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Southern Art/Wider World is a digital humanities project that empowers dialogue about the historical and cultural themes present in WAMA’s collection and the Southern land, through live-streamed public programs, a mobile app, and a continuing education course.


Through his coastal lens, Walter Inglis Anderson sought to make sense of the worlds around him, engaging themes from transcendentalism and environmental history to foodways and Depression-era labor. The project increases access to the treasured collection in service to new contemporary voices and understandings that speak to the interconnectedness of Southern and American ways of life.

Southern Art/Wider World has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Also supported in part by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

public programs

A series of seven broadcast-quality programs integrating WAMA’s collection with humanities voices in a variety of disciplines. Programs include curator-led journeys into the museum vault, conversations with and digital presentations by scholars, public discussion, and additional produced field segments with special guests.


mobile app

Mobile digital tours and experiences for museum audiences; those visiting physically and interacting virtually.

continuing education

A self-guided multimedia curriculum in partnership with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, featuring edited video segments with humanities scholars, contextual readings, and digitized objects from the collection

Zaire Love



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Zaire Love, a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker, whose work is an ode to being black and Southern in America. Love earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Spelman College, a Master of Education from Houston Baptist University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Expression from the University of Mississippi.

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

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Artwork reproduction courtesy of the Family of Walter Anderson.