Walter Anderson Museum of Art

510 Washington Avenue

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 872-3164

A visit to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, opened in 1991 dedicated to celebrating the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the forefront of American painters of the Twentieth Century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramist.

The watercolors, drawings, oils, block prints, ceramics, and carvings by the three Anderson brothers are all represented in the museum’s permanent collection. Diverse changing exhibitions, many featuring the work of other significant artists, occur throughout the year.

The museum’s sky lit interior of warm southern yellow pine includes a main galleria and two additional galleries, which echo the natural beauty and simplicity of its setting. Adjacent to the museum is the Ocean Springs Community Center, home of Walter Anderson’s largest mural.

Admission Charged.

Museum Hours:
Monday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 12:30-4:30pm
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

  • Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • Mar 10, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017

Presented by The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve & the Walter Anderson Museum of Art

The instructor for the batik class is Grand Bay NERR, Director, Dr. Ayesha Gray. In addition to being the manager of the Reserve, Ayesha is also an artist and has a website called Her objective is to make "art with inspiration from the natural world" and to inspire artists to do the same. Block printing will be taught by Heather Rumfelt, Education Director from the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Heather is a professional artist and teacher, instructing students ranging in age and demographic. She specializes in the art of block printing, jewelry making, and painting.

Explore the Grand Bay NERR landscape and habitats, find inspiration, and create images inspired by nature. The workshop will focus on these two different, but complimentary, art techniques. Artists have the option of immersing themselves in the surroundings by staying two nights in the Grand Bay NERR dorms ($15/night, cost not included in workshop fee). Art results may consist of block prints or batiks, or students may be inspired to combine the two into their final pieces. All supplies will be provided. We will ask artists to consider donating a piece of art to the Grand Bay NERR for public display.

  • Horn Island

  • May 6, 2017 - May 8, 2017

Join Heather Rumfelt and John Anderson for this expedition. 

Horn Island is a beautiful wilderness area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. On it, Walter Anderson sought refuge from the world, wrote, and made paintings and drawings of the fantastic plants and animals he found there. WAMA is preparing another trip to take 18 people on an exclusive 3 day, 2 night retreat to this beautiful and inspiring place. Grab your fishing poles, tents, and art supplies and join us!

Registration ends MAY 1st

  • Ocean Springs Community Center

  • May 7, 2017

Second Annual Performance of Luther Dickinson's Music Inspired by Walter Anderson's "Seven Climates of Ocean Springs"

WAMA is proud to welcome back Luther Dickinson for his second annual performance! Luther will again be joined by iconic New Orleans drummer Johnny "V" Vidacovich as well as renowned jazz keyboardist John Medski of Martin Medeski and Wood. 

Five time Grammy nominated, Luther Dickinson was born in western Tennessee to parents Mary Dickinson and famed Memphis producer and musician Jim Dickinson. As a member of the North Mississippi Allstars, South Memphis String Band and The Word, Luther has made himself widely known as both a talented musician and as a producer with four Grammy nominations to prove it- three in the contemporary blues category and one in traditional folk.

  • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

  • May 11, 2017

Tentative Date 2017

Gala XXVI promises to be a most memorable gathering of patrons of the arts on the Gulf Coast, and we hope that you will be one of them!  Help us celebrate Walter Anderson while supporting the arts of the Gulf Coast. This year's event will be hosted by the Beau Rivage resort and Casino and will feature wonderful food, an open bar, and live entertainment. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on original artwork from local and regional artists in a live and silent auction.