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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.

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

Experiment with more complex and exciting forms in handbuilding. Class will include instruction of more advanced functional pottery and sculptural techniques than the introductory class. Student will explore combining handbuilt components to create interesting compositions in pottery or sculpture. 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 18 and up
Class Limit: 10 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 Tuesdays from 12pm to 4pm. 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!

Instructor: Robin Santana
Level: Ages 7 to 17
Class Limit: 10 students per session

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 18 and up
Class Limit: 10 students per class

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

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

Sushi comes to OOMA! Led by Chef Scott Meinka from Fatsumo Sushi, learn how to roll your own sushi.

The menu will include the following crowd favorites:

  • California roll (cucumber, avocado, and krabstick)
  • Vegetarian roll (Chef's choice of mixed vegetables)
  • Cucumber maki roll (cucumber, rice, rolled with seaweed on the outside)
  • Fatsumo roll (tempura shrimp, masago, pressed crunchies and togarashi, topped with spicy tuna, shredded krabstick and Asian remoulade)

Join us for this fun culinary (and educational!) experience in OOMA's Welcome Center.

All supplies included.

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

Prepare to activate your imagination and curiosity with this fun workshop! In this 1 and a half hour class, your kids will create their very own animal mug inspired by their spirit animal! Give your kid the chance to express through art using clay. Students will learn various clay hand building techniques in order to achieve the animal sculpture of their choice. Create lasting memories through art!

Recommended ages: 5 - 10
Maximum: 8 students

Join us for an exciting demonstration workshop with Potter Jason Wilson. Jason will demonstrate how he throws and constructs his mesmerizing forms. Demos and topics of discussion will include creating mugs, bowls, and jars with lids, throwing large forms in sections, and working with slip and thin coils for decoration. Whether you are a beginner on the wheel or an experienced thrower you will learn a ton of technical and practical info from this workshop.

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

Do you want to experiment with color, texture, and composition? In this workshop, students will gain knowledge of the importance of using design elements such as line, shape and form, color and texture in abstract and realistic work. Fundamentals of acrylic techniques and an overview of how to use gel mediums and pastes will be a focal point. By developing a series of small sketches and canvas boards as “visual notes” to experiment on, artists will learn a basic overview of techniques and various approaches to starting a painting or adding to their knowledge of the acrylic medium.

Maximum: 20 students

Join OOMA in welcoming Turry Flucker for his Gallery Talk:"Art as an Agent for Social Change: The Development of the New York Art Committee for Tougaloo College and Spiral, An Art Collective." Turry will present a lecture about the New York Art Committee for Tougaloo College and the African American artist collective called Spiral. Both organizations were established in 1963 at the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. The goal for each organization was to use art and the voice of the artist to address social issues of the day. 

This gallery talk is in conjunction with OOMA's exhibition Access: Works from the Tougaloo College Art Collections, 1963-1967, organized by Mr. Flucker. Access is available for viewing through August 11, 2018.

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

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

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.

This series of watercolor workshop is geared towards all levels of painters. Students will receive tailor-made, one-on-one art instruction from one of the best watercolor artists on the Gulf Coast! Learn a variety of artistic new techniques including composition, color usage, color mixing, watercolor textures, realism, landscape painting, layering, and more.

Maximum: 15 students
Instructor: Ed Martel

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 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

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!

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 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

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

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

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

Experience a class that will become the highlight of your week! In this workshop, you will learn how to create shadows which are consistent with the objects you are portraying. This class is geared towards all levels, including watercolor beginners. The subjects to be covered include cast shadows, reflected light, light and shadow relationships and more! Learning basic watercolor techniques will allow you to feel fulfilled and accomplished through your visual self- expression.

Maximum: 25 students
Instructor: Kathy Miller Stone

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: 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

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