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

  • Oct 3, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017

This class is specifically designed with home-schooled students in mind! In October focus on ceramic objects from history. Classes include a short lesson and discussion of the historical period the object is from. Students are encouraged to look up information about the period before class for inspiration. Students MUST preregister for class 24 hours in advance to give instructors time to prepare materials.

October 3: Clay Gargoyles (Medieval Europe)
October 10: Greek Amphora Slab Vase (Classical Greece/Rome)
October 17: George Ohr Pottery on the Wheel (Late 19th Century)
October 24: Moroccan Pattern Plates (Medieval North Africa/Muslim Spain)

Level:  Ages 7 and up
Class Limit:  Maximum 15 

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until October 24, 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. Students will work with cone 6 and cone 10 glazes and conduct firings in our cone 10 reduction kiln. Basic throwing skills required. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and all glazes, class firings, and instruction.  Your materials fee of $20 helps us cover glazes, kilns, and maintenance of studio tools and equipment. Studio is open for student use throughout the week and extended evening hours.

 

Date:  Tuesdays, September 19, 26, and October 3, 10, 17, and 24

Time:  6:00- 9:00pm

Place:  Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio

Instructor:  Charlie Mabry

Cost:  $220 for members

Level:  Ages 14 and up

Class Limit:  10 students per class

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until October 25, 2017

No skill is needed to take this six week introductory hand-building pottery class starting September 20!  Students will learn the fundamentals of working with clay: pinching, coiling, and slabs will be used to construct functional pottery forms like mugs, trays, and casseroles.  We will also have a basic introduction to glazing and working with cone 6 glazes. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and a tool kit for new students.  Your materials fee of $20 helps us cover glazes, kilns, and maintenance of studio tools and equipment. Studio is open for student use throughout the week!

 

Date:  Wednesdays, September 20, 27, and October 4, 11, 18, and 25

Time:  1:00 - 4:00pm

Place:  Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio

Cost:  $220 per student/ $20 materials fee

Instructor:  Charlie Mabry

Level:  Ages 14 and up

Class Limit:  10 students per class

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

  • Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 25, 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!*

Level:  Ages 14 and up
Class Limit:  10 students per session

Dates:     Friday, October 13, 10:30am-12:30pm

                Wednesday, October 18, 6:00pm-8:00pm

                Saturday, October 21, 10:30am-12:30pm

                Wednesday, October 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm



  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until October 26, 2017

Our six week introductory pottery wheel class begins again on September 21! 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 working with cone 6 glazes. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and a tool kit for new students.  Your materials fee of $20 helps us cover glazes, kilns, and maintenance of studio tools and equipment. Studio is open for student use throughout the week! 

Dates:  Thursdays, September 21, 28, and October 5, 12, 19, and 26

Time:  6:00 - 9:00pm

Place:  Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio

Cost:  $220 per student/ $20 materials fee

Instructor:  Charlie Mabry

Level:  Ages 14 and up

Class Limit:  10 students per class

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until November 16, 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, Ceramics Studio

  • Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017

Fun class for couples!  Bring your sweetie and spend two hours playing on our pottery wheels.  Our instructors will help you create two pots to keep, and we’ll glaze and fire them for you.  Work is ready to pick up in about two weeks.  Please wear clothes and shoes you can get dirty! *Mudslingers who enroll in an ongoing wheel throwing class receive a $25 credit towards that class purchase!*

Level:  Ages 18 and up
Class Limit:  10 students per session

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

  • Oct 21, 2017

Come spend an afternoon in the beautiful clay studio on the beach and create a project you’ll keep for years to come! Create and paint an autumnal candle holder with beautifully colored leaves. This project is suitable for all ages and skill levels. All clay, glazes, and firing are included in the class fee. Please wear suitable clothes for a clay studio, and be ready to pick up work in two weeks. Work can also be shipped to you!

Instructor:  Karen Anderson
Level:  Ages 10 and up
Class Limit:  15 students per session

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

  • Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017

Led by ceramic artist Taylor Robenalt, this workshop will focus on components of the human figure and demonstrate the intricacies of constructing flora and fauna. Students will focus on technical components within their work, including how to achieve crisp lines and clean, tight surfaces by using simple tools. Taylor will personally meet with each student and aide in exploration of skills and new ideas, concluding with an informal critique at the end of the workshop. Get excited for a weekend filled with information about clay with a porcelain pro!

Taylor has provided a recommended tool list, which will be provided to students prior to the workshop, and attendees will be allowed to sample tools and purchase them at the workshop. All clay, firing, and instruction are included in the workshop. Lunch included.

Ms. Robenalt received a BFA in bronze casting and stone carving from Southern Methodist University. She then discovered her love for ceramics and received an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia in 2011.  Taylor has held teaching positions at the State College of  Florida, Auburn University, and Columbus State University.  Ms. Robenalt was a long-term artist resident at Odyssey Clayworks and has held short term residencies at Watershed and Penland. Currently, Taylor is working in Sarasota, Florida at her home studio and teaching ceramics.

