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

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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 esdean@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7073.

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


William Eggleston, Not Southern?

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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

A Century of Quilts Film Night

Monday, January 23, 2017
7:00 p.m.

University of Mississippi Museum


A Century of Quilts Film Night will be presented in partnership with the 5th Annual Oxford Fiber Arts Festival and PopUp Oxford— a celebration of Oxford’s rich cultural scene. The PBS documentary will be screened at the Museum with complimentary popcorn and Mexican hot chocolate.

This movie explores many of the 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century. Discover the artists, the quilts, and the stories preserved in the cloth.

There will also be a Museum textile display in conjunction with the Oxford Fiber Arts Festival.
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Santa’s Work/Shop Family Activity Day 2016



9:00 A.M. – NOON

Cost: FREE

IIn this fun, drop-in workshop, families will start at the UM Museum to create seasonal art, eat holiday snacks, and visit the Ford Center’s Gingerbread Village. The Flying Tuks will be flying between the two sites from 9:30 a.m.—noon to add to the magic. All ages are welcome to participate and pre-registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Emily Dean McCauley at esdean@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7073

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


An Evening with the Artist: Jason “Twiggy” Lott

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November 1, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Jason “Twiggy” Lott will discuss his career and spend time in the gallery talking about Apocrypha.

Adult Studio Workshops


Photography with Brooke White

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 5:30–7:30 P.M. and
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 8:00 A.M.–NOON and 2–5:00 P.M.

Class is FULL

Please email Emily McCauley at esdean@olemiss.edu to be added to the wait list.

Art novices are welcome!

COST: $35 (includes all sessions)

Register Here

This 2-day workshop focuses on the building blocks of Photography including; composition, lighting and basic digital editing techniques. The William Eggleston exhibition will serve as a source of inspiration for the creation of new work and be a learning tool for all. The workshop will begin at the museum by looking at the Eggleston exhibition, followed by photographing throughout Oxford and finish on campus with learning about digital editing.

Materials/Skill Level: This workshop is designed for novices. Participants do need to have some working knowledge of their camera and familiarity with basic computer skills such as offloading and saving digital images. All digital camera types are welcome and the Museum can loan point-and-shoot digital cameras as requested.

William Eggleston Symposium

Presented by Friends of the University of Mississippi Museum

Friday, October 7, 2016

Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

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



Moderator: Lisa Howorth
Panelists: Megan Abbott, Maude Schuyler Clay, and William Ferris

Beginning with an introduction by Megan Abbott, whose writing has been significantly influenced by his images, this panel will feature experts who have known William Eggleston personally for decades. Their discussion and anecdotal observations will illuminate Eggleston’s family, history, life experiences, influences, and the arc of his career.


NOON–1:45 p.m.: LUNCH

Lunch will be provided to all guests in the Grove or the conference room in Overby.
Please RSVP for lunch by September 29. Please call the museum at 662-915-7028 or email:


2:00–4:00 P.M.: PANEL TWO

Moderator: William Ferris
Panelists: Richard McCabe, Emily Neff, and Kris Belden-Adams
Beginning with an introduction by William Ferris, this panel will focus on Eggleston’s body of work across his career. Content may include topics such as the influence of Eggleston’s work on the field of photography and other creative fields, the evolution of his creative work
and critical responses to it, and the meaning and influence of his work to today’s audiences and artists.



megan-abbott-1aMegan Abbott is the award-winning author of nine novels—The Street Was Mine, Die a Little, Bury Me Deep, Queenpin, The Song Is You, The End of Everything, Dare Me, The Fever, and, her latest, You Will Know Me, as well as a nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir. She is also the editor of A Hell of a Woman, an anthology of female crime fiction, and has written for the New York Times, Salon, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. After receiving a PhD in English and American literature from New York University, she taught at NYU, the State University of New York, the New School University, and the University of Mississippi, where she was the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence in 2013–2014. Much of her writing is inspired by William Eggleston’s photography.

