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Mississippi Invitational

The Mississippi Invitational is a biennial survey of recent works created by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state. Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration by a guest curator to be included in the subsequent Mississippi Invitational exhibition. In addition to having their work exhibited, artists chosen are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship—a grant of up to $20,000 that is awarded to one artist to pursue projects which further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas. The fellowship recipient is announced at a reception for the exhibiting artists before the conclusion of the exhibition.

The 2019 Mississippi Invitational call-for-entries has ended. Artists with questions should contact Museum curator of American art Elizabeth Abston at eabston@msmuseumart.org or 601.960.1515.

The Museum produces an illustrated catalog documenting the exhibition. Artists selected receive information regarding the production of the catalog and transportation of artwork, as well as a loan agreement. Every precaution is for the safe handling of works. The Museum provides door-to-door insurance for works at a fair value, designated by the artist and agreed to by the Museum

The biennial Mississippi Invitational and its exhibition and catalog are sponsored by the Community Foundation for Mississippi/Jane Crater Hiatt Fund. The 2019 Mississippi Invitational exhibition will be on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art from June 29 through August 11, 2019, in The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions.

ABOUT THE JANE CRATER HIATT ARTIST FELLOWSHIP
The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist 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 within the state. The fellowship provides support to an individual artist in the development and creation of art over a two-year period. The funds may be used to purchase supplies and equipment, conduct research, or travel, and may be used for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting. Following the conclusion of the grant period, the artist is required to donate one original work of art, chosen from at least five works created during the grant period, to the Museum. Only artists whose work is selected for inclusion in the Mississippi Invitational exhibition are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship in the year that their work is chosen. The recipient’s works should demonstrate the potential for significant artistic and cultural impact, as well as act as a catalyst for the development and realization of adventurous and imaginative ideas.

ABOUT THE 2019 GUEST CURATOR
Kimberli Gant, PhD, is the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Previously she was the Mellon Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum, in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Gant has held curatorial positions at UT’s Warfield Center for African & African Diaspora Studies (2013), The Contemporary Austin (2012), and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York (2005-10). She has curated numerous exhibitions including Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place (2016), De-Luxe (2012), There is No Looking Glass Here: Wide Sargasso Sea Re-Imagined (2010), and Johannesburg to New York (2008). Dr. Gant received her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and holds both a MA and BA in Art History from Columbia University (2009) and Pitzer College (2002). Her scholarly work is published in academic books, such as Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (2015); art publications, such as NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Lies and African Arts; and exhibition catalogues for The Newark Museum, The Contemporary Austin, the Studio Museum of Harlem, MoCADA, Paris Photo, and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos.

2019 MISSISSIPPI INVITATIONAL CALENDAR

June 30, 2018 – Submissions due

Mid-September – Artists notified of selection status and in-studio visits with the guest curator scheduled

October/November 2018 – In-studio visits with the guest curator take place

By December 5, 2018 – Artists notified of final selection

By January 18, 2019 – Images and artists’ statements are due for inclusion in exhibition catalog.

