University Museum Gets Moving in the Great Outdoors

Let's Move! Family Activity Day explores art and nature with activities on Bailey's Woods Trail

The UM Museum is hosting Let's Move! Family Activity Day on Saturday, April 18.

The UM Museum is hosting Let’s Move! Family Activity Day this weekend.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Museum and Baptist Memorial Hospital- North Mississippi are teaming up to bring art alive in nature during this weekend’s Family Activity Day.

Fun for the entire family awaits with activities exploring art and nature along the Bailey’s Woods Trail during the Let’s Move! Family Activity Day, set for Saturday (April 18). The drop-in event runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

The fun begins in the museum parking lot and continues down the trail all the way to Rowan Oak. It is free to the public, and transportation is provided back to the museum. Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi is sponsoring the Let’s Move! Family Activity Day.

“Let’s Move! Family Activity Day is one of our most anticipated events of the year,” said Emily McCauley, the museum’s curator of education. “We take the museum outdoors as we create art and explore museum themes all along the Bailey’s Woods Trail. The trail is an important asset to the museum and Rowan Oak, and we are so thrilled to have the support of Baptist Memorial Hospital- North Mississippi to make this unique event possible.”

In 2011, the University Museum joined the Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens initiative, overseen by the National Institute of Museum and Library Services. Let’s Move! was launched in 2010 by first lady Michelle Obama to help combat childhood obesity. Institutions participating in Let’s Move! encourage their communities to fight childhood obesity using interactive exhibits and outdoor spaces.

The museum is trying to keep Family Activity Days free for all children by launching a fundraising campaign this month on the crowdfunding platform Ignite Ole Miss. The goal is $6,000 to keep Family Activity Days free for three years.

“We want to make sure Family Activity Days are accessible for all families,” said Rebecca Phillips, the museum’s communications coordinator. “In the month of April, we hope families and businesses will donate and support to help us reach our goal and give children in the community a constant creative outlet for years to come.”

The museum has raised $2,500 of its $6,000 goal, but is looking for more support. Anyone interested in making a contribution can donate online at  https://ignite.olemiss.edu/ or make their contribution directly to the museum. To keep up with museum events, follow it on Facebook or Twitter, or visit the museum website.

For more information about Let’s Move! Family Activity Day, contact Emily McCauley at esdean@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7073. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

UM Museum’s Master Gardener Lecture Series Begins April 9

The Master Gardener Lecture Series will begin April 9 at the University Museum.

The Master Gardener Lecture Series begins April 9 at the University Museum.

The University of Mississippi Museum is once again teaming with the Master Gardeners of Lafayette County to host the 2015 Master Gardeners Spring Lecture Series throughout April.

The series features guest speakers, such as landscaping and gardening experts, to offer tips about gardens and gardening.

The first lecture, set for April 9, will feature guest speaker and master gardener Susan Tackett. In “Booms Gone Wild,” she will discuss the basics of gardening, including sun, shade, watering tips and container gardening.

Each event runs from noon to 1 p.m. at the University Museum. More information is available on the museum website.

Here’s the remaining schedule:

April 16 – “Beyond Azaleas” with Carol Reese

April 23 – “Challenges of a Difficult Landscape” with Joe Ann Allen

April 30 – “Applying Sustainable Design Guidelines to our Local Landscape” with Damian Augsberger and Jenny Long

The University Museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

UM Museum Launches Fundraising Campaign for Free Family Activity Days

The University Museum is hoping to raise $6,000 to host Free Family Activity Days for three years.

The University Museum is hoping to raise $6,000 to host Free Family Activity Days for three years.

With your help, the University of Mississippi Museum soon could offer free Family Activity Days for three years to the Oxford community. The UM Museum is launching a 30-day Ignite Ole Miss crowdfunding campaign today (April 1), with a campaign goal of raising $6,000.

To contribute to the campaign, go to https://ignite.olemiss.edu/project/54b6e0f9092065055ac7f898.

Family Activity Days are hosted two to three times a semester and are often based on themes from special traveling exhibits at the University Museum. Families enjoy a variety of activities led by museum education interns, along with refreshments.

The program has grown tremendously over the last few years, and more than 800 children participated in Family Activity Days in 2014. The projected cost of offering Family Activity Days free to families is $2,000 per year. Your generosity can help make these family days accessible for many deserving children and families.

