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Mississippi Museum
of Art Announces Artists for

2011 Mississippi Invitational Exhibition

October 8, 2011 –
February 5, 2012  


(Jackson, Miss.)
The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is pleased to announce the thirteen
artists selected for inclusion in the 2011 Mississippi
biennial exhibition.  The artists, all residents
of Mississippi, are Suzi Altman, Brandon; Duncan Baird, Cleveland; Critz
Campbell, West Point; Causey Cato, Yazoo City and Starkville; Marcus C.
Frazier, Natchez; Tammy McGrew, Port Gibson; Rod Moorhead, Oxford; Susa
Nawrocki, Columbus; H. C. Porter and Gretchen Haien, Vicksburg/Jackson; David
Jason Pressgrove, Jackson; Steve Shepard, Gautier; and Evert Witte, Bay St.

Robin Dietrick, Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum, said, “This survey
exhibition of artists who live and work in our state is always one of the most
anticipated and most exciting exhibitions we present at the Mississippi Museum
of Art. The caliber of artwork included in our invitational exhibitions speaks
to the artistic talent found throughout Mississippi.”


Initiated in 1997, the Mississippi Invitational
surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working
across the state, and includes work in diverse mediums.  The 2011
exhibition marks the eighth iteration, and is on view from October 8, 2011
through February 5, 2012.


This year’s process began
with a call to artists from the Museum for sample images of artwork.  One
hundred sixty-one submissions were considered by acclaimed curator Franklin
Sirmans, the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of
Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Sirmans
identified eighteen applicants for in-person studio visits and, after four days
of statewide travel, narrowed that number to the final thirteen.

“When I reviewed the call to select this year’s participants in the Mississippi Invitational,
I knew the process would be full of surprises,” said Guest Curator
Franklin Sirmans.  “And, they were all pleasant!  The range of
subjects and media is a testament to the work being done in Mississippi.
The studio visits were immersions into some brilliant minds.”


“We continue to be
amazed by the number of gifted artists for whom Mississippi is home.  The
thirteen included in this year’s Invitational
are but a sampling of the talented individuals living and working across our
state,” said Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of


In addition to exhibiting
in the Mississippi
exhibition, all thirteen artists are eligible to apply
for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship.  The fellowship was created
in 2005 by Jane Crater Hiatt and her late husband Wood (1930 – 2010) in
response to the need to nurture and invigorate the arts in the state.  A
grant of up to $15,000 is awarded to one artist who may use it for study with
an individual artist or in a studio, workshop, or residency setting; to pursue
projects which further artistic development and support the realization of
specific creative ideas; to purchase supplies and equipment; to conduct
research; and to travel.  The artist is then required to donate one
original work of art to the Museum from at least five works created during the
two-year grant period.  This year’s fellowship recipient will be announced
at a private reception for the exhibiting artists on Friday evening, October 7.


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


Hiatt also sponsors the
exhibition and accompanying catalogue through the Hiatt-Ingram Fund of the
Community Foundation of Greater Jackson/Jane Hiatt.


An opening reception for
Museum members is scheduled for Friday, October 7, 6:30 p.m. at the
Museum.  HORNE LLP is sponsoring the event.


Robert Alexander, HORNE
LLP Partner, said, “Our Mississippi heritage is important to who we are as
a firm, and we’re honored to be a part of showcasing our state’s talented


Museum hours are Tuesday
through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, noon to 5 PM.  The Museum is
closed Monday.  Admission to the 2011 Mississippi
is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students;
includes admission to Skating:
An Artist’s Book by Jane Kent and Richard Ford
and Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush.
Admission is free for Museum members.


For more information about
the Mississippi Museum of Art’s exhibitions, programs, and special events,
please call 601-960-1515 or 1-866-VIEW ART (843-9278), or visit


The Mississippi Museum of
Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and the
Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Support is also provided in
part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in
part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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