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Mississippi Museum of Art Announces Artists for 2016 Mississippi Invitational Exhibition

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to announce the eighteen artists selected for inclusion in the 2016 Mississippi Invitational exhibition, on View December 17, 2016 – February 18, 2017. The artists, all residents of Mississippi, are Gregory Martin, Starkville; George Lee Miles, Jr., Jackson; Rod Moorehead, Oxford; Jerrod Partridge, Ocean Springs; Jamie Erin Johnson, Oxford; Matthew Grant Puckett, Jackson; Jennifer Torres, Hattiesburg; Michael Richardson, Gulfport; Gerard Howard, Jackson; Bill Jackson, Drew; Critz Campbell, West Point; Charles W. Carraway, Terry; Nate Theisen, Jackson; Joey Rice, Ocean Springs; Megan Hitt, Ridgeland; Myra Meade, Hattiesburg; Obie Early Clark, Taylor; and Philip R. Jackson, Oxford.

Initiated in 1997, the Mississippi Invitational surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state, and includes work in diverse media. The 2016 exhibition marks the eleventh iteration.

This year’s process began with the Museum’s call to artists for sample images of their work. One hundred fifteen submissions were considered by guest curator Marisa J. Pascucci, an experienced art curator, speaker and educator. Presently, Pascucci holds a leadership role at the Boca Raton Museum of Art as the curator of collections and is charged with overseeing the care and development of the Museum’s important permanent collection. She assists in planning, organizing, and selecting the Museum’s diverse exhibitions and implementing relevant programming associated with the exhibitions and collections. Previously, she was the associate editor of The Art Economist – a critically informative international publication pertaining to the global contemporary art market – and adjunct faculty and career advisor at Palm Beach State College. Pascucci’s former art museum experience includes serving as the Norton Museum of Art’s Smith curator of American art, along with curatorial and educational roles held at the Everson Museum of Art, New York; the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama; MOCA, Cleveland, Ohio; and, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio. She graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in art history and earned dual master’s degrees in art history and museum studies from the joint program between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

In addition to exhibiting in the Mississippi Invitational exhibition, all eighteen artists are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The fellowship was created in 2005 by Jane Crater Hiatt and her late husband Wood (1930 – 2010) in response to the need to nurture and invigorate the arts in the state. A grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to one artist who may use it for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting; to pursue projects which further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas; to purchase supplies and equipment; to conduct research; and to travel. The artist is then required to donate one original work of art to the Museum from at least five works created during the two-year grant period. This year’s fellowship recipient will be announced at a private reception for the exhibiting artists on Friday evening, January 13, 2017.

Presenting sponsors for the exhibition include the Hiatt-Ingram Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson/Jane Hiatt.

An opening reception for Mississippi Invitational artists, special guests and Museum members is scheduled for Friday, January 13, 2017, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, guest curator Marisa J. Pascucci will be joined by Hiatt and the recipient of the 2016 Hiatt Artist Fellowship for a panel discussion moderated by Roger Ward. The event is free and open to the public.

Admission to the 2016 Mississippi Invitational is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Free admission for children under the age of five and Museum members.

Photo Credit: Bill Jackson, Reflections on Lake Washington, 2016. acrylic on linen. 30 x 60.