The region’s oldest juried art competition, the Meridian Museum of Art’s Bi-State, is back for its 47th year.
The Bi-State is the prestigious annual exhibit of the downtown Meridian Museum that recognizes and celebrates the outstanding artistic achievements of artists. Open to current and past residents of Mississippi and Alabama, the contest offers over $ 3,000 in rewards and prizes, including the Alliance Health Center Best of Show award of $ 1,000.
Recognized as the centerpiece of the Meridian Museum of Art, this year’s Bi-State features attracted 261 admissions, with 84 works selected by 59 artists. All images and the exhibit can be viewed on MMA’s Facebook page.
âThis exhibition presents art in different media, styles and artist visions, which he has always found fascinating,â said Kate Cherry, executive director of the Meridian Museum of Art.
The Mississippi artists selected to be part of the exhibition are: Jill Hammes, Denise Dengler, Larry Harris, Laura Holladay, Cecelia Moseley, Cary Haycox, Daniel C. Ethridge, Mouise Richards, Judy Rayner, Meridian and surrounding area; Julia Graber, Brooksville; Carrie Lassetter Reeves, Rick Anderson, Clinton; Cynthia Buob, Leslie Burns, Susan Nawrocki, Thomas Nawrocki, Kathie Bauerlin, Robert Gibson, Columbus; Euphus Ruth, Greenville; J’Marcus Alfred, Martina Sciolino, Traci Stover, Carolyn McIntyre Norton, Andrea Kostyal, Hattiesburg; AngÃ©e Montgomery, Hernando; Maureen A. Donnelly, Sabyna Sterrett, Charles Carraway, Jackson area; Sam Fioretti, Kosciusko; Mark Brown and Kim Whitt, Laurel and the surrounding area; Sadako Lewis, Long Beach; Maison Lawayne, olive branch; Jere Allen, Nancy A. Mitchell, Obie Clark, Oxford region; Carolyn Busenlener, Pearlington; Marita Gootee, Starkville; Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt, Sumrall; Danny Brunt, Vaughan; Randy Jolly, Vicksburg.
The Alabama artists selected were: Margaret Gluhman, Auburn; Gary Chapman, Mara Jambor, Birmingham area; Zack Underwood, Decatur; Martha Markline Hopkins, Fairhope; Julia Gary, Huntsville; Hunter Vroonland, Madison; Michelle Jones, mobile; Meredith Knight, Montgomery; Julie Plasketes, Opelika; Pamela Askew, Mary Price Kerr, Joni Gruber, Tuscaloosa.
The selected Florida artists were Deborah Thompson, St. Augustine; Christopher Trice, Neha Luhar, Jacksonville.
Cherry noted that most artists consider it a great honor to be accepted into the annual MMA Bi-State Competition and Exhibition.
“As a native of Meridian, it is a great honor to be chosen for the Bi-State Competition and Exhibition at the Meridian Museum of Art,” said Daniel C. Ethridge. âThe contribution of each artist adds to the mosaic of our culture and there is no better display of talent than this year’s MMA show. I feel so blessed to be a part of it.
Larry Harris, also of Meridian, shares Etridge’s sentiments.
âArtâ¦ is more than paint and pen on paper, which I think makes it special,â Harris said. âIt’s history, a spiritual connection to each of us on our journey called ‘life’â¦ it can save lives when used in a positive wayâ¦ Art is a record of our lives in our timeâ¦ Thank you for letting me be a part of this historic moment at the Meridian Museum of Art.
About the juror
Kevin Haynie was a member of the jury for the 47th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition. Haynie is part of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where he directs the gallery facilities, looks after and maintains the permanent collection, and works to broaden the art’s engagement within the community at Crystal Bridges.
Haynie states in her juror’s statement:
âThe challenge of a juror is to be responsible for selecting a set of works without knowing the background, intentions or inspirations of an artist. Selecting from hundreds of wonderful submissions by imagery alone – and condensing these works into a group of several dozen – requires a shift in perception. Jurors should focus on the visual qualities that an artist is able to create. It can be difficult to analyze one work on top of another, but the power of the staging can be felt even in the absence of an artist statement or biography.
âThis is the case with the many submissions to this year’s competition. Many artists captured my attention throughout this process, so much so that even at almost 100 works, I still felt like there could have been more. Congratulations to everyone who submitted their work to this exhibition. It has been a great honor and privilege to be part of the jury for this show and to discover the wide range of remarkable submissions. “
Haynie recently implemented Crystal Bridges’ very first community installation using âWe, The Peopleâ by artist Nari Ward, a fabric installation. Haynie planned the installation to include everyone, including museum visitors, students of all ages, and staff.
For this year’s exhibition, a new award has been added: the Charlie Busler Memorial Award. The Meridian artist, who began painting in earnest in the early 1980s, has been featured in numerous solo and group gallery shows, both invitational and competitive, and has won prizes in Bi art competitions. -State and Arts in the Park. , adopted in September 2020.
âI always knew Charlie would be visiting soon when this annual exhibit was set up,â Cherry said. “Charlie loved seeing this exhibit because it always shows what’s going on in the art world.”
The Bi-State exhibit will end on Saturday, September 25 with a special reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Prizes will be announced at 3 p.m.
“Many artists who exhibit normally attend this reception,” said MMA Executive Director Kate Cherry. “It’s a good time for viewers to visit the artists, ask questions, or just chat with the artists.”
The 47th Annual Bi-State is sponsored in part by its members, Sharon Busler and Rachel Busler Misenar, the Community Foundation of East Mississippi through endowments from the Alliance Health Center and the Martin and Linda Davidson family, City of Meridian , the Phil Hardin Foundation, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Riley Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Paul and Sherry Broadhead Foundation.
The Meridian Art Museum is located at 628 25th Ave. The museum’s opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance is always free. For more information, contact Kate Cherry at 601-693-1501, [email protected] or visit their website www.meridianmuseum.org or their Facebook page.