An Evening with the Artist: Jason “Twiggy” Lott

Twiggy lecture image

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 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.”

Friends of the Museum

Toga Trivia Night


Friday, August 19, 2016, 6–8:00 p.m.

Please join us for a night of Jeopardy style trivia with a focus on art history and classics.
Prizes and light refreshments provided. Togas encouraged.


Robinson Collection Panel Discussion


Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6–8:00 p.m.

Please join us for an evening panel discussing the history of the Robinson Collection, it’s future, and the summer exhibit Gods and Men: Iconography and Identity in the Ancient World.

Panelists include: Aileen Ajootian, Brad Cook, Melanie Munns, and Molly Pasco-Pranger.

Guest of Honor: Dr. Lucy Turnbull
Professor Emerita of Classics and Art
Director Emerita University of Mississippi Museum

Moderated by Robert Saarnio.

Museum Summer Olympics Family Activity Day


SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – Noon (DROP-IN)

The University of Mississippi Museum

Cost: FREE!

The whole family is invited to join in on this fun, free family day for all ages! Children and grown-ups will create Olympic art together inspired by the current exhibit, “Gods and Men: Iconography and Identity in the Ancient World,” as well as participate in outdoor athletic fun led by Campus Recreation.

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

Harvest Supper on the Grounds of Rowan Oak

Crowd at Harvest Supper
Presented by the Friends of the University Museum

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Last year’s Harvest Supper was a magical experience. So mark your calendars now to join us for another enchanted evening at Rowan Oak.

$150 Per Ticket

Proceeds to Benefit the University Museum and Historic Houses

um_mapbuild3PARKING: There will be parking for guests at the ‘South Lot’ which is on the corner of Old Taylor Road and Old Taylor Road. The Rebel Ride Trolley will be transporting guest to/from the lot and the end of Rowan Oak’s driveway. Please follow the parking directional signs which will be placed around the area.

Rain Plan: If raining, Harvest Supper will be moved to the Museum.


Jason Bouldin
Langdon Clay
Maude Schuyler Clay
Bill Dunlap
Randy Hayes
Philip Jackson
Terry Lynn
Robert Malone
Kathleen Robbins
Brooke White
Carlyle Wolfe

Please click here for more information about the art for auction during Harvest Supper.


University of Mississippi Steel Orchestra
Shannon McNally


A & N Catering
City Grocery
Elizabeth Heiskell and
Woodson Ridge Farms


Presenting Level
Madison Charitable Foundation
Blake Tartt III- NRP Oxford

Platinum Level
Diane and Dickie Scruggs
The Self Foundation

Gold Level
Robin and John Cocke
Darrell Crawford
Marty and John Dunbar
Friends of Dorothy and Tom Howorth
Marla and Lowry Lomax
Marye and Paul Moore
Saint Leo
Mary Thompson
Margaret Wylde and Ken Wooten

Silver Level
Baptist Memorial Hospital North MS
Susan Bryan
Melissa Swetland and Danny Bulian
Charter Road
Hospitality, Inc.
Dr. and Mrs. Steve Cockerham
Jan and Lawrence Farrington
Susan and Bowen Flowers
Lassie and Harry Flowers
Eddie and Martha Dale Fritts
Mary Ann and Don Frugé
Hardy Reed
Sam and Mary Haskell
Gayle and Michael Henry
Howorth & Associates Architects
Hughes Brown, PLLC
Jasmine Art Glass
Vikki Hughes and Price Johnson
LaRousse Salon & The Spa at LaRousse
Leslie and Mark Lee
Dr. Billy and Rebecca Long
Jeff and Elizabeth Lusk
Olivia and Archie Manning
Susan and David McCormick
Karen and Bruce Moore
Neilsen & Co.
Ambassador John Palmer and Carol Puckett
Jim and Mary Sharp Rayner
RJ Allen & Associates
Jane Thomas Rogers
Bob and Cindy Seibels
Carolyn and Bill Simmons
Rose and Hubert Spears
Machelle and Ernie Williams

Bronze Level
Bayou Birds
David and Shawn Brevard
Jennifer and Pat Caldwell
Rachel and David Calhoun
Diala and Phillip Chaney
Joy and John C. Clark
Myrna Colley-Lee
cdp Landscape Architecture
Jason Derrick
Paige and Glen Evans
FNB Oxford Bank
Graduate Oxford
Lee Harris
Holcomb Dunbar, Attorneys
Tish Horton
Katrina and Mike Hourin
Elizabeth and Andy Howorth
Lori Liston and Matthew Johnson
Jerry and Gloria Kellum
Tiffany Kilpatrick
Dorothy and John Laurenzo
Lindsey and Jason Leach
Amy and Slade Lewis
Patty and Will Lewis
Bobby Jo and Robert McConnell
Donna and Charlie Merkel
Connie and Eric Mott
Joli and Mac Nichols
Mary Ann and Roy Percy
Rebecca and Locke Phillips
Linda and Holly Raney
Robert Saarnio
Sample and Poole Properties, LLC
Jody and Pick Scruggs
Mary and Mark Solomon
Pat and Patty Tatum
Sonia and Wright Thompson
Trent Lott Leadership Institute
Melody and John Webb
Lynn and Will Wilkins

A&N Catering
Cathead Vodka
Capel Howorth
City Grocery
Lazy Magnolia
Magnolia Rental
Magnolia Wine & Spirits
Oxford Floral
Woodson Ridge Farms
Yalobusha Brewing Co

Board Members 2016–17:

Carlyle Wolfe

Joy Clark
Vice President

John Dunbar

Mary Thompson

Lynn Wilkins
Past President

Allyson Best
Mary Ann Frugé
Donna Gottshall
John Hardy
Gayle Henry
Dorothy Howorth
Terry Lynn
Ron Nurnberg
Diane Scruggs
Mary Solomon
Zach Tutor
Brooke White



Oxford Artists Explore the Museum’s Vault

12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
2:30 p.m. Studio Visits
5:30 p.m. 3rd Annual Rowan Oak Mint Julep Party


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Charlie Buckley

Charlie Buckley

Glennray Tutor

Glennray Tutor

Brooke White

Brooke White

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. We finish with an early summer garden party at Rowan Oak.

Participants are encouraged to participate in any or all of the three activities.

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
2:30 p.m.

Charlie Buckley
Glennray Tutor
Brooke White
Interested in participating in studio visits?
Please help us plan by contacting Rebecca Phillips at the Museum to register, 662-915-7028.
Participants are encouraged to carpool. Directions to studios will be given out at the museum.

3rd Annual Rowan Oak Mint Julep Party
5:30 p.m.
Information here about the Garden Party.

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

3rd Annual Rowan Oak Mint Julep Party


Saturday, May 7, 2016

5:30 p.m.


Spring is finally here and there’s no better time to enjoy the outdoors at Rowan Oak. After an exciting day of art lectures and studio visits, please join us for a relaxing evening, sipping mint juleps on the grounds of Rowan Oak.

Thanks to our sponsors:
My Michelle’s
Yalobusha Brewing Co
The Friends of the Museum

Mia Kaplan Paints Swamp Flower


FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
8:00 A.M.–NOON

Mia Kaplan is a painter, sculptor, and textile designer from Southeast Louisiana. Her work illustrates a personal connection to natural borders, landscapes, wildflowers, refuges and themes of transformation. Come by the museum to watch her paint her outdoor sculpture, Swamp Flower.