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).

48th 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.

Juror Ronna S. Harris

Ronna S. Harris currently serves as Associate Professor in the Newcomb Art Department with Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where she has instructed since 1989.  Harris received her Master of Fine Arts/Painting at the University of California Santa Barbara and her Bachelor of Art/Drawing from California State University at Northridge, CA and attended the San Francisco Art Institute.

Harris has a long list of one- and two-persons and invitational group exhibitions throughout her exhibition career. She has given many service-related hours to the University and the community in New Orleans.  Honors and awards have added up over the years from such places as New York, Santa Barbara, New Orleans, and cities throughout Florida.  Her work has been collected by the New Orleans Museum of Art, Jacksonville Art Museum, Morris Museum, Huntsville Art Museum and is in many private collections. 

Harris’ teaching specialization includes painting, figure drawing, studio fundamentals, illustration, design fundamentals and color theory.



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.

Entries and Fee:

A maximum of three (3) entries per artist may be submitted. Works must be original and created during the years of 2019 to present.  Student assigned work will not be accepted.  Do not send original works for consideration. Works may be submitted as digital photograph images as JPG files through email at meridianmuseum@bellsouth.net. On each digital image, please include the title of the piece only. A non-refundable entry fee of $30.00 is required per artist. A cashier’s check, money order, check or PayPal will be accepted for payment. Please do not send cash.  If sending by mail, use PO Box 5773 Meridian, MS 39302. Please email:  Digital Images and entry form  by July 1, 2022. 

Size Requirements:

All 2-D work will not exceed 72 x 96 in. and should be wired ready to hang (unless special conditions exist). All 3-D work should not exceed 8 feet in any direction and weigh no more than 50 lbs.


Notification of acceptance/rejection will be emailed by the museum on or about July 15, 2022. MMA is the final authority on eligibility and has the right, without restrictions of liability, to reject any entry believed not creditable to the show.

Delivery & Pick Up:

Last DAY TO RECEIVE accepted works is July 23, 2022. All shipped entries should be packaged in returnable containers and a prepaid return shipment label enclosed. All accepted entries (shipped or hand delivered) must be received July 18 – July 23, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Works will be returned in the same container within one month after the closing date. Other works can be picked up any time after the closing date during normal museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. beginning September 24th after the awards reception. Works left by the artist ninety days after the closing date will become the property of the museum. 

The museum reserves the right of reproduction of entries in catalogues, and for news and promotional use. Sending an entry to this competition will constitute agreement with all the conditions within this prospectus.

Sales: The museum will retain a 25% commission on all sales made during the exhibition. 

Liability: All Possible CARE Will BE EXERCISED in handling works by the Director and Preparatory Assistant. MMA will not assume responsibility for loss or damage to any artwork submitted to the show. The artist should insure all artwork before submitting to the competition. The museum will not insure works in transit to or from the museum.

Awards & Honors: The juror will have a minimum of $3,000.00 for cash and purchase awards. The Best of Show artist will be featured in an exhibition at the museum in 2023.


August 2 -September 24

Reception: September 24, 2022.    

2-4 p.m. Awards will be announced at three thirty.  A special invitation is extended to artists and their friends.


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