By May 24, 2019 – Works received by Museum

June 28, 2019 – Opening reception for artists and their guests at Museum

June 29-August 11, 2019 – 2019 Mississippi Invitational exhibition on view

Week of October 28, 2019 – Artwork returned to artists

Upcoming Events

Museum After Hours | Speak Your Mind

Thursday, September 19, 2019

5:30 - 8 PM

Every third Thursday we host Museum After Hours, when we open the doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi's creative community. This month's theme, "Speak Your Mind" is inspired by the poem at the heart of the Museum's new exhibition, New Symphony of Time. Read Margaret Walker's epic reflection of the 20th Century, "This Is My Century: Black Synthesis of Time," and share your own composed thoughts during a spoken-word open mic. Take a stroll in The Art Garden, enjoy music by guitarist Granard McClendon, tour the galleries with the Teaching Fellows, get crafty with CDs in the Art Lab, watch the first installment of our Art on Film series, and spend time relaxing with family and friends in our newly designed community foyer. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 5:30-8 PM — Pop-up Exhibition: Community Poems on view 5:30-7:30 PM — Art Lab: Get crafty with CDs 5:45-6 PM — Exhibition tour with the Teaching Fellows 6-7 PM — Guitarist Granard McClendon performs 6-8 PM — Free face-painting by SnapHappy's Tawny Minton 6:30-8:30 PM — Art on Film Series: Walter Anderson: Realizations of an Artist, followed by Q&A with the film's writer and director Win Riley, and co-producer David Wolf 7-8 PM — Speak Your Mind Open Mic Until 8 PM — The Museum Store and galleries open late FOOD & BEVERAGE Food Trucks in The Art Garden: T & M Dogs, 2for7 Kitchen, and Kona Ice Cash bar available at 5 PM Museum After Hours performances are sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council through their Music First program, with funding from Visit Jackson. The Art on Film series is sponsored by Ergon Foundation and Crossroads Film Festival. The Museum's Teaching Fellow program is sponsored by the AT&T Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation.

Art on Film

Thursday, September 19, 2019

6:30 PM

Using the medium of film, the Museum explores the stories of the artists and art on view in its new permanent collection exhibition, New Symphony of Time. The documentary, Walter Anderson: Realizations of an Artist explores the beloved Mississippi artist's life and art, from his days as a student to his last trip to Horn Island in 1965, during Hurricane Betsy. Using never before seen film footage, as well as artwork and archival photographs, this one-hour biography traces the extraordinary life of the fiercely independent artist. Following the viewing, participants will hear from the film’s writer, director, and producer, Win Riley, and co-producer David Wolf. FREE ADMISSION The Art on Film series is sponsored by Ergon Foundation. ABOUT THE SPEAKERS WIN RILEY is the writer, director, and producer of Walter Anderson: Realizations of an Artist, which was broadcast on PBS beginning in 2006. He also wrote, produced, and directed the award winning one-hour program Walker Percy: A Documentary Film, focusing on Percy's life and philosophy, also broadcast nationally on PBS. He has worked as a location manager for dozens of films and television programs, and is currently developing a six-part television show. Win grew up in New Orleans and in Auckland, New Zealand. DAVID WOLF has been involved in television production for over 25 years. Starting in the 1990’s, David produced and oversaw commercials and films for clients such as International Paper, the Tulane’s Cuban Studies Institute, The Preservation Resource Center, and The Volunteers of America. From 2004-05 David collaborated with Win Riley on the production of Walter Anderson: Realizations of an Artist as producer and director. The one hour film distributed to PBS via American Public Television won best documentary and best of show at the Fargo Film Festival and also received numerous awards and recognition nationally. David joined WLAE TV as Director of Productions in 2008 and is now an Executive Producer specializing in non-profit, educational and cultural programming as well as documentary features. David is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and is married with two children.

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, September 20, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

This educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents, emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and storytime. This month, we’ll be reading Color Blocked by Ashley Sorenson and David Miles, embarking on our own quest to find colors in the galleries, and creating new colors and paintings in the classroom. Please dress for mess! This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk | Lance Wheeler

Friday, September 20, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as well as local artists and scholars. For this talk, Curator of Interpretation for the Two Mississippi Museums Lance Wheeler will speak on ancestry and memory in New Symphony of Time. This event is free and open to the public. ABOUT THE SPEAKER LANCE WHEELER currently serves as Curator of Interpretation for the Two Mississippi Museums located in Jackson, Mississippi. Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, he earned a BA in History with a focus on American slavery at Belmont Abbey College and MA in History with a concentration in Museum Studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a public historian, Mr. Wheeler realizes the importance in engaging patrons, not only through facts and dates, but also through personal stories and relativity to current events. Lance believes that museums should be seen has resource centers that allow the community to share their voices and gives individuals the historical connections they need to understand how the past has shaped the present and will shape the future. In his words, “Museums are more than buildings that hold artifacts and the stories of those before us, museums are places that take the visitors on a spiritual journey that bridges the past with the present and beyond.”

