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.

Voted 2018 Best Museum or Gallery in the state of Mississippi as well as one of the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in the United States by the American Art Awards. 

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

The works collected in John Barnes' Southern Witness are painted wooden assemblages inspired by the historic cycle of race-positioning in relation to power and servitude in the contemporary South. The works use a variety of surfaces from lush, colorfully painted surfaces to heavily-grained bare plywood. John Barnes received his MFA in Sculpture from The Memphis College of Art in 1999. He now works out of New Orleans and is currently an artist-in-residence at the Joan Mitchell Center.

Steve Shepard’s Visionary Bayou Technician, in the words of the artist, “speak(s) a visionary language of deep ecology inspired by the natural history of the northern Gulf of Mexico and its disintegration at the hands of developers investing in sprawling overpopulation and exploitation.” The artist includes among his influences the art of Walter Anderson, the Post-Impressionists, and the Chicago Imagists. Steve Shepard’s education includes a BFA from the University of South Alabama in 1977, and a summer at the Santa Fe Workshops of Contemporary Art in 1976.

The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art will celebrate the 162nd birthday of its namesake George E. Ohr on Thursday, July 12, 2019 (EDIT: Due to severe weather surrounding Tropical Storm Barry, we'll be moving the event to Saturday, July 20, 2019). Nicknamed the "Mad Potter of Biloxi," Ohr's legacy lives on 100 years after his passing in the wild and wacky STEAMpunk Pottery Project performance by Bay St. Louis artist Steve Barney. Featuring "The World's Most Amazing Pottery Machine," Barney will hoist himself in the air and throw pots upside down. Moreover, Steve will use his head to mold and shape clay vessels, designed to inspire students and integrate Art with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Enjoy free museum admission, cake, refreshments, food trucks, and exciting interactive art demonstrations with Steve. And if you're a member or would like to be, be sure to stick around for our Mad Potter Block Party BBQ.

Our Mad Potter Block Party is a member appreciation event co-hosted by O'Keefe Financial Services. Museum members and O'Keefe Financial Members are admitted FREE! We recommend that members bring a plus one that would be interested in museum membership. (EDIT: Due to severe weather surrounding Tropical Storm Barry, we'll be moving the event to Saturday, July 20, 2019)

Non-members are welcome with $10 admission.

Attendees will enjoy a BBQ of two 50 lb pigs with sides provided as well!

“T-Pots Too! Continued Explorations into a Versatile Form” with Jake Ollinger

This hands on workshop will begin with a slideshow of the artist’s past work to explain how he arrived at the forms and aesthetics that he currently employs. Jake will demonstrate and instruct students how build a full teapot set, and in so doing establish a unified aesthetic across numerous forms. Every piece in the set will be heavily modified on and off the wheel. Jake will teach a variety of unique altering techniques to really elaborate upon the volume and movement of each piece. He will also discuss his glazing techniques and how he plays with texture and color to further enhance the work.

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

Level: Ages 18 and up

Class Limit: 20 Students

This longer form wheel class will get kids more in-depth into the pottery process. Students will meet twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 pm to 4 pm. In this 3-week course, students will learn to throw pots, add a lid or handle, trim the bottom, alter the vessel and learn what the glazing mystery is all about. Be prepared to get messy and have a ton of fun with teacher Robin Santana!

If you missed the first class(es) contact the museum for information on prorating the class cost.

Place: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio
Instructor: Robin Santana
Level: Ages 7 to 17
Class Limit: 10 students per session

This eight-week ceramics class is a mix of guided study and lessons based on the interests of the class. The instructor will work with students to help them improve their work and techniques and will also teach classes on requested topics. Students will work with cone 6 oxidation and cone 10 reduction glazes. Basic throwing skills a plus but not 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.

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

Instructor: Charlie Mabry

Level: Ages 18 and up

Class Limit: 10 students per class

Great for beginner to intermediate levels, our eight week pottery wheel class teaches the fundamentals of wheel throwing, including the making of cylinders, bowls, and cups with handles. We will also cover the basics of glazing, 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 and extended evening hours!

If you missed the first class(es) contact the museum for information on prorating the class cost.

Place:  Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio
Instructor:  Darryl O’Donnell
Level:  Ages 18 and up
Class Limit:  10 students per class

No prior experience required for this eight week introductory hand-building pottery class. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with clay. Pinching, slabs and coils will be used to construct functional pottery forms like mugs, planters, stamps and jars.  We will also have a basic introduction to glazing and work with cone 6 oxidation glazes. 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 and extended evening hours!

If you've missed the first class(es) contact the museum about prorating your pricing!

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

Instructor:  CJ Nickell-Templin

Level:  Ages 18 and up

Class Limit:  5 students per class

Fun class for couples!  Bring your sweetie or a pal 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. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks! *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

Children can throw pots on our pottery wheels and get messy with clay! We will help your little ones create two pots to keep, and they will be glazed and ready to pick up two weeks from class date. We can ship their pottery if you live out of town!  Have your kids wear clothes they can get dirty!

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

Level: Ages 7 and up
Class Limit: 5 students per session

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!*

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

Level:  Ages 14 and up

Class Limit:  10 students per session

Come to our beautiful studio and enjoy the excitement of firing work in a Raku kiln! Raku is an exhilarating and unique process where pots are taken out of the kiln while red hot and put in a combustible material to make colorful and iridescent effects. Students must wear closed toe shoes and clothes you aren’t afraid to get dirty! Cost of class includes two pots (your choice of bisqued vases and bowls) that you get to glaze and fire in our Raku kiln. *Students may not bring outside pieces to fire.*        

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

Level: Ages 18 and up

Class Limit:  6 students per class

This longer form wheel class will get kids more in-depth into the pottery process. Students will meet twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 pm to 4 pm. In this 3-week course, students will learn to throw pots, add a lid or handle, trim the bottom, alter the vessel and learn what the glazing mystery is all about. Be prepared to get messy and have a ton of fun with teacher Robin Santana!

If you missed the first class(es) contact the museum for information on prorating the class cost.

Place: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio
Instructor: Robin Santana
Level: Ages 7 to 17
Class Limit: 10 students per session

This 2-day hands on workshop will be open to all levels of all clay workers including Throwers, Hand Builders and Sculptors. Students will bring their own pieces in a soft leather hard state to practice surface decoration on. Working in porcelain, Lora will throw a variety of forms – altering, assembling and decorating the pieces using her signature technique and creating patterns on the clay surface using her personally designed tools. She will help students explore ideas about design, pattern and composition, discussing the relationship of surface texture to the form. She will demonstrate some glazing and finishing techniques to maximize surface texture. Although Lora’s base forms will be thrown on the wheel, hand-builders are welcome and can enjoy learning the texturing process.

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