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

  • Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 22, 2017

Bring your sweetie for a fun night of throwing pots on the pottery wheel.  After a quick demonstration, students will be guided 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! 

Level:  Ages 18 and up

Class limit: 10 students

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Sep 23, 2017

No experience is necessary for this fun class, but even experienced clay workers and artists will love the results of carving tiles in clay! Our studio can provide you with a drawing to apply to your tile (animals, floral images, trees), or you may bring your own design that is approximately 5.5” x 5.5.” Students will carve designs into tiles we have prepared for you in a white clay body with a black glossy glaze. The results are always wonderful and unique! All work is ready to pick up in 2 weeks.

Level:  Ages 8 and up

Class Limit:  20 students 

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

  • Sep 2, 2017 - Sep 23, 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:  

Saturday, September 2: 11:00am- 1:00pm

Saturday, September 23: 10:00am- 12:00pm

Cost:  $25 per person

Level:  Ages 13 and up

Class Limit:  10 students per session

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

  • Sep 5, 2017 - Sep 26, 2017

This class is specifically designed with homeschooled students in mind! We will often work with clay, but not always. In September we will focus on the work of a specific artist each week and create work which emulates the style and technique of that artist. Parents may leave children with us for class in order for students to experience an uninhibited creative environment.    Parents PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE in order to give teachers proper time to prepare.

Tuesday, September 5: 10:00 -11:30am:  Pablo Picasso plates

Tuesday, September 12:  10:00 - 11:30am: Rudy Autio vases

Tuesday, September 19:  10:00 - 11:30am:  Ida Kohlmeyer sculpture

Tuesday, September 26:  10:00 - 11:30am: Marilyn Levine realism

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

Cost:  $13 per person

Level:  Ages 7 and up

Class Limit:  15 students per session

  • 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

  • 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 October 5, 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

  • Sep 30, 2017

Bring your family to our lovely studio and create a beautiful clay project together, or come solo and meet some new people! Students will be given templates to make cool Halloween Witch Hat Luminaries - cute décor for your holiday tablescapes! We will paint them, too.  All work will be fired and ready to pick up by October 2.  This project makes a great gift!

Saturday, September 30:  TWO SESSIONS

Time:  Session one 10:30am-12:30pm / Session two 2:00 - 4:00pm

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

Cost:  $20 per project created / Parents may work with a child on one project together

Level:  Ages 7 and up, Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult

Class Limit:  12 students per session

  • 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, Ceramics Building, 2nd Floor

  • Oct 4, 2017

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

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

  • Oct 7, 2017 - Oct 7, 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 October 6, 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

  • Oct 9, 2017

Spend your lunch break with OOMA staff and volunteers to learn more about the museum and ways you can help! Please call in advance if you plan on attending.

  • 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 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, Ceramics Studio

  • Oct 14, 2017

Little ones can play with real clay in our studio! This project is offered every year and the results are always adorable. Children will make and paint their own pumpkins and can glaze them in any color of the rainbow! 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.

Level: Ages 2-7
Class Limit: 12 students per session

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

  • Oct 16, 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 Rhea Miner at curator@georgeohr.org or call

  • 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

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 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

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