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Jere Hardy Allen

Allen is an internationally known figurative painter born in Selma, Alabama, but he now lives in Oxford, Mississippi. He taught painting and drawing at the University of Mississippi, until he retired in 2000. He received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letter's Visual Art Award in 1993. His work is greatly influenced by Frank Rampolla, for whom he worked for more than five years. He works primarily in oil, using dramatic colors. Typically, his works are inspired initially by myths and symbols, but they are also representations of political and social realities. His paintings have been shown in 40 states and in Europe. He had a piece touring Southeast Asia, an exhibition in Huntsville, Alabama, and a show in New Orleans in 2000. His work is regularly displayed at the Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans and Southside Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi. In 2008 he also had an exhibit at Belhaven College in Jackson.

Skip Allen

Founder and owner of the property on which Springwood was located. Skip did the decorative pottery and porcelain and made the glazes. Dennis Krueger, a partner, did items such as mugs. An original member of the Craftsmen's Guild, he was the director for a year or so back in the early 90's. He was also on the Board for several years. His work has been featured in magazines and shows. Springwood was closed in the latter part of the 90's when Skip moved to Georgia. He now lives in Winston, GA, and teaches digital painting on the internet.

Ellis Anderson

Award-winning freelance writer and photographer living on the Gulf Coast of Under Surge Under Siege by Ellis AndersonMississippi. After riding out Katrina in her town of Bay St. Louis, she began blogging about her experiences and then detailed the bizarre life of the community for the next three years. Some of the essays from the blog are included in her book, Under Surge, Under Siege: the Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and Katrina, published by University Press of Mississippi in June. Book features more than 50 photographs by Anderson and Joe Tomasovsky, with cover art by H.C. Porter. A selection of Anderson's writings are featured in Porter's coffee table book of her exhibition, Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and their Stories.



Henry Clay Anderson

1911-1998. African-American Greenville photographer, Separate but Equal: Images from the Segregated South

James McConnell Anderson

Potter, Ocean Springs, known as Mac to his brothers Walter Inglis Anderson and Peter Anderson

Leif Anderson

Youngest daughter of Walter Inglis Anderson, known primarily as a dancer, does pen and ink drawings of dancers, author of memoir Dancing with my Father.

Leif Anderson
Photo of Leif Anderson by Nancy Jacobs.

Peter Anderson

Master potter. He operated, along with his brothers Walter Anderson and James McConnell Anderson, Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He designed unusual shapes covered with special glazes. Local scenes and birds, fish, and ocean water inspired the designs of his pottery. Ocean Springs regularly holds a Peter Anderson Art Festival.

Rick Anderson

Clinton, MS. Illustrator for M is for Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet and 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi.

Walter AndersonWalter Anderson


Walter Anderson is one of Mississippi's most famous artists. His work includes watercolors, oils, pen-and-ink drawings, ceramic designs, large block prints, mural, most depicting the natural world of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. One of his books is The Horn Island Logs. He also did several children's books including Robinson: The Pleasant History of an Unusual Cat

Robinson, the Pleasant History of an Unusual Cat, by Walter Anderson

The Smithsonian Institution's Arts and Industries building in Washington, D.C., presented an exhibit of Walter Anderson's art during the centennial of his birth in 2003. Ocean Springs, Mississippi, houses a museum of his work. Much of his work done on 8 x 10 paper and some of his oils and ceramics were seriously damaged by Hurricane Katrina. See photo below of Anderson's home and art after the hurricane.

He is most famous for his watercolors. Many of his drawings are on typewriter paper. His wife Agnes Anderson wrote a memoir Approaching the Magic Hour about him and her relationship with him.

Blue Crab by Walter Andereson
Blue Crab (left) by Walter Anderson

John Anderson
John Anderson, youngest son of Walter Anderson, surveying the damage after Katrina to Shearwater and Walter Anderson's works.
Photo by Paul Jacobs, MSU.

William Pittman Andrews

Former Instructor of Art at MSU, His show Fortnight was shown at Mississippi University for Women Fine Arts Gallery, February 25 to March 7, 2008. He was director of MSU's McComas Art Gallery and previously taught art at Starkville High School. He is now the new director of the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses. Well known in the art community statewide and beyond, Andrews was named the 2008 Mississippi Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow. He has had solo exhibitions in Ellisville, Greenville, Columbus, Laurel, and Meridian. He has also participated in group exhibitions in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Brooklyn and Little Rock.

John Armistead

Artist and writer from Tupelo, Mississippi. He paints primarily in watercolor and oil. This painting (r.) is called Blue Mountain, Mississippi, and is a watercolor 22 x 30. He has published three mysteries and two young adult fiction works. The Tupelo Daily Journal recently (February, 2006) published a new novelette by Armistead in serialized form called Bramlett's Return. He was the first write r chosen for the One Book One Community program of Starkville Reads.

John Armistead painting


Lucille Baker

Louisville, MS, native, specializes in watercolors.

Antoinette Badenhorst

Potter, born in South Africa, now lives in Saltillo, MS

William Baggett

Although born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1946, William Baggett is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg. He now lives in Poplarville, Mississippi. Prior to his current position, he taught for thirteen years at the University of Mississippi and at Auburn University. He was recognized at Auburn in 1982 with an endowed Alumni Professorship for Scholarly and Creative Achievement. He also received the University of Southern Mississippi's Faculty Award for Creative Research and Achievement.

Since 1995, his painting has focused primarily on the development and execution of three huge murals for the Library of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the Winfred Wiser Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, and the auditorium of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. According to the Winfield Wiser Hospital's web site, Baggett's "Sharing Life" is a dramatic streetscape mural. The 22-by-11-foot mural in the building's main stairwell is painted in alkyd enamel on stainless steel and celebrates the diverse roles of women.

Jo Bailey (1918-2002)

Born July 4, 1918 in Corinth, MS., Died June 29, 2002. Grew up in Delta and Oxford, MS. Painter of oils and watercolors in many locations all over the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She made yearly visits to the Artists Colony outside Jackson each fall. Appeared on WJBS TV to show and discuss her artwork. She was born in Corinth, MS.

Van Bankston

Carrollton, MS, minimalist abstract paintings

Christen Craven Barnard

More than 20 years of mural experience, Barnard offers a unique blend of painting expertise and public art experience. Her murals are on display in schools, parks, churches, cities, towns and residences across the Mid-South region. An award winning artist, Barnard works on both interior and exterior mural projects.

Nevada Barr

Well-known Mississippi mystery novelist but also a painter-- Beastly Art Show in Clinton featured art works by Clinton novelist Nevada Barr and her friends Tracy Sugg and Robert Sugg which benefited the Mississippi Animal Rescue League; the sale featured paintings of animals by Barr (accompanied by tongue-in-cheek “beastly tales”) and over 50 pieces of pottery and sculpture, some solo works of Tracy’s and Robert’s, as well as several collaborations. Show dates were Oct. 22 through Oct. 30, 2004, at Olde Towne Events located at 302 Jefferson Street, Clinton.

Ann Barron

Painter in Jackson, MS, received her Bachelor of Fine Art from MSCW, In 2002 and 2003, she had paintings accepted into both the American Watercolor Society Show in New York and the National Watercolor Society Show in California, making her the first Mississippi artist to gain acceptance into the top two national juried shows in the same calendar year.

Richmond Barthe (1901-1989)

Born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. One of the most important African American sculptors of this century. Received classical training in painting and sculptures. Some sculptures are of famous African Americans, while others are of African dancers, singing slaves, etc. Work permanently on display at Whitney Museum of American Art, also Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, Chicago Art Institute, 1924-1928. Art Students League, New York, 1931 M.A., Xavier University, New Orleans, 1934 A.F.D., St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, 1947. Died 1989. Featured in American Masters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: George Ohr, Dusti Bonge, Walter Anderson, Richmond Barthe exhibit and book by Patti Carr Black, 2009, at Mississippi State University. Major Exhibitions: Delphic Studios, New York, 1925. Caz-Delbos Gallery, New York, 1933. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1933, 1935, 1939. World's Fair, New York, 1947.

Lea Barton

Paradox in Paradise exhibit at University of Mississippi ( June 16 - August 25, 2002) in the Lawrence and Fortune Galleries; Barton uses text and collage to explore new ways to present her ideas visually. Born February 23, 1956, in Yazoo, City, Mississippi, she graduated from Millsaps College in 1996 and moved to New York for two years to earn a Master of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute. She has commented that she

Lea Barton and her work. Photo by Nancy Jacobs
Lea Barton and her work. Photo by Nancy Jacobs

became more of a Southerner after living in the North when she was being asked to “tell about the South.” She was motivated to re-examine the culture that she “had ignored, rebelled against, and taken for granted.” Barton currently lives in Flora, Mississippi; She had an exhibit at MUW in October, 2002, and Paradox in Paradise: Paintings by Lea Barton appeared from November 9, 2002 to January 12, 2003, at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

In Ghost (see photo) Barton makes a strong social comment by using this quotation from William Faulkner in the border: “Years ago we in the South made our women into ghosts.” Faulkner’s words surround a collage of three identical dresses, each accented with a different necklace. A photograph of the ruins of Windsor, the once great, dowry-built antebellum mansion in Port Gibson, Mississippi, appears near the top. Faulkner's words continue around the edge “So what else can we do, being gentlemen, but listen to them being ghosts?”

Willie Barton

Folk artist born in Union, Mississippi, in 1905, lived in Newton County, whimsical wood carvings are in Smithsonian Institution. Died in 1983.

Blanche Batson

Pike County, Mississippi, background in decorative arts, architecture and printmaking, most recently concentrated on prints, embossings and cast paper-pulp pieces.

Martin Bean

Native of McComb, Mississippi. He was born in 1972 in Montecello, Mississippi, close to McComb. He studied painting at Mississippi State University before receiving a Master's degree (2001) in painting at LSU in Baton Rouge. He currently teaches painting at Alabama A and M in Huntsville and has an exhibit at Southside Gallery. His works include still life to portrait paintings.

William Beckwith

Sculptor, work on display at Southern Breeze Gallery in Jackson; most famous work is bronze sculpture of William Faulkner which sits in front of city hall on the square in Oxford; has done other Mississippi authors including Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, and Tennessee Williams.

Beckwith donated a bronze bust of world-renowned blues icon B.B. King he created to the University of Mississippi's Blues Archive. According to Elaine F. Pugh of Ole Miss, Beckwith said he couldn't be happier that the bust of King is to be permanently displayed in the Faulkner Room in close proximity to a bust of William Faulkner by artist Leon Koury. Beckwith said, "Leon Koury was like a father to me, and I'm proud to be in the same room with him." Beckwith and Koury first met when Beckwith was 14 years old, and Koury became his longtime mentor.

Beckwith has produced public and private bronzes for more than 30 years. He is represented in public and private collections nationwide. His commissioned work includes "B.B. King," city of Indianola; "Flag Bearer, Mississippi 11th," Gettysburg National Military Park; "William Faulkner," Oxford City Hall, and in 2010 Beckwith sculpted Q. C. Lamar, who was a Supreme Court Justice and secretary of the Interior after representing Mississippi in both U. S. Senate and House of Representatives before he died in 1893.


William Beckwith sculpture
William Faulkner bronze by William Beckwith in courtyard of Oxford City Hall. Photo by Nancy Jacobs

Beckwith's numerous awards and honors include winner of the statewide Governor's Award of Excellence in the Arts in 2001. His exhibition venues have included Splashlight Studios and Frank Marino Gallery in New York City, National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., Louisiana World's Fair in New Orleans and Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

Originally from Greenville, Beckwith works out of his studio in Taylor. He also is an adjunct assistant professor of art at Ole Miss.

George Berry, Sr.

Wood carver, Pearl, Mississippi, carves life-like animal statues out of wood, won $5,000 Folk Artist Fellowship from Mississippi Arts Commission, no classical training, moved to Mississippi from Oklahoma in 1972, instructor at Allison Wells School of Arts and Crafts in Canton and Craftsmen's Guild programs at the Jim Buck Ross Agricultural Museum in Jackson. Wrote Wood Carving: An Expression in Wood.


George Berry, Sr., photo from Craftsman's Guild
Photo from MS Craftmen's Guild

Bruce Bezaire

Head of Belhaven College art department, paints mostly in acrylics, does landscapes, some portraits and occasional still lifes, does comic strip for Indian Life Magazine, was free-lance arts in Toronto , worked as botanical illustrator at Museum of Natural Science in Ottawa

Vidal Blankenstein

She has done Human--Landscape-- 26 paintings and several mono types--on display at Pearl River Glass Studio Gallery, has worked commercially in advertising.

Sandra Bloodworth- 1950

Born in Charleston, MS, November 22, 1950, she has Masters from Ole Miss in Art Education and an MFA in painting from Florida State University. She worked as a watercolorist in Jackson, MS, in the 1970's exhibiting and selling her art, moving to New York in 1980 as a painter. She spoke at Ole Miss's art department reunion in 2005.

Currently working in oil. she produces approximately 20 paintings a year. Her current theme is now "meals" shared with friends and family.

Photos to right are oil on linen (2'x2')

Sandra since 1996 has worked as
director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Arts for Transit program in New York. Her book Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit, co-written with curator William Ayres, was
released in the fall of 2008. Responsible for the arts and entertainment for the N. Y. subway system, she was featured on the Today Show in December 2008. She currently lives in Cape May, NJ.

Sandraw Bloodworth oil painting

Sandraw Bloodworth oil painting

Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit


Dusti Bonge (1903-1993)

Did 35 colorful works on paper called "Images of Biloxi 1936-1945," which were exhibited at MUW in Columbus, MS, Bonge is represented in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D. C., born in Biloxi in 1903, married Archie Bonge in Chicago, and then became a painter. In the 1950's she was member of the Abstract Expressionists and was represented by the prestigious Betty Persons gallery. Mississippi ETV has done half-hour documentary featuring her as abstract art. She died in 1993.

Richard H. Booth

Has done 5-by-7 foot abstract paintings as well as intimate self-portraits, produced over 900 works, died March 7, 1999, alumnus of Hinds, born in Water Valley and grew up in Clinton, had muscular dystrophy, visionary painter, had show at Marie Hull Gallery at Hinds Community College in Raymond, degrees from University of Southern Mississippi and a master of fine arts from University of Georgia, works kept mostly hidden during lifetime.

Jason Bouldin

Oil portrait artist living in Oxford, first place for portraiture in The Artist's Magazine's 16th annual art competition (1999), son of Marshall Bouldin, Painted the portraits of Medgar Evers and his wife Myrlie Evers-Williams for the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2013 for the 50th anniversary of Evers's assassination in 1963 in Jackson.

Marshall J. Bouldin III Marshall Bouldin self portrait

Mississippi's most famous portrait painter, lived in Clarksdale, has four children-- one named Jason is also an artist. Marshall Bouldin's paintings hang in the White House and the halls of Congress. He painted over 800 portraits including, among others, 20th-century Southern political leaders such as John C. Stennis as well as President Richard M. Nixon’s daughters and William Faulkner. In 2012 he received the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal Award at their “The Art of the Portrait” conference held in Philadelphia, PA. In 2009 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Born Sept. 6, 1923, in Dundee, Mississippi, he died in 2012 at 89.

Photo right: Self-portrait by Marshall Bouldin


Matthew Brady

Early photographer, did portrait of Jefferson Davis

Sammy Britt

Britt taught painting and drawing at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi for 35 years and retired from Delta State in 2002. He has taught and practiced the art of seeing and painting color through the language of the limitless light keys of nature since he first began studying with Henry Hensche at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1963. Britt has won many awards in competitive shows and has served as a juror for art shows in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. He was invited to participate in the "A Painter's Painter: Charles Webster Hawthorne; The Influence of Provincetown and Henry Hensche on Sammy Britt, Gerald DeLoach, Richard Kelso, and George T. Thurmond Exhibition " in 1999 at the Lauren Rodgers Museum of Art in Laurel, Mississippi. Britt continues to paint and teaches workshops throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee in the tradition of Henry Hensche. Sammy Britt has been named the guest artist and judge for Starkville's Cotton District Arts Festival for 2010.

Paul T. Brown

Nationally known writer and wildlife photographer. His work has appeared in Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, and many others. The Mississippi Wildlife Federation named him the 2003 Conservation Communicator of the year. He has won honors from the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association. He is co-author of Escape in Iraq: The Thomas Hamill Story.

Glenda Shaw Brown

Portrait artist, native of Eupora, Mississippi, now lives in Arlington, Tennessee, grand prize winner at the American Society of Portrait Artists' competition, portrait was of her second cousin Hannah

Marion L. Brown

Photographer, awarded Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award in photography in 1997, work shown in Through the Lens: Images of Mississippi at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, one called Tombstone Detail, Girl with Rose, hisMarion L. Brown photographs are in major collections in the USA, Germany, Russia, etc., such as The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; International Center of Photography, New York City, International Photograph Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, the famous Helmut Gernsheim Collection, Switzerland; major corporations; and many others. His work has been exhibited across the US and in Italy, Germany, Finland, and Russia -- in the U.S. in one-person exhibits in Mississippi Museum of Art, Atlanta Center for Photography, International Photograph Hall of Fame, Oklahoma, Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile; George Ohr Museum, Biloxi; Mississippi State University, and many more. Marion Brown's photographs are in major collections in the USA, Germany, Russia, etc., such as The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; International Center of Photography, New York City, International Photograph Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, the famous Helmut Gernsheim Collection, Switzerland; major corporations; and many others.

Brown moved from Yazoo City to Petal in 2003.

Paul T. Brown

Greenwood, Mississippi, 1949, award winning photographer and writer, photos inWood Ducks by Paul T. Brown.  Photo courtesy of Paul Brown many publications such as Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Sporting Classics, North American Whitetail, Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine, Turkey Call, and others, graduated from Mississippi State University and currently lives in Brandon, MS, most recent book featuring his photography is Conserving Wild America




Andrew Bucci

Andrew Bucci.  Photo by Nancy JacobsBucci was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. At twenty-five he had his first solo exhibition by the Mississippi Art Association and won first place in watercolor at the Memphis Biennial. He has been an artist for more than sixty years, studying in the 30's with artist Marie Hull. He majored in architectural engineering at Louisiana State University and worked as a meteorologist. While serving in W.W. II, he studied at the Academie Julian. He received B. F. A. and M. F. A. degrees from the Art Institute in Chicago. Although he has lived in the Washington, D.C., area much of his life, he has presented a major body of his work to the Mississippi Museum of Art. His paintings in oil and watercolor have been exhibited in many prestigious institutions, including the Smithsonian. In 2009 he received the Mississippi Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. (Photo of Andrew Bucci by Nancy Jacobs)



Jane Rule Burdine

Photographer, a native of Greenville, Mississippi. She has lived since 1984 inDelta Deep Down, Jane Rule Burdine north Mississippi, Oxford, and currently Taylor (where she served as mayor for twelve years). Earlier she lived in Jackson for several years and in Baton Rouge for a short time where she worked for the Louisiana Tourism Bureau. She has a new book of her work being published in September of 2008 called Delta Deep Down. She has been documenting Mississippi for over 30 years.




Byron Leslie Burford, Jr., 1920 -

Byron Burford was born in Jackson, Mississippi July 12, 1920. He studied with Grant Wood at the University of Iowa, earning a BFA in 1942. He returned to the university after serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, and in 1947 received his MFA. Upon graduation he was appointed to the faculty and proceeded to teach painting until 1986, when he was named professor emeritus. He did additional teaching at the University of Minnesota, California College of Arts and Crafts, and the Joslyn Museum. Burford is a prolific artist and his work can be found in several museums and institutional collections, including the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the J. S. Guggenheim Collection (New York), the Des Moines Art Center (Iowa), the Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City), the Joslyn Museum (Omaha), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the High Art Museum (Atlanta), and the Eastman House (Rochester, NY), to name only a few. His extensive list of exhibits includes one man shows at the Walker Art Center (1958), the Des Moines Art Center (1961 & 73), Babcock Galleries, New York (1966, 67, 69 & 75), the American Academy of Arts Annual, New York (1966, 72, 79, & 96), and Foslley/Leach Gallery, Washington (1987 & 92). Selected group exhibits include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1942), the Chicago Art Institute (1943 & 59), the Corcoran Biennial (1952), the Venice Biennale, Italy (1968), the Bienal Arte Coltejer, Colombia (1970), and the Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland (1972). Awards include Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships (1960 & 61), the Ford Foundation Award (1961, 62 & 64), National Institute of Arts & Letters Grants (1967, 72 & 75), and a Midwest Arts National Endowment Regional Fellowship (1988). Burford is known primarily as a painter and printmaker. Almost all of his work is figurative and done with a muted palette. He is perhaps best known for images depicting circus life. When he was only 14 or 15 years old, he briefly joined the Tom Mix Circus. Since that time, he has gone out with circuses whenever he can including Clark and Walters, Famous Cole, Franzen Brothers, and Great American-- often as a drummer in the circus band. Other bodies of work deal with the military, industry and sports. Common elements include the passage of time and human endurance.

A mural he painted as part of the New Deal Art program entitled Post near Houston on the Natchez Trace, 1803 is displayed in the historic Houston Post Office in Houston, Mississippi. He is 89 years old.

(Information provided by Jonathan Reeves)

Linda Burgess

Artist who is married to Mississippi artist William Dunlap. Her daughter Maggie Dunlap is also a budding artist.


Jerry Butler

A Drawing in the Sand, a Story of African American Art


Born on farm near Magnolia, Mississippi in 1947. Attended Jackson State College and the University of Wisconsin. Now head of art department at the Madison Area Technical College, he has done group shows and solo exhibitions nationwide. He also drew the artwork for the award winning Sweet Words So Brave: The Story of African American Literature. He has written, illustrated, and designed A Drawing in the Sand: A Story of African American Art.

Jerry Butler



Mara Califf

Sculptor of Clarksdale, pottery, bowls

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Lives in Edwards, Mississippi, painter, photographer, social commentary on the human condition and spirit, artist-in-residence at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center since 1992 (the year he retired from Jackson Public Schools), exhibit at Municipal Art Gallery in Jackson in February, 2000, Titles of some works: Homage to Unknown Resting Places, Party Girls, Highly at Risk No. 2, False Security, Highway 61.

Charles Carraway

Terry, MS. Exhibit called Outside Interiors at Gallery 119 in Jackson explores light, line and depth with paintings done inside and outside the artistes home, a 1979 graduate of Delta State University (DSU), resides in Jackson and teaches art at Jackson State University. After attending DSU, a program offered by Louisiana Tech University gave Carraway the opportunity to move to Rome, Italy, to study architecture and design. In 1983, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Claudia ka Cartee

Potter who received her BFA in ceramics from California State University at Fullerton and has done post-graduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi in art education. In 1988 she was awarded a scholarship to work at the Penland School of Crafts, and in 1989 she received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Claudia has been an active member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi since 1978 and has served on the Board of Directors and as president of the Guild. She has received the Honored Artist Award from the National Museum for Women in the Arts and has been featured in an award winning segment of Southern Expressions on Mississippi Educational Television. She was featured in the April 2005 edition of Sassafras in "A Potter's Impression." Some of her work in clay has resulted in River Dolls, which are ceramic figures which mimic river stones.

Carolina Russell ComptonCaroline Russell Compton

Painter born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1907. She graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1927 and moved to New York to study at the Grand Central School of Art. Compton served as WPA's state art director from 1939-1940. She received numerous awards in shows and did twenty-one oil portraits for the steamboat Sprague's River Hall of Fame, which were destroyed by fire in 1974. Compton died in 1987.

