Gallery Opening: 5th Juried Biennial Invitational-TONIGHT

Come on down to Bass TODAY to catch an amazing exhibit featuring Mississippi Artists from all over the state and all sorts of mediums. It will be a beautiful show. And double thanks to all our great sponsors that are helping us provide monetary awards to some of the artists. The awards will be giving out at 6:00 PM. And our JUDGES–thank you! This show wouldn’t have been possible without you!

Juried 5th Biennial 2013 Invitational- Competition for Mississippi Artists

The Greenville Arts Council is proud to announce the opening of their 5th Juried Biennial Invitational exhibition. The exhibit will open on June 7, 2013, and run through August 16, 2013, at the Roger D. Malkin gallery at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center in Greenville. On June 7, 2013, the exhibit opening will be from 5-7 PM and the awards will be handed out at 6 PM.

“The Greenville Arts Council’s Invitational is an exhibit that we look forward to every two years. It gives Mississippi artists a great chance to showcase their work in the Mississippi Delta,” said Executive Director, MacKenzie Stroh.

The exhibit will have two jurors. Mississippi Artist Rick Anderson will judge the initial artwork and select the work that will be presented in the exhibit and Dr. Michaela Merryday, Associate Professor in Art History at Delta State University, will juror the awards portion of the exhibit.

Rick Anderson is a nationally acclaimed artist whose career has spanned more than 40 years. A native of Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta, he nurtured a passion for art from an early age. Anderson began preparing for his career at a state junior college and then continued his education at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, where he earned an undergraduate art degree and a Master of Arts Education degree. He began his twenty-five year teaching career in 1970, while simultaneously working as a professional artist. Over the course of his career in the Mississippi public educational system, Rick has taught art at every level from elementary school through university classes. Rick was also an adjunct art instructor at Mississippi College. Anderson received his first art award at the Gum Tree Festival in Tupelo, MS in 1975. Since then, he has received over 150 awards in local, regional, and national art competitions. Today his work can be found in both private and corporate collections.

Dr. Michaela Merryday completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna, Austria and earned a doctorate in art history from Florida State University. Her research focuses on contemporary public and political art practices. She is particularly interested in art that engages with the discourses that shape the public realm and seeks to generate a public sphere of critical interaction through art. Her recent work examines the role of culture in promoting sustainability, which was the focus of an exhibition she curated at the Price Tower Art Center, Bartlesville, OK and the subject of a publication she is working on entitled: “Westward the Course of Route 66 Takes Its Way: Ed Ruscha and the Promised Land.” She currently serves on the board of Delta Arts Alliance where she curated Delta Rising: Emerging Artists from the Delta last fall and is co-curating the upcoming exhibitions Culinary Crossroads and New Fiber Art.

The exhibit is sponsored by Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional award sponsors: Greenville Clearinghouse, Farmers Grain Terminal, The Delta Group, Mr. & Mrs. William P. Lane, III, Delta Artists Association, Simmons & Simmons, PLLC., The Jim Henson Boyhood Exhibit and Monsanto. For more information please feel free to contact the Greenville Arts Council at (662) 332-2246 or visit our website at