The Mississippi Arts Commission is governed by a 15-member volunteer Board of Commissioners. Bringing expertise in the arts, business and community affairs, the Commissioners represent the citizens of Mississippi and are appointed by the governor to five-year terms. Generally, three new Commissioners are named each year.

The Commissioners meet quarterly to establish program objectives, recommend budgets, assess needs, evaluate program effectiveness and award grants. All Commission meetings are open to the public.


  • Carol Puckett, Jackson, Chair
  • Frank Bordeaux, Gulfport
  • Steve Edds, Ridgeland
  • Dottye Graham, Meridian
  • Laura Howell, Leland
  • Deborah Mansfield
  • Julie Martin, Meridian
  • Ada McGrevey, Decatur
  • Becky Montague, Hattiesburg
  • Frances Nelson, Madison
  • Jordan Perry, Jackson
  • Dominique Pugh, Brandon
  • Verna Ransom, Indianola
  • Marie Sanderson, Ocean Springs
  • Nicole Webb, Ocean Springs


The Commission gratefully acknowledges the support of the legislature of the State of Mississippi and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The agency appreciates the cooperation and encouragement of Mississippi officials including:

  • The Honorable Tate Reeves, Governor
  • The Honorable Delbert Hosemann, Lieutenant Governor
  • The Honorable Philip Gunn, Speaker of the House
  • The Honorable Briggs Hopson, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee
  • The Honorable John Read, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee