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Carolyn Busenlener - 2014 MS Invitational Artist

Carolyn Busenlener, Staying Close, 2013. Acrylic and mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas.

“I am motivated by the sheer joy of painting—and in that, the discovery of new processes in my work. The natural environment surrounding my studio in rural Mississippi influences my choice of shapes and mark-making. I see and sense marsh grasses, the movement of bayou waters, and the dance of living creatures in their habitats.

Although I paint intuitively, I periodically step back and observe the work, layering over and editing out areas while leaving delicate traces of what came before. This process of obliterating and rebuilding is, for me, reminiscent of the seasonal changes I observe—the quiet decay that ultimately leads again to the fullness of growth. Through this cyclical process, a new world consistently emerges in my painting.”

Learn more about the 2014 Mississippi Invitational.

Artwork credit line: Carolyn Busenlener, Staying Close, 2013. Acrylic and mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas.

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Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 by MMA

Pearlington Artist Carolyn Busenlener Awarded 2014 Hiatt Fellowship

The Museum is pleased to announce the 2014 recipient of The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The grant of $15,000 has been awarded to Carolyn Busenlener of Pearlington, whose artwork is included in the 2014 Mississippi Invitational, on view at the Museum from November 1, 2014, through January 25, 2015.

Administered through the Museum, The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship provides a unique study-and-travel scholarship to support an individual artist in the development and creation of art over the course of two years. Artists whose work is selected to be included in the 2014 Mississippi Invitational exhibition are eligible to apply for the grant in the year that their work is chosen. Busenlener is one of fifteen artists chosen by Guest Curator Carla Hanzal for inclusion in this year’s presentation.

The fellowship recipient is determined by a panel of jurors following the selection of artists whose work is to be exhibited in the Mississippi Invitational. The chosen artist is required to donate one original work of art created during the grant period to the Museum’s permanent collection.


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Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by MMA


By daniel johnson, Artist in Residence

The Mississippi Museum of Art is more than a gallery to view artwork. The Museum is a crossroads for Mississippians drawn to the artifacts of our varied culture and the contemporary creation of our cultural community.

Standing at this intersection of art in our community, i am in awe of the generative capacity of this space. Families eating a picnic lunch in The Art Garden while children play games with new friends amidst the surging water of the splash pad. Absorbing a history lesson in rhyme at an after hours hip hop performance and then sitting down among civil rights veterans and bright-eyed Tougaloo students to discover an Unburied Treasure from our vault. Visiting artist studios with our multi-generational Collectors Club and then joining our smallest connoisseurs to read and create during Look and Learn with Hoot.

The rich, fertile ground created by the overlap of such a myriad population makes the capacity of our institution and membership seem boundless.

Being invited to serve as the Artist in Residence for this community is...

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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by MMA

Seeing Sounds with MSO

It’s called synesthesia. When you hear colors, see melodies. It sounds like some rare spinal ailment, but in truth, it is a more beneficent diagnosis that explains why the interplay between various forms of art works so potently. Those of us who live in Mississippi know it well. It’s hearing the blues reverberate from a Bill Ferris photograph, feeling and existing in the physical space of a Larry Brown story or fording the river of a marathon Faulknerian paragraph.

So when the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra returns to The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art tomorrow night, performing a concert of music inspired by our current exhibitions of Spanish painting, those grand symptoms of interdisciplinary art will return. I can taste it in my bones.

“The colors of the Spanish repertoire are much brighter, much bolder, than the French palette,” says Crafton Beck, Maestro of the MSO, referring to last year’s renditions of French painting and music. The Spanish music, he tells me, “is...

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Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by MMA

Art Sojourn

By Caitlin Podas, Museum Registrar

Jessica in her crate, travelling to Omaha

As I’m sure you are aware, our dear museum visitor, this Fall is all about artist Robert Henri. Between the two companion exhibitions, Spanish Sojourns and Face to Face, there are currently 41 artworks by Henri on view at the museum. Soon, there will be 42.

The Museum’s own Robert Henri painting of model Jessica Penn, titled Young Woman in Yellow Satin, will be returning to us at the end of October and will be the highlight of the November session of Unburied Treasures. Where has she been, you may ask? On a tour of Nebraska, curiously enough. Well, perhaps it is not very curious. Henri was born in Cozad, NE and his father established and built the town. Their family home is now an historic house museum. A separate art gallery has recently been erected on the grounds where some of Henri’s drawings, paintings, and Jessica Penn have been hanging since August.

Before I started...

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Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 by MMA