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Portraits as Landscapes, Landscapes as Portraits: Yoknapatawpha County in the 1960s This exhibition was made possible in part by the generous support of the Friends of the Museum and Sherwin-Williams.


orn in 1931 in the Périgord and after studies in journalism and sociology, Alain Desvergnes worked as an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi from 1963 to 1965.While here, he read the works of William Faulkner and fell in love with Yoknapatawpha County. Inspired by Faulkner’s words, Desvergnes sought to photograph the mythical county, documenting both its beauty and its sorrow.

Portraits as Landscapes, Landscapes as Portraits: Yoknapatawpha County in the 1960s illustrates Desvergnes’ telling of the story of generations of Americans living in the South during tumultuous times, using both color and black and white photographs. Through a foreigner’s eye, viewers can almost feel the warmth of the sun, the fresh cotton in their hands, and listen to the stories and memories passed on from generation to generation—stories about change and Southern culture.

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Welcome to Your Museum! Greetings from the University Museum and Historic Houses! I have had the great pleasure of assuming the mantle of museum leadership in September. This is a personal and professional opportunity of great meaningfulness to me, and I’ve been welcomed to the community and the University in a myriad of heartwarming ways. To every one of you who has extended a gracious welcome, my sincere thanks. I’ve been deeply moved by your countless gestures of kindness and thoughtfulness.

We are celebrating and anticipating two major events: the gift of Gordon W. Bailey and the reinstallation of the David M. Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the Mary Buie building.Towards the end of 2012, we were exceptionally fortunate to receive multiple gifts of art from Los Angeles-based collector Gordon W. Bailey. These works by self-taught artists add significantly to the Museum’s holdings of vernacular art, and are raw, powerful, visually compelling, and inspirational.

The Museum is in a very dynamic phase of its life, and we are planning an ambitious series of exhibitions, educational offerings, and public programs for audiences of all ages. Much of our momentum and growth is a direct result of the catalytic impact of my predecessor William Andrews, whose support in my early months I want to acknowledge explicitly. Additionally, the Museum benefited greatly from a steady hand under the leadership of Interim Director Norm Easterbrook. In so many ways I stand on the shoulders of these two predecessors—thank you,William and Norm.

We are also in the final planning stages of launching a major reinstallation project for the Robinson Collection. One of the Museum’s most significant collections, we are very excited to anticipate a vastly increased presence. Working with a leading national exhibition design consultant, the multi-disciplinary project team will study the latest in interpretive, display, and interactive technology strategies to increase not only the number of works on view, but also the physical and intellectual access to the works.


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Brea Burkett Julie Mauldin Kelly Herbert Mar y Kate Keappler Steven Mockler Alexa Penton Molly Scofield Ashton Wilcox COLLECTIONS INTERNS:

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In closing, let me share a newcomer’s observation about the Museum’s many assets and its extraordinary community. Beyond the remarkable depth of our 20,000+ object collection, we benefit immensely from multiple resources available to us. The Museum staff consists of highly-trained and experienced professionals who work tirelessly and dedicatedly to serve our mission and our visitors. Chancellor Daniel W. Jones and the Office of the Provost provide leadership and support that is both essential and inspiring. The Friends of the Museum is a support organization with a highly active and committed Board who raise funds and lift our spirits with their advocacy and passion for all that we do. Recently, at their January 2013 Board meeting, the Friends made a significant funding contribution in support of the Robinson Collection project; for multiple Museum exhibitions; and for further development of our Outdoor Sculpture program—thank you, Friends, for that very generous underwriting! As you attend Museum events, please look for me and introduce yourself if we haven’t met—I sincerely look forward to getting to know all of you.


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Alison Bartel Lora Ellinwood Kelcie Mabr y Thomisha Matthews Charles Rainey John Thomas ROWAN OAK INTERNS:

Tina Lutz Audrey Mason Rebecca McDougald Paige Prather Tyler Proffitt

These staff members join the fulltime staff in support of the Museum mission and provide critical assistance with programming, activities, and events. Graduate assistantships and undergraduate internships augment existing academic programs with professional museum experience. To contribute to the endowment that sustains graduate assistantships at the University Museum and Historic Houses, please contact Michael Upton at 662-915-3027 or Gifts also may be made by mailing a check to the University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677 noting the University of Mississippi Museum noted or by visiting

The University of Mississippi Museum is the grateful recipient of time and talent given by many within our community. Many thanks to these individuals who are dedicated to the Museum and its mission: THE FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012–2013

Laura Antonow Jason Bouldin Jason Derrick Dianne Fergusson Mar y Ann Fruge Gay Graeber Blair Hobbs Dorothy Howorth Erin Abbott Kirkpatrick

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“I went to photograph William Faulkner’s landscapes in Mississippi, in order to find there the characters that make appearances in his novels, to sketch the portrait of these figures who’d fascinated me and who I constantly encountered when walking through his lands,” said Desvergnes. “Between reality and fiction, a microcosm of landscapes took shape, which I saw as portraits, as did a microcosm of portraits, which I saw as landscapes. I had imagined them like improvised palimpsests where an image superimposes itself on another to fit in differently so as to flirt or struggle with the original image. Almost without knowing it, I pursued this research in other sites, Provence, Egypt, Mexico, and Canada, as well as on television screens where idols and icons jumble together, project themselves and merge to form the precarious landscapes of our fears, but also of our dreams.”

