had to join them!

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Posted on Thursday, December 1, 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

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

Jarita Frazier-King | Mapping a Modern MS

Jarita Frazier-King is certified in the medical field and advocates for health and wellness in Natchez, Mississippi. While she works a more conventional job as a nurse, Jarita also owns Vixen’s Corner, an adult shop, which she uses to promote body positivity and confidence in women.

“I’m a dreamer, you know. I think that if you have dreams, then you should be to have those things come true right here in Natchez, Mississippi. There’s no reason as to why we can’t have our dreams come true right here.”-Jarita

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

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Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2016 by ModernMS

Jesse Houston | Mapping a Modern MS

Jesse Houston noticed Jackson’s desire and need for fresh seafood in the city. While working at Parlor Market, he worked a small oyster bar, and people’s reactions showed him that an oyster bar could be successful here. Located in Fondren, Saltine Oyster Bar has been named one of the best restaurants in the area multiple times, and Jesse has been recognized as a unique, talented chef.

“I wanted it in Fondren so I could be close to other great artists. I wanted to keep the price point low so that starving artists could come eat here and my friends could eat here. You know, I didn’t want to have a restaurant that was $30-50 a plate, which I’ve done before. It’s fun—you get use a lot of cool, fancy ingredients, but I wanted to do things that were more accessible, but still playful, still fun and artistic and creative.”-Jesse

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

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Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by ModernMS

Jeff Good | Mapping a Modern MS

Jeff Good is well-known in the Jackson area for co-owning several restaurants—Sal & Mookies, Bravo!, and Broadstreet Bakery are all Jackson favorites. Jeff moved here during high school, so he has come to consider himself a Mississippi native.

“Twenty-three years later, we’re not on the cutting edge anymore… We’re seen as much more traditional now, and we’re someplace that’s a place of safety and comfort for many. We’re still a very successful restaurant, but we are not on the cutting edge. And that’s okay. I think that kinda comes with the maturity of your art form.”-Jeff

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

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Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by ModernMS

Donna Ladd | Mapping a Modern MS

Donna Ladd is the editor of the Jackson Free Press, which is a publication highlighting the good in Jackson. While attending Columbia, she came back to Mississippi to work on a Masters project and eventually decided to stay. Focusing on the younger generations, Donna hopes that the JFP could inspire someone to stay in the state.

“You know, I have a chip on my shoulder as a Mississippian about what people think about Mississippi. If there’s anything us Mississippians have in common, it’s that chip on their shoulder of what people think of Mississippi whether or not you agree on anything else…So my thing is that if you can get native Mississippians to really believe that they can go the distance, you know, and that they can not just be okay, not just be good, but to be really good… I think what we will continue to see more and more are Mississippians, these young people especially, come out of Mississippi thinking—not but not in a defensive way—that I’m from Mississippi, and I’m great, and there great people in Mississippi, and I’m going to change the reputation of Mississippi....

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Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 by ModernMS

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