Fringe Fest @the Museum

August 3-6, 2017

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Under the Sea Micro Museum

Thursday–Saturday, self-guided
Snap an underwater selfie in the Under the Sea Micro Museum.

Free Sketch Friday

Friday–Saturday*, self-guided
*Regular Free Sketch Friday has been extended to all day Saturday as part of the Fringe Festival.
Supplies provided to Museum guests of all ages.

Art is Puzzling Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, self-guided activity for children
The Art is Puzzling Scavenger Hunt is inspired by the current Kent Rogowski “Love=Love” exhibit. Use clues to solve a riddle and then add your mark to a collaborative, community art project.

Outdoor Artist Demonstrations

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Tom Lee, sculpture instructor at MCA, and his wife Sheri Reith, newly retired Chair of the Art Department at Ole Miss and printmaking professor will join us for outdoor demonstrations on the lawn of the Walton-Young house. Tom will be transforming logs into wooden sculptures using his chainsaw and wood lathe. Sheri will be creating art pieces using techniques involving rolling, carving and acids.

Mississippi Presenters Networking Roundtable

Saturday, noon
Arts organizers networking reception. Refreshments will be provided.

Documentary Film Screening: Joe’s Violin

Saturday, screenings at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Speakers’ Gallery
The award-winning short documentary film, Joe’s Violin, features the development of an improbable friendship between a 91 year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and a 12 year-old Bronx girl Brianna Perez brought together by a donated musical instrument. Emphasis of the story highlights the power of music lighting the darkest of times as well as the power of a small act making strong impact. POV is television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. (30 minute run time)

Yokna Sculpture Trail

The Museum features Zorro, by sculptor Jeffie Brewer, as part of the Yokna Sculpture Trail tour.

All activities are free of charge and the public is invited.

The Artist’s Sketch: Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark Lecture

Thursday, June 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Carolyn Brown presents The Artist’s Sketch:
Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark.

Book signing and reception to follow lecture.

“In the book I write that the stated intentions of Clark’s will are quite extraordinary: She envisioned building a permanent gallery for her artwork and she hoped that her home, Freeman Place, and its contents, could “fill some useful social or artistic function, such as a museum, library, art gallery or a civic guest house or woman’s club.” She also recognized that her extensive clothing collection, “costumes and apparel of sufficient interest and preservation to illustrate fashions and manners … (could) show the amazing change between 1914 to 1933 minds, modes and manners, etc.” She was concerned about her legacy since she left no direct heirs. In her will, much to the surprise of her home town of Holly Springs, Clark left her paintings stored at a warehouse in New York for over forty years, and money to build an art gallery.” said Brown.

Author of Art in Mississippi, 1720-1980, Patti Carr Black said, “Mississippi’s most nationally admired artist during her lifetime is not widely known today. Kate Freeman Clark of Holly Springs exhibited her work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Corcoran Gallery, The Carnegie Institute, New York School of Art, the Society of American Artists, and other prominent galleries in the Northeast. Cheers for Carolyn J. Brown’s well-written, well-researched, and beautifully illustrated biography.”

This lecture complements the University of Mississippi Museum’s current exhibition: Lasting Impressions: Restoring Kate Freeman Clark.

Made in Mississippi Summer Family Activity Day!


10:00 a.m. – Noon (DROP-IN)
The University of Mississippi Museum

Presented by Visit Oxford and the University Museum, this family day celebrates the Mississippi Bicentennial. Families will travel to different cities in Mississippi and learn about some of the artists that have left a lasting legacy over the past 200 years of statehood! All activities are free.

All ages are welcome—we will even have a play space for our Buie Babies (ages 0-2)!

Oxford’s own Oxsicles will be selling their signature pops at the event!

The Double Decker bus will be offering rides departing from the Museum front entrance starting at 11:00 a.m.

Questions? Contact Emily Dean McCauley at or 662-915-7073.

