The Mississippi Museum of Art has amassed a meaningful survey of American art, including paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Arthur B. Davies, Robert Henri, George Inness, Georgia O'Keeffe, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Sully and James McNeill Whistler. Among the photographs, prints and unique works on paper are images by Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol. Works by John DeAndrea, Malvina Hoffman, Paul Manship, Elizabeth Catlett Mora and Reuben Nakian highlight a growing collection of sculpture. American Indian baskets and more than 170 southeast outsider art objects--including works by artists Annie Dennis, Howard Finster, Earl Simmons, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, Sarah Mary Taylor and Mose Tolliver--are important parts of the collection.
The Mississippi Collection includes a comprehensive selection of art by Mississippians, including late-nineteenth century painter G. Ruger Donoho, photographer and writer Eudora Welty, and outsider artists Theora Hamblett, Elizabeth Wright Mohammed and Sultan Rogers. The Museum also collects contemporary works by Mississippi natives such as William Dunlap, Sam Gilliam, Birney Imes, Valerie Jaudon, Gwendolyn A. Magee, Ken Marlow, Ed McGowin and Tom Rankin. The Museum fulfills its mission to collect and exhibit art related to Mississippi's artistic heritage with important collections of works by natives Walter Anderson, Caroline Compton, Marie Hull, Mary Katherine Loyacano McCravey, George Ohr, Edgar Parker, and more than 280 works by William Hollingsworth. Among the significant visiting artists included are John James Audubon, Alfred Eisenstadt, and Lewis Hine. The quilting traditions of Claiborne and Jefferson Counties in Mississippi are represented in a collection of 77 quilts, including examples by National Heritage Award recipient Hystercine Rankin.
British nineteenth century portraits are represented with examples by Thomas Lawrence and Thomas Sully, while impressions by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, and Rembrandt are among the highlights of the European prints. An important collection of Pre-Columbian ceramics further demonstrates the diversity of the permanent collection.
Together, these varied holding enable the Museum to preserve and exhibit works related to humankind's shared artistic heritage and to engage its visitors in the visual arts.
Conservation and Appraisals
The Mississippi Museum of Art is unable to appraise artworks. The Museum recommends that an accredited appraiser be contacted directly. The following information is provided to aid in your search for an expert in a field related to your artwork. For assistance with finding an appraiser, please contact:
International Society of Appraisers
737 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
PH: 866-481-1689 toll-free or 312-981-6778
Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
386 Park Avenue South, between 27th & 28th
Suite 2000, 20th floor
New York, New York 10016
Before choosing a conservator, we suggest that you refer to the American Institute of Historic & Artistic Works brochure guidelines. The brochure can be accessed at www.vagarights.org.
For assistance in finding a conservator, please contact:
The Mississippi Museum of Art does not recommend one appraiser, conservator, framer or other art professional over another. This list includes suggestions of organizations that may be consulted; but the Museum will not be held responsible for conservation or appraisals. This information is provided solely as a resource, and not an endorsement of any entity.
Patron gifts are essential to the growth of the Museum’s collection. Gifts of art to the Museum serve to increase both the quantity and quality of the permanent collection, and further enhance our ability to engage visitors in visual art. Sara Virginia Jones, Dr. and Mrs. Beckett Howorth, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey B. Heidelberg, The McCarty Fund, and The Gallery Guild are but a few of the many generous benefactors who have contributed to our collection.
Collectors can give works of art to the Mississippi Museum of Art:
As an outright gift
As an irrevocable promised gift
As a bequest
As the gift of a percentage of value over a time period designated by the giver
Gifts must be approved by the acquisitions committee, and the Board of Trustees.
The Museum recommends discussing your gift and estate plans with your own legal and financial advisors to ensure your personal and charitable goals are wisely met. We are grateful to all our friends and donors. For more information on giving art to the Mississippi Museum of Art, please contact the Deputy Director for Programs, at 601-960-1515.
Photography is not permitted in the the Museum galleries.
Rights and Reproductions
Requests for photographic material and permission to reproduce works from the Mississippi Museum of Art’s collection must be made in writing. Inquiries should be directed to:
Mississippi Museum of Art
Curator of the Collection
380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Please state whether the image will be used for research purposes or publication. Once a written request is received, a Photographic Reproduction Policy along with an invoice for the appropriate fees will be sent. Reproduction fees vary, and requests for new photography incur additional fees. Upon receipt of signed form and payment, photographic material will be forwarded.
It is the responsibility of the person or organization requesting the reproduction to obtain permission by the copyright holder to reproduce works protected by the artist’s copyright. The Mississippi Museum of Art assumes no responsibility for any royalties or fees claimed by the artist or on his or her behalf. The copyright may be held by the artist, his or her estate, or an organization such as the following:
Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA)
350 Fifth Ave., Suite 6305
New York, N.Y. 10118
Web site: vaga.org