Spring 2022 Exhibitions
Looking at Art
January 6 – February 4
Ever wondered about what goes into a well-designed work of art? This exhibition teaches viewers about visual design by examining various formal elements and principles of design used by artists.
Recording History: Activist Art
January 6 – March 11
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote that “art is long…time is fleeting.” Socio-political events are often fleeting in today’s news cycle, but when an artist responds to that event through her/his artwork, history is forever recorded. This exhibition looks at a variety of artwork that responds to social and cultural inequities protested at various times in regional and national history.
Fever / Fever
Artwork by Lauren Cardenas
January 10 – February 4
Reception: January 13, 5:30 – 7:00pm
In this exhibition, Lauren Cardenas will feature an installation that investigates the duality of comfort and discomfort in human experience. Using a bed as a stage for the unconscious to play—whether through dreams, nightmares, or memories—it is a site of human vulnerability. Cardenas is an assistant professor of printmaking at the University of Mississippi.
Juried Student Exhibition
February 14 – March 4
Awards ceremony and reception: February 24, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Awards and scholarships are at stake as students show their artistic advancement in this annual exhibition.
Artwork by Jeffrey Hodges
February 10 – March 25
Reception: February 17, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Painter Jeffrey Hodges explores the primitive rituals and ethereal experiences of modern gamekeeping in this exhibition. Hodges earned his MFA in studio art from the University of South Carolina and studied abroad at the International Centre of the Arts in Umbria, Italy. He is currently the Lead Instructor of Studio Art and Art History at East Central Community College.
Juried Alumni Exhibition
March 9 – April 8
Reception: April 7
MUW alumni are invited to participate in this Homecoming showcase. Help us celebrate Homecoming by either submitting artwork for consideration or attending the exhibition.
Celebrating The W!
March 21 – April 30
Paintings of The W and vintage photographs are featured in this collaboration between the MUW Galleries and the Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections. Georgia Wood is the guest curator of the archival photographs for this exhibition.
STEM + ART: Scientific Illustration
Guest curator: Joe A. MacGown
March 31 – April 30
Reception: April 12, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are critical in today’s world, but it takes an artist to visually communicate STEM advancements to the public. Guest curator Joe A. MacGown, retired MSU entomologist, brings together a variety of STEM illustrators to highlight this field of art.The participating illustrators are Joe A. MacGown, Ashley Baker, Sam Beibers, Dylan Karges, Wes Neal, and Madison Rice.
April 18 – May 6
Celebrate this capstone exhibition with our graduating seniors. This exhibition will feature the artwork of four graduating art majors: Amyah Kahey, Jamie Henderson, Sarah Gilliland and Javonte Guyton.
Fall 2021 Exhibitions
The South: Then and Now
August 17 – September 30
Reception at Rosenzweig Arts Center (Columbus Arts Council), August 26, from 5:30 – 7:00pm. 501 Main Street, Columbus, MS.
Guest curator Birney Imes examines life in the south via the photographic medium in a dual exhibition with the Columbus Arts Council. The photographs are from the Do Good Fund, Inc., a Georgia public charity that collects and lends photographs by a range of photographers from Guggenheim Fellows to emerging artists. Imes has divided the exhibition time-wise, with the more contemporary photographs at the MUW Galleries and the more nostalgic works at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus.
Imes is a nationally and internationally recognized photographer with artwork in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, as well as many other collections. He has also published three photography books, featuring life in Mississippi.
Southern Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection
August 15 – October 14
The MUW Galleries celebrates southern visual arts with this exhibition. Highlights include artwork by Meg Aubrey, Birney Imes, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Nancy Cheairs, and many others.
Ian Childers: Recent Ceramics
August 15 – October 1
MUW ceramics professor Ian Childers recently returned from sabbatical residencies in both San Francisco and Sonoma County, California, which allowed him to experiment with different techniques from his usual crystalline glaze on porcelain. Childers began his sabbatical at the Bay Studios in San Francisco, but because of the extreme levels of the pandemic, he relocated to a 30-acre ranch in Sonoma County. Living an isolated life in the Redwood Forests along California’s coast forced him to explore more primitive options for his work.
Intersections of Gender and Place
October 6 – November 3
This exhibition series looks at women artists who live in the South and whose work, in some way, relates to gender issues and issues of (the Southern) place / culture. This year’s exhibition features artwork by Jaime Aelavanthara, Cynthia Buob, Denise Stewart Sanabria, and Rachel Wakefield.
A Question of Beauty
October 13 – November 3
Representations of feminine beauty have long been a mainstay of art. Many times, the viewer accepts the artist’s concept of beauty without questioning the artist’s personal biases, intention, or even world view. This exhibition hopes to provoke the viewer to analyze the concept of feminine beauty through artworks from the permanent collection.
Día de los Muertos installation
October 18 – November 4
The community and campus will join together for the sevent annual Día de Muertos gallery exhibit as part of the recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month at Mississippi University for Women Galleries in Summer Hall. The Day of the Dead is traditionally one of the most important holidays in Mexico. The majority of the festivities take place between the evenings of Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.
Traditional items like skulls, skeletons, candles, and tiny sculptures make up the Dia de Muertos collection that will be on display from Oct. 18 until Monday, Nov. 4. More than 50 paper mache skulls and flowers were contributed by art students to the display.
European Prints from the Permanent Collection
October 21 – December 3
The MUW Galleries has a range of 19th- and 20th-century European prints in its collection, including works by such notable artists as Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, among others. Most notable on display is the portfolio, entitled Ten by Appel, a collection of prints by the Dutch artist Karel Appel.
Ketina Tutton: BFA Thesis Exhibition
November 8 – December 3
Ketina Tutton, a graduating senior from West Point, will present her capstone exhibition, entitled “Ketina Tutton: BFA Thesis Exhibition,” at the Mississippi University for Women Galleries. She will graduate this semester with a BFA in studio arts (emphasis in graphic design).
Mississippi Art from the Permanent Collection
November 8 – December 17
Mississippi has a rich tradition of visual arts, and this is an important focus of the permanent collection. Many of the artworks in this exhibition are recent acquisitions.