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

  • Mar 25, 2017

The first of a series of classes which will focus on a specific, historical pottery form. The first class will feature the Tagine, a traditional North African earthenware cooking vessel similar to a Dutch oven or slow cooker. Class will include working on the wheel, discussion of the history and form, sampling of a typically prepared Tagine dish, and recipes for you to take home! Students must have intermediate throwing skills to take this class but can choose from making various sizes of Tagine to accommodate skill level. Please contact the instructor with questions.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

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

  • Mar 7, 2017 - Mar 28, 2017

This class is for those students who have been in the Museum’s home school art program previously and have accomplished clay working skills.   Students must have prior approval from the instructor before enrolling in class. Email education@georgeohr.org with registration information.

Tuesday, March 7:  Image transfer onto clay bowls

Tuesday, March 14:   Working with Clay Tiles

Tuesday, March 21:   Clay Self Portraits

Tuesday, March 28:  Working with Plaster Molds: Action Figures

Level:  Ages 6 and up welcome

Limit:  15 students maximum

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until April 11, 2017

A six week introductory hand-building pottery class. Students will learn the fundamentals of working OFF the pottery wheel, to include working with pinch pots, coils, and slabs to construct functional pottery forms like mugs, trays, and casseroles.  There will also be a basic introduction to glazing and work with cone 6 glazes. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and a basic tool kit. Studio is open for student use throughout the week until 9pm each night!

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

  • Mar 7, 2017 - Mar 28, 2017

Art projects vary weekly and will focus on both learning new skills and perfecting those already learned. All materials are included in the class cost. Please sign up for each class individually. You may email education@georgeohr.org with specific questions.

Tuesday, March 7:  Image transfer onto clay bowls

Tuesday, March 14:   Working with Clay Tiles

Tuesday, March 21:   Clay Self Portraits

Tuesday, March 28:  Working with Plaster Molds: Action Figures

Class is limited to 15 students per session, ages 6 and up.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until March 30, 2017

A six week introductory pottery wheel class continues in March. Your class can be prorated for the one class you missed in February. Students will learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing, including the making of cylinders, bowls, and cups with handles. There will also be a basic introduction to using cone 6 glazes. Class fee includes instruction, glazing, and firing. Studio is open for student use throughout the week until 9pm each night!

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Mar 30, 2017

Discover Paris with Frank Janca! Join us for an informative session to learn about the upcoming arts-centric trip to Paris. Dave Vince, of Tour with Dave, and artist Frank Janca will discuss the art, museum, and culture-related activities and itineraries.

Trip specifics: The trip will take place September 16 - 23, 2017 and the cost is *$3300. Price includes airfare, hotel, and breakfast. *Price reflective of current airfare rates, subject to change.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until April 6, 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.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Mar 31, 2017 - Apr 1, 2017

In this workshop, students will work with a 24” inch figure or bust and explore ideas of symbolism and gestural expression in consideration of the body as a vessel.   We will use color as a tool for conveying emotion and form.  On day one we will construct the torso, arms, and head, and day two will focus on joining all components and fine tuning the work. This class is suitable for those with prior clay working experience and the ability to form slabs, join forms, and knowledge of basic clay working rules.

Stacey Johnson is currently Director of Ceramic Programming at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.  She received a BA from Loyola University, and an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the University of Georgia.  Stacey has held teaching positions in Athens, GA, San Francisco, CA, and Heidelberg, Germany.  She exhibits her work throughout the United States. 

Please bring a notebook, pen, sketches, an apron, and lunch to class.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Mar 31, 2017

Please join OOMA for the opening reception of two exciting art exhibitions: Mrs. M. Abrams: Dapper Bruce Lafitte and Monsters, Creatures, Apparitions, and Other Beasts: Robert Warrens.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Apr 3, 2017

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and Alzheimer’s Mississippi has partnered for an art program designed to provide meaningful social engagement for individuals with early to mid-stage dementia. The aim is to make art accessible to people with Alzheimer’s or related dementia and provide an experience that helps participants connect with art.