(Clockwise from top right) Alain Desvergnes speaks with University of Mississippi French students; Lamar Street 1963, on loan from artist; and Gas Man at Batesville 1964.

Between reality and fiction, a microcosm of landscapes took shape, which I saw as portraits, as did a microcosm of portraits, which I saw as landscapes.

In 1966, at the University of Ottawa, he created the Department of Visual Arts. He returned to France in 1979 to become director of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles (International Center of Photography at Arles). In 1982, at the request of the French Ministry of Culture, he created the École Nationale de la Photographie at Arles (National School of Photography). He has curated and exhibited in many European and American museums and galleries. His photographs are in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie; the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Mississippi; and the Canadian National Film Board. “The University of Mississippi Museum is exceptionally pleased to present the Yoknapatawpha photographs of French photographer Alain Desvergnes and to welcome this artist back to northern Mississippi more than 45 years 4


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—ALAIN DESVERGNES after he captured these compelling images,” said Museum Director Robert Saarnio. “Alain’s photographs convey a time and a place both distant and strikingly familiar to those of us who live here.” In conjunction with the exhibition, there was a panel discussion moderated by Ted Ownby, Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, which also featured Alain Desvergnes; William Griffith, Curator of Rowan Oak; and Jay Watson, Howry Chair in Faulkner Studies and Professor of English. Desvergnes also met with Anne Quinney’s French class for a discussion in the artist’s native language. The photographer and his family attended the opening reception. UM The exhibition will be featured as part of the 40th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference and remain on view until August 17, 2013.

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oted Los Angeles-based art collector Gordon W. Bailey, who is a staunch advocate for Southern vernacular artists, has made a major gift of artworks which has been added to the permanent collection.

Through the generosity of Mr. Bailey, these works of self-taught art at the UM Museum will gain regional and national attention, and visitors of all ages will be able to engage in this amazing gift.

“The Museum is very happy to share with our audiences these highly compelling works by major American self-taught artists and in the process, celebrate their having come to our permanent collection in recent months through the extraordinary generosity of their donor, Gordon W. Bailey,” said Director Saarnio.

(Top) Untitled (Standing Figure), O. L. Samuels, Promised Gift of Gordon W. Bailey. (Bottom) James G.Thomas leading a gallery talk; (left): Untitled (Figure), Bessie Harvey, Promised Gift of Gordon W. Bailey.

as if I am seeing them again for the first time, and I see something new in each one.”

The power of these works goes beyond words …”


The preview exhibition, Independent Expression: Self-taught Art of the Late 20th Century, was organized by Guest Curator, James G. Thomas Jr., Associate Director for Publications at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and features captivating works in multiple media. A more comprehensive exhibition is planned to open September 10, 2013. “The power of these works goes beyond words,” said Mr.Thomas.“Each time I see them I am simply awed,

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In conjunction with the preview, the Museum offered several activities for audiences of all ages, including a Gallery Talk by Guest Curator James G. Thomas Jr. and Express Yourself! Family Activity Day for families. Mr. Thomas enlightened and engaged the audience with stories of the artists displayed in the exhibition. During Express Yourself! Family Activity Day, the exhibition inspired families as they created mud paintings and folk art sculptures. UM

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his past fall, the Museum once again came alive with audiences of all ages creating art inspired by the Museum’s diverse collections and exciting new exhibitions. Our education programs reached record attendance numbers of almost 3,000 participants this fall alone, and we continued to reach new groups far beyond the walls of the Museum. Our youngest Mini Masters (ages 2–5) learned about colors through Rolland Golden’s

River and Reverie exhibit, our Art Zone afterschool students travelled back through time to create 3D replicas of Ancient Greek pottery, and hundreds of school children were reached through tours at the Museum. Family Activity Days exploring watercolors, basket weaving, and holiday prints drew record numbers this fall as parents, grandparents, and children of all ages worked together to create their own masterpieces. “Our Family Activity Days offer the unique opportunity for a truly enriching, intergenerational experience as parents and children learn and create together inspired by Museum exhibits,” says Curator of Education, Emily Dean. Central to the mission of the University and to the Museum is extending educational programming beyond the physical location of the Museum. We continue to partner for regular programming with Leap Frog afterschool program, the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library, and have started monthly programming with EDUCATE afterschool program in Como, MS. Our Traveling Trunks are designed to provide cultural and artistic enrichment in the classroom setting while meeting

Our Family Activity Days offer the unique opportunity for a truly enriching, intergenerational experience as parents and children learn and create together inspired by Museum exhibits”

(Top) Santa’s WorkShop Family Activity Day; (Bottom, left to right) Express Yourself! Family Activity Day; Steven Mockler gives tour during the Lowcountry Basketweaving Family Activity Day.

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summercamp The University Museum is excited to announce its 2013 schedule of fun-filled summer camps for children. Children will travel back in time, journey to far away lands, and create art inspired by their local surroundings in these exciting and educational camps inspired by the Museum’s collections.


$ 5 0 per participant for Museum Members at the Family level and above $75 per participant for non-member

All supplies and snacks are included in the cost.

Space is limited, so sign up today! Download the form at or come by the Museum to get a form. Submit the form and payment to the Museum front desk. You will receive a confirmation email for your enrollment. Contact Emily Dean, Curator of Education, at 662.915.7205 or if you have any questions.


June 10–14, 2013, 9–11:30 a.m. Explore nature along Bailey’s Woods trail, make a field journal, and create art inspired by the Museum’s collections and the beauty of the great outdoors.

