V.I.P. Portrait Gallery by Andrzej Maciejewski


May 26–September 5, 2015

Reception: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Andrzej Maciejewski Artist Statement:

This series is a study of form, a collection of diverse shapes and textures. I have created many such collections and I often choose mundane objects, like in this case potatoes. This gives me the freedom to look at them in an abstract way or to interpret them on my own, without being limited by the overwhelming context, which often happens when you choose objects that are too obviously important or unusual. What drew me to potatoes in particular, was their commonly unappreciated diversity created by nature, not by human artfulness. For my potatoes, I chose to make portraits rather than simply still-lifes and I gave them names—not in order to suggest that they look like people, but simply to emphasize their individual uniqueness (names individualize, like numbers standardize). I used the large format camera and I printed them much larger than the life-size to show them like they were looked at through the magnifying glass—with attention to all the tiny, but meaningful details. Excluding the color factor by shooting them in black & white let me focus on shape, texture and light. The VIP in the title may be translated as Very Interesting Potatoes, or in many other ways.


part of the Oxford Arts Crawl

Brief Encounters by Martin Arnold


March 10–May 16, 2015

Reception: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This exhibit features figure paintings by Martin Arnold. As an artist, Arnold strives to create “a psychological mirror” with his almost life-sized oil paintings.


part of the Oxford Arts Crawl

Our Faith Affirmed — Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection


September 10, 2014 – August 8, 2015

The University of Mississippi Museum of Art presents Our Faith Affirmed – Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection, a truly inspiring and transformative exhibition celebrating a major gift by noted scholar and collector Gordon W. Bailey of artworks created by African American self-taught artists. This important exhibition, and accompanying illustrated catalogue, features works by twenty-seven artists, born between 1900 and 1959. Many of the artists are widely known and several–Thornton Dial Sr., Roy Ferdinand, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Charlie Lucas, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, and Purvis Young–are internationally exhibited. All of the artists, though unique individuals with decidedly different iconographies and points of view, share context. For them the raging authenticity and soulful expressiveness that is chiefly responsible for their popular and critical acceptance is solid evidence that they never bowed to limitations or expectations. In fact, they seldom altered their content of purpose whether cut off from the larger culture by geography or by law. Director Robert Saarnio states: “Mr. Bailey’s astute assessment that an academic campus-based museum with educational programs for schoolchildren, the general public, and University students stands uniquely positioned to leverage its collections for broad educational impact will prove prescient.”

image credit – Ralph Griffin, ‘Wizard’ (detail) collection Gordon W Bailey

Bloomingdale’s Fashion Touchdown


August 1, 2014 – January 24, 2015

This exciting exhibit features one-of-a-kind football helmets, created by world-famous fashion designers for an auction to benefit the NFL Foundation. The University of Mississippi Museum acquired three helmets, featured in the exhibition with photographs of the remaining 45 helmets.

A Light Passage by Lee Renninger


August 26, 2014 – February 14, 2015

Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5 – 8:00 p.m.

Part of the Oxford Arts Crawl

A Light Passage features pieces from Botanica — a new body of work by Lee Renninger using elements of the garden to celebrate the wonder and mystery of the floral world.


H.C. Porter’s Blues @ Home

Blues at Home

April 1, 2014- August 2, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
with Live Music

Blues @ Home is H.C. Porter’s collection of 30 portrait paintings of Mississippi living blues legends in their at-home settings. The paintings are paired with oral histories that give insight into the storied lives of the legends.

Admission: $5

Sponsored by:
The Friends of the Museum
Madison Charitable Foundation

Friends of the Museum

Additional support provided by:
R&B Feder Charitable Foundation
The Student Activities Association
The Younger Foundation
UM Department of Music
Sally Barksdale Honors College
Fat Possum Records
T.H. Freeland IV, Esq.
The Brunt Family
Sid & Kathy Davis
Tom Davis State Insurance

The Figure: Portrait and Bronze Works by Tom Corbin


March 18, 2014- August 9, 2014

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Part of the Oxford Arts Crawl

Artist Lecture: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Bronze sculptor, furniture designer and painter, Tom Corbin, will give a lecture about his work and career in art. He will describe how, as a self-taught artist, he carved out a unique niche in the art and design world. Inspired by the iconography of youth, whimsy and nostalgia, Corbin’s work includes bronze sculptures and paintings with the female figure being his primary muse.

Click here to read more about The Figure: Portrait and Bronze Works by Tom Corbin.

Exhibition support from the Friends of the Museum. 

Friends of the Museum        Art-Crawl

House & Home


January 28, 2014-March 16, 2014

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Part of the Oxford Arts Crawl
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. Originally created and exhibited at the National Building Museum.

Admission is $5
All admission fees will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.



The Wellspring: Works by Hamlett Dobbins


November 12, 2013- February 22, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Artist’s Lecture: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, noon–1:00 p.m.

The Wellspring gathers a handful of paintings that draw specifically from Hamlett Dobbins’ relationships with his two children, Milla and Ives. The paintings span a number of years and reflect different stages
of their rich relationships.

Recollecting:1980-2012 Works by Ron Dale


September 10, 2013 – January 11, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Annual Membership Party

Artist’s Lecture: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, noon–1:00 p.m.

Noted ceramist and Oxford native, Ron Dale, showcases
his works spanning over 20 years. Discover the evolution
of his work featuring mixed media and ceramics.