Reception held for ‘Narratives of the Land’ Exhibit

September 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Reception held for ‘Narratives of the Land’ Exhibit

A reception was held on Thursday [Sept. 7], a 5 p.m. in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery for “Narratives of the Land,” an exhibit featuring quintessential scenes of Mississippi landscapes created by artists Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-65), Ke Francis (1945-), William “Bill” Dunlap (1944-) and Eudora Welty (1909-2001).

The exhibition is one of twelve celebrating the Magnolia State’s bicentennial and will be on display through Sept. 29. Read more here.

Adrienne, Neil Callander selected for 2014 ‘Mississippi Invitational’

October 16th, 2014 Comments Off on Adrienne, Neil Callander selected for 2014 ‘Mississippi Invitational’

Neil Callander, "Dusty’s Table, 2011." Oil on linen on panel, 38” x 38”.

Neil Callander, Dusty’s Table, 2011. Oil on linen on panel, 38” x 38”.

"Dad’s Hawaiian Shirt, 2013"

Adrienne Callander, “Dad’s Hawaiian Shirt, 2013”

(Mississippi Museum of Art media release)

The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is pleased to announce the fifteen artists selected for inclusion in the 2014 “Mississippi Invitational” exhibition.

The artists, all residents of Mississippi, are Carolyn Busenlener, Pearlington; Adrienne Callander, Starkville; Neil Callander, Starkville; Shawn Lee Dickey, Columbus; Marcus Frazier, Natchez; Lou Haney, Oxford; Chatham Kemp, Hattiesburg; Ruth Miller, Picayune; Don Norris, Hattiesburg; Anne O’Hara, Jackson; David Jason Pressgrove, Jackson; Andrew Smith, Oxford; Gregory Walker, Jackson; J. Marcus Weekley, Gulfport; and Milly West, Oxford.

Initiated in 1997, the “Mississippi Invitational” surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state and includes work in diverse media. The 2014 exhibition marks the ninth iteration and is on view from Nov. 1, 2014, through Jan. 25, 2015.

“For me, it was a transformative experience to travel the state from Holly Springs to Pearlington in pursuit of recent art by such talented creators,” said Roger Ward, MMA deputy director and chief curator. “Mississippi is genuinely blessed to be the home of so many brilliant artists.”

This year’s process began with the museum’s call to artists for sample images of their work. One hundred fifteen submissions were considered by guest curator Carla Hanzal, an independent curator and writer, who most recently served as the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., a position she held for ten years. A recipient of a Truman Scholarship as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hanzal is currently a trustee of the International Sculpture Center, the publisher of Sculpture magazine. She identified twenty-four applicants for in-person studio visits and, after six days of statewide travel, narrowed that number to the final fifteen.

“This was a unique opportunity for me to become better acquainted with one of the most creative and artistically diverse regions of the country,” said Hanzal. “Mississippi is surely one of the richest states with respect to art and the making of art. It is astonishing.”

In addition to exhibiting in the “Mississippi Invitational” exhibition, all fifteen artists are eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The 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 in the state.

A grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to one artist who may use it for study with an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting; to pursue projects which further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas; to purchase supplies and equipment; to conduct research; and to travel. The artist is then required to donate one original work of art to the museum from at least five works created during the two-year grant period.

This year’s fellowship recipient will be announced at a private reception for the exhibiting artists on Oct. 31.

According to Hiatt, “The idea for this fellowship grew from my years of listening to artists and learning what a difference mid-career travel and study can make in an artist’s vision, skill and scope. Wood and I wanted to foster that. And we wanted to enhance the Mississippi Museum of Art’s relationship with artists living in the state.”

Presenting sponsors for the exhibition include the Hiatt-Ingram Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson/Jane Hiatt and Yates Construction. This exhibition is partially funded by a grant through the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division.

“The Museum is thrilled to present the Mississippi Invitational once again,” said Betsy Bradley, MMA Director. “We are so grateful to Jane Crater Hiatt for her vision, for her ability to translate that vision into a meaningful reality and for her genuine love of artists and their art.”

An opening reception for “Mississippi Invitational” artists, special guests and Museum members is scheduled for Oct.31, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

The fourth annual Town Creek Arts Festival, held on Nov. 1, will feature the display and sale of artwork by artists included in the “Mississippi Invitational,” among others. For more information on the Town Creek Arts Festival, visit

On Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., Hanzal will be joined by Hiatt and the recipient of the 2014 Hiatt Artist Fellowship for a panel discussion moderated by Ward. The event is free and open to the public.

