The UnstillLife

Celestial Shrine

Trevor Winkfield, Celestial Shrine, 2010


April 10–July 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 6–8:00 p.m.

A collection of still life paintings that go beyond the tabletop and fruit.

Organized by ZEUXIS

2018 Master Gardeners Museum Series


The University of Mississippi Museum in association with
The Master Gardeners of Lafayette County present

Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, Historical Landscape

April 5, 12, 19, 2018
Thursdays at 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.

April 5
Inspiration for a Garden through Faulkner’s Writing

Sherra Owen, Master Gardener, is a retired educator from Union County, MS. She is an Audubon Master Naturalist, a member of the Union County Garden Club, and a member of the Mississippi Native Plant Society. Sherra was instrumental in helping to design the Faulkner Literary Garden at the Union County Heritage Museum.

April 12
Trees for Generations: How to Leave a Lasting Impression

Nathan Lazinsky, assistant superintendent of Ole Miss Landscape Services, is a licensed Landscape Horticulturist, as well as a certified arborist with a tree risk certification.

April 19
Rowan Oak’s Landscape through a Photographer’s Lens

Ed Croom is a retired botanist from The University of Mississippi and a talented photo journalist. His photography has appeared in USA Today, The Scientist, and The Saturday Evening Post. He is the author of The Land of Rowan Oak—a collection of images highlighting the gardens, flowers, and trees taken over a 13-year period on the historic grounds of Rowan Oak.


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Buie West Grand Opening

Gallery opens: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Opening Reception: March 27, 2018, 6–8:00 p.m.

Join us Tuesday, March 27th during the April Arts Crawl to officially celebrate the opening of the Buie West Gallery!

Buie West is the first of four galleries in the original 1939 museum to reopen after major renovations. The gallery, and the three others to come, will permanently display the Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities. 


Ruin is a Secret Oasis


Somewhere South of Violet, 2008


March 13–July 7, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6–8:00 p.m.

It is precisely their fragmentary nature and lack of fixed meaning that render ruins deeply meaningful. They blur boundaries between rural and urban, past and present and are intimately tied to memory, desire and a sense of place.
—Tim Edensor, Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics and Materiality

My studio in downtown Memphis is in an old medicine factory at the end of a dead-end street. Last in a row of empty warehouses, the building is an outpost of long-gone industry, surrounded by empty lots, crumbling edifices and thick copses of trees. The Mississippi River flows by less than a mile away, but leaves this area untouched by its progress.

I am drawn to the forgotten, to the mysterious traces of memory in our physical world. My work references objects and places that continue their slow transformation after someone turns away: rich, charged, vibrating places. Rooted on the edges of our world, these thin spaces are quietly pulsing with a kind of murmuring remembrance: the crumbling wall with flowering vines pushing through the cracks, the drape and sway of a fence that separates nothing from nothingness, the silhouette of folding and unfolding structures. Neglected and abandoned, these mysterious sites live on in an active collapse, their old stories settling into their foundations and becoming new ones as nature reclaims them for their own.

Starting with photographic documentation of these sites, I work through an intricate and laborious process of tracing, drawing and layering of gouache that puts the painting at a remove from the original photograph. Through this method, the image is abstracted and reduced to its essence, while the inherent ephemerality of the site is echoed in the material terrain of found paper. Out of decay and isolation a poetry of resilience and new growth is revealed. The works in Ruin is a Secret Oasis mine this liminal space—the region between the bloom and the decay—and pursue the sense of place these sites inspire. In them, beauty is resilience and an acknowledgement of the ravages of nature and time. Through this imagery I explore a landscape of change and the traces of experience that remain.

—Maysey Craddock

Exhibition made possible by support from the Jane Becker Heidelberg Endowment for the Arts.

Mary Zicafoose Video Interview

Meet Zorro

Spring 2017, the University of Mississippi Museum was added as a featured point along the Yokna Sculpture Trail. The first outdoor sculpture program of its kind in North Mississippi features a rotating exhibit of 18 large-scale sculptures by locally, regionally and nationally renowned exhibiting artists. The trail is a collaboration between the City of Oxford, The University of Mississippi, and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. 

Meet Sculptor Jeffie Brewer from Nacogdoches, Texas

We are given a brief amount of time together. As an artist, I consider it a gift to be able to share my vision and experience. Sometimes it’s serious, sometimes it’s thoughtful and a lot of the time it’s just silly. The shared experience of existing, living, loving, thinking… seeing beauty, knowing fear, feeling passion, and just being is further magnified through art – creating, discussing, collaborating, learning and teaching. I have been privileged to have great mentors, teachers and friends; to continue to share this with a new generation of artists, students and viewers is fantastic.

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