- Pauline Pechakjian
Jackson’s rich cultural history as a major city in the South has led it to be an epicenter of culture and art in the state of Mississippi. Here, you’ll find a large variety of museums and galleries that feature the finest local artists and capture the essence of the culture in that specific geographic location. Here are the best five museums and galleries in the capital city of Mississippi.
Mississippi Museum of Art
This museumis one of the largest in Jackson, and definitely one of the more significant museums related to the art of the area. The Mississippi Museum of Art, which was renovated in 2007, is an open, light-filled space with a beautiful Art Garden outside as well as the Palette Café for snacks and refreshments. The Museum features a large permanent collection of American artists, such as Georgia O’Keefe, Thomas Sully, and Andy Warhol. It also includes an exhibit called The Mississippi Story, which centers on native art from the area (both old and contemporary) and also includes a collection of over 77 quilts as a tribute to the tradition in the state.
Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 South Lamar Street, Jackson, MS, +1 (601) 960-1515
Fondren Art Gallery
This art gallery is a wonderful space to check out independent local artists in the area. Opened by a local artist himself, Richard McKey’s Fondren Art Gallery features mainly contemporary artists from Jackson and neighboring cities in a nice, open space. It has received a great deal of local praise for its service as a gallery, and in addition to providing visitors with great visuals, the space also offers custom framing for any art or photography. Be sure to stop by!
Fondren Art Gallery, 3030 North State Street, Jackson, MS, +1(601) 981-9222
Municipal Art Gallery
This art gallery is a great option if you want to see historic forms of art that originated in Jackson and Mississippi. Built in the mid-1800s as the home of John and Sarah Ligon, the Municipal Art Gallery was eventually converted into a space that houses a variety of American artists, especially those native to the area. The building itself is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Jackson, and since it is a publicly owned space, admission is free of charge! Come by to see works by Karl and Mildred Wolfe, William Hollingsworth, and the differing monthly exhibits during your next visit.
Jackson Municipal Art Gallery, 839 North State Street, Jackson, MS, +1(601) 960-1582
If you have a taste for modern and contemporary art, be sure to visit this gallery and see some of the most unique works on display. The Fischer Galleries are a beautiful, studio-style open space with hardwood floors, rustic white brick walls, and modern lucite chairs and tables. The artwork, photography, and sculptures on display are arranged in a minimalistic style that puts the emphasis on the creativity of the works. Check up on their upcoming events before visiting to attend a featured artist’s showing.
Fischer Galleries, Dickie’s Building, 4th Floor, 736 South President Street, Jackson, MS, +1(601) 291-9115
Brown’s Fine Art and Framing
This framing shop, which also doubles as a fine art gallery, is a cozy and cute spot to visit on an afternoon in Jackson to peruse the works of local artists in an intimate, comfortable setting. Brown’s Fine Art and Framing, which started out as just a framing store over 50 years ago, has become a real staple in the community as a safe haven for creative types to mingle with fellow artists and expose their own work to the public. They also host a variety of community events with food and drinks, and all of the curators here are very seasoned and experienced in their respective fields.
Brown’s Fine Art and Framing, 630 Fondren Place, Jackson, MS, +1(601) 982-4844
By Pauline Pechakjian