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Mississippi Invitational

The Mississippi Invitational is a biennial survey of recent works created by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state. Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration by a guest curator to be included in the subsequent Mississippi Invitational exhibition. In addition to having their work exhibited, artists chosen are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship—a grant of up to $20,000 that is awarded to one artist to pursue projects which further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas. The fellowship recipient is announced at a reception for the exhibiting artists before the conclusion of the exhibition.

The 2019 Mississippi Invitational call-for-entries has ended. Artists with questions should contact Museum curator of American art Elizabeth Abston at eabston@msmuseumart.org or 601.960.1515.

The Museum produces an illustrated catalog documenting the exhibition. Artists selected receive information regarding the production of the catalog and transportation of artwork, as well as a loan agreement. Every precaution is for the safe handling of works. The Museum provides door-to-door insurance for works at a fair value, designated by the artist and agreed to by the Museum

The biennial Mississippi Invitational and its exhibition and catalog are sponsored by the Community Foundation for Mississippi/Jane Crater Hiatt Fund. The 2019 Mississippi Invitational exhibition will be on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art from June 29 through August 11, 2019, in The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions.

The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist 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 within the state. The fellowship provides support to an individual artist in the development and creation of art over a two-year period. The funds may be used to purchase supplies and equipment, conduct research, or travel, and may be used for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting. Following the conclusion of the grant period, the artist is required to donate one original work of art, chosen from at least five works created during the grant period, to the Museum. Only artists whose work is selected for inclusion in the Mississippi Invitational exhibition are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship in the year that their work is chosen. The recipient’s works should demonstrate the potential for significant artistic and cultural impact, as well as act as a catalyst for the development and realization of adventurous and imaginative ideas.

Kimberli Gant, PhD, is the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Previously she was the Mellon Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum, in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Gant has held curatorial positions at UT’s Warfield Center for African & African Diaspora Studies (2013), The Contemporary Austin (2012), and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York (2005-10). She has curated numerous exhibitions including Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place (2016), De-Luxe (2012), There is No Looking Glass Here: Wide Sargasso Sea Re-Imagined (2010), and Johannesburg to New York (2008). Dr. Gant received her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and holds both a MA and BA in Art History from Columbia University (2009) and Pitzer College (2002). Her scholarly work is published in academic books, such as Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (2015); art publications, such as NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Lies and African Arts; and exhibition catalogues for The Newark Museum, The Contemporary Austin, the Studio Museum of Harlem, MoCADA, Paris Photo, and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos.


June 30, 2018 – Submissions due

Mid-September – Artists notified of selection status and in-studio visits with the guest curator scheduled

October/November 2018 – In-studio visits with the guest curator take place

By December 5, 2018 – Artists notified of final selection

By January 18, 2019 – Images and artists’ statements are due for inclusion in exhibition catalog.

By May 24, 2019 – Works received by Museum

June 28, 2019 – Opening reception for artists and their guests at Museum

June 29-August 11, 2019 – 2019 Mississippi Invitational exhibition on view

Week of October 28, 2019 – Artwork returned to artists

Upcoming Events

Museum After Hours | Music in Motion

Thursday, November 21, 2019

5:30-8:30 PM

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. FREE ADMISSION Featured food truck: T & M Dogs SCHEDULE 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.

Art on Film | Finster

Thursday, November 21, 2019

6:30 PM

Yates Community Room

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 FREE ADMISSION The Art on Film series is sponsored by Ergon Foundation and presented in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival.

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, November 30, 2019

11 AM

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

The Museum Store Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

11 AM - 7 PM

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: Holiday Edition

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

5:45 PM

FREE 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