Conservator Completes Work on Three Marble Busts at UM Museum

Amy Jones Abbe's weeklong residency also included lectures and public presentations

Conservator Amy Jones Abbe gives the Bust of an Unknown Roman a careful cleaning as part of her residency at University Museum. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – Amy Jones Abbe, one of the country’s most respected conservators of Greek and Roman sculpture, enjoyed a brief residency at the University of Mississippi Museum last week.

The Athens, Georgia, resident divided her time between restoring three busts in the museum’s David M. Robinson Greek and Roman Antiquities Collection and speaking about her work to inquisitive Ole Miss and local elementary school students.

“This has been a real pleasure for me,” Abbe said, taking a brief break from cleaning the Bust of an Unknown Roman, a marble head dating to 90-120 A.D. in Tivoli, Italy. “I love working on ancient antiquities, and was thrilled when I was extended the invitation to come here.

“The Robinson Collection has a lot of great pieces. I don’t find many such collections in the South, so this makes me very happy.”

With a lighted magnifying glass mounted to her own head and small vials containing various cleaning solutions nearby, Abbe gave painstakingly slow and meticulous care to the bust as it laid on a gurney in the museum’s Mary Buie Gallery. She explained the conservation treatment process.

“I begin with a surface cleaning, followed by testing a range of cleaning options, choosing the mildest and most effective one,” Abbe said. “I vacuum, dust and use a water-based solution that is slightly alkaline. If the conservation merits something stronger, I use an ammonium nitrate solution.”

Depending on a variety of factors, such as the quality of the stone, contaminants and their combinations, she may use soft vinyl erasers at some point in the process.

“It’s rare for anything to be uniformly soiled,” she said. “Environmental pollution is often acidic and can etch the marble over time. These pieces are not too dirty at all.”

Once the sculpture was clean, Abbe addressed areas that needed retouching.

“The trick is to maintain the piece after it has been treated,” she said. “The more regularly conservation is done, the less likely there will be preservation issues.”

Besides working on the busts, Abbe made several presentations to Ole Miss faculty and students, as well as Oxford elementary school students. She spoke to UM Roman archaeology and art history classes and the Vasari Society, a campus art history club, and ended her time in Oxford with a public talk about her work Friday afternoon at the museum.

UM faculty members who attended Abbe’s presentations gave rave reviews for them and her work.

Several marble busts are among the more than 2,000 items in the Robinson Greek and Roman Antiquities Collection in the University Museum. Submitted photo

“I’m thrilled that my students got a chance to see this work in action because conservators are always behind what people see when they go to museums,” said Jacqueline Dibiase, assistant professor of classics. “Hopefully, this experience has given them a deeper appreciation for the antiquities collection here at the University Museum. Perhaps some of them might even consider becoming conservators themselves one day.”

Aileen Ajootian, professor of classics and art, said Abbe’s work has been “remarkable and inspiring.”

“The role of a conservator is critical to any museum,” she said. “The university has a lot of wonderful antiquities that have not seen attention for a long time.

“What Ms. Abbe has done already has been remarkable. And for the students to see a conservator in action has been really inspiring.”

Students seemed likewise impressed with Abbe and her work.

“I thought she was really great,” said Hunter Myers, a senior classics major from Mountain Home, Arkansas. “Until today, I wasn’t aware of how many important pieces, particularly the Head of Aeschines, the museum had.

“Being a classics major, seeing these sculptures and hearing about how they are preserved has definitely made me think differently about a lot of things.”

Oxford resident Virginia Parson said Abbe’s talk was “really cool.”

“What she discussed matched perfectly with what I’ve been studying,” said the junior anthropology and biology major, who also is pursuing a minor in classics. “Seeing the intersection of art history, fine art and chemistry involved in being a conservator has made me consider it as a career possibility after I finish graduate school.”

Abbe was particularly enthusiastic about speaking to students, both young and older.

“I want the children to discover that conservation exists and how important it is to keeping the statues they see in good condition,” she said. “I’m glad to be a part of broadening their perspectives and letting them see the enormous varieties of experiences the world has to offer.”

As for the university students, Abbe remembered her own undergraduate exposure, which eventually led to her present occupation.

“I really discovered my love of sculpture in college while taking a classics course as an elective,” Abbe said. “I was a pre-med major at the time, but after taking that course, I switched to classics. I participated in an actual excavation and really loved it.”

By the time she finished her degree at New York University, Abbe knew she wanted a career in classical antiquities, but not as an academic.

