Monday, September 25, 2017

Interview With An Intern: Grace Moorman

One of the best parts of the Museum is our team of student interns who help our programing come alive for the anyone who visits us. Interview with an Intern is our opportunity to highlight their achievements and learn a little bit more about some of the most valuable members of our Museum team!

Many of our interns work in education programming, and each is an essential part of making the Museum the best that is can be. This month, we're featuring education intern Grace Moorman from Madison, MS.



Education Intern Grace Moorman
Grace is a sophomore student here at the University of Mississippi, and she is pursing her Bachelor's Degree in Art History. She began work at the UM Museum her first semester at Ole Miss and hopes to continue her work there until graduation - and who knows - maybe even longer! She is currently an ArtZone teacher and Monday Museum Mysteries blogger.


1. What’s your favorite piece in the Museum? 

I am not sure if I could ever pick just one favorite piece in the Museum. In our permanent collection, one of my favorite artists is Morris Graves. I love the way that his works capture the shape and essence of an animal but use very few lines to create the physical shape. The minimalism of his work allows the imagination to complete the rest of the image, so the drawings can appear different to everyone that looks at them.

Morris Graves, Sea Bird in the Rain, 1954.


2. What’s been your favorite project?
I haven't really started it yet, but I am most excited to begin writing for the Museum's education blog. I am so excited to be able to explore more deeply what is not on display at the Museum, and I am even more thrilled to be able to write about and share it with readers!

3. How long have you been at the Museum and why did you want to be an intern?

I started volunteering first semester of my freshman year, so this is my third semester of work at the Museum. I have been teaching ArtZone for two semesters, and I have loved every bit of it! When I "grow up," I want to be a museum curator, so when I came to Ole Miss, I knew that the museum would be a great place to gain experience.

4. What’s your favorite part of being a museum intern?

My favorite part of being an intern is having access to all of the behind-the-scenes work. The Museum's team is amazing, and I love that I get to be a part of that. It's also really exciting to be shown some of the curation process.

Grace is a Sophomore here at Ole Miss and is incredibly
excited to continue her work at the Musuem!

5. What’s the most challenging thing about being an intern?

The most difficult part of being an intern is managing my schedule. I have a full school day, homework, and work at the Museum. I love what I am doing though, so it is all worth it!

6. How has being an intern helped you in your education? 

Working at the Museum has given me first- hand experience into the curation aspect of museums. It really has helped confirm that I want to work in the museum culture when I graduate from school. 


7. What is some advice you have for students?

Becoming an intern has been a great experience for me because it has confirmed that I am studying the right thing. It is also the most I have ever had at a job. The key is finding something that you love, so that you always enjoying going in to work!

8. What are your long-term goals? 

My long-term goals are to graduate with a degree in Art History from the University and go on to graduate school to pursue my Master's degree in Art History. Eventually, I want to obtain my Doctorate. When I enter the work force, I hope to secure a position as a curator at a museum like The Met!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Museum Mystery: Who is this Folk Artist?

Monday Museum Mysteries are back! In this biweekly feature, we unlock the vault and share hidden treasures from our collection. Try your hardest to answer the questions asked, and when you think you know, check out the bottom of the post for the correct answer! This semester, Monday Museum Mysteries is teaming up with the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, so each post will focus in some way on women and their impact on the world! 

This week, we are looking at Folk Art. The South has a very rich history of artists and their Folk Art. Do you know the names of any Folk artists? You might be familiar with Oxford-native Theora Hamblett. Theora had a similar style to our mystery artist; both of the artists painted things with religious significance. 

Our unknown artist grew up in Lafayette, Alabama, before she moved to New Orleans, where she lived for the rest of her life. She was not only an artist, but she was also a poet, musician, and preacher. Do you know who she is yet?

After she moved to New Orleans, she began an orphanage with two other women. She claimed that God spoke to her and commanded her to paint, which is why she began creating her works. She painted using all kinds of materials. The painting below is pencil, ballpoint pen, and paint on cardboard.

Our artist believed that she was the Bride of God, so many of her works have obvious religious themes. Do you have any idea what this painting is about? It is a scene that our artist captured from the Bible. What do you think a good name for this painting is?


