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The Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) is located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. WAMA is dedicated to the work of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903–1965), whose depictions of coastal plants, animals, landscapes, and people have placed him among the most singular artists of the 20th century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901–1984), potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907–1998), painter and ceramist. The mission of the museum is to “empower lifelong curiosity and connection to the natural world through the art of Walter Anderson and kindred artists.”Plan your visit to Walter Anderson Museum of Art and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Ocean Springs day trip planning website.
The Walter Anderson Museum of Art began as an idea by a group of people in Ocean Springs and Jackson, Mississippi to preserve the art and culture of Walter Inglis Anderson. The Friends of Walter Anderson was chartered in 1974, and through their efforts, funds and grant money were raised to build the museum on Washington Avenue in Ocean Springs on land leased from Jackson County. Mark A Tullos, Jr. was hired as the museum's first director in 1990. The museum was dedicated on May 4, 1991, at a cost estimated at $1.3 million. The conceptual architect of the project, Edward Pickard, former husband of Mary Anderson, the eldest child of Walter Anderson, designed the building to keep it in the style of the Shearwater compound. The museum connects Anderson's most public project – the 3,000 square-foot Ocean Springs Community Center murals, with his most private work – the Little Room murals, an immersive space discovered after his death in 1965 and installed at the museum.
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I learned so much about Walter Anderson, his life, and his art. Beautiful museum and helpful staff. Well worth the stop.
I learned so much about Walter Anderson, his life, and his art. Beautiful museum and helpful staff. Well worth the stop. more »
it's been many years since i've seen this museum so i thought it was worth checking out again. i was right. the last time i was there i could not get into the adjoining community center and this...
it's been many years since i've seen this museum so i thought it was worth checking out again. i was right. the last time i was there i could not get into the adjoining community center and this... more »
This may be a small museum but don't let that deter you from going. It is packed with local history, amazing art, rotating exhibitions, stellar events and a sweet little gift shop. If you enjoy art that is somewhere between folk art and art nouveau, then this is a must see. I love his cats- they have SO much personality. And the animals are rendered so colorfully. I really enjoyed it. The current guest exhibition is Martha Kelly's prints (hand carved and hand pressed) and is a must see. Her motifs, like Anderson's, are also nature inspired and she illustrates gulf scenery in her bold, emotional style while using colors evocative of the moody sunsets and sunrises on the coast. The inclusion of her sketchbooks is a nice nod to the educational aspect of the museum in showing the work behind the work of Anderson through his sketches, carved blocks, and experimental pieces.
My college- age daughter and i visited tthis small museum and really enjoyed it. It is dedicated to an amazingly diversely talented local artist. It was very well laid out. There was a variety of mediums represented and the signage was easy to read. There were some interactive features like reflective questions, a book reading area, and an actual room with murals transported from the artists home. It was educational in terms of the artists life and his family but also regarding the different art concepts and mediums. We were able to thoroughly experience it in 1.5 hours. What a gem!
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