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Mississippi Invitational

Information regarding the next Mississippi Invitational is forthcoming.

Initiated in 1997, the Mississippi Invitational surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state, and includes work in diverse mediums. All artists chosen for inclusion in the exhibition are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship in the year their work is featured. The fellowship was created in 2005 by Jane and Wood Hiatt in response to the need to nurture and invigorate the arts. A grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to one of the exhibiting artists who may use it for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting; to purchase supplies and equipment; to conduct research; and to travel. The artist is then required to donate one original work of art the Museum from at least five works created during the two-year period. The Invitational is housed in the Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions and reflects current directions in Mississippi art. A full-color catalogue will be available for purchase in The Museum Store. For more information about submission guidelines, contact Kathleen Varnell at kvarnell@msmuseumart.org. The Mississippi Invitational exhibition and catalogue are supported in part by the Hiatt-Ingram Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson/Jane Hiatt.

ELIGIBILITY

Artists who are residents of the state of Mississippi are eligible to submit images. Original works in all mediums will be considered.

REVIEW PROCEDURE

For initial artwork review, each artist should submit images of five works of art (a total of five image files that are representative of your style— artwork does not have to be in your possession) on one CD. To enter alternative media (film, video, performance, installation, etc.), contact Kathleen Varnell (kvarnell@msmuseumart.org) at the Mississippi Museum of Art to determine appropriate entry materials. Include a completed artist identification form with your submission, located for download here. Images must be submitted as PC-formatted JPG files, transferred to a CD. Full credit information noting the title, date, medium, and size of each piece must be included as a Microsoft Word-compatible file on the same CD, and on a sheet of paper. Do not use your name in the file names. There is a $20 administrative processing fee; checks should be made payable to Mississippi Museum of Art. Please send all materials to: Mississippi Invitational MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM of ART 380 South Lamar Street Jackson, Mississippi 39201 Review materials will not be returned.

SELECTION PROCESS

Selection of artists for inclusion in the Mississippi Invitational are made by a guest curator. After the initial artwork review, several artists will be contacted for in-studio meetings with the guest curator. These meetings are held in June, when the curator visits Mississippi to view original works. After all meetings have taken place, the curator makes the final selection of artists and specific works to be included in the Mississippi Invitational.

SELECTED ARTWORK

Selected artists will receive information regarding production of the catalogue 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 JANE CRATER HIATT ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

Initiated in 2005, The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship provides a study and travel fellowship of up to $15,000 to support an individual artist in the development and creation of art. 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. 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.

Upcoming Events

Music in the City

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

5:15 PM cash bar; 5:45 PM program

Trustmark Grand Hall

Music in the City is a live monthly performance by classical and traditional artists. The January program features Franz Shubert’s Arpeggione Sonata and compositions by Robert Schumann performed by Ausra Jasineviciute on the viola and John Paul on the piano. This event is free and open to the public, donations are welcomed. Sponsored by Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.

Gallery Talk | "Beneath the Surface of Sam Gilliam's 'Red April'"

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

11:30 AM-noon

Talk begins in Museum Lobby

In 1970, Mississippi-native Sam Gilliam created his monumental canvas, Red April, which was inspired by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April, 1968. Led by Museum Curator Elizabeth Abston, the gallery talk explores Gilliam’s motivations, painting process, and lasting legacy to the field of abstract art. 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...

Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

6:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

For more than a century the landscapes and stories of Mississippi have inspired filmmakers. Beginning in Natchez in 1914, cinematic storytellers have used our backdrops to enhance and authenticate their vision. And the imagination of our own writers and the drama of our own history have been brought to life by directors of influence, insight, and power. On the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month, the Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series will celebrate...

Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Thieves Like Us"

Friday, January 26, 2018

6:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

For more than a century the landscapes and stories of Mississippi have inspired filmmakers. Beginning in Natchez in 1914, cinematic storytellers have used our backdrops to enhance and authenticate their vision. And the imagination of our own writers and the drama of our own history have been brought to life by directors of influence, insight, and power. On the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month, the Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series will celebrate...

Art in Mind

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

10:30 AM-noon

BancorpSouth Classroom

Everyone wants to strengthen their memory. As we get older, it’s not just about strengthening it, but also about maintaining it. Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries to stimulate observation and recall, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio. Art Therapist Susan Anand joins William Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake to create fun and comfortable experiences inspired by artworks in the Museum’s collection that stimulate cognition. No previous experience is needed...

Art and Coffee | White Gold

Saturday, February 3, 2018

10-11:30 AM

Trustmark Grand Hall

Art and Coffee is an opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. Join Museum staff and special guests to look at and discuss current and upcoming exhibitions through the lens of how we engage art as a group. The February installment of Art and Coffee is held inside the galleries of White Gold: Thomas Sayre, where visitors will be invited to share their reaction about the complexities and...