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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

Art in Mind

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

10:30 AM


Art in Mind is offered to individuals experiencing memory loss or mild cognitive impairment. Participants can stimulate observation, recall, and recognition at home with basic supplies. The program is facilitated by Licensed Art Therapist Susan Anand and an MMA Educator. In response to COVID-19, the group is meeting on Zoom, which allows participants to attend via camera and audio. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu by Friday, September 25. Presented in partnership with The MIND Center at UMMC and generously sponsored by Alzheimer’s Mississippi and Celia Aguzzi Manley with Turn Key Properties.

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1 PM - 2:30 PM


Creative Healing Studio is a weekly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. In response to COVID-19, the group is meeting on Zoom every Wednesday of the month. To register for this digital group, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com by Tuesday, September 29, at noon. *This Zoom invitation will allow participants to attend via camera and audio. Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Art and Coffee

Saturday, October 3, 2020

10 AM


Coffee is served! John David Lewis, the Deputy Director of the Department of Human and Cultural Services for the City of Jackson, joins us at the October edition of CAPE Art & Coffee. Lewis will share his unique perspective about the intersection of art, architecture, and how public art contributes to the vitality of Downtown Jackson. Lewis currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Department of Human and Cultural Services, overseeing the Cultural Division. He works with the Arts Center of Mississippi, the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, the Smith Robertson Museum, the Municipal Art Gallery, and serves as Manager of Thalia Mara Hall, where he helped usher in a 35% increase in revenue during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Lewis received the AIA “Friend of Architecture” award in 2018 and Visit Jackson’s SUMMIT “Friend of Tourism” award in 2020. This program will be held in The Art Garden with our newest exhibition Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass.

Art on Film | Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light -- The Art Garden

Friday, October 9, 2020

7 PM

The Art Garden

Our second film in our fall film series is The Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light. This film features the masterpieces and obsessions of Claude Monet, the “Genius of Impressionism,” and takes a journey down the River Seine from Le Harve to Paris and gives a tour of Monet’s masterpieces, house, and gardens at Giverny. This film will be screened from The Art Garden, so bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket and join in this evening event! The film will begin at sunset, following a brief introductory conversation and Q+A. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED To register for a socially distant grass or table area, please use this link: https://10432.blackbaudhosting.com/10432/BankPlus-Green-reservation-09Oct2020 Please contact McKenzie Drake at mdrake@msmuseum.org or 601-965-9912 with questions. Art on Film is generously sponsored by The Ergon Foundation and is presented in partnership with The Crossroads Film Society.