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#C3Project2015 - First Sail for the C3 Community Art Project Complete

This piece will hang, with other sails of all sizes, in the Art Garden at MMA to make up the final pavilion installation in March. Each sail is made up of imagery and collages of happy memories from all over Mississippi.

Here, Morgan is in the Mississippi Museum of Art classroom- already documenting completed C3 collages. We will use these to make more of the sails for the outdoor pavilion installation in #TheArtGarden.

This model gives an idea of what the final installation in #TheArtGarden will look like.

Collaging and photo submissions will continue through February. Workshops will be happening statewide over the next few weeks! Submit your photos to C3Project2015@gmail.com or via instagram ‪#‎C3Project2015‬ Thank you all for your participation in this wonderful art project!

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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 by MMA

Artist Clay Hardwick With Initial Rendering of 2015 Ruma Award

Crossroads Film Society has chosen Jackson artist Clay Hardwick to create its 2015 Ruma Award. The coveted Ruma Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker is presented each year to a Mississippi filmmaker competing in the annual film festival. The award is named in honor of former Crossroads vice-president, Ruma Haque, who passed away in 2002.

Hardwick, a freelance artist and filmmaker, has won the Ruma Award twice, once in 2005 and again in 2009. “Having my work selected as the Ruma Award art is very meaningful to me. It’s like I have come full circle.” Each year the Ruma Award is an original piece of art created by a Mississippi artist and is one of 15 juried awards given at the annual event to exceptional filmmakers from Mississippi and around the world. Started in 2000, The Crossroads Film Festival celebrates the art of filmmaking with film screenings and competitions from a wide variety of genres including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos, and others. The 16th annual Crossroads Film Festival will be held April 10-12, 2015, with a full day of screenings on Saturday April 11 at Malco Grandview Theatre...

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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by MMA

#C3Project2015 Happy Images

These are a few images the public has been sending in for #C3Project2015 - Looking Forward to Happiness. Submit yours to c3project2015@gmail.com, use ‪#‎c3project2015‬ on social media, or create your own collage. You can even collage in the Entergy Classroom anytime during regular Museum hours, or work with the artists at MMA on Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 AM - 2 PM.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by MMA

Looking Forward to Happiness in 60 seconds

​Here’s what you need to know to get involved in this year’s C3 community art project, Looking Forward to Happiness.

The 2015 C3 artists are The HannaBerry Workshop, consisting of partners Morgan Welch and Sarah Qarqish. Their project, Looking Forward to Happiness, is a crowd-sourced imaging and collage project taking place throughout the state and culminating with a large-scale outdoor installation in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. There will be ongoing participatory activities for the public during regular Museum hours January 6 - March 13. All C3 activity is free to the public.

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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 by MMA

General Parker Hills - Art of Commemoration

Across the South, General Parker Hills is considered a celebrity for his unparalleled knowledge of the Civil War. He served almost 32 years in the U.S. Army uniform in active and reserve components, retired in 2001 as a brigadier general under the Mississippi Army National Guard, and currently owns Battle Focus, a leadership training company specializing in educating, enhancing teamwork, and developing strong leaders.

While he trains soldiers, Marines, airmen, tourists, and corporate leaders, he holds an undergraduate degree in Commercial Art from the University of Southern Mississippi, Masters of educational psychology from Sul Ross State University, and is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

He uses his educational experiences as he writes about the monuments in the Vicksburg Military Park, “Hopefully this volume will lay a concrete foundation of interpretation, reinforced with the steel of fact, so that a larger audience will experience the artistic marvels that are unique to Vicksburg. The reader, however, should not be limited by my interpretation. Oscar Wilde noted that, ‘Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world...

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Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by MMA

C3 Collage with Sherry Lucas

The 2015 C3 community art project is fully underway, and the public participation is building. This year’s project, Looking Forward to Happiness, is led by Sarah Qarqish and Morgan Welch of The Hannaberry Workshop. It is built around crowd-sourced imagery and collage, and will culminate with a public installation in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art during Spring Break. Between now and then, Mississippians are invited to submit images that embody their happy experiences and memories, and this bank of imagery will then be used as source material for hundreds of collages. Ultimately, these collaged layouts will be integrated into the design an outdoor public pavilion that gives visual voice to this collective positivity.

Sherry Lucas, journalist with The Clarion-Ledger, is one Mississippian who recently added her creative spin to the project. Using photographs submitted by the public, she created a collage of images that appealed to her own happy memories. This interchange and dialogue is central to the project, where a participant...

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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by MMA

Homeplace with Michael Ford

By Michael Ford, artist and guest blogger

Michael Ford, Forging at “straw yellow” heat. Mr. Hall’s shop, Oxford 1972.

I was either lucky or blessed to be in North Mississippi at a time of profound change. The agrarian world of Faulkner was disappearing, but it could still be found in special places. The subjects of these photographs were strong, enduring people.

These photographs were made as a study of the land and the people during pre-production for a documentary film. Photography turned into a bridge of trust, allowing me to capture the day-to-day life within a disappearing culture. The film, also titled Homeplace, was released in 1975.

The PAINTER’S LANDSCAPE crew, 1984. (third from right - Michael Ford; second from right - William Dunlap)

Some stories impose themselves on the storyteller. West African griots must sing witness to the past. The Irish seanachaí’s burden is to carry the “old lore.” If you’re...

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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 by MMA

Mississippi Story Mondays - Sam Gilliam

Abstract Color Field painter, Sam Gilliam, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1933, growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he received an MA in painting at the University of Louisville in 1961. In 1980, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the University of Louisville and another in 1990 from Northwestern University. The use of geometry, vibrant colors and texture, plus the expressive manipulation of paint, is a common theme he uses in much of his work.

Sam Gilliam, Birds Not Flying, 2005. acrylic on birch with piano hinges. 53.25 x 48.50 x 2.5 inches.

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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 by MMA

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