Archives for June 2012

Art Zone Class Exhibition Reception


5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

The University of Mississippi Museum

Join us for a reception honoring the Spring 2012 ArtZone students. Student work will be on display in the museum classroom. Refreshments will be served.

Questions should be sent to Sarah Story at or 662.915.7073.

How We Worked, Played, and Prayed: An Exhibition of Southern Folk Art

April 17 – August 25, 2012

Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Part of the Oxford Art Crawl

Curated by Mattie Codling, a junior at Ole Miss completing a professional internship at the UM Museum, this exhibit highlights the work of several well-known and not-so-well-known folk artists or “self-taught” artists from the Southeastern United States. The works included have primarily been made by using non-traditional materials and present their subjects in a primitive manner. A wide range of subjects is depicted, but they mostly focus on scenes that were familiar to the artist, such as religious scenes and images of the people and places around them. The works included in this show represent the very core of the artist’s lives; they are not only visually appealing, but they act as a documentation of Southern culture from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Waking and Sleeping

June 26 – September 1, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 8, 2012
1:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

“Why did I wake since waking I shall never sleep again?”
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!

Inspired by William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, John Shorb explores ideas of memory and loss in the American South using a mixed-media approach of printmaking and drawing to create works on paper, wood, and fabric. From the cotton plantations of the South to the industrial iron of the North, each piece gives us a glimpse into the novel’s themes of struggle, decadence, and ruin. Through this meditation on our disjointed past, Shorb assembles a new reality for today. The opening reception for this exhibition will be featured as part of the 39th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.

John Shorb states, “Faulkner opened up a way for me to process the ways in which we remember a painfully proud history. It gave me access to a method of experiencing the complexities of the past that very few people address.” Using the printmaking technique of solvent transfer, Shorb combined his own images with appropriated materials such as the novel’s text and images from the nineteenth century. This technique allowed him to layer these various sources, conveying the residues of history and memory, as if these images have been burned or rubbed off onto etching paper, antique napkins, or pine panel. Some pieces include silkscreen techniques as well as drawing with charcoal, graphite, and ink. Shorb’s work addresses one of the central challenges of Faulkner’s novel: the vital yet futile need to piece together our collective past.

Traveling Trunks: Grades K-12

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Bring the UM Museum to your classroom today!

The University of Mississippi Museum is proud to offer a free Traveling Trunk program that brings the art, history, and culture of the museum to your classroom or organization.

Our presenters will travel within a one-hour radius of Oxford to present the trunks, or teachers may check the trunks out themselves for up to two weeks of use. Each trunk provides lessons that meet current grade-specific standards, educational objects or images, and artistic materials to enrich classroom studies.

Trunk lessons will contain the following:

  1. A Thematic Introduction
  2. Materials and Instructions for a Visual Arts Component
  3. A Language Arts Component
  4. A Social Studies or History Component

Available Trunks:

African Art

Ancient Greece

Chinese Art

Faulkner’s Rowan Oak (high school)

Folk Art
Trunk made possible by the Mississippi Humanities Council

Lowcountry Basket Weaving
Trunk made possible by the Mississippi Arts Commission 

Native Americans of Mississippi

Theora Hamblett

Walter Anderson

Click here to learn about our Traveling Trunk policies.

To get started, complete a trunk request form today!

Trunk Request


Questions? Contact the Curator of Education, Emily McCauley, at 662-915-7205 or