Our mystery artist eventually stopped painting, claiming that God wanted her to pursue poetry and preaching. She was also a musician and recorded an album titled Let's Make a Record

Who is this Folk Artist? After you have thought long and hard about who she is, then scroll down to the end of the post to reveal the answer!






Our artist is Sister Gertrude Morgan, and this painting is titled Beast from the Sea. It is a Biblical story from the Book of Revelations. There is no date on the painting, but Sister Gertrude only painted from 1956 to 1973, which is only 17 years! 

Did you guess the answer correctly? Be sure to check out our next Monday Museum Mystery for more exclusive looks into the University Museum's behind-the-scenes collection!

Monday Museum Mystery: Where Do These Objects Come From?

Monday Museum Mysteries are back! In this biweekly feature, we unlock the vault and share hidden treasures from our collection. Try your hardest to answer the questions asked, and when you think you know, check out the bottom of the post for the correct answer! This semester, Monday Museum Mysteries is teaming up with the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, so each post will focus in some way on women and their impact on the world! 


This week, we are visiting a tribal people far from Mississippi. These people live in matrilineal societies. Does anyone know what that means? It is a fancy way of saying that these people trace their family history back through the women's side of the family. Many other societies tend to use the male to create their family history. Do you have any idea where our mystery people might be from?


These people have a rich history, and these two objects are both significant parts of that history. Two of these pictures show combs. These combs were usually given to brides as a wedding gift from the groom, and women could own more than one, depending on their wealth, status or beauty.



These two combs were hand carved by
the same group of tribal people.
The hand carved details provide a date of creation for the comb.
Can you figure out how old this comb is?
This third picture depicts what our mystery people use as a fertility statue. Women carry these carved, wooden sculptures around on their back and believe that the statues will help them have a baby. The sculptures are created to show the ideals of a woman in this mystery society.


This small sculpture is called an Akua Ba after a
women (Akua) used one to help her have a ba, or "child."

Do you think you know who these people are? After you have thought long and hard about who our mystery people are, then scroll down to the end of the post to reveal the answer!








These objects were created by the Ashanti or Asante people of Africa. This tribal people lives in what is now the country of Ghana. The carved comb that dates back to 1944, making it 73 years old!

Did you guess the answer correctly? Be sure to check out our next Monday Museum Mystery for more exclusive looks into the University Museum's behind-the-scenes collection!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Museum Happenings: September!



This summer was our busiest yet, which groups in both classrooms everyday in June and July, August was a quieter time as we prepared for the busy semester ahead. We are excited to have our teaching team back and welcome new volunteers, and we just completed our first week of Fall 2017 Art Zone! Our Art Zone program filled up in record speeds, and we are excited to share the Museum with 77 children each week in this program! In addition, check out what we have coming up for September! 

September 1, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Drop in for Free Sketch Friday and sketch in the galleries! 

September 1, 10:30 a.m. Public Library Story Time- Find us at the Lafayette Oxford Public Library for Story Time as we read "Camille and the Sunflowers"

September 11, 18, 25- 8:30 a.m. Free RebelWell Yoga in the Galleries 

September 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Milkshake Mash-Up for Grades 6-12-  Older students are invited to participate in a fun art project where we mash up two artists in one project and sip on delicious milkshake (free). 

September 14, 3:45-4:30 p.m.- Mini Masters (Art for Ages 2-5) at the Powerhouse

September 28, 3:45-4:30 p.m.- Mini Masters (Art for Ages 2-5at the Museum

September 30, 10-noon (drop-in)- Modern Art Free Family Day! 

We will also welcome a number of University classes, weekly visits from Discovery Day School, Louisville Elementary, Scott Center, and visit homeschool groups, Leap Frog, and more! Our traveling trunks head to Rankin Elementary, Baldwyn Elementary, Verona Elementary, Della Davidson, and Oxford University School. 

If you have any questions or would like to book a visit or traveling trunk, please contact Emily McCauley at esdean@olemiss.edu. We hope to see you at the Museum soon!