This workshop is approved for 1.4 CEU hours for a fee of $15.

Class Limit:  15 students

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

  • Oct 28, 2017

Join OOMA for a unique opportunity to learn the art of fabric discharging- or removing color from cotton fabrics- with artist Linda Creel. This is a simple process that is easy for beginners and fun for those experienced in all media! All materials are included in your class fee, students will leave with beautiful fabric pieces which they can fabricate into pillows or use in mixed media art. Please wear clothes you can get dirty! This class is great for those traveling through town or stopping in for the day!

Instructor:  Linda Creel
Level:  Ages 14 and up
Class Limit:  15 students

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Nov 1, 2017

Spend an hour learning about financial markets and investing while discussing current economic events.

Location:  Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 2nd Floor of the Biloxi Center for Ceramics

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

  • Nov 3, 2017 - Nov 17, 2017

Fun class for couples!  Bring your sweetie and spend two hours playing on our pottery wheels.  Our instructors will help you create two pots to keep, and we’ll glaze and fire them for you.  Work is ready to pick up in about two weeks.  Please wear clothes and shoes you can get dirty! *Mudslingers who enroll in an ongoing wheel throwing class receive a $25 credit towards that class purchase!*

Level:  Ages 18 and up
Class Limit:  10 students per session

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Nov 4, 2017

Little ones can play with real clay in our studio! Decorate your table or shelf with this festive horn of plenty. Children will make and paint their own Cornucopia overflowing with colorful fruits of the harvest! Older children are welcome in this class if a younger sibling is enrolled. Work will be ready to pick up in one week. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS.

Place: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio
Level: Ages 2-7
Class Limit: 12 students per session

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

  • Nov 4, 2017 - Nov 25, 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!*

Dates:   November 4 
               November 18
               November 25

Place:  Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio
Level:  Ages 14 and up
Class Limit:  10 students per session

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Building, 2nd Floor

  • Nov 6, 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.

Place: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 2nd Floor of Ceramics Building
Contact Rhea Miner at
curator@georgeohr.org for registration or call 228-374-5547

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

  • Nov 7, 2017 - Nov 28, 2017

This class is specifically designed with home-schooled students in mind! Our classes include clay work and a hands-on approach to other artistic techniques. In November our classes will focus on historical events and look at them with an artistic eye. Students are encouraged to look up information about the period before class for inspiration. Tuition must be paid for the full four week session one week in advance of the first class. You may preregister with a $25 deposit to save a spot in the class session.

Tuesday, November 7: Radioactive Art: Marie Curie’s 150th Birthday
Tuesday, November 14: Through the Eyes of Claude Monet
Tuesday, November 21: Tales of Reciprocity: Character Development
Tuesday, November 28: Interpreting Native American Art

Place:  Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio
Level:  Ages 7 and up
Class Limit:  Minimum 5 students per session, Maximum 15

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until December 19, 2017

Push your throwing techniques to the next level! This class focuses on throwing larger pieces, making handles, spouts, and lidded vessels. This class can be used as a guided study. We will address altering techniques and creating and designing more difficult forms like oval casserole dishes, pitchers, lidded jars, and bottles. Students will work with cone 6 oxidation and cone 10 reduction glazes. Basic throwing skills required. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and all glazes, class firings, and instruction. Your materials fee of $20 helps us cover glazes, kilns, and maintenance of studio tools and equipment. Studio is open for student use throughout the week and extended evening hours.

Instructor:  Charlie Mabry
Level:  Ages 14 and up
Class Limit:  10 students

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until December 20, 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 oxidation and cone 10 reduction glazes. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and a tool kit for new students.  Your materials fee of $20 helps us cover glazes, kilns, and maintenance of studio tools and equipment. Studio is open for student use throughout the week!

Instructor: Charlie Mabry
Level: Ages 14 and up
Class Limit: 10 students per class

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until December 21, 2017

No prior experience required for this six week introductory hand-building pottery class starting November 9!  Students will learn the fundamentals of working with clay: pinching, coiling, and slabs will be used to construct functional pottery forms like mugs, trays, and casseroles.  We will also have a basic introduction to glazing and work with cone 6 oxidation and cone 10 reduction glazes. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and a tool kit for new students.  Your materials fee of $20 helps us cover glazes, kilns, and maintenance of studio tools and equipment. Studio is open for student use throughout the week!

Instructor:  Charlie Mabry
Level:  Ages 14 and up
Class Limit:  10 students per class

  • 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.

.8 CEU Credits Available

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Nov 13, 2017

Spend your lunch break with OOMA staff and volunteers to learn more about the museum and ways you can help.

Please call 228-374-5547 if you are interested in attending!

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Nov 18, 2017

In this participatory workshop no prior clay experience is required. Students will learn handbuilding techniques to create their own legs or spikes to attach to pre prepared vessel forms. Students will then be instructed how to use an air compressor to spray glaze their pots for an airbrushed and runny effect. These forms are perfect for decorative containers or fantastical planters.

Level: 14 and up
Class Limit: 20 Students
Instructors: Dustin and CJ Nickell-Templin

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