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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

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

Visit the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art's gift shop visit with featured store artists, watch demonstrations, and peruse new merchandise.

This workshop will take you deep into how to find, process, and work with raw clay straight from the earth. This one-day intensive will start with a native clay petting zoo, throwing demo, and a discussion of different qualities of native clay bodies and their uses. This will be followed by a presentation on locating and digging your own clay and a demonstration on how to make terra sigillata. This workshop is packed with information not only about clay from the region, but also the qualities of clay in general from a working, geological, and chemistry perspective.

Students are encouraged to bring in any samples of native materials to examine.

Zach Sierke is a Fairhope native and has grown up with the idealistic vision and natural beauty of the community as a deeply ingrained source of inspiration in all aspects of his life. Zach came to clay during his freshman year at Eckerd College and immediately became obsessed with the ceramic process. The next four years were spent returning to Fairhope, investigating centuries-old kiln sites (including his great, great grandfather's), hand-mining native clays from every available deposit, and transporting them back to Eckerd College - where he tested them in the wood-fired kiln that he helped build.

After returning to Fairhope, Zach started the construction of a uniquely innovative, well-researched, and large anagama kiln, which he now uses to fire his native clay work.

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 14 and up
Class Limit:  10 students per class

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

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

  • 519 Scenic Dr, Pass Christian

  • May 3, 2018

Join the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art for a murder mystery dinner party at a beautiful beachfront home in Pass Christian! 

Interview guests, find clues, and discover whodunnit...
Dine on coastal delicacies from Simply Seafood & Catering and a live-action sushi station from Fatsumo Sushi...
Bid on silent auction items donated from local patrons and businesses...
And enter a raffle for a dozen dinner packages from some of the coast's finest restaurants!

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

Join OOMA for 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.

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: 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!*

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

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 and the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Fair Grinds Coffeehouse to the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. Fair Grinds will have an assortment of fair trade coffee, teas, and assorted menu items for purchase.

Get ready to experience this creative adventure! In this workshop your kids will learn the basic principles of printmaking and the ready resources to further explore the process; create a work of art using organic forms in nature, color theory, working with pigments and much more! Students will create and sketch their design on a paper template creating a rice paper print! Your kids will take their unique artwork home along with skills to continue exploring printmaking and a sense of creative accomplishment.

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

Join OOMA in welcoming Fair Grinds Coffeehouse from New Orleans to our Welcome Center's kitchen! Fair Grinds will have a host of fair trade coffee, teas, and assorted menu items for purchase. This pop-up coffee shop will run on the following Saturdays: May 12, 19, 26, and June 2. 

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

Spend some time 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!

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

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

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. Each student will create two of their own small spike bowls. They will be ready for pickup in the museum studio in about 2 weeks.

This 2-day workshop is for beginners to accomplished artists and is loosely based on painting seascapes inspired by the abundant Gulf Coast beaches and marshes. Students will learn fun and useful techniques for creating unique landscape paintings by using appropriate acrylic mediums for water, sand, and sky. Basic compositional skills that will help create depth and feeling in paintings will also be a focal point of this workshop. Working from photos or outdoors and experimentation with collage, mixed media and artist’s favorite supplies will be encouraged! Instructor Anne Cicero will include an overview of techniques, color advice and useful perspective drawing as it is related to painting realistic and abstract landscapes.

Maximum: 20 students

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: 5 students per session

Bring your family to our lovely studio and create a beautiful clay project together, or come solo and meet some new people! Decorate your wall with a beautiful handmade flower arrangement. Students will cut out, sculpt, and paint their own colorful clay flower and bud with leaves on a plaque backing! This project makes a great gift! 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

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.

Escape the routine and embrace your inner-artist in this inspiring drawing class. Enjoy the beauty and inspiration of the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of art as YOU explore and practice drawing class techniques, such as 1, 2 and 3 point linear perspective (class exercises), isometric perspective (class exercises), atmospheric perspective (painting demonstration), foreshortening (demo and class participation) and architectural projection method (demo and class exercises).

Maximum: 12 students