New exhibit brings spotlight to its own

Miller Art Gallery presents selections from Permanent Collection

For the new year, Selections from the Permanent Collection, curated by Meridian Community College Art Instructor John Marshall, features not only artwork from the MCC Miller Art Gallery collection but also highlights the people who donated the work.

Community residents are welcomed to see this show that features paintings, pottery, sculpture and more when it opens Monday, Jan. 14.

“This is but one of many art exhibits to come to the MCC Miller Art Gallery that focuses on the people who give of their love for art so that many others can enjoy it as well,” Marshall said.

In this show, many of the works were donated by art patrons, collectors, the artist themselves and from the MCC Art Students League/club.  A large portion of this exhibit was donated in 1993 by Meridian artist and collector Mildred Keen.  “Mildred was a wonderful artist who painted everything from still life to portraits.   I remember her fondly as a beautifully spirited woman with a love for art and gifted with numerous stories about herself and all the artist’s she knew, of which several are in the collections of large art museums like the Mississippi Museum of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and many others,” Marshall said.

Other highlights of the exhibit are donations of artworks by Mr. and Mrs. James O. Sparks of Madison, Robert Hale of Meridian, William Wegman of New York City, Homer Casteel of Meridian, Ian Childers, art professor at the Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Walter Anderson of Ocean Springs, (Shearwater Pottery), Clo Ann Rabb of Meridian, Robert Evans of Meridian and by Marshall as well.

Also in the exhibit are works by April Gornik of New York, Karl Wolfe of Mississippi, Kent Allen of Enterprise, Terry Cherry of Porterville.  Several other artists’ works that are in the show that were purchased or donated include Johnnie Merle Jones, Cornelia T. Mitchell, Andrew Young (Pearl River Glass Studio), Laurie Simmons of New York, Dr. Edward Carlos, retired professor of art at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., and much more.

“This show is truly a gem to see and experience.  So much has been given to the MCC Art Department over the last several years that we now have a strong collection of artwork to share back with the community and supporters of this college,” Marshall said.

Marshall credits patrons and donors in contributing to the MCC Permanent Collection. “I would like to thank all the patrons/donors of art to this outstanding college in helping to create a meaningful and educational permanent collection,” he said.

Anyone wishing to donate quality artworks to the Miller Art Gallery is encouraged to contact Marshall at MCC, 601.484.8647. To be added to the Miller Art Gallery’s email mailing list for upcoming art events, send an email to jmarshal@meridiancc.edu.

The show will be on display through Feb. 7.  Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

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