Kris Belden AdamsKris Belden-Adams received her PhD in modern and contemporary art history with a specialization in photography from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She also has an MA in art history, theory, and criticism with a concentration in contemporary art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her scholarly work on the history of art, photography, and visual culture has been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographies, Southern Studies, Afterimage, and Cabinet. Her book Photography and Failure: One Medium’s Entanglements with Flops, Shortcomings, and Underdogs is forthcoming in 2017. Prior to joining the University of Mississippi Art Department in the fall of 2013, Belden-Adams taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minnesota.
maudeschuylerclay_0Maude Schuyler Clay was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, where her family had lived for five generations. After attending the University of Mississippi and the Memphis Academy of Arts, she was an intern for her cousin, photographer William Eggleston. She then moved to New York City where she worked at Light Gallery and as a photography editor and photographer for Esquire, Fortune, Vanity Fair, and other publications. After returning to the Mississippi Delta in the late 1980s, she continued her color portrait work and began a series of black and white photographs. The University Press of Mississippi published her monographs Delta Land in 1999 and Delta Dogs in 2014. Steidl published her book of color portraits, Mississippi History, in 2015, with a foreword by Richard Ford. She has received five photography awards from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, among others.
william-ferris-500William Ferris is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an adjunct professor in the Curriculum in Folklore. He is associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to his role at NEH, Ferris served as director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he was a faculty member for eighteen years. Ferris has written or edited ten books and created fifteen documentary films. He coedited the award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, widely recognized as a major reference work linking popular, folk, and academic cultures. Ferris’s last three books—Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, and The South in Color: A Visual Journey—provide an extraordinary trilogy of his documentation of life in the South through nearly six decades of photographs and interviews.
article-0-1fa3d0d300000578-946_306x423Lisa Howorth, a native of Washington, D.C., has lived in Oxford, Mississippi, since 1972. She and her husband, Richard Howorth, founded Square Books in 1979, opened an annex store, Off Square Books, in late 1993, and Square Books Jr., a children’s store, in 2003. Publishers Weekly named the enterprise Bookstore of the Year in 2013. After earning an MS in library science and an MA in art history, she was a reference librarian and an associate professor art and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. Howorth is coeditor of The Blues: A Bibliographic Guide and editor of The South: A Treasury Art and Literature; Yellow Dogs, Hushpuppies, and Bluetick Hounds; and The Southern I.Q. Quizbook. She has written for Garden and Gun magazine and the Oxford American, among others, and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. She published her first novel, Flying Shoes, in 2014. Howorth was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2007.
mcabeRichard McCabe has worked within the curatorial department of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans since 2005 and was named its curator of photography in 2010. He has curated over twenty-five exhibitions in the past six years including Eudora Welty: Photographs from the 1930s and 40s, The Mythology of Florida, Mark Steinmetz: South, Self-Processing: Instant Photography, The Rising, and Seeing Beyond the Ordinary. McCabe received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University in 1998. That year he also received a fellowship to the American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar at New York University. From 1998 to 2005 he lived in New York City where he worked for numerous art galleries and museums including the International Center for Photography. He also taught photography at Pratt Institute in New York City, Fairfield University in Connecticut, Montclair State University in New Jersey, and Xavier University in New Orleans. His photographs and other art have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States.
emily_ballew_neff_2__brandondillemilyballewneff_executivedirectorEmily Ballew Neff was named the fifteenth executive director of the Brooks Museum of Art in April 2015 after spending twenty years at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston as its first curator of American painting and sculpture, organizer of more than twenty exhibitions, and coordinator of fourteen traveling exhibitions from other institutions. She holds a BA from Yale University, an MA from Rice University, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Neff is a recent Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York City and was president of the Association of Art Museum Curators in 2013–2015. In May 2016 she launched a yearlong celebration of the Brooks Museum’s 100th anniversary and also initiated the institution’s next phase, to be not just “a repository and conservator of precious objects,” but “to expand that role into more educational and community-enhancing areas,” to “be everybody’s museum” and “respond to the city’s vitality and diversity.”

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