Spring 2022 Exhibitions

Looking at Art

the great wave print

January 6 – February 4

Ever wondered about what goes into a well-designed work of art? This exhibition teaches viewers about visual design by examining various formal elements and principles of design used by artists.

Looking at Art


Recording History: Activist Art

print in red of a woman with a gun

January 6 – March 11

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote that “art is long…time is fleeting.” Socio-political events are often fleeting in today’s news cycle, but when an artist responds to that event through her/his artwork, history is forever recorded. This exhibition looks at a variety of artwork that responds to social and cultural inequities protested at various times in regional and national history.

Activist Art


Fever / Fever
Artwork by Lauren Cardenas

black and white images of cloth and human faces words: Fever/Fever written in middle of image

January 10 – February 4
Reception: January 13, 5:30 – 7:00pm

In this exhibition, Lauren Cardenas will feature an installation that investigates the duality of comfort and discomfort in human experience. Using a bed as a stage for the unconscious to play—whether through dreams, nightmares, or memories—it is a site of human vulnerability. Cardenas is an assistant professor of printmaking at the University of Mississippi.

Fever / Fever


Juried Student Exhibition

group of students indoors holding certificates

February 14 – March 4
Awards ceremony and reception: February 24, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Awards and scholarships are at stake as students show their artistic advancement in this annual exhibition.

Juried Student Exhibition


Primal Anecdote
Artwork by Jeffrey Hodges

painting of a man holding an archery bow

February 10 – March 25
Reception: February 17, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Painter Jeffrey Hodges explores the primitive rituals and ethereal experiences of modern gamekeeping in this exhibition. Hodges earned his MFA in studio art from the University of South Carolina and studied abroad at the International Centre of the Arts in Umbria, Italy. He is currently the Lead Instructor of Studio Art and Art History at East Central Community College.

Primal Anecdote


Juried Alumni Exhibition

ginkgo leaves on blue with the words: Juried Alumni Exhibit

March 9 – April 8
Reception: April 7

MUW alumni are invited to participate in this Homecoming showcase. Help us celebrate Homecoming by either submitting artwork for consideration or attending the exhibition.

Alumni Exhibition


Celebrating The W!

art print - silhouette of an owl with clocktower

March 21 – April 30

Paintings of The W and vintage photographs are featured in this collaboration between the MUW Galleries and the Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections. Georgia Wood is the guest curator of the archival photographs for this exhibition.

Celebrating The W


STEM + ART: Scientific Illustration
Guest curator: Joe A. MacGown

illustration of a beetle

March 31 – April 30
Reception: April 12, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are critical in today’s world, but it takes an artist to visually communicate STEM advancements to the public. Guest curator Joe A. MacGown, retired MSU entomologist, brings together a variety of STEM illustrators to highlight this field of art.The participating illustrators are Joe A. MacGown, Ashley Baker, Sam Beibers, Dylan Karges, Wes Neal, and Madison Rice.

STEM + Art


BFA Exhibition

two men and two women stand in front of a white backdrop

April 18 – May 6

Celebrate this capstone exhibition with our graduating seniors. This exhibition will feature the artwork of four graduating art majors: Amyah Kahey, Jamie Henderson, Sarah Gilliland and Javonte Guyton.

BFA Exhibition



Fall 2021 Exhibitions

The South: Then and Now

photo of hand holding iphone. historic photo of house on screen. modern house in background.

August 17 – September 30
Reception at Rosenzweig Arts Center (Columbus Arts Council), August 26, from 5:30 – 7:00pm. 501 Main Street, Columbus, MS.

Guest curator Birney Imes examines life in the south via the photographic medium in a dual exhibition with the Columbus Arts Council. The photographs are from the Do Good Fund, Inc., a Georgia public charity that collects and lends photographs by a range of photographers from Guggenheim Fellows to emerging artists. Imes has divided the exhibition time-wise, with the more contemporary photographs at the MUW Galleries and the more nostalgic works at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus.

Imes is a nationally and internationally recognized photographer with artwork in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, as well as many other collections. He has also published three photography books, featuring life in Mississippi.

The South: Then & Now


Southern Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection

painting of a person in a dress on a blue road.

August 15 – October 14

The MUW Galleries celebrates southern visual arts with this exhibition.  Highlights include artwork by Meg Aubrey, Birney Imes, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Nancy Cheairs, and many others.


Ian Childers: Recent Ceramics

Man standing next to three vases

August 15 – October 1

MUW ceramics professor Ian Childers recently returned from sabbatical residencies in both San Francisco and Sonoma County, California, which allowed him to experiment with different techniques from his usual crystalline glaze on porcelain. Childers began his sabbatical at the Bay Studios in San Francisco, but because of the extreme levels of the pandemic, he relocated to a 30-acre ranch in Sonoma County. Living an isolated life in the Redwood Forests along California’s coast forced him to explore more primitive options for his work.

Ian Childers: Recent Ceramics


Intersections of Gender and Place

Painting of a woman holding a gun.

October 6 – November 3

This exhibition series looks at women artists who live in the South and whose work, in some way, relates to gender issues and issues of (the Southern) place / culture. This year’s exhibition features artwork by Jaime Aelavanthara, Cynthia Buob, Denise Stewart Sanabria, and Rachel Wakefield.

Intersections of Gender and Place


A Question of Beauty

sketch of an older black woman with a scarf over her hair

October 13 – November 3

Representations of feminine beauty have long been a mainstay of art. Many times, the viewer accepts the artist’s concept of beauty without questioning the artist’s personal biases, intention, or even world view. This exhibition hopes to provoke the viewer to analyze the concept of feminine beauty through artworks from the permanent collection.

A Question of Beauty


Día de los Muertos installation

paper mache skulls and skeletons

October 18 – November 4

The community and campus will join together for the sevent annual Día de Muertos gallery exhibit as part of the recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month at Mississippi University for Women Galleries in Summer Hall. The Day of the Dead is traditionally one of the most important holidays in Mexico. The majority of the festivities take place between the evenings of Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. 

Traditional items like skulls, skeletons, candles, and tiny sculptures make up the Dia de Muertos collection that will be on display from Oct. 18 until Monday, Nov. 4. More than 50 paper mache skulls and flowers were contributed by art students to the display.

Día de los Muertos


European Prints from the Permanent Collection

abstract painting yellow background with blue center

October 21 – December 3

The MUW Galleries has a range of 19th- and 20th-century European prints in its collection, including works by such notable artists as Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, among others.  Most notable on display is the portfolio, entitled Ten by Appel, a collection of prints by the Dutch artist Karel Appel.

European Prints


Ketina Tutton: BFA Thesis Exhibition

woman in a yellow headscarf with hoop earrings

November 8 – December 3

Ketina Tutton, a graduating senior from West Point, will present her capstone exhibition, entitled “Ketina Tutton: BFA Thesis Exhibition,” at the Mississippi University for Women Galleries. She will graduate this semester with a BFA in studio arts (emphasis in graphic design).

BFA Thesis Exhibit


Mississippi Art from the Permanent Collection

blue abstract painting

November 8 – December 17

Mississippi has a rich tradition of visual arts, and this is an important focus of the permanent collection.  Many of the artworks in this exhibition are recent acquisitions.

Mississippi Art