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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.
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
Award-winning freelance writer and photographer living on the
Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
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
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.
Photo of Leif Anderson by Nancy Jacobs.
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
Clinton, MS. Illustrator for M is for Magnolia:
A Mississippi Alphabet and 1 Mississippi,
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
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 (left) by Walter Anderson
John Anderson, youngest son of Walter Anderson, surveying
the damage after Katrina to Shearwater and Walter Anderson's
Photo by Paul Jacobs, MSU.
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.
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.
Louisville, MS, native, specializes in watercolors.
Potter, born in South Africa, now lives in Saltillo,
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
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.
Carrollton, MS, minimalist abstract paintings
Christen Craven Barnard
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Folk artist born in Union, Mississippi, in 1905, lived in Newton
County, whimsical wood carvings are in Smithsonian Institution.
Died in 1983.
Pike County, Mississippi, background in decorative arts, architecture
and printmaking, most recently concentrated on prints, embossings
and cast paper-pulp pieces.
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.
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 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
from MS Craftmen's Guild
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
She has done Human--Landscape-- 26 paintings and several mono
types--on display at Pearl River Glass Studio Gallery, has worked
commercially in advertising.
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.
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.
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.
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
Mississippi's most famous portrait painter, now in his 80's,
has four children, one named Jason is also an artist, lives in
Early photographer, did portrait of Jefferson Davis
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
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
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, his
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 in
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
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 in
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
Byron Leslie Burford, Jr., 1920 -
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.
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.
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)
Artist who is married to Mississippi artist William Dunlap.
Her daughter Maggie Dunlap is also a budding artist.
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.
Sculptor of Clarksdale, pottery, bowls
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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)
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
From left to right: Bill Dunlap, Nelle Elam,
and Bill Andrews
Photo by Nancy N. Jacobs
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.
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) Dorrough
He 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.
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.
1944 - 2001, Naturally-talented artist who drew
and painted African-Americans of the Delta. Born and raised in
Coahoma County, Mississippi, lived in Clarksdale
Born in Philadelphia, MS and currently living in
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Paul Jacobs, Marita Gootee, Gary Myers
by Nancy Jacobs
Edwin Phillips Granberry
Created comic strip Buz Sawyer for more than 30 years,
also a writer. See Mississippi
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.
Miniature works of art, Meridian, figures in landscape, arrangement
of florals, works now almost entirely with colored pencils, now
Exhibited at the Municipal Art Gallery in Jackson, daughter Lynn
Green Root is also an artist, exhibit called Crossing
the Threshold: Five Paths through
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.
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
(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.
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.
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 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
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
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..
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,
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
Fine art bird sculptor in wood, does wood carvings of birds of
prey, owls, hawks,
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
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
Photographer, books JukeJoint and Whispering
Pines (photos of people, artifacts of a roadhouse
in Columbus, Mississippi) editor of Columbus Commercial
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 Lewis 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.
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 to
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.
Vibrant still lifes, 35 paintings on display at Brown's Fine
Art and Framing in Jackson.
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
Artist living in Natchez, makes dolls in polymer clay which are
fired or air dried
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.
Photographer at Delta Blues Festival 1979-1984, exhibited at
Hinds College, Feb. 7, 1999.
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.
A joint exhibit of the work of Franke Keating and her son
John as 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.
J. B. Keith
Hammer dulcimer maker in Clinton, member Craftsmen's Guild, made
dulcimers for 35 years, about 3000 instruments.
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, 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
His most recent photographic book, Sanctuary:
Mississippi Coastal Plain was also written by
his wife Marlo Carter Kirkpatirck.
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 MS artist Miriam Wilson.
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 asked
advice on writing. Percy invited Koury to his house and was impressed
by the art on Koury's poetry notebook. 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. Koury died in 1993.
Photo right of sculptor Leon Koury and his bust
of William Faulkner. Photo courtesy of Marcius.
of Springwood Pottery.
(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
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
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
Photographer for Walls of Light (book
of the murals of Walter Anderson).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 .
and Pup McCarty
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
Merigold Potters known for creations from Mississippi mud
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.
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
Work exhibited in Crossing the Threshold at MS Museum
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
of David Rae Morris by Nancy Jacobs.
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
collage artist who cuts and pastes colored paper to create illustrations
for her ten books, also creator of unique jewelry (pins and pendants)
Photographer of Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, Beth Henley, master
printer 911 Gallery owner.
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
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
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.
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,
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
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).
NPR story on A Family of Artists Picks Up the Pieces
by Debbie Elliott and photo of Mary Anderson Pickard by Tracy
From Baldwin, Mississippi, said by some to be one of greatest
folk wood carvers in American history.
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)
Artist born and raised in Jackson, now living in
H. C. Porter
Jackson, MS, born 1963, painter and photographer, creates serigraphs
by creating hand-painted
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.
Youngest artist of the gallery of The South's show
entitled QuARTet. QuARTet exhibition, a 2003 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.
Show called God's Graces and Special Places, does
watercolor/prismacolor pencil, of houses, schools, churches, art
instructor at Mississippi College.
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
Photographer, exhibit at University of Southern Mississippi Museum
of Art in Hattiesburg called "Freedom Summer: The Photographs
of Herbert Randall"
Exhibited in Crossing: Five Paths, modern-day African-American
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
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 Josh
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
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.
Bovina artist, featured in Karekin Geokjian's book,
Light of the Spirit: Portraits of Southern
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.
Ceramic artist, Rankin County
Photographer, owner of Attic Gallery in Vicksburg, uses pinhole
cameras, toning, hand tinting , double exposures, etc.
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.
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.
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.
Pottery, Beastly Tales art show in Jackson with novelist Nevada
Tracy H. Sugg
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.
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
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.
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
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 publications.
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
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
Kevin L. Turner
Gautier, MS, $5000 Artist Fellowship-Visual from Mississippi
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.
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.
Painter, attended Hinds Junior College
and studied with Louis Walsh and Katherine Denton where
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.
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,
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
Photo by Nancy N. Jacobs
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
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
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.
and world-famous author. Born in Jackson, Mississippi. Click
on highlighted name for information about her life and works.
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.
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
Photo by Barb Gauntt, Clarion-Ledger