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Archives for January 2017

Valerie Guinn Polgar

Adjunct Instructor
Imaging Arts/Graphic Design

MFA, School of Visual Arts
BFA, George Mason University
Email: vgpolgar@olemiss.edu

Valerie Guinn Polgar is a new media artist and educator.  She received her BFA in Digital Art from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 2007 and her MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2010.  As an interdisciplinary new media artist, Valerie uses video, animation, and physical computing to create digital and interactive works.  Valerie is also the founder and director of misbits: a new media art space, located in Oxford Mississippi, that serves as a gallery space and as an educational space that promotes art created through the use of technology and collaboration.   

Valerie’s work addresses issues of impermanence and fragility through the use of surrogate forms.  She is inspired by the notion of mortality and by the human body itself and explores ideas of impressions and decay as a natural consequence of existence.   Valerie feels that the nature of new media lends itself to the use of surrogate forms within a safe environment where she possesses the control to save and duplicate her work—essentially allowing her to create immortal models of mortality.  Her work has been shown in New York City and in the D.C. metro area.

www.valerieguinnpolgar.com
www.misbitsnma.com

Philip Jackson, 2016 Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellow

Philip Jackson, 2016 Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellow

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 

Mississippi Museum of Art Announces Recipient of Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship
Artist Philip Jackson of Oxford named 2016 recipient

(Jackson, Miss.) … The Museum is pleased to announce the 2016 recipient of The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The grant of $15,000 has been awarded to Philip R. Jackson of Oxford, whose artwork is featured in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational, on view through March 12, 2017.

MEET THE ARTIST. SEE HIS WORK.

Saturday, January 14

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
An Artist’s Look with Philip R. Jackson

Join artist Philip R. Jackson for a casual, conversational gallery experience. Jackson shares personal reflections and connections on his own work as well as on those of other artists featured in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational. Cost: $10, $5 for Members (ticket includes admission to the exhibition).

2 PM
“Conversations with… Mississippi Artists” panel discussion

Guest Curator of the 2016 Mississippi Invitational will be joined by Jane Hiatt and Philip Jackson for a panel discussion moderated by Roger Ward, MMA Deputy Director and Chief Curator. Cost: Free, open to the public.

Administered through the Museum, The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship provides a unique study-and-travel scholarship to support an individual artist in the development and creation of art over the course of two years. Artists whose work is selected to be included in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational exhibition are eligible to apply for the grant in the year that their work is chosen. Jackson is one of eighteen artists chosen by Guest Curator Marisa J. Pascucci for inclusion in this year’s presentation.

The fellowship recipient is determined by a panel of jurors following the selection of artists whose work is to be exhibited in the Mississippi Invitational. The chosen artist is required to donate one original work of art created during the grant period to the Museum’s permanent collection.

When applying for the grant, artists must demonstrate how the award could influence the development and direction of their work. Artists may use the funds for the following objectives: to 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.

In his artist’s statement, Jackson said, “Overlooked and commonplace objects are suspended in a single moment. Imbued with a human-like presence, these inanimate objects seem as though they have been having a conversation long before our approach to the picture.”

Jackson is an associate professor of art at The University of Mississippi in Oxford where he currently teaches and heads the painting program. His work is part of the permanent collections of art museums in Evansville and Fort Wayne, Indiana; Huntsville, Alabama; and most recently the Mississippi Arts Commission in Jackson.

With the fellowship funds, Jackson plans to apply for the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Residency in Ballycastle, Ireland.

According to Jane Hiatt, “The idea for this fellowship grew from my years of listening to artists and learning what a difference mid-career travel and study can make in an artist’s vision, skill, and scope. I wanted to foster that and enhance the Mississippi Museum of Art’s relationship with artists living in the state.”

“We’re honored to share Jane Hiatt’s vision and commitment to Mississippi artists through this prestigious fellowship,” said Betsy Bradley, Director of the Museum. “Because of her generosity, Hiatt fellows have the opportunity to travel the globe, evolve their art practices, and bring exciting new ideas and aesthetics back to the state.”

Presenting sponsors for the exhibition are the Jane Crater Hiatt Mississippi Art Invitational and Artist Fellowship Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and AT&T.

An opening reception for Mississippi Invitational artists, special guests and Museum members is scheduled for Friday, January 13, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, January 14, at 2 p.m., Guest Curator Pascucci will be joined by Hiatt and Jackson for a panel discussion moderated by the Museum’s Chief Curator Roger Ward. The event is free and open to the public.

Admission to the 2016 Mississippi Invitational is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Free admission for children under the age of five and Museum members. To learn more, click here.

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and Visit Jackson. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.