Partnership with Mississippi Museum of Art offers substantial benefits for MSU students, faculty

Contact: Allison Matthews

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Mississippi Museum of Art Board of Trustees members gathered with MMA Board Chair Denise Owens (front row, third from left) and MSU President Mark E. Keenum (front row, far right) recently to discuss an ongoing MMA-MSU partnership to promote the arts to students and citizens throughout the Magnolia State. (Photo by Jonah Holland)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Museum of Art are working together to advance innovation and education in the arts, investing in the future of students, the Magnolia State and its citizens.

MSU leaders gathered with MMA Board of Trustees members recently to discuss an ongoing partnership, which includes expanded educational opportunities and programming innovations, along with free museum access for all the university’s students with a valid student ID.

Critz Campbell, professor and head of MSU’s Department of Art, said the collegiate partnership not only grants MSU students free admission but also empowers MSU faculty to expand learning and research beyond the classroom, providing them access to MMA archives and educational resources. Campbell also serves as an MMA trustee.

“The Department of Art was delighted to organize a luncheon with MSU President Mark E. Keenum, alongside members of the MMA Board of Trustees and MSU faculty and administrators keen on enhancing the partnership established between the university and the MMA three years ago. Attendees explored opportunities to collaborate on exhibition programming, develop a museum studies degree, coordinate efforts on research and grant proposals to enrich scholarship relevant to the arts in Mississippi and share Visiting Artists and Artists-in-Residence programs,” Campbell said.

The Mississippi Museum of Art began as the Mississippi Art Association in 1911 and has since grown to include more than 5,800 objects, with key collections representing American 19th and 20th century art by some of the most prominent artists in the U.S. Learn more at

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