Meditations on the Landscape in Art and Literature Symposium


Friends of the Museum

Meditations on the Origins of Agriculture in America
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Celebrating the acquisition of William Dunlap’s Meditations on the Origins of Agriculture in America at the University of Mississippi Museum


March 25–July 27, 2019

William Dunlap, Curator. Featuring works by: John Alexander, Walter Anderson, Jason Bouldin, Marshall Bouldin, Andrew Blanchard, Charlie Buckley, Jane Rule Burdine, Linda Burgess, William Christenberry, Langdon Clay, Maude Schuyler Clay, Ed Croom, Warren Dennis, William Dunlap, William Eggleston, William Ferris, Huger Foote, Michael Ford, Gilbert Gaul, Rolland Golden, William Goodman, Theora Hamblett, William Hollingsworth, Marie Hull, O.W. Pappy Kitchens, Jack Kotz, Terry Lynn, John McCrady, Robert Malone, Sally Mann, Milly West, Tom Rankin, R. Kim Rushing, Jack Spencer, Glennray Tutor, Wyatt Waters, Eudora Welty, Brooke White, and Carlyle Wolfe.


Monday, March 25

4:00–5:45 p.m. Exhibition Opening Reception, UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM

6:00 p.m. The Lyrical Landscape, Natasha Trethewey, NUTT AUDITORIUM


Tuesday, March 26
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.








9:30 a.m.

Diane Scruggs, President, Friends of the University Museum, Noel E. Wilkin, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Robert Saarnio, Director, University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses.



Keynote address by J. Richard Gruber.



11:00 a.m.






Registration and advance purchase by March 20 is required.



2:30 p.m.



4:00 p.m.



Registration and advance purchase by March 20 is required.


John Alexander portraitJohn Alexander was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1945, received an MFA at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1970, and moved to Houston where he established a studio and taught art at the University of Houston. Since the late 1970s, he has lived in New York City and in Amagamsett, on Long Island. Alexander has exhibited extensively in the United States and around the world. He had a major retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His work is included in the collections of leading museums throughout the United States, as well as many other distinguished public and private collections worldwide. The woods and bayous of his childhood have influenced Alexander’s paintings, and nature has been a frequent subject.


Jason Bouldin portraitJason Bouldin attended Harvard University and studied art history, art theory, and art criticism. During his summer vacations from college, the artist spent time apprenticing in his father’s studio before developing his own career as a portrait painter. He has had many high-profile commissions including that of the President of Harvard University and Dr. A.B. Lewis, Dean Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Mississippi. Classically trained Bouldin paints landscapes and still lifes. He believes every object has an intrinsic presence that is unique.


Betsy Bradley portraitBetsy Bradley was appointed director of the Mississippi Museum of Art in December 2001. Bradley is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a master’s degree in English, and of Millsaps College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Advisory Panel of the Mississippi School for the Arts, and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteerism. She has chaired the boards of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series, and the Jackson Servant Leadership Corps. She was named one of the state’s Top 50 Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal, is a graduate of Leadership Jackson, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum in Mississippi.


William Dunlap portraitWilliam Dunlap is a painter, writer, arts advocate, and commentator. The American landscape and its flora and fauna are essential elements in Dunlap’s art, as are certain iconic Old Masters, such as Rembrandt’s series of self-portraits, which he quotes in paintings and constructions. In a career spanning more than four decades, Dunlap has exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art. Dunlap was born in Houston, Mississippi, and received a BA in English Mississippi College and an MFA from the University of Mississippi. He maintains studios in Coral Gables, Florida; McLean, Virginia; and Mathiston, Mississippi.


Ralph Eubanks portraitW. Ralph Eubanks is the author of The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South and Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past. He has contributed articles to the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and National Public Radio, among others. He worked in book publishing before serving as director of publishing at the Library of Congress from 1995 to 2013. He has edited the Virginia Quarterly Review and taught at the University of Virginia and has taught there and at George Mason University, and Millsaps College. He is currently visiting professor of Southern Studies and English at the University of Mississippi.


