Bloomingdale’s Fashion Touchdown

Helmet by Alexis Bittar.

Helmet by Alexis Bittar

August 1, 2014 – January 17, 2015

In celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII and in support of the National Football League, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Bloomingdale’s have teamed up on a unique collaboration of customized football helmets created by a slew of CFDA members. The 48 helmets were auctioned off from January 15, 2014–February 4, 2014 with 100% of the net proceeds benefitting the NFL Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football.

The University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses successfully bid and won 3 of the one-of-a-kind helmets that are currently on display, by artists Lela Rose, Fenton/Fallon, and Alexis Bittar. The Museum is showcasing photographs of the remaining 45 helmets and is the only museum in the country to have the helmets on display.

All photos in Exhibit:
Director of Photography: Topher Scott
Lighting: Mark Glenn
Digital: Brenna Morlock
Producer: Robert Forgione
Production: Splashlight Productions

A Light Passage, works by Lee Renninger


Le Jardin de la Pâtisserie. Vitreous china, glaze and decals.


August 26, 2014 – February 14, 2015

Lee Renninger

Lee Renninger

Mississippi, ceramics-based, installation artist, Lee Renninger, has been creating work that treats clay as fabric by transforming it into works that are soft and fluid. Renninger’s newest exhibition, A Light Passage, at the University of Mississippi Museum is a floor-based ceramic installation, which features pieces from her Botanica series, using elements of the garden to celebrate wonder and mystery.

Renninger created the pieces featured in A Light Passage during her Arts/Industry residency program at John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in Spring 2014. The ceramic shapes that are colorful and stacked along the Lower Skipwith Gallery floor are created from familiar Jell-O and bundt cake molds, with bright marbles incorporated throughout.

“This exhibition is unique in the work, being a floor based installation and offering visitors the opportunity to view each piece of A Light Passage in the round,” says Collections Manager Marti Funke.

Lee Renninger currently resides in Gulfport, Mississippi. She received her BFA and MFA from the University of Florida. She has exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Mint Museum, and the Sidney Meyer International Ceramics Competition in Victoria, Australia, among others. Her work was most recently published in The Ceramics Bible by Louisa Taylor and Contemporary Ceramics by Emmanuel Cooper. It is held in both public and private collections, including those of Kohler Company, Fidelity Investments, Ally Bank and The Shepparton. Commissions include: the Potawatomi Hotel in Milwaukee, the French Quarter Hiatt in New Orleans and the St. Regis in Atlanta-Buckhead.

Recent Work by Tom Corbin

news21Tom Corbin founded Corbin Bronze in 1986 when he left the advertising industry to pursue a career in art. The University Museum will display recent works by Corbin beginning Spring 2014 through Summer 2014. While the female figure is Corbin’s primary subject of expression, intriguing visual elements will include a tricycle, cupcake and diving board. A playful approach to the tradition of bronze sculpture will unveil “the unexpected” in this show featuring a selection of his signature elongated bronze sculptures and furniture as well as paintings.

Corbin’s bronze furniture and limited edition sculptures are displayed in over 20 showrooms and galleries internationally. Celebrity collectors include Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman and most recently Sofia Vergara. His work has appeared in TV shows and movies alike, including
In Treatment, It’s Complicated, and Transformers.

House and Home

Jan. 28 – Mar. 16, 2014news20

What makes a house a home? Throughout American history, people have lived in all sorts of places, from military barracks and two-story colonials to college dormitories and row houses. House & Home embarks on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, to explore the varied history and many cultural meanings of the American home.

Drawn from the flagship installation at the National Building Museum, House & Home explores how our ideal of the perfect house and how our experience of what it means to “be at home” have changed over time.  Visitors will learn about issues of housing inequality, land distribution, and the role of the government, from the Colonial period though the Homestead Act and the creation of the Federal Housing Administration in the 1930s.

House & Home was organized by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and curated by Sarah Leavitt, Curator, the National Building Museum. House & Home has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. 

On Loan: Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Untitled (Abstraction, Lake George) traveled to the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York to be part of an exhibition titled, Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George,  that will also travel to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and the deYoung Museum in San Francisco.


