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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

Look and Learn with Hoot | O ooh! Picasso by Mil Niepold and Jeanyves Verdu

Friday, September 18, 2020

10:30 AM

PRE-RECORDED VIDEO

This month we’ll read a story about one of the artists whose work is in our exhibition Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times, Pablo Picasso! Picasso is a painter who made art about objects he saw day-to-day through big, bold strokes of paint. Following our story, viewers will be prompted to create a work of art about a household object using paper clippings, glue, scissors, markers, or pens. You may even notice that everything has the potential for art! Fun fact: Did you know Pablo Picasso’s full name is 20 words long? His full name is “Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.” For more fun learning opportunities, check out the Mississippi Museum of Art App.

Creative Healing

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

12:30 PM - 2 PM

Pre

Creative Healing Studio is a weekly 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. In response to COVID-19, the group is meeting on Zoom every Wednesday of the month. To register for this digital group, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com by Tuesday, September 22, at noon. *This Zoom invitation will allow participants to attend via camera and audio. Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Concluding Session | Teacher’s Workshop | Finding Courage in Our “New Normal” Through work in Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times

Friday, September 25, 2020

5-7 PM

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Vincent van Gogh once asked, “What would life be like if we had no courage to attempt anything?” In this time of challenge and uncertainty, we are faced with recognizing patterns that feel suddenly disrupted, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. But what can the Impressionists teach us about having the awareness to notice patterns, systems, and objects that feel so normal and inspire us to be courageous in challenging our behaviors? In this free CEU workshop, teachers will work with local artists, educators, and MMA education staff in close-looking of the artwork in Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times, and participate in a series of cross-curricular, hands-on activities, digitally. This engaging workshop will challenge teachers to identify their own patterns and assumptions of the everyday and equip them with a toolkit of activities to inspire their students in the classroom or at home. This workshop will take place virtually and will be presented in 6 sessions. There will be 5 pre-recorded videos with activity prompts that build upon one another and 1 final, live, concluding session on Friday, September 25, from 5-7 PM to present projects and make classroom connections. The sessions and discussion board will be open Saturday, September 19, through Friday, September 25, to allow teachers to attend the sessions on their time. Teachers will be eligible for .6 CEUs. Space is limited. Register by September 15. Register HERE.

Opening Day: City in the Grass

Saturday, September 26, 2020

10AM - 5 PM

THE ART GARDEN

Drew incorporates tactile materials like wood, metal, and canvas he distresses by hand. Over 100 feet long and 30 feet wide, City in the Grass is made of aluminum panels with vividly colored sand to evoke a Persian carpet in motion. The artist intends for viewers to imagine being giants like Gulliver, the hero of Jonathan Swift’s 1726 satire, in fictional Lilliput, as they wander through his bird’s-eye view of the city. Members’ Opening Friday, September 25, 2020 5 PM to 8 PM | Program begins at 6:45 PM Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks while listening to the Dennis Foundation Blues Band. Members will hear more details on City in the Grass from MMA’s new Chief Curator and Artistic Director of CAPE, Ryan Dennis, with a brief planned appearance via live feed from Leonardo Drew. Complimentary food and beverages generously provided by Clark Beverage, Coca-Cola and Fine & Dandy. Please RSVP by calling 601-960-1515 or visit https://bit.ly/35jQ6mn. City in the Grass: Opening Day Saturday, September 26, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM Teaching Fellows will provide detailed tours on City in the Grass for all ages. Complimentary beverages will be available courtesy of Clark Beverage and Coca-Cola.

Art in Mind

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

10:30 AM

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, ZOOM

Art in Mind is offered to individuals experiencing memory loss or mild cognitive impairment. Participants can stimulate observation, recall, and recognition at home with basic supplies. The program is facilitated by Licensed Art Therapist Susan Anand and an MMA Educator. In response to COVID-19, the group is meeting on Zoom, which allows participants to attend via camera and audio. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu by Friday, September 25. Presented in partnership with The MIND Center at UMMC and generously sponsored by Alzheimer’s Mississippi and Celia Aguzzi Manley with Turn Key Properties.

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1 PM - 2:30 PM

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, ZOOM

Creative Healing Studio is a weekly 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. In response to COVID-19, the group is meeting on Zoom every Wednesday of the month. To register for this digital group, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com by Tuesday, September 29, at noon. *This Zoom invitation will allow participants to attend via camera and audio. Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Art on Film | Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light -- The Art Garden

Friday, October 9, 2020

7 PM

The Art Garden

Our second film in our fall film series is The Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light. This film features the masterpieces and obsessions of Claude Monet, the “Genius of Impressionism,” and takes a journey down the River Seine from Le Harve to Paris and gives a tour of Monet’s masterpieces, house, and gardens at Giverny. This film will be screened from The Art Garden, so bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket and join in this evening event! The film will begin at sunset, following a brief introductory conversation and Q+A. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED To register for a socially distant grass or table area, please use this link: https://10432.blackbaudhosting.com/10432/BankPlus-Green-reservation-09Oct2020 Please contact McKenzie Drake at mdrake@msmuseum.org or 601-965-9912 with questions. Art on Film is generously sponsored by The Ergon Foundation and is presented in partnership with The Crossroads Film Society.