Ancient Civilizations Camp

June 17–21, 2013, 9–11:30 a.m. Time travel to explore the art within the ruins of the Greek city of Olynthus, recreate coins from ancient Rome, encounter ancient Chinese culture, and create art inspired by the tribal traditions of centuries ago in Africa.

Coast to Coast: American Art June 24–28, 2013, 9–11:30 a.m. Creativity abounds, as children will learn about the great artists featured in the Museum from the West Coast art of Morris Graves to Southern Folk Artists to the artistic hotspot of New York City. Young artists will create their own masterpieces inspired by the American greats!

Made in Mississippi July 8–12, 2013, 9–11:30 a.m. In this fun-filled camp we move a little closer to home, creating 2D and 3D art inspired by Mississippi artists of the past and present!

Museum Mysteries: Out of the Vault

July 15–19, 2013, 9–11:30 a.m. Each day of this camp, children will see a rarely seen artifact from behind the scenes of the Museum’s collections and create art inspired by that mystery object.

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FOR CHILDREN IN PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN: Meet me at the Museum! Mini Masters Summer Camp July 22–26, 2013, 9–11:00 a.m. For Ages 3-5 (Parents are welcome to attend as well!) Get the young ones ready to head back to preschool or kindergarten by making art with their new friends inspired by toddler stories and art from the Museum’s collections!

FOR CHILDREN ENTERING GRADES 6-8 All About Art: Middle School Edition

July 15–19, 2013, 1–3:30 p.m. Experiment with drawing, illustrating, painting, sculpture, and more in this fun-filled week of art inspired by Museum collections and exhibitions. All levels of experience are welcome.

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state and national curriculum standards. In addition to school groups, our Traveling Trunk program reached 365 students through counseling programs in seven counties and more than 200 participants in partnership with Very Special Arts last fall. This spring we are expanding lessons in our trunks to reach grades K-12, and we are projecting numbers of more than 5,000 participants at no cost to participating schools or groups. This semester we are par tner ing with the Powerhouse and local artist Andi Bedsworth to offer Mini Masters classes for toddlers and parents in alternating locations, making this truly a community prog ram. Museum Education Staff Follow us on Facebook, (Left to Right) Emily Dean, Brea Burkett, Julie Maudlin, Twitter, and join our Mary Kate Keappler, Molly Scofield, mailing list to find out Kelly Herbert, Steven Mockler, and Alexa Penton. Not pictured: more about our unique Ashton Wilcox. programming offered for a variety of age groups. Summer Camp registration has begun, so sign up today because this will be a spring and summer at the Museum that you will not want to miss! UM

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Register your child(ren) for a fun-filled semester of art activities for kids in grades K–6. Each week, children will learn a new way to make art pertaining to exhibits at the Museum.

Traveling Trunks Through the generous support of the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Museum is proud to launch its newest Traveling Trunk, Lowcountry Basket Weaving. This trunk explores the art of basket making and its African origins inspired by the NEH On the Road Exhibit, Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art. Other Traveling Trunks include Walter Anderson, Theora Hamblett, Folk Art, Ancient Greece, African Art, and Chinese Art. Each trunk provides quality art materials and lessons for teachers to enhance student expression, while meeting critical curriculum benchmarks. For more information on this program, contact Emily Dean, Curator of Education, at or 662.915.7205

Retired Professor Creates Endowment for Museum Education and Outreach Retired University of Mississippi Education professor Lynton Dilley fondly remembers toting around heavy, military-style footlockers in 1981 when she helped establish one of the campus museum’s first educational outreach programs—what were then called the “Dilley Boxes.” Dilley, with help from fellow Education professors Cindy Leigh and Peggy Emerson, acquired trunks stocked with hands-on learning materials to create activities for thirdgraders who toured exhibits at the Museum. “It started as a modest project we did in our free time,” Dilley said. “I was in charge of placing our elementary education students as teacher aides in the local school systems. This was a way for the University to collaborate with those schools.” But what started as a small program grew quickly. Today, the Traveling Trunk Program at the Museum sends s e ve n s i m i l a r b oxe s w i t h l e a r n i n g m a t e r i a l s and lesson plans to classrooms in sur rounding counties. A $25,000 gift from Dilley will help ensure it continues to reach future generations. During a small ceremony in July at the Museum, Dilley was honored by friends, family, and University leaders for her gift, which created the Dilley Museum Education Endowment to fund educational outreach programs. “This has been an exceptional year for donations at Ole Miss,” Chancellor Dan Jones said. “To me, some of the most special gifts are those that come from our former faculty members who decide they want to give back to continue to support Ole Miss.”
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Dilley Endowment will help fund are free outreach programs, such as the Traveling Trunk Program. More than 8,200 children participated in the museum’s educational outreach programs since 2011. “Mrs. Dilley’s generosity will touch many lives and significantly impact our programming,” said Emily Dean, Curator of Education. “We want to expand our current programs to bring the Museum collections to life for more students of all ages. We will also be able to develop new programs that reach varied audiences. We want to be ambassadors of Mrs. Dilley’s belief in the power of education.” UM

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Museum Community Museum Advocate Remembered The University Museum is deeply saddened to share news of the passing of Elizabeth Cummings Fortune—known to all her Oxford and Ole Miss friends as “Lib.” She was preceded in death by her husband Porter Lee Fortune Jr., Chancellor of the University of Mississippi from 1968 to 1984. She passed away in Atlanta on October 31, 2012. Lib devoted many years of her time and leadership talents as president of the Friends of the Museum Board and was a tireless champion of not only the Museum but also arts and cultural initiatives across the entire University community. She remained an active supporter of the Museum throughout her life and in 1992 created the Porter and Elizabeth Fortune Endowment in support of Museum acquisitions and priority needs. In 1997 she donated funds to construct the Fortune Gallery to pay tribute to the life of her late husband, Chancellor Fortune. She extended her advocacy to an active concern and support for the Museum’s Walton-Young Historic House. An enthusiastic and passionate volunteer, Lib gave her time generously. Her vibrant personality continued to inspire others after a move to Atlanta, where she resided in later years.

