Past Exhibits


Delta Churches and Southern Towns, photographs by David Wharton

November 10 – December 18, 2015

David Wharton brings a series of works from two books, Small Town South and The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South to the Duckett Gallery at the Mary C O’Keefe Cultural Center November 10 through December 13, 2015.   Wharton is Director of Documentary Studies at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.

Katrina Fatigue

October 8 – November 8, 2015

A lighthearted look at a heavy storm by Susan McClamroch.

In this exhibition of installations, multiple “bedscapes” comprised of appliquéd repurposed textiles, original paintings, drawings, photos, handpainted furniture, locally authored books and found objects are arranged in playful and satiric vignettes for thought provoking amusement. The thread of common experience, evident in the exhibition created by Susan McClamroch, who grew up in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and lives in Slidell, Louisiana, will resonate with Katrina Survivors and all who annually brave the Gulf Coast’s hurricane season – which is, thankfully nearing its 2015 conclusion.

Rhythms of Jazz

New works by

Ted Rose

Albert Duckett Gallery

Through August 30, 2015

The new exhibit by renowned artist, author and educator, Ted Rose, is called Rhythms of Jazz for a reason – it is a translation of movement onto canvas. However, it goes beyond painting to music and moves into the realm of relocation in space. Coming from a gymnastics background, Rose sees the movement of paint as a gymnast thinks through a movement from one location to a relocation of the body. Interpreting the movement in space is similar to what happens with the multiple rhythms and linear transformation of a melody in jazz. One rhythm begins, disappears underneath, reappears slightly altered, becoming more intense and complex – not your usual 4/4 time. And the same happens to the melody.

Acrylic on glass is layered so that movement happens inside out, and the final transfer to canvas leaves the earliest placement on top – showing the movement in retrospect. It uses space memory like a musician uses tonal memory or a gymnast traces his movement through space. Space becomes the active component and rhythm is key.