The last few Family Activity Days were sponsored by the Children’s Dental Center, and the museum’s vision is to continue offering these events and reach many more families without any cost limitations.

“We want to make sure Family Activity Days are accessible for all families,” said Rebecca Phillips, the museum’s communications coordinator. “In the month of April, we hope families and businesses will donate and support to help us reach our goal and give children in the community a constant creative outlet for years to come.”

Come experience the fun April 18 for the Let’s Move Family Activity Day, running from 10 a.m. to noon and sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Families will explore nature and participate in outdoor activities from the museum to Rowan Oak along the Bailey Woods Trail.

Please consider donating to create lasting memories for families as they travel through time, explore new cultures, make new discoveries on our outdoor trail and create art together at the University Museum.

Follow the progress on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the word using #FREEFAMILYDAYS.

Viewers Encouraged to Study ‘Brief Encounters’ at UM Museum

'Brief Encounters' to debut later this month at the University of Mississippi Museum.

‘Brief Encounters’ is debuting this month at the University of Mississippi Museum.

The University of Mississippi Museum is debuting a brand new exhibit this month. “Brief Encounters” by Martin Arnold is a collection of nearly life-size oil paintings of human subjects. Viewers will be left in awe as the paintings, as clear as photographs, capture their attention.

Arnold, originally from Michigan, has lived in Mississippi for eight years. He received his undergraduate degree in art education from Mississippi University for Women and a master’s degree in fine arts from UM.

For 37 years, Arnold’s career was designing automation machinery for the automotive industry before he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of figure painting. In addition to painting, he teaches art at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle Campus.

“The human figure, in all of its expressiveness, is the language that I use to graphically parse our mental, physical and spiritual human facets,” Arnold said.

Arnold’s subjects include people of all ages, ethnicities and genders, and his goal is to make viewers wonder about the subjects, as he does while painting them, asking “Who is this person?” and “What is going through this person’s mind?”

“With little else to ponder, the viewer’s attention is left to linger on the stark humanity of the person before them,” he said. “Viewers must become incrementally aware that my subjects reciprocate their curiosity and scrutiny. Metaphorically, my paintings function as psychological mirrors, wherein viewers may recognize and examine aspects of their own psyche in its penetrating, unrelenting reflection.”

Arnold adds that the intention of his painting, unlike conventional portraiture, is to probe both the individuality of the subjects as well as common traits that bring everyone together.

“Martin Arnold’s figural paintings are extraordinary representations of the human form and his work has received numerous regional and national awards,” said Robert Saarnio, UM Museum director. “As an artist, Arnold strives to create ‘a psychological mirror’ with his almost life-sized oil paintings. The University Museum is honored to exhibit the work of this deeply talented north Mississippi artist.”

The exhibit is up for viewing through May in the Lower Skipwith Gallery. A grand opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. during the monthly Oxford Art Crawl on Tuesday (March 24). Arnold will also give a lecture about his exhibit at noon Wednesday (March 25) at the University Museum as part of the Brown Bag lecture series.

In his lecture, Arnold will describe how he approaches his paintings as psychological studies and how they differ from portraits. He wants viewers to study the paintings and sense that the subjects are returning their scrutiny.

The University Museum is offering free entry as part of its celebration of 75 years of service to the community. The UM Museum is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about exhibits, how to become a museum member and other activities, visit the museum website.

Museum’s Buie Bacchanalia Raises Project Awareness

The Buie Bacchanalia event was filled with fun, food and dancing and was a huge success for the University Museum.

The Buie Bacchanalia event was filled with fun, food and dancing and was a huge success for the University Museum.

Last month, the Friends of the University of Mississippi Museum hosted the Buie Bacchanalia event to raise awareness of the pre-installation of the museum’s Mary Buie wing, and it was a huge success.

Attendees experienced a night filled with Greek food, wine and dancing.

“The Buie Bacchanalia event to celebrate the ongoing project of reinstalling the museum’s Greek and Roman antiquities in our signature 1939 building was a massive success,” said Robert Saarnio, the museum’s director. “Its capacity attendance speaks volumes about the growing awareness of these collections being the finest and largest of their type in the entire South. The event built community and regional enthusiasm for one of the most significant exhibition projects in the museum’s 75-year history.”

