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Power of Art Celebrated in New Community Exhibition Series

Monday, November 16, 2015

PRESS CONTACT: Julian Rankin jrankin@msmuseumart.org | 601.960.1515

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2015

Mississippi Museum of Art Launches New Community Exhibition Series
Featuring Work by Participants in Nonprofit Visual Arts Programs

Painted by Willie Green of Panola, MS

(Jackson, Miss…) The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is proud to announce a new series of exhibitions showcasing work created through nonprofit art programs in communities throughout the state. The Art in Us All Community Exhibition Series was created in order to deepen the relationship between the Museum and its visitors and to cultivate creativity in the community for people of all ages and backgrounds. Through this series, the Museum develops partnerships with Mississippi nonprofits who incorporate visual art into their social service work. Art in Us All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The first exhibition in this series, on view through Sunday, December 13, features work made by the participants of HeARTWorks, an art ministry serving clients of Stewpot Community Services in Jackson. The motto of the ministry, embodied in its name, is “He Works Through Art.”

“Implicit in the Museum’s mission is celebrating and recognizing important visual art being made throughout the state, and the Art in Us All community exhibition series is a tangible way for us to honor this work,” said Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art. “HeARTWorks, our first partnering non-profit in this endeavor, embodies the transformative potential of art to lift up and inspire a traditionally underserved population of Mississippians. We’re honored to share this authentic and powerful collection with the public.”

The HeARTWorks exhibition includes 35 pieces in a variety of media and subject matter, including portraiture, abstraction, sculpture, and collage. More than a dozen artists are represented on the Museum walls. Some have worked in the program for years, others are more recent HeARTWorks participants, and a number of artists have passed away since the creation of their work. Beside each work is a label with the artist’s portrait and self-described statement about what the program has meant to their life. Each finished HeARTWorks piece is also adorned with a spoon, symbolic recognition of the precious gift of food, the call of Stewpot Community Services to serve others, and a reminder that not all are fed with a silver spoon.

“For the past seven years we have set out endless art supplies, served up thousands of snacks, and organized seven art shows, but we take the most pride in new friendships,” said Stacy Underwood, Director and Founder of HeARTWorks. “Art is a magical bridge, an equalizer, and a validator that we all have something to offer this world - something beautiful!”

The Mississippi Museum of Art’s mission is to “engage Mississippians in the visual arts.” The Museum is located at 380 South Lamar Street in Jackson. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, noon to 5 PM. The Museum is closed Monday. For more information about the Mississippi Museum of Art’s exhibitions, programs, and special events, please call 601-960-1515 or 1-866-VIEW ART (843-9278), or visit www.msmuseumart.org.

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.