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Trafficking in Public Art – Shannon Valentine

By Public Relations Coordinator, Sarah Crites

Shannon Valentine has been a working artist for 25 years after studying at Belhaven College and the Parson School of Art and Design. Valentine applied for Mayor Harvey Johnson’s “Traffic Signal Project” after talking to Robert Man and Tammy Golden of the Greater Jackson Arts Council.

To keep the concept fresh, Valentine used Kung Fu Elvis as the theme with Tarantino’s action cinematography. “I was going for a Banksy/Warhol with a splash of Quention Tarantino’s stylized hard, edgy graphics.” Valentine explains, “I wouldn’t remember the hip hop or the Elvis in the military. He was really into martial arts, and I remember him dressing up on TV with the karate belt during my childhood.”

Valentine participated in the public art project’s next round along the Highway 80 corridor with a box titled, Tupelo Honey, using a vintage Tupelo, MS, theme. “I’m all about bees and do a lot of bee paintings.” She painted the sides of her box with flowers with bees and the...

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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by MMA

A New Perspective

By Public Relations and Marketing Intern, Mary Rogers My summer as the Public Relations/Marketing intern here at MMA has been fantastic. I get to spend my days in the AC writing, interviewing artists, persuading publications to publish articles about upcoming exhibitions, and creating content for social media. However, there have been a few days where I have been forced to leave my comfort zone of MMA to hang posters up around Jackson. Even in the boiling Mississippi summer, poster hanging is an integral part of marketing events, so thrice in the past two months, I have ventured out with a stack of posters, a list of venues, and a roll of tape.

My first day of poster hanging was quite humbling. Julian, my supervisor, asked me before I went if I knew these areas of Jackson, and I, naively, replied with a firm, “Yeah, definitely.” It was the beginning of June, and I had been to several places on the list and was determined to find the rest, even if I had never heard of them. Not shockingly, this was my first time to...

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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by MMA

Harnessing the Flow

By Mary Rogers, Marketing and Public Relations Intern Through my internship this summer, I have had the privilege of seeing Pearl River Glass Studio working together with the Museum to celebrate visual art, and the newest connection between PRGS and MMA can be found in The Museum Store. I gave Andy Young, owner and founder of the studio, a call to learn about our newest item now in store inventory—the Flow Bowls. Starting from the beginning, Andy enthusiastically described the evolution of the Flow Bowls.

“Six or seven years ago I wanted to make a bowl out of broken glass because we ended up with a lot of clear glass at the studio that I could crush up. I started experimenting with glass and making bowls out of it, and with some of the first ones, the glass melted and looked like it flowed down the side. So that’s why Flow Bowl.”

However, the process was not as simple as one would think. Young has switched from tempered glass, which was not a viable glass for the project, to kiln-form glass,...

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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 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

Traffic Signals Public Art Project

In 2012, Mayor Harvey Johnson introduced the Traffic Signal Box Project, modeled after a similar project in Missoula, Montana. The public art initiative was inspired when Johnson traveled to other cities with strong public art programs and decided to start something in Jackson, MS. He asked The Greater Jackson Arts Council to create the format and send out the call for artists. With over 100 admissions received for the first round, an independent judging panel chose 17 artists to complete 18 boxes in downtown Jackson. Before leaving office, Mayor Johnson pushed for another round along the Highway 80 corridor, and the same process followed with 12 completed boxes. The artists were paid $1,000 per box with the responsibility of maintaining their boxes as long as possible. The city partnered with The Greater Jackson Arts Council to prime the boxes and seal them when the work was done. They also provided the funding for the artists to be paid.

Tammy Golden of The Greater Jackson Arts Council remarks, “We are very grateful to The City of Jackson and especially Mayor Johnson’s staff who worked with us on this beautification project.”


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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015 by MMA

Chef Wallace Represents State in the Hamptons

The Museum is proud to congratulate Nick Wallace, our Executive Chef and Culinary Curator, on being one of over forty celebrated chefs invited to cook at the prestigious 25th anniversary of Chefs & Champagne, the James Beard Foundation’s annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons. Held Saturday, July 25 at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard, this year’s event honors TV personality, chef, and cookbook author Carla Hall. While Nick Wallace – who runs both the Museum’s on-site restaurant and catering operation – is not alone on the list of accomplished culinary professionals, he is the sole chef representing Mississippi and the Deep South.

Cooking alongside Nick Wallace in New York is Dan Blumenthal, Chef and Partner at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Mitchell Moore, owner of Campbell’s Bakery, both located in Jackson, Mississippi.

“I’m extremely excited to be representing the Mississippi Museum of Art and the state in the Hamptons,” said Wallace. “We have an incredible culinary community here in Mississippi and I’m honored to be a part of it. My team and I have conceived a refined dish inspired by...

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Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by MMA

Brotherly Love

Jamie Bouldin, brother of Clarksdale-native artist Jason Bouldin, stopped by MMA today with his daughter on a visit from his home of Spain. He was greeted by preparators L.C. “Tee” Tucker and Melvin Johnson, both of whom have been preserved on canvas by Jason. Here they are in the galleries of The Mississippi Story exhibition.

To see how Melvin’s portrait came to be, watch here:

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Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by MMA

#CapturetheApple: A Daily-Grind Apple-Find

It’s a daily-grind apple-find, inspired by Mississippi artist George Wardlaw who, for fifteen years of his decades-long career, painted nothing but work inspired by apples – their shapes, compositions, and colors. Wardlaw had an apple farmer for a neighbor who allowed him to pick up as many apples as he desired. “This led to my experience of viewing the fallen apples; all sizes, shapes, colorations, conditions, proximity and relationships to each other. That alone was a rich rewarding visual experience,” said the artist.

Find visual inspiration in your everyday and submit your apple art in the medium of your choice with the hashtag #capturetheapple or email to scrites@msmuseumart.org. Each week (beginning July 6) is a new theme, a new slice with which to visualize the ubiquitous fruit. You’ll automatically be entered to win our weekly drawings for museum books, exhibition and drink tickets, and more!

Week 1: color

Week 2: composition

Week 3: light and shadow

Week 4: shape

Most images will be of apples...

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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by MMA