“This intriguing painting in the collection of the University of Mississippi Museum may have been inspired by a forest fire Georgia O’Keeffe witnessed during her first summer at Lake George in 1918. While it appears, at first glance, to be a wholly abstract or a non-objective composition, the central conical shape of brilliant orange is evocative of fiery flames encircled by the blue sky. Although O’Keeffe rarely addressed natural phenomena in her work, her response to the occurrence of fires and storms was a unique feature of her Lake George years. Part abstraction, part evocation, this intriguing image greatly enhances our understanding of O’Keeffe’s initial response to the dramatic atmosphere at Lake George,” said Chief Curator Erin B. Coe at the The Hyde Collection.

The painting will return in late Spring 2014. We are excited to be a part of an exhibition of such beautiful and interesting paintings depicting the influence and long relationship O’Keeffe had with Lake George.On Loan 

The Wellspring: Works by Hamlett Dobbins

Originally using legos to bring his imagination to life, Hamlett Dobbins news1
transitioned to paint as a means for creative expression. Dobbins’s newest exhibition, The Wellspring, at the University of Mississippi Museum is a collection of paintings that draw specifically from a diverse set of experiences with his two children, Milla (aka M.R.M.) and Ives (aka I.V.).  The paintings span a number of years and reflect different stages of their rich relationships.

“The University Museum is exceptionally pleased to present these remarkable paintings by a very talented artist whose career has taken him this year to a Rome Prize Fellowship.
We are thrilled to anticipate Hamlett’s return from Italy in December, to discuss these works with our audiences,” said Museum Director Robert Saarnio.

In conjunction with the exhibition, there was an Opening Reception on Thursday, November 14, 2013.
An artist’s lecture will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, from noon to 1:00 PM.  These events are free and open to the public.

news2A native of Tennessee, Hamlett Dobbins has spent most of his life in Memphis. He received his BFA from the University of Memphis in 1993 and went on to receive his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. After completing his graduate studies, Dobbins moved to Memphis where he worked as a curator for Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts while teaching at the University of Memphis, University of Mississippi, and at Memphis College of Art. In 2000, he received a fellowship for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, as well as a three-month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska. Since 2001, Dobbins has worked at Rhodes College as an instructor and as the director for the Clough-Hanson Gallery where he has curated shows with Thomas Nozkowski, Roe Ethridge, Jon Haddock, Radcliffe Bailey, and Nikki S. Lee.  This year Dobbins is a fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

Recollecting: 1980-2012, Works by Ron Dale

Ron DAle

Growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, Ron Dale was exposed to the annual exhibitions of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild. Watching a potter throw pots, transforming wet smooth clay into a shaped vessel was magic to Dale. This sparked his interest in ceramics, and he began his journey as an artist in the 1970s. Recollecting: 1980-2012, Works by Ron Dale showcases the Oxford artist’s works in ceramics and mixed media spanning over 20 years.

Ron Dale

“My sculptural work has evolved out of the traditional vocabulary of the vessel. Combined with architectural and furniture imagery, I am able to explore concepts of altered space and perspective, light and shadow and the flattening of form while allowing for a more direct expression of ideas—ideas dealing with both social and personal issues. I view them as three-dimensional paintings—images, color and texture layered one on top of the other. I often use suggested “mirrors” to reflect space as a means
of enveloping the viewer, placing him/her in a particular environment.
In recent years I have used the frame as an integral element in these constructions,” Dale stated.

In conjunction with the exhibition, there was an artist’s lecture on September 17, 2013.  The Museum’s Annual Membership Party, held October 10, 2013, celebrated and highlighted Ron Dale’s career in ceramics.

Ron Dale “The University Museum is extraordinarily pleased and proud to be the presenting venue for Recollecting 1980 – 2013,” said Museum Director Robert Saarnio. “With every passing day we watched in a state of growing awe as Ron has installed these intelligent, playful, and dramatic works. We encourage our entire community to help us celebrate the career of this leading figure in contemporary American ceramic arts.”

Dale obtained his B.A. at Goddard College and his M.F.A. at Louisiana State University. Before teaching at the University of Mississippi, Dale taught at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina, and at the Cortona, Italy study abroad program with the University of Georgia.  He joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi in 1980 and retired as Emeritus Professor of Art in 2005. Currently, Dale owns and runs Irondale Studio, which was built in 1995.

This exhibition will run until January 11, 2014.