In partnership with the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Arts Commission will present the pop-up exhibit “MAC’s Traditional Arts Showcase” in the Trustmark Grand Hall at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Thursday, May 16, 2019, as part of the Museum After Hours series.
The exhibit features the work of seven traditional visual artists working in Mississippi, including Johnnie Smith (painter), Robert Pickenpaugh (potter), Bessie Johnson (basket maker), Greg Harkins (chair maker), Lyle Wynn (blacksmith), Alan Kolodny (wire tatter) and Coulter Fussell (quilter). Collectively, they represent the state’s rich and diverse artistic heritage. Individually, these artists demonstrate a mastery of traditional arts mediums.
All artists included in the exhibit have previously participated in MAC’s Folk Arts Fellowship grants program, the Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants program or the Bicentennial Folk Arts programming. These programs help ensure the survival of community-based traditional art forms in the state by providing support to artists as they create new work or pass down their traditions to the next generation.