Admission to the 2014 “Mississippi Invitational” is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students (includes admission to Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain.). Children 5 and under and museum members will receive free admission.

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 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on 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

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.

Read the story on MSU’s website.


Funderburk to speak on Walter Anderson at three museums in 2013-2014

August 29th, 2013 Comments Off on Funderburk to speak on Walter Anderson at three museums in 2013-2014

Walter Anderson image (watercolor design for a Shearwater ceramic plate) - for the MMA "Walter Anderson's Carnival of Animals" presentation

Walter Anderson image (watercolor design for a Shearwater ceramic plate) – for the MMA “Walter Anderson’s Carnival of Animals” presentation

Brent Funderburk, professor and thesis coordinator in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University, will present an illustrated talk, “Walter Anderson’s Symphony of Animals,” at the Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) in Jackson on Nov. 19, 2013, as a part of the “Unburied Treasures” series at the museum. There will also be a live performance by the Ensemble Polonaise. Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.

On Feb. 8, 2014, Funderburk will present another lecture, “Walter Inglis Anderson: A World Vision for Art, Nature, and Man,” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, La. Funderburk gave this presentation to an MSU campus audience in February of 2013. (Read more)

Finally, Funderburk will curate an exhibition of Anderson’s works and give a related presentation at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs in March.  A one-person show of some thirty-five artworks, “New Solar Myths: Paintings and Drawings of Brent Funderburk,” will be featured at WAMA from January to April, 2014.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Art students get special preview of exhibit

March 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Art students get special preview of exhibit

Ward guided tour

Senator John Horhn press conference

Art student Jeff Nickell views The art of Theora Hamblett

Students from the Department of Art Senior BFA Research class were invited for a special preview of a new exhibition that opened on March 23 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum is an exhibition of fifty French masterpiece paintings ranging from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries and into the beginning of the twentieth century.

Students were able to attend the press conference and meet the Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art Besty Bradley and listen to remarks made by special guests such as Senator John Horhn.

Following the press conference the students joined a group of guests on a guided tour of the exhibition led by Roger Ward, deputy director and chief curator of the museum.

“It was great for the students to get insightful information about so many legendary artists with their works of art actually present,” said Lori Neuenfeldt, programs coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and Outreach Programs at MSU. “This adds a whole new level of understanding you wouldn’t get from a textbook picture or online.”

Some of the works Ward chose to highlight on the tour were:
Claude Monet (1840–1926), The Beach at Trouville, 1870. oil on canvas. 22 x 25 5/8 in. Collection of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1948.116.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil, 1873. oil on canvas. 18 3/8 x 23 1/2 in. Collection of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Bequest of Anne Parrish Titzel, 1957.614.

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Self-Portrait, c. 1887. oil on canvas. 15 5/8 x 13 1/4 in. Collection of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Philip L. Goodwin in memory of his mother, Josephine S. Goodwin, 1954.189.

Bostic keeping busy, selected for numerous exhibits

August 31st, 2012 Comments Off on Bostic keeping busy, selected for numerous exhibits

DUPREE | Alex Bostic

Associate Professor Alex Bostic’s painting, DUPREE, is part of the exhibition, Artists by Artists.

The exhibition draws on the historical precedent of artists portraying fellow artists in works ranging from loose sketches to formal portraits.  These works were normally kept in the personal collections of the artists and seldomly seen by the public.

The goal of Artists by Artists is to share such works by outstanding artists from around the state of Mississippi. This exhibition includes more than 75 portraits and provides a rare glimpse into the unique relationships between artists.

The cost of the exhibit is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 students and is scheduled to open this fall at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

The price also includes admission to To Paint and Pray.

Visit the Artists by Artists website for more about the exhibit.

John Jay | Alex Bostic

China-Town (N.Y.) | Alex Bostic

Richeson exhibit
Bostic also had two oil paintings selected for The Richeson 75 International, Figure Portrait 2012 exhibit.  The paintings that were chosen were titled John Jay and China-Town (N.Y.).

From October 8 through December 7, 2012, the work of the 75 finalists can be seen in both the Richeson Gallery and the online exhibit.

Jack Richeson & Co. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality art materials. As part of the company’s mission to support the visual arts community, they operate the Richeson School of Art & Gallery and have created the Richeson75 International Art Competitions. The competitions are meant to offer a venue in which established and emerging artists may show their latest, best work to a wide and appreciative audience.

Solo exhibit

The MSU professor has also had a solo exhibition at the Bulawayo National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The exhibition was titled The Works of Alex Bostic from the Museum collection called The Mermaids.

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