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.

  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA)

  • Jan 18, 2017

Drink your way through a selection of beers from the best breweries here on the coast. Meet local brewers and enjoy the works of Walter Anderson and his brothers Mac and Peter. Limited tickets available so don't wait to get yours! Must be 21 or older to attend. 

This year's vendors will be: Chandeleur Island Brewing Company, Hops and Growlers, Brews Cruze, Lazy Magnolia Brewery, Gulf Coast Brewers League and Biloxi Brewing Company 

Entertainment provided by Katie Mason and Matt Schnake.

  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA)

  • Jan 21, 2017

Join WAMA for a morning of fun, creating, and socializing in the beautiful galleries! Begin with an introduction to Walter Anderson and his many block prints. Students will create their own design/drawing by either free handing, tracing, or a combination of the two. Each participant will pull 5 prints using a variety of papers and inks. Participants may bring their breakfast/brunch to eat while working. Classes sell out months in advance, so be sure to book your spot early! Because class size is limited, spots must be paid for at time of reservation.

To reserve your spot call or email to reserve your spot. Tickets:

  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA)

  • Feb 5, 2017

Join WAMA for an exclusive presentation by John Anderson on the seeds of creativity in his father's work. Also, take some time to preview our newest exhibition - Cathedral to Coast: The Religious Iconography of Walter Inglis Anderson.

  • 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

  • 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.