Southside Gallery


Fresh Paint: Painting the Mississippi Landscape

An exhibition of landscape paintings curated by Philip R. Jackson

Southside Gallery, May 23rd – June 10th



Oxford, Mississippi – A collection of plein air landscape paintings will be on display at Southside Gallery from May 23rd – June 10th.


Local artist and University of Mississippi painting professor, Philip R. Jackson will select paintings by UM students who participated in his intensive Summer plein air painting course to be included in the exhibition.  The exhibition will also feature paintings by visiting artist, Brian Rego.


The Plein Air exhibition gives students and emerging artists an opportunity to showcase their work in a gallery. The exhibition has been popular with gallery visitors over the years. Generally, the exhibition features more than fifteen different painters and as many as 100 paintings or more – many of them smaller works. The paintings are hung over the course of a week, most brought in the day they are completed – hence the title, “Fresh Paint.”


Philip Jackson received his BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio and his MFA from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and studied abroad at (SACI) Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. In 2008, Jackson was chosen as the youngest artist to receive his first major museum exhibition and named the Martha and Merritt DeJong Memorial Artist-in-Residence at the Evansville Museum of Art in Evansville, Indiana. His paintings have been featured in a number of premiere magazines, including, Art in America, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, and American Artist Magazine. He has received grants from the internationally juried, Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Montreal, Canada, the Mississippi Arts Commission, and numerous scholarly research grants from The University of Mississippi.


Brian Rego received a BFA at the University of South Carolina with a concentration in painting in 2004. He is the recipient of the Ed Yaghjian Award from the University of South Carolina for distinguished undergraduate work. In 2007, Brian Rego received an MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and in 2008 co-founded the painting collective known as Perceptual Painters. In 2015, Rego co-founded Columbia, South Carolina’s first art school, Melrose School of Art, and is currently faculty. Rego has taught at numerous places including Mount Gretna School of Art, the Jerusalem Studio School, the Beverly Street Studio School, the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, and Benedict College. He currently teaches visual art at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, and at Melrose School of Art. Rego exhibits his work nationally and resides in Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife, Elizabeth, and four children.

Posted on May 31, 2017