Our mission: To engage Mississippians with visual art.
The Mississippi Museum of Art has been a community-supported institution for more than 100 years. The Museum boasts a seasoned staff of museum professionals and fiscally responsible administrators who have been managing operating budgets for over 30 years. These individuals have worked to ensure that the Museum’s renovations and upgrades are the best things for the art and people of Mississippi. The Museum’s 31 affiliate museums across the state continue to benefit from the loan of artwork and traveling exhibitions, ensuring that even those Mississippians who cannot make the trip to Jackson can enjoy our rich cultural history.
Mississippi has always had an abundant supply of creative energy. The Mississippi Museum of Art strives to be a fountainhead attracting people from all walks to discuss the issues and glories of the past and present while continuing to inspire progress in the future.
In 2010, the Museum received the National Medal for Museum Service from the Institute of Museum of Library Services, a federal agency. The medal is the highest national honor awarded annually to five museums and five libraries. In 2010, the Mississippi Museum of Art was the only art museum to be recognized with this distinction. Support and recognition from local, regional, and federal arts organizations serve as reminders of the Museum’s successes and motivation for continued excellence and innovation. The Museum also plays a pivotal role in the revitalization of downtown Jackson. Situated between Thalia Mara Hall and the Jackson Convention Complex, the Museum (completed in 2007) and The Art Garden (a 1.2 acre public green space completed in 2011) serve as the anchors of Jackson’s cultural district and Downtown Jackson. Visitors to the Jackson Convention Complex experience a grand impression of Mississippi’s creative heritage. Meeting goers, as well as everyday downtowners, can adjourn to the Museum for particularly inspirational coffee and lunch breaks at La Brioche at the Museum and in The Art Garden.
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.
Questions about the Museum’s financial reports may be directed to Chief Resource Officer Ruthie Massey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum After Hours | Music in Motion
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Every third Thursday, the Museum opens its doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi’s creative community! Museum After Hours is a family-friendly mix of one-night pop-up exhibitions, live music, films, art-making activities, games, and more.
This month’s pop-up exhibit showcases the lively work of artist and musician Don Jacobs. Enjoy the live, genre-bending tunes of Inasense, (DJ MissiHippian and vocalist Deja Samuel), catch Power APAC’s dance department mini-performances in the galleries, make a mask like artist Nick Cave at the Art Lab table, learn more about the Mississippi School of the Arts from some very special guests, and grab a seat for the final fall installment of our Art on Film series: Finster.
After Hours bonus: At 5 PM, James Meredith will lead a conversation about exploring the Constitution and citizenship through art focused on Mildred Wolfe’s Four Freedoms, and at 7 PM, play the power board game, Curious Questions for Curious Citizens, with Michael Harris and artist daniel johnson.
Featured food truck: T & M Dogs
5-6 PM - Explore the Constitution and Citizenship through Art
5:30-8 PM - Pop-up exhibition feat. Don Jacobs
5:30-7:30 PM - Art Lab | Decorate a mask like artist Nick Cave
6:30-7:30 PM - Live music by duo Inasense
6:30-8:30 PM - Art on Film presents Finster
7-7:15 PM - Small gallery dances performed by Power APAC
7-8 PM - Play the Power Board Game: "Curious Questions for Curious Citizens"
Museum After Hours performances are generously sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council, through its Music First Program, with funding from Visit Jackson. The Art on Film series is generously sponsored by Ergon Foundation and presented in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival.
Using the medium of film, the Museum explores the stories of the artists and art on view in its new ongoing permanent collection exhibition, New Symphony of Time. This month, Art on Film presents Finster, a feature-length documentary film by Ava Leigh Stewart about the “grandfather of the Southern Folk Art movement” that colorfully shows how art can thrive outside of museums and galleries in ordinary places and in everyday objects.
WATCH THE TRAILER
The Art on Film series is sponsored by Ergon Foundation and presented in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival.
Get ready to stuff those stockings during this day of bubbly champagne, scrumptious samples, and delightful products by Mississippi artisans and entrepreneurs. Gift-wrapping is free with purchases, and Museum members receive 10% off everything in the store!
Beginning at 4 PM, meet some of The Museum Store’s most creative vendors, including the ladies of Kay & Renee Collectibles, Camille and Rob Peeples of FEAST Specialty Foods, Jamie Faulkner of Let It Be Yours Jewelry, jewelry designer Joe Patterson, feather painter Elaine Maisel, and the folks from Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee & Tea.
At 5:45 PM, the parish choir from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral will fill the halls with the joyful sounds of Christmas classics for a special holiday edition of Music in the City. Bring the kids for cookie-decorating and crafts and leave with hearts overflowing with the holiday spirit.
Visitors are invited to the opening day of our newest exhibition, Under the Winter Sky: Watercolors by Williams Hollingsworth, Jr. View the Mississippi Museum of Art’s collection that features fourteen of his characteristic watercolors, which share the theme of having been painted in the winter months of the last few years of the painter’s short life.
Music in the City is a monthly series presenting live performances of classical and traditional artists. This month, the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral Parish Choir sings classic holiday music. Come early to enjoy The Museum Store’s Holiday Open House, and stay for the music, cookie decorating, crafts, and more.
Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches by G & J Catering available for purchase
Generously sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral