Artist event on Wednesday Sept 21st

John Alexander, a New York based artist, will be in Greenville on September 21, 2011 at McCormick’s Book Inn from 5:00 PM-6:30 PM. Alexander will discuss the exhibit, titled “One World, Two Artists,”  that originated at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA. In the exhibit,  John Alexander’s work was paired with Walter Anderson’s work,  “[the exhibit] shows how the Gulf Coast was a shared source of inspiration to native artists.” John Alexander will give an artist talk and will be available to sign books.

More information about John Alexander’s work can be found on his website at


Gulf Coast Artists’ Work on Display at University Museum

August 29, 2011 By Staff Report

Opening reception set for Sept. 22

OXFORD, Miss. – The South is a region rooted in the land. “One World, Two Artists,” the latest exhibition on display at the University of Mississippi Museum, reveals how one habitat, the Gulf Coast, was a common source of inspiration for two native artists.

This exploration of John Alexander and Walter Anderson, two Gulf Coast artists, is the result of the collaboration between the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, La., and University of Mississippi Museum, and was originally curated and created by Bradley Sumrall of the Ogden Museum.

The incredible works demonstrate how this shared region influenced these two men to portray their own sense of place, time and unique perspective. The show reveals how the expression of one world manifests in two varied and beautiful artistic visions.

The University Museum is overjoyed to share in the meeting and understanding of these two artists’ perception of one place, and it is a great honor to be included in the travels of this incredible show, said William Andrews, director of the University of Mississippi Museum.

“Bradley Sumrall has energized the exhibition by organizing these works of art as references for a powerful, mystical response by the artists to their natural world. Wherever these works of art reside or return to after the exhibition, he has planted them again in the fertile ground of the Gulf Coast,” Andrews said.

The work of Southern artists is infused with a deep sense of place and time, Sumrall said.

“Whether inspired by the small-town of the artist’s birth, the land, the waters – be it river, lake or sea – the music, the people or the animals, that sense of place shows up in subtle, surprising or literal ways, unique to each artist,” Sumrall said.

John Alexander was born in 1945 in the coastal town of Beaumont, Texas, a region influenced by Creole, Cajun, and African American culture. This natural environment became a source of inspiration early on and has continued throughout Alexander’s career.

Walter Anderson, painter, potter, writer and naturalist was born in 1903 in New Orleans, La.. Anderson spent the majority of his life working in or around his family’s business, Shearwater Pottery, in Ocean Springs. It was during these years Anderson found his most celebrated muse in an undisturbed barrier island, Horn Island. In later years, John Alexander visited Horn Island to also better understand this shared environment of inspiration.

“We are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to showcase this exhibition of two enduring persona from the American South, and we are indebted that the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the University of New Orleans have chosen to share this powerful exposition with us.” Andrews said. “We owe equal amounts of gratitude to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and to the many lenders who made this representation possible.”

The exhibition is on display at the University of Mississippi Museum, located on South Fifth Street, from Aug. 23 to Dec. 3. An opening reception is set for Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5-7 p.m. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. A full calendar of events with further information can be found by visiting the museum website or by calling 662-915-7073.

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