Mississippi Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Mississippi Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:

The Mississippi Art Colony Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition

We recommend that researchers always search within Resource Library for additional material. Please see TFAO's page How to research topics not listed for more information. As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 362 pages including the state's name.


Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

Mississippi Museum of Art

Walter Anderson Museum of Art


Other online information:

Artists from Mississippi in Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Facing Home: Paintings and Drawings from Mississippi by James Madison Miller V, an exhibit held at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

Mississippi (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

Mississippi Art Colony website. Accessed August, 2015.

Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise is a 2017 exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art which says: "With approximately 175 works by more than 100 different artists, this exhibition is unprecedented in the history of Mississippi....The exhibition features individual masterpieces by artists seldom exhibited in the state, including George Caleb Bingham, Robert Indiana, John James Audubon, Louis Bahin, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Carrie Mae Weems, and Andy Warhol - as well as a plethora of works by native Mississippians such as James Tooley, Jr.; Eudora Welty; William Dunlap; and Randy Hayes." Accessed 1/18

For its 2008 exhibition This Mississippi Story, the Mississippi Museum of Art offered a 12-part audio guide tour for visitors that could be listened to on a Web page or downloaded before visiting the Museum. The audio tour was created by Acoustiguide. The Museum says of the exhibition: "This Mississippi Story exhibition portrays the history and culture of Mississippi through art, reflecting the national and international context of that story as well." The Museum says about the audio tours: "These tours give you in-depth, background information on the works of art you will see in the Museum's exhibitions, as well as information on the artists who created the work, the time period in which the art was made, and the broader context of life in that particular time period." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

Mississippi Artists, By William H. Poirier, Mississippi University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. Bureau of Educational Research, Bureau of Educational Research, Mississippi, Hattiesburg University of Southern Mississippi. Published by Bureau of Educational Research, University of Southern Mississippi, 1977. 106 pages

Art in Mississippi, 1720-1980, By Patti Carr Black. Published by University Press of Mississippi in association with the Mississippi Historical Society and the Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History, 1998. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Nov 8, 2007. ISBN 1578060842, 9781578060849. 359 pages. Google Books says "With this volume Patti Carr Black former director of the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, has produced a much-needed work and brings together previous research with a vast amount of new information. Copublished by the Mississippi Historical Society, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the University Press of Mississippi, this elegant and comprehensive volume is the first of the Society's Heritage of Mississippi Series. Black has brought to the task a perspective on Mississippi art that was informed by a lifetime's dedication to art, years curating museum exhibitions of Mississippi artists, and, specifically for this volume, three years of intensive research in museums and private collections around the country. In Art in Mississippi she focuses on several hundred significant artists and showcases in full color the work of more than two hundred. Nationally acclaimed native Mississippians are here-George Ohr, Walter Anderson, Marie Hull, Theora Hamblett, William Dunlap, Sam Gilliam, William Hollingsworth, Jr., Karl Wolfe, Mildred Nungester Wolfe, John McCrady, Ed McGowin, James Seawright, and many others. Prominent artists who lived or worked in the state for a significant period of time are included as well-John James Audubon, Louis Comfort Tiffany, George Caleb Bingham, William Aiken Walker, and more. There are many surprises here, for Black has gathered so much remarkable art that readers will be staggered by the richness of the visual art tradition in Mississippi. Black explores how art reflects the land and how modes of living and values dictated by Mississippi's changing topography created a variety of art forms. She demonstrates the influence ofMississippi's diverse cultures upon the art and shows how it has responded in many forms-painting, architecture, sculpture, fine craft-to the changing aesthetics of national art movements. She observes that much art was created to fill" (right: front cover of Art in Mississippi, 1720-1980, image courtesy of Google Books)

Mississippi Quilts, by Johnson, Mary Elizabeth, with photographs by J. D. Schwalm, 2001. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 224 pp.

Mississippi Portraiture, By Vera Jacobs Speakes, Estill Curtis Pennington, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Mississippi, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Mississippi, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (Laurel, Miss.), Miss Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (Laurel). Published by Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, 1987. ISBN 093590302X, 9780935903027

History of Art in Mississippi, By Cantey Venable Sutton. Published by The Dixie press, 1929. 177 pages




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