Picturing Mississippi, 1817–2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise
Mississippi Museum of Art
December 9, 2017 – July 8, 2018
The centerpiece of the Museum’s bicentennial initiatives, Picturing Mississippi commemorates and celebrates the 200th anniversary of statehood for Mississippi, admitted to the Union on December 10, 1817, as the 20th state. Its aesthetic goal is to assemble original artworks in various media of the highest quality to illuminate the perception and depiction of Mississippi over more than two centuries. With more than 175 works by more than 100 different artists, the exhibition is unprecedented in the history of Mississippi. A great many of these works will be lent by prestigious national institutions such as the Harvard University Art Museums; the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Featured will be individual masterpieces by artists seldom exhibited in the state, including George Caleb Bingham, Robert Indiana, James Audubon, Louis Bahin, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry – as well as a plethora of works by native Mississippians such as James Tooley, Jr., Eudora Welty, William Dunlap, and Randy Hayes.
M3 | Methods, Materiality & Making
Carrie Iverson & Jeremy Scidmore
Kilnforming & Printmaking
Register: Pilchuck Glass School
July 8 – 25, 2018
What are our methods of creative practice? How can we develop an individualized approach to process through material research? In M3, we’ll explore these questions through focused experimentation in a wide range of materials (glass, metal, paper & print). Each student will then fine-tune their approach to making through careful observation and an individualized methodology. Our group focus will be producing new strategies for the conceptualization and adoption of cohesive yet tangential approaches to the process of creation. Techniques to inspire this process will include digital and analog 2d image creation, screen printing and lithographic transfer processes using glass powders and vitreous enamels on glass and steel, as well as complementary experiments in Pilchuck’s print studio. Field research, daily assignments, readings, and group discussions will support each individual’s creative goals.
Collagraph: Chance Investigations
Register: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
August 30 – September 2, 2018
During this course students explore collagraphs, a unique hybrid of collage and printmaking especially susceptible to unexpected marks and textures in the print matrix. You will cut up and recombine materials such as wax, carborundum, acrylic mediums, fabric, leaves, stencils, string, netting, and grass to create a series of interrelated work. Other methods participants will undertake include incising plexiglass plates with a variety of power tools and discovering experimental weathering in Arrowmont’s natural environment. In addition to pursuing individual experiments, we’ll also look at examples of contemporary artists’ use of chance as a tool for reference and inspiration. Open to all skill levels.