Time on Parchman Farm, 1930s

September 25, 2012–December 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Part of the Oxford Art Crawl

The Department of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Mississippi recently acquired the “Martha Alice Stewart: Time on Parchman Farm, 1930s” Collection. Ms. Stewart was Head Nurse at Parchman Farm from 1930 until 1939. The collection consists of nearly 200 black-and-white photographs documenting life inside the prison as well as some of her personal documents. The exhibition at the University Museum, “Time on Parchman Farm,” will showcase items from the collection. For more information, please contact Pamela Williamson, Curator of Visual Collections and Assistant Professor, at pmw@olemiss.edu or 662.915.5851.

Estelle Faulkner Paintings

July 3 – October 6, 2012

Opening Reception:
July 24, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Part of the Oxford Art Crawl
The University of Mississippi Museum is pleased to present paintings by Estelle Faulkner, many of which have never been seen by an audience. Mrs. Estelle Faulkner was known for painting, reading, and playing the piano. She began painting while living in China in the 1920’s with her first husband who was a district judge and later had her art studio in Charlottesville, Virginia.

On her own work, Estelle Faulkner stated, “I used to give away most of my paintings. When someone offered to pay for them, I said to myself, ‘Now there’s an idea.’ ” Mrs. Faulkner usually did not enter her work in art shows.

“My inspiration for painting is a snatch of poetry or a sentence out of a book. I don’t paint from nature,” Mrs. Faulkner commented.

Lee Caplin writes, “We shared an artists studio in 1969-70. She had the patina of a real southern lady, spoke with precision and directness, a fine vocabulary, not colloquial in approach, but also had an artist’s passion for color and form. Her paintings were of medium size, organic shapes, deep, vibrant color, painted for herself, as an outlet for her vision-not a commercial orientation at all.”

This exhibit has been made possible by Lee Caplin and the Summers family.

Sanctuary: The Exhibition

Photography by Stephen Kirkpatrick

March 20 – June 9, 2012
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Part of the Oxford Art Crawl

The UM Museum presents an exhibition of photography by acclaimed wildlife photographer, Stephen Kirkpatrick, based on his award-winning book, Sanctuary: Mississippi’s Coastal Plain. Released in November 2010, Sanctuary focuses on the rare and threatened natural treasures of the Mississippi Coastal Plain.

In dramatic photographs and brief yet well-researched text, the Sanctuary exhibition will reveal the fragile beauty and ecological importance of the Pascagoula watershed, the longleaf pine, and the Gulf of Mexico, and explain why it is so important to preserve these areas and the rare, threatened, and endangered species that call these places home.

An exhibition drawn from the book is timely, as Sanctuary is currently receiving national attention as the first place winner in the nonfiction category of the 2011 International Self-Published Book Awards sponsored by Writer’s Digest magazine.

In addition to the exhibition, Kirkpatrick Wildlife Photography will offer a number of related activities for Museum visitors of all ages.

Brown Bag Lecture and Gallery Tour with Stephen Kirkpatrick
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University of Mississippi Museum

Focus on Nature: Adult Photography Workshop
Saturday, April 14, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $70 (registration required)

Family Activity Day: Stephen Kirkpatrick Wildlife Photography
Saturday, April 21, 2012
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 (registration required)

How We Worked, Played, and Prayed: An Exhibition of Southern Folk Art

April 17 – August 25, 2012

Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Part of the Oxford Art Crawl

Curated by Mattie Codling, a junior at Ole Miss completing a professional internship at the UM Museum, this exhibit highlights the work of several well-known and not-so-well-known folk artists or “self-taught” artists from the Southeastern United States. The works included have primarily been made by using non-traditional materials and present their subjects in a primitive manner. A wide range of subjects is depicted, but they mostly focus on scenes that were familiar to the artist, such as religious scenes and images of the people and places around them. The works included in this show represent the very core of the artist’s lives; they are not only visually appealing, but they act as a documentation of Southern culture from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Waking and Sleeping

June 26 – September 1, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 8, 2012
1:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

“Why did I wake since waking I shall never sleep again?”
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!

Inspired by William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, John Shorb explores ideas of memory and loss in the American South using a mixed-media approach of printmaking and drawing to create works on paper, wood, and fabric. From the cotton plantations of the South to the industrial iron of the North, each piece gives us a glimpse into the novel’s themes of struggle, decadence, and ruin. Through this meditation on our disjointed past, Shorb assembles a new reality for today. The opening reception for this exhibition will be featured as part of the 39th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.

John Shorb states, “Faulkner opened up a way for me to process the ways in which we remember a painfully proud history. It gave me access to a method of experiencing the complexities of the past that very few people address.” Using the printmaking technique of solvent transfer, Shorb combined his own images with appropriated materials such as the novel’s text and images from the nineteenth century. This technique allowed him to layer these various sources, conveying the residues of history and memory, as if these images have been burned or rubbed off onto etching paper, antique napkins, or pine panel. Some pieces include silkscreen techniques as well as drawing with charcoal, graphite, and ink. Shorb’s work addresses one of the central challenges of Faulkner’s novel: the vital yet futile need to piece together our collective past.