Portrait of John GrishamFor ten years John Grisham, practiced law in a small town in Mississippi, much like Jake Brigance in A Time To Kill. He also served two terms in the State House of Representatives. In 1990, he gave up both the law and politics to write full-time, and since then has published at least one book a year. He has written one collection of short stories, one work of nonfiction, three books about sports, one comic novel, seven editions of his Theodore Boone series for children, a childhood memoir, and, at last count, more than twenty legal thrillers. Nine of his books have been adapted to film. John and his wife, Renée, live on a farm in rural Albemarle County, Virginia.


Portrait of J. Richard GruberJ. Richard Gruber, director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art from 1991 to 2009, previously served as deputy director for the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia; director of the Wichita Art Museum in Wichita, Kansas; curator, then director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; and director of the Peter Joseph Gallery, in New York. Active as a curator and author, he has published many books and catalogs, including Dunlap: William Dunlap; William Christenberry: The Early Years 1954–1968, and Memphis: 1948–1958. He also has been the executive producer of William Dunlap: Objects Found and Fashioned and three other award-winning documentary films produced in association with Stanley Staniski and Staniski Media, Washington, DC.


Jessica B. Harris portraitJessica B. Harris is the author of twelve critically acclaimed books documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora including Iron Pots and Wooden Spoons: Africa’s Gifts to New World Cooking, and High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, winner of the International Association for Culinary Professionals 2012 prize for culinary history. Her most recent book is My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir. As a journalist, Harris has written book and theater reviews, travel, and feature articles too numerous to note. She recently retired as professor of English at Queens College/C.U.N.Y. where she taught for almost five decades. Harris lives in New York, New Orleans, and Martha’s Vineyard.


Lisa Howorth portraitLisa Howorth and her husband, Richard Howorth, founded Square Books in 1979, opened an annex store, Off Square Books, in late 1993, and Square Books Jr., a children’s store, in 2003. She is coeditor of The Blues: A Bibliographic Guide and editor of The South: A Treasury of Art and Literature; Yellow Dogs, Hushpuppies, and Bluetick Hounds; and The Southern I.Q. Quizbook. She has written for Garden and Gun magazine and the Oxford American, among others, and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. She is the author of Flying Shoes (2014) and a second novel, Summerlings, set in DC in 1959, forthcoming summer 2019 from Doubleday. She was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2007.


Portrait of Jane LivingstonJane Livingston was curator of twentieth-century art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1967 to 1975. There, she worked with Maurice Tuchman on the exhibitions Eleven Los Angeles Artists and Art and Technology; organized the first major museum exhibition of the artist Bruce Nauman, cocurated with Marcia Tucker; and mounted the first museum exhibition devoted to Chicano art. Livingston was chief curator, 1975–1978, and associate director, 1978–1989, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. She now works as an independent curator and has authored or coauthored nearly two dozen books and catalogs, among them Black Folk Art in America, The New York School: Photographs, 1936–1963, and John Alexander: A Retrospective.


photo of Sally Mann outsideSally Mann is known for her black-and-white photographs and for her landscapes, still-life, architecture, and the intimate portraits of her family. Mann was born in Lexington, Virginia, and attended Hollins College. She began working as a photographer for Washington and Lee University after graduation, and her photographs of the construction of the University’s library were included in her first solo exhibition, held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Mann received great acclaim and critique for her Immediate Family series, in which she photographed her own children. Mann’s more recent works include photographs of landscapes in the Deep South. Mann has published several books of her photography and exhibits her work around the world. She currently lives and works in her hometown of Lexington, Virginia.


Julian Rankin portraitJulian Rankin was raised in Mississippi and North Carolina. He studied English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rankin was the founding Director of the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art, which uses artworks and engagements to address issues of racial equity and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi. He is the Executive Director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Rankin is a part of the Jekyll Island Management Institute class of 2019, a program supported through the Southeastern Museums Conference.


