Walter Anderson has been selected, along with sixteen other artists, for the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) inaugural Hall of Fame. To be eligible for this prestigious award a candidate must have made significant contributions to the field of arts and entertainment and have a connection to the state of Mississippi by birthright, by locating to the state at an early age, or by living in Mississippi for a significant portion of his or her career.
A list of 64 nominees for the Hall of Fame, culled from hundreds of artists, was chosen by The MAX nominating committee. Over the past few months, the public and a panel of eighteen electors participated in the selection process. The sixteen artists named to the class along with Walter Anderson are a diverse group of men and women representing all disciplines of artistic expression: William Faulkner, Morgan Freeman, John Grisham, Jim Henson, Robert Johnson, James Earl Jones, B.B. King, George Ohr, Elvis Presley, Leontyne Price, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Oprah Winfrey, and Richard Wright.