What Makes a Quilt a Southern Quilt?


Mary W. Kerr

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
6:00 p.m.

Reception at 6:00 p.m. and lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Guest Lecturer, Mary W. Kerr, is an American Quilt Society certified appraiser and an award winning quilter. She has been teaching since 1987 and currently lectures and conducts workshops that focus on quilt history and the preservation of antique textiles.

circa 1945, 72" x 76". This sampler was make by an unknown quilter in Mississippi. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; gift of Helen and Robert Cargo. Photo by Sean Pathasema.

Circa 1945, 72 inches x 76 inches. This sampler was make by an unknown quilter in Mississippi. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; gift of Helen and Robert Cargo. Photo by Sean Pathasema


This lecture is part of Oxford Fiber Arts Festival pre-festival events.

January 23–26, 2020

413 S. 14th Street

Friends of the Museum
Program Support Provided by the Friends of the Museum


80s Annual Membership Party

Annual Membership party graphic: 80's theme Patrick Nagel inspired image

6:00–8:00 p.m.


Put on your Member’s Only jacket and join us at the Annual Membership party.
Music by And the Echo. We’re celebrating our 80th year in 80s style.

Costumes are encouraged!

2018 Fall Family Activity Days!

Fall Family Activity Days!
The University of Mississippi Museum
Cost: FREE!
The Museum offers fun-filled activity days for children to experience with their families. These events coincide with exhibits, holidays, and other special events—enriching the museum experience for all ages.

Mysteries of Nature Family Activity Day

Mysteries of Nature Family Day

10:00 a.m. – NOON (DROP-IN)
Families will be inspired by Jaime Aelavanthara’s exhibit Where the Roots Rise and other artists who use the natural world in this fun, mixed media family day. Suitable for families with children of all ages, we will also have a special area for our youngest learners ages 0-2.

Wire Wonders Family Day

Wire Wonders Family Day

10:00 a.m. – NOON (DROP-IN)
Families will work together to create sculptures using a variety of fun materials inspired by the Museum’s special exhibit, A Long Road Back, by sculptor George Tobolowsky. Suitable for families with children of all ages, we will also have a special area for our youngest learners ages 0-2 to build.

All Aboard! Winter Express Family Day

All Aboard! Winter Express Family Day

9:00 a.m. – NOON (DROP-IN)
Formerly known as Santa’s Workshop, in this special family day we will create seasonal projects and explore as the museum comes to life with sneaky collections elves, a holiday market, and more! Suitable for families with children of all ages, we will also have a special area for our youngest learners ages 0-2.


Questions? Contact Emily McCauley at esdean@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7073.

Celebrating 80 Years

80 years, 1939-2019. Marie Buie museum in background

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Part of Oxford Arts Crawl

Join us during the August Art Crawl to raise a toast and celebrate the Museum’s 80th Anniversary! Mary Skipwith Buie left her personal art collection to the City of Oxford upon her death in 1937. In August 1939, Kate Skipwith opened the Oxford Art Center, later the Mary Buie Museum, to honor her sister’s legacy. A lot has changed as the building and collections have grown, but we maintain our founder’s dedication to the arts and look forward to the next 80 years!


Summer Sunset Series 2019

Summer Sunset Series 2019. Illustration of silhouetted trees on rolling ground.

Sundays in June

Music in the Grove


6:00 p.m.


June 2
Rocket 88

Presented by Yoknapatawpha Arts Council

June 9
Lo Noom

Presented by the Ole Miss Student Union

June 16
Mark “Muleman” Massey & Billy Earheart

Presented by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation

June 23
Young Valley

Presented by the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses

June 30
Ron Etheridge

Presented by Yoknapatawpha Arts Council

Also sponsored by:

Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
Visit Oxford
Ole Miss Student Union
Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation
University and Public Events
University Communications

Conservation Observation Week

Aphrodite sculpture

April 1518, 2019

Conservator Amy Abbe is returning to the UM Museum on April 15 for a week of conservation and restoration of the David M. Robinson Memorial Collection of Greek and Roman Art.

Restoration will occur in the recently renovated, original Mary Buie Museum building and will specifically be on ancient marble heads from the Museum’s collection.

