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The Mississippi Story
The Gertrude C. Ford Galleries for The Permanent Collection
Mississippi Museum of Art
Jackson, Mississippi

Mississippi writer Eudora Welty observed that all art is connected to place and that “the art that speaks most clearly, explicitly, directly and passionately from its own place of origin will remain the longest understood.” This exhibition explores the art that is explicitly and passionately derived from Mississippi, its place of origin, produced within the state primarily by artists who were native to or lived and worked in Mississippi.

Comprised of artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition reveals the remarkable history of visual arts in the Magnolia State. The installation includes more than 300 objects and is divided thematically into four sections: Mississippi’s Landscape, Mississippi’s People, Life in Mississippi, and Exporting Mississippi’s Culture. The exhibition is guest curated by Patti Carr Black, author of Art in Mississippi, and is the Museum’s most comprehensive showing of Mississippi art from its permanent collection.

Glennray Tutor (born 1950), Still Life: A Season of Moment, 2003. oil on linen. Copyright © the artist.