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

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.

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! *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

A Collaborative Art Project in Honor of Walter Anderson Appreciation Week

Class limit: 20 maximum

Choose 1 of 4 sessions:

All supplies included. In collaboration with the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Discover your authentic inner-artist and your creative passion with the regionally acclaimed fiber artist Ruth Miller. Using pencil and paper students will learn how to translate observation into a realistically accurate drawing.

Maximum: 15 students

In this one-time wheel class, 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! 

Level: Ages 6 to 13
Class Limit: 10 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!*

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

The subject explored in this course will be Mississippi History. Educators will learn techniques for a creative approach to Civil Rights History through art.

Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Tuuri

RSVP: education@georgeohr.org

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.*

Level: Ages 18 and up
Class Limit: 6 students per class

Come out & Enjoy the Sounds of the MS Gulf Coasts Finest Jazz & Blues Musicians. Cash Cafe & Bar available on site! The cover charge helps to support the Arts and promote Live Music in our Beautiful Coastal Community.

Purchase Tickets in advance online or Pay CASH ONLY upon entry on the day of Jam.

The CJS Jazz Jam Bar & Cafe Menu:

Chicken and sausage jambalaya $7
Shrimp & Crawfish Seafood Bread $8 
Combo Jambalaya and Seafood Bread $12
Bloody Mary Bar $7
Mimosas $5
Wine $3
Beer $3

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: Robin Santana
Level: Ages 18 and up
Class Limit: 10 students per class

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.

Instructor:  Charlie Mabry
Level:  Ages 18 and up
Class Limit:  10 students per class

Come out to the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art for Coffee Club with Cree Cantrell! Spend an hour learning about financial markets and investing while discussing current economic events.

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: Darryl O'Donnell
Level: Ages 18 and up
Class Limit: 10 students per class

The first ever George E. Ohr Art & Beer Festival and offers a diverse array of arts and crafts vendors; craft beer tents; a homebrewers’ competition; a camper rally with vintage campers, skoolies, and camper vans; a community car art restoration project; live music; a whacky ceramics-based performance by the Mad Potter of Bay St. Louis Steve Barney; a ceramics throw-down between the coast's finest potters; and food vendors!

The festival will fall during Cruisin’ the Coast, one of the largest tourism attractions to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, last year seeing over 8,000 classic cars register. The museum anticipates a crowd of 2,000+ attendees and dozens of vintage campers to participate in this year’s festival.

The cost of entry to the Ohr Art & Beer Fest is free, but access to the beer tents will require purchasing an armband:

General Admission armbands: $25

  • buyers will receive unlimited 3 oz. beer pours

VIP armbands: $50

  • buyers will receive a commemorative ceramic beer steinz
  • three full 16 oz. beer pours
  • unlimited 3 oz. beer pours
  • *Only 100 VIP armbands will be available for purchase.

If you’re the owner of a vintage camper, camper van, or skoolie, OOMA’s grounds will be available for a two night camping post for $75. Inquiries can be sent to grants@georgeohr.org.

Tickets for the festival and camper rally are on sale now at www.georgeohr.org/events.

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.*

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! *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

Enjoy a long weekend of camping, fellowship, and exploration! This expedition is open to all interested parties: artists, bird watchers, outdoor enthusiasts, and all-around adventure seekers!

All participants will receive three meals, a goody bag full of snacks and supplies, and not to mention memories to last a lifetime.

We will be taking the Skipper captained by Frank Becker. OOMA Assistant Director Heather Rumfelt and John Anderson will lead the expedition, inspired by John’s father, famed MS Gulf Coast artist Walter Anderson.

In 2017, the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art hosted an exciting exhibition of contemporary embroideries created by artist Ruth Miller. This fall, we are offering artists, crafters, students, and art-makers of all media an opportunity to experience embroidery-making from Ruth herself. This is a class geared toward adults but serious students 9 to 18 years of age will be considered.

Max 15 students

In this one-time wheel class, 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! 

Level: Ages 6 and up
Class Limit: 10 students per session

Create an Spooky Witch Hat Luminary. Perfect for adding some Halloween atmosphere to your home, this festive hand-made candle holder will be constructed with clay slabs and decorated with witchy details.  No experience is needed, and students will be guided by our instructors through the process step by step.  Your class fee includes all glazes, firing, and instruction, and your work will be ready to pick up in 2 weeks.  Class registration closes 24 hours before class time. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS.

Level: Ages 12 and up
Class Limit: 20 students per session

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! *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

Join OOMA in welcoming exhibiting artist Clifton Webb as he discusses his artistic background and the influences behind his current exhibit “Icons: The Sacred Muse.” Webb creates striking sculpture using a visual ‘alphabet’ derived from years of studying of from the African continent.  This visual alphabet developed in an effort to represent, and to pay homage to, those who went before.  It is a means of creating artwork that commands reverence and is identifiable as “African American.”

In this one-time wheel class, 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! 

Level: Ages 6 and up
Class Limit: 10 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!*

Level: Ages 14 and up
Class Limit: 10 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!*

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.*

Level: Ages 18 and up
Class Limit: 5 students per class

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

During this in-depth 2-day demonstration workshop, artist Glenn Dair will execute fearless acts of skill on and off the potter’s wheel. This true master at work will dispense wisdom and technical knowledge on a wide range of subjects including throwing, altering, lids, handles, mark making, glazing, and much more. This workshop offers a wealth of insight, experience, tips, and tricks to the beginner and veteran potter alike. Whether your work is geared toward function or form you don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity.

Break for lunch both days.

Perfect for a beautiful handmade gift or decoration for your home. Come spend a few hours in our studio and create a striking magnolia out of clay. No experience is needed, and students will be guided by our instructors through the process step by step. Your class fee includes all glazes, firing, and instruction, and your work will be ready to pick up in 2 weeks. Class registration closes 24 hours before class time.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS.

Level: Ages 14 and up
Class Limit: 20 students per session

Discover the secrets to understanding and painting the forms, balance, and posture of birds in this two-day intensive workshop. Our objective will be to allow you to include your striding, flapping and floating feathered friends into your paintings with confidence.

Max: 15 students