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George Wardlaw: “A Life’s Work in the Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit”

Part 3 in our series on featured artist George Wardlaw, whose work is on view in George Wardlaw, A Life in Art: 1954-2014.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), William Faulkner, 1947, gelatin silver print.

The famous William Faulkner was another national icon who lived in Oxford during the same time with George Wardlaw. Faulkner had already published The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1930), and several more of his best novels at the time. Wardlaw related to Faulkner’s writing because he described a way of life that was familiar to him. Wardlaw said “as a Mississippi artist, Faulkner’s ideals expressed were inspirational and represented strong and significant values.” He added, “ones that I hoped would be possible to apply to my own life’s work.”

Wardlaw described Faulkner as “a bigger than life hero for me, his 1950 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for literature had almost biblical status for me. While living in Oxford I saw Faulkner frequently but I never had the courage to speak to him.” Wardlaw still likes to...

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Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 by MMA

Chef’s Eye - “Second Notice”

In this Chef’s Eye installment, I’m featuring a painting that has a lot of meaning to me, Marshall Bouldin’s Second Notice, that hangs in The Mississippi Story exhibition. It takes me back to my youth on the farm and the strong men and women in my family who made it all go. In the woman in the painting, I see my grandmother – a lady who is all about business. She is in charge and taking care of every situation.

I’m also drawn to the chickens. Chickens were everywhere growing up. They roamed free range all over the yard all the time. When you came out the door as a kid, chickens would fly up all around you. We had one in particular that we named Tina Turner. She, like the singer, was the most beautiful one of the bunch and she had this really spiky hair that you couldn’t miss.

The title of this painting tells me that the woman...

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Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 by MMA

New Collectors Club - Elizabeth Robinson of Spirit House Glass Studio

The last New Collectors Club meeting was held inside Elizabeth Robinson’s Spirit House Glass Studio. Robinson has years of glass making experience with work on display in the Mississippi Museum of Art and recently awarded “Top Ten Artful Gifts” in Artful Home Magazine. Upon entry to Robinson’s studio, located inside Fondren Underground, the vibe is cozy and quaint with a sign that reads “please fondle the glass”. With neighbors like Electric Dagger Tattoo and La Brioche, it occupies an ideal spot as part of this arts community. Robinson says “I know all the people and everyone who lives upstairs, there’s constant movement and it’s a great thing if you’re going to be an artist.”

As the new collectors gathered to see the studio and glass work, Robinson described the process of her artistry and demonstrated how to use a tool that cuts through the glass until it softly breaks. She then held the glass to the light and highlighted the blue, magenta, and gold that appeared from certain angles. “You kind of always know that it...

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Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by MMA

Glass Work

By Mary Rogers, Marketing/Public Relations Intern

As the Marketing/Public Relations intern this summer, one of the most exciting aspects of my experience at the museum is connecting with local artists who allow their work to be featured here at MMA. This past week, Julian Rankin, Marketing Director, and I headed over to Pearl River Glass Studio, located in Midtown, to experience the use of glass as an expressive, legitimate medium. Founded in 1975 by Andrew Cary Young, Pearl River Glass Studio now produces projects in Stained Glass, Kiln-fired Glass, and the Decorative Arts, all in addition to hosting shows of local artists.

After arriving at Pearl River Glass Studio, we were greeted and shown around by Lacy Barger, one of the artists of PRGS. After a brief introduction and a look around the gallery, Lacy took us through the studio, which is where the magic happens, telling us that there is a “whole other world going on,” and she was completely right. We went from a room full of finished pieces to being in the midst of the creative processes that happen...

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Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by MMA


By Public Relations/Marketing Intern Mary Rogers

Four years have passed since my last official visit to the Mississippi Museum of Art. My art class traveled to Jackson and spent the day looking at The Mississippi Story, discovering how art has shaped the state’s history and culture. Each student had to pick three pieces and analyze them, and I remember wandering throughout the galleries searching for a piece that struck me. Finally, I stumbled across The Portrait of Sister Thea Bowman by Marshall Bouldin III, and my world was rocked. The joy and hope captured in this portrait was a quality I had not seen in portraiture, Mississippi based or not.

For instance, this past spring, I traveled to London to study for a semester and had the privilege of roaming around world famous museums and galleries: The Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery, the Wallace Collection, and several more.

I was moved by the pieces which...

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Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015 by MMA

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Posted on Saturday, June 13, 2015 by MMA

George Wardlaw: A Blossoming Career in Oxford

Part 2 in our series on featured artist George Wardlaw, whose work is on view in George Wardlaw, A Life in Art: 1954-2014.

Wardlaw’s career continued to blossom in the early 1950’s when he joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi to teach silver and jewelry making classes and enrolled in the school’s MFA program. Also during this time, Wardlaw embraced the opportunity to work with two nationally recognized visiting artists, Jack Tworkov and David Smith during their tenures in Oxford. (Tworkov lived across the street from Wardlaw) He learned their advanced techniques and theories, immersed his self in their art and visions, and expanded his understanding in American Art.

David Smith, recognized for his highly acclaimed skills working with steel, once stated about sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art; “metal possesses little art history, what associations it does possess are those of this century; power, structure, movement, progress, suspension, brutality.” He explained why he personally moved his sculptures and equipment to Mississippi in his own truck. Smith’s process, studio work ethic, and attitude toward sculpting,...

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Posted on Friday, June 12, 2015 by MMA

“JAWS” - 40 Years of Fear!

40 years ago one epic summer film made taking a dip in the ocean seem more like a death wish. In 1975 JAWS put fear in the water and onto theater screens, lured repeat movie goers, and became the most famed Summer Blockbuster of all time. On June 21, the legendary flick will celebrate it’s 40th Anniversary and hit the big screens once again. The Museum just so happens to be screening it three days early for FREE! You’re invited to raise your glass to your jaws when the Museum and Crossroads Film Society present the outdoor film series, Screen on the Green in The Art Garden featuring JAWS on Thursday, June 18th at 8 PM, in conjunction with Museum After Hours - Pearl River Glass Studio, Art Bar Pop Trivia, and ‘sipp Sourced Summer Barbecue Blockbuster with Lucky Town Brewing Company. Screen on the Green is sponsored by Baker Donelson and the exclusive beverage sponsor is Capital City Beverages. After the event, look for our #MMAminimalist movie posters to take home, courtesy of Graphic Designer Amanda Lucius. See last month’s movie poster for ...

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Posted on Friday, June 12, 2015 by MMA

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