Funderburk to give illustrated talk for MMA exhibition Nov. 18

November 12th, 2014 Comments Off on Funderburk to give illustrated talk for MMA exhibition Nov. 18

Brent Funderburk at his home studio--for Our PeopleBy Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

A veteran Mississippi State art professor and administrator will present an illustrated lecture Tuesday [Nov. 18] at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson.

Free and open to the public, Brent Funderburk’s 6 p.m. presentation, “Infinite Simplicity: Readings from Robert Henri’s ‘The Art Spirit,'” is taking place in conjunction with the museum’s “Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain” exhibition on display through Jan. 4.

Funderburk, a North Carolina native, has taught at the university since 1982 and is a former art department head.

In addition to Henri, he currently is leading programs about Mississippi Gulf Coast artist Walter Anderson, as well his own painting series titled “New Solar Myths: Dreams of Palladio.” He recently addressed the 2014 American Institute of Architects’ Western Mountain Region Conference in New Mexico. For more, visit

Also during the Tuesday evening museum program, Roger Ward will speak about the influence of Spain and Spanish artists on the American painter. He is curator for the “Robert Henri and Spain, Face to Face” exhibit.

Additionally, the capital city event will feature readings from “The Art Spirit” and related literature, along with a performance by Ensemble Polonaise of compositions that provide musical context to Henri’s Spanish paintings.

Funding for the events is provided in part by Trustmark, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.

With a primary mission “to engage Mississippians in the visual arts,” the Mississippi Museum of Art is located at 380 South Lamar Street in downtown Jackson. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to the “Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain” exhibition is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $6 for students, which includes admission to the 2014 Mississippi Invitational exhibition. Museum members and children ages 5 and under are free.

For more information on current and future MMA exhibits, programs and special events, contact the museum at 601-960-1515 or visit