Art & Art History

University of Mississippi

Art in Oxford

Art Crawl

Join us the 4th Tuesday of each month from January to October for a monthly tour of Oxford’s Art spaces from the traditional to one night only pop up shows.

Start at any participating location! The bus will run throughout the event, and it will make several stops at the Museum, the Square, on campus, and at the Powerhouse. This way you can stop at all of the individual locations on the Crawl and see the art that they have on display! 

Double Decker Arts Festival

Originally inspired by the Double Decker bus that Oxford imported from England in 1994, the festival showcases Oxford as a town that supports the arts and has grown to be one of the champion events in the region.

Double Decker started with the bed of an old pickup truck serving as the stage for music, and only hosted a handful art and food vendors. Today, the event is entered around the historic Courthouse Square, and boasts a crowd of more than 60,000 people.

Now in a two-day format, Double Decker will kick-off on Friday evening with Thacker Mountain Radio hosting a live broadcast complete with music. Saturday is an all-day affair featuring nearly two hundred art and food vendors while a generous mix of both local and touring musicians take to the stage. For more information, click here.

Oxford Film Festival

The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. Through year round programming, the festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and North Mississippi while growing understanding of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs, culminating in the annual five day festival. 

The festival exhibits over 200 quality films from across the globe and has been praised for its hospitality. 

The festival was founded in 2003 by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. In 2008, the Oxford Film Festival became an independent non-profit organization with 501c3 status committed to celebrating the art of independent cinema.

The festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, hosts panel discussions on issues in contemporary filmmaking, and invites the filmmakers to interact with the audience at a number of social events. Film categories include:

  • Fest Forward: Animated and Experimental and New Media 
  • Documentary and narrative features and shorts
  • Mississippi narrative and documentary
  • Music Video and Documentary
  • LGBTQ
  • Kid Film Festival

The Oxford Film Festival entertains and educates its participants, providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to watch independent films, as well as to meet the filmmakers and learn from industry professionals. The variety of films, in addition to the panels, attracts filmgoers of all ages and backgrounds. The festival also supports moviemaking in the area through the production of the community film and support of OxFilm Society which loans equipment to filmmakers filming in Oxford. 

Our festival, the Oxford Film Festival, is in Mississippi (USA) and should not be confused with the Oxford International Film Festival in Ohio, now known as the Cincinnati Film Festival, nor OxDox in Oxford, England nor the new Oxford International Film Festival in Oxford. England. For more information, click here.

Yokna Sculpture Trail 

Featuring a rotating exhibit of 18 large-scale sculptures by locally, regionally, and nationally renowned exhibiting artists, this collaboration between the City of Oxford, The University of Mississippi, and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is the first outdoor sculpture program of its kind in North Mississippi. A vibrant arts culture and beautiful green spaces are at the heart of what makes our community great. It is our hope that this trail, that highlights both, will be a source of enjoyment for residents and visitors for years to come!

Co-founders of the Yokna Sculpture Trail include Wayne Andrews, Director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council; Earl Dismuke, Resident Artist of the City of Oxford; and Durant Thompson, Associate Professor of Sculpture at The University of Mississippi. Special thanks to the Rebel Sculpture Society and the Leadership Lafayette Class of 2015 Team Inspiren. Leadership Lafayette is a program of the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, click here.

Local Galleries

Bozarts Art Gallery

The Frame Up

Oxford Treehouse Gallery

The Powerhouse

Southside Art Gallery

The University Museum