The South’s Most Elusive Artist: Walter Inglis Anderson

January 21, 2025 - April 5, 2025

Experience the work of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), one of the most compelling and singular American creators of the 20th century. This exhibition introduces audiences to Anderson’s artwork through 40 original art objects ranging from jewel-toned watercolors to glowing examples of ceramics.

Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) was born in New Orleans, LA. Still, he spent most of his life in the small seaside town of Ocean Springs, MS. He was classically trained as an artist at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before returning to the Gulf Coast. Anderson’s artwork did not receive much acclaim in his lifetime, with notable exceptions of exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery in Memphis, TN. Often shunning the spotlight, the intrepid artist preferred the solitude of nature – especially that found on Horn Island, a barrier island twelve miles offshore of Ocean Springs. Today, Walter Anderson is recognized as one of the seminal figures of Southeastern American art. In 2003, a retrospective of Anderson’s work was shown at the Smithsonian Institution. More than a dozen volumes of story and scholarship have been published in the years following his death by the University Press of Mississippi.

This exhibition is Organized by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.