2016 Mississippi Invitational
December 17, 2016 – March 12, 2017
Bill Jackson, Reflections on Lake Washington, 2016. acrylic on linen. 30 x 60 in.
Charles Carraway, Sugar Cubes, 2015. oil on linen. 24 x 40 in.
Critz Campbell, American Farm House, 2016. ash, oak, maple woods. 20 x 20 x 2 in.
George “Sky” Miles, Jr., Backyard Mississippi Series, Below the Heavens, 2015. digital photography. 20 x 24 in.
Gerard Howard, A Walk Under the Bridge, 2015. archival print – matte finish. 24 x 36 in.
Gregory Martin, Long Term Parking, 2015. oil on linen. 24 x 24 in.
Jamie Erin Johnson, Bone Dress, 2014. tea-stained Cyanotype. 30 X 40.
Jennifer Torres, Shiny, Cheap, and Happy, 2015. plywood, latex paint, polyurethane. 108 x 180 x 180 in.
Jerrod Partridge, 3:10 pm, 2016. oil and metal leaf on handmade paper. 41” dia. 48 x 48 in. (frame).
Joey Rice, Cloudscape II, 2014. handmade paper with pastel. 19.5 x 25.5 in.
Mathew Grant Puckett, Chair in Perspective, 2010. oil on canvas. 48 x 36 in.
Megan Hitt, Ashes in the Water, 2014. ink and charcoal on paper. 22 x 30 in.
Michael Richardson, Message from Karl, 2014. Intaglio. 17 ½ x 21 ½ in.
Myra Meade, Thank you Wolf Kahn, 2016. oil on canvas. 40 x 30 in.
Nate Theisen, Altar for Regeneration, 2015. Cicada shells, plexiglass, water, leaf. 22 x 36 x 36 in.
Obie Clark, Untitled #2, 2015. raku fired clay with wooden legs and handle. 16 x 9 in.
Philip Jackson, Transitory Spaces: Pear, Apples and Cherries, 2016. oil on panel. 10 x 10 in.
Rod Moorhead, Elgin’s Octave, 2014. smoke-fired clay, LED neon. 78 x 78 x 24 in.
The Mississippi Invitational surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state, and includes work in diverse media. 2>
The Museum 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 “Sky” 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. Cost: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Free admission for children under the age of five and Museum members.
This year’s process began with the Museum’s call to artists for sample images of their work. One hundred fifteen submissions were considered by guest curator Marisa J. Pascucci, an experienced art curator, speaker and educator. Presently, Pascucci holds a leadership role at the Boca Raton Museum of Art as the curator of collections and is charged with overseeing the care and development of the Museum’s important permanent collection. She assists in planning, organizing, and selecting the Museum’s diverse exhibitions and implementing relevant programming associated with the exhibitions and collections. Previously, she was the associate editor of The Art Economist – a critically informative international publication pertaining to the global contemporary art market – and adjunct faculty and career advisor at Palm Beach State College. Pascucci’s former art museum experience includes serving as the Norton Museum of Art’s Smith curator of American art, along with curatorial and educational roles held at the Everson Museum of Art, New York; the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama; MOCA, Cleveland, Ohio; and, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio. She graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in art history and earned dual master’s degrees in art history and museum studies from the joint program between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
In addition to exhibiting in the Mississippi Invitational exhibition, all eighteen artists were eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The fellowship was created in 2005 by Jane Crater Hiatt and her late husband Wood (1930 –2010) in response to the need to nurture and invigorate the arts in the state. A grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to one artist who may use it for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting; to pursue projects which further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas; to purchase supplies and equipment; to conduct research; and to travel. The artist is then required to donate one original work of art to the Museum from at least five works created during the two-year grant period. This year’s fellowship recipient is Philip Jackson of Oxford.