Museum Entrance Enhancements

Commencing in the month of January, 2018 the Museum is making an entrance adjustment that will improve both our security and the visual quality of visitor arrival experience: the Side Door off the parking lot will become Museum Staff Only and all Visitors will be asked to use the main Front entrance.

This change is associated with the exciting introduction of our new Admission Desk, which has been custom-fabricated by artisan furniture makers Limber Timber, working with Museum staff members Melanie Munns and Taylor Kite.

We have been addressing several matters of arrival experience and Facility upgrades which include the Admission Desk now being sited along the South wall of the Lobby—(on the right upon entry). The former admission desk placement directly in front of the Permanent Collection galleries has been eliminated.

In the process of these adjustments, it becomes necessary to close the Side Door in part due to our Security Staff and Student workers no longer having a direct sightline down the long hallway to that side entrance. In no small degree due to the very high number of young children who are in the Museum so many days, we have a distinct obligation to assure that all visitors to the Museum are directly observed upon entry.

Of course, several benefits follow from this change, not least of which is the elimination of the ‘first-impression’ challenge we have had for so many years: such a high percentage of Visitors having entered through the Side Door being required to traverse a concrete-block hallway toward a generic office-supply metal desk as their initial experience of the Museum.

While we are certain that the main Front Entrance becoming the sole public entry will result in a much higher-quality arrival experience, and convey a much stronger initial impression of the Museum, we recognize that patterns of access via the door nearest the Parking Lot have many years of existence, and even habit for our frequent guests.

As a result, we ask for everyone’s patience with this change—with the extra 50 steps required perhaps constituting a fitness benefit, as they correspondingly result in a first-impression improvement of very high magnitude.

Many thanks, everyone.

Robert Saarnio, Director

Santa’s Workshop Family Activity Day 2017

Santa's workshop



9:00 A.M. – NOON

Cost: FREE

In 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 Holiday Village. The Flying Tuks will be flying between the two sites from 9:30 a.m.—noon to add to the magic. This year, Santa’s Workshop is going global as we explore winter holiday traditions around the world. All ages are welcome to participate and pre-registration is not required. There will be a special winter wonderland area just for children ages 0-2 as well.

Questions? Contact Emily Dean McCauley at or 662-915-7073
Sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital: North Mississippi and the Ignite Ole Miss campaign


2017 Keepsake

Barlow’s Planetarium

This year’s keepsake ornament celebrates the Museum’s Millington-Barnard Collection of Scientific Instruments. The ornament is a recreation of an orrery—a mechanical model of the solar system that demonstrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons.

On Sale now For $25 plus tax at the Museum Store!

To purchase, please visit the Museum Store or call 662-915-7073 to place your order.

A flat $7 shipping and handling fee will be added for all orders requiring shipping within the US contiguous states. All sales are final.

Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00a.m.–6:00p.m.

An Evening with the Artist: Randy Hayes

November 16, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Randy Hayes will discuss his career and spend time in the gallery talking about Unwritten Memoir.

Art Trip: Cleveland, Mississippi


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Join the Friends of the Museum for an art-filled day trip to Cleveland, Mississippi.
We will depart via bus from the University Museum on November, 8th at 8:00 a.m.
Return time tentatively between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

COST: $65 per person

This includes travel, admissions, and lunch.

Travelers will visit:

Questions? Email Jonathan Adams at or Mary Thompson

Registration is closed.

Fault Lines  |  Mary Zicafoose

Left to right: Timeline, 2017, Tectonic Shift, 2017, Fracture, 2017, photograph by Kirby Zicafoose


October 3, 2017–February 10, 2018

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 6–8:00 p.m.

Like all artists, I have many stories to tell. I am as compelled to create work based on classic archetypal symbols as I am to depict climate change through my representation of tectonic plates, fault lines and land shifts. The selection of work in the Lower Skipwith Gallery, rendered in weft-faced ikat tapestry and as collographic monoprints on paper, is curated from from three recent bodies work: Fault Lines, Mountain for the Buddha, and The Blueprint Series.

Fault Lines: The five most recently completed pieces, Tectonic Shift, Fracture, Timeline, North, South, East & West, and The Capricorn Plate, are thematically driven by politics, human relationships, and land movement. Technically and visually, I take inspiration from modern abstractionists, and draw upon their influence in my signature large, bold color fields juxtaposed against the toothy edge of weft ikat. New series, like all new ventures, start unfamiliar, if not raw, but always with a destination in mind. By definition, they are required to stand alone. It takes several years behind ikat boards, dyepot and loom to develop a complete and integrated series of woven tapestries.

Mountain for the Buddha: The classic and powerful metaphysical triptych of the trinity expressed as mountain, pyramid, triangle and temple is the visual metaphor for this body of work. My intention is to not only reference landscape, but geometry and sacred space, as well, through a total of 13 diptych ikat tapestries and 36 collographic monoprints spanning 5 years.

The Blueprint Series: This series, based on personal identity, was born during a three month artist residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE. This, the 7th and culminating tapestry of elaborate thumbprint representations, a silk weft ikat triptych, was selected to represent contemporary US tapestry at the 13th International Tapestry Triennial in Lodz, Poland in 2010.

—Mary Zicafoose


Modern Art Family Activity Day


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

Cost: FREE!

Stop by the University Museum to see our newest Fall 2017 exhibits and create interactive art projects inspired by Modern Art. All ages are welcome, and we will have a special area for children ages 0–3 to play. Snack will be provided, and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this program.

Thank you to all of our donors who made #FREEFAMILYDAYS possible!

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.

Unwritten Memoir

Athenia painting

Athenia, 2014


August 22–December 9, 2017

Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6–8:00 p.m.

part of the Annual Membership Party

The art in Unwritten Memoir is a survey of work created by Randy Hayes from 2004 to present. In that time, he began to live part-time, then full-time, in Mississippi. His art is also influenced by travel to Turkey and Japan during that same period. The art reflects his visual memory of three very different cultures and environments: Mississippi, Turkey, and Japan.

Recollections refers to a group of photographs and objects which have a specific connection to one another. This series, included in this exhibition, began about twenty years ago but has never been exhibited before. Also on exhibit is an associated series of small paintings of objects.

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