The Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) recently announced the 42 artists participating in the 2021 Mississippi Invitational exhibition, a survey of recent works created by contemporary visual artists living and working in the state. Eleven artists from the area are included.
Area artists are Kira Cummings, Brenden Davis, Sue Carrie Drummond, Daniel Johnson, Christina McField, Chip Sheppard, Sabyna Strerrett, Kristen Tordella-Williams, Stacy Underwood, Greg Walker, and Chris Windfield.
On view August 14 through October 10, this year’s Mississippi Invitational works were selected by guest curator Danielle Burns-Wilson.
“To be invited to serve as guest curator for the Mississippi Museum of Art’s 2021 Invitational is already an honor, but to do so against the backdrop of all that is happening around us is even more meaningful,” stated Burns-Wilson.
Invitational artists will be eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship—a grant of up to $20,000 awarded to one artist. The recipient will be announced during an opening reception on August 13.
MMA Director Betsy Bradley said, “The might and fortitude of artists has always been an inspiration to me. In the face of all that is contrary, they summon the courage and strength to make something that speaks their truth to other people. And our communities are better for it. The 2021 Mississippi Invitational demonstrates that the power to make something beautiful, to survive, to connect with ideas and with others, can be stronger than the temptation to withdraw.”
A publication accompanying the exhibition will be available in The Museum Store.
During the month of August 2021, MMA will offer free admission as a way to welcome visitors back after the pandemic.
For more information, visit msmuseumart.org