Horn Island Influences at Walter Anderson Museum of Art

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March 2, 2015


MCA Partners with Walter Anderson Museum of Art for Horn Island Influences

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The celebration of the 30th anniversary of Memphis College of Art’s Horn Island program and exhibition continues this month with the opening of Horn Island Influences at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Miss. The exhibition will be on view March 6–May 31, with a reception scheduled for May 14.

Don DuMont, director of the Horn Island program says that WAMA has been a collaborator in the excursion for many years, hosting the excursion participants to the museum each year to immerse themselves in the work of Walter Anderson, an American artist who drew heavily on the natural scenery and wildlife of the island for his work. “We’re very excited about this,” said DuMont. “Our annual visits to the Museum to view the works of Walter Anderson have had an influence on our artists for decades now, so it was fantastic when the Museum reached out to us and offered to host an exhibition. This is the first time that works from the MCA Horn Island program will be exhibited at WAMA, so it’s a perfect way to celebrate our 30th anniversary.”

DuMont notes that while not a true retrospective, the exhibition features work from several decades. “There are pieces from the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as more recent work,” said DuMont. “Some of the featured works are those by Professor Emeritus Bob Riseling, founder of the Horn Island program, along with Bill Nelson, who assisted Bob in starting the program and Richard Prillaman, a now retired metals professor who participated with the program for many years.” Other artists include current students Glenn Fiscus, Slade Bishop, Langley Osborn and Robert Burns, alumni Amanda Nalley, Michelle Duckworth and Lisa Tribo and current faculty Adam Hawk, Leandra Urrutia, Marc Rouillard and DuMont.

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art is located at 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, Miss., 39564 and gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30–4:30 p.m. If you are planning an excursion to visit the exhibition and need additional information, call 228-872-3164, email wama@walterandersonmuseum.org or visit www.walterandersonmuseum.org.


Photo: Marc Rouillard, Horn Island Sentinel, Afternoon, watercolor, 2014

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