She has nineteen works in the permanent collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Her work was shown in a special exhibit at the museum from November 20, 1999 to January 23, 2000, entitled Caroline Compton: The River at Vicksburg and Beyond

Sylvain Chamberlain

Lives in Shannon, MS., On the cover and 3 page Spread in Mud and Magnolias Magazine! 2013-2014, has had exhibits various places, including Gumtree Museum of Art in Tupelo. Painter of faces. Lists Painting, Installation, Video, Film, Spoken Word, Poetry, Architecture, Sculpture, Multimedia, Internet, Music as his media.

Shu Chang

Photographer, black and white landscapes, stirring effects of light on a variety of natural shapes, White Sand, Monument, N. M. show windswept dunes, Wave is featured at Hinds Community College. She is chemistry professor at Hind, some color photos from China, mostly black and white.

Kate Freeman Clark

At time of her death in 1957 she had been living in Holly Springs, MS. In her will she left her home and several hundred canvases and sketches from her New York years to the town of Holly Springs. She exhibited in New York prior to move back to Mississippi. She had taken classes in Memphis, then enrolled in 1894 at the Art Student League in New York under the painter and well-known teacher William Merritt Chase. She spent the following years working with other talented students at the League. Chase opened his own school and drew away many students from the League, including Clark. She described these years as her happiest and most productive.

Kate Freeman ClarkIn 1924, Clark put away her brushes and stored her paintings in the Lincoln Warehouse, New York. She'd had a number of losses in her life, and decided to return to her antebellum family home in Holly Springs, MS., closing the door on over 20 years of work. She never returned to New York or painted again. Instead , she lived the life of a spinster.

When Clark died in 1957 at the age of 81, her neighbors were surprised to learn of her gift of hundreds of paintings to the city of Holly Springs. "A few friends remembered that she had studied art in the North years before, but no one realized how accomplished an artist she had become," according to Bea Green, curator of the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery.

Langdon Clay Sumner, MS

Maude Schuyler ClayMaude Schuyler Clay

Photographer, her book Delta Land: Photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay shows rural Mississippi in its beauty, exhibit at Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, into to book by Lewis Nordan, a Mississippi writer, many black and white photos, show Delta landscapes, began the project in 1993, also photo editor for The Oxford American magazine. Maude Schuyler Clay lives in Sumner, Mississippi. Her photographic work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The London Observer Magazine, Mothers and Daughters, Women Photographers, and other books. A new book, called Her Circle, the collection of her low light color portraits of family, friends, and familiar surroundings, will be published in 2003, by Twin Palms/ Twelve Trees Press.

Photo above by N. Jacobs

Thomas L. Cochran (1938-2006)

Thomas L. (Tom) Cochran, was best known for his finely-detailed style - leaving viewers wondering if they were looking at a photograph. “Creative realism” best describes his execution of water color. He was also a sculptor and woodcarver, having sculpted the bronze busts of the late Lt. Gov. Carroll Gartin of MS and Sen. Robert Kerr of OK. Presidents Ford, Reagan and G.H.W. Bush were recipients of his commissioned carvings.

During his lifetime, Tom had one-man art shows at the following Jackson, MS, metro area venues: the main office of Deposit Guaranty Bank (now Regions Bank), Jackson Municipal Art Gallery, Artist Mississippi Gallery, Chateau Ridgeland Retirement Home, Mississippi State Law Library, MPB Headquarters, and Eudora Welty Library. The Mississippi Museum of Art selected one of his works for its prestigious “Collectors Choice” live auction.

A strong sense of family and love of country were recurrent themes in his works as he created familiar scenes depicting rural and small town Americana. His poignant paintings of weather-worn buildings and faded, forgotten, once-prized possessions evoke a feeling of nostalgia. Frequent subjects found in his watercolor compositions are carousel horses, windows, storm clouds, Old Glory, brick structures, flowers, and wildlife. His carousel horses - - both watercolor and carved - - are collectors’ items. Tom’s paintings of American Indians and their artifacts reflect his Native American ancestry and his Oklahoma roots.

A silver Beaver holder, Tom used his talents to further the program of the Boy Scouts of America.

In 1959, following a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, Tom made Mississippi his home for the rest of his life. (Source: Columbus Arts Council)

Wallace Colvard

Art director and animator for NBC-TV's Video Imaging Centers, Late Night With David Letterman (1982) - Computer Animation/Design, son of Dr. Dean W. Colvard (MSU president 1960-1966)

Dorree Cooper

Born in Pass Christian in 1953, works in motion pictures as a set decorator, large sculptures, Academy Award nomination for set of Legends of the Fall in 1995.

Dot Courson

A full-time representational style oil painter from Pontotoc, Mississippi, who in 2008 won a major award in a national painting competition, the Central South Art Exhibition National Show. She was one of two artists who received a stipend by the Mississippi Development Authority, Department of Tourism, to represent Mississippi's painters when they exhibited their work for the '08 Presidential Debate Media Reception in Oxford. During the exhibition she was asked to do a painting demonstration: an oil painting of a Mississippi landscape.Natches Trace by Dot Courson

She is a juried member of Landscape Artists International and Oil Painters of America and was invited to join the Landfill art Project, an international initiative to raise awareness by creating diverse fine art from rusted refuse. The traveling exhibition and accompanying book include more than 1000 artists from throughout the world. In 2009 she will do three "one-person" shows in Mississippi: The Brick Gallery in Clarksdale, Southern Breeze Gallery in Jackson, and the Corinth, MS Artist Guild. She is a founding member of the Mississippi Painter's Society. She left a career as a nurse administrator and nurse educator to paint full- time in 2004. Known primarily for her rich landscape paintings, she also does portraits, and her still life paintings have won many awards. Hidden Creek studio is at her home in Pontotoc, MS, which is west of Tupelo . She and her husband Jackie are now hosting art workshops for artists from across the US. Her painting entitled The Natchez Trace (above right), a 48 x 108 inch triptych in oil, is in the offices of Governor Haley Barbour in the Walter Sillers Building in Jackson, MS.

Fletcher Cox

Woodworker, makes clock of various wood, member Craftsmen's Guild and Chimneyville Crafts Festival since beginning

Charles "Chuck" Crossley

McComb, Mississippi, mixed-media artist, had military career, work in acrylics reflect his interest with how things work, eye injury in Navy, retired, attended Coronada School of Fine Arts in San Diego, mast of fine arts from University of California, taught at San Diego City College for a while, now lives again in McComb, where he grew up, he is a collagist working in mixed media with acrylic, very figurative and abstract, shows in California, Seattle, Las Vegas, Gulfport, Municipal Gallery in Jackson, Gulf South Gallery in McComb


Martin J. Dain

Photographer from Greenville, MS. Martin Dain photographed Oxford in the 1960's, including its courthouse square, and the surrounding countryside during the last year of William Faulkner’s life. Born in Massachusetts, his love for the writings of Faulkner convinced him to travel to Mississippi and photograph the state. Southside Gallery has a comprehensive collection of Dain's Mississippi work taken from 1961-62, exhibit at Wetherbee house in Greenville. His works are featured in the book Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain, edited by Tom Rankin and published by the University of Mississippi Press, 1997.

Anne Dennis

Exhibit at Dueringer Galleries, watercolor, denser combination, work has look of leaded stained glass, paintings also of angels, landscapes and architecture, one exhibit called A Tribute to Walter Anderson.

Gerald Deloach

Gerald DeLoach shows his painting.

Born in Alligator, MS, landscape impressionist painter. He met Sammy Britt at Delta State in the 1960s and went to Provincetown, Mass. to study with the color painter Henry Hensche (also Sammuel Britt's teacher). DeLoach is the foremost of the Delta Impressionist painters. However, he is not limited to that genre. He is currently showing at Cole Pratt gallery in New Orleans. His website address is geralddeloach.com.

Photos and information courtesy of Jerry "Duff" Dorrough.

,Gerald DeLoach, Photos courtesy of Duff Dorough

Lucinda Devlin

Hattiesburg photographer and winner of Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award, 1999

Shawn L. Dickey

One of sixty-three contemporary printmakers whose work was chosen for Printmakers Today, a 256 page full color compendium on those who create "museum quality work" while translating an ancient art with 21st century vision and technical skill. Lives in Columbus, MS, and teaches at Mississippi University for Women (the W). Some of his works use an altarpiece-like construction for moral, social and spiritual plays, such as "Condemned to Live"-- Juxtaposed images of a solder with a bum parachute, a reclining woman and peeping man and a central figure divining an "Outlook not so good" message from the einnards of a Magic 8 ball.

Scott Didlake

Crystal, Mississippi, died in 1994, best known as an artist but also a gifted musician and a writer. He was a craftsman who made gourd banjos, which he called banzas, which originally came from Africa. "Banza" is one of the old African names for this instrument, which is the predecessor of the banjo, the only truly American instrument. He became a member of the craftsmen's guild of Mississippi. He died of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at the age of 46 in 1994. His instruments are now collectibles. He and a handful of others sparked the now fast-growing movement of gourd banjo players and makers.

Anthony DiFatta

Native of Hattiesburg, MS., currently lives in Jackson with his wife Melissa and son Preston. He grew up in the swamps of southern Louisiana near New Orleans; painter did About Jackson solo show at Nunnery's Gallery in Jackson

Jim Dollarhide

Greenwood, born in 1952, grew up in Jackson, commercial cinematographer and film producer, many advertising awards. Traveled with B. B. King in Europe and shot and documented the blues icon for the B. B. King Museum in Indianola, MS

G. Ruger Donoho

Book about him done by Rene Paul Barilleaux, and Victoria J. Beck called G. Ruger Donoho: A Painter' Path. born in 1857 in Church Hill, MS, became one of America's foremost Impressionist painters and a pioneer of the East Hampton, NY, artist community, exhibit in Jackson showed over 30 paintings and drawings and then toured nationally through 1996, Mississippi Museum of Art, painted countryside of France.

William Dunlap

Born in Tupelo, degrees from Mississippi College and University of Mississippi, won national attention with one-man show (Corcoran Panorama) at Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D. C. in 1987. He paints landscapes and people of Mississippi, Virginia, and North Carolina and did a limited edition print of "Postage Stamp of Native Soil" for Faulkner Centennial Celebration in 1997, His style is primarily contemporary, and he also does sculpture. His work hangs in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as other important places. For years he was the emcee for the Mississippi Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts in Jackson.


William Dunlap, Nelle Elam, and Bill Andrews, photo by Nancy Jacobs
From left to right: Bill Dunlap, Nelle Elam, and Bill Andrews

Photo by Nancy N. Jacobs

DunlapDunlap received the Danforth Award in Visual Arts, a Rockefeller Foundation International Fellowship, a grant from The Warhol Foundation , residency in Bangkok, Thailand, Lila Wallace/Readers' Digest International Artists Fellow, and is a visual arts commentator on WETA-TV's Around Town. Dunlap for the past eleven years has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts. His book Dunlap, published in 2006, includes more than 100 full-color reproductions and features work from every stage of his career, which has spanned more than three decades.

William Dunlap maintains studios in McLean, Virginia; Mathiston, Mississippi; and Coral Gables, Florida. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at Mississippi State University.

Maggie Dunlap


Young artist and daughter of William Dunlap and Linda Burgess. She illustrated the book by Lianne K. Takemon called The Four Dog Blues Band or How Chester, Boy, Dog in the Fog, and Diva Took the Big City by Storm and published by Mississippi Museum of Art, April 2007.


Duff (Jerry Lee) DorroughDuff Dorough landscape

Mississippi musician and artist from Ruleville, MS., died at the age 60 on October 03, 2012 of liver cancer. Born on May 20, 1952, he worked in oils and pastels. His pastels “Seasonal Sunsets” were shown at Gin Mill Galleries in Indianola and at the Mississippi Arts Commission Woolfolk building. Dorrough earned his B.F.A. in the 1990’s at Delta State University and continued studying under Sammy Britt and Gerald Deloach.

Duff DorroughHe was also the guitarist and vocalist for the soul-gospel group called The Revelators as well as the Yalobushwackers, the house band for Oxford's Thacker Mountain Radio program. Dorrough was formerly guitarist and bandleader for Charley Love and the Tangents, a band which had not played together since the death of Charley Love in 1997 until they got together for a reunion at the Crawfish Festival in Leland in May 2008. He also performed with the Taylor Grocery Band and several others.

