December at the University of Mississippi Museum  |  View in browser


Warmest of holiday season greetings, everyone! All of us at the Museum and Rowan Oak want to express our sincere thanks for everyone’s continuing Membership support, program viewing, and online events and activities participation. In this challenging year that has required so many adaptations by all of us, across realms of personal, family, and professional life, it has been abundantly clear that the University’s two museum properties continue to benefit from MORE...

ad for the new rowan oak website


Museum Galleries & Exhibitions are Open to University Faculty and Students by Appointment

The University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses is committed to the safety of our visitors and staff through these uncertain times. Both sites, Rowan Oak and the museum’s galleries, will remain closed to the general public until further notice. However, the grounds of Rowan Oak and the Bailey Woods Trail are open daily from dawn until dusk. We ask that any visitors practice appropriate social distancing while on the property.

To stay up-to-date with the University’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit


Winter Wonderland Virtual Family Day!

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Virtual Open Studio

Every Thursday this fall through December 17, 2020!

Cost: FREE
Check out our Virtual Open Studio art demo videos inspired by works in our collection. Fun for kids of all ages! Check them out here.

Bring the UM Museum to your classroom virtually today!

With our new virtual option, teachers and students can experience our Traveling Trunks from anywhere! We will prepare teachers for the virtual presentation by sending a list of necessary supplies and the corresponding trunk lesson plan. Each Traveling Trunk is filled with art, history, and culture found at the museum.


Say hi to Mosey! Find out how here.

Thank you for your Patronage!

We regretfully announce that we were not able to produce our annual keepsake ornament for 2020. Please keep the museum in mind this time next year for a new 2021 ornament to add to your collection!



Remaking Tradition, August 25, 2020–July 10, 2021

Southern Folk Art is our second largest collection, largely due in part to generous donations by Dr. Bill Ferris and the Study for Southern Culture. These selected works exemplify the diversity and intuitive spirit of this genre. This exhibit also celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the Hattie Mae Edmonds Gallery; established in 2010. The Hattie Mae Edmonds Fund supports the exhibition, acquisition, and care of Southern Folk Art and was created by Mike Edmonds and friends.

Image above: Untitled, 1975, by Jesse James Aaron.


This groundbreaking exhibit is currently on view virtually.

Brian Dettmer’s exhibit Hardcovers and Paperbacks, both memorializes the written word and reincarnates it. With great reverence, he has transformed books into sculptural works providing them with a new voice that pays homage to their former lives. MORE…

Image above Americana 54 (#1), 2013, by Brian Dettmer.

Check out the virtual exhibit of Theora Hamblett's Dreams and Visions series. Watch a video interview with Theora and find out more about these paintings which she considered to be her most important work. MORE ...

Image above: Angel's Request #2, 1956, by Theora Hamblett.

Southern Quilts highlights six women artists from the museum's collection of Southern Folk Art. MORE…

Image above: Turkey Tail Quilt, 1970, by Sadie Mae Blackburn.

Follow the Museum on social media to learn more about artists from our permanent collection, important milestones, and celebratory days! 


Watch this delightful 1975 Mississippi Public Television interview of Theora Hamblett by famed famed potter, Lee McCarty.

The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston, co-published by the University Museum and University Press of Mississippi, is an examination of the life and work of William Eggleston. Widely considered to be the father of color photography, Eggleston helped establish the artistic medium and has inspired photographers and artists around the world.

Edited by Ann J. Abadie, the catalog contains fifty-five Eggleston photographs, thirty-six of which were featured in The Beautiful Mysterious exhibition at the University of Mississippi Museum.

Being a member provides you with the special distinction of being part of a dynamic group of supporters of the University of Mississippi Museum and Rowan Oak. Now its easier than ever to become a member or renew a current membership online!

Even though both Rowan Oak and the University Museum are currently closed to the public, the Bailey Woods Trail remains open from dawn until dusk daily. We ask that all trail visitors practice appropriate social distancing while enjoying this National Recreation Trail, which connects the two sites.

Get the Memphis Flyer at the Museum!
To arrange receiving a copy in this period, please contact our Director Robert Saarnio, at 662-915-7202.


JANUARY 15–23, 2021
At the PowerHouse
The eleventh annual FiberArts Festival will look at little different this year due to COVID-19, but we hope you can join us in person and online to celebrate the fiber arts!

Follow the UM Museum on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Instagram Facebook Twitter