Abbe will host a short talk at the UM Museum on Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss her work, as well as reveal her process on two Ancient Greek vases from the same collection.

Those interested in conservation and restoration is invited to the following public viewing and Q&A sessions:

Monday, April 15, 2:30-2:50 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16, 11:30-11:50 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 2:30-2:50 p.m.

Thursday, April 18,11:30-11:50 a.m.

Any university professors or groups interested in scheduling a class viewing are encouraged to contact Melanie Munns Antonelli at mjmunns@olemiss.edu.

Bagels & Birding


Brunch graphic with photo collage of blue-green hummingbird, bagels, and binoculars

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019, 8:00 A.M.

COST: $5 for adults
Kids are free but must be accompanied by an adult

Register Here


Inspired by the featured exhibition, The Art of Identification by David Allen Sibley, join us at 8:00 a.m. in the museum lobby for bagels and coffee before hitting the trail on a guided birding expedition.


Understand Birds through Drawing

Pencil sketch of bird by David Allen Sibley with pencil and eraser


5:30 p.m.

COST: FREE and Open to Everyone!
Any children in attendance must be accompanied by an adult.
Sketch materials and optimal seating are first-come, first-serve, so those wanting to sketch along may want to arrive early.

The UM Museum is thrilled to welcome acclaimed ornithologist and artist, David Allen Sibley, to lead a live sketching demonstration to explain how feathers shape and color the birds that we see every day. Understanding the arrangement of feathers is key to understanding every aspect of a bird’s appearance, and drawing is one of the best ways to explore that. This will help birders and artists gain a different perspective on how to identify and draw birds.

Adult Studio Workshops

Realism in Watercolor: Painting clear and colored glass. Image of clear glass watercolor painting by Laurin McCracken.

Realism in Watercolor
Painting Clear and Colored Glass

with Laurin McCracken AWS NWS

July 30–August 2, 2019
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
each day


Please email Emily McCauley at esdean@olemiss.edu to be added to the waitlist.

$375 for Museum Members
$400 for Non-Members

Register Here


This is a workshop for artists who are interested in learning to paint in the realistic style of the Dutch and Flemish still life painters of the 16th and 7th century. Participants will learn how to see, draw and paint objects in realistic detail.

Photo of "Four Jars on Box," watercolor painting by Laurin McCracken

Subject that will be painted during workshop.

Participants will paint a simple still life of clear glass from a photo provided. Participants will use a projected image to trace the still life on to their paper. Laurin will teach the British, Two-Brush technique of how to make things look round and three dimensional. He will also share information about the history of realistic still life painting and its current popularity in the world market. You will also learn to create deep black backgrounds.

Participants will learn about various techniques of painting realism. These techniques can apply to many types of subject matter. The goal is to learn a lot and enjoy the journey.

Watercolor paper will be provided, participants will receive a separate material order list prior to the start of this course.

2019 Master Gardeners Museum Series


The Lafayette County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the The University of Mississippi Museum will be hosting their annual Spring lecture series at the University of Mississippi Museum. This year’s lecture series coincides with the exhibit, The Art of Identification, by David Allen Sibley. David is a bird illustrator and ornithologist. The Sibley Guide to Birds is one of the most comprehensive guides for North American ornithological field identification.

Limited Free parking is available at the museum.

Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms

April 4, 11, 18, 2018
Thursdays at 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.

April 4
Creating a Sense of Place: Supporting Birds and Pollinators with Native Plants

Lecturer: Mitch Robinson, the Conservation Education Manager at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. His expertise includes endangered, threatened and invasive species management.

April 11
Amazing Migration: Biology and Conservation of the Wind Birds

Lecturer: Dr. Jason Hoeksema, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Mississippi.

April 18
Care and Feeding of Native Butterflies

Lecturer: Linette Walters. Linette has conducted extensive research with 7 years of success in raising a number of different species of butterflies native to us. All of her research and availability of product coincides with the natural life cycle.

Discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran’s status is a violation of federal and state law and MSU policy and will not be tolerated. Discrimination based upon sexual orientation or group affiliation is a violation of MSU policy and will not be tolerated.