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

  • Jan 12, 2018 - Jan 19, 2018

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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Jan 19, 2018

Join OOMA in welcoming civil rights activist Flonzie Brown Wright to our Gallery Talk series!

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

  • Jan 9, 2018 - Jan 30, 2018

Theme: Creative Thinking through Surrealism
Interested in including an art component to your homeschool planning?  Our classes integrate clay projects with educational visual arts and mixed media projects that will encourage creativity in your kids. In January our classes will focus on developing creative thinking using surrealist inspired techniques. 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 pre-register with a, $25.00 deposit to save a spot in the class session.

The focus this month is to develop the following abilities and skills: Team work, creative thinking, motor skills, spatial intelligence, handwriting skills, abstract thinking, and knowledge of geometry.

Tuesday, January 9:  Be All Eyes: Make an Impressionist Vase
Tuesday, January 16:  Collaborative Mural: Xul Solar Inspired Painting
Tuesday, January 23:  Rethinking Shape: Paul Klee Inspired Ceramic Tiles
Tuesday, January 30:  Drawing Like an Automat: Circle Line Art

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 February 13, 2018

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 February 14, 2018

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, Ceramics Studio

  • Jan 6, 2018 - Jan 27, 2018

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, January 6, 10:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, January 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, January 13, 10:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, January 24, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, January 27, 10:30am-12:30pm

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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until February 15, 2018

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 February 8, 2018

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

  • Jan 6, 2018 - Jan 27, 2018

Children can throw pots on OOMA 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: 6 students per session

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Feb 3, 2018

From the prehistoric figurative pottery of Africa, Asia and Mesopotamia, to the Medieval European face jugs and human head effigy pots of early Mississippian and Peruvian cultures, potters have been sculpting images of animals, and human heads in clay pots for 100's of years. Most commonly known are the face jugs of the Southern Folk Potter.

Southern face jugs are highly prized and collectible, but not as readily available as they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now is your chance to make one of your own face jugs.

Join Associate Professor and Gallery Director at USM Mark Rigsby, a ceramicist for over 25 years, to make your own face jugs!

You can choose between two sessions and create multiple face jugs! Please register by paying for the number of face jugs you wish to create and specify number and sizes. The instructor will throw the jugs for students, and they will then create the faces and embellishment on the vessels while the clay is still wet.

All work will be fired to cone 10 at the Museum, and students will be able to pick up their work by September 30.

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

  • Feb 6, 2018 - Feb 27, 2018

Theme: Celebrating Peace, Justice, and Kindness
Interested in including an art component to your homeschool planning?  Our classes integrate clay projects with educational visual arts and mixed media projects that will help your kids to think creatively while developing critical thinking. February is the month of friendship and kindness to others, and our projects will focus on how to express solidarity and compassion through art. 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 $25.00 deposit to save a spot in the class session.

February 6:  Winds of Solidarity: Make a Friendship Wind Chime
February 20: Throw Me Some Beads: Recycle Your Mardi Gras Beads
February 27: Symbols of Unity: Make an Adinka Printed Shirt  

The focus this month is to learn about values like empathy, responsibility, solidarity, justice, and respect. We will develop the following abilities and skills: teamwork, creative thinking, motor skills.

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

  • Feb 8, 2018

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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Feb 9, 2018

Before celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart on February 14, grab your best gal pals for a Galentine’s night to commemorate and celebrate your female friendships!

Enjoy an evening tasting sparkling wines from assorted vendors and sampling sweet and savory delicacies from the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s most esteemed restaurants.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will provide free museum tours with transportation for Biloxi elementary schools.

Tickets can be purchased online.

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

  • Feb 10, 2018

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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Feb 10, 2018

Little ones can play with real clay in our studio!  Decorate your garden with these adorable handmade garden stakes to label your herbs and vegetables. Students will create their stakes with slabs and coils! 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 Studio

  • Feb 10, 2018

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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until March 22, 2018

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

  • Feb 17, 2018

Children can throw pots on OOMA 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: 5 students per session

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Feb 17, 2018

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 12 and up
Class Limit: 20 students per session

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Feb 19, 2018

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, Ceramics Studio

  • Feb 21, 2018

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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Feb 21, 2018

Join OOMA for an all levels flow class taught by Ellen Walker of Downtown Yoga Ocean Springs. Please bring your own mat.

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

  • Feb 23, 2018

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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Feb 24, 2018

Children can throw pots on OOMA 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: 5 students per session

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

  • Feb 24, 2018

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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Feb 24, 2018

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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until April 3, 2018

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 April 4, 2018

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 April 5, 2018

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

  • Mar 8, 2018

Join OOMA in welcoming restaurateur Robert St. John and watercolorist Wyatt Waters for an evening of food and art!

Robert and Wyatt will be promoting their fourth collaborative cookbook together, A Mississippi Palate: Heritage Cuisine and Watercolors of Home. Robert will lead a cooking demonstration, pulling delectable Southern classics straight from his cookbook, while Wyatt paints an inspired, ludic piece to be auctioned off that night!

This is an evening you won’t want to miss!

Copies of "A Mississippi Palate: Heritage Cuisine and Watercolors of Home" are available for purchase in OOMA's Gift Store.

You can watch Robert and Wyatt’s adventures through Mississippi on their latest MPB television program “Palate to Palette,” which featured OOMA in the third episode.