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).

Schedule of Events

ADULT CLASSES & ARTIST GROUPSThird Saturdays @ 9 a.m. WEEKLY on Thursdays @ 6 p.m.

Vino and Van Gogh Thursdays @ 6-8 p.m. for critiques, discussions, and fellowship among artists



AFTER-SCHOOL YOUTH CLASSES, Grades 4-12 Twelve weeks for the fall/winter and winter/spring sessions

ROTATING EXHIBITS of MS/AL Artists and Fine Craftsmen


(1000 pieces to select from, such as European Portraits, Drawings, Paintings, Mixed Media, Photographs, Printmaking, Sculpture, etc. Noted artists included are Jere Allen, Charles Ambrose, Walter Anderson, Jason Baldwin, Sam Barber, Thomas Bardwell, Andrew Bucci, Homer Casteel, Salvador Dali, Robert DeNiro, William Dunlap, Caroline Durieux, Thomas Eloby, Roland Golden, Hamilton Hamilton, William Hollingsworth, Sir Godfrey Kneller, Laurin McCracken, James Michaelopoulos, Milly Moorhead, Jean Marc Nattier, Alice Neel, Edgar Parker, Sir Henry Raeburn, African Collection of Handcrafts, and many others.) 

PAINT-A-LONG (By appointment)

MERIDIAN MUSEUM ART COLLECTIVE Public Art Projects (Don’t hesitate to contact the museum for information).

Season Plein Aire Painting Opportunities TBA

Threefoot Festival Youth Art and Photo Competition and Exhibition April 20, 2024, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

February – March 2024

MARCH 23 – MAY 4, 2024

Donate to the Life Month Exhibition, which will coincide with The Allie Cat Run and Festival opening reception on March 23, 2024, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  


Gary Chapman, Professor of Painting and Drawing, University of Alabama at Birmingham (MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BA and BS, Berea College)

Chapman has had over 80 solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, FL; the University of Cincinnati, the University of Georgia; and the Indianapolis Art Center. He has also participated in numerous group and invitational exhibitions with regional, national, and international venues.

Chapman was awarded and named a Joan Mitchell CALL Legacy Artist and has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting from the Southern Arts Federation and Individual Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His work has been reviewed extensively and published in over 20 catalogs and books, including the 4 Editions of New American Paintings.

 June 20, 2024

ARTinis is at the Museum from 6 to 8 p.m.

Get Your Groove On. Celebrating the 60s and 70s.

There will be a silent auction of 8 x 8 works from museum artists, delectable delights from local restaurants, and specialty martinis.

June 4 – July 27, 2024

50th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition – Closing Reception July 27, 1-3 p.m.

August 6 – September 28, 2024

Alexa Lee – 49th Annual Bi-State Winner Invitational Exhibition. 

October – November

Brent Funderburk – MS Governor’s Award for Visual Arts and Education 2024

Brent Funderburk is a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University, where he served as Art Department head and taught for 36 years. He has been recognized with the University’s highest academic, teaching, and research honors, including the Southeastern Conference Faculty Excellence Award (2016), the John Grisham Teaching Award, the Ralph E. Powe Faculty Research Award, and the Burlington Northern Faculty Excellence Award. 

Funderburk’s artwork has been juried into over 100 regional, national and international shows, with numerous awards, such as the International Society of Experimental Artists Award, the Holbein Artist Award, and Isabey-Savoir Faire Award, at the National Watercolor Society 100th International Open Exhibition (San Pedro, CA, 2020), the Artistic Excellence Special Award I at the Missouri International Exhibition (Barcelona, Spain, St, Louis, MO, 2020), the Juror’s Special Award and Certificate of Merit at the 6th Fabriano International Prize (Fabriano, Italy, 2020), and had work that toured seven Chinese museums in the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial (2015-16).


Holiday Gala                  December 14, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Membership Exhibition – December 14 – February 1, 2025
















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628 25th Avenue
Meridian, MS

Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00AM–4:00PM