Julia Reed portraitJulia Reed is a contributing editor at Elle Décor and at Garden & Gun magazine, where she writes a regular column, “The High & Low.” She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, where she writes a food column, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC. Reed grew up in the Mississippi Delta and began her career at Newsweek magazine’s Washington Bureau. For twenty years she was a contributing editor at Vogue, where her profile subjects included everyone from Oscar de la Renta, Robert Deniro, and Sister Helen Prejean to George and Laura Bush and Bill and Hillary Clinton. She is the author of multiple bestselling books; the latest, South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land, was released July 2018.


Natasha Trethewey portraitNatasha Trethewey, a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, is the author of five collections of poetry: Domestic Work (2000), Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002), Native Guard (2006)—winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry—Thrall, (2012), and Monument: Poems New and Selected (2018). In 2010 she published a book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Trethewey has served as poet laureate of Mississippi and for two terms as poet laureate of the United States. The Academy of American Poets recently named her to its Board of Chancellors, one of only 115 poets thus honored in its 73-year history. She is Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.


Portrait of Curtis WilkieCurtis Wilkie was born in Greenville, Mississippi, educated in public schools of Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Wilkie joined the staff of the Boston Globe in 1975 and served as a national and foreign correspondent for that paper until retirement at the end of the 2000 presidential campaign. He has served as visiting professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi since 2002. He was appointed to become the first Overby Fellow with the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi in 2007.


Carlyle Wolfe portraitCarlyle Wolfe makes oil paintings on panel and watercolors on paper based on drawings from observation of plants and landscape color studies. Wolfe has exhibited work throughout the South, including the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, David Lusk Gallery in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center; the University of Charleston; the Shaw Center for the Arts; the Mississippi Museum of Art; the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art; the University of Mississippi Museum; and Arkansas Arts Center. Her work was recently selected for the Art in Embassies Program at the US Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique. She lives in Oxford, works in her studio beside her home, and until recently taught part time at the University of Mississippi.



Reserved parking for symposium attendees will be available between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The “Media Tent Lot” is directly across from the Ford Center’s circular drive. ADA parking is available directly next to the Ford Center’s main entrance, or at the UM Museum with shuttle service to the Ford Center. If there are any specific parking concerns or needs, please contact the UM Museum at or 662-915-7073.

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The acquisition of William Dunlap’s artwork was supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, through the Avery B. Dille Jr. Fund for Art Acquisition, in memory of Mr. Avery B. Dille Sr., Mrs. Katherine T. Dille, and Avery B. Dille Jr. Friends of the Museum and the artist contributed to the acquisition. Friends of the Museum is sponsoring the exhibition, symposium, and related activities. Funding partially provided by the National Park Service.

Spring Family Activity Days!

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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.

Watercolor Wonders Family Day

Watercolor Wonders Family Day

10:00 a.m. – NOON (DROP-IN)
Families with children of all ages, join us as we explore our special exhibit, Visual Abundance: Realism in Watercolor, and experiment with watercolor painting.


Flock Together Family Day

Flock Together Family Day

10:00 a.m. – NOON (DROP-IN)
Families of a feather, flock together! Join us for this fun-filled family day inspired by our special exhibit The Art of Identification as we create a variety of projects inspired by our winged friends.


Questions? Contact Emily McCauley at or 662-915-7073.

Textile Conservation: A Career in the Field

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Reception at 6:00 p.m. and lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Guest Lecturer, Ann Svenson, Textile Conservator at 5 Oaks Conservation in Sherman Oaks, California.

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

January 24–27, 2019

413 S. 14th Street

An Evening with the Artist: George Tobolowsky

The Idea Factory, by George Tobolowsky, 2009

November 8, 2018

6:00 p.m.


George Tobolowsky George Tobolowsky has exhibited throughout the United States, India, Jerusalem, and Venice. His work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is in the permanent collection of museums and universities. He is currently exhibiting in the 2018 Venice Biennale for Architecture and Sculpture. George will discuss his career and current exhibition, A Long Road Back.