Lib was born in Ware Shoals, South Carolina, and grew up in High Point, North Carolina. She graduated from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina and became a benefactor of the school (now known as UNC at Greensboro). She is survived by two sons Philip Lee Fortune and Carey Fortune; her daughter Jean Fortune Kaplan; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Upon her passing, the Fortune family requested that memorial gifts be made to the University Museum and Historic Houses, in care of the University of Mississippi Foundation. We are profoundly grateful for the family’s thoughtful gesture that extends Lib’s extraordinary legacy. Memorial gifts will be used for purposes congruent with the terms of the Fortune Endowment. If you would like to contribute in honor of Elizabeth Fortune, contact Michael Upton at the UM Foundation at 662.915.3027 or Gifts also may be made by mailing a check to the University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677, noting the Elizabeth Fortune Memorial Gifts, or by visiting UM

Coming Soon! Major Self-taught Art Exhibition opens September 10, 2013 Artworks gifted by Gordon W. Bailey (Left) Rose, 1990s. Edwin Jeffrey. Gift of Gordon W. Bailey.



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Museum Community Museum’s Annual Membership Party A highly festive mood prevailed on the evening of Thursday, October 11, 2012, when members of the Oxford community and University leaders gathered for the Museum’s annual Members’ Party, which celebrated recent gifts of artwork to the Museum’s permanent collection. Newly arrived Museum Director, Robert Saarnio, and Museum staff were on hand to greet guests. The evening showcased the exhibition, Gifted Visions: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection. The exhibit featured work by acclaimed artists such as Mary T. Smith, Alyne Harris, Andrew Bucci, Marie Hull, Glennray Tutor, and William Dunlap. “From its inception, the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses have flourished due to the generous support of the Oxford community and individuals wishing to share their private collections with a larger audience,” said Emily Dean, Curator of Education. “These recent gifts are a tremendous addition to our permanent collection, which will be an invaluable resource for learners of all ages for years to come.”

Totem. Alvin Jarrett. Promised Gift of Vikki Hughes and Price Johnson.

The donors of art included: Louis E. Dollarhide and Betty Z. Har r ington, Elizabeth Dollarhide, John Z. Dollarhide, Louis E. Dollarhide III, Martha C. Dollarhide, David K. Dollarhide, Donna H.Vinson, Vikki Hughes and Pr ice Johnson, A.C. Brown, William Dunlap, UM Chancellor and Mrs. Dan Jones, and Ray Meifert. “I’m excited to have the Membership Party as my first significant opportunity to acknowledge to museum supporters my great joy in assuming this wonderful position at a most remarkable museum,” Saarnio said. “This celebration of the Museum’s community, and our donors and members, is an annual expression of something we feel every day—immense gratitude to those who transform the University Museum through gifts to the collection and by sustaining us with their membership pledges.” The UM Museum is indebted to the generosity and continued support of our patrons and donors who believe in the Museum’s mission.We hope you will join us at the next Annual Membership Party in the fall. UM

Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Wright, AmeriCorps VISTA The UM Museum benefits greatly from the generosity of its volunteers and celebrates the dedicated service of Joel Wright. Born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Joel graduated from Hendrix College in 2005 with a B.A. in History and Education. Before obtaining his Master’s degree, he taught high school for four years in the Arkansas Delta and Holly Springs, MS. Joel graduated last May at the University of Mississippi with a Master’s in History with an emphasis on 20th Century K-12 Education and Race. He is currently the AmeriCorps VISTA at the Museum where he has been working alongside Curator of Education, Emily Dean. He focuses on the Outreach programs, especially the Traveling Trunks. Joel states, “I have tried to bring my experience as a school teacher to expand our S E E .

program to include more options for middle school/junior high students, and to create new long term partnerships for bringing art into the surrounding communities, like we have with an afterschool group in Como, MS.” Joel has taken up the tedious responsibility of writing grants on behalf of the Americorps VISTA, Joel Wright, packs up M u s e u m a n d h a s a l r e a d y b e e n a Traveling Trunk. awarded his first grant, a Mississippi Arts Commission Minigrant, to send Emily Dean to the National Art Education Association Conference in Fort Worth, TX. Thank you, Joel, for devoted commitment of service to the Museum and the community! UM E X P E R I E N C E .

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Collections News The University of Mississippi Museum received a grant to be a part of the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) overseen by Heritage Preservation. CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and historic structures and recommend ways to improve collections and building conditions. Professional conservators spent two days surveying the site and three days preparing comprehensive reports identifying conservation priorities. The reports will assist the Museum in making appropriate improvements for the immediate and long-range care of its collections and historic structures. UM

(Left to right) Marti Funke, Robert Saarnio, Katherine Singley, and Michael Emrick.

