An Afternoon with the Artist: Cover to Cover with Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer

October 27, 2020

2:00 p.m. CST



Brian Dettmer was born in 1974 in Chicago, Illinois, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Please join us for a lecture and discussion of Dettmer’s current exhibit: Hardcovers and Paperbacks.

Brian Dettmer is one of the leading artists working with the book today. His works have been exhibited internationally in institutions including the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), NY; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, DC; The Chicago Cultural Center, IL; The High Museum, GA; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, GA; and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, VA. In 2014, Brian Dettmer was the subject of a ten year retrospective at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy.

Dettmer’s sculptures can be found in the permanent collection of several notable institutions including: the Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; The Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, IL; The High Museum, GA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, GA; and the Yale University Art Gallery, CT. He has recently lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and The New York Public Library in New York. In 2014, he spoke at the TED Youth conference. Brian Dettmer’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Chicago Tribune, Art News, Modern Painters, Wired, The Village Voice, Harper’s and NPR among many others.

EL: Pumpkins

Stark Raving Pumpkin Carving Competition

It’s Fall, y’all, and the UM Museum is getting festive this Halloween! Enter the UM Museum’s first ever pumpkin carving contest for a chance to win prizes and be featured on our social media! Fun for all ages! 

Here’s How:

  1. Pre-register here by Friday, October 23.

  2. BYOP (Bring your own pumpkin)! Obtain a pumpkin of appropriate size and beauty to be worthy of your artistic skills.

  3. Carve or paint said pumpkin into a creative masterpiece.

  4. Deliver your pumpkin to the Walton-Young House!

 Pumpkins will be displayed on the Walton-Young House front lawn all Halloween Weekend! Spectators are encouraged to stop by or drive-thru to check out our ‘Haunted’ Historic House and our contest entries. Please remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing!


Winners announced on social media on Saturday, October 31

May the best pumpkins win!


Entry Fee: $3 members, $5 non-members

Pre-registration is required

Registration closes Friday, October 23



  1. Pre-register by Friday, October 23.

  2. Pumpkins may be carved, painted, or sculpted.

  3. Must be family friendly.

  4. Pumpkin must be dropped off to the Walton-Young House. Drop off will be contactless


Contact Stacy Bell at for further details. 



EL: Dec 10-12 FAD 100

EL: Nov 5-7 FAD 50

A Day of Art and History in Holly Springs


The Friends of the Museum has planned a day filled with art and history in our neighboring town of Holly Springs on November 1, 2019.

We will leave from the UM Museum at 9:30 a.m. in a chartered bus and return at 4:30 p.m. Highlights of the trip include a tour of Burton Place, home of David Person; a tour of the Ida B. Wells Barnett Museum; and tours of places connected to her, the Yellow Fever Church and the historic Holly Springs depot. Lunch will be served at the Kate Freeman Clark Gallery. The final stop will be the studio of artist Randy Hayes. Below is more information about each stop and what to expect.

The cost of the tours, including lunch and all fees, is $50. Reservations must be received by October 23. No refunds after this date.

Registration is closed.

A Day of Art and History in Holly Springs, Mississippi


1st stop:  Burton Place — Built in 1848 by Mary Malvina Shields Burton, the home has both Federal and Greek Revival architectural details and sits on its original antebellum lot. For many years it was called “Fleur de Lys” after the decorative cast iron fence that surrounds the property. Slaves’ quarters beside Burton Place have been carefully preserved and offer a rare look into the lives of the slave population. David Person, current owner of Burton Place, will give guests a “Mimosa Tour” of his home and the slave quarters.


2nd stop:  Kate Freeman Clark Gallery tour and lunch  — When Kate Freeman Clark returned to her ancestral home at Freeman Place in Holly Springs, few knew that she had spent 29 years in New York studying and socializing with world-class art masters of the day. She had become an accomplished painter, especially with plein air landscapes, and was recognized with exhibitions at impressive venues in the Northeast. What townspeople found out within months of her death would be hard to fathom – that the spinster they knew as a typical Southern lady had created over 1,200 paintings and drawings, and they were being given to the enjoyment of Holly Springs, along with her home and funds to build a “museum of fine and social arts.” Thus began the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery. Lunch will be catered by Belles and Books, with proceeds going to the Gallery.


3rd stop:  Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum — Ida B. Wells was known nationally and internationally as a “crusader for justice.” She traveled throughout the United States and foreign countries raising awareness of oppression of African Americans and women. Born on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, she was orphaned at the age of 16 when her parents died as victims of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878.  Wells-Barnett received her education and early training at Shaw University, now Rust College. She became a teacher, journalist, and public speaker.