Photo left courtesy of Fish Mitchie-- Duff Dorrough (center) and (right) Mississippi musician Willie Foster. Photo above courtesy of Duff Dorrough.


William Eggleston

1939, well-known photographer, born in Memphis but grew up on cotton plantation in Sumner, Mississippi, attended University of Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Delta State but did not graduate, influenced by Cartier-Bresson, known as Father of Color Photography, Eggleston has published his work extensively. He lives and works in Memphis, and travels considerably for photographic projects.

Thomas Eloby

1944 - 2001, Naturally-talented artist who drew and painted African-Americans of the Delta. Born and raised in Coahoma County, Mississippi, lived in Clarksdale

Carol Epperson

Born in Philadelphia, MS and currently living in Raymond, MS


Susan Brumfield Farris

Photographer and oil painter, won the major award (Julian Onderdonk Memorial Purchase Prize) at the San Antonio Art League and Museum's 80th Annual Juried Artists Exhibition in San Antonio (where she now lives) in 2010, married to Texas artist Aaron Farris.

Martha Ferris

Vicksburg, MS, painter, married to writer Kos Kostmayer. She won several public art commissions, including the first riverfront mural for Vicksburg in 2001. In 2003 she was commissioned to paint a mural on stainless steel for the 55-foot central rotunda of the new McWillie School in Jackson. This year she will create the Mill Street Project, in which she will provide 22 masonry inlays for the new viaducts at the renovated train station in Jackson. Ferris has begun exploring the theme of shadows through a combination of photography, printmaking, collage and painting. She lives and works in her studio on her family's farm near Vicksburg.

Charles Henri Ford

(Feb. 10, 1913-2002) Brookhaven, Mississippi, the son of Charles Lloyd Ford and Gertrude (Cato) Ford, grew up in small towns all over the South, where his family operated hotels, American poet, editor, artist, and filmmaker, helped introduce surrealism to America through his poems and his avant-garde magazine of the 1940s, died on Friday, September 27, 2002, in Manhattan at the age of 94.

Susan Ford

Glass blower

Brent Funderburk

Painter who creates large watercolor paintings on paper, primarily of nature. He is professor of painting and drawing at Mississippi State University in Starkville where he has been awarded the John Grisham Faculty Excellence Award as well as the Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence Award. He has exhibited widely in regional, national and international exhibitions; and has shown in 22 one-person exhibitions across Mid-America and the South. He is a native of North Carolina. Brent Funderburk designed the signature image for the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Jackson. His painting Wave (Reclamation) was recently selected to join the permanent collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, in Jackson, MS. The large watercolor, which was completed in 2009, will be shown as a part of “The Mississippi Story,” which consists of over 200 works by Mississippi artists and “reveals the remarkable history of visual arts in the Magnolia State


Steve Gardner

Portrait of Son Thomas called Playing the Blues

Marion Viola Stark Gaines 1950-1942

Born in Columbus, Gaines and her family then moved to Mobile, AL. In 1879, she married Captain Abner Gaines and moved to “Peachwood,” his family’s plantation and nursery at State Line in Wayne County, Mississippi. She developed skills as a photographer during a cultural and artistic movement known as Pictorialism. Her photographs incorporate the stylistic influence of this period by transforming her subjects into works of art. In 1900, Marion won an award in portraiture from the American Camera Club in Mobile and subsequently became Mississippi’s first woman photographer to be recognized by inclusion of her work in several publications, including Ladies’ Home Journal. In a 1997 issue of Mississippi Magazine, Gene Fant, Jr. described her as a “pioneering photographer” whose “photographs provide...a glimpse of a talented artist’s vision of her surroundings, as well as the images of the toughness of farm life at Peachwood Nursery.” Photographs depict floral themes in her community and still lifes of various native plants as well as some exotic horticultural varieties. Her photographs also provide unique glimpses of rural life that existed in southern Mississippi during early years of the past century. The photos include African Americans captured in their daily farm chores as well as uniquely posed photos and portraits which reveal stoical character in their faces. Several of her images also include Native American women. Gaines's interest in photography lessoned after her husband died in 1905. She moved back to Mobile where she lived until her death in 1942. (Source: Mona Vance, Archivist for Local History, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.)

John Gaddis

Jackson, watercolorist

Sam Gilliam

Born in 1933 in Tupelo, Mississippi, famous in the 1960's for abstract canvases and paintings with brilliant colors. He draped with brightly colored cloth buildings and made enormous paintings that resembled quilts.

Amy Giust

Lives in Hattiesburg (10 years), born in Cincinnati, best-selling visual artist at Southern Breeze Gallery, acrylic paintings, some watercolor, show at SBG called People and Places

Rolland Golden

Moved to Natchez, Mississippi, from Folsom, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina, 2010 exhibit of 45 paintings at Mississippi Museum of Art entitled River and Reverie: Paintings of the Mississippi

Melody Swaney Golding

Photographer of the Katrina devastation in project called Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember, Vicksburg.

Edwina Goodman

Jackson, watercolorist

Lori K. Gordon

Lori K. Gordon works in mixed media and lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her work may be found in public and private collections around the world including the Smithsonian Institution,  Mississippi Humanities Council, Safeco Corporate Collection, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Kentucky, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Art Across Arkansas, a joint venture of Thea Foundation and William J. Clinton Foundation. Private collectors include President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, ABC's Robin Roberts, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, ESPN's Jon Miller and CNN's Tom Foreman.

MSNBC, CBS, National Public Radio, Christian Science Monitor, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, New York Times, Travel Mail (UK), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden) and numerous regional magazines and newspapers across the nation have featured her work. Several documentaries have shown her work, including the award-winning Mississippi Son. Her best known works include Six Degrees:West to East, The Katrina Collection, and The Labat Project. Other works are Student Nurse, a bronze nurse in the lobby of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson and The Working Man, at the Jim Buck Ross Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. She won the MIAL award for Visual Arts in 1997 and teaches at Mississippi College.

Samuel Marshall Gore

Winner of MIAL award for Visual Arts in 1997. On faculty at Mississippi College since 1951. Most familiar works are Student Nurse, a bronze nurse which stands in the lobby of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, The Working Man, located in front of the Jim Buck Ross Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. Head of Christ, Madonna and Child on other religious figures.

Marita Gootee

Photographer, MSU Professor, 2003 Mississippi Invitational, Mississippi Museum of Art, one of 18 artists selected for the exhibition, also selected in 2005, presented "Sand Shadows and Creative Pinholes" at the national Photographic Imaging Education Association conference in Orlando, Florida - Feb. 2005, received HARP award from MSU Humanities Institute in 2005

Marita Goote Paul Jacobs, Marita Gootee, Gary Myers
Photo by Nancy Jacobs

Edwin Phillips Granberry

Created comic strip Buz Sawyer for more than 30 years, also a writer. See Mississippi Writers page.

Jason Greene

BFA from Mississippi State University in 1997 where he was an illustrator for archaeologists at the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at MSU. He worked for several years as a designer and fabricator of interactive children's exhibits. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Jill and their two dogs.

Les Green

Miniature works of art, Meridian, figures in landscape, arrangement of florals, works now almost entirely with colored pencils, now legally blind

Myra Green

Exhibited at the Municipal Art Gallery in Jackson, daughter Lynn Green Root is also an artist, exhibit called Crossing the Threshold: Five Paths throughMyra Green cover Mississippi at Mississippi Museum of Art, Nov. 7, 1999. She died in 2002. A book celebrating Myra and her daughter has been published entitled Breathing Art: The Lives and Art of Myra Hamilton Green and Lynn Green Root (2008).The double biography, with text by historian and author Patti Carr Black and 80 reproductions of paintings plus family pictures, features a choice of two covers, one by each artist. See Lynn Green Root below.

Dan Guravich

Photographer for 19 books, first was Man and The River - The Mississippi published in 1968 with Hodding Carter, lived in Greenville, died in 1997, founded Polar Bears Alive, photographer for National Geographic


Theora Hamblett

(1895-1977) Became primitive painter at 54 years of age, first Mississippi artist to have work exhibited at Museum of Modern Art in New York bought house in Oxford, MS, worked in primitive, innocent style, based her drawings on visions and dreams and girlhood memories, grew up on farm in north Mississippi, colorful, childlike paintings of children playing games, rural scenes reflections of farm life in Mississippi, known as visionary but primitive artist.

Theora Hamblett art

Sarah Frances Hardy

Solo exhibition in Jackson at Pearl River Glass Studio/Gallery called Nature's Pieces (29 recent works in acrylic on paper) one show called Elements of Nature at Agora Gallery, Soho, NY., now lives in Tupelo, uses thick, sturdy rag paper, scenes from Noxubee Wildlife Refuge and Wall Doxey State Park, flower and still lifes, degree in studio art from Davidson College in NC, also studied in NY and Paris, went to law school.

Marvin Hayes

Born in Canton, Mississippi, in 1939. He grew up in Hamshire, Texas, and studied art at Texas A & M, Lamar University, and Columbia University. Hayes won First Award in 1972 in the 22nd Annual New England Painting and Sculpture Exhibition Graphics Exhibition. The same year he had work accepted in the International Graphics Exhibition. He is best known for the suite of fifty-three Biblical etchings in copper for which he did considerable research and travel. The etchings were shown in New York City in 1976 at the FAR Gallery and reproduced in the book God's Images, which combines the vision of poet James Dickey (Deliverance) and the artist Marvin Hayes. Many of the completed fifty-three paintings were accepted for the permanent collections of the Rijksmuseum, the Vatican, la Bibliotheque Nationale, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Palais du Louvre.

Randy Hayes

Randy Hayes was born in 1944 in Jackson, MS. He grew up in the country near the then small town of Clinton. His family moved to Tupelo when Hayes was sixteen where he graduated from high school. He attended college in Memphis at both Rhodes and the Memphis College of Arts where he received a B.F.A. in sculpture in 1968. He dropped out of school briefly to take a freighter to Europe when he was nineteen. After graduation Hayes worked as a VISTA Volunteer in Seattle for a year.

Moving to Boston, Hayes worked as a freelance scene painter and designer. This work, primarily with WGBH PBS Television, had an enormous influence on the painter's life and art. Hayes returned to Seattle in 1976 to open a used and rare book store which included a small gallery. The gallery exhibited primarily vintage and contemporary photographs. Steeped in the history of photography, by 1983 Hayes felt that he could realize his dream and work full time as an artist.

In 1979 Hayes walked into a gym to try to photograph some boxers. These photographs became his first mature body of work. He continued to photograph sub cultures in Los Angeles and New York before working in Rome for two months in 1987. A commission from the Port of Seattle allowed the artist to travel to three continents and India and amass a large archive of negatives to further his examination of culture and history.

In 1990 Hayes began to paint directly onto photographs. About the same time he was drawn back to his original environment of the Deep South. He continues to work on this Southern series

Jim Henson

Talented artist, writer, actor, director, producer, born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1936. He lived part of his life in Leland, MS, and was the creator of the Muppets. His work is the basis for Sesame Street books, Muppet movies, and much more. He died in 1990 of pneumonia. (Click on his name for more information.)

Katrina Estes Hill

Acrylic painter on recycled wood, born in Louisville, MS, lived in White Bluff, Tennessee, but she has recently moved back home to Louisville, Mississippi.Katrina Estes Hill. She is an artist, writer, and storyteller. Her collection of stories called “Fat daddy’s Watermelon and Other Tales from the Hollow” is reminiscent of childhood on her grandparent’s farm in rural Winston County. She performs storytelling for civic events, conventions, churches, fairs and festivals and, schools. Her children’s book, My Imagination, released in August of 2007, won the Mom's Choice Gold Award and was listed in ForeWord Magazine's top twenty finalists for Best Children's Book of 2008. Estes Hill is the official artist for “Good People Brewing Company” headquartered in Birmingham, AL.