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, September 21, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Art in Mind I

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art Therapist Susan Anand joins William R. Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu. Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and AARP Mississippi, and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Art in Mind II

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art therapist Susan Anand joins William R. Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu. Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and AARP Mississippi, and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Fall Teachers' Workshop

Friday, September 27, 2019

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Galleries & Classrooms

More details TBA.

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, September 28, 2019

11:00 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Music in the City | Nicolas Ciraldo

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

5:15 PM cash bar; 5:45 PM program

Trustmark Grand Hall

Music in the City is a monthly series presenting live performances of classical and traditional artists. This month, classical guitarist Nicholas Ciraldo performs an eclectic and virtuosic mix of music for solo guitar. This event is free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

12:30 - 2 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. Open to all skill levels, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com. Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute

Live@Lunch!

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:30 AM

C Spring Stage in The Art Garden

Liven up your lunch break with live local music in a beautiful outdoor setting. The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art! Fridays in May and October. This event is free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by Brown Bottling Co./Pepsi

Gallery Talk

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:30 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators as well as local artists and scholars. This event is free and open to the public.

Guided Tour of Exhibitions n View

Saturday, October 5, 2019

11 AM

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

CAPE Art & Coffee | Dr. Redell Hearn

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10 - 11:30 AM

Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Center, Tougaloo College

The Museum’s Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) leads this opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. This month, Art and Coffee enjoys a change of venue when Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art and Civil Rights for the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College, gives participants a private tour of the Tougaloo College Art Gallery and shares details of the curatorial process for collections sharing between the Museum and the College. Dr. Hearn will also discuss the upcoming exhibition at the Museum, The Prize: Seven Decades of Lyrical Response to the Call for Civil Rights, which features artwork from the Tracy Sugarman Collection at Tougaloo College. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee is served. The Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) and its programs are supported by its founding partners: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bradley Arant.

Art Nights

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

5:15 PM cash bar; 5:45 PM program

Galleries

Art Nights is a monthly evening series that brings the humanities to life through art, literature, music, and dialog. This month’s program will focus on Mississippi’s natural environment, investigating artistic representations of our surroundings in the comfort of the galleries. This event is free and open to the public. This event is free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by Baker Donelson

Live@Lunch

Friday, October 11, 2019

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

C Spire Stage in the Art Garden

Liven up your lunch break with live local music in a beautiful outdoor setting, The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art! Fridays in May and October. This event is free and open to the public. Food trucks onsite. Generously sponsored by Brown Bottling Co./Pepsi

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, October 12, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Art in Mind I

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art Therapist Susan Anand joins William R. Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu. Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Art in Mind II

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1-2:30 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art therapist Susan Anand joins William R. Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu. Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Museum After Hours | Inktober Returns

