Dreams and Visions


After returning from the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS, the UM Museum displayed a selection
of Theora Hamblett’s rarely seen Dreams and Visions collection. Included in the exhibition is a newly gifted Dreams and Visions painting, which has never been displayed in a public venue. Birds in Flight was a gift from Kathryn and Brian Chivers in honor of their aunt, Mary Faith Brunson. Brunson, a 1944 University of Mississippi alumna, was the director of public relations of Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta, GA.  She also served on the board of directors of the American Booksellers Association from 1966 to 1976 and was the organization’s president from 1970 to 1972.

“We are so grateful to the Brunson family for their generosity in thinking of the Museum as a home for this piece.  It is a refreshing addition to the collection as the Dreams and Visions collection rarely gets gifted as they were usually retained by Theora as personal possessions or were personal gifts from Theora,” said Collections Manager Marti Funke.