William Hollingsworth

1910-1944, Jackson born, regionalist, drawings, paintings, lithographs, watercolors of Jackson, shown at Mississippi Museum of Art's Collection Gallery (called William Hollingsworth: The Back Road Home-- paintings of days gone by), 300 works in the museum's collection given by wife Jane Oakley Hollingsworth. He died at 34, book about him called Hollingsworth: The Man, the Artist, and His Work

Joseph Horn

Fine art bird sculptor in wood, does wood carvings of birds of prey, owls, hawks,
eagles, falcons

Robert Hubbard

Photographer, Artist of the Year 1990 at Rembrandt Society of the Mississippi Museum of Art, many awards.

Joe Mac Hudspeth

Freelance wildlife photographer, published work more than 500 times in state, regional, and national publications, including Mississippi Outdoors, Birder's World, Ducks Unlimited, Awarded the Roger Tory Peterson Institute for National History's Grand Prize for Wildlife of a least bittern that appeared in The Nature Conservancy's calendar, his photos were selected for the 1997-98 and 99 Mississippi Duck Stamp and on the Mississippi Sportsman's License for more than three years

Florence Huffman

Photographer, photographed the land and people who came to Deer Camp in the Mississippi Delta, historically significant.

Marie Atkinson Hull

(1890-1980) Born in Summit, lived in Belhaven of Jackson for many years, known for her landscapes and still-life oil paintings in several impressionistic styles. classifies her work in three categories,---traditional , transitional, and contemporary, vivid colors of near abstract flowers and landscapes, much of work features European scenes, but also sharecroppers, participated in Allison's Wells Art Colony, Hull was the recipient of a gold medal at the Mississippi Art Association (1920); first prize at the Southern States Art League (1926); second prize at the Davis Wildflower Competition, San Antonio, Texas (1929); watercolor prizes, Southern States Art League (1931); and the New Orleans Art Association and the Benjamin prize at the New Orleans Arts and Crafts Club (1932)--both in Louisiana. Her work is represented in private and public permanent collections, including the Mississippi Art Association; high schools in Laurel and Jackson, Mississippi; Southwestern Texas Normal School; the Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas; and others


Timothy T. Isbell

Gulfport, Mississippi, is a photojournalist with the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun Herald in Biloxi. He is a former photojournalist-in-residence at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Knight Foundation/National Endowment of the Arts recipient for his photographic study of the Vietnamese people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is the author and photographer of Gettysburg: Sentinels of Stone and Vicksburg: Sentinels of Stone

Birney Imes

Photographer, books JukeJoint and Whispering Pines (photos of people, artifacts of a roadhouse in Columbus, Mississippi) editor of Columbus Commercial Dispatch


Paul Jackson

Starkville, MS, born in Kansas, but grew up in Starkville, attended SHS and graduated from MSU, world-renowned for his watercolor art and technique. He was primarily responsible for the use and perfecting of a reflection technique used by many watercolor artists now, designed LewisWatercolor by Paul Jackson and Clark for the U.S.quarter for Missouri and created a spectacular tile mural at the University of Missouri-Columbia that was used in tandem with the local schools teaching the complicated math required to design and place the mural. Jackson is a Signature member of the American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society and is considered one of the Master Painters of the World by International Artists Magazine. He is the author of Painting Spectacular Light Effects in Watercolor.

Don Jacobs

Jackson artist/ muralist who specializes in realistic large-scale paintings and murals.
Painted the conference room of the Mississippi Governor's mansion in 2005 and has
works in collections scattered from California to Europe. Grew up primarily in Brookhaven, MS, After high school he spent nearly a decade in Europe where he studied art and received his degree in Graphic Design. Eventually returned toJacobs' mural in Jackson Mississippi to pursue a career as a Commercial Artist, which eventually led to a fascination with large-scale painting and eventually a specialization in mural work. Though trained in Graphic Design, he's self-taught as a painter. Jacobs is also a songwriter and musician with two albums of original music to his credit and is the producer of an annual musical event in Brookhaven, Mississippi, known as Brookstock.

Elizabeth Johnson

Vibrant still lifes, 35 paintings on display at Brown's Fine Art and Framing in Jackson.

Bessie Johnson

African American basket maker from Tibbee near West Point, MS, winner of a Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2010, featured in the Smithsonian's Traveling Exhibit of Folk Art, selected in 1994 to design and create Christmas ornaments for White House

Bonnie Jones

Artist living in Natchez, makes dolls in polymer clay which are fired or air dried


Dylan Karges

Dylan KargesArtwork by Dylan KargasStarkville sculptor, ceramics, pastels, illustrator for archaeologists, Bodies in Clay Exhibit at the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, similar exhibits in Memphis and Meridian Museums of Art, 2005, winner of first place award at Starkville Arts Festival, 2005, and first place, 2006 Beaumont Art League National. Kargas is native of Pisgah in Rankin County, Mississippi, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from MSU in 2002, with an emphasis in sculpture.

Eyd Kazery

Photographer at Delta Blues Festival 1979-1984, exhibited at Hinds College, Feb. 7, 1999.

Bern and Franke Keating

Greenville, photographers, world travelers on assignment for leading periodicals,(Photo right of Bern Keating and Franke Keating from Mississippi book flap). Bern Keating published 24 books and several hundred articles in Life, The New Yorker, Reader's Digest, Playboy, National Geographic, Bern and Franke compiled and wrote Mississippi (Mississippi Department of Economic Development). Bern Keating died in 2004. Franke is known world-wide as one of the most celebrated photographers for National Geographic. She traveled to some of the world's most exotic locales, including 17 trips to Kenya. She is known in Greenville, Mississippi, as a talented portrait photographer who has photographed some of the area's best known families and authors. She died in Atlanta at the age of 95. She had been living with her son, a doctor, the last six months of her life.

A joint exhibit of the work of Franke Keating and her son John was hosted by the Greenville Arts Council in 2011. It was titled “Franke and John Keating: Mother and Son - An exhibit of their photography and etchings.”

The Keatings' son John Keating pursued an education in art at Bowdoin College in Maine. While showing his work in Atlanta, he made the life-altering decision to pursue medicine as a career, so he attended Tulane University, where he earned his medical degree and is currently an orthopedic surgeon with the Keating Group, a clinic he opened in 1986 that specializes in sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, and neck and back injuries. The Keatings' daughter died earlier at the age of 23.

Franke Keating was born in McGehee, Ark., and Bern Keating was a Canada native. The couple moved to Greenville, MS, in 1946. Both were literary and artistic forces in the Delta for decades.

Bern and Frankie Keating


Mississippi by Franke and Bern Keating

J. B. Keith

Hammer dulcimer maker in Clinton, member Craftsmen's Guild, made dulcimers for 35 years, about 3000 instruments.

Stephen Kirkpatrick

Wildlife photographer from Jackson, highlighted on Wild Things, has published more than 2800 photographs in magazines and books worldwide, twice named winner in International Wildlife Photographer competition in London, publisher of many books (numerous pictorial coffee table books) including Whistling Wings: The Beauty of Ducks in Flight, The Naturalist's Journal: A Book for Records, Notes and Observations, Wild Mississippi: A Natural View, Romancing the Rain, First impressions: A photographic collection of nature's moments, moods & memories and Wilder Mississippi and Mississippi Impressions with his wife Marlo Carter Kirkpatrick. Lost in the Amazon recounts Kirkpatrick’s near-fatal experience on an 1995 Amazon expedition and was the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s 2007 Book of the Year.

Wilder Mississippi was the winner of the 2002 National Outdoor Book Award and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s 2002 Book of the Year.




Photo of Stephen and Marlo Kirkpatirck by Nancy Jacobs.

Romancing the Rain by Stephen Kirkpatrick

Romancing the Rain, A Photographic Journey into the Heart of the Amazon was a winner in the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Awards and in the Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards, and was the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s 2003 Book of the Year. It was shot over nine years in the jungles of Peru.

Kirkpatrick has twice been named a winner in the prestigious International Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition held in London, England. In 2007 he was awarded first place in the National Wildlife Federation's "International Photography Competition".

His most recent photographic book, Sanctuary: Mississippi Coastal Plain was also written by his wife Marlo Carter Kirkpatirck.


Baxter Knowlton

Mississippi native and Little Rock resident, known for paintings of famous Mississippi and other Southern writers, including Walker Percy, 2003, and Flannery O'Connor 2004 posters for the Oxford Conference for the Book, Knowlton has also painted William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Shelby Foote 2005 poster. Son of Mississippi artist Miriam Wilson Weems.

Oxford Conference for the Book


Baxter Knowlton, photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of Baxter Knowlton

Leon Z. Koury

Born in Greenville, MS, in 1909, Son of Syrian immigrants who owned grocery in Greenville. Koury wrote to Greenville writer Walker Percy Alexander and askedRobert Koury with his sculpture of William Alexander Percy advice on writing. Percy invited Koury to his house and was impressed by the art on Koury's poetry notebook. He convinced Koury to become an artist and later Koury became a sculptor of busts of William Faulkner, William Alexander Percy (in 1964 Percy bust was covered by Time and Life magazines) and busts of Negro heads. In 1939 Koury was named director of then new Delta Art Center in Greenville. He was the mentor of many Mississippi artists and writers including William Beckwith, but Koury died in poverty in 1993.

Photo right of sculptor Leon Koury and his bust of William Faulkner. Photo courtesy of Marcius.





Dennis Krueger

of Springwood Pottery.


Roy LaGrone

LaGrone (b. 1966) is a Tupelo native based in Italy. He received his B.F.A. from the Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA (1989), and a M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (2000). He creates computer-generated artwork centered on transforming discarded artifacts, places, and entities into sacred projections. His first exhibition in his hometown, The Beauty of the Impossible at the GumTree Museum of Art in Tupelo, presented eighteen works from his Beta Projection series, a suite of large-scale photomontage constructed from found objects, which address issues of 21st century displacement and renewal. The exhibit opened August 1 and ended September 20, 2008. His work has also been shown at the Smithsonian Institution; SIGGRAPH; the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, in Austin.


Andrew Lark

Andrew LarkTeacher of art at Starkville High School for nine years , awarded Mississippi Teacher of the Year (2003), Starkville School District Teacher of the Year (2002), the Governor's Award in Art Education, and Starkville High School Teacher of the Year. He had five scholastic art winners between 1998-2002, won 44 state scholastic art awards and four national scholastic art winners and the 3rd Congressional District Art Award (2002).

In 2001 his students won 37 state scholastic awards and four national scholastic art awards. From 1997-98, his students have won 32 state scholastic awards, two national scholastic awards and one student won the Kennedy Center Creative Ticket Award. Other outstanding accomplishments include directing and/or assisting the visual art students who received 28 national awards and more than 400 state awards. Altogether his students have received more than $1.2 million in scholarships during the past two years because of their advanced art skills. In addition, two students (one finishing in the top ten, the other in the top four among 20,000 students) were named finalists for the highest award given to a visual art student, the Presidential Scholars Award. In 2008 his students again won many awards.

Photo by Nancy Jacobs

John Lawrence

Photographer for Walls of Light (book of the murals of Walter Anderson).

Stephen Little

Photographer whose work has been featured in Portico of Jackson's "Best of 2006, Jackson Free Press, The Clarion­ Ledger, File Magazine, Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in 
Mississippi,  the Mississippi Arts Commission gallery, and various other art events around the state.
In 2010, his "Eddie Cotton" photograph was 
published in Mississippians  coffee table book.

Ross Lunz Ross Lunz

Raised in Vicksburg, MS, and born in 1969. Ross makes concept-based sculpture or forms based on an ideas rather than traditions within a sculptural medium. Themes of his pieces generally revolve around the environment and ecological issues. He works primarily as a metalsmith, using fine hand skills and many jewelry tools. Ross creates detail-oriented pieces from metal, wood and found objects such as bone, plastic, and glass.

He taught art on the university level for five years at University of Kansas, Loyola University in New Orleans and guest lectured all over the country. Ross was chosen for fifth Mississippi Invitational (2005) at Mississippi Museum of Art and exhibits work nationally.



