South Mississippi Art Association (SMAA) Announces
the 45th Annual Art Show
Top Award-winning Artists Will Exhibit Artworks at
the Historic Hattiesburg Train Depot, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 11
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (December 8, 2021) – More than twenty of the Pine Belt’s most accomplished artists have created a dynamic fine art exhibition for Dec. 11, 2021 in the Grand Hall at the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot. The exhibit features over one hundred pieces of art including watercolor, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, oil, acrylic and drawing by award-winning artists.
The SMAA 45th Annual Art Show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., occurs on the opening day of the 45th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas downtown from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a day of history, culture and art downtown with these two long-time Hattiesburg traditions. It's notable that both events are celebrating a 45th Anniversary. The event is open to the public.
“This is an exciting anniversary year for the Annual Show,” says SMAA Trustee Delbert Dearman. “As in previous years, it’s the same weekend as the Victorian Candlelit Christmas hosted by the Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood, and it’s the 45th anniversary for each of the events. It’s going to be a great show!”
The Hattiesburg Train Depot, built in 1910, is located in Hattiesburg’s oldest neighborhood at 308 Newman Street. One of the most unique sites to hold events in Hattiesburg, the Depot will provide a stunning backdrop for the work of local artists.
The SMAA Board is grateful for all the volunteers who made this exhibit possible and thanks jurist and local artist, Ricardo Moody, for lending his expertise to judging the show to determine awards, and this year’s curator team, award-winning artists Andrea Kostyal, Hector Boldo, and Betty Press. Special thanks goes to T-Bones Records and Cafe for sponsoring the People’s Choice Award. We especially want to thank the City of Hattiesburg and the city employees in Cultural Affairs.
“The event is going to be a lot of fun for the public,” says Show Chair Ellen Lee. “We’ll have drawings to win original watercolor art from SMAA member artist Bobby Walters, and guests will be invited to participate by voting for a People’s Choice Award winner. From the volunteers to the artists, curators, and judge, a lot of love and hard work go into this show and I hope the residents of South Mississippi will validate their dedication and artistry by coming to the Train Depot to show support.”
South Mississippi Art Association (SMAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1964 that serves more than 23 counties in South Mississippi. Run by artists for artists, its members are students, career people, full-time artists and retirees. Its mission is to seek out and foster artistic talent in South Mississippi, and exhibitions are part of its mission statement. SMAA sponsors art classes, events, tours, workshops, speakers and art demonstrations. Sponsors and donors for our programs are welcome. To find out more, please visit www.southmississippiart.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.