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).

Events

 

Vino and Van Gogh (Weekly on Thursday @ 6 PM)

Youth Seasonal Workshops – Quarterly

Youth Classes – Summer and After School

Permanent Collection Exhibits

Rotating Exhibits of Mississippi Artists and Fine Craftsmen                      

 

 

August 2 – September 24         

48th Annual Bi-State Art Competition Exhibition

A special invitation is extended to artists to compete, and awards announced at 2 p.m. on September 24.

October 7 – November 26

Invitational Mississippi Clay Works Exhibition

Invitational Exhibition developed by Antoinette Bandenhorst (Organizer, exhibitor, and workshop leader for the Mississippi Inaugural Clay Works Conference) The MS Clayworks Invitational is the beginning of a journey in which contemporary ceramics of the 21st century will be featured in The Meridian Museum of Art. Invited artists from across the United States, will be featured. These artists will show works in which they created diverse subjects, working techniques and clay mediums.

The show will collaborate and exchange information between artists, collectors, and passionate art admirers. It will operate as a tool to educate college and school students. 

We strive to bring high quality ceramic art by nationally and internationally renowned ceramic artists to Meridian and we trust people from around Mississippi will try to attend this show. 

A few artists included in the invitation are Antoinette Badenhorst, Curtis Benzle, Kevin Snipes, Paul Lewing and Pete Pinnell.

Antoinette is a ceramic artist who specializes in porcelain and will be in charge of the Mississippi Inaugural Clay Works Conference. She has been featured in more than 20 international publications. Her first book (Working with Porcelain) was published by the American Ceramic Society in 2018. Born in South Africa, she started her pottery career almost 40 years ago.  She emigrated to the USA with her family and received US citizenship with her extraordinary skills as an artist.  She was early in her career interested in porcelain. Since 2004 her focus shifted to high fire translucent porcelain and recently, she developed her own porcelain clay body. Through extensive research and experimenting in clay and glazes, she accelerated as a successful porcelain artist. She exhibited in art shows in America, South Africa, and Japan.  Antoinette has presented hands-on workshops in South Africa, the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, France, and Spain. Her porcelain sculptures are exhibited in museums, private and public collections, as well as in the White House.  In 2014 Antoinette and her husband Koos started teaching porcelain online classes. Their success story led to the founding of TeachinArt, the online art school.  As she is mentoring potters from across the world in her private capacity, she is in a constant learning curve.

October 7 Reception 

December 11                           

Annual Gala 6-8 p.m.

December 11 – February 4, 2023

Membership Exhibition

 

Find Us

Address
628 25th Avenue
Meridian, MS

Hours
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00AM–4:00PM