“I moved to Washington, D.C., and began working in museums,” she recalled. “That led to me earning my graduate degree at the University of North Carolina (at) Chapel Hill and becoming a conservator.”

This is the first conservation work performed on the museum’s collection in more than 20 years, said Melanie Munns, antiquities collections manager. Hopefully, it will not be the last.

“The University Museum is only able to conserve objects as funding permits,” Munns said. “We started a conservation fund dedicated to the Robinson Collection five years ago with an initial donation gifted by the Daughters of Penelope, Memphis chapter.

“It is with their accrued donations, funds from the Robinson Reinstallation Project and the Friends of the Museum that we are able to conduct this conservation work.”

The Friends of the Museum has pledged further funding for conservation that should allow work to be performed on another piece, possibly more, in coming months, Munns said.

“We hope to perform annual conservation work,” she said. “With over 2,000 objects in the Robinson Collection, we foresee this type of programming could continue for many years to come.”

Abbe is also cleaning two Greek vases from the UM collection at her Georgia studio. If the conservation efforts continue, she would gladly return to campus.

“Oxford is a lovely place,” she said. “Coming back here to do more of what I love doing would be a dream come true.”

For more information, call University Museum at 662-915-7028.

Conservator Visiting UM Museum to Examine Marble Sculpture Collection

Amy Jones Abbe to assess selected pieces and advise staff on their preservation

Several marble busts are among the more than 2,000 items in the Robinson Greek and Roman Antiquities Collection in the University Museum. Submitted photo

OXFORD, Miss. – One of the country’s most respected conservators of Greek and Roman sculpture is visiting the University of Mississippi Museum this week to review its collection and share her expertise.

Amy Jones Abbe of Athens, Georgia, will be on campus through Friday (Jan. 30-Feb. 2) to work on ancient marble sculptures from the David M. Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities. This is the first conservation work done on the museum collection in more than 20 years.

“Amy Abbe will begin with the three sculptures we have installed in the first gallery of the Mary Buie building,” said Melanie Munns, the museum’s antiquities collections manager. “She will first examine these sculptures to determine where past repairs were made and how by performing tests in small areas.

“It’s possible that two of these sculptures will just need cleanings and touch ups with paint. The third, the Head of Aeschines, may need further assessment to determine the approach to its added coarse plaster nose.”

During the week, Abbe also is scheduled to speak to UM students enrolled in anthropology, classics and Roman archaeology classes, as well as to groups of local elementary school students in the Museum Art Zone program.

Abbe will give a brief talk in the Museum’s Speakers Gallery at 4:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 2). The free, public event will be followed by light refreshments.

Amy Jones Abbe

“The University Museum is only able to conserve objects as funding permits,” Munns said. “We started a conservation fund dedicated to the Robinson Collection five years ago with an initial donation gifted by the Daughters of Penelope, Memphis chapter.

“It is with their accrued donations, funds from the Robinson Reinstallation Project and the Friends of the Museum that we are able to conduct this conservation work.”

The Friends of the Museum have pledged further funding for conservation that should allow work to be performed on another piece, possibly more, in coming months, Munns said.

“We hope to perform annual conservation work,” she said. “With over 2,000 objects in the Robinson Collection, we foresee this type of programming could continue for many years to come.”

Before launching her own art conservation studio in 2011, Abbe was a conservator at museums in Florence, Italy; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Baltimore. She earned her degrees from New York University and the University of North Carolina.

For more information, call University Museum at 662-915-7028.

UM Museum, Ford Center Host Weekend of Holiday Festivities

Music, activities and a winter wonderland on tap to help families get into the spirit

The Holiday Village, featuring an enchanting array of edible structures, is open Dec. 1-15 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Mississippi Museum have a weekend of fun-filled holiday activities scheduled for the whole family.

The Ford Center invites families to an evening celebrating the holiday season Friday, (Dec. 1) with “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “Handel’s Messiah.”

Gian Carlo Menotti’s renowned one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” shows how faith, charity, unselfish love and good deeds can produce miracles. The performance is a collaborative project involving alumni, students and community members.

Ole Miss alumnus Paul Gamble will sing “Balthazar” during the performance and university opera theatre and dance students will perform in several roles. Six community guests also will join opera students in the Shepherds’ Chorus, including Oxford dentist Walker Swaney, emeritus music faculty Cynthia Linton, College of Liberal Arts project coordinator Patti O’Sullivan, theatre arts staff member Ed Neilson, alumna Sissy Neilson and Oxford attorney Jim DeLoach.

