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September 3, 2008

Backstage Pass:

Meridian Museum of Art Around Mississippi 2008

A special invitational exhibit featuring work by:



Jere Allen

Rick Anderson

Claudia Ka Cartee

Gwendolyn Magee

Annabelle Meacham



Reception:

6-8 p.m., Saturday,

September 6



Gallery Talk:

6:45 p.m.



On Exhibit:

September 6- October 4, 2008



The Museum is located at 628 25th Avenue. The museum is open 1-5 p.m. Tuesday -Sunday.





Rick Anderson



Rick Anderson grew up in the Mississippi Delta. He attained his Masters in Art Education from Delta State and began teaching in 1975 in Mississippi. He retired from the classroom after teaching for 25 years, but continued working as a professional artist. He has exhibited throughout the United States, won many awards, and had his work included in both private and corporate collections. In 2003 Rick illustrated his first children’s book M is for Magnolia: a Mississippi Alphabet. He traveled throughout Mississippi and wrote three more books: N is for Natural States: an Arkansas Alphabet, P is for Passport: a World Alphabet, and 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi: a Mississippi Numbers Book. Rick is a professional speaker and literacy advocate, a member of the International Reading Association, and an art consultant on art curriculum. He and his wife, Merrie, live in Clinton, MS. Rick has been added to the Artist Roster and the Arts in Education Demonstration Roster of the Mississippi Arts Commission.



Artist Statement



"Art is my passion. This passion began at a very early age and has never faded. I paint. My work changes. It evolves. Currently, my paintings include compositions of realistic images juxtaposed with abstract design that often include collage elements, textures, geometric shapes and both bold colors and earth tones."



Jere Allen



Jere Allen was included in Who’s Who in American Art and studied on a Group Studies Fulbright Grant in Costa Rica, Central America. He received the 1993 Visual Art Award of the MS Institute of Arts and Letters and an Individual Artist fellowship from the MS Arts Commission. He has exhibited every other year in “Art for Art Sake” at the Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans. Recently, he exhibited in the Huntsville Museum of Art, the LSU Museum of Art,and he exhibited in Outward Bound which traveled to China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Singapore. Jere has had a number of solo exhibits throughout the US and Europe and had work shown in group exhibits in 35 states. His work has been included in permanent collections in a number of galleries. He is represented by Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA.

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