Celebrating Mississippi's Bicentennial | 200 years | 1817 - 2017

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Celebrating 200 years of Mississippi history and the state's bright future.

The Bicentennial will be celebrated all year long, from the three marquee Mississippi Bicentennial Celebrations to events large and small in communities all around the state. As Mississippians come together around a shared history, keep up with celebrations from the Gulf Coast to the River, and through the Pines, Delta and Hills regions here.

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Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities

May 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am - May 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

To celebrate Mississippi’s Bicentennial year, the Mississippi Museum of Art curates exhibitions from its collection for twelve host venues across the state. These exhibitions feature artworks by regionally acclaimed artists – past and present – including Walter Anderson, William Dunlap, William Ferris, Ke Francis, Marie Hull, Hystercine Rankin, and Sulton Rogers, among many others. Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities provides residents throughout the state with an opportunity to enjoy high-quality exhibitions from the Museum’s permanent collection in their own communities, to reflect on the rich heritage of Mississippi’s visual arts, and to contemplate the meaning of the bicentennial moment.

Art Across Mississippi is organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and made possible through the support of the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Art Across Mississippi exhibitions are companions to Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, the latest in The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series. This landmark exhibition includes more than 135 artworks interpreting the state’s rich artistic legacy over two centuries, brought home to the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. Picturing Mississippi will be on view Dec. 9, 2017- July 8, 2018 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

The schedule for Art Across Mississippi is as follows:

A Social Art: Mississippi Art in the Early 20th Century, May 6 – June 16, 2017
McComb Public Library – Pike County Arts Council, McComb, MS 

Narratives of the Land, June 16 – August 19, 2017
Charleston Arts Center – CARE (Charleston Arts and Revitalization Effort), Charleston, MS

Home and Away: On the Road with Marie Hull, June 8 – July 27, 2017
Fielding L. Wright Arts Center – Delta State University, Cleveland, MS 

Eudora Welty’s Women, August 1 – September 9, 2017
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Port Gibson, MS 

Narratives of the Land, September 1 – October 14, 2017
McComas Hall Art Gallery – Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS 

More than Meets the Eye: The Art of the Mississippi Blues, September 8 – October 20, 2017
E. E. Bass Cultural Arts Center – Greenville Arts Council, Greenville, MS 

A Social Art: Mississippi Art in the Early 20th Century, September 15 – October 27, 2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gautier, MS 

Voices in the Threads: Quilts from the Mississippi Museum of Art, January – February, 2018
Union County Heritage Museum, New Albany, MS 

Formal Explorations: Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection , December, 2017 – March, 2018
GumTree Museum of Art, Tupelo, MS 

Southern Gothic: Spiritual Sites and Evocative Spaces in Mississippi Art, February 1 – March 15, 2018
Historic Jefferson College, Natchez, MS 

A Social Art: Mississippi Art in the Early 20th Century, February 9 – March 23, 2018
Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS 

Fine/Folk: Modes of Representation in African American Art,  March 12 – May 19, 2018
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS


May 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am
May 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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