Blue Star Museums This summer, the University of Mississippi Museum along with 1,800 museums nationwide participates in Blue Star Museums, a program of the National Endowment of the Arts offering free museum admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Blue Star Museums enables American communities to thank our military families for their service and sacrifice to our country by inviting them to enjoy the best of American culture. UM

The UM Museum is honored to be awarded the following grants and designation during the 2012–2013 year. • Conservation Assessment Program from Heritage Preservation



• National Recreation Trail Designation from the Department of the US Interior

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• Programming Grant for NEH On the Road from the National Endowment for the Humanities

• MAC Minigrant from the Mississippi Arts Commission

Untitled. Gift of Helen Tudor Robinson.

Collections News On Loan T h e O r p h e u s R e l i e f P ro j e c t i s a collaboration between the Georgia Museum of Art and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia and the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses. The project involves the public exhibition and interdisciplinary study of an important but little-known marble relief sculpture with possible vestiges of ancient painting. This exciting endeavor uses cutting-edge technology of hyperspectral imaging to illuminate the painting and other microscopic materials on the relief ’s sculpted surfaces. The Orpheus Relief returns to the Museum at the end of April 2013.

Hamblett Hill, 1965. Bequest of Theora Hamblett.

From March 23-June 23, 2013, Symbols of Faith, Life and Beyond: The Art of Theora Hamblett will be on exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art on loan from the University of Mississippi Museum. This exhibition highlights all three of Theora Hamblett’s collections: Old Home Memories, Childhood Games, and Dreams and Visions. We are very excited to share one of our prized artists and collections with broader audiences. UM

College and University Reciprocal Membership Program The UM Museum will now be a participating museum within the College and University Reciprocal Membership Program. The purpose of this collaborative program is to share reciprocal membership benefits such as free admission or museum shop discounts, and especially to promote and encourage visitation and expand museum experiences. All Museum members will receive reciprocal membership admissions and gift store discounts at participating museums. The program currently consists of 43 museums on college or university campuses, including Yale University Art Gallery, Georgia Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, and Nasher Museum of Art. UM View the complete list at

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Rowan Oak News New Books, New Displays, New Memories On July 6, 1962, the world lost one of its great literary luminaries, William Faulkner. Luckily, his works continue to entertain and inspire readers, while Rowan Oak gives the public the opportunity to live with Mr. Faulkner, if only for an hour. Last summer’s 2012 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference theme, “Fifty Years after Faulkner,” honored the great author’s legacy. There are two new books commemorating William Faulkner’s life. Above the Treetops by Jack S a c c o, c h ro n i c l e s W i l l i a m F a u l k n e r a n d Bobby Little’s friendship. Hardback copies are currently on sale in the Museum Store.The second book, Every Day by the Sun by Dean Faulkner Wells is out in paperback. Curator of Rowan Oak, Bill Griffith, describes it as “[one of] the most humane treatments of the Faulkner family yet written,” a true essential for any Faulkner fan. Rowan Oak has installed two new display cases. One case is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of William Faulkner’s passing with letters

Faulkner in His Library by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

from Tom Brokaw and William Styron, while the second case contains two photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Also, the new film adaptation of As I Lay Dying, directed by James Franco, is sure to spark a new interest in one of the South’s most beloved authors. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference July 21–25, 2013. Our new volunteers, Martha Huckins and Rebecca McDouglad, are happy to inform visitors about Mississippi’s favorite author, so beat the crowds and come visit Rowan Oak. UM

Thanks to Our Sponsor, Sherwin-Williams The UM Museum would like to thank Sher win-Williams for its gracious ongoing donation of paint for the galleries to support the exhibitions: On the Silk Road: Chinese Ceramics, Culture and Commerce, Gifted Visions: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection, and Portraits as Landscapes, Landscapes as Portraits: Yoknapatawpha County in the 1960s.



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Into the Flatland: Photographs by Kathleen Robbins In the fall of 2001, Kathleen Robbins moved from New Mexico to the Mississippi Delta to live on her family’s farm, Belle Chase. Her family’s history and their connection to this place were markedly present in her everyday experiences. After a move to South Carolina in 2003, Robbins documented her travels home. The photographs in this series were made during regular trips home to visit family over a period of several years. This is land that her family has inhabited for generations. Into the Flatland explores familial obligation and our conflicted relationship with “home.” UM This project was made possible with support from the Institute for Southern Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

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Recollecting 1980–2012 Works by Ron Dale This exhibition will constitute a career retrospective of Oxford, Mississippi-based ceramic artist, Ron Dale. He has been broadly exhibited in multiple solo shows nationally and is widely honored, including as recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts Award of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters in 1992. Dale served as an art faculty member in ceramics from 1980 to 2005 and is an Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Mississippi. UM

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Friends of the Museum Harvest Supper Offers Rare Way to Enjoy Rowan Oak


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t was a perfect October night—cool, but not cold, with all the energy and optimism of a Thursday night of a football weekend in Oxford. Lights in the trees, wildflowers on the farm tables, music in the air, a cocktail in the hand: it was the first annual Harvest Supper on the grounds of Rowan Oak, presented by the Friends of the Museum. Catered by star-on-the-rise chef Elizabeth Heiskell, the serving tables were bountiful with delectable seasonal dishes, each better than the last, and all prepared with (Top) Evening on the grounds of Rowan Oak; (Right) Jason and Alicia Bouldin; (Bottom) Alphonso Sanders & Friends.



