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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.

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.

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.


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

Cape Art & Coffee

Saturday, February 1, 2020

10 - 11:30 AM

The Museum Foyer, Galleries

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 event is free and open to the public. Coffee is served. This month, our guest will be Cynthia Newhall from the Institute for Modern Slavery at Tougaloo College. 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.

Guided Tour

Saturday, February 1, 2020

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Music in the City | Concoridia Ensemble

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

5:45 - 7 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

Music in the City is a monthly series presenting live performances of classical and traditional artists. This month, listen to choral music by Concordia Ensemble. This event is free and open to the public.

heART Night: Love at First Sight

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

5:45 PM to 8:00 PM

Let the speed dating! In this month’s Art Nights, travel the galleries and get to know selected artworks in New Symphony of Time. In each “date,” visitors will listen to music while viewing the artwork and have short conversations facilitated by Museum educators and curators. What work would you want to see on a second date to the Museum? Cast a paper heart near the artwork you loved the most at the end of the event! Generously sponsored by Baker Donelson

Museum After Hours | Black Art Now

Thursday, February 20, 2020

5:45 - 8 PM

FREE Experience Black Art Now. Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with a pop-up exhibition featuring photographs by Justin Hardiman, a fun game of Mississippi Card Revoked centered around our state's history, and an important conversation about why it's important for Black people to be in Museum spaces. Explore the galleries of "New Symphony of Time" in a guided tour; plus, meet and greet local Black owned businesses in the community. Be sure to stay for LIVE MUSIC produced by Mississippians Darrin Givens, Sigma, Big Savage, Chris Valentine, Donche, and 5th Child using samples (audio clips of sounds and/or songs) from renowned Mississippi musicians. *Cash Bar will be available Museum After Hours performances are generously sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council, through its Music First Program, with funding from Visit Jackson, MS and Downtown Jackson Partners.

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, February 21, 2020

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

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, join us as we read The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh and illustrated by Chuck Groenink, make new friends, and create a nautical craft. Please dress for mess! This event is free and open to the public.