The Mississippi Museum of Art has named Christy Jones, chair of the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees, and announced 14 new trustees joining the board with a total of 43 members for fiscal year 2022.
Myrna Colley-Lee, of Charleston, was one of the trustees named to the state’s museum art board.
“We are delighted to welcome these dynamic individuals to the Museum’s Board,” said Jones. “Each brings an array of expertise and experience across sectors.”
The new trustees are: Leslie Baskin of Jackson, Deidra Bell of Jackson, Donna Bruce of Jackson, Critz Campbell of Starkville, Roy D. Campbell of Jackson, Nakimuli Davis-Primer of Jackson, Cathy May of Jackson, Monique Montgomery of Columbus, Marc O’Ferrall of Jackson, Mississippi First Lady Elee Williams Reeves of Jackson, Joseph Sims of Jackson, Kimberly Sweet of Brandon and Malinda Warren of Jackson,
The Delta’s Colley-Lee is an arts advocate, an avid collector and an artist.
She received her BFA at the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studied scene painting at Brooklyn College, and completed her MFA in scenic and costume design at Temple University. Mississippi State University (MSU) awarded her an honorary Doctor of Creative Arts, honoris causa.
Credited as one of the foremost costume designers in the Black Theatre Movement, her work has been featured in exhibitions. A permanent collection of her vintage clothing and costumes is held by the MSU library. Colley-Lee serves on several boards including the Southern Literary Trail, the Mississippi Museum of Art Acquisitions and Collections Committee, and the CAPE National Advisory Council.
Recipient of numerous honors, Colley-Lee is the longest serving commissioner for the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Established in 1911, the Mississippi Museum of Art is dedicated to connecting Mississippi to the world and the power of art to the power of community.
The Museum’s permanent collection includes paintings, photography, multimedia works, and sculpture by Mississippi, American, and international artists. The largest art museum in the state, the Mississippi Museum of Art offers a vibrant roster of exhibitions, public programs, artistic and community partnerships, educational initiatives, and opportunities for exchange year round.
Programming is developed inclusively with community involvement to ensure that a diversity of voices and perspectives are represented. Located at 380 South Lamar Street in downtown Jackson, the Museum is committed to honesty, equity and inclusion.
The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the City of Jackson and Visit Jackson. 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.
For more information, visit msmuseumart.org.