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Harvest Supper guests developed a new and even more personal affection for this beloved landmark.

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(Left) A bountiful harvest supplied by Woodson Ridge Farm and catered by Elizabeth Heiskell; (Bottom, clockwise from top left) Bo and Carol Dunn and Stella McConnel; Michelle Bright and Blair Hobbs; Elizabeth Dollarhide; Ron Shapiro and John T. Edge.


local produce donated by nearby Woodson Ridge Farm. Candlelight and jazz by Alphonso Sanders & Friends warmed the night air. It was a wonderful celebration of the Museum and its new director, Robert Saarnio, and of friends from Oxford, from around Mississippi, and beyond. But the star of the evening was Rowan Oak. Enjoying a drink and hors d’oeuvres on the front lawn, where Mr. Faulkner served his guests cocktails and dined on the side lawns, where he frequently entertained, Harvest Supper guests developed a new and even more personal affection for this beloved landmark. “It was a magical night,” says Friends president, Dorothy Howorth. “Everyone had a fabulous time enjoying Rowan Oak in such a rare and intimate way, all while raising important funds for the Museum. People keep asking me when we’re going to do it again!” And, in fact, the second annual Harvest Supper will be on October 10, 2013, so mark your calendars.

The Self Family Foundation Drs. Ken Wooten and Margaret Wylde First National Bank Mr. Wright and Mrs. Sonia Thompson Woodson Ridge Farms Cathead Vodka Oxford Floral

Lazy Magnolia Nautilus Publishing Howorth and Associates Architects Dr. Don and Mrs. Mary Ann Frugé Mr. Bob and Mrs. Suzie Sawyer BancorpSouth

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Tickets will be available from the Museum in midSeptember. As before, proceeds from the 2013 Harvest Supper will support education, exhibitions, and acquisitions at the University Museum and Historic Houses. Details will be posted on the Friends’ page at UM S E E .

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We Thank our New and Returning Members, Donors, and Supporters! This list represents memberships and donations between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Diligent efforts were made to ensure the accuracy of this list. If there is a correction to be made, please contact Alyssa Yuen at Drs. H. Dale and Ann J. Abadie Mr. and Mrs. James F. Adams Ms. Peggy Adams Dr. Aileen Ajootian Mr. and Mrs. Jere H. Allen Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Anderson Ms. Bethlehem K. Andrews Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Andrews Mr. and Mrs. William P. Andrews Ms. Laura E. Antonow Drs. Walter and Janice Antonow Ms. Elizabeth Moore Arnold Dr. and Mrs. William C. Baker Mr. Gordon W. Bailey BancorpSouth Dr. and Mrs. Frank R. Banks Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Barksdale Ms. Marie Barksdale Drs. Robert W. and Marie Barnard Mr. and Mrs. Clarke P. Barton Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Bennett Jr. The Hon. Neal B. Biggers Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John R. Blair Jr. Ms. Emily Blount Dr. Anne K. Bomba Dr. Alicia S. and Mr. Jason H. Bouldin Mrs. Norma S. Bourdeaux Mrs. Mary Anne Reed Bowen Dr. Mary E and Mr. Kendall O. Bowlin Mr. Robert H. Boykin Jr. Dr. and Mrs. John R. Bradley Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dana B. Brammer Mr. and Mrs. Louis K. Brandt Mr. and Mrs. Bub Brannan Mrs. Mack A. Breazeale Dr. A. C. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Patrick S. Brown Dr. and Mrs. Gwynne T. Brunt Jr. Ms. Kaye H. Bryant Mrs. Maralyn H. Bullion Dr. Homer H. Burkett Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Burns III Mr. and Mrs. David L. Calder Mr. and Mrs. John P. Callery Mr. and Mrs. Alan B. Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Carothers III Mr. and Mrs. James O. Carpenter Cathead Vodka Mr. and Mrs. William L. Chadwick Ms. Wanda L. Chancellor Dr. and Mrs. Steven P. Chevalier Mr. and Mrs. David Clark The Hon. Kay B. and Mr. Larry D. Cobb Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Coleman Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi Mr. Gerrit W. Conover Dr. John Joseph Cook Mr. and Mrs. John J. Cook Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Wright Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin P. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Copp Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. Corbin Dr. and Mrs. Richard H. Corson Coterie Club Ms. Pamela J. Cox Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Crawford Mr. Darrell Crawford



