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David Jason Pressgrove - 2014 Mississippi Invitational Artist

“LANGUAGE. The work is based within our contemporary building and construction culture—-one of casual creation that has refined its building technology into a simple, easy-to-understand system of parts that can be purchased and assembled the same way here in Mississippi as it is in any other part of the country. And, though this homogeneity may be considered unfortunate, it exists as evidence of just how well this system of creation must work and how beautiful such an adaptable system must potentially be.

But as it exists, it is not entirely clear. In our casually-creative hands we push plastics to resemble rare woods, we fool ceramics into imitating marble and stone, we mistake vacant, hollow walls for weighty, substantive, tender investment over time. And, though the lie can have a meaningful, if inherently destructive, value in itself (like in media and politics), the modules mislead us. They rely on the character and quality of some other time, place, or economy—-one that must fill a void of actual material experience. What of the actual materials in themselves? <...

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Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 by MMA

Mississippi Story Mondays - Bill Ferris

William Ferris (born 1942), Touch, 1968. gelatin silver print. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art

The couple Photographed is Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Mabam from Batesville, Mississippi in 1968. Find this and many more depictions of Mississippi life in The Mississippi Story exhibition.

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Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 by MMA

Happy Holidays from MMA!

​This year’s holiday greetings come courtesy of McWillie Elementary School. Students dropped by this season to sing for staff and visitors. We hope it will get you in the spirit, too!

We look forward to seeing you soon! We’re closed on Christmas Day but open as normal otherwise.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by MMA

Mississippi Story Mondays - Jack Kotz

This is one of MMA’s five Jack Kotz Cibachrome prints taken throughout Mississippi during the late 1980’s. They are part of the Museum’s Southern photography collection and a 1998 gift from the Mississippi artist William Dunlap.

Credit Line: Jack Kotz (born 1961), Kelly on the Porch, Webster County, Mississippi, 1989, chromogenic color print.

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Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 by MMA

Anne O’Hara - 2014 Mississippi Invitational Artist

“These works are some of the latest pieces in an ongoing series that I call “Hidden Treasures.” They are obviously nature-based, but are not straightforward renditions of flowers, leaves, and trees etc. They contain ambiguities manifest through the layering of images. As I draw, and they develop, more unexpected objects seem to appear and the viewer sees things that are not readily apparent at first glance. This, I hope, causes the viewer to look even harder and see even more “hidden treasures.” In the Baha’i Writings it says: “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit there from”.

This statement guides me in life and is one important inspiration for my drawings. It is especially relevant to one who is a former educator. I learned that life was better and relationships stronger, if I made the effort to search for the good qualities in people, which, upon occasion, were hard...

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Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 by MMA

Mississippi Story Mondays - Randy Hayes

Randy Hayes was born and raised near Clinton, Mississippi and this Southern heritage has had a strong influence on his works. Hayes uses realistic, figurative imagery to ensure that his works are accessible to a broad public. This drawing—with its strong, pastel colors set against a black background is typical of Hayes’ approach. Eudora Welty and William Eggleston are both Southerners whose photographs are also included in this exhibition.

Exhibited: Mississippi Museum of Art, Grand Traditions: Permanent Collection in Context, August 17- October 27, 1996

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Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 by MMA

Seeing Sargent Face to Face

By Jerrod Partridge, Oil Painter and Guest Blogger

As a portrait painter, it is almost a cliché to say that I like John Singer Sargent. He is revered with such popularity that I am tempted to join such critics as John Dewey saying “Sargent is not a great painter.” But I can’t. I love his impeccable drawing abilities, his confidence with the brush, his expressive compositions, and his understanding of the use of color which primarily raises its pretty little head in his remarkable watercolors. His pictures were even appreciated by the famous deaf and blind southerner Helen Keller who wrote in a letter to a friend, “Everyone here is talking about the Sargent pictures. It is a wonderful exhibition of portraits they say. How I wish I had eyes to see them! How I should delight in their beauty and color! However, I am glad that I am not debarred from all pleasure in the pictures. I have at least the satisfaction of seeing them through the eyes of my friends, which is a real pleasure.”

I have several stories of...

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Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 by MMA

#VaultVantage - Crop Rotation

By Caitlin Podas, Registrar

My first job in Mississippi was at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. What does an Orange County native and art aficionado know about agriculture, you may ask? Not a whole lot. But, I was fresh out of grad school and wanted to put my education to use and the Ag Museum took a chance and hired me as their Collections Specialist. Thanks to the other Ag Museum staff and a reference book or two, I learned how to identify different kinds of plows, wood planes, wagons, tractors…the list goes on.

I didn’t think my new-found knowledge of agricultural artifacts would come in handy at the art museum, but it just so happens that we have a large collection of works that depict agricultural scenes. Several of them are in the Mississippi Story exhibition, but we also have a number of prints and drawings by Thomas Hart Benton who pioneered the American Regionalist movement. The movement glorified rural American scenes and rejected avant-garde...

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Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by MMA

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