The second half of the night features “Handel’s Messiah.” The hourlong production includes performances by the UM Choir, a select orchestra and alumni guest artists as soloists, including Allison Stanford, Viola Dacus and Kyle Davis.  The orchestra of professional musicians and students is conducted by Selim Gray, professor of music and orchestra, and UM Choirs, conducted by Don Trott, professor of music and director of choral activities, also will perform.

These performances are made possible through funding by Nancye Starnes and the Kite Foundation.

Tickets for the show are available at the UM Box Office, inside the Ford Center. They are $30 for orchestra/parterre and tier 1 box levels, $26 for mezzanine and tier 2 box levels, and $18 for the balcony level. A 20 percent discount is available for Ole Miss faculty, staff and retirees when tickets are purchased at the box office. Tickets also can be purchased online at http://fordcenter.org/.

The UM Museum will host a Santa’s Workshop Family Activity Day on Saturday (Dec. 2). The drop-in workshop, set for 9 a.m.-noon, will allow participants of all ages to create seasonal art, eat holiday snacks and learn about winter wonders, including holidays from around the world.

The museum also will have a sensory play area for the youngest artists, and all ages are welcome to participate.

Children create their own holiday-inspired art at last year’s installment of the UM Museum’s Santa’s Workshop. Submitted photo

“Santa’s Workshop is one of our favorite events as we celebrate the magic of winter, snow and holidays,” said Emily McCauley, the museum’s curator of education. “We also hope to expand our horizons this year and look at what is happening around the world during the winter holidays.”

Santa does not attend the event, but participants can take a Flying Tuk sleigh ride between the museum and the Ford Center’s Holiday Village, a collection of locally-themed gingerbread houses.

“We are so thrilled to have the Flying Tuks partnering for rides to the Holiday Village again, as that was a highlight from last year’s event,” she said.

The museum’s Family Activity Days are sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and the Ignite Ole Miss campaign. For more information about Santa’s Workshop Family Activity Day, contact McCauley at esdean@olemiss.edu. To keep up with museum exhibits and upcoming events, visit http://museum.olemiss.edu/.

The Holiday Village will feature 19 gingerbread houses, made entirely from edible confections. The Ford Center also is adding a miniature Christmas Village to celebrate holiday traditions from around the world.

The village is also open for group reservations, which can be scheduled by contacting marketing director Kate Meacham at 662-915-6502 or kmeacham@olemiss.edu.

Here is the full schedule of Holiday Village Hours:

Friday (Dec. 1) – 1-7:30 p.m.

Saturday (Dec. 2) and Sunday (Dec. 3) – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday (Dec. 4) – 1-7:30 p.m. Guests can visit the village after the Oxford Christmas parade for hot chocolate.

Tuesday (Dec. 5) through Friday (Dec. 8) – 1-5 p.m.

Saturday (Dec. 9) – 1-5 p.m. The Oxford Civic Chorus will perform at 1 p.m., and Santa will be in the village from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday (Dec. 10) – Noon-3 p.m.

Monday (Dec. 11) through Friday (Dec. 15) – 1-5 p.m.

For more information, visit http://fordcenter.org/.

UM Museum Unveils 2017 Keepsake Ornament

This year's design features popular 19th century scientific instrument

The UM Museum’s 2017 keepsake ornament featuring Barlow’s Planetarium is available for purchase. Submitted photo

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Museum has unveiled its 17th annual keepsake ornament, a design featuring the Barlow’s Planetarium, part of the collection of antique scientific instruments on display at the museum.

The planetarium, also known as an orrery, has a storied history with Ole Miss. Designer Thomas H. Barlow of Lexington, Kentucky, who created and sold several of these instruments to universities and museums throughout the United States, made the university’s orrery in 1854.

The ornaments alternate annually between highlights of the museum’s 20,000-object permanent collection, campus landmarks and sites around Oxford, said Robert Saarnio, museum director.

“This mid-19th century astronomical model occupies a place of great prominence in the museum’s exhibition galleries and is a much-beloved historical artifact of countless museum visitors,” Saarnio said. “All ornament sales proceeds directly support programs of the University Museum, and we are very grateful to those campus and community members for whom these collectibles are eagerly-awaited annual Museum Store offerings.”