She married Ferdinand Barnett, owner of the Chicago Conservator. Wells-Barnett was one of two women who signed “the call” for the formation of the NAACP. She was also known for being an anti-lynching crusader. Rev. Leona Harris, Executive Director of the museum, will give guests a passionate overview of the museum before the next event.


Ida B. Wells-Barnett Bus Tour —  This narrated tour begins at the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum with stops at the Yellow Fever House and the historic Holly Springs Depot, a recently renovated structure that put the city on the map more than a century ago when it was owned by the railroad.


Final stop: Studio of Randy Hayes — Hayes says his desire to confirm reality through drawing began as a boy growing up near Clinton, MS. He studied sculpture and painting with Lawrence Anthony at Rhodes College, took a freighter to Europe when he was 19, then came back and earned a B.F.A. degree in 1968. He spent time in Boston working with a PBS affiliate before moving to Seattle in 1976. In Hayes’ words, “by chance and design, about 1990, I developed a method of painting directly onto grids of photographs.  This is my primary method of working today.” He returned to Memphis and Mississippi in 2013.



Live on the Lawn

Guitar on the Walton-Young Lawn

Due to inclement weather, our November 8, Live on the Lawn concert will take place inside the museum!

Wendy Garrison will perform in the Speakers Gallery and free hot chocolate will be available.

FRIDAYS: Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 8, AND Nov. 15
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Fridays this fall before home football games


Cost: FREE!

Get your grove chair and brown bag and meet us on the Walton-Young Lawn for Friday concerts this fall.

Friday, September 6Zechariah Lloyd

Friday, September 13 Tony Boyd

Friday, September 20 — Nate Robbins

Friday, October 4Hannah+Karly

Friday, October 18Luke Fisher

Friday, November 8Wendy Garrison

Friday, November 15Chance Moore


Mississippi Presenter’s Network

Yoknapatawpha Arts Council

Yoga on the Trail

Every Monday at 8:00 a.m.
June and July 2018

Enter from the back of the Museum parking lot.
Join us for RebelWell Yoga on the Trail this summer!
Bring a mat and water. Follow the Museum on Facebook (@UniversityofMSmuseum) for updates and cancellations.
First come, first served.
Free of charge.

Friends of the Museum’s Annual Harvest Supper

Harvest Supper, Friends of the Museum annual fundraiser. Set on the grounds of Rowan Oak, the event benefits University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses.

Annual Harvest Supper at Rowan Oak

The Friends of the Museum is a volunteer organization that supports museum fundraising, advocacy and special programing. Harvest Supper, hosted by the Friends, prides itself on being a showcase of local and regional artists, musicians, and chefs. Annually, the event connects alumni, local residents, and out-of-town guests with artists, writers, and musicians for dinner and entertainment on the historic grounds of Rowan Oak, the former home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner, in Oxford, Mississippi.

The generosity of sponsors, ticket sales, and art auction proceeds enable the Friends to target specific museum needs to enrich the overall museum experience. Repeatedly named as one of the top college museums in the nation, the UM Museum hosts visitors from all 50 states, as well as 58 countries. In addition, the museum’s educational programming reaches more than 10,000 North Mississippi students and children each year. 

Through Harvest Supper, the Friends has been able to give more than $100,000 annually to the museum, most of which comes from sponsorships. To learn more about Harvest Supper sponsorship opportunities, click here. 

Harvest Supper 2020 has been canceled. 

Harvest Supper 2021 information coming soon! 

Interested in past Harvest Suppers? See below. 

Individuals, businesses and other organizations became Harvest Supper sponsors at these levels:

  • Presenting Level: $10,000 and up
  • Platinum Level: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Gold Level: $2,500 to $5,000
  • Silver Level: $1,000 to $2,500
  • Bronze Level: $500 to $1,000

The various sponsorship levels guarantee tickets to the Harvest Supper, admission passes to Rowan Oak, membership to the University Museum, and much more. For information on becoming a sponsor for the 2019 Harvest Supper, please email the museum.

Proceeds from the evening will help support numerous aspects of the University Museum, including acquisitions, the Conversations guest lecture series, exhibitions, educational programming, and special events. The event also supports maintenance and operating costs for Rowan Oak and the Walton-Young Historic House, also managed by the museum.


First Friday Free Sketch Day!


First Friday Free Sketch Upcoming 2020 Dates!


FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (drop-in)

The University of Mississippi Museum

FREE sketch materials will be provided (first-come) or you are welcome to bring a sketchbook.

Look for the Museum’s gallery sketching stools generously provided by a grant from the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT) and explore the galleries in this informal, free sketch session for all skill levels.