Mr. and Mrs. James H. Creekmore Mr. and Mrs. David Crews Dr. and Mrs. Edward M. Croom Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Osmond Crosby Mr. and Mrs. Frank Crosthwait Jr. Dr. Betty J. Crouther Mrs. Corrine T. Cullen Mr. and Mrs. John M. Currence Dr. and Mrs. John N. Daigle Dr. Alakabha Datta Mr. and Mrs. Wallace E. Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Davis Mr. Walter Alan David Mrs. Martha D. Day Drs. Michael P. and Wanda J. Dean Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dehmer Jr. Mr. Rex M. Deloach and Mrs. Ruthann Ray Deloitte Foundation Mr. William Jason Derrick Mrs. Lynton S. Dilley Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Dollar Mr. and Mrs. John Z. Dollarhide Mr. David K. Dollarhide Ms. Elizabeth Dollarhide Mr. Louis E. Dollarhide and Mrs. Betty Z. Harrington Mr. Louis Edgar Dollarhide III Mr. Benjamen W. Douglas Mr. Jack F. Dunbar and Mrs. Patsy Engelhard Mr. and Mrs. John Dunbar Dr. and Mrs. William J. Dunn Mr. and Mrs. Norman S. Easterbrook Mr. John T. Edge Jr. and Mrs. Vivian B. Hobbs Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Farris Jr. Fat Possum Records Dr. Dianne S. Fergusson Mr. Lester Ferrell First National Bank – Oxford Ms. Connie Gwen Flake Ms. Krisin F. Flierl Mr. and Mrs. Harry Flowers Mr. and Mrs. Roger M. Flynt Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis M. Ford Mrs. Elizabeth Fortune Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Frey Dr. and Mrs. Peter K. Frost Dr. and Mrs. Don L. Fruge’ Mrs. Ann C. Gill Mr. and Mrs. John D. Glass Mr. George Davis Gober Mr. and Mrs. William Gottshall Jr. Drs. Dennis C. and Tamar Goulet Drs. Robert C. and Anne R. Gowdy Dr. Leslie and Mr. James M. Graham III Dr. and Mrs. Vaughn L. Grisham Drs. Mark G. and Susan S. Gunn Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Gurner Dr. and Mrs. Cliff Hall Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Hammond III Mrs. Olivia W. Harrell Ms. Mary Lillian Hart Mr. and Mrs. Samuel B. Haskell III Mr. Randy Hayes Mrs. Susan Sadler Hayman Mr. and Mrs. George S. Haymans IV Ms. Amy Head Mrs. Robin R. Hendrickson

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Mr. and Mrs. Mike Henry Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Henson Ms. Monica S. Hern Ms. Carra Hewitt Dr. Gregory G. Heyworth and Mrs. Sandra Knispel-Heyworth Mr. Max D. Hipp and Mrs. Barbara J. Smith Mrs. Marleah K. Hobbs Dr. and Mrs. Milton D. Hobbs Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery L. Hollis Mrs. Mary Lucia Holloway Mr. Billy Howard The Hon. and Mrs. Andrew K. Howorth Mr. and Mrs. Beckett Howorth III Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Howorth Mr. and Mrs. David B. Howorth Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Howorth Howorth and Associates Architects Mrs. Martha S. Huckins Dr. and Mrs. John E. Hull Mr. and Mrs. Kevin M. Hunter Mr. Bobby L. Ingram and Mrs. Martha C. Dollarhide Ms. Judith Isacoff Dr. Julie Stephens James Ms. Diane Johnsen Mrs. Gwen M. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Larry L. Johnson Mr. Price Johnson and Ms. Vikki Hughes Chancellor and Mrs. Daniel W. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Donald D. Jones Mr. and Mrs. William B. Jones Ms. Celeste L. Jordan Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Justis Dr. and Mrs. Donald M. Kartiganer Mrs. Martha V. Kelley Capt. And Mrs. William H. Ketchum Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Khayat Mr. and Mrs. David Kincaid Mrs. Martha McCauley Kirkley Mr. and Mrs. Sean Kirkpatrick Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Klingen Dr. Eugene Michael Kolassa Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Krpec Dr. Colby Haight Kullman Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Laird Jr. Mrs. Dorris C. Landon Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Laumbach Dr. and Mrs. John F. Laurenzo Mrs. Virginia Wright Lavner Lazy Magnolia Mr. and Mrs. Kennon S. Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Lewis Mr. and Mrs. William Lewis Jr. Mrs. Barbera H. Liddon Mr. Thomas G. Lilly and Mrs. Constance H. Lilly Dr. Gary Lockheimer and Ms. Juanita Boutin Mr. and Mrs. Lowry M. Lomax Mr. Lewis Alan Longino Dr. Philip Ronald Loria and Ms. Mary C. Sexton Mr. and Mrs. Morris C. Lovelady Dr. and Mrs. Ernie B. Lowe Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Claude D. Malone Jr. Mr. Charles R. Mandly Jr.

Ms. Hilary Maslon Mrs. Darlene C. Mason Mr. and Mrs. Stuart H. McCluer Mr. and Mrs. D. C. McCool Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. McDavid Dr. and Mrs. Leslie L. McDowell Ms. Elizabeth McKay McFadden Drs. Kenneth O. McGraw and Jo Ann O’Quin Dr. and Mrs. Cooper A. McIntosh Dr. and Mrs. Chester McLarty Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Meifert Jr. Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Middleton Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas E. Miller Dr. and Mrs. Paul H. Moore Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Montague Mr. Richard F. Muller III Dr. Matthew L. Murray and Nancy L. Wicker Mr. and Mrs. Carter B. Myers The Nautilus Publishing Company Ms. Nikki Lynn Neely Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Neill Mrs. Anne G. O’Dell Mr. and Mrs. Mike Overstreet Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Owen Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Harry P. Owens Oxford Floral Hon. John Norris Palmer Dr. and Mrs. David S. Pasco Mrs. Marge Peddle Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Pekala Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy D. Percy Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Percy Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Perkins Dr. and Mrs. John Pilkington Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Franklin P. Poole Mrs. Anne H. Proffer Mr. Peyton Davis Prospere Ms. Elizabeth H. Purcell Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Purdon Mr. and Mrs. Hollaman M. Raney Drs. Richard and Wendy J. Raspet Dr. and Mrs. James W. Rayner Mr. Kym Read Mr. and Mrs. James J. Reidy Ms. Julia M. Rholes Mr. Claude Green Rives IV Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Roberts Mr. Frederick R. Rogers and Mrs. Jane C. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Barry A. Rose Jr. Dr. Carolyn J. Ross Ms. Ellen Ruthven Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Sawyer Mrs. Mariella L. Scott Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Scott IV Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Scruggs Mr. and Mrs. Leo V. Seicshnaydre III The Self Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Leroy Selvidge Mrs. Paula Walker Shanks Dr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Sharpe Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Shaw Mr. and Mrs. Larry Shay Mr. and Mrs. Overton Shelmire Dr. Laura Jean Sheppardson Sherwin-Williams Dr. and Mrs. F. D. Shields Dr. Joyce Sidorfsky