Sponsored by:



Oxford Artists Explore the Museum’s Vault

12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion at the Museum
1:45 p.m. Break

Artists will travel to their studios and visitors can grab lunch or watch the Gay Pride Parade which passes right in front of the museum

3:00–5:30 p.m. Studio Visits


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Philip Jackson

Philip Jackson

Alysia (Al) Steel

Alysia (Al) Steel

Jaime Johnson

Jaime Johnson

Join Friends for an afternoon of conversation with three artists from our community about what inspires them. We start at the University Museum with a moderated panel discussion. Each artist on the panel explored the Museum’s vault and selected inspiring artwork to share. The afternoon continues with intimate visits to the artists’ studios.

Moderated Panel Discussion
12:30 p.m.

Each artist on the panel explored the Museum’s vault and selected inspiring artwork to share. We hope that their unique ways of seeing and experiencing their selections from the Museum’s collection will inspire participants to engage with the artwork that sparks their imaginations in new, personal ways.

Studio Visits
3:00 p.m.

Philip Jackson
Alysia (Al) Steel
Jaime Johnson
Interested in participating in studio visits?
Please help us plan by contacting Debbie Nelson at the Museum to register, 662-915-7028.
Participants are encouraged to carpool. Directions to studios will be given out at the museum.

CONVERSATIONS is a series of programs designed to foster in-depth dialogues about the practices of artists, curators, critics, and collectors.

Sponsored by Friends of the Museum

People, Places, and Things! Kate Freeman Clark Family Activity Day

10:00 a.m. – Noon (DROP-IN)

The University of Mississippi Museum
Cost: FREE!

Bring the whole family to explore the Museum’s newest exhibit of art by Kate Freeman Clark, an impressionist painter from Holly Springs. We will have interactive projects inspired by nouns in art- people (portraits), places (Earth Day inspired landscapes), and things (still lifes). Adaptations for all ages will be available, and we will even have a baby play area for Buie Babies to unwind. All children must be accompanied by a grown-up.

Questions? Contact Emily Dean McCauley at or 662-915-7073

Sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital: North Mississippi and the Ignite Ole Miss campaign


2017 Master Gardeners Museum Series


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

Garden Survival

April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
Thursdays at 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.

April 6
A Garden Legend

Susan Haltom, is a garden designer & preservations coordinator for Eudora Welty’s garden, having directed the restoration of the 20th century home garden since 1994. She is coauthor of “One Writers Garden:” Welty’s Home Place, and is current president of the Southern Garden History Society. She will talk on saving your own historical garden.

April 13
What’s Bugging You

Dr. Blake Layton, MSU professor entomology. His presentation will focus on insects both beneficial and bad and how to survive infestation of insects in your garden. He will devote some time discussing crepe myrtle bark scale an issue now plaguing our area.

April 20
Eating What You Grow

Dr. Jeff Wilson, Regional Horticulturist with MSU extension in Verona. He will address how to set up a vegetable garden, to grow your own food. If you are a newcomer or a veggie gardening veteran he has the answers.

April 27
Proven Winner Plants for Your Yard

Nathan Lazinksy, Assistant Superintendent, Ole Miss Landscape Services. He is a licensed landscape Gardener/Horticulturist in Mississippi and is a ISA Certified Arborist with over 20 years experience in landscaping as well as operating his own business. He will highlight proven winner plants that are tough and low maintenance for your yard.


Discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran’s status is a violation of federal and state law and MSU policy and will not be tolerated. Discrimination based upon sexual orientation or group affiliation is a violation of MSU policy and will not be tolerated.

Visualizing Dunhuang Buddhist Caves: Past and Present

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 5–7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Angela F. Howard. She will discuss how the photos of the Dunhuang caves’ architecture and paintings enable us to reconstruct the type of Buddhism practiced at Dunhuang, a Chinese transformation of Indian and Central Asian traditions. Reception to follow.

