The Cotton District Arts Festival includes the Juried Arts Competition and Exhibit: carefully juried works from both local and regional artists. Submissions to the Juried Arts Show are entirely separate from the Artisan Village. An artist may participate in either or both, but must submit to each separately for consideration.
2021 Juror: Julian Rankin
Julian Rankin was raised in Mississippi and North Carolina. He studied English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rankin was the founding Director of the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art, which uses artworks and engagements to address issues of racial equity and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi. He is the Executive Director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Rankin is a part of the Jekyll Island Management Institute class of 2019, a program supported through the Southeastern Museums Conference.
He is the author of Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for his Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta published by the University of Georgia Press as part of the Southern Foodways Alliance Studies in Culture, People, and Place series. Catfish Dream was short-listed for a James Beard Foundation Award and was recognized as the 2019 Nonfiction winner by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
2021 Juried Art Competition Winners
Best in Show
Cultivos, Ana Sofia Licona Luque
1st Place: Microverse 1, Joe MacGown
2nd Place: No. 3, Derek Smith
1st Place: Dog With Cup, Mia Parker
2nd Place: Outpouring, Michelle Neumann
1st Place: Juxtaposition 23, John Bateman
2nd Place: Processing, Colleen E. McInnis
Merit Awards – Named Sponsor Awards
Awards chosen by the juror but money from individual donors donated to SAAC.
Mrs. Barbara Walker in Memory of Ron Walker
Quilt Book, Suzanne Powney
Dr. Jim and Mrs. Suzy Turner in Memory of Jane M. Persian
Dipsophobia, Rosie Ferguson
Dr. Jim and Mrs. Suzy Turner in Memory of Marion M. Turner
Effigy, Mark Brown
Merit Award: Robert and Joan Wilson in Honor of Brent Funderburk
Asynchronous, Alison Meeler
Let’s Get This Bread, Trisha Harjono
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The Mississippi School of the Arts Faculty Exhibit featuring work from Visual Arts Instructors Brittany Horne and Maurice Calvert
Close up of painting by Brittany Horne
Mississippi School of the Arts invites you to a premiere showcase, featuring artists Brittany Horne and Maurice Calvert, both instructors of the Visual Arts program at MSA.
The information below was provided at https://www.msabrookhaven.org/events/art-exhibition-featuring-maurice-calvert-and-brittany-horne/
Brittany Horne @thesoulpaintress
Brittany is a fine artist known for her vibrant portrait paintings. She is from a very small town in Northeast Mississippi called Shuqualak. Her earliest memories include painting and drawing with her mother. She graduated from Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven, MS and later obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mississippi State University followed by Masters in Science from Mississippi College. Her current art consist of royal portraits inspired by music artists and landscape art inspired by the beauty of nature and its connection to human existence. Her most highlighted series are Homelessness in America and Organic Revision.
Maurice Calvert @moesart_drip
Maurice is a practicing visual artist who is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, but has been residing in Jackson, Mississippi, for twenty-one years; and is currently one of the two art instructors at The Mississippi School of The Arts. The love for the visual arts was displayed as early as Kindergarten in Maurice’s life, and crayons became his forte as he would scribble and doodle things all around him!
As Maurice grew older he along with his relatives were exposed to much of the untamed and untouched world around him; such as the roaming nature of Colorado, the Fearless bison of Yellow Stone National Park, and the thousands of stars that blanketed the sky on crystal clear; low humidity nights at other Wyoming camp grounds. The admiration of Gods creation inspired Maurice to pursue visual arts from the age of five at John Adams elementary, to Wasson High School; and Jackson State University where he graduated with a B.A in Graphic Design; and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Maurice has shown his art work in multiple gallery spaces, does freelance art commissions of portraiture, landscapes, and abstract art.
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For one night only, nine artists will transform a motel room into their own gallery for the evening. Come see the transformations. Join us for the 14th One Night Stand at The Ole Miss Motel
This year's artists include: Ashleigh Coleman (MS) / Lo-Fi (TN) / Frances Berry (TN) / Heather Hall Sunquist (TX) / Church Goin' Mule (LA) / Katherine George (TN) / Amy Elizabeth Marceaux (MS) / Capt. James V (TN) /Aaron Sanders Head (AL)
Food and drinks from Boswell's Jamaican Cuisine and Oxford Creamery
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Sponsored by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
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For Mississippi Artists
The University of Southern Mississippi National Juried Painting Exhibition is a biennial exhibition featuring the best in contemporary painting. The exhibition was made possible in part through a grant from Partners for the Arts.
This year, 732 total entries were submitted by artists from across the country. 55 paintings were selected for this year's exhibition, by juror and guest artist, Susan Palmisano.
Palmisano commented, "In making selections, I looked for work that was both technically strong and conceptually challenging. I also looked for work to represent a variety of styles, techniques, and visions, including those that challenge the boundaries of the painting discipline or others that excel within the confines of tradition. The resulting exhibition brings together a chorus of rich and varied artistic voices, representative of today’s painting practice."
Participating artists include Meg Aubrey, Sarah Bielski, Heidi Brueckner, Liza Butts, Gary Chapman, Constance Culpepper, Alejandro Estrada, Kari Friestad, Cassie Gnehm, Jeanette Hammerstein, Samantha Haring, Gregory Hennen, Zach Horn, Vincent Hron, Teresa Jarzynski, Karen Kirshner, Justyna Kisielewicz, Alvaro Labanino, Diane Lorio, Kim Manfredi, John Markowitz, Andrew Martin, Lib Mason, Robert Matejcek, Anat Michaeli, Rachel Mindrup, Benjamin Murphy, Katie Murphy, John Nativio, Lindsay Overbey, Thomas Pickarski, Justin Price, Alan Paine Radebaugh, Eric Robinson, Kimberly Rodey, Sachi Rome, Martina Sciolino, Hannah Shipley, Derek Covington Smith, Carolyn Springer, Anne Stagg, Susan Stevens, Jason Stout, Wanda Sullivan, Caitlyn Swift, Laurence Unger, Jason Valdez, Gregory Wilkin, Jammie Williams, Erin Wohletz, Donna Wolfe, and Yingde Wu.
The exhibition opens September 9 and runs through October 1, in the Gallery of Art & Design, George Hurst. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.
An awards ceremony and lecture presentation by Susan Palmisano, will be hosted virtually through Zoom, on September 30, beginning at 7 p.m. A link to the Zoom presentation can be found at usm.edu/spva.
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