Harvest Supper

Harvest Supper 2018

  • Friends of the Museum Board of Directors 2018–2019

    John Hardy

    Diane Scruggs
    Vice President

    Medora Justus

    Mary Thompson

    Donna Gottshall
    Member At-Large

    Ann Abadie
    Nathan Adams
    Allyson Best
    Billy Chadwick
    Gayle Henry
    Amy Lowe Lewis
    Terry Lynn
    Rebecca Phillips
    Jodi Skipper
    Mary Soloman
    Linda Spargo
    Kathryn McGraw York

Hosted by the Friends of the University Museum

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

On the Grounds of Rowan Oak


The Friends of the Museum are excited to host the 8th annual Harvest Supper fundraiser at the home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner.

Harvest Supper is sold out, however, tickets may become available. If you’d like to be added to the waitlist for tickets, please contact Kate Wallace at or 662-915-7073.


Jonathan Kent Adams
Melanie Antonelli
Charlie Buckley
Langdon Clay
Maude Schuyler Clay
Ashleigh Coleman
Maysey Craddock
Ed Croom
Bill Dunlap
Ke Francis
John Haltom
Randy Hayes
Terry Lynn
Robert Malone
Philip Jackson
Billy Solitario
Brooke White
Carlyle Wolfe


A & N Catering
Elizabeth Heiskell


The University of Mississippi Steel Drum Band
Young Valley


Presenting Level

Madison Charitable Foundation

Diane and Dickie Scruggs

Platinum Level

Elizabeth and Will Galtney

The Self Foundation

Gold Level

Friends of Dorothy and Tom Howorth

Hardy Reed, LLC

Jet Engine Support, Inc.

Mary Sharp and Jim Rayner

Saint Leo

Amy and Zach Scruggs

Mary M. Thompson

Visit Oxford

Carol and Bill Windham

Wonderbird Spirits

Silver Level

Ann and Dale Abadie

Baptist Cancer Center

James Steven Blake

Cindy and Rusty Brown

Rex Harrison Brunt

Melissa Swetland and Danny Bulian

Ginny and Heyward Burnet

Clarence Chapman

Charter Road Hospitality, Inc.

Clark Development Group

Robin and John Cocke

Mary Ann and Steve Cockerham

Coleman Funeral Home

Dr. John Cook and Tammy Oliver-Cook

Sherry and Richard Cooper

Darrell Crawford

Trish and Jack Denton, Jr.

Jason Derrick

Kathryn and Curtis Downs

Marty and John Dunbar

Jan and Lawrence Farrington

Lassie and Harry Flowers

FNB Oxford

FNC | Corelogic

Martha Dale and Eddie Fritts

Mary Ann and Don Frugé

Reba and Lance Greer

Mary and Sam Haskell

William Haynes and Jon Massey

Gayle and Michael Henry

Holcomb Dunbar Attorneys

Howorth and Associates Architects

Hughes Brown, PLLC

J. E. Neilson Company

KTB Wealth Partners

Vikki and Price Johnson

Marla and Lowry Lomax

Rebecca and Billy Long

Olivia and Archie Manning

Mayo Mallette, PLLC

Bobby Jo and Robert McConnell

Susan and David McCormick

Becky and Ed Meek

Karen and Bruce Moore

Nancy and Ray Neilsen

Lori and Chris Newcomb

Oxford Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Ambassador John Palmer and Carol Puckett

