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).

49th 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.

Eligibility: Open to all artists who are current or past residents of Mississippi or Alabama.

Media: 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 2020 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.  A non-refundable fee of $30.00 is required for entry to the competition.  A cashier’s check, money order, check or PayPal will be accepted for payment. Please do not send cash. The entry form is a fillable PDF and can be emailed or mailed. (PO Box 5773, Meridian, MS 39302)

Size Requirements: All 2-D work will not exceed 72 x 96 inches 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.

Liability: All Possible CARE Will BE EXERCISED in handling entries. The Meridian Museum of Art 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. Works left by the artist two months 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, will constitute agreement with all the conditions in this prospectus.

Delivery, Pick Up, and Returned Shipment:   All works must be received July 11- 22. Last day to receive accepted works is July 22. Deliver or ship entries to MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART, 628 – 25th Avenue, Meridian, MS 39301. Works may be removed after awards are announced and checked out with a museum representative. All shipped works should be packaged in returnable containers with a return shipment enclosed. Works will be returned within one month after the closing date.  The museum is not responsible for returned shipments of works. 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.

Sales: The museum will retain a 25% commission on all sales made during the exhibition. (The commission does not apply to the purchase or best of show awards.) 

Awards & Honors: The juror will have a minimum of $3,000.00 for cash awards. The Best of Show artist will be featured in an exhibition at the museum in the fall of 2024.

Juror James Michalopoulos

August 1 – September 23 (Reception September 23)                                                  

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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