Regional Update: North Mississippi

Virginia Rougon Chavis and Brooke White, "Sense of Place", Southside Gallery, 2019, multiple, mixed media. Photo courtesy of the author.
Virginia Rougon Chavis and Brooke White, “Sense of Place”, Southside Gallery, 2019, multiple, mixed media. Photo courtesy of the author.



At Southside Gallery in Oxford, MS, artists Virginia Rougon Chavis and Brooke White present Sense of Place. Both artists are professors at the University of Mississippi, Chavis a lead faculty member in the Graphic Design Program and White the area head of the Imaging Arts Program. Chavis’s bright and colorful mix media prints incorporate elements of French poster design with the landscape. Chavis’s work has been featured around the world, and she is a SEC-ALDP Fellow at the University of Mississippi. White’s reflective and somber landscapes were created by combining traditional and contemporary photographic processes. White’s work is exhibited at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana. She received the Mississippi Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for 2019, and her work has been featured in several publications including Aint Bad Magazine. Their joint show will run from December 3rd, 2019 to January 11th, 2020.



The University of Mississippi Museum is featuring a joint show, Two Lives in Photography, highlighting the works of wife and husband artists Maude Schuyler Clay and Langdon Clay. Known for her Southern landscape photography, Maude’s work is exhibited in several collections around the world including The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Langdon’s photo work encompasses a wide range of subject matter, from the industrial to the natural, and is found in museums around the world. The exhibition will run from September 17th, 2019 to February 15th, 2020. This is the artists’ first joint show together.



In Tupelo, Mississippi, painter Philip Jackson is exhibiting work at the GumTree Museum of Art. Jackson is a professor at the University of Mississippi, leading the Painting Program. In this exhibition, Jackson’s floral works explore the impact of light and how it can elevate the mundanity in ordinary objects into something more. Jackson’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions, nationally and internationally, and he has received grants from of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Montreal, Canada and from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Jackson has also been featured in many art publications including Art in America. The show will run from December 3rd, 2019 to January 28th, 2020.



This November, the Starkville Area Arts Council and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council held their annual Scrambled Art Bowl. The origin of this event lies in the football rivalry between The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, and their yearly Egg Bowl showdown. Members from both councils selected the artworks that were exhibited at 929 Coffee in Starkville. The showcase ran from November 15th, 2019 to December 30th, 2019.




Olivia Whittington is a photographer and writer working in administration at The University of Mississippi Art & Art History Department.