Fletcher Cox benches

The department is absolutely delighted to showcase the beautiful new sculptural benches in the Lewis Art Gallery, made this past summer by the nationally-known woodworker Fletcher Cox. Fletcher is a long-time resident of Tougaloo, MS, whose work is in the permanent collection of the White House in Washington, D.C., and the Mississippi Museum of Art, among other museums. His public commissions include pieces (often large–scale interior woodworking) in the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, the Mississippi Craft Center, the Federal Courthouse in Jackson, and the Eudora Welty Library, as well as various churches in Mississippi and Alabama. Fletcher won the Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement in 2006. When asked in an interview where he gets the ideas for his work, Fletcher responded, “Ruminations on the human condition” – exactly what we want to be happening in our gallery! An excellent article on Fletcher can be found here: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2010/sep/08/fletcher-cox-negotiates-with-nature/


Press Release from the National Gallery of Art, Washington


WASHINGTON, DC, March 16, 2012 – The National Gallery of Art announces the launch today of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection at http://images.nga.gov/. This repository of digital images documenting the National Gallery of Art collections allows users to search, browse, share, and download images believed to be in the public domain.

“As the Gallery marks its 71st anniversary, it is fitting that we introduce NGA Images and an accompanying open access policy, which underscore the Gallery’s mission and national role in making its collection images and information available to scholars, educators, and the general public,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “In turn this supports research, teaching, and personal enrichment; promotes interdisciplinary research; and nurtures an appreciation of all that inspires great works of art.”

Many of the open access images have been digitized with the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.


Designed by Gallery experts to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration, NGA Images features more than 20,000 open access digital images, up to 3,000 pixels each, available free of charge for download and use. The resource is easily accessible through the Gallery’s website, and a standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts.

Users may search by keyword in the Quick Search box on the home page of NGA Images, or they may browse the regularly updated “featured” image collections prepared by Gallery staff on topics such as 19th-century French art or frequently requested works.

Other features for users include the ability to create one or more “lightboxes,” or images sets, and to save, share, and download multiple images at a time. Users may add individual labels and notes to their lightboxes or to images within them. Links to users’ customized lightboxes may be shared via e-mail or may be copied and pasted to social media sites.

Users may freely browse the NGA Images website and download screen- and lecture-size images without registering an account. Registration is required to use certain features of the NGA Images website, including saving and sharing lightboxes and e-mailing image links to others. Additionally, registration is required to fulfill certain image requests including direct downloads of reproduction-ready images.

Open Access Policy for Images of Works of Art Presumed in the Public Domain

With the launch of NGA Images, the National Gallery of Art implements an open access policy for digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in the public domain (those not subject to copyright protection). Under the open access policy, users may download any of these images free of charge and without seeking authorization from the Gallery for any use, commercial or non-commercial.

The Gallery’s open access policy is a natural extension of its mission to serve the United States of America by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. In applying the policy in a global digital environment, the Gallery also expands and enhances its educational and scholarly outreach. The Gallery believes that increased access to high-quality images of its works of art fuels knowledge, scholarship, and innovation, inspiring uses that continually transform the way we see and understand the world of art.

View the full Open Access Policy at http://images.nga.gov/openaccess.

“Cocoon” at Millsaps ~ 03/02/2012

On Friday, March 2nd at 7pmDaniel Johnson will be giving a short presentation on Cocoon Jackson in the Christian Center Lounge as part of a 1 Campus 1 Community organizational meeting.

Cocoon Jackson is an interactive community art installation in the art garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Artist Kate Brown brings this international project to Jackson to engage our community in dialog through art. Taking place over the course of 2 weeks in March, this project invites participation for all members of the greater Jackson community in building the large cocoon, creating small individual cocoons, walking in a procession of the cocoon skins through downtown Jackson, and lending their voice to a vision for Jacksons future. To learn more about all the different ways to be involved, join local field coordinator Daniel Johnson in the Christian Center Lounge Friday, March 2th at 7pm for a presentation on the event.

Please visit the project website to learn more:

Cocoon Jackson, March 12-24, 2012
Click here for Events, Dates and Times in Jackson, MS
Click here for the Cocoon Jackson Project Overview
Click here the learn How to … make a Little Cocoon in Jackson, MS

Daniel Johnson on “Cocoon” ~ 02/22/2012

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 7:30pm until 10:30pm
WHERE: The Night Gallery at Java Ink

Join Daniel Johnson as he presents the international installation project of artist Kate Browne. Kate will join with the Jackson, Mississippi community to create a cocoon in the Rock Garden at the MS Museum of Art. Learn how you can be a part of this meaningful event and how you can create your own “mini-cocoon” to hang in the larger structure. Please visit the project website to learn more. This is a great opportunity for the Greater Jackson Area!

Dorothea Tanning and Mike Kelley

Dorothea Tanning, pioneering Surrealist
Mike Kelley: The Glass Bottomed Grotto








The Surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning died on February 1, 2012 at the age of 101.  A painter and a poet, Tanning was married to the artist Max Ernst. More from New York Magazine.

Mike Kelley, a conceptual artist and musician, died today.  His work was associated with “abject art,” using ordinary objects to create disturbing assemblages and installations. More from The Guardian