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Biloxi, MS
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Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
386 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39530
228-374-5547

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 248
Biloxi, MS 39533-0248

Administrative Offices
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics, 3rd floor
386 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39530

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Exhibitions:

Qarqish + Welch: Art as Form . . . Art as Function

The African Diva Project: Paintings by Margaret Rose Vendryes

The Art of Toys: Vintage Collections

George E. Ohr: Prized, Honored & Cherished

George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections

My House: The Pleasant Reed Story

The Native Guard: A Photographic History of Ship Island’s African American Regiment


Events

Qarqish + Welch: Art as Form . . . Art as Function
December 16, 2014 – March 17, 2015
IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery

Forms ranging from organic to ornate patterns exemplify the creative spirit of the Sarah Qarqish / Morgan Welch team from Jackson, Mississippi. Sarah Qarqish studied drawing and graphic design at Mississippi State University. Her passion is working in multiple media on projects that communicate her love of expression and creativity. Morgan Welch is a furniture maker who received a BFA in sculpture and minor in architectural studies from Mississippi State University. Together, Qarqish and Welch create fine art that functions as contemporary furniture, among other artistic explorations in their newly formed HannaBerry Workshop. The focus of the exhibition is form and function. It will feature two and three-dimensional wooden shape configurations that guide the eye of the viewer throughout the large scale floor and hanging installations. The artists collaborate to force different art media to have “relationships” with each other to create an exciting visual experience.

This exhibition is partially funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The African Diva Project: Paintings by Margaret Rose Vendryes
December 9, 2014 – March 7, 2015
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery

Margaret Rose Vendryes in an artist, lecturer, historian, author and curator with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and master’s and doctorate degrees in Art History. She began The African Diva Project in 2005 and has expanded the project into an outstanding exhibition that questions the role of race and gender identification in contemporary African and African American communities. Each canvas features a full- figure portrait of a popular black female soloist. Each wears an African mask, chosen for its character and/or aesthetic compatibility to her image, either an actual mask or a mask painted on paper, and applied to the canvas in the place of her face. Songs … messages that once rose out of vinyl channels, like black magic, are inscribed in the space that surrounds them. The exhibition will be accompanied by the music of each artist.


The Art of Toys: Vintage Collections
November 25, 2014 – February 21, 2015
Mississippi Sound Welcome Center

Children and young adults who wonder how kids amused themselves in the days before video games and DVDs will have a chance to get their questions answered. Vintage collections shown in The Art of Toys were created between the 1920s and 1960s. The exhibition includes an assortment of toys used by boys and girls . . . dolls from around the world, wooden painted pull toys, push-up toys, wagons, engines, trolleys, and many other objects to surprise the young folks and bring back memories for many of us.

Exhibit sponsored by Domino’s Pizza and Archibald and Paula April.


George E. Ohr: Prized, Honored & Cherished
Ongoing

Prized, Honored & Cherished is the inaugural exhibition in the first of the Frank Gehry-designed “Pods” to open to the public. The exhibition features many pieces of George Ohr pottery that have never been on display, including spectacular vases and pitchers, as well as a case full of recently-donated studio items. Most of the objects are from the Permanent Collection of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art with nine pieces on loan from private collectors. The pieces in the exhibition date from before October 1894 through the early 1900s, with one piece created before the fire that destroyed downtown Biloxi and Ohr’s studio. George Ohr (1857-1918) was an active potter from 1879-1910, creating distinctive ceramic forms adorned with vibrant glazes that exaggerated the traditional styles of his day. The exhibition explores a range of Ohr’s artistic styles in intimate artistic setting.


George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections
Ongoing

George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections highlights work from the collection of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and private collections across the Gulf Coast region. George Edgar Ohr, “The Mad Potter of Biloxi”, was active from 1883 to 1910, creating innovative ceramics that are a central part of the artistic heritage of the Gulf South, and the broader canon of American Art. Today, 100 years after he ended his pottery-making career, George Edgar Ohr is considered an early leader in the American modernist movement.

Exhibition made possible by the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts


My House: The Pleasant Reed Story
Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center
Ongoing

The Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center is a reconstruction of the original house built by Pleasant Reed in the late 19th century that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A visit to the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center provides a rare opportunity to see how an African American born into slavery persevered in spite of daunting circumstances. Pleasant Reed was not the only individual born a slave who later built his family a house with funds earned in the post-Civil War economy; but his home is one of the few that that can be identified with a particular African American builder and homeowner. Authentic items that were used by the Reed family in the late 19th and early 20th century are also on display.


The Native Guard: A Photographic History of Ship Island’s African American Regiment
Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center Gallery
Ongoing

Photographs from the collection of C. P. (“Kitty”) Weaver of Massachusetts from the diary of Colonel Nathan W. Daniels, supplemented by photographs provided by Isiah Edwards of Long Beach, Mississippi, record the history of the 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guards that served for the Union at Ship Island in the Mississippi Sound. Passages from the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey were inspired by the history of the Native Guards.

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