Ready Law Office

Jodi and Claude Rives

R.J. Allen & Associates

Robert Seibels

Carolyn and Bill Simmons

Jane C. Thomas

Leigh Ann and Sean Tuohy

Douglas and Ralph Vance

Anne and Jerry Veazey

Marjorie and Beau Whittington

Bronze Level

Julia and Robert Aubrey

Dr. and Mrs. Rodney Baine

Lauren and Marc Beyers

Alicia and Jason Bouldin

Shawn and David Brevard

Cora and Jan Brusevold

Kaye H. Bryant

Byrne & Associates, PLLC

Rachel and David Calhoun

Gay and Steven Case

Julie and Billy Chadwick

Evelyn and Mike Donatelli

Edmondson Sage Dixon, PLLC

The End of All Music

Paige and Glen Evans

Anne and Dave Fair

Trudy Fisher

Jack Garner

Greg Thompson Fine Art

Lynn and James Grenfell

Laura Harper

Jane Henderson

Lenore and Mitt Hobbs

Elizabeth and Andy Howorth

Diala Chaney and Amanda Hyneman

Lori and Matthew Johnson

Sally and Jeff Justis

Gloria and Jerry Kellum

Tiffany Kilpatrick

Anna and Paul Koshenina

Amy and Slade Lewis

Little & Wilkinson Construction

Susan and Larry Martindale

Melody and John Maxey

Kyle McGrevey

Caroline and Cooper McIntosh

Carole Lynn and Joe Meadows

Susan and Tom Meredith

Donna and Charlie Merkel

Claire and Ric Miller

Susan and Guy Mitchell

Marye and Paul Moore

Oxford Treehouse Gallery

Charlotte Parks

Marianne and Steve Parks

Rebecca and Locke Phillips

Dana and Richard Pigford

Proud Larry, Inc.

Robert Saarnio

Sample & Poole Properties, LLC

Security Credit Services, LLC

Southside Art Gallery

Rose and Hubert Spears

Nancye B. Starnes

Patty and Pat Tatum

Melanie and Billy Thompson

Sonia and Wright Thompson

Trent Lott Leadership Institute

Laurie and Jeff Triplette

Trustmark Bank

Melody and John Webb

Brenda and Bill West

Kelly and Benjamin Wilkerson

Elizabeth and Alan Wolf


A&N Catering

Elizabeth Heiskel Catering

Cathead Vodka

Magnolia Rental

Magnolia Wine & Spirits

Oxford Floral

Jaime Aelavanthara Artist’s Lecture & Reception


Jaime Aelavanthara Artist’s Lecture & Reception

August 22, 2018

5:30 p.m.


Jaime Johnson Jaime Johnson Aelavanthara is a member of the faculty at the University of Tampa in Photography & Foundations. Johnson received her BFA from the University of Mississippi in Imaging Arts and her MFA in Photography from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. Johnson resides in Tampa, FL.

Her work is in public and private collections including the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and the International House Hotel in New Orleans. Her work is represented by SEITIES gallery in Calgary, Canada.

She will discuss her career and current exhibition, Where the Roots Rise.

EL: Where the Roots Rise Reception

Art + Exchange

Art + Exchange

Thursday, July 19, 2018
6:00 p.m.

413 S. 14th Street
Oxford, MS 38655

Join the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the University Museum, and the Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) at the Mississippi Museum of Art for a public dialogue to share stories, local histories, and aspirations for the community. Stories gathered will inform the future work of CAPE and could become the centerpiece of a public artwork in the community as part of a new series of artist-led, community-driven art projects in locations across Mississippi.

About CAPE:
The Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) is an initiative of the Mississippi Museum of Art supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. CAPE’s purpose is to use original artworks, exhibitions, programs, and engagements with artists to increase understanding and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi.

An Evening with the Artist: Philip Jackson

Still Life for the 21st Century

Pear, apples, cherries

June 7, 2018
5:30 p.m.

Philip JacksonIn conjunction with the current exhibit, The UnstillLife, featured artist and University of Mississippi professor, Philip Jackson, will lead a lecture, Still Life for the 21st Century, and gallery talk exploring still life painting in the modern art world.

An Evening with the Artist: Maysey Craddock

Deep the Well by Maysey Craddock

May 3, 2018
5:30 p.m.

Maysey Craddock will discuss her career and current exhibition, Ruin is a Secret Oasis.