The museum is home to the David M. Robinson Memorial Collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, one of the finest of its kind in the nation. The collection includes more than 2,000 items. Unfortunately, only 134 of those are on display. The reinstallation of the original Mary Buie wing will remedy that, allowing for more space to show these unique items.

The night brought the community together, and the museum staff looks forward to ongoing support for the project, said Rebecca Phillips, the museum’s communications coordinator.

The next big event planned by the Friends of the Museum is the third annual Harvest Supper this fall on the grounds of Rowan Oak. The event has become an Oxford tradition. Patrons will enjoy a beautiful night at William Faulkner’s home with local dishes and entertainment, as well as an opportunity to purchase paintings at auction. All money raised will support museum projects.

To donate to either of these projects or to get more information about supporting the museum, visit the website or contact the UM Museum at 662-915-3181.

UM Museum, Meek Hall Featured in Monthly Oxford Art Crawl

Lee Renninger's A Light Passage will be featured at the UM Museum during the January Art Crawl.

Lee Renninger’s ‘A Light Passage’ will be featured at the University Museum during the January Art Crawl.

Art crawl season returns today (Jan. 27) with the first Oxford Arts Crawl of 2015. The free event kicks off at 6 p.m. with plenty of exhibits spanning a wide range of visual arts.

The University of Mississippi Museum will feature Lee Renniger’s “A Light Passage,” which uses ceramics to portray elements of the garden. This will also be the last opportunity to view “Bloomingdale’s Fashion Touchdown: NFL Haute Couture Helmets,” featuring unique football helmets created by world-famous designers.

Also on campus, Gallery 130 in Meek Hall will feature Cliff Tresner’s “Notes from the Road.” Tresner earned his MFA from Ole Miss in 1994, and his exhibit features sculpture, painting and drawings that he says balances functional crafts, such as furniture design, with fine art practices.

Here’s what you can find at the other stops:

The Powerhouse Community Arts Center will feature a fiber arts show of quilts from Piecemakers Quilters Guild of Lafayette County. City Grocery will feature works from Tammy Oliver Cook, and Frame Up Gallery will feature Jeri Carter and Lisa Paris. Southside Gallery will feature various artists from around the region.

Art Crawl participants can park at one spot and the double-decker bus will shuttle art them to all the exhibits.

Art crawls are set for the fourth Tuesday of each month, so upcoming crawls will be held Feb. 24, March 24 and April 28.

The University Museum, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Gallery 130, Southside Gallery and Community Trust Bank are sponsoring the events.

Museum Mini Masters Make Masterpieces

The UM Museum's Mini Master's program allow children to create works of art with their parents.

The UM Museum’s Mini Master’s program allow children to create works of art with their parents.

Young artists are invited to unlock their creativity this semester at the University of Mississippi Museum. The museum, in conjunction with the Powerhouse Community Arts Center, is hosting Mini Masters, a drop-in workshop series for toddlers and their parent or guardian.

The workshops give children ages 2 to 5 chances to create their own little masterpieces using works from renowned artists as inspiration. Tuesday workshops are at Powerhouse, ant the University Museum hosts the Thursday sessions.

Each workshop is $5 per family, and no pre-registration is needed. Sessions are from 3:45 to 4:40 p.m.

Workshop themes for the spring are:

Feb. 10, Powerhouse: Eric Carle-Style Mixed-up Animal Collages

Feb. 26, UM Museum: Messy Monet Prints

March 26, UM Museum: Under the Sea: Walter Anderson and Me

April 14, Powerhouse: Corduroy the Bear Paintings and Collages

April 30, UM Museum: Theora Hamblett’s Spring Games

May 12, Powerhouse: Olivia Splash Paintings

For more information, contact the University Museum at 662-915-7073 or the Powerhouse at 662-236-6429.

UM Museum Unveils 2014 Collectible Keepsake

William Faulkner's Hollywood typewriter design celebrates his screenwriting period

The University Museum unveiled its annual ornament, this year featuring a design of William Faulkner's typewriter.

This year’s University Museum ornament features a design of William Faulkner’s typewriter.

OXFORD, Miss. – For the 14th year, the University of Mississippi Museum is offering a new collectible keepsake for the holiday season. This year’s design features the typewriter that William Faulkner used while writing screenplays in Hollywood in the 1930s and ’40s.

