Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

386 Beach Boulevard

Biloxi, MS 39530

Phone: (228) 374-5547

Enjoy the art and architecture of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, designed by Frank O. Gehry, Gehry Partners LLP. Located under majestic oaks on the beautiful Mississippi Sound, OOMA features the ceramics of George E. Ohr (1857-1918), the self-proclaimed "Mad Potter of Biloxi,” as well as contemporary and historic exhibitions. The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Mississippi Sound Welcome Center: No admission fee. The Welcome Center provides visitor information services and amenities, including free WIFI. Shop for one of a kind fine craft pieces by Mississippi artists in the Museum Store. Exhibits are free to view in the Welcome Center.

Exhibition Galleries: Admission Charged

IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery
Gallery of African American Art/Star Gallery/Beau Rivage Resort Casino Gallery
Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center
City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics
John S. and James L. Knight Gallery - “The Pods”

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm

Museum Closed: Thanksgiving Day, New Years Day, Mardi Gras Day, July 4th, Christmas Day.

Facility Info
  • Description Meeting space for community clubs and organizations available! It is recommended that meetings be booked at least six weeks in advance. Donations are welcome, of course! The dining room can accommodate approximately 25 people and has a kitchen. The second room holds approximately 15. For a standing group, approximately 50-75 people at a time and there is also the front porch that will handle your special group meeting or event – weather permitting!
  • Number of Rooms 3
  • Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio

  • Apr 4, 2017 - Apr 25, 2017

This class is for those students who have been in the Museum’s home school art program previously and have accomplished clay working skills.   Students must have prior approval from the instructor before enrolling in class. Email education@georgeohr.org with registration information.

Level:  Ages 6 and up welcome

Limit:  15 students maximum

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until May 23, 2017

A six week introductory hand-building pottery class. Students will learn the fundamentals of working OFF the pottery wheel, to include working with pinch pots, coils, and slabs to construct functional pottery forms like mugs, trays, and casseroles. There will also be a basic introduction to glazing and work with cone 6 glazes.

Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and a basic tool kit. Studio is open for student use throughout the week until 9pm each night! Class size limited to 10 students.

  • Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio

  • Apr 4, 2017 - Apr 25, 2017

Art projects vary weekly and will focus on both learning new skills and perfecting those already learned. All materials are included in the class cost. Please sign up for each class individually. You may email education@georgeohr.org with specific questions.

Class is limited to 15 students per session, ages 6 and up.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until May 18, 2017

A six week introductory pottery wheel class continues in March. Your class can be prorated for the one class you missed in February. Students will learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing, including the making of cylinders, bowls, and cups with handles. There will also be a basic introduction to using cone 6 glazes.

Class fee includes instruction, glazing, and firing. Studio is open for student use throughout the week until 9pm each night! Class limited to 10 students.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until May 18, 2017

Designed for all experience-levels, come learn the fundamentals of oil painting or explore advanced techniques. Novice, advanced, new and returning students - everyone is welcome! The class will focus on a variety of subject matter including still life and floral composition.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • May 1, 2017

In conjunction with Alzheimer's Mississippi, the Art in Mind program is designed to provide meaningful social engagement for individuals with early-to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers. Join us for an art activity and discussion followed by lunch.

Planned activities include an experience in the Museum’s galleries and a hands-on component in the classroom. The program takes place the first Monday of each month and is followed by lunch for participants. To register, contact Carol Messer, assistantdirector@georgeohr.org or call 228-374-5547.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • May 6, 2017

In this fun class using glass mosaic pieces, students will design and create a special mosaic to hang on the wall. We will have templates of flowers and hearts to inspire students, but you can also bring your own ideas to class. Students will leave with a finished product ready to hang. All levels are welcome in this class!

Ages 10 and up

Class limit: 20

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • May 6, 2017

Come make a mug for your mom! Our instructors will provide you with all the clay, tools, and glazes you need to create a special mug which will be ready in time for Mother's Day! All levels are welcome in this class! Mugs will be food and dishwasher safe, and will be ready to pick up from our studio on Saturday, May 13. 

Ages 6 and up (younger children must be accompanied by an adult)

Class limit: 20

  • Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio

  • May 9, 2017 - May 30, 2017

Students will work with clay and other materials to create one of a kind art projects which change on a weekly basis. Students MUST register in advance so that teachers can prepare for class. Day of class registration is not allowed. Two classes are available.

Class limit: 10 students

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • May 12, 2017 - May 19, 2017

Bring your sweetie for a fun night of throwing pots on the pottery wheel. After a quick demonstration, students will be guided by our instructors through the process of making pots. Each student chooses two pots to keep, which we will glaze and fire. Pots are ready to pick up in about two weeks. Please wear clothing appropriate for a clay studio, and feel free to bring snacks and drinks to enliven your party! 

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • May 13, 2017

Please join OOMA for a gallery talk with New Orleans artist Dapper Bruce Lafitte. Lafitte will be answering questions and providing insight into his current exhibition "Mrs. M. Abrams." Admission is FREE and light refreshments will be provided!

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • May 13, 2017

Bring your mom to our lovely studio and create a beautiful clay project together. Students will be given templates to make pretty flower vases which can be customized using our molds and studio tools. We have a vast array of texture mats, stamps, cutting tools, and all kinds of things to make this a fun experience working side by side. All work will be glazed and ready to pick up in two weeks. Price is per student.

Ages 13 and up

Class limit: 10 students

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio

  • May 13, 2017 - May 19, 2017

Come throw pots on our pottery wheels and see if clay is your new hobby! We will help you create two pots to keep, and they will be glazed and ready to pick up two weeks from class date. We can ship your work if you live out of town! Wear clothes you can get dirty! Mudslingers who enroll in an ongoing wheel throwing class receive a $25 credit towards that class purchase!

