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

Artist Talk with John McDonald (Mississippi Sound Welcome Center, 6 PM):

“Shore Birds” is the result of more than 10 years of work that serves to highlight the roots of painting as a process rather than relying on the power behind Photoshop to produce a digital painting. McDonald began the work on canvas and transferred the work to digital via a 6-step process which he will discuss at OOMA’s opening reception. The artist will speak at 6pm.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: John McDonald was born in Bay St. Louis and received his BFA from The University of Georgia in 1976. He received his MFA from Yale University in 1978. McDonald went on to work in art preparation and handling for the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum of Art, The Rothko Art Foundation, The Dia Art Foundation, and Pace Gallery in New York before returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1985. Throughout his career as a working artist, he has won a long list of grants and awards including the Ford Foundation Grant, Southern Arts Federation Grant, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and more. His work can be found in the Mississippi Museum of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and seen at Heriad-Cimino Gallery, and The Painting Center, New York.

OPENING RECEPTIONS:

Adrienne Brown-David (Beau Rivage Casino Gallery of African American Art)

Artist Statement:

A lot of my work centers around my girls and how they are growing up. Raising children of color here has a special set of joys and challenges. Childhood, as a stage, is very short and is exponentially shorter for black and brown kids. I try to capture the rapidly passing moments of their growth while also trying to maintain their fleeting girlhood as long as I can. I also just appreciate standing in the beauty that surrounds black girls and women as a whole.

Glistening Glass of the Gulf Coast (IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery)

Since the 1970s, Gulf Coast Artists detected the capability of glass for expression initiating a creative form of glass sculpture. Since this time the material glass has succeeded as a new art direction whereby today the Gulf Coast glass artists belong to a wide form of art.

Art glass is made by artists who have chosen to work in the medium of glass and both design and make their own pieces as fine art, rather than traditional glassworker craftsmen. Art glass has grown in popularity in recent years with many Gulf Coast artists becoming famous for their work.

The OOMA's annual Ohr Fest is one of its biggest annual fundraisers. This year’s theme is art, beer, music, and community. The festival will offer a diverse array of arts and craft vendors, craft beer tents, a homebrewers’ competition, live music, a ceramics throw-down between the coast's finest potters, a whacky ceramics-based performance by the Mad Potter of Bay St. Louis Steve Barney, and some of the Southeast’s most sought after food trucks—all on the beautiful Biloxi Town Green.

The cost of admission is free, but access to the beer tents will require purchasing an armband:

General Admission armbands: $35 - Buyers will receive unlimited 3 oz. beer pours.

VIP armbands: $60

  • Buyers will receive a commemorative ceramic beer stein(a $40 value)
  • Three full 16 oz. pours.
  • Unlimited 3 oz. pours.

*Only 100 VIP armbands will be available for purchase.

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  • Categories: Attractions, Art & Historic, Family Activities

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