The Mississippi Art Colony Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition
Marie Hull, A Tangle of Lillies, 1968, oil on canvas, 40 x 44 inches, collection of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas
This exhibition commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Mississippi Art Colony which began at Allison's Wells in Way, Mississippi. The year 1948 began a tradition of artists and teachers meeting together to paint, study, and critique each other's work. Since the beginning, the "Colony" has met in four different locations within the state. Many Colony members have fond memories of workshops held at Allison's Wells (1948-63), Stafford Springs Lodge and Dude Ranch, Heidelberg (1963-70), The Pinehurst Hotel, Laurel (1970-73), and finally at their home of 25 years at Camp Henry Jacobs in Utica (1973-98).
Curated by Hugh Williams, a long-time friend and teacher of the Mississippi Art Colony, the exhibition consists of works that represent award-winning artists over the past 50 years. Through the years, an astonishing amount of work has been produced at Colony sessions and some award winners have won numerous times. Colony records show Millie Howell as the artist who has won the most awards during her career as an artist and Colony member.
Since this exhibition serves as a celebration of the Mississippi Art Colony, it is only fitting that the exhibit travel to other areas of the state. The exhibition schedule includes the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (September 26 - November 22, 1998); George E. Ohr Arts and Cultural Center, Biloxi (March 1 - April 15, 1999); Cottonlandia Museum, Greenwood (May 1 - June 15, 1999); Tupelo Artist Guild Gallery, Tupelo (July 1- August 15, 1999); and the Canton Trolio Hotel, Canton (September 1 - November 8, 1999).
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