In the late 1850s, Chancellor F.A.P. Barnard, who also served as chair and professor of mathematics, astronomy and natural philosophy, purchased the orrery for the university. The orrery and other scientific instruments were used in classrooms and laboratories until they became obsolete in the 1870s.

The planetarium aligns the planets based on a specific date. At the museum, the date is set to Nov. 7 1848, the day the university first opened its doors to students.

The Barlow’s Planetarium commemorative ornament is available for $25, plus tax. It can be purchased in the Museum Store or by phone with a credit card at 662-915-7073. A flat $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders to be shipped within the 48 contiguous states, and all sales are final.

Orders must be placed by Dec. 13 to arrive in time for Christmas Day.

Collectible ornaments from previous years still available in the Museum Store include the Old Skipwith House, Brandt Memory House, Ventress Hall, Lafayette County Courthouse, Oxford City Hall, the Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Jersey, Theora Hamblett House, Theora Hamblett’s “Christmas Trees,” Walk of Champions, Oxford’s Double Decker Bus and the Herakles Neck Amphora. All previous year’s ornaments are $20, plus tax.

Museum members and Friends of the Museum receive a 10 percent discount on all merchandise in the Museum Store. 

The University Museum is at the corner of University Avenue and Fifth Street. Holiday Hours for the Museum Store are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and 10a.m.-6p.m. Saturdays.
Museum gallery visiting hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.

For information about events and exhibits, visit http://museum.olemiss.edu/.

Artist Randy Hayes to Discuss ‘Unwritten Memoir’ at UM Museum

Holly Springs native plans to explain how travels inspired his work

Randy Hayes, the artist behind the exhibit ‘Unwritten Memoir’ will discuss the inspiration behind his work Thursday (Nov. 16) at the University Museum. Submitted photo.

OXFORD, Miss. – Holly Springs native and artist Randy Hayes will discuss his “Unwritten Memoir” exhibit, on display at the University of Mississippi Museum, on Thursday evening (Nov. 16).

The lecture, set for 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Hayes plans to talk about the inspiration behind his work and answer questions from audience members.

“Unwritten Memoir” opened in September. The exhibit, which includes photographs, objects and paintings, reflects visual memories of Hayes’ time spent traveling through Turkey, Japan and the American South from 2004 to present.

“The University Museum has been privileged to be exhibiting this fall the work of distinguished Mississippi visual artist Randy Hayes, in his exceptional exhibition ‘Unwritten Memoir,'” said Robert Saarnio, museum director. “We eagerly anticipate his guest artist appearance in which he will present an illustrated prologue in PowerPoint format, followed by a walkthrough of the galleries of his exhibition, in which dialog with the audience will be highly welcomed.”

Hayes has spent the majority of his artistic career in Seattle. His work has been featured in public and private collections around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the U.S. Department of State.

The exhibit will be available for viewing through Dec. 9.

Museum Aims to Get Visitors Moving on Bailey’s Woods Trail

Family Activity Day to feature fresh air and fun on the way to Rowan Oak

Bailey’s Woods Trail runs from the UM Museum to Rowan Oak. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Museum will host a “Let’s Move on the Trail” Family Activity Day on Saturday (Nov. 4).

Oxford residents, Ole Miss students, families and visitors are invited to drop by the museum between 10 a.m. and noon to begin a day of fresh air, exercise and art activities along Bailey’s Woods Trail, which runs from the museum to Rowan Oak.

“‘Let’s Move on the Trail’ is one of the family days we look forward to each year,” said Emily McCauley, the museum’s curator of education. “Bailey’s Woods Trail is a wonderful resource, and we are excited to transform it to a fun, learning experience for families with children of all ages once again.”

The theme is inspired by the Let’s Move campaign launched in 2010 by first lady Michelle Obama to combat childhood obesity. The museum has been participating in the initiative since 2011, using interactive exhibits and outdoor spaces to engage children.

The event is weather-permitting. The activity day, made possible by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, is free and open to the public, thanks to a successful Ignite Ole Miss fundraising campaign.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Transportation back to the museum from Rowan Oak will be provided.

For more information about Let’s Move Family Activity Day, contact McCauley at esdean@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7073.

UM Museum Hosts Textile Exhibit by Mary Zicafoose

Collection of contemporary tapestries aspires to lift the 'vibrational frequency for mankind'

‘Mountain for Buddha’ is among the tapestry images on display at the UM Museum as part of Mary Zicafoose’s ‘Fault Lines’ exhibit. Submitte

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Museum’s newest exhibit “Fault Lines,” a unique tapestry exhibit by artist Mary Zicafoose, ties an ancient art form with modern concerns in a vibrant, captivating array.

