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MAY 2020


“The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts also are a fundamental component of a healthy community—strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and ... MORE...


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 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.

The University of Mississippi has made the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 summer camps and conferences across campus. This includes our in-house summer camps and the annual Faulkner Conference. If you registered your child for a summer camp session, you’ll hear from education curator Stacy Bell in the coming weeks.

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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.

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.


At the University of Mississippi Museum, our staff aims to bring the Museum’s diverse collections to life for audiences of all ages. During these times of uncertainty, we at the UM Museum are striving to reach our audiences virtually! Explore our blog to find fun and educational art activities, learn about future events, and view our virtual gallery. ... MORE...


Running out of quarantine activities yet?
Why not give the #GettyMuseumChallenge a try! Our staff has recreated some of our favorite pieces with objects around the house—like this mosaic replica from the Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities by collections manager Melanie Antonelli! We want to see your recreations too! Check out our social feeds and website for inspiration, or look for iconic Oxford spots!

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.

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