Altogether, Faulkner wrote 20 screenplays, notably including “To Have and Have Not,” “Gunga Din” and “The Big Sleep.” The typewriter eventually came into the care of Nancy Norris-Kniffin, a Faulkner scholar who in turn gifted it to Rowan Oak. Visit Rowan Oak to see it for yourself and to learn more about Faulkner’s work in Hollywood.

Faulkner’s Hollywood typewriter keepsake is available for $25, plus tax. Previous collectible keepsakes are also available and are 50 percent off for a limited time during the holidays. These designs feature the Barnard Observatory, Old Skipwith House, Brandt Memory House, Ventress Hall, Lafayette County Courthouse, Oxford City Hall, the Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Jersey, William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, Theora Hamblett House, Theora Hamblett’s “Christmas Trees” and Walk of Champions.

The collectible keepsakes can be purchased at the museum store or by calling 662-915-7073. Orders to be shipped before the holidays must be placed by Dec. 12 and require a shipping and handling fee.

For more gift ideas, check out our other items in the museum store, such as the official Rowan Oak scarf or the Theora Hamblett puzzle.

Museum members receive a 10 percent discount on all merchandise in the museum store.

The University Museum is at the intersection of University Avenue and Fifth Street. Hours for the museum and shop are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.  For more information, visit http://museum.olemiss.edu or call 662-915-7073.

UM Museum Launches New Program for Middle Schoolers and Teens

Workshops combine art projects, music and milkshakes

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Museum is launching a new after-school program for students in grades 6-12. One Friday a month, the museum will offer a workshop featuring a mashup of two different artists or styles into one fun project that allows students to explore new media, techniques and forms of art.

These workshops are led by a team of university students eager to work with younger students as they explore their creativity. To add to the fun, museum workers will play music and make milkshakes as a delicious after-school treat as participants create their own works of art.

“We know as kids reach the middle school and teen years their schedules get packed with different activities and commitments, so we wanted to offer an easy, registration-free opportunity for teens to explore their artistic voices and experience the museum in new ways,” said Emily Dean, the museum’s curator of education.

The workshops will be held this semester from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 21. The cost for each workshop is $10 per participant, which includes milkshakes and art materials for the projects. Pre-registration is not required, but space is limited, so participants are encouraged to contact Dean at esdean@olemiss.edu to reserve a space.

The University Museum, which is celebrating 75 years of exhibition and service to the community, is at the intersection of University Avenue and Fifth Street. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. For more information, visit http://museum.olemiss.edu or contact Dean at esdean@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7073.

Fall Football Touchdown! Kicks Off at UM Museum

Semester's first family day features fun activities for all

Local children enjoy painting outside the UM Museum.

Local children enjoy painting outside the UM Museum.

OXFORD, Miss. – Football season is in full swing, and the University of Mississippi Museum is getting into the spirit with a new exhibit featuring one-of-a-kind football helmets, entitled “Bloomingdale’s Fashion Touchdown,” and a fun day of family activities inspired by it.

The helmets were created by world-famous fashion designers for an auction to benefit the NFL Foundation. The museum’s first Family Day of the semester is inspired by this fun, family-friendly exhibit. Kids can design their own football helmets, participate in an obstacle course and taste healthy tailgating snacks. Families can pick up spirit gear and prizes donated by Ole Miss Athletics, meet surprise guests and enter a raffle to win free Ole Miss football tickets.

The event runs 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (Sept. 20) at the museum. Families can drop in any time within the two hours; this event is free and registration is not required. All ages are welcome, although children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children show off art projects they made at the museum.

Children show off art projects they made at the museum.

This event is supported by the UM Department of Athletics and is part of the museum’s involvement in the “Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens Initiative.”

“This exhibit and family day are very different than what many may expect to see at the museum, but we are so excited for the opportunity to celebrate fall, football and art all in one fun day for families,” said Emily Dean, curator of education. “We have been really fortunate to have wonderful partners in athletics who have added to the spirit and fun of this event.”

The University Museum, which is celebrating 75 years of exhibition and service to the community, is at the intersection of University Avenue and Fifth Street. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. For more information, visit http://museum.olemiss.edu or contact Dean at esdean@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7073.