Thursday, October 17, 2019

5:30 - 9 PM

FREE ADMISSION Every THIRD THURSDAY, the Museum opens its doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi's creative community! Museum After Hours is a family-friendly mix of one-night pop-up exhibitions, live music, films, art-making activities, games, and more. This month, INKTOBER RETURNS with the annual showcase of sketchbooks and drawings by artists who participate in the Inktober "31 Days, 31 Drawings" Challenge. We'll also have pumpkin painting in The Art Garden, a costume contest, live music, a gallery talk, the next installment of our Art on Film series, and a special THEATER ON THE GREEN performance of William Shakespeare's Macbeth by B.L.U.E. Light Underground. NEW THIS YEAR: the Jackson Chalk Walk Festival, a collaboration of local artists, including organizer Eli Childers, and Very Special Arts. Artists will create works of art on the sidewalks surrounding the Arts Center of Mississippi, Thalia Mara Hall, and the Museum throughout the afternoon and evening. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 5:30-8 PM — Pop-up exhibition of Sketchbooks of Inktober participants 5:30-7:30 PM — Art Lab: Pumpkin Painting 5:45-6:15 PM — Gallery Talk with Dr. Redell Hearn in the new ACRI exhibition, The Prize: Seven Decades of Lyrical Response to the Call for Civil Rights 6-7 PM — Live Music 6-8 PM — Free face-painting by SnapHappy's Tawny Minton 6:30-8:30 PM — Art on Film series continues 7-7:30 PM — Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society Costume Contest 7:30-9 PM — THEATER ON THE GREEN: B.L.U.E. Light Underground presents Shakespeare's Macbeth Until 8 PM: The Museum Store and galleries open late FOOD & BEVERAGES Food trucks in The Art Garden: Family First Concessions & Taqueria LaReata Cash bar available at 5 PM 2019 MMA Inktober Challenge It’s Inktober time again! Get into the spirit with MMA’s Inktober Challenge by following the provided prompts. Complete 16 daily drawings, drop off your sketchbook at the Museum on Wednesday, October 16, for exhibition in the pop-up showcase at Museum After Hours on Thursday, October 17, and receive a new sketchbook! Remember to take pics of your drawings every day and share them on social media with the tag: #MMAInktoberChallenge DAILY DRAWING PROMPTS COMING SOON! Questions? Contact Christina McField at cmcfield@msmuseumart.org or 601.960.1515 Museum After Hours performances are generously sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council, through its Music First Program with funding from Visit Jackson. The Art on Film series is generously sponsored by the Ergon Foundation and presented in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival.

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, October 18, 2019

11:30 AM - noon

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

This educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents, emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and story time. This month, we’ll be reading A Quieter Story by Liza Woodruff, exploring the galleries to look at artwork with animals, and creating our own sculptural animals out of Model Magic and mixed media. This event is free and open to the public.

ACRI Lecture Series Presents Harry Allen

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

10 - 11:30 AM

At the Tougaloo College Art Gallery, Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Center

The fourth offering of the Art and Civil Rights Initiative (ACRI) lecture series—a series intended to provide a collective understanding of the influence of social causes on artists, and of artists, on historical events—features Harry Allen, a pioneering photojournalist of the early hip-hop movement. Allen will share his presentation, Shooting the Enemy: My Life in Pictures with the People Who Became Public Enemy, which uses his photographs to highlight major links between some of the most popular hip-hop music created in the 1980s and the creative activism of the 1960s. Shooting the Enemy provides documentation of hip hop’s rise and the early stages of supergroup, Public Enemy, and includes candid images he captured of the influential hip-hop group prior to their recording career. This event is free and open to the public. The ACRI Lecture Series is a component of the Art and Civil Rights Initiative, a multi-year partnership between Tougaloo College and the Mississippi Museum of Art, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. ABOUT HARRY ALLEN Harry Allen has written about race, politics, and culture for nearly 30 years and has been published in VIBE, The Source, The Village Voice, and The New York Daily News. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Billboard, Harvard Design Magazine, Mojo, and is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). As an expert covering hip-hop culture, Allen has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and has appeared on National Public Radio, MTV, VH-1, CNN, and the BBC. From 2003-2015, He hosted radio station WBAI-NY's NONFICTION, an arts show featuring interviews with guests as varied as Hayden Planetarium head Neil deGrasse Tyson, sculptor Richard Serra, Black Panther Party activist Kathleen Cleaver, and director John Landis. Allen lives near Washington, D.C. with his wife, Zakiya.

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

12:30 - 2 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. Open to all skill levels, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com. Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute

Live@Lunch

Friday, October 25, 2019 - Tuesday, August 25

11:30 AM

C Spire Stage in the Art Garden

Liven up your lunch break with live local music in a beautiful outdoor setting, The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art! Fridays in May and October. This event is free and open to the public. Food trucks onsite. Generously sponsored by Brown Bottling Co./Pepsi

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, October 26, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event free and open to the public.