January 18 - March 25, 2020

In 1918, Annette McConnell Anderson purchased twenty-four acres of seaside property in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She established an art colony there and named it Fairhaven. Years later that same property was renamed Shearwater, a landmark of flourishing creative economy that has been operated by the extended Anderson family for more than 90 years. At a time when women were not even allowed to vote, Annette had a vision and established a lineage of artists. Due to her efforts and influence, Ocean Springs was transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a thriving arts community.

The Soul to Dare marks the first of a dedicated series of exhibitions celebrating the creative vision of remarkable women. The title of the exhibition takes its name from Annette McConnell Anderson’s inscription in her Newcomb College yearbook: “The will to do, the soul to dare.” This exhibition features work by twelve members of the South Mississippi Arts League – all of whom happen to be women. The Soul to Dare recognizes the contributions of these artists to contemporary art in Mississippi.

The South Mississippi Arts League is an artist collective that was established in 2015 with the goal of creating traveling exhibitions and providing outlets for Mississippi Gulf Coast-based professional artists to promote and display their work. 

Includes work by: Pat Abernathy, Carolyn Busenlener, Paulette Dove, Kat Fitzpatrick, Sandra Halat, Carmen Lugo, Ann Madden, George Ann McCullough, Patt Odom, Cissy Quinn, and Norma Seward.

The exhibition is a testament to the support that groups of women artists lend to each other and their work. The women in this exhibition explore art through unflinchingly female lenses – depicting emotion, pushing against stereotypes, and claiming their places within the landscape of contemporary art.

The Soul to Dare Sponsored by

"The will to do, the soul to dare."

– Annette McConnell Anderson

The Museum and its programs are supported in part by the City of Ocean Springs and Jackson County. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Monday - Saturday: 11AM-5PM 

Sunday: 1-5PM

Holiday closings: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Adults: $10

AAA / Military / Seniors / Students (with ID): $8

Children (5-15): $5

Free for members; free ages 5 and under; free to shop


510 Washington Avenue,
Ocean Springs, MS, 39564

  • Facebook - Grey Circle
  • Instagram - Grey Circle

Artwork reproduction courtesy of the Family of Walter Anderson.