Local Spotlight: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

If you want to mix up your event calendar this holiday season, make plans to visit a local gem. Be inspired—not by the spirit of Christmas—but by art, land, and buildings! The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is a unique museum dedicated to celebrating a unique individual and the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s distinct social culture.

One of a Kind Museum

The museum, located at 386 Beach Blvd., sits on a four-acre campus nestled among a grove of ancient Live Oaks. Architect Frank Gehry made sure to design structures that capture the imaginative, free-spirit of George Ohr, the Mississippi master potter. The result is a series of six structures that are as bold and intriguing as the museum’s namesake.

The Six Structures

The grounds include the buildings that Gehry designed. First is the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center, serving as the main entrance and including a café. Then,  The Gallery of African-American Art, which currently features the works of Dean Mitchell, Southern painter. Another is the IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery. Also find the City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics, which has studio hours and fun classes and events.

Visitors to the Ohr-Okeefe Museum of Art will also find the structures known as The Pods tucked in the majestic Live Oak trees. Officially named The John S. & James L. Knight Gallery, these four gently sculpted spaces donned in stainless steel are home to more than 200 pieces of George Ohr pottery as well as pieces from a few other potters. From his original works, you get a glimpse into the creative spirit that belonged to the man known as the “Mad Potter.”

The Mad Potter

Ohr was a Biloxi native who was not only a talented potter, but actually a clever marketer ahead of his time. Photographs show examples of signs he posted at world fairs that said things like, “Get a Biloxi souvenir before the potter dies, or gets a reputation.” This sort of humor and even his distinct long mustache are all part of his carefully-crafted persona.

Find out more about this Mississippi native with a trip to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. But if you can’t wait to discover more, check out the online exhibit: Ohr Photography.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for this Thursday, Dec. 17, for OOMA After Hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of good food and good music at this a recurring event every third Thursday of the month now through January 21, 2021.

Consider making a day of it this Thursday, and come early to enjoy the Sip, Shop, & Save Holiday Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Surprise someone you love this holiday season with a special find created by a local Mississippi artist or craftsman. From pottery to jewelry, there’s a little something of everything!


Discovering the history of your community is always exciting, and if you already to settle down and grow some roots in Biloxi, Summer Chase Apartments is ready to welcome you home! Find your own space to be creative, innovate and independent in—just like famous Biloxi potter George Ohr! For more cool reads and around town happenings, read through our blogs.