About The Museum

The Meridian Museum of Art (MMA) is housed in the historic Old Carnegie Library building, which was constructed in 1912-13, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Mississippi Landmark. The Museum seeks to promote and support the art, artists, and art programs of our area and region through art education, exhibitions, collections, collaborations with other organizations, special events, and community involvement. MMA programs are designed to further these goals and to make art accessible to everyone in the community. The Museum serves an audience from across the state and region, but primarily from Meridian and Lauderdale County and the surrounding counties: Kemper, Neshoba, Newton, Jasper, and Clarke (in MS), and Sumter and Choctaw (in AL).

47th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition




47th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition

The annual Bi-State is a juried exhibition presented by the Meridian Museum of Art (MMA), offering over $3,000 in awards and prizes including the $1,000 Best of Show Cash Award. The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase contemporary artists in Mississippi and Alabama and reward their efforts. This competition and exhibition is open to all artists who are current or past residents of Mississippi or Alabama.  Original works of art, such as, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, ceramics, fibers, glass, or mixed media are considered in this competition.

Kevin Haynie served as the juror for the 47th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition. Haynie leads gallery installations, cares for and maintains the permanent collection, and works to broaden the engagement of art within the community at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Kevin Haynie’s Statement

First and foremost, I’d like to thank Kate Cherry for asking me to juror Meridian Museum of Art’s 47th Annual Bi-State Competition and Exhibition. It’s been an exciting and rewarding process to see this exhibition come together.

During my time as a Preparator and Lead Installer for both Crystal Bridges Muse um of Art and the Momentary, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many artists and experience their creations from a unique perspective. Through passionate conversations about method and intent, material, and process, we see their works unfold in the gallery and their visions realized. This process has allowed me greater insight into the visual applications that artists strive to control and perfect. These conversations can mold and shape your view of the work.

The juror’s process is a different type of conversation. It is always a challenge as a juror to be tasked with selecting a body of work without knowing an artist’s background, intentions, or inspirations. To select from hundreds of wonderful submissions by imagery alone — and to condense these works to a group of several dozen — requires a shift in perception. Jurors must solely focus on the visual qualities an artist is capable of creating, thus creating a new dialogue. As I evaluated each individual piece, I asked questions such as:

  • How firm a grasp on the particular medium was exhibited?

  • Was there a clear attempt to convey a message or spirit?

  • Was there an over-reliance on a particular method, an underdeveloped balance of visual weight

    or theme, or a heavy handedness that overpowered composition?

    It can be difficult to parse one work above another, but the power of direction can be felt even in the absence of an artist’s statement or biography. So is the case with the numerous submissions to this year’s Bi-State Competition and Exhibition. There were many artists who captivated my attention throughout this process, so much so that even at nearly 100 works, I still felt as though there could have been more.

    I’d like to congratulate everyone who submitted their work to this exhibition. It was a great honor and privilege to jury this show and experience the vast array of remarkable submissions. If your work was not selected for this year’s competition, please don’t be discouraged. This was an incredibly competitive group of works.

    I send a special congratulations to the award winners for their success in producing stand-out creations. Cheers to your well-deserved recognition.

    To guests of the exhibition: I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I enjoyed selecting the works.

August 10 – September 25

Awards Announced September 25 @ 3:00 p.m


Artists included are:


City, State

Andrea Kostyal

Hattiesburg, MS

Angee Montgomery

Hernando, MS

Barbara Ann Carver Hunt

Sumrall, MS

Carolyn Busenlener

Pearlington, MS

Carolyn McIntyre Norton

Hattiesburg, MS

Carrie Lassetter Reeves

Clinton, MS

Cary Haycox

Meridian, MS 

Cecelia Moseley 

Meridian, MS

Charles Carraway

Terry, MS

Christopher Trice

Jacksonville, FL

Cynthia Buob 

Columbus, MS

Daniel C. Ethridge

Meridian, MS 

Danny Brunt

Vaughan, MS

Deborah Thompson 

St Augustine, FL

Denise Dengler

Lauderdale, MS

Euphus Ruth


Gail Morton

Thaxton, MS

Gary Chapman

Birmingham, AL

Hunter Vroonland

Madison, AL

J’Marcus Alfred

Hattiesburg, MS

Jere Allen

Oxford, MS

Jill Hammes

Bailey, MS

Joni Gruber

Tuscaloosa, AL

Judy Rayner

Enterprise, MS

Julia Graber

Brooksville, MS

Julia W. Gary 

Huntsville, AL

Julie Plasketes

Opelika, Al

Kathie Bauerlen

Columbus, MS

Kim Whitt

Moselle, MS

Larry Harris 

Meridian , Ms 

Laura Holladay

Meridian, MS

Lawayne House 

Olive Branch, MS

Leslie Burns

Columbus, MS

Mara Jambor

Hoover, AL

Margaret Gluhman 

Auburn, AL

Marita Gootee

Starkville, MS

Mark Brown

Ellisville, MS

Martha Markline Hopkins

Fairhope, Al

Martina Sciolino 

Hattiesburg, MS

Mary Price Kerr

Tuscaloosa, AL

Maureen  A. Donnelly

Jackson, MS

Meredith Knight

Montgomery, AL

Michelle Jones

Mobile, AL 

Mouise Richards 


Nancy A. Mitchell

Oxford, MS

Neha Luhar

Jacksonville, FL

Obie Clark

Taylor, MS

Pamela Askew

Tuscaloosa, AL

Randy Jolly

Vicksburg, MS

Rick Anderson

Clinton, MS

Robert Gibson

Columbus, MS

Sabyna Sterrett 

Ridgeland, MS

Sadako Lewis

Long Beach, MS

Sam Fioretti 

Kosciusko, MS

Susan Nawrocki

Columbus, MS

Thomas Nawrocki

Columbus, MS

Traci Stover

Hattiesburg, MS

Zack Underwood

Decatur, AL


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