Archives for September 2011

Brown Bag Lecture: Brent Funderburk


“Walter Anderson’s Ecstasy:
The Nearly Lost Masterworks, Finally Found”

Brent Funderburk, painter, teacher, speaker, and occasional curator, will discuss his own experiences with the Gulf Coast and his thirty-year engagement with the mystical world, art, and life of Walter Inglis Anderson

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m


A renowned professor, painter, writer, and speaker, Brent Funderburk received his BFA and MFA in Painting/Drawing from East Carolina University School of Art. Since his move to Mississippi in 1982, he has developed an impressive repertoire of articles, curatorial experiences, classes, and lecture series exploring the art and nature of the Gulf Coast, specifically the art of Walter Anderson. He presently teaches at Mississippi State University.

Funderburk will present the lecture “Walter Anderson’s Ecstasy: The Nearly Lost Masterworks, Finally Found” from 12-1pm on October 26, 2011 at the University Museum. This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

Brown Bag Lecture: Ole Miss Art Graduate Students



Come listen to the Ole Miss Art Graduate students talk about their artwork that will be on display around Oxford this fall. PB&J (or honey) will be provided.




Show #1:  Rebecca Flake, Martin Arnold, Hosik Kim, Michael Satterfield

Location: Frame Up
Dates: October 21-November 17, Reception: Tuesday, October 25 (Art Crawl
Brown Bag Lecture: Thursday, October 20, Noon- 1:00 p.m.


Show #2:  Wesley Ortiz, Sara Truman, Aaron McElfish, Melanie Munns

Location: The Round Table
Dates: One day only & Reception–Tuesday, October 25 (Art Crawl)
Brown Bag: Tuesday, October 18, Noon-1:00 p.m.


Show #3:  Jake Weigel, Tina Lutz, Norma Accord, Judy Ford

Location: Sarah Isom Center
Dates: November 14-18, Reception, Thursday, November 17
Brown Bag: Tuesday, November 15, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Opening Reception and Friends of the Museum Annual Membership Party

Please join us at the Annual Membership Party,
during the reception for One World, Two Artists

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Visiting artists presented by the Vasser Bishop Lecture Series

John Alexander, artist
Bradley Sumrall, Acting Chief Curator / Collections Manager, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Julia Reed, Chair, Board of Directors, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
William Dunlap, artist

Conversation with Bill Dunlap, John Alexander, and Bradley Sumrall

Bill Dunlap, John Alexander, and Bradley Sumrall talk
about art with students and faculty in Gallery 130.

Friday, September 23, 2011, 10:30AM – 12:00 noon

UM Department of Art, Gallery 130

John Alexander
Born in 1945 in Beaumont, Texas, Alexander remained in southeast Texas until entering graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1969. Upon completing an MFA in 1970, he moved to Houston, established a studio and became a member of the art faculty of the University of Houston. In the late 1970’s Alexander left Texas for New York where he is to this day. The artist currently divides his time between New York City and the Hamptons.

Bradley Sumrall works in curation for the Ogden Museum. He organized the “One World, Two Artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson” exhibition

Bill Dunlap is one of the most accomplished Mississippi artists.

The South by its Art

Friday, September 23, 2011,

12:00 noon – 1:00PM

Brown Bag lecture panel discussion at the University Museum
with John Alexander, Bradley Sumrall, Bill Dunlap, and Julia Reed.

Come listen to a discussion about how the South influences art. Bring your own lunch or PB&J (or honey) will be provided at the museum.

Blue Laurel Yoga

Every day, more Americans are discovering the benefits of yoga for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Experience the joys of yoga this fall, when Oxford’s vibrant new Blue Laurel Yoga opens in the beautiful University Museum. Betsy Banner, Ann Fisher-Wirth, and Jennie Lee, Blue Laurel’s co-owners and teachers, will offer three series of gentle/beginners’ classes, starting  in October and continuing through mid-November.  Each series will meet twice a week over six weeks, for a total of twelve classes. Participants of all ages and all degrees of experience with yoga are heartily welcome. Wear loose-fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one; we will have some extras, as well.

Betsy’s classes (A) will meet 8:30 to 9:30 on Monday, and 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Jennie’s classes (B) will meet 10:00 to 11:00 on Monday, and 8:30 to 9:30 on Thursday.

Ann’s classes (C) will meet 8:30 to 9:30 on Tuesday, and 8:30 to 9:30 on Friday.

Betsy, Ann, and Jennie are all certified through the 200-hour Hatha/Vinyasa Teacher Certification program at Southern Star Yoga Studio and are all registered yoga teachers (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.

The purpose of
every gathering is discovered:
to recognize beauty and to love
what’s beautiful.

– Rumi


Register Now!

Click here to download the registration forms. Return the completed forms along with cash or check (made payable to Blue Laurel Yoga) to the front desk at the University Museum at 412 University Avenue, Oxford, MS.

Class sizes will be limited, so please register early to guarantee your place. If you have questions, please feel free to call (662)236-5035 or email:

Walter Anderson Family Activity Day!


10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon.

$8 per child to Museum Members at the Family level and above

$12 per participant for non-members

Bring your family to enjoy the exhibition One World, Two Artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson. For this Family Activity Day, children will learn how to draw a realistic bird and use their imagination to create a mystical bird inspired by Walter Anderson’s work. There will be a tour, refreshments and a documentary for the parents to enjoy.

Questions: email or call Sarah Story at

Click here to download the registration form.

African Art from the Richard K. Meyer Collection

October 18, 2011 – March 10, 2012

Opening Reception: October 25, 2011

The museum continues its presentation of works from the permanent collection with this selection of African Art from the Richard K. Meyer Collection.  Richard K. Meyer was a passionate collector from Peoria, Illinois, who donated approximately 100 pieces of African art to the University of Mississippi in four separate gifts from the late 1970s to 2005.  The collection has works from the 19th and 20th centuries, includes diverse ranges of style from Dogon, Ibo, and Yoruba cultures , and spans a broad geographical area across the western Africa.  This will be the largest exhibition of the Meyer collection ever displayed at the University Museum, curated by William Griffith, curator of Rowan Oak.