Angela HowardDr. Angela F. Howard, Professor Emerita of Asian art, Rutgers University and former special consultant in Chinese Buddhist Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY.

This lecture complements the University of Mississippi Museum’s current exhibition: Dunhuang through the Lens of James and Lucy Lo.

William Eggleston in the Real World Film Screening

William Eggleston in the Real World Film Screening ad image

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 6—8:00 p.m.

1006 Van Buren Avenue

Join us at the Lyric for a screening of the documentary film William Eggleston in the Real World. Filmmaker Michael Almereyda will be in attendance. Almereyda will introduce the film and participate in a postscreening Q&A moderated by Brooke White.

This documentary reveals the deep connection between William Eggleston’s personality and his work, and also reveals his parallel commitments as a musician, draftsman, and videographer. The film follows Eggleston on trips to Kentucky, Los Angeles, New York City, and Memphis, where Eggleston lives.

This lecture complements the University of Mississippi Museum’s current exhibition: The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston.

The University Lecture Series Fund
Friends of the Museum

On the Silk Road Family Activity Day!

On the Silk Road art


10:00 a.m. – Noon (DROP-IN)
The University of Mississippi Museum

Families are invited to celebrate Chinese New Year as we learn about the Year of the Rooster, travel along Silk Road trade routes, and explore the Museum’s newest exhibit, Dunhuang through the Lens of James and Lucy Lo through interactive art projects. Children of all ages are welcome to join, and all children must be accompanied by an adult for this program.

Questions? Contact Emily Dean McCauley at or 662-915-7073.

Sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital: North Mississippi and the Ignite Ole Miss campaign


William Eggleston, Not Southern?

Eggleston Church photo

Untitled, 1972, William Eggleston

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Anne Tucker, scholar and Curator emerita, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will discuss the work of William Eggleston.

Tucker was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received a B.A. in Art History from Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1967, and an A.A.S in photographic illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1968. In 1972, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photographic History from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, studying under Nathan Lyons and Beaumont Newhall.
While in graduate school, she worked as a research assistant at the George Eastman House in Rochester; as a research associate at the Gernsheim Collection at the University of Texas, Austin; and as a curatorial intern in the photography department of the Museum of Modern Art, New York with a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts.

Tucker has worked for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) since 1976, when it possessed virtually no photographs. In February 1976, Target Stores made its first donation to MFAH to begin the Target Collection of American Photography. The MFAH Photography department was established in December 1976, when Tucker was hired as a consultant to act as curator of photography. In 1978, she became the MFAH curator and in 1984 she was named the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography. She has increased the museum’s holdings of photographs to over 24,000 in 2008.

Tucker has organized more than forty exhibitions for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and elsewhere, including retrospectives for Brassaï, Robert Frank, Louis Faurer, George Krause, Ray Metzker, and Richard Misrach; as well as surveys on Czech avant-garde photography, a survey of the history of Japanese photography, and a selection from the Allan Chasanoff Collection.

Many of her exhibitions have led to the publication of catalogues and books of photographs. Her book The Woman’s Eye features selections from the work of ten women photographers: Gertrude Käsebier, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Berenice Abbott, Barbara Morgan, Diane Arbus, Alisa Wells, Judy Dater and Bea Nettles. Tucker states, “The Woman’s Eye represents the first major attempt to bring together notable photographs by women and to consider, through them, the role played by sexual identity both in the creation and the evaluation of photographic art.” In a 2003 interview with Texas Monthly Magazine she comments: “When I wrote The Woman’s Eye in 1973, very few women photographers were accepted in the elite of the field. That is no longer true. Photography has also had many important women as photo historians and curators. Nancy Newhall, Alison Gernsheim, Gisèle Freund, and Grace Mayer were some of the important early women historians. I knew Nancy Newhall and Grace Mayer and admired both very much.”

This lecture complements the University of Mississippi Museum’s current exhibition: The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston.

The University Lecture Series Fund
Friends of the Museum