Joe MacGown

Lives in Starkville and does surreal artwork, mostly in the form of ink drawings. He won first place in the Starkville Cotton District Arts Festival in 2007 and third in 2006. Work has been shown in a number of exhibitions --mostly in the South, although currently he has a work in a gallery in France. He works at Mississippi Entomological Museum at Mississippi State University where he is a scientific illustrator, has illustrations in journals, books, cd cover designs, numerous T-shirt designs, ad layouts, book covers. First prize winner of juried art in 2010 Starkville Cotton District Art Festival.

Gwendolyn Magee

Textile artist. Winner of 2011 Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Originally from High Point, North Carolina, she was a resident of Jackson, Mississippi since 1972. Work is found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Mississippi Museum of Art and has been exhibited internationally. It is archived at the National Museum of Women in the Art. In 2006 she was named as an "Honored Artist" by its Mississippi State Committee. In 2005 she was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant by the Mississippi Arts Commission and recognized by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters as Visual Artist of the Year in 2003. She was a board member for the Craftmen's Guild of Mississippi who turned a traditional art form into a contemporary art centered around African-American life and history. Magee died at 67 on April 27, 2011, following an illness. She was creating a work commemorating the Freedom Riders for the May 19 opening of the museum in the historic Montgomery Greyhound bus station at the time of her death.

Robert Malone

Malone is an adjunct assistant professor at Ole Miss since 1997. Received his MFA from Memphis College of Art and his BFA from the University of Mississippi. his landscape paintings in oil capture the sublimity of nature. Has exhibited at the Nicole-Perry Gallery, Memphis,TN.; Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans LA; Yeiser Museum, Paducah, KY; Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS; Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN; Allen Price Gallery, University of Wisconsin; University of Melbourne, Australia. His work is in the corporate collections of AT&T, Ochsner Clinic, and the National Bank of Commerce. He has work in many private collections throughout the United States including New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Winter Park, FL; and Jackson, MS. Has taught beginning through advanced painting and drawing. Previous teaching experience includes three years as an adjunct at Middle Tennessee State University, teacher seminars, and Art League Workshops. He is a working artist who depends on his painting to provide the majority of his income

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Robert Marcius

Born in Greenville, Mississippi, began designing and creating works of art before the age of twelve. At the age of thirteen he began studying under Leon Koury, a protégé of Malvina Hoffman, a student of Auguste Rodin. After attending Delta State University in Mississippi, and Dayton Art Institute in Ohio, he continued his studies of the arts as he traveled throughout Europe for nine months. Marcius began designing and producing jewelry,sculptures, and objets d’art after moving to New Hope, Pennsylvania, in 1972. He moved his business to Manhattan and supplied Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale's with jewelry and Karl Springer with accessories, furniture and sculptures. He has returned to his roots and is designing, crafting and supplying his own decorative arts through MARCIUS LLC .

Doug Marlette

Cartoonist from Laurel, Mississippi; best known for comic strip Kudzu, which depicts minister modeled on Will Campbell; killed in a car accident in 2007 in Mississippi; also author of two novels: The Bridge and Magic Time

Lee and Pup McCarty

Merigold Potters known for creations from Mississippi mud

Sharon McConnell

Blind sculptor of historic life cast portrait project honoring great living blues musicians. The casts are lifelike with their eyes all permanently shut. McConnell lives in Como, Mississippi. She was a former chef with corporate aviation until she was diagnosed with uveitis, a complete degenerative disease of the eye, at age 27. McConnell was born in Connecticut, and as a child she spent her summers at Kennebunkport. She began researching moving to Mississippi in 2006. She purchased an historic home in Como which is within walking distance of everything that she needs. In an article about McConnell by Leah Miller, Miller says that McConnell's casts are a "specialized molding applied directly to the face, layered with yet more materials until the cast begins to harden. It's an involved, lengthy and intimate process. McConnell said she never talks about music with the musicians while completing their casts. 'We talk about stuff. Life stuff,' she said."

Mary Katharine Loyacono McCravey

Lives in Forest, Mississippi. A leading contributor to many state wide charities, she donated thousands of dollars of paintings for auctions each year to such organizations as Mississippi Cancer Hospital for Children, Mississippi Heart Association, Mississippi Animal Rescue League. She was a teacher for many years. The McCravey-Triplett Student Center opened in Jackson, Mississippi, at Belhaven College is partially named for her. Born April 1, she was 93 in 2003. She has been painting since 1928. She has had several one person shows at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Her distinct impressionistic style is sought after by collectors in Mississippi and across the country but are very difficult to acquire at this point. She received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2004 for Lifetime Achievement.

Eric McDonald

Best known for his maritime paintings and portraits. A member of the American Society of Marine Artists, he comes from a long line of Gulf Coast residents; his family has lived there since the 1880s and the sea is a way of life to him. McDonald works out of three different studios: one in Jackson, one in Florida, and the third aboard Ti Kabana, his two-masted topsail schooner. He was the featured artist in the Mississippi Heart Association’s Art for Heart program in 1999 and his paintings are collected around the country

F. S. McKnight

Photographer from 1894 to 1930 in Aberdeen

Fannie McMurtry

Work exhibited in Crossing the Threshold at MS Museum of Art

P. Sanders McNeal

McNeal has studied in Argenton-Chateau, France, at the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy, and with Daniel E. Greene in Southwest Ireland. Her work has shown in numerous one woman shows and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Ireland. On August 1, 2002, she opened a one-woman show with original music by Maestro Colman Pearce at the Bridge Gallery in Dublin. McNeal was also the first commissioned artist for Jubilee Jam's 10 painting series with her painting, "The Rehearsal," which now hangs in Thalia Mara Hall. Nationally recognized, McNeal has been painting portraits, landscapes, still life and figurative studies professionally for over 30 years. A classical realist, she works out of her studio in Jackson, Mississippi,

Ethel Wright Mohamed

Born in 1908 in Fame, MS, lived in Belzoni, did stitchery, needlework, (Sacred Harp Singing), Style has flair for color influenced by family and community traditions and memories, primitive artist, died in 1992.

Joe Moran

Joe Moran ArtworkBiloxi boat builder turned artist, is known worldwide for his works showing life in a small fishing village on the coast of Mississippi. Joe fathered ten children and by no means was your stereo-typical starving artist. Life was a struggle for him and his large family but hardship was never in the way when pouring his soul into the paintings he created. He founded Moran's Art Studio in Biloxi where people from around the world stop to see his works

Mary Moran

Daughter of Joe Moran, who taught her to paint. She specializes in underwater scenes and wildlife and angels and manages Moran's Art Gallery in Biloxi.

Tommy Moran

Son of Joe Moran who also paints the beauty of the gulf coast on canvas, uses a true-to-life form and a build-up of paints to give a scene an almost three dimensional effect.

Thomas Morrison

Morrison, a Jackson artist, created "Virtuous Woman," which is believed to be the largest porcelain sculpture in the country. The 14-by-8-foot outdoor sculpture hangs above the Winfield Wiser Hospital's main entrance.

Alice Latimer Moseley 1909-2004

Self-taught folk artist who lived in Bay St. Louis, began painting at age 65 to deal with her mother's Alzheimer's disease, Miss Alice, as she was known, lived in Birmingham, AL, and Memphis, TN, before moving to Bay St. Louis, MS, after she attended an art show there in 1988. She had been a school teacher before retiring. Her son Tim Moseley,an antique collector and part-time antique dealer talked his mother into taking her paintings to a flea market in Nashville. One man bought all 30 paintings, and Miss Alice became a full-time artist. Today the Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum is open in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Alice Latimer Moseley artwork

David Rae Morris

Photographer and son of Mississippi writer Willie Morris. Morris had a one-man show at MUW in Columbus, Mississippi, in October, 2002, which highlighted his work for My Mississippi, a book he and his father did together. The exhibit was entitled "Look Away," a photographic narrative.

David Rae Morris
Photo of David Rae Morris by Nancy Jacobs.


Tom Nawrocki

One of sixty-three contemporary printmakers whose work was chosen for Printmakers Today, a 256 page full color compendium on those who create "museum quality work" while translating an ancient art with 21st century vision and technical skill. Lives in Columbus, MS, and teaches at Mississippi University for Women (the W).

Gloria Norris

Ridgeland, MS, painter and sculptor, Nicaraguan artist married to a Mississippian.


Jean Cappadonna Nichols

Does ceramic sculptures, received MIAL Award for Visual Arts in 1999, from Tupelo, moved to Florida.


George Ohr

George OhrCalled mad potter of Biloxi, ETV Documentary of same name, born before Civil War, opened the Ohr Museum pottery shop called "Pot-Ohr-e," Pottery often humorous, eccentric, fanciful, called by him his "mud babies," died in 1926, Pop art of Andy Warhol caused Ohr's work to be recognized after his death, largest collection of his pottery at George E. Ohr Arts and Cultural Center in Biloxi, MS.
Photo: Mad Potter of Biloxi

Robbie O'Kelly

Lives in Southhaven, Mississippi, commissioned to do stained-glass portrait of Bill Clinton for the Clinton Presidential Library. Owns the MidTown Art Glass Studio in Memphis.

Alex O'Neal

Painter, a Mississippi native, born in Starkville, raised in Jackson and Greenville, now lives in Brooklyn, NY., had an installation at Mississippi Museum of Art in 2005. In 1999 received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting. Has received other awards from National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Tennessee arts Commission. His drawings and paintings address American community, especially the American South. Drawn images are combined with collage materials from the 1930s to the 1970s and depict typically American themes, such as the homestead and family, Hollywood, or dramatic landscapes.

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Mary Lovelace O'NealBorn Jackson, Mississippi, 1942. B.F.A., Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1964. Currently, O'Neal has a one-woman art show at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson open December 7, 2002--February 9, 2003. MFA. Columbia University, 1969. Painter/printmaker. Teaches painting and drawing at Berkeley. Works included in SF MOMA, CA; Oakland Museum, CA; National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile. Recipient of "ARTISTE EN FRANCE" Award from French Government. Included in international traveling exhibitions: The Biennale Internationale des Arts, Dakar, Senegal; The Troisieme Triennale Mondiale D'Estampes Petit Format.

R. Dan Overly

Born in 1944 in Dayton, Ohio. Died Oct. 18, 2010, in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated in 1962 from Northmont High School, and later Ohio Northern University with degrees in biology and art in 1967. After graduation, he taught at Upper Scioto Valley High School, McGuffey and Big Walnut Middle School in Sunbury, Ohio. In 1970, he moved to Greenwood, Mississippi, where he served as a special assistant to the superintendent of schools, coordinating the arts. He earned his master's degree from Delta State University in Art Administration and had a studio where he painted, sculpted, and dabbled in stained glass. He became Director of the Arts for the state of Mississippi. In 1972, at the request of Gov. Bill Waller, Overly formed the Mississippi Crafts Guild and served as the Executive Director for 15 years. He was appointed by the Carter administration to serve on the crafts panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. He served on the editorial advisory board for the Crafts Reporter and a number of his book reviews, articles and photographs were published in the American Craft magazine. He was the founder of the Schools of Craft and Design at Millsaps College in Jackson. The school was an alternate program which ran in tandem with the art department and featured professional seminars, speakers and international guest artists. He retired from the Guild in 1987 due to health issues. In 1996, First Lady Pat Fordice presented him the Governor's Award for Art Partnership. Dan was also an avid gardener who combined his biology background with his artistic talent. His garden, on 25 acres of part of a former plantation and the log cabin where he lived adjacent the plantation house, was featured in a 1994 book, Secret Gardens Revealed by Their Owners by Rosemary Verey, an adviser to the British Royal Family. After 27 years building the secret garden, Dan was forced to leave his home and gardens for a city apartment complex. The move was captured by Kathryn Rodenmeyer in the documentary film, Uprooted.


Sherry Pace

Historic Churches of Mississippi by Sherry PacePhotographer who lives in Madison County, MS. Her first photography book, Victorian Houses of Mississippi, was published in October 2005 by University Press of Mississippi. Her second book, Historic Churches of Mississippi, was published in June 2007.