On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture and Commerce

January 24 – August 18, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Since the second century BCE, the so-called “Silk Road” stretched for thousands of miles from eastern China to the Black Sea, thus linking the great civilizations of east Asia with those of southwest Asia and, thereby, to Europe. In later centuries the trade and cultural influences which flowed back and forth on land were transferred to the sea, as maritime shipping eventually came to dominate world commerce.

The superb examples of Chinese ceramics featured in this exhibition were prized at home and treasured abroad, where they were indeed rarities until the mid 18th century. Specific styles and innovations that arose as a result of cross-cultural exchanges are highlighted.

On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture and Commerce examines why Chinese ceramics were such prized commodities, both at home and abroad. Examples of proto-porcelain appeared in China about 3,000 years ago and hard-paste porcelain began to be made around 1,800 years ago. This precious product was sometimes called “white gold,” especially in the West. Foreign trade and changing domestic markets played a role in stimulating Chinese potters to continually reinvent their repertoire of shapes and decorative techniques. These exchanges also illuminate important episodes in cultural history.

Featuring more than seventy pieces of porcelain, stoneware, and carved jade from the permanent collection of the Norton Museum of Art, On the Silk Road and the High Seas highlights the innovations and distinctive styles that arose as a result of this bountiful cross-cultural exchange. The exhibition follows both chronologically and geographically the paths of trade along the Silk Road by way of this exquisite selection of decorative arts.

On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce was organized by the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida.  It is being presented at the University of Mississippi Museum by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi.

One World, Two Artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson

August 23 – December 3, 2011

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 5:00  –  7:00 p.m.

The work of Southern artists is often infused with a deep sense of place and time. Whether inspired by the small-town of the artist’s birth, the land, the waters – be it river, lake or sea – the music, the people or even the animals, that sense of place shows up in subtle, surprising or literal ways, unique to each artist. One World, Two Artists will attempt to show how the Gulf Coast was a shared source of inspiration to two native artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson.

Born in 1945 in the coastal town of Beaumont, Texas, John Alexander grew up in a region heavily influenced by Cajun, Creole and African-American cultures. The natural environment of coastal Texas and Louisiana was an early and persistent inspiration for Alexander’s work.

Walter Anderson was born in 1903 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a painter, potter, writer and naturalist, who spent most of his life working in or around his family’s business, Shearwater Pottery, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. A small, undisturbed barrier island, Horn Island, became his refuge and main source of inspiration. Years later, John Alexander would visit Horn Island, also chasing this shared muse.

The University of Mississippi Museum is proud to present this exhibition in collaboration with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art of two artists from different eras and places in the South—but both attuned to their surroundings, bringing forth beauty through their expressive talent.

Faulkner's Geographies: A Photographic Journey

July 12 – October 1, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This exhibition coincides with the 38th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference and presents photographs from the permanent collection of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Mississippi Libraries and the University of Mississippi Museum.

P Quilts: Pecolia Warner of Yazoo City

April 12 – September 24, 2011
Opening Reception/Oxford Art Crawl:
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

This exhibition was made possible by
the generosity of The Hattie Mae Edmonds
Fund for Southern Folk Art



Reception sponsored by Lenora’s Restaurant
309 C North Lamar ~ Oxford, MS
Reservations recommended.

Valerie Jaudon: White

April 12 – July 2, 2011
Artist’s Reception:
Thursday, April 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Valerie Jaudon was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on August 6, 1945. She studied at the Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, in 1965, as well as at the University of the Americas in Mexico City (1966-67) and at St. Martins School of Art, London (1968-69). She has been the recipient of several grants, including a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, (1999), a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Alabama Chapter, (1994), and a Painting Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1992).

Jaudon has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Her work has recently been featured at the Stadel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany (Valerie Jaudon: Paintings and Drawings, 1980-1999), and at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson (Abstraction at Work: Drawings by Valerie Jaudon 1973-1999). She has completed various public art commission, such as Long Division, for the MTA Lexington Avenue Subway, 23rd Street, New York City (1988), Reunion, at the Police Plaza / Municipal Building, New York, NY (1989), and Free Style, at the Equitable Building, New York, (1989).

Jaudon is represented in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, and the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA. She has been invited to numerous public panels, such at the DIA Center for the Arts, New York, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Jaudon lives and works in New York City.

The artwork of Valerie Jaudon is classified as Post-Minimalist Abstraction, meaning the work takes a very formal, pure approach. Valerie Jaudon: White represents Jaudon’s most recent body of work and is the culmination of decades of work.

Jaudon will be a visiting artist sponsored by the Vassar Bishop Lecture Series.

The exhibition is further enhanced by the publication of an 80-page exhibit catalog, which will be available at the museum store. In addition to images from paintings and drawings in the exhibition, the catalog contains an interview between the museum director and the artist, and is an important part of the exhibition.

Artist biography courtesy Von Lintel Gallery