Mr. Hans P. Sinha and Ms. Sharon Andrews Mr. and Mrs. William L. Simmons Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Marquis L. Sledge Dr. and Mrs. R. B. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Sidney L. Smith Jr. Mrs. Susan H. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith Dr. and Mrs. Hubert E. Spears Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sperath Dr. Esther Sparks State Farm Companies Foundation Dr. Wilbrod St. Amand Dr. and Mrs. Andrew P. Stefani Mr. and Mrs. William L. Stevens Mr. John Polk Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Storey Jr. Mrs. Angela Stringer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Stubbs Mrs. Amanda Povall Tailyour Mr. William Henry Tate Mr. and Mrs. Ben P. Tatum Dr. Jackson Taylor Jr. Mrs. Marilyn B. Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Cooper L. Terry Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Tettleton Mr. and Mrs. James G. Thomas Jr. Mrs. Mary M. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Wright Thompson Dr. Annette Trefzer Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Triplette Mrs. Lee Pryor Uhlhorn Dr. and Mrs. James A. Underwood Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Upton Dr. Ronald F. Vernon and Mrs. Susan M. Marchant Ms. Martha Reed Vinograd Mrs. Donna H. Vinson Dr. Dwight E. Waddell and Mrs. Nancy J. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Walker Mr. and Mrs. David M. Walker Mr. and Mrs. George Walker Drs. Gerald W. and Juliet H. Walton Dr. and Mrs. John H. Webb Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Webb Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery A. Wells Mr. and Mrs. Trammell P. Wells Mr. and Mrs. William T. West Mrs. Mildred Moorhead West Mrs. Elizabeth M. White Mr. and Mrs. Ralph White Mr. and Mrs. Curtis C. Wilkie Jr. Dr. Martha H. Wilkins Mr. and Mrs. William T. Wilkins IV Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wilkinson Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Williams Dr. and Mrs. Max W. Williams Mrs. Martha Lyles Wilson Ms. Carlyle Wolfe Mrs. R. S. Wolfe Woodson Ridge Farm Drs. Kenneth L. Wooten and Margaret A. Wylde World Presidents Organization Ms. Debra B. Young The Younger Foundation

Calendar APRIL 4/16

Into the Flatland, Photographs by Kathleen Robbins Opens 4/18 Master Gardener Lecture 4/22 Artist’s Lecture with Kathleen Robbins 4/23 Mini Masters at UM Museum Into the Flatland Opening Reception Art Crawl 4/25 Master Gardener Lecture ArtZone Final Reception 4/26–4/27 Double Decker weekend

Reception Rewind

MAY 5/7 5/11 5/18 Rolland Golden

(Left to right) Robert Saarnio, Milly Moorehead West, and Deborah Freeland

John Shorb

5/27 5/28

Mini Masters at YAC UM Commencement Oxford Day at the Mississippi Museum of Art Memorial Day, Museum Closed Mini Masters at UM Museum


(Left to right) Jimmy Thomas, Dorothy Howorth, Ed Croom, and Ted Ownby

6/2 6/9 6/10–6/14 6/16 6/17–6/21 6/23 6/24–6/28 6/30

(Left to right) Robert Saarnio and Jimmy Thomas

Summer Sunset Series Summer Sunset Series Nature and Art Camp Summer Sunset Series Ancient Civilizations: American Art Camp Summer Sunset Series Coast to Coast: American Art Camp Summer Sunset Series

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Cory Lewis

(Left to right) Carlyle Wolfe, Cody Roebuck, Bob Pekala, and Kate Roebuck

(Left to right) Kelcie Mabry, Marti Funke, Emily Dean, and Alyssa Yuen

7/4 7/8–7/12 7/15–7/19 7/18–7/20 7/21–7/25 7/22–7/26

Independence Day, Museum Closed Made in Mississippi Art Camp Museum Mysteries: Out of the Vault Camp All About Art: Middle School Edition 4th Annual Blues Festival Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference Meet me at the Museum! Mini Masters Summer Camp

AUGUST 8/3 8/17

8/20 8/27 (Left to right) Gilles Desvergnes, Guénola Shenk, Alain Desvergnes, and Marie-Annick Desvergnes

(Left to right) Bruce Levingston, Dorothy Howorth, and Robert Saarnio

Into the Flatland Closes Portraits as Landscapes, Landscapes as Portraits: Yoknapatawpha County in the 1960s Closes Recollecting 1980-2012, Works by Ron Dale Opens Recollecting 1980–2012 Opening Reception

The University of Mississippi Museum The University of Mississippi P. O. Box 1848 University, MS 38677

Into the Flatland: Photographs by Kathleen Robbins

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MuseNews Spring 2013  

Spring 2013 newsletter for the University of Mississippi Museum.