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 Story 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.