Curated from three of Zicafoose’s collections – “Fault Lines,” “Mountain for the Buddha” and the “Blueprint Series” – the exhibit is on display in the museum’s Lower Skipwith Gallery through Feb. 3, 2018.

Each piece, based on classic archetypal symbols, depicts climate change through the artist’s representation of tectonic plates, fault lines and land shifts. Zicafoose’s tapestries and rugs have been exhibited around the world, including in American embassies on three continents.

“You make art and you want to draw people in,” Zicafoose said. “You want to get people involved in the work. You want to tell your story, but also one of the primary driving forces is I hope that the work can trigger a shift in consciousness of people.

“That’s part of the mission. It may be pretentious or lofty or maybe just stupidly nuts, but that’s my driving force and I have had those experiences in the arts, where I’ve seen something that made me different. Something happens in that moment and that’s the role of the arts – to lift the vibrational frequency for mankind as we toil on this planet.”

Having a show in Mississippi is special, she said.

“This is a place where people come for that,” she explained. “To be a participant in that process is a very distinct honor and responsibility to bring work here that will do that.”

Her love for textiles began as a child, when she was fascinated by a piece of Pacific Island cloth an aunt gave her.

“After many formative years of art schooling and teaching, I somewhat surprisingly found myself behind a loom,” she said on her website. “I have spent the last 22 years in pursuit of visual surprise on the flat woven ‘rug’ surface through dye processes, tapestry techniques and intriguing color play.

“Weaving has become my ticket into the arts – it is a personal vernacular that speaks about the unabashed use of color and the power of illusion.”

A largely self-taught weaver, Zicafoose earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame. She studied in graduate programs at the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Nebraska.

“The University Museum is thrilled to present the work of this major American tapestry artist and weaver, whose work is exhibited internationally in 24 U.S. embassies and museum and corporate collections nationwide,” museum Director Robert Saarnio said.

“Mary’s pieces are exceptionally vibrant, and elegant in their colorways, symbolism and the complexity of the ikat process, and we were compelled by her description of her work: ‘I create contemporary tapestry, pushing the boundary of this ancient art form, to investigate the intricacies of how we, as individuals, are tied to one another.'”

The University Museum, at the corner of University Avenue and Fifth Street, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Admission is free.

To learn more about Zicafoose and her work, visit http://maryzicafoose.com/. For more information about the museum and its exhibits, visit http://museum.olemiss.edu/.

Harvest Supper Raises More than $120,000 to Support Museum

Proceeds will help fund exhibits and programming

More than 500 guests enjoy dinner and atmosphere at the University Museum’s annual Harvest Supper on the grounds of Rowan Oak. Photo by Christina Steube/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Museum’s sixth annual Harvest Supper raised more than $120,000 earlier this month for museum exhibits and programming.

The catered event, on the grounds of William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, attracted some 550 guests, all of whom bought tickets in support of the museum.

“This event provides money to the museum for exhibitions, lectures and more education for children,” said Gayle Henry, a Friends of the Museum board member. “It allows the university to reach more people and have the best exhibits.”

Besides ticket sales, money was also raised through a silent auction and a live auction featuring pieces by Mississippi artists. The live auction included a sculpture by Tom Corbin, who has previously exhibited at the museum.

“Harvest Supper is an exceptional fundraising event that brings together museum and Rowan Oak stakeholders and supporters from across the region and the country,” said Robert Saarnio, museum director. “The entire spirit of the evening is one of such positive goodwill for us that it sustains our energy and passion for our work, at the same time that it raises critically needed support.

“We are deeply grateful to the Friends of the Museum and the attendees for their hard work and generous participation on our behalf.”

The Harvest Supper began in 2011 with the idea that the museum needed a way to increase funding to grow. The small gathering of around 100 people has grown into a major event.

“Nearly impossible to imagine that in six short years, a dinner for a few people interested in helping fun museum projects has grown into the gala I experienced for the first time last night,” said Debbie Nelson, the museum’s membership, events and communications coordinator. “I am impressed by the volunteers and staffing behind the scenes as well as night of event.

“The combination of generous benefactors, ambiance of Rowan Oak, musical entertainers and cuisine that rivals any outdoor banquet makes Harvest Supper a ‘must-experience” evening in Oxford each year.”

