Walter Anderson Museum of Art

510 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS 39564 - United States




WAMA opened in 1991 in historic Ocean Springs, MS, and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. WAMA’s mission is to empower lifelong curiosity and connection to the natural world through the art of Walter Anderson and kindred artists. WAMA is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), American master; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramist.

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The Walter Anderson Museum of Art and its programs are supported in part by the city of Ocean Springs and Jackson County. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission.


March 15, 2021 - January 31, 2022
The South’s Most Elusive Artist
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
The Permanent Collection gets an update as we examine Walter Anderson from new perspectives. The South’s Most Elusive Artist features a reinstallation of works from the Museum’s permanent collection and from the Family of Walter Anderson. Discover new works of inspiration and visit old favorites in this refresh of the Anderson story.
The 2021 gallery renovations also explore the artistic elements that Anderson utilized to create his artwork and his distinctive style. This focus of the exhibition is built along Anderson’s quote: “I live and have my being in a world of space and forms which have color and shape. Consciousness of this means being alive.” Anderson, who was classically trained as an artist in New York and Philadelphia, thought of techniques as rules that must be learned before they are broken – and he certainly broke them. Anderson’s work defied many of his contemporaries' concepts of fine art and continues to challenge us today. As you explore Anderson’s theories of visual art you will find patterns and ideas unique to the artist, which meld artistic traditions and philosophies from across time. Consider how Anderson pushes the boundaries of material and process, drawing us into the creator’s very consciousness.

May 29 - August 2, 2021
Mississippi Chapter of The National Museum of Women in the Arts
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
This juried exhibition features female artists from throughout the state. The Museum has long been a supporter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and is thrilled to be supporting the legacy of female artists in Mississippi. This exhibition is guest curated by the artist, Kelsey Wishik, a native of Ocean Springs who is now studying art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.

May 15 - September 6, 2021
Steel Magnolias
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Steel Magnolias features five female metal sculptors from Mississippi and Louisiana: Kelsey Wishik, Jennifer Odem, Erica Larkin Gaudet, Mia Kaplan, and Jen Torres. These five artists turn the trope of metal sculpture on its head addressing ideas of femininity, creativity, and strength through their work.

August 20, 2021 - February 14, 2022
Bearing Witness: Visual Elegies of the South
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in partnership with artist, Jason Bouldin and The University of Mississippi Museum explore the aesthetic poignancy and fascination of Southerners with death and rituals of mourning. This exhibition features work from the personal collection of portrait painter Jason Bouldin in connection with his aesthetic mentor, Walter Inglis Anderson. These artists, separated by half a century, have found inspiration in the concept termed nature morte or “dead nature.” Additionally, The University of Mississippi Museum has loaned a collection of works of both visual and material culture that contribute to the narrative of Southern mourning rituals in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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