Archives for January 2012

Bruce Levingston and Brooklyn Rider Pre-Concert Cocktail Reception Benefit & Art Auction

The Ford Center for the Performing Arts and
The University of Mississippi Museum invite you to a

Cocktail Reception Benefit & Art Auction

preceding the concert and honoring the visual and performing
artists who are contributing to the evening

University Avenue and 5th Street, Oxford

Thursday, February 2, 2012
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Reception $20 (available in advance at the museum or at the door)
Concert $29, $21 Click here to purchase concert tickets online.

Concert to Follow at 7:00 p.m. at the Ford Center

Colin Jacobsen

Brooklyn Rider String Quartet

On February 2, 2012, acclaimed concert pianist Bruce Levingston will return to Mississippi to perform at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts in Oxford. The brilliant violinist Colin Jacobsen and his string quartet Brooklyn Rider as well as other special guest artists will join Levingston for a magical program that will include Dvorák, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Saint-Saëns’ spectacular Carnival of the Animals.

“Two of today’s most adventurous musicians … Bruce Levingston and Colin Jacobsen
joined forces in the kind of recital for which each has become known:
driven by ideas and filled with music old, new and well worth hearing.”
New York Times

In addition to these delightful and dazzling works, prominent artists from Mississippi have contributed works of art to a visual showcase that will be previewed at the museum and auctioned off that evening to benefit the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Mississippi Museum.

Artists contributing to the auction are

Blair Hobbs, William Beckwith, Matt Long, Jere Allen, Glennray Tutor, William Dunlap, Linda Burgess, Maggie Dunlap, William Pittman Andrews, Cathy Crockett, Mitchell Wright, Randy Hayes, Everett McCourt, Langdon Clay, Maude Schuyler Clay, Jason Bouldin, Marty Vinograd, Carlyle Wolfe, and John Bishop


Art Auction Preview

Click on any of the images below for an enlarged view.

Coon Hunt

Coon Hunt and Pheasant Hunt
John Ree Bishop, Jr.
Wire, newspaper, tape and caulk
Coon Hunt 26 ½”x 11 ½” x 30”
Pheasant Hunt 24” x 16” x 12”
Minimum Bid: $400.00

Pheasant Hunt


Linda Burgess
Oil on gessoed paper mounted on masonite
12 ½” x 10 ½”
Minimum Bid: $750.00

On Fire

On Fire
Glennray Tutor
Oil on canvas
16” x 28”
Suggested gallery/retail price: $7,200.00, Minimum bid: $3,200.00

Polar Slice, 1992

Polar Slice, 1992
Marty Vinograd
18 ¼” x 14”
Mixed-media collage
Minimum Bid: $1,880.00

Deer With Mask, 2012

Deer With Mask, 2012
Randy Hayes
Oil on photographs on canvas mounted to canvas
20” x 16”
Minimum Bid: $900.00

Early Morning Hunt

Early Morning Hunt
Cathy Crockett
Oil on canvas
24 ¼” x 20 ¾”
Minimum Bid: $900.00

Woman with Crest, 2009

Woman with Crest, 2009
Jere Allen
Oil on linen
20” x 16”
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00

Aviary from ‘The Carnival of Animals’

Aviary from ‘The Carnival of Animals’
Blair Hobbs
Mixed-media collage
14 1/2” x 18 ¾”
Minimum Bid: $400.00

Moon, 2010

Moon, 2010
Mitchell Wright
Gesso on canvas
14” x 14”
Minimum Bid: $400.00

2 Iyar (April- May), 2010

2 Iyar (April- May), 2010
Carlyle Wolfe
Layered monotypes
23” x 39”
Minimum Bid: $1,800.00

Memphis, 1990

Memphis, 1990
Everett McCourt
Chromogenic C print
20 ½” x 16 ¾”
Minimum Bid: $400.00


Matt Long
Wood fired stoneware
Diameter 8 ¾” x Height 17 ½”
Minimum Bid: $800.00

Bust of Eudora Welty

Bust of Eudora Welty
William Beckwith
Bronze on black granite
Base: 8” x 8”, 21” x 10”
Minimum Bid: $6,000.00