Laurie Parker

Starkville collage artist who cuts and pastes colored paper to create illustrations for her ten books, also creator of unique jewelry (pins and pendants)

James Patterson

Photographer of Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, Beth Henley, master printer 911 Gallery owner.

Live William Pates

Columbus, MS, In 2003, Pates relocated his studio from Britain to rural Mississippi. He spent his first six months painting the transition from autumn to winter to spring in a local slough. When the lushness of late spring had completely taken over, he moved back to his former, and more open, view in the shade of the Old Bridge by the Tombigbee River. In this period of time he has delighted Mississippi art lovers with solo exhibitions at Delta State University, Mississippi University for Women, and Twenty Minutes of Light at Gallery 119 in the capitol city of Jackson, invited to represent the state of contemporary arts in Mississippi in the 2005 Mississippi Museum of Art’s Mississippi Invitational.

Lucy Phillips

Lucy Phillips won the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Prize from the Yogen School of Suibokuga in Tokyo and is the first foreigner to be awarded a prize in this national exhibition sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education among others. Her winning monochrome brush painting Mississippi Marsh is on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum. The Anniversary Prize is awarded at five year intervals for technical originality. Phillips lives in Starkville.

Lallah Miles Perry 1926-2008

Perry was the 2008 winner of the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts for Artistic Achievement. Born in 1926, she began studying art in Starkville, Mississippi, at the age of fifteen. She enrolled in Auburn College to study art and was married a year later, receiving a degree in commercial art in March 1946.

Haley Barbour presents Mississippi Governor's award to Lallah Perry  in 2008.  Photo by Vickie  King of Clarion-LedgerIn 1956, her work was selected for the “First Mid-South Exhibition of Painting” at the Brooks Memorial Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee, and her work was chosen for inclusion for the following ten years. Her work was also chosen for the “Second Delta Art Annual” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1959. Her paintings have been exhibited from New York to New Orleans, and her work has hung in the National Watercolor Exhibition at the Smithsonian, as well as in the American Embassy in Rabat, Morocco.

Perry taught in the Choctaw School System, at Delta State University, and at Meridian Community College. In 1963 when a fire burned Allison's Wells Arts Colony, Perry is credited with keeping the colony alive. Perry became the first Director of the Mississippi Art Colony, which, with the aid of the Mississippi Library Commission, started the the Colony Traveling Exhibit, which continues today to be been hung in small town libraries, hotels, schools, and restaurants throughout Mississippi. An artist and educator for many years, she died at the age of 81 in October 2008 and was buried in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Mary Anderson Pickard

Eldest daughter of famed artist Walter Anderson, she lives in Ocean Springs, MS, and wrote essays in Form and Fantasy: The Block Prints of Walter Anderson, which features full-color and black-and-white reproductions of over 250 of the artist's prints.

Co-editor of the book is Patricia Pinson, curator of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, with a chronology by Christopher Maurer, author of Fortune's Favorite Child: The Uneasy Life of Walter Anderson (University Press of Mississippi).

See NPR story on A Family of Artists Picks Up the Pieces by Debbie Elliott and photo of Mary Anderson Pickard by Tracy Wahl

Elijah Pierce

From Baldwin, Mississippi, said by some to be one of greatest folk wood carvers in American history.

Gail Pittman

Jackson-based artist of pottery , ceramics studio, on NBC's Today, business specializing in hand-painted dinnerware and home accessories, illustrator for Catherine Carter's book Anna's Choice (2005, Quail Ridge Press)

Gaither Pope

Artist born and raised in Jackson, now living in Louisiana

H. C. Porter

Jackson, MS, born 1963, painter and photographer, creates serigraphs by creating hand-paintedH. C. Porter film positives representing each color, owns and exhibits at Creative Spirit Studio, Art Director and master printer for sports artist Rick Rush. Limited Edition serigraphs for NBC Sports, Wimbledon, Churchill Downs, and the NFL. Her recent exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art entitled Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories - the first year after Katrina, ran from March 8, 2008 to June 8, 2008. Porter's interactive, multimedia experience includes painted portraits paired with live field recordings, floor installations, video, and a book. Porter has teamed up with fellow Mississippian Ellis Anderson to provide cover art for Anderson's book, Under Surge, Under Seige.




Chase Quarterman

Youngest artist of the gallery of The South's show entitled QuARTet. QuARTet exhibition, a 2003 Chase Quarterman graduate of Mississippi College, Quarterman has traveled in Europe and Asia, drawing inspiration from different cultures and the arts that influence those cultures. Utilizing elements of post-impressionism, Oriental art, and expressionism, and the influence of different Southern artists, Quarterman has created a timeless sort of art, one that is both retro and modern, connecting with different viewers at different levels. Chase received his B.S. degree in Graphic Design from Mississippi College in 2003 and his M.A. degree in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. A semester in London and travels in China, Taiwan, and Mexico have greatly influenced his style and approach to painting. Chase works in oils, acrylics, gouache colors, India ink and woodcuts. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Bonnie. Quarterman’s mentor is Clinton’s Wyatt Waters.



Kenneth Quinn

Show called God's Graces and Special Places, does watercolor/prismacolor pencil, of houses, schools, churches, art instructor at Mississippi College.


Marshall Ramsey

Marshall RamseyMarshall Ramsey's Greatest HitsRamsey is a political cartoonist for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, has been nominated for five Pulitzer prizes and was a finalist in 2002. He has also appeared in USA Today, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times and 450 other newspapers. In college he won the top prize for collegiate cartoonists (The John Locher Memorial Award), has been featured in Editor and Publisher magazine. He is syndicated nationally by Copley News Service. His cartoons appear in Marshall Ramsey's Greatest Hits.

Herbert Randall

Photographer, exhibit at University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art in Hattiesburg called "Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall"

Hysterine Rankin

Exhibited in Crossing: Five Paths, modern-day African-American applique quilter.

Lee Renninger

Gulfport, MS, ceramic artist, wife of artist Jeff Schmuki, chosen for fifth Mississippi Invitational (2005) at Mississippi Museum of Art, born and raised in Miami, Florida. Originally a painter, Renninger was part of the Movimiento Artistico del Rio Salado (MARS) Artspace in Phoenix, Arizona from 1995-2000. While there, she teamed up with fellow artist and ceramist Jeff Schmuki, who introduced her to clay. Since then she has worked in that medium, creating ceramic-based installations. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, among other venues. Renninger was a recipient of a 2003 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship Award. In 2013 she received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Visual Arts.

Elizabeth Robinson

Jackson glass artist , works on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art, November, 2002

Jack Robinson, Jr.

Photographer, born in Meridian and grew up in Clarksdale, for more information go to this web site. Born September 18, 1928, he died in November 1997.

Lynn Green Root

Died in 2001 at age 46, daughter of Jackson artist Myra Hamilton Green and JoshLynn Green Root cover Green. Painted mural at Bravo Italian Restaurant and Bar and portrait of Thalia Mara in Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson. A book celebrating Lynn and her mother Myra Green, has been published entitled Breathing Art: The Lives and Art of Myra Hamilton Green and Lynn Green Root. The double biography, with text by historian and author Patti Carr Black and 80 reproductions of paintings plus family pictures, features a choice of two covers, one by each artist.



Jeff Schmuki

Gulfport, MS, ceramics, husband of ceramic artist Lee Renninger, hand-built, laminated and compressed sculptural objects, site responsive installations and clay drawings represent the Mississippi landscape, chosen for fifth Mississippi Invitational (2005) at Mississippi Museum of Art,

Martha Butcher Skelton

A renowned quilter whose work has been displayed in the Smithsonian and the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. She died at 89. She was a founding member of the state quilting organization and had sewn more than 200 quilts since age 15. Born in West Virginia, she moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Vicksburg in 1947.

Earl Simmons

Bovina artist, featured in Karekin Geokjian's book, Light of the Spirit: Portraits of Southern Outsider Artists.

Joey Kim Sessums, Dr.

Sculptor, Brookhaven OB-GYN, born in Forest, MS, did bust of Eudora Welty at MUW. He also created a life-sized bronze bust of Dr. Wiser for the Winfield Wiser Hospital. Sessums is a physician and one of Wiser's former students.

Pam Sharp

Ceramic artist, Rankin County

Lesley Silver

Photographer, owner of Attic Gallery in Vicksburg, uses pinhole cameras, toning, hand tinting , double exposures, etc.

Martha Butcher Skelton

Master quilter whose home is Vicksburg. Skelton was born in West Virginia and grew up in Oklahoma. She became a school librarian while her children were growing up. Her quilting developed into an art, and she completed more than two hundred quilts. Skelton was selected twice to participate in the Smithsonian Institution's Folklife Festival. She helped establish the quilting program for the Mississippi State Fair and taught in almost every Mississippi county. Two of her quilts are a part of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society's permanent collection, and her quilts are also included in the Mountain Mist quilt collection and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History collection. Her life has been documented in a book by quilt scholar Mary Elizabeth Johnson.

Cliff Speaks

Brandon, MS, Member of the Jackson-based Brecon Arts group . A recent graduate of University of Southern Mississippi, Speaks has been a working professionally as a graphic artist for more than six years, and has been active in the fine arts for three. Speaks enjoys painting landscapes and still life works, but lately he has done more abstract and figurative expressionistic art. He uses various shapes, colors, and textures to create designs that are unique and are immediately recognizable as his own. His has a deeply rooted interest in portraying Southern culture and uses it as a source of inspiration.

Jack Spencer

Photographer, Did Native Soil: Images of the South with Ellen Douglas.

Christopher Inglis Stebly

Son of Mary Anderson Pickard, Walter Anderson's first born and first daughter, born in 1967 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where he still lives. He decorates pottery at his family's business, Shearwater Pottery. He formally trained for one year at New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts under Auseklis Ozols (the founder), in 1991. but he has been painting on his own ever since. His paintings are for sale at the Walter Anderson Museum.

Robert Sugg

Pottery, Beastly Tales art show in Jackson with novelist Nevada Barr

Tracy H. Sugg Tracy H. Sugg with her Gen. Kosciuszko statue

Pottery, Beastly Tales art show in Jackson with novelist Nevada Barr, Bronze sculptor, originally from New Mexico, now resides in Jackson and has exhibited across the country, most notably in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Building in Washington, DC. She sculpted the monument to Congressman “Sonny” Montgomery on the MSU campus, and the “General Kosciusko” monument for the town of Kosciusko, along with numerous other pieces across the state in public and private collections.




Sarah Mary Taylor

Folk artist and quilter, now in her eighties, quilts have figures and animals, Left Hand, drawings.

Wynn "Matsy" Richards Taylor

Born 1889 in Greenville, playhouse named for her, first woman judge of Miss America pageant in 1948, Died in 1960, was fashion photograher for Vogue magazine early in career, love of gardening led her to form Greenville Garden Club (the first in the State), became involved in theater and helped form Twin Cities Theater Guild, premier female fashion photograher of the 1930's,

Emmitt Thames

Gulfport, paints in watercolor, oil and egg tempera scenes of and around Mississippi, self taught artist, work sold at Brown's Gallery since the early 1970's, born in Lincoln County, Mississippi.

Emmitt Thames

James "Son" Thomas

Born 1926, he is best known as a blues singer who was rediscovered by William Ferris in 1967. His other interest was sculpture which was made from clay he collected from banks of the nearby Yazoo River. He enjoyed creating animal forms. He also enjoyed making trucks from the clay, which earned him the nickname "Ford." Once he decided to play a joke on his grandfather, who had a deep fear of the paranormal. Son shaped a skull, complete with teeth made out of corn, and placed it in a dark location that would become fully lit when his grandfather turned on a light. The effect was terrifying, and Son went go on to shape these skulls the rest of his life, often using actual teeth that he would collect from local dentists. His clay art alone would have made Thomas's career as a folk artist. Many galleries, including those in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have held shows displaying his work. In 1981 the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., held an exhibit displaying the folk art of the American South, and the sculptures of James Thomas were a prominent feature of the show. Then First Lady Nancy Reagan attended the show, and Son had his photo taken with her. As a result of this encounter, Son was asked to perform at a Republican Party fundraiser in Mississippi in 1983 which featured President Ronald Reagan as the keynote speaker. Son Thomas was paid $100 for his appearance.