This year’s event had more than 100 sponsors, including presenting sponsors Diane and Dickie Scruggs and the Madison Charitable Foundation; platinum level sponsors Darrell Crawford, Kent and David Magee, Elizabeth and Will Galtney and The Self Foundation; and gold level sponsors Marty and John Dunbar, Marla and Lowry Lomax, Friends of Dorothy and Tom Howorth, Elizabeth and Jeff Lusk, Hardy Reed, Saint Leo, Howorth & Associates Architects, Rose and Hubert Spears, Mary M. Thompson, Carol and Bill Windham and Ken Wooten and Margaret Wylde.

A full list of sponsors can be found here.

For more information about the museum, its exhibits and events, visit http://museum.olemiss.edu/.

Science Day Returns to UM Field Station

Researchers to host LOU community on Saturday, Oct. 7

The University’s Biological Field Station Photo by Robert Jordan

OXFORD, Miss. – Researchers from a variety of disciplines will share insights about their work and the environment of northeast Mississippi this weekend during Science Day at the University of Mississippi Field Station.

The event, set for from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 7), is designed for visitors ages 5 and up.  A $5 contribution per person will help to cover the cost of supplies for the day’s activities, including a beverage and snack for Science Day visitors.

“Science Day at the University of Mississippi Field Station has always been a fun and educational experience for all those who are curious about the natural world,” said Marjorie Holland, UM professor of biology and one of the coordinators of this year’s event.

Holland started Science Day in the 1990s and is leading this year’s revival of the educational afternoon after a hiatus of more than a decade.

“This year, presenters and demonstrations provide insights into current research underway throughout Oxford and give visitors a chance to chat one-on-one with investigators,” Holland said. “We look forward to welcoming numerous visitors to the station.”

The afternoon will include activities such as nature walks, demonstrations, exhibits and tours, offering a variety of options for participants.

Ole Miss faculty, staff and graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts, University Museum and School of Engineering, and well as from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Sedimentation Laboratory, are scheduled to speak about their respective fields.

“Science Day provides a wonderful opportunity for the college to share ‘nature’s lab’ with the community,” said Jan Murray, associate dean of College of Liberal Arts, which hosts the event.

“Our (presenters) and others have eagerly volunteered to share what they do with the families and community groups who visit on Science Day,” she said. “We hope you will join us for a day of exploration, observation and fun.”

The UM Field Station is a research facility that support studies in aquatic and terrestrial ecology. To reach the Field Station, go east on Highway 30 to Littlejohn’s store, turn north onto County Road 215 for 2 miles, then east for 6 miles on County Road 202 to 15 Road 2078.

For more information and pre-registration, contact Lele Gillespie at elgilles@olemiss.edu or call 662-915-1514. To learn about the Field Station, visit http://fieldstation.olemiss.edu.

University Museum Receives $5,000 LOFT Grant for Education

Funds will help create mobile gallery and new educational spaces

Education intern Holly Badger adds water to candies that campers enrolled in the the UM Museum’s Science, Nature and Art camp have arranged. The museum received a $5,000 grant from LOFT in August for educational programming such as this. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow has awarded $5,000 to the University of Mississippi Museum’s education department. The grant was awarded as part of LOFT’s annual night of giving more than $27,000 to local community nonprofit organizations.

The museum was selected from six competitive education category applicants. The grant will be used to create the LOFT Mobile Gallery and Learning Stations at the museum, which involves the purchase of exhibition dividers to create educational exhibits and temporary learning spaces.

“The LOFT Mobile Gallery and Learning Stations will allow children in museum programs to engage with the museum on three levels: observation, creation and exhibition,” said Emily McCauley, the museum’s education curator.

“We look forward to one-night showcases of student work in Art Zone and current partnerships like Scott Center and Horizons, and being able to expand to more partners and schools in future years.”

The foundation is pleased to help fund activities at the University Museum, said Jody Holland, LOFT executive director.

“The work and efforts of the entity have always benefited the quality of life in Oxford and Lafayette County, and LOFT is proud to be a strong supporter of the great work and programs executed at the UM Museum,” Holland said.

The project will enhance the museum’s ability to showcase student achievement and provide enrichment opportunities for K-12 audiences, McCauley said.

The museum has received two previous LOFT grants, which have assisted in growing educational programming at the museum by 400 percent over the last five years.

For more information on LOFT, go to http://loftms.org/. For more information on programs and exhibits at the University Museum, go to http://museum.olemiss.edu/.