University of Mississippi

MCAC 2018

The Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition is a student art exhibition for all four-year college and university students within the state. This exhibit of student work—created in all mediums and completed within the last 12 months—is juried by Dan Brawner, Chair, Graphic Design, Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film (Nashville, TN).

The exhibition is open until March 10th, 2018.

The reception and Awards Ceremony was held at the University of MS Museum on February 10, 2018, 2–4:00 p.m.

Juror’s Award for Superior Achievement in each media category:

Ceramic Arts: Will McComb “Architechton”, University of Mississippi
Drawing: Ladonna jones: “Elephant Hand Shadow”, Mississippi University for Women
Graphic Design: Katie Erikson: “Mad Mary’s”, Mississippi State University
Mixed Media: Claire Burgett: “Flowers”, Mississippi State University
Photography: Jessica Wallace: “You’re not Alone”, Mississippi University for Women
Printmaking: Anna Yates: “The Benevolent Contradiction”, University of Mississippi
Painting: Hannah Wegner “Green Stool”, William Carey University
Sculpture: Ian Skinner: “Sculpture Ease”, University of Mississippi
Time based media: Jonesha Heller: “Panda University”, Delta State University

(3) Awards of Excellence:
Desarea Guyton: “Georgia”, Mississippi University for Women
Anna Yates: War of Dogma”, University of Mississippi
Brooke Alexander “Blue”, University of Mississippi

Best of Show:
William McKinney: “Runoff”, University of Mississippi

Check out some of the images from the reception by clicking below:

MCAC 2018

Hoopsnake Press coming to Gallery 130!

On December 11th – 17th, Gallery 130 will host Hoopsnake Press!



A reception will be held on Thursday, December 14th from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Parking will be a breeze, so come meet the artists and eat some snacks!

For more information on who they are:

Hoopsnake Press was founded by Ke Francis in 1970 at the studios located at 1249 North Coley Road in Tupelo, Mississippi. At that time the press facility consisted only of a Charles Brand etching press and technical facilities to print small scale etchings and woodcuts. The press operation slowly expanded to include typecasting equipment, large etching and relief printing presses, and two letterpresses to handle the design, illustration and printing of books.

In 1996 the press moved to research space at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, where it established a collaborative publishing venture with Flying Horse Press, the fine art press established by the university art department. Ke Francis became director of this press, which came to be known as Flying Horse Editions, and Ke and Mary Francis continued to publish under the Hoopsnake logo from 1996-2014. Ke, his daughter Kerry, and Mary agreed to revamp the Tupelo facilities and combine the presses and resources from both locations at the original Tupelo studio in 2014.

Currently the print and book-publishing projects, exhibitions and archiving efforts of the press are administered by Ke, Mary, and Kerry Francis. Ke Francis continues to produce his paintings, prints and artist books, and individual and collaborative projects are carried out by seven associate artists who are recent University of Central Florida graduates: Nicole Dikon, Lujan Perez-Hernandez, Anthony Mancuso, Corin Robideux, M.J. Torrecampo, Jager Palad and Shanna Stiles. According to Ke Francis, “The Hoopsnake Press Associate Artists are a group of talented young artists whose artistic interests and aesthetic concerns parallel the mission of the press. They are skilled professionals with unique personal visions.”

Brooke White in Picturing Mississippi

Public Opening Day | “Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise”

Saturday, December 9, 2017

10 AM-8 PM

The Gertrude C. Ford and The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries

The 16th installment in the The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series

With approximately 175 works by more than 100 different artists, this exhibition is unprecedented in the history of Mississippi that illuminates the perception and depiction of Mississippi from the time of European settlement to the present day. The exhibition features individual masterpieces by artists seldom exhibited in the state, including George Caleb Bingham, Robert Indiana, John James Audubon, Louis Bahin, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat—as well as a plethora of works by native Mississippians such as James Tooley, Jr.; Eudora Welty; William Dunlap; and Randy Hayes.

• Tours at 10:30 AM, 1 PM, and 3:30 PM
• Also on view White Gold: Thomas Sayre and Hank Willis Thomas: Flying Geese

• Drop-in studio activity for all ages: Mississippi Cotton
• Cocktails and refreshments available for purchase beginning at 4 PM
• Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History

This event is free and open to the public.


Robert Malone at Southside Gallery

December 5th – January 6th.
Reception: Saturday, December 9th, 5-8pm

Holiday Art Gala, Nov. 3rd, 4-9pm at The Powerhouse!








November 3rd, 2017 at the Powerhouse from 4-9pm!

The Department of Art & Art History presents the annual Holiday Art Gala featuring: Artist drawdown, silent auction, general sale, local vendor booths, cash bar, & more!