In his later years Son Thomas was accompanied by Swiss harmonica player Walter Liniger. Thomas was recorded by several small record labels but is probably best known for his album Gateway to the Delta which was recorded by Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Son Thomas appeared in the films Delta Blues Singer: James "Sonny Ford" Thomas in 1970 and Give My Poor Heart Ease: Mississippi Delta Bluesmen in 1975, plus the short Mississippi Delta Blues in 1974. Thomas died on June 26, 1993, in Greenville, Mississippi, and is buried in Leland.


Woodeb bowls by Stanley Thomas, Jr.Stanley Thomas, Jr

Artist in wood from Batesville, Mississippi; a member of the Craftmen's Guild of Mississippi, has been featured on PBS.
Photo right: Wooden bowls by Thomas of Batesville.


Tommy Thompson

Born and lived near Starkville, MS, until he was 36 years old. Before relocating to Florence, AL, he served as head of the Art and Photography Department of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Mississippi State University for seven years. He was enrolled in the graphic arts program at Mississippi State University. Thompson was an architectural and commercial illustrator for more than 30 years before he began to paint oil landscapes in 2002. He now concentrates on painting pastoral landscapes that include horses, figures, and architecture. Thompson's paintings have been featured in American Art Collector; Southwest Art, Horses in Art; Hills and Hamlets; Greater Nashville House, Home, and Garden; The Tennessean, Brentwood Life, and other Tommy Thompson paintspublications. A web site, The Judge's Choice, selected Thompson to be its featured artist during July 2009. Thompson's artwork was recently juried into the 14th Annual 2009 Fine Art in Brentwood (TN) Show and Sale. He was named one of ten featured artists to participate in the Gadsden (AL) Museum of Art's Southeastern Plein Air Festival in 2009. During 2007/09 he was invited to conduct five solo exhibitions by organizations in Birmingham and Guntersville, AL; Starkville, MS (the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and Chamber of Commerce exhibited his oil paintings), and Memphis and Nashville, TN. Thompson has studied with some of the nation’s premier painters including Kevin Macpherson (in Canada), Ken Auster, Kenn Backhaus, Roger Dale Brown, Scott Christensen, Ned Mueller, Michael Shane Neal, and Dawn Whitelaw. In October 2009, he will participate in the Alabama Plein Air Workshop, under the direction of California painter, Elio Camacho.

The artist now lives in Florence, AL. Traveling to Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island,Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming, as well as Canada and Europe, has afforded the artist a wide array of subject matter.

Before changing to the oil painting arena, Thompson, with his two daughters, produced composite, architectural-style drawings of more than 350 towns across 12 states (including Mississippi). These drawings provided civic organizations with fund-raising projects, grossing more than $2 million in proceeds for those community organizations.

George T. Thurmond

Nature and Light by George T. ThurmondImpressionist landscape painter from Starkville, born in 1949 in Hollandale, graduated from Delta State in 1968. Thurmond book His book Nature and Light: A Personal View explains his view of light and painting. A devoted adherent of Plein-air, he made the pilgrimage to Provincetown, Mass in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1973 to confront the teachings firsthand, MSU 2004 Art Exhibition Show featured George T. Thurmond Color Studies: Light Keys in the Landscape, at The Gallery in McComas Hall, October 4, 2004.



Kevin L. Turner

Gautier, MS, $5000 Artist Fellowship-Visual from Mississippi Arts Commission

Glennray Tutor

Oxford, MS, Paints contemporary commonplace items such as home canned as well as store-bought jars of vegetables, fruit, jellies; toys; fireworks; candies; marbles transforms them and creates photorealistic works from them. Tutor is able to create a sort of three-dimensional representation of these common items, making the items jump off the canvas at the viewer, and turning the common into something unique.


Pat Walker

Teaches workshops in Rolling Fork, MS. and, Vicksburg Culture Center. Has won Eastern Regional Show with Oil Painters of America Richeson75/Still Life for 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation in NY; Mississippi Arts Commission, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and other.

Gary Walters

Painter, attended Hinds Junior College and studied with Louis Walsh and Katherine Denton whereDelta Dreamin' he won honors as the school's most outstanding art student. Later, attending Mississippi College, he studied with Dr. Sam Gore and received the Bellaman Award for the most creative art student. He later earned a Master's Degree from Mississippi College. Over the past 35 years Walters has had numerous one man shows. He has also taught art for Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Hinds Community College, Belhaven College, and many workshops on painting. In 1993, he was honored as the Art Alumnus of the Year for Mississippi College. He is represented in many public and private collections throughout the United States and has been featured in Mississippi Magazine, Delta Magazine, The Clarion-Ledger, Scope, and others. His book Delta Dreamin' was released in September 2008 with a foreword by Samuel Gore.

Richard Waters

Lives in Gulfport, MS., earned in 1965 an M.F.A. in painting and drawing at California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA. Received a B.S. in painting from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. in 1961. In 1977 he was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Research Grant, University of CA at La Jolla, CA, Center for Music Experiment. Artist in the Schools (grant). Designed music/art curriculum for preschool programs. Taught master classes to preschool staff, Sonoma County, CA. 1965 Lytton Award in painting - $1000. Oakland, CA.,His one man shows from 1965 to the present include Schramn Art Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Biloxi Art Gallery, Biloxi, MS, Palo Alto, CA, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, Santa Rosa Jr. .College, Santa Rosa, CA.

Wyatt Waters

Painter, watercolorist, also plays guitar and writes music for the musical group called Waters Edge. Born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, in 1955, Waters attended Mississippi College, where he won the Bellman award for painting and received both his bachelor's and master's degrees. Waters, who now lives in Clinton, Mississippi, with his wife Vicki and their daughter Crimson, He has taught part-time at both MC and Millsaps College. Waters initially gained attention in the 1980's by painting famous Jackson landmarks. An impressionist style artist, Waters paints familiar people, places and things outside on location, occasionally with other Clinton and Jackson artists. Waters's works have been exhibited at the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Municipal Art Gallery, the Meridian Museum of Art, Gulf/South Galleries in McComb and Bryant Galleries in both Jackson and New Orleans. His works have been featured in American Artist Magazine, Watercolor 87, and Mississippi Magazine. He is a past vice president and signature member of the Mississippi Watercolor Society.

His books Another Coat of Paint: An Artist's View of Jackson, Mississippi; Christmas Stories from Mississippi' and Southern Palate (cookbook illustrated by Waters) are available at local bookstores. Other works include Christmas in the South, A Very Southern Christmas, and An Oxford Sketchbook. A watercolor exhibition by Mississippi College alumnus Wyatt Waters ran Mar. 2 to Mar. 31,2002 in the Samuel Marshall Gore Art Gallery. Winner of Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2010.

Wyatt Waters
Photo by Nancy N. Jacobs



Wyatt Waters, Painting Home

Ben Watts

Sculptor who three years ago took up sculpting full time. Sculptor Ben Watts and his work of Walter Payton. He has won numerous awards in these years and has just completed a large commission piece of Walter Payton (see photo right) for Columbia High School. His piece named "Ptocowa" of a wounded Indian with a maiden pouring water on him is now on the Mississippi Governor's desk. Tocawa means "healing Waters". Tocowa, Mississippi, is a spring south of Batesville where former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove grew up.

Sculpture, Tocowa

Ben Watts and sculpture of Walter Payton

Curtis Weatherall

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, now lives in Santa Rosa Beach, FL where his gallery Weatherall Fine Art and his studio are located. He received his B.F.A. at the University of Mississippi and continued his studies at Bradley University in Peoria, IL where he earned an M.F.A. in painting. Weatherall’s work has been widely exhibited in major shows throughout the U.S. His work was included in the national publication "New American Paintings," Southern Edition, in 2005. His resume includes a number of exhibits/lectures at notable institutes and galleries such as the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida; Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, Florida; Gallery 10, Washington, D.C.; Elizabeth Rice Fine Art, Sarasota, Florida; Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, Florida; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey; River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN; Hutton and Meredith, Atlanta, Georgia and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Weatherall’s work hangs in such permanent collections as the Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Hampton Inn downtown New Orleans, The TDC in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and numerous private collections. In 2002 he was commissioned to design the Lifetime Achievement Award for the International Sculpture Center. This award is presented in New York City to sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture. Weatherall and his family reside in Santa Rosa Beach, FL where he keeps his studio and gallery. For additional information, visit www.weatherallfineart.com.

Miriam Wilson Weems

Born in Greenwood on November 24, 194, died August 20, 2011, in Jackson. Weems earned her first degree (BA in French) from Ole Miss in 1963. In 1986 she earned a second (BFA in art), studying with Jere Allen. She established herself well in private, public, and corporate art venues.

Weems was a prolific painter, drawing on her travels and Mississippi. Her art was sold in Jackson at the Organizers store, an arrangement established many years ago when she was beginning her career. That association was very productive and gave her work a broader audience than might be associated with a private art gallery clientele.

Among Weems' private collectors are President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, Senator and Mrs. Thad Cochran, Congressman and Mrs. Chip Pickering and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Manning. The University of Mississippi Dental School, Medical Center and J.D. Williams Library, as well as the Mississippi Museum of Art and other public collections hold her art. Corporations that have collected Weems' art include L&M Restaurant, Oxford; Dogan & Wilkinson, Jackson; and Jones, Funderburg & Sessums, Jackson.

Eudora Welty

Eudora WeltyPhotographer and world-famous author. Born in Jackson, Mississippi. Click on highlighted name for information about her life and works.


David Wharton

Photgrapher, winner of 2013 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography.

Bill Wilson

Works in the fields of fine art and commercial art, work appears in both corporate and private collections all over the country, respected art juror and lecturer, has done storyboarding for the film industry, paints private portrait commissions, continues gallery work, and commercial illustration, received a Bacholor of Arts degree from Belhaven University has created characters (Pippin, Maxx, and Dorf) to go along with stories he writes-- first book, Dorf's Art Lesson, was published by Portrait Brokers of America to benefit Childrens' Harbor, The Fib: A Wordy Tale is his second book, currently working on his third book, oversees the visual aspects of Pippin & Maxx Arts and Entertainment as creative director, based in Fondren, MS.

Elizabeth Wolfe

Artist based in Jackson, Mississippi, who runs Wolfe Studio. She is Mildred Nungester Wolfe's daughter and editor of book of her mother's art. The Wolfe Studio received the Governor's Award in 2009 for Artistic Excellence in the Visual Arts.

Karl Wolfe 1904-1904

Karl Wolfe was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He married Mildred Nungester Wolfe. More information is available at <http://www.thewolfestudio.com/history/karl.html>


Mildred Nungester Wolfe 1912-2009

One of Mississippi's most prominent artists. Her portrait of Eudora Welty hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., her paintings and sculptures are included in the collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Millsaps College, Montgomery Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress. Wolfe worked in oils, watercolors, ceramics, prints, and stained glass for over seventy years. She blends impressionism with postimpressionism, and her technique was influenced by the effects of light on her subjects. The Wolfe Studio was the recipient of the Mississippi Governor's Award in 2009 for Artistic Excellence in the Visual Arts. The award was accepted by her daughter Elizabeth.


Andrew Carey Young

Stained glass artist and winner of 2002 Governor's Artist's Achievement Award, owner of Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson, which he established in 1975. He has studied with German glass artists and a Russian master iconographer. He has also designed stained glass for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison and St. Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Gulfport.

D. C. Young

Photographer, stained glass

Photo by Barb Gauntt, Clarion-Ledger

D.C. Young, Photo by Barb Gauntt of the Clarion-Ledger

Stark Young

Best known as writer and drama critic but also a painter


See Writers Index for more information about Stark Young


Painting at right by Stark Young






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