Class Limit:  10 students

Level:  Ages 13 and up

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • May 20, 2017

These mysterious vessels are from the Pre-Persian Amlash Culture of Northern modern-day Iran. Their intended purpose, whether ceremonial or commonplace, is still unknown. Students will construct one using pinch pots and coils. Students will also paint and decorate their creations, and work will be fire to food safe specs. Please come prepared with ideas and sketches. All levels are welcome in this class!

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until June 29, 2017

Students will learn the fundamentals of hand-building. This includes working with pinch pots, coils, and slabs to construct functional pottery forms like mugs, trays, and casseroles. We will also have a basic introduction to glazing and work with cone 6 glazes fired in our gas reduction kiln. Class fee includes on 25 pound bag of clay and a tool kits for new students. Studio is open for student use throughout the week. 

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until June 29, 2017

Come learn the basic fundamentals or explore advanced techniques of oil painting. Classes will focus on a variety of subject matter including still life and floral composition.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until July 11, 2017

Students will learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing, including the making of cylinders, bowls, and cups with handles. We will also have a basic introduction to glazing and work with cone 6 glazes. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and a tool kit for new students. Studio is open for student use throughout the week.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until July 12, 2017

Push your throwing techniques to the next level!  This class focuses on throwing larger pieces, making handles, spouts, and lidded vessels. We will address altering techniques and creating and designing more difficult forms like oval casserole dishes, pitchers, lidded jars, and bottles. Basic throwing skills required. Class fee includes all instruction, glazing, firing costs and one 25 lb. bag of clay.  Students are allowed and encouraged to use the studio during museum hours. 

Ages 14 and up.

Class limit: 10 students

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 9, 2017

It’s a real art camp! Spend a week of fun at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and explore the ceramic arts, painting, found objects, and much more! Campers will have adventurous experiences looking at, talking about, and making art. Summer Art Camp at OOMA is conducted by a team of fun and creative professional museum educators and regional artists. Art classes are held Monday through Thursday; Friday culminates in a special art reception in which students get to show off their creations.

Summer Art Camp Information: Camp hours vary according to age. Art Camp is designed for children ages 6-9. Campers must pack a lunch and snack every day to eat during supervised breaks. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited; please sign up well in advance.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Jun 10, 2017

Golden Glove Boxers representing the spirit of George Ohr will defend their OOMA belt, while the vacant "Greatest Fight-Ohr On Earth" super title will be up for grabs.

The contest of the "Greatest Fight-Ohrs on Earth" now promises to be a stunning occasion, as the spirit of George Ohr visits the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s boxing plaza.

Tickets, sponsorships and ringside tables available.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

It’s a real art camp! Spend a week of fun at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and explore the ceramic arts, painting, found objects, and much more! Campers will have adventurous experiences looking at, talking about, and making art. Summer Art Camp at OOMA is conducted by a team of fun and creative professional museum educators and regional artists. Art classes are held Monday through Thursday; Friday culminates in a special art reception in which students get to show off their creations.

Art Camp is designed for children ages 10 - 14 years of age. Campers must pack a lunch and snack every day to eat during supervised breaks. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited; please sign up well in advance.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

It’s a real art camp! Spend a week of fun at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and explore the ceramic arts, painting, found objects, and much more! Campers will have adventurous experiences looking at, talking about, and making art. Summer Art Camp at OOMA is conducted by a team of fun and creative professional museum educators and regional artists. Art classes are held Monday through Thursday; Friday culminates in a special art reception in which students get to show off their creations.

Summer Art Camp Information: Camp hours vary according to age. Art Camp is designed for children ages 6-9. Campers must pack a lunch and snack every day to eat during supervised breaks. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited; please sign up well in advance.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

It’s a real art camp! Spend a week of fun at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and explore the ceramic arts, painting, found objects, and much more! Campers will have adventurous experiences looking at, talking about, and making art. Summer Art Camp at OOMA is conducted by a team of fun and creative professional museum educators and regional artists. Art classes are held Monday through Thursday; Friday culminates in a special art reception in which students get to show off their creations.

Summer Art Camp Information: Camp hours vary according to age. Art Camp is designed for children ages 10-14. Campers must pack a lunch and snack every day to eat during supervised breaks. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited; please sign up well in advance.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Nov 10, 2017

OOMA's monthly outreach series is free to the public. Please come and enjoy a peaceful morning in the studio as we observe artist Jeff Brown work on the wheel and talk about his journey as an artist and clay instructor. Bring a notebook and a friend.

Jeff Brown is currently Associate Professor of Art at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Jeff received his MFA from Ohio University and his BFA from the University of Florida. Prior to graduate school, Jeff was an artist in residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Jeff works primarily with clay, exploring both functional pottery and sculptural forms. Jeff also builds contemporary furniture and sculpture. His work has been exhibited in regional, national, and international exhibitions.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Nov 11, 2017

Take your work to new heights in this participation workshop! Students will observe as Jeff demonstrates how he works and processes ideas of forms. The primary focus will be making vessels and celebrating the vessel. As a group, students will then focus on making vessel forms that can be altered and stacked both on and off the wheel. We will explore vessel forms such as cups, bowls, bottles, and vases. Participants do not need to know how to throw on the wheel but basic hand building techniques would be beneficial. Please bring a lunch, your favorite ceramic working tools, and a fettling knife, available for purchase at Coastal Ceramic Supply in Ocean Springs or Dogwood Ceramics in Gulfport.

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