About The Museum

The Meridian Museum of Art (MMA) is housed in the historic Old Carnegie Library building, which was constructed in 1912-13, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Mississippi Landmark. The Museum seeks to promote and support the art, artists, and art programs of our area and region through art education, exhibitions, collections, collaborations with other organizations, special events, and community involvement. MMA programs are designed to further these goals and to make art accessible to everyone in the community. The Museum serves an audience from across the state and region, but primarily from Meridian and Lauderdale County and the surrounding counties: Kemper, Neshoba, Newton, Jasper, and Clarke (in MS), and Sumter and Choctaw (in AL).

47th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition

Call for Entries 

Kevin Haynie will serve as the juror for the 47th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition.  He currently works at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  He leads gallery installations, cares for and maintains the permanent collection, and works to broaden the engagement of art within the community at the Crystal Bridges 
Haynie recently implemented Crystal Bridges’ first-ever Community Installation using artist Nari Ward’s “We, The People,” a fabric installation. Haynie planned the installation to include everyone, including museum visitors, students of all ages and staff.
Haynie was born in El Dorado, and studied art at both Henderson State University and the University of Arkansas, earning a BFA in studio art. His art background includes working extensively with both traditional media and non-traditional formats, including digital, auditory, animation and interactive works. Haynie has used his knowledge and experience in art installation to enhance his own work and others in the art community. 

The annual Bi-State is a juried exhibition presented by the Meridian Museum of Art (MMA), offering over $3,000 in awards and prizes including the $1,000 Best of Show Cash Award. The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase contemporary artists in Mississippi and Alabama and reward their efforts. Eligibility: Open to all artists who are current or past residents of Mississippi or Alabama. Media: Original works of art, such as, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, ceramics, fibers, glass, or mixed media. Entries and Fee: A maximum of three (3) entries per artist may be submitted. Works must be original and created during the years of 2018 to present. Student assigned work will not be accepted. Do not send original works for consideration. Works may be submitted as digital photograph images as JPG files through email only with matching entry numbers the same as the entry form and title. A non-refundable entry fee of $30.00 is required. Payments Options: Check to PO Box or Payment Below. Entry Dates: Digital Images, ENTRY FORM AND $30.00 FEE per artist must be received by June 7, 2021. The museum reserves the right of reproduction of entries in catalogues, and for news and promotional use. Sending an entry to this competition will constitute agreement with all the conditions in this prospectus. Size Requirements: All 2-D work will not exceed 72 x 96 in. and should be wired ready to hang (unless special conditions exist). All 3-D work should not exceed 8 feet in any direction and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Delivery & Pick Up: Last DAY TO RECEIVE accepted works is July 24, 2021. All shipped entries should be packaged in returnable containers and a prepaid return shipment label enclosed. All accepted entries (shipped or hand delivered) must be received July 12 – July 24. The museum is not responsible for returned shipments of works. Works will be returned in the same container within two months after the closing date. Other works can be picked up any time after the closing date during normal museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sales: The museum will retain a 25% commission on all sales made during the exhibition. Notification: Notification of acceptance/rejection will be emailed by the museum on or about July 1, 2021. MMA is the final authority on eligibility and has the right, without restrictions of liability, to reject any entry believed not creditable to the show. Liability: All Possible CARE Will BE EXERCISED in handling entries by the Director and Preparators. MMA will not assume responsibility for loss or damage to any artwork submitted to the show. The artist should insure all artwork before submitting to the competition. The museum will not insure works in transit to or from the museum. Works left by the artist two months after the closing date will become the property of the museum.  Awards & Honors: The juror will have a minimum of $3,000.00 for cash and purchase awards. The Best of Show artist will be featured in an exhibition at the museum June – July 2022. EXHIBITION DATES: August 3 with an Ending Reception on September 24 @ 1-3 p.m. Awards will be announced at three. A special invitation is extended to artists and their friends and family.

47th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition Entry Form

(Please copy, complete, and email form and images to meridianmuseum@bellsouth.net).

meridianmuseum@bellsouthnet •

Mail $30 check to P. O. Box 5773 • Meridian, MS 39302

• 601.693.1501.

If you need a paper copy of the entry form, please download and print the .PDF file below.

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