Anne O'Hara Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship

Anne O’Hara of Jackson has been awarded a ($4500) grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission awarded in 2012-2013 and will be used to fund the creation of new works of art as well as some travel to study contemporary art in the United States. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Anne O'Hara Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship
Jackson, MS, July 06, 2013 --( “The Mississippi Arts Commission is proud to support artists across the state. They are a key component to the growth of the creative economy across Mississippi. Their artistic gifts, as well as their participation in local activities, provide a fertile ground for each community to grow its own unique story,” said Sallye Killebrew, Interim Executive Director of MAC.

Anne retired in May, 2012, from the Mississippi School of the Arts where she has been a visual arts teacher for the past nine years. Before this she taught in the Jackson Public School System both in the APAC Visual Arts program and in Jim Hill High School’s International Baccalaureate program. She also directed “Kaleidoscope” Art Adventures for Creative Kids, for six summers at the Mississippi Museum of Art, in collaboration with her husband Bruce O’Hara. Throughout her years as a teacher she maintained a limited production of her own artwork. In 2009, Anne received an artist fellowship from the Surdna Foundation in New York, which encouraged her to increase artistic production. She began to develop a body of work focused on the theme “Hidden Treasures” which her work continues to explore. At present she is producing tinted charcoal drawings that are nature based, but are not straightforward renditions of flowers and leaves, etc. They contain ambiguities manifested through the layering of images. As she draws and they develop, more unexpected objects seem to appear and the viewer sees things that are not readily apparent at first glance. This, she hopes, causes the viewer to look carefully and see even more hidden treasures.

The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is the funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Susan Liles, 601/359-6031 or
Anne O'Hara
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