MMA Announces Featured in the 2023 Mississippi Invitational

April 19, 2023

Robin Martea A New Way painting
Robin Martéa (b. 1986), A New Way, 2021. Mixed media. 11" x 17"
Credit: Robin Martéa

The Mississippi Museum of Art today announced 15 artists participating in the 2023 Mississippi Invitational exhibition, a survey of recent works created by contemporary visual artists living and working in the state.

The exhibition will feature works across a variety of media by Jackson-based artists Brenden Davis, Adrienne Dominick, Monica Hill, Sabrina Howard and Robin Martéa.

Other Mississippi artists include Adrienne Brown-David, Water Valley; Kwasi Butler, Brandon; Rory Doyle, Cleveland; Kariann Fuqua, Oxford; Caroline Hatfield, Starkville; James Kane, Water Valley; Taylor Loftin, Water Valley; M. Robyn Wall, Cleveland; Hannah Wegner, Perkinston; and Brooke White, Oxford.

On view June 10 through September 17, 2023, this year’s Mississippi Invitational works were selected by guest curator Katie Pfohl, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

"I am thrilled to work with the wonderful team at the Mississippi Museum of Art to create the 2023 Mississippi Invitational,” said Pfohl. From my seven years as a curator in New Orleans, I know the talent, depth, and thoughtfulness of artists in the Gulf South. I am honored to have this opportunity to continue a dialogue with artists from the region, and craft a project that responds to this moment in Mississippi's history."

The art in this year’s Invitational reflects on the theme “Gulfs Among Us,” which confronts a world marked by social, political, cultural, and geographic divisions. The artwork in this exhibition responds to a series of ever-widening gulfs: between people and communities, humans and the environment, and our interior and exterior selves. These 15 artists from across Mississippi are united in envisioning how art can speak across and between divides.

Invitational artists will be eligible to apply for The Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship—a grant of up to $20,000 awarded to one artist. The recipient will be announced during an opening reception on June 8.

MMA Director Betsy Bradley said, “I continue to be excited and inspired by the artists in our state. The 2023 Mississippi Invitational, the thirteenth iteration of this exhibition series, will bring audiences together across our many divides. We are grateful to these artists to allow our community to feel more connected to each other.”

A publication accompanying the exhibition will be available in The Museum Store.

The Mississippi Invitational and its biennial exhibition, artist fellowship, and catalog are made possible with support from the Community Foundation for Mississippi/Jane Crater Hiatt Fund.