Anyone that wants to learn about art in Jackson has definitely found the right blog and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Jackson art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
If you are interested you can check out some of our other posts on the Southeast.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Jackson
When you feel like visiting the best art galleries and museums in Jackson head to:
- Mississippi Museum of Art at 380 S Lamar St
- Municipal Art Gallery at 839 N State St
- Fondren Art Gallery at 3242 N State St
- Fischer Galleries at 736 S President St
- And Gallery at 133 Millsaps Ave
- View Gallery at 1491 Canton Mart Rd
- Wolfe Studio at 4308 Old Canton Rd
- North Midtown Arts Center at 121 Millsaps Ave
- Lewis Art Gallery at 1701 N State St
- Light and Glass Studio at 147 Millsaps Ave
- Arts Center of Mississippi at 225 E Pascagoula St
The Mississippi Museum of Art is open from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday and is more than just an art gallery as it is a local museum that connects Mississippians to their culture, history, communities, and one another.
Erected in the 1860’s as John and Sarah Ligon’s magnificent mansion the Municipal Art Gallery is open from 9am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and is now one of the cities oldest remaining historical monuments. It has become a cultural focal point for artists in your area as it attracts 20,000 people to downtown each year while Karl and Mildred Wolfe, Andrew Bucci, William Hollingsworth, and Marie Hull have works in the permanent collection and each month visiting exhibitions are displayed.
With their vast assortment of mats and frames Fondren Art Gallery can meet all of your stylistic demands. They also provide high quality framing and to protect the item for as long as possible they can do glare-resistant, museum-grade art glass, and acid-free matting in addition to art restoration and cleaning, canvas stretching, custom-made canvases, replacements, shipping, and hanging.
Fischer Galleries is open from 10:30am to 4pm Monday through Friday and until 3pm on Saturday as a modern fine art gallery that specializes in unique works by local, regional, established, and rising artists.
For a contemporary and developing venue that cares about making new and emerging art more accessible, facilitating creative experimentation and discussion, and promoting emerging artists and disciplines check out And Gallery. They are a not-for-profit, artist-run, volunteer-run organization that relies on donations and contributions from its members and donors to stay afloat.
In April of 2009 View Gallery opened in The Township in Ridgeland and since then scores of designers, artists, and friends have used work from the gallery to decorate their homes. Head over from 11am to 3pm Monday through Friday and until 2pm on Saturday to see all that they have to offer.
Wolfe Studio has been a staple of the Mississippi arts scene since 1946 and The Wolfe Bird and numerous paintings and prints by Wolfe artists may be found in Wolfe. Elizabeth Wolfe is the current owner of the studio that her parents Karl and Mildred Nungester Wolfe founded over 70 years ago.
The North Midtown Arts Center is open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and was created to help the local artist community by making the building at 121 Millsaps Avenue accessible for usage. NMAC is dedicated to offering inexpensive studio space for hire as well as providing a platform for events hosted by in-house and independent producers.
Jerri Sherer, a glass artist, and photographer Roy Adkins share Light and Glass Studio which serves as both a studio and a gallery plus other Mississippi artists’ work is also on display in the exhibition that you can find in the Midtown Arts District.
The Arts Center of Mississippi is a cultural facility in downtown that is shared with the Planetarium. Ballet Mississippi, Opera Mississippi, The Symphony Orchestra, International Museum of Muslim Cultures, International Ballet Competition, Greater Jackson Arts Council, and Arts for All are among the nine local arts groups that call it home.
Materials & Supplies Near You
When you have the need for new materials or supplies head to art stores in your area like:
- Beacon at 3030 N State St
- Joann at 6361 I-55 N Frontage Rd
- Dollar Tree at 1305 Ellis Ave
- Michaels at 175 Grandview Blvd #800, Madison
You can only do in store shopping at Beacon by appointment but you can order online any time.
You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels and Joann have to offer.
Dollar Tree is a good place to buy cheap art supplies near you.
Shows & Events
If you know of any great local art shows and events we should be mentioning please tell us in the comments, thanks.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Art dealers and appraisers are where you can encounter new unique pieces or learn the value of something you already own:
- Pearl River Glass Studio at 142 Millsaps Ave
- Leslie Baskin Designs at 2906 N State St #101b
- Stedman Art at 6109 Ridgewood Rd
Since its inception in 1975 Pearl River Glass Studio has evolved and excelled in both traditional and new ways and they are dedicated to exploring stained glass and fused glass as a form of art while operating in a variety of styles.
Leslie Baskin Designs specializes in logo design, branding, print media, and advertising that is clean and modern.
All of the work sold at Stedman Art is a giclee print of a Bob Stedman original.
The Wolfe Studio from our initial list could have also been listed here but we don’t like to double up.
On a sunny day try out one of these local art walking tours:
The Art Garden is a 1.2-acre area located at the Mississippi Museum of Art that is surrounded by some of Jackson’s most prestigious cultural institutions.
The Midtown Arts District near you is always a good place to walk around when you want to see creative unique things.
Sculptures & Statues
The Monument to the Women of the Confederacy at 400 High St is definitely one of the nicest sculptures or statues in your area. The center figure of the monument is a female whose robes flow behind her creating the illusion of wings on the south side of the Mississippi State Capitol Building.
A wounded Confederate soldier rests on her left with his back against a shattered cannon and there is a flagpole in his left hand.
Jackson Art Classes
It doesn’t matter if you want private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults some of the best art schools in Jackson are:
- JSU Department of Art & Theatre at 1400 John R Lynch St
- Studio AMN Designs at 5846 Ridgewood Rd
- Cindy Mercer Art at 137 Old Trace Park, Ridgeland
- Prissy Paintbrush Studios at 896 Centre St #3, Ridgeland
Students in the JSU Department of Art gain knowledge and comprehension, professional training, opportunities to explore classic and modern ways of visual expression, and the opportunity to participate in competitive and professional activities. Because of its position in the heart of Mississippi’s main metropolitan area Jackson State University offers unique possibilities for local visual arts students.
Melanie John and Janella John are the owners and operators of Studio AMN which was founded in 2010. Paintings, photographs, and sculptures will be on exhibit as well as Sanaa Gallery’s bespoke frame service.
With fun and energetic painting events Prissy Paintbrush Studios can help you create a masterpiece and memories.
Studios For Rent Near You
Remember that earlier in the best galleries in your area section we mentioned that The North Midtown Arts Center rents out inexpensive art studio space.
For art framing services in Jackson head to:
Another great place for framing near you is Fondren Art Gallery from our first list.
In case you might be interested we have also written posts on:
- Baton Rouge Galleries & Museums
- New Orleans Galleries & Museums
- Memphis Galleries & Museums
- Birmingham Galleries & Museums
Have Fun Enjoying The Jackson Art Scene
Hopefully we did alright when covering the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
Those of you who stuck around this long might know a lot about the local art scene. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Jackson!