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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

The Art Garden - Designing and Activating Public Space

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...

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Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016 by MMA

‘sipp Sourced: Wilderness

Nick Wallace, Executive Chef and Culinary Curator at the Mississippi Museum of Art, goes to the source in this monthly culinary series, coinciding with his themed pop up ‘sipp Sourced menus available each third Thursday - third Saturday in The Palette Cafe.

Learn more about December’s ‘sipp Sourced menu.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by MMA

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

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