Lewis Art Gallery director, daniel johnson


Press Release

Mississippi Museum of Art Announces
2014 C3 Participatory Art Project
Facilitated by artist agency Significant Developments

(Jackson, Miss) … The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) recently hired local relational aesthetics agency Significant Developments to facilitate a research and development art work for their annual community engaged art series C3: Conversation. Creativity. Community.

Beginning this past December, Significant Developments is enacting their art work, Core Sample, a work of Significant Developments, LLC, as part of the C3 series. Core Sample is a process of community sampling, inviting Mississippians and visitors to submit symbols which reflect their individual identity. These symbols are transcribed onto clay bells which will be presented in resonance with each other as a public installation in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art (The Art Garden). The project is running through March 14, 2014.

The bell assembly line is fully participatory and is located inside the Entergy Classroom at the Museum operating Thursdays from 10 AM-2 PM, Saturdays from 1-5 PM, and during the entire week of Spring Break March 11-14.. The bell assembly line involves the public in the hand-built ceramic process, creating bells for the survey. People are invited to work at various stations along the line so as to be connected to the collection of bells rather than making their own individual bell. Symbols collected state-wide are inscribed onto the bells at the final station.

About Significant Developments
Significant Developments is a socially engaged art work acting within the legal framework of a limited liability company. Chief Aesthetics Officer daniel johnson leads a team of artists to facilitate communities and organizations in strategic advancement through capacity-building aesthetic interactions.


Alumna Sue Carrie Drummond

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Sue Carrie (2012), who just completed her first year in an MFA program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, exhibited a letterpress book April 12-May 4, 2014, in the juried show “Diversions” at Press Street’s Antenna Gallery on  St. Claude, organized by a book arts collective in New Orleans called SIFT (Sequence, Image, Form, Text). She also had a quilted book exhibited at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.



New York Trip!

Elise Smith, Professor of Art History, took six students (all art history majors or minors) and one parent to New York City May 4-8, and a wonderful time was had by all! We spent a day at the Museum of Modern Art, a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and half a day at the Brooklyn Museum (where we were given an amazing behind-the-scenes tour, including an hour in the conservation lab being shown various conservation projects in progress). Some of us made side trips to the Frick and the Guggenheim, and some managed to fit in one or two Broadway shows as well as a little shopping thrown in for good measure. In addition to mastering (?) the subway and bus system, we did a LOT of walking, the better to see some of that great city’s architecture!

Kappa Pi Art Honorary and Millsaps Art Club

The newly elected Kappa Pi officers for 2014-15 are Madeleine Calcote, President, and Liz Allen, Vice-President, and the Art Club officers will be Emily Simmons, President; Mary Frances Ivey, Vice-President; and Madeleine Calcote, Treasurer.  Congratulations! We look forward to an exciting year of student activity in the Art Department.

Intermediate Studio Art projects, Spring 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor Brandon Barr explained about these two projects:

“Sam’s piece involved climbing into a tent to watch a rear projected video she had created and Beccah’s was an interactive piece where you could throw darts at balloons that had video projected onto them of her and her friends’ faces. It was a great way to wrap up the year!”

Photo.Intermediate tent.Sam1

Photo.Intermediate balloons beccah3