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

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until August 10, 2017

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.

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  • Jul 29, 2017

Join exhibiting artist Ruth Miller for a discussion on her artistic resume, influences, and inspiration behind "Thinking Art Into Being: Contemporary Embroideries." Admission is free. Q&A and light refreshments provided.

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  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until September 5, 2017

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. Basic throwing skills required. Class fee includes all instruction, glazing, firing costs.  Students are allowed and encouraged to use the studio during museum hours. 

Ages 14 and up

Class limit: 10 students

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  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until September 6, 2017

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 glazes. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and a tool kit for new students. Studio is open for student use throughout the week.

Class limit: 10 students per class

Level: Ages 14 and up

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  • Aug 2, 2017

Spend an hour learning about financial markets and investing while discussing current economic events.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until September 7, 2017

Students will learn the fundamentals of hand-building. This includes working with pinch pots, coils, and slabs to construct functional pottery forms like mugs, trays, and casseroles. We will also have a basic introduction to glazing and work with cone 6 glazes fired in our gas reduction kiln. Class fee includes on 25 pound bag of clay and a tool kits for new students. Studio is open for student use throughout the week. 

Level: Ages 14 and up

Class limit: 10 students per class

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  • Aug 4, 2017 - Aug 25, 2017

Bring your sweetie for a fun night of throwing pots on the pottery wheel. After a quick demonstration, students will be guided by our instructors through the process of making pots. Each student chooses two pots to keep, which we will glaze and fire. Pots are ready to pick up in about two weeks. Please wear clothing appropriate for a clay studio, and feel free to bring snacks and drinks to enliven your party!

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  • Aug 5, 2017

Our monthly class for little artists meets again after the summer break! Come let your little ones play with clay and get their hands dirty while they create and paint clay animals. Parents with younger children are encouraged to stay with their children during class to facilitate the experience.  Please have children wear clothes they can get dirty.

Ages 3 and up (younger children must be accompanied by an adult)

Class limit: 12 students per class

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

  • Aug 5, 2017 - Aug 19, 2017

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!

Class Limit:  10 students

Level:  Ages 13 and up

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  • Aug 7, 2017

In conjunction with Alzheimer's Mississippi, the Art in Mind program is designed to provide meaningful social engagement for individuals with early-to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers. Join us for an art activity and discussion followed by lunch.

Planned activities include an experience in the Museum’s galleries and a hands-on component in the classroom. The program takes place the first Monday of each month and is followed by lunch for participants. To register, contact Rhea Miner at curator@georgeohr.org or call 228.374.5547.

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

  • Aug 8, 2017 - Aug 22, 2017

Clay class for children with projects featuring a different clay technique each week. Parents MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE.

Ages 7 and up

Class limit: 15 students per session

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  • Aug 12, 2017

Bring your family to our lovely studio and create a beautiful clay project together. Students will be given templates to make pretty flower vases which can be customized using our molds and studio tools.  We have a vast array of texture mats, stamps, cutting tools, and all kinds of things to make this a fun experience working side by side.  All work will be glazed and ready to pick up in 2 weeks.

Ages 7 and up (children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult)

Class limit: 15 students per session

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  • Aug 26, 2017

Bring your family to our lovely studio and create a beautiful clay project together. Students will be given templates to make one of a kind Americana wind chimes.  We will paint them, too!  All work will be fired and ready to pick up by September 2. This project makes a great gift!

Ages 7 and up (children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult)

Class limit: 15 students per session

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  • Aug 31, 2017

Please join us for the opening reception of two new exciting art exhibitions, Cars in Art - II and Cycles: The Art of Steve Prince. 

Free and open to the public.

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  • Sep 8, 2017

Mark Rigsby  is currently Associate Professor and Gallery Director at USM in Hattiesburg, MS. Mark earned his BFA from Auburn University in 1991 and his MFA from The University of Alabama in 1997.

From 1997 to 2002, Rigsby was the resident potter at Kentuck Art Center, a non-profit art organization in Northport, AL. There he produced wheel thrown and hand constructed utilitarian pottery and sculptural ceramics, and taught community pottery classes to adults and children. 

While at Kentuck, Rigsby developed and conducted workshops for several visual arts community outreach programs. One of the most popular workshops he developed was Face Jugs for Little Folks. While not a folk potter or traditional face jug maker himself, Rigsby felt that the face jug workshop would serve as a perfect way to teach people about the art of traditional folk pottery, through a fun hands-on pottery experience. Over the years he has conducted face jug workshops with hundreds of children and adults.

Level:  Ages 7 and up

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  • Sep 9, 2017

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 collectable, 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.   

Session One:   10am-12pm/ limit 15 people per session

Session Two:   2pm-4pm/ limit 15 people per session

*CEU credit is available. Please see our website for details. 

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  • Nov 10, 2017

OOMA's monthly outreach series is free to the public. Please come and enjoy a peaceful morning in the studio as we observe artist Jeff Brown work on the wheel and talk about his journey as an artist and clay instructor. Bring a notebook and a friend.

Jeff Brown is currently Associate Professor of Art at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Jeff received his MFA from Ohio University and his BFA from the University of Florida. Prior to graduate school, Jeff was an artist in residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Jeff works primarily with clay, exploring both functional pottery and sculptural forms. Jeff also builds contemporary furniture and sculpture. His work has been exhibited in regional, national, and international exhibitions.

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  • Nov 11, 2017

Take your work to new heights in this participation workshop! Students will observe as Jeff demonstrates how he works and processes ideas of forms. The primary focus will be making vessels and celebrating the vessel. As a group, students will then focus on making vessel forms that can be altered and stacked both on and off the wheel. We will explore vessel forms such as cups, bowls, bottles, and vases. Participants do not need to know how to throw on the wheel but basic hand building techniques would be beneficial. Please bring a lunch, your favorite ceramic working tools, and a fettling knife, available for purchase at Coastal Ceramic Supply in Ocean Springs or Dogwood Ceramics in Gulfport.

.8 CEU Credits Available

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