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 Tuesday until July 11, 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.

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  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until July 12, 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 and one 25 lb. bag of clay.  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 Thursday until June 29, 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. 

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until June 29, 2017

Come learn the basic fundamentals or explore advanced techniques of oil painting. Classes will focus on a variety of subject matter including still life and floral composition.

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  • Jul 8, 2017

No experience is needed to make a beautiful ceramic Magnolia with artist Karen Anderson. Students will work with patterns and a template, and your work will be ready to pick up in two weeks time.  Please wear clothes suitable for a clay studio. All materials, instruction, and firing are included in the cost.

Class Limit: 15

Age Limit: 10 and up

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  • Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017

It’s a real art camp! Spend a week of fun at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and explore the ceramic arts, painting, found objects, and much more! Campers will have adventurous experiences looking at, talking about, and making art. Summer Art Camp at OOMA is conducted by a team of fun and creative professional museum educators and regional artists. Art classes are held Monday through Thursday; Friday culminates in a special art reception in which students get to show off their creations.

Summer Art Camp Information: Camp hours vary according to age. Art Camp is designed for children ages 10-14. Campers must pack a lunch and snack every day to eat during supervised breaks. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited; please sign up well in advance.

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  • Jul 12, 2017

Join OOMA in celebrating George Ohr's 160th birthday! Free Museum admission, birthday cake, games on the plaza, a community art project, and more!

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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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  • 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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