Meridian Star

March 2, 2014

Meridian Museum of Art hosts MSC/NMWA Artists' Showcase

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Meridian Museum of Art will host the 2014 Artists' Showcase for the Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (MSC/NMWA) beginning Tuesday. Approximately 24 women artists who are members of the MSC/NMWA will exhibit recent works at the museum through April 26.

     The artists range in age from early 20s to early 90s and will be showing paintings, prints, sculpture, pottery, and jewelry. Many of the works will be for sale.

     The Mississippi State Committee was organized in 1998 by Gladys Kemp Lisanby at the invitation of Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, founder and chairwoman of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

     The NMWA is the only major museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists. It is supported by a network of state and international committees. The Mississippi State Committee is one of the most active of these committees.

     The MSC hosted the Eudora Welty exhibit, "Passionate Observer," at the NMWA. It also published "Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember" with the royalties distributed to member artists through the MSC/NMWA Artists' Relief Fund.

     Ten Mississippi women artists' works are included in the NMWA's Permanent Collection. More than fifty Mississippi women have their work archived in the NMWA's massive database.

     According to Lillian Wade, MSC President, "The MSC provides access to NMWA through participation in their leadership, research and outreach programs. It fosters a creative environment for artists to provide support and encouragement to one another.

     "In addition to the Artists' Showcase which is an informal exhibition of the work of our member artists, MSC recognizes the work of Distinguished Mississippi Women Artists and Mississippi Treasures at our Honored Artists Luncheon each year.

     "We network with local museums, art associations, women's groups, and arts councils. We support young women artists with three scholarships awarded through the MSC Scholarship Program," Wade added.

     To become a member of the MSC/NMWA or receive more information about the organization, contact Lillian Wade, president, (662) 328-8012.