Planned activities include an experience in the Museum’s galleries and a hands-on component in the classroom. The program takes place the 1st Monday of each month and is followed by lunch for participants. To register, contact Carol Messer, assistantdirector@georgeohr.org.

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

  • Apr 4, 2017 - Apr 25, 2017

This class is for those students who have been in the Museum’s home school art program previously and have accomplished clay working skills.   Students must have prior approval from the instructor before enrolling in class. Email education@georgeohr.org with registration information.

Level:  Ages 6 and up welcome

Limit:  15 students maximum

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

  • Apr 4, 2017 - Apr 25, 2017

Art projects vary weekly and will focus on both learning new skills and perfecting those already learned. All materials are included in the class cost. Please sign up for each class individually. You may email education@georgeohr.org with specific questions.

Class is limited to 15 students per session, ages 6 and up.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Apr 5, 2017

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.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Apr 7, 2017 - Apr 21, 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! NEW SESSIONS ADDED THIS MONTH

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

  • Apr 7, 2017 - Apr 21, 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

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Apr 8, 2017

Please join us for a fun raku workshop led by Gulfport artist Christian Bailey. Students will be able to bring pots they have already created and bisque fired to glaze and raku fire at our studio. Bisque pots will also be available for purchase to glaze and fire. If you are not familiar with raku firing, this is a wonderful way to become engaged in the fun of working with clay and fire! You’ll take your pots home with you the same day, too.

Class specifics: Students should bring 2 bisque fired pots approximately 5” x 5” in size to class, or be prepared to purchase small pots for glazing and firing. There is a limit of 15 students for this class. Glazing, firing, and instruction are included in the class fee. Traditionally, raku firing encourages a pot luck lunch atmosphere, so please bring along a favorite dish to share. There are restaurants nearby if you would like to grab lunch.

Christian Bailey is a ceramic sculptor, potter and teacher, living in Saucier, Mississippi. He has a BFA sculpture from the University of Southern Mississippi, is the current President of the Gulfport Galleria of Fine art, and the department chair of Fine arts at Harrison Central High School. He has been teaching and working in clay for the past decade. His work currently tries to cross the boundary of the functional with sculptural while exploring the wide capabilities of fire.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until May 18, 2017

A six week introductory pottery wheel class continues in March. Your class can be prorated for the one class you missed in February. Students will learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing, including the making of cylinders, bowls, and cups with handles. There will also be a basic introduction to using cone 6 glazes.

Class fee includes instruction, glazing, and firing. Studio is open for student use throughout the week until 9pm each night! Class limited to 10 students.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Thursday until May 18, 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.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Apr 15, 2017

Fun class for children to work with real clay. This month students will work with templates to trace out and decorate mermaid wind chimes. We also paint them! Children under four years of age must have a parent or guardian present. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS. Work is ready to pick up in 2 weeks.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until May 23, 2017

A six week introductory hand-building pottery class. Students will learn the fundamentals of working OFF the pottery wheel, to include working with pinch pots, coils, and slabs to construct functional pottery forms like mugs, trays, and casseroles. There will also be a basic introduction to glazing and work with cone 6 glazes.

Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and a basic tool kit. Studio is open for student use throughout the week until 9pm each night! Class size limited to 10 students.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Apr 22, 2017

Each month, we revisit a historic ceramic form and learn how to craft that vessel. April, students will hand build ancient Grecian drinking vessels known as rhytons and will utilize animal and/or human forms. We will work with slabs, coils, and pinched pots. Students will also paint and decorate their creations, and work will be fired to food safe specs. Please come prepared with ideas and sketches. All levels are welcome in this class.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 9, 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 6-9. 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.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 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.

Art Camp is designed for children ages 10 - 14 years of age. 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.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 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 6-9. 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.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • 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.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • 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.

  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

  • 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.

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