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What will Mississippi look like 200 years from now?

Artists and writers have been depicting and interpreting Mississippi for more than 200 years, even before the territory became a state in 1817. As we commemorate the state’s bicentennial in 2017, you’re invited to “envision” Mississippi, not in the distant past, but in the far-away future.

Submissions may be composed of any combination of writing, illustration, photography, or imagery in a variety of media responding to the prompt

Open to the public. Free to participate.

Cover art by Jordan Hess

A partnership of the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Mississippi Library Commission, and Parents & Kids Magazine.

PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF TWO WAYS:

1. Digital Exhibition (All-ages) 

2. Parents & Kids Magazine Cover Art Competition (K-12 students)  

Details and guidelines below.

Digital Exhibition (All Ages)

Join the conversation and add your voice to the statewide digital exhibition envisioning the future of the state.

Submission details:

Open to the public. Free to participate.

  • Only digital submissions will be accepted
  • Submissions may be composed of any combination of writing, illustration, photography, or imagery in a variety of media responding to the prompt
  • Submissions accepted through July 8, 2018
  • Submissions will be showcased in a digital exhibition at envisionms.tumblr.com

Submit:

  • Via the Envision Mississippi submission form below
  • directly through our Envision Mississippi Tumblr page

Prizes: Just for fun!

Parents & Kids Magazine Cover Art Competition (K-12 students*)

*All Magazine Cover Competition submissions will receive automatic inclusion in the all-ages Digital Exhibition

Who better to envision the state’s future than the generations of young people who will determine its evolution?

Students and classrooms from across the state are invited to submit original work to the Envision Mississippi Magazine Cover Competition. Finalists in a variety of categories will receive prizes, public recognition, inclusion in the pages of Parents & Kids Magazine, and a spot in a public exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Thursday, April 19. The Grand Prize winner’s work will grace the cover of the March 2018 issue of Parents & Kids Magazine.

Submission details:

Open to all Mississippi students K-12. Free to participate (minimal postage may apply).

  • Competition entries accepted October 1, 2017 – January 30, 2018
  • Submissions may be composed of any combination of writing, illustration, photography, or imagery in a variety of media responding to the prompt
  • Submissions for the juried competition may be submitted digital OR physically mailed to the Museum
  • Works are juried by a cadre of Mississippi cultural personalities, artists, and educators
  • Jurors will choose five (5) finalists in each of two age brackets: Grade K-6, Grade 7-12
  • One (1) finalist will be named Grand Prize Winner
  • Finalists and Grand Prize Winner will be notified February 15, with public announcement in the March 2018 issue of Parents & Kids Magazine

Judging Criteria:

  • Artworks will be judged primarily on creativity, imagination, and vision. Technical skill and development, while considered in context, will not be used as a key factor in comparing works by artists of different ages.

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: Placement on cover of March 2018 Parents & Kids Magazine; inclusion in pop-up exhibition at the Museum; complimentary year of Museum membership
  • Finalists: Interior placement in March 2018 Parents & Kids Magazine; inclusion in pop-up exhibition at the Museum; complimentary year of Museum membership

Submit:

ATTN: Art & Public Exchange
Mississippi Museum of Art
380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

  • If submitting digitally: Students must be prepared to make original artwork available in the event they are chosen as finalists.
  • For hard-copy submissions: If students/educators would like work mailed back after judging, they must include return postage. OR, the Museum will retain any hard-copy submissions for pickup through the duration of the Picturing Mississippi exhibition (July 8, 2018).

Visual submission example:

The Hanging Gardens of Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi's iconic Standard Life Building imagined 200 years into the future as a skyscraper of urban agriculture.

Written submission example:

"A hologram of William Faulkner will teach English to Mississippi school-children."

Celebrate Mississippi's bicentennial on the banks of art history.

The centerpiece of the Museum’s bicentennial initiatives, Picturing Mississippi commemorates and celebrates the 200th anniversary of statehood for Mississippi, admitted to the Union on December 10, 1817, as the 20th state.

The aesthetic goal of the exhibition is to assemble original artworks in various media of the highest quality to illuminate the perception and depiction of Mississippi over more than two centuries. With at least 175 works by more than 100 different artists, both Mississippi natives and those from beyond its borders, the exhibition is unprecedented in the history of the state.

A great many of these works will be lent by prestigious national institutions such as the Harvard University Art Museums; the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Featured will be individual masterpieces by artists seldom exhibited in the state, including James Audubon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thomas Hart Benton, George Caleb Bingham, John Steuart Curry, Robert Indiana, Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol – as well as a plethora of works by native Mississippians such as Sam Gilliam, William Dunlap, George Ohr, and Eudora Welty.

200 years. 100 artists. 1 Mississippi.