A full spectrum of colorful artists of all kinds—from painters to poets to playwrights—have drawn their inspiration from living right here in our state. Find your own inspiration and stretch your imagination while exploring the arts and cultural attractions that place Mississippi on a world stage.
VISUAL ART AND MUSEUMS
As the cornerstone of Jackson’s downtown cultural district, the MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART houses a vast collection of American art from O’Keefe to Warhol, plus powerful pieces by Mississippi’s own talented artists. The ART GARDEN AT THE MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART, a 1.2-acre adjacent public green space, is filled with outdoor art installations and live performances are often held here. Art even abounds on the museum’s façade in the form of a pop culture-inspired mural by local artist WILLIAM GOODMAN that has become a popular Instagram shot backdrop. Nestled near the Natchez Trace in Ridgeland, the BILL WALLER CRAFT CENTER features traditional folk items like quilts and baskets as well as contemporary pieces including metal sculpture and handcrafted jewelry. A 19th-century building in downtown Vicksburg houses the H.C. PORTER GALLERY, where visitors are invited to explore the award-winning homegrown artist’s vibrant mixed-media paintings.
Famed architect Frank Gehry designed the striking OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART in Biloxi. Its Gulf-facing twisting steel buildings are filled with the works of local master potter George Ohr. Another local legend is the namesake of Ocean Springs’ WALTER ANDERSON MUSEUM OF ART, which pays homage to the painter’s colorful life spent capturing the beauty of nature along the coast. Walter Anderson’s brother Peter founded SHEARWATER POTTERY in Ocean Springs in 1928. Descendants still produce unique clay pieces at the studio. In Laurel, the LAUREN ROGERS MUSEUM OF ART is known for its collections of Native American baskets, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and British Georgian silver, as well as paintings by American and European artists. Laurel watercolorist Adam Trest opened ADAM TREST HOME as a retail destination for fans of his detailed illustrations, which grace everything from pillows and baby blankets to totes and mugs.