LGBTQ+ Self-Expression | call for participants

June 15, 2018


Over the course of Summer 2018, artist Jeffrey Gibson will be making a new video artwork as part of a Jackson, Mississippi-based national artist residency program supported by the Mississippi Museum of Art and CAPE. His midcareer survey exhibition, Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer, opens at the Museum on September 8, 2018.


Meet Jeffrey, speaking here about another upcoming exhibition:

Jeffrey is seeking 10 Mississippians of diverse backgrounds and age ranges to participate in this project, which involves multiple workshops that encourage self-care and self-expression in the LGBTQ+ community. These workshops will include meditation, yoga, voice lessons, movement, creative writing and storytelling.


Participants will be required to live together on site and take part in all activities over the course of three weekends (July 5-8, July 26-29, August 2-5). The Museum will cover lodging and is able to assist in travel expenses to and from Jackson.


Each participant will engage in the workshops to explore and develop a character of their own based in fact and/or fiction. These “characters” will perform in a final cabaret style stage show. An on-site videographer will be documenting the participants in the workshops, in the group house, and during the final performances. The completed video will be shown at the Museum in Fall 2018. 


*Space is limited for this opportunity. Participant selections will be made in service to diverse and varied group dynamics.


Deadline for interested participants is Friday, June 29, 2018.


Please contact Julian Rankin with the Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) at the Mississippi Museum of Art if you have any questions or are interested in participating in this project.


Julian Rankin



Here is an example of Jeffrey's past video work. This excerpt is from one becomes the other, a piece created during a 2014 residency at the Denver Art Museum. 

 About Jeffrey Gibson:


Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972, Colorado Springs, CO; lives and works in New York State) grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, and England. A mid-career multidisciplinary artist, he is a citizen of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and is half Cherokee. He incorporates this heritage into his work, which includes sculptures, paintings, prints, and video.


Gibson earned his MA in painting at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998 and his BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Gibson has work in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum; National Museum of the American Indian; National Gallery of Canada; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Mississippi Museum of Art; among others. He is a member of the faculty at Bard College, a past TED Foundation Fellow, and a Joan Mitchell Grant recipient.


His exhibition, Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer, opens at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Fall 2018.



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