Ring Leader

Ring Leader
Maggie Dunlap
Ink and watercolor on paper
10 ¾” x 13 ¼”
Minimum Bid: $200.00

November Forest, 2007

November Forest, 2007
William P. Andrews
Oil on canvas
19 ¼” x 15 ¼”
Minimum Bid: $550.00

Night Scent

Night Scent
William Dunlap
Oil and dry pigment over ink on rag paper
16 ½” x 13 ¾”
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00

Delta Horse 'N Rider

Delta Horse ‘N Rider
Langdon Clay
Archival pigment print
20” x 24”
Minimum Bid: $650.00

Dog With Winter Wheat

Dog With Winter Wheat
Maude Schuyler Clay
Chromogenic color coupler
26 ½” x 23 1/8”
Minimum Bid: $700.00

Movement II Poules et coqs

Movement II Poules et coqs, Le Carnaval des Animaux
Jason Bouldin
Oil on cardboard
24 3/4″ x 35″
Minimum Bid: $1,450.00

Unable to attend the auction? To submit a bid online, send your maximum bid for a piece to Marti Funke at, along with your credit card number, expiration date, security code, mailing address, and phone number no later than Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. CST.  Be sure to designate which piece of art interests you when you submit your maximum bid.  If you do not feel comfortable sending your credit card information via email, please leave this information on Marti’s private voicemail at 662-915-7074. All information must be received by Marti Funke by the February 1, 2012, 4:00 p.m. deadline for auction bids to be accepted.

The minimum bid is listed for each piece, while the maximum bid is up to you.  If you bid $5,000 and at the end of the auction the highest bidder at the Cocktail Benefit and Art Auction bids $4,500, then you will win the item.  If bidding at the auction exceeds $5,000, you will not win the item.  On Friday, February 3, 2012, Marti Funke will call individuals who placed proxy bids to let them know if they have won the piece.

Chinese New Year Family Activity Day

February 4, 2012
Come anytime between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


COST: $8 per child for UM Museum members at the Family Level and above


Celebrate the Chinese New Year at our come-and-go Family Activity Day! Children and their parents will make puppets for a Chinese Lion Dance and learn about the significance of colors by making traditional Chinese snacks. There will also be tours available of our On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture and Commerce exhibit.

Space is limited so you must pre-register by contacting Sarah Story
at or 662-915-7205.

From Mundane to Magnificent: Chinese Ceramics at Home and Abroad

Visiting Guest Lecturer:
Professor Virginia Bower

Thursday, January 26, 2012
7:00 p.m.


An Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and frequent visiting instructor at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia as well as at Kean University and Rutgers University in New Jersey, Virginia L. Bower did her graduate work in Chinese art and archaeology at Princeton University. Ms. Bower has visited China numerous times, first as a student of Chinese in Taiwan, and later doing research as well as acting a tour lecturer for groups sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History, Princeton University Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution and other educational and museum institutions. Her special interests are Chinese ceramics and the arts and culture of the early imperial dynasties. A frequent lecturer at galleries and museums, in October, 2011 Ms. Bower presented “Trash and Treasure? An Inside Look at Chinese Ceramics,” at the Museum of Red River in Idabel, Oklahoma. She has contributed to numerous museum catalogues including: Brush, Clay, and Wood: The Nancy and Ed Rosenthal Collection of Chinese Art, an exhibition at the Taft Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2008; Recarving China’s past: Art, Archaeology, and Architecture of the “Wu Family Shrines,” an exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum in 2005, Asian Games: The Art of Contest, The Asia Society, New York, 2004, and was the primary author of From Court to Caravan: Chinese Tomb Sculptures from the Collection of Anthony M. Solomon, at the Harvard University Art Museums in 2002. Ms. Bower has contributed an essay on Chinese art to Sunnylands: Art and Architecture of the Annenberg Estate in Rancho Mirage, California published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2010 and was one of the three co-editors of Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty published by Yale University Press in 2010.

This lecture is presented by the Croft Institute for International Studies, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the University of Mississippi Museum

Questions? Contact Emily Dean at

Exhibition Image Courtesy of The Norton Museum of Art.