General Sale – This will run throughout the event (4-9pm) and will offer you the chance to snag some great work from across all mediums!

Silent Auction – Hand picked art set aside for you to bid on! The Silent Auction will end at 8:00pm.

Local Vendor Booths – Come see what artists from around Oxford have to offer!

• Free Holiday Snacks and our sponsored “Holidaze Punch” (FREE) provided by CATHEAD Vodka. A cash bar will also be available.

Artist Drawdown – Featured work by university faculty will be available for you to win! Tickets may be purchased for $20 each or 6 for $100 for a chance to win a piece of featured work of your choice! How does the drawdown work? A limited amount of tickets will be sold until 8:00pm. After that, the drawdown will begin! A ticket will be called out and that lucky winner gets first pick of the featured artwork. Tickets will be drawn until all artwork has been selected and you can win more than once. This is your chance to win fantastic art for a great price, and you get to support the Department of Art & Art History!

Featured Artists & Artwork for Drawdown:

Matt Long
Canister, Soda Fired to Cone 11. Flashing slip over Porcelain. Wheel Thrown.










Virginia Chavis
Remain on Course”, 2013, 31.5″x44.5 (framed)

Virginia’s works on paper include metaphor obtained from routine life experiences and the irony in searching for professional and emotional stability. She attempts to look lightheartedly at mundane tasks and poke fun at difficult situations through the use of sarcasm and play on words. Symbols such as insects, buildings, toys or machines can be found to represent individuals or events, some more obvious than others.

Virginia generally combines digital and traditional printmaking processes, as well as mixed media. The hands-on process of layering ink on paper is critical; layering of imagery illustrates the complexity involved in conscience and subconscious decisions. Upon completion of the work, stitching is incorporated, which is both functional and aesthetic, as it holds the pieces of paper together in a quilt-like manner. Sewing is familiar, as it is a practice passed down through generations in her family.

Perspective (in the literal and abstract sense) has been the most recent influence of Virginia’s works on paper. The consideration of perspective serves as a double entendre, playing on idealistic, political and personal points of view. The concept is a balance between cerebral thoughts and creative impulses, but also a level of the realistic problem solving. This particular piece includes a metaphor of the home, where many keep their most precious possessions —not only tangible things such as family members and heirlooms, but also thoughts, desires, metamorphosis and tragedy. Many want to keep these things/ideas protected, careful not to reveal too much information.

Sheri Reith
Tickle Teddy”, 25″x37″ (framed)










Durant Thompson
Calophyllum wood bowl with brass inlay, January, 2017

ABOUT THE ART: Calophyllum hardwood is a tropical flowering tree or bush mostly found in Asia. However, this bowl was carved from a tree found in South Florida near West Palm Beach. This bowl also has a bark inclusion which difficult for the wood-turner to control while carving. The end product includes a brass inlay which is added during the finishing stages of sanding and polishing.

Paul Gandy
Peer”, 2016, 24″x20″ (framed)

ABOUT THE ART: This image is a part of the @night series which explores the hidden places that are unknowingly passed everyday. Paul has been traveling the same roads for nearly a decade and only for the past few years has he actually stopped to see what lies just beyond the roadsides. There are breathtaking scenes resting just a small hike away from our city lights. By photographing after the sunlight has faded, he is able to transform these places into something surreal. The location becomes a stage and a canvas by which he paints with light. Each image then becomes a theatrical performance that is planned and performed until the final image is achieved.

Andrew McIntyre
Vase, 3.5×3.5×10. Wood Fired/Soda Fired to Cone 11. Wheel Thrown and carved. Amber Celadon Glaze over Stoneware.



Spring 2018 Exhibitions: Gallery 130

Honors Day 2017!

Congratulations to our Honors Day 2017 award winners!


Graduate Achievement Award: Preston Tolbert
Outstanding Studio Art Student: Marisa Andropolis
Outstanding Art History Student: Katlyn Hoffman
Lottie Morland Award: Hailey Hodge
David Rorie Award (Student Art Association): Jessica Richardson
Student Art Association Award: Bella Gonzalez​
Roy Finger Award: Anna Yates
Mud Daubers Award: Ray Brown

Lecture – Dr. Adelheid Gealt

The Department of Art & Art History presents:

Dr. Adelheid Gealt
Director Emerita Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, and Professor of the History of Art

Picturing Attachments
Meek 138
5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 12th
Reception to follow in Gallery 130


Brooke White Added to The Do Good Fund’s Collection

Our faculty keeps doing great things! Professor Brooke White was just selected and added to The Do Good Fund’s Collection! See her collection here:



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.


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.