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Mississippi Invitational

The Mississippi Invitational is a bi-annual 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 bi-annual 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. The deadline for submissions was June 30, 2018. Artists with questions should contact Museum Curator of Exhibitions Kathleen Varnell at kvarnell@msmuseumart.org or 601.960.1515.

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

The bi-annual Mississippi Invitational exhibition and catalog are supported in part by the Hiatt-Ingram Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson/Jane Hiatt. The 2019 Mississippi Invitational exhibition will be on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art from June 29 through September 22, 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 are due.

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

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

By December 5, 2018 – Artists are notified of final selection.

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

By May 24, 2019 – Works are received by the Mississippi Museum of Art.

June 28, 2019 – Opening reception for artists and their guests at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

June 29-September 22, 2019 – 2019 Mississippi Invitational exhibition is on view.

Week of October 28, 2019 – Artwork is returned to artists.

Upcoming Events

Museum After Hours | "Express Yourself"

Thursday, January 17, 2019

5:30 - 8 PM

Galleries, Classrooms, and The Art Garden

Know Your Magic, Baby — It’s the final month to see Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer and Museum After Hours invites you to “express yourself” a la the dizzying array of color, texture, materials, and pop-culture influence on view in Gibson’s work. From statement tees to top hats, we want to see how you represent yourself! You Can Feel It All Over — Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. ...

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, January 18, 2019

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

Look and Learn with Hoot is an educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents that emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and story time. (Hoot, a friendly owl, is the Museum’s education mascot.) Please dress for mess!

Gallery Talk | "Each Finds Her Way"

Friday, January 18, 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. Join Chief Curator Roger Ward for this talk that highlights a diverse group of painters and sculptors, all represented in the exhibition, Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in The Johnson Collection, who followed very different paths to artistic achievement. Some...

Indie Week Silent Disco

Saturday, January 19, 2019

8 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

In partnership with Jackson Indie Music Week (JIMWeek), MMA presents a museum-wide silent disco dance party and late-night gallery experience celebrating the culmination of the fourth annual JIMWeek and the Museum’s dynamic exhibition, Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer. Local DJs present curated playlists inspired by Gibson's genre-defying contemporary artworks, which mashup traditional indigenous aesthetics of the artist’s Choctaw and Cherokee heritage with song lyrics, pop culture, and themes of futurism and free expression....

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, January 19, 2019

11 AM

Begins in The Museum Foyer

Take a closer look at exhibitions on view during this free guided tour every Saturday at 11 AM. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.

Samantha Crain in Concert

Saturday, January 26, 2019


C Spire Stage in The Art Garden

"I really feel that in order to keep the language alive we need to be, as Choctaws, making more music that speaks to what's important to us, and making our new traditional songs.” – Samantha Crain Performed for the closing gathering for the exhibition Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer, folk singer-songwriter Samantha Crain's music echoes Gibson's own work that draws upon traditional native visual practices to create something new that resonates in contemporary life. This event...