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Formal Explorations: Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection

Gumtree Museum of Art | Tupelo

December 19, 2017 - February 9, 2018

Evert Witte (born 1951), Tribute Dinner (detail), 2013. acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of the artist, courtesy of the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship, 2013.082.


An installment of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities.

Many Mississippi artists feel an inherent need to tell a story, and it is human nature to try to find meaning in recognizable imagery. However, though narrative art has long been the foothold of visual representation for Mississippi’s artists, there are several who have explored the non-objective realm. These artists, like Dusti Bongé, Andrew Bucci, and Millie Howell are prime examples of artists whose work was aligned with the tenets of Modernism and the exploration of color and form. Instead of shying from abstraction, the works in this exhibition show Mississippi artists’ affinity towards using their media to express emotion, invoke universal themes, and focus on the form of their compositions.

Gumtree Museum of Art | 211 Main Street, Tupelo


Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM-4 PM

Free to the public

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This exhibition is part of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities.

About Art Across Mississippi

To celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial year, the Mississippi Museum of Art has curated exhibitions from its permanent collection for twelve host venues across the state. These exhibitions feature artworks by regionally acclaimed artists–past and present–including Walter Anderson, William Dunlap, William Ferris, Ke Francis, Marie Hull, Hystercine Rankin, and Sulton Rogers, among many others. Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities provides residents throughout the state the opportunity to enjoy high-quality exhibitions from the Museum’s permanent collection in their own communities and reflect on the rich heritage of Mississippi’s visual arts while contemplating the meaning of the bicentennial moment.

Art Across Mississippi exhibitions are on view throughout the state at various locations between May 2017 and May 2018. These traveling presentations are companions to Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, a landmark exhibition more than 175 artworks interpreting the state’s rich artistic legacy over two centuries, brought home to the Museum in Jackson. Picturing Mississippi is now on view through July 8, 2018 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

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. Bicentennial exhibitions created by the Mississippi Museum of Art are supported by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation and the state of Mississippi, through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Additional support is provided by