What is Mississippi Masterpieces?

Mississippi Masterpieces Art and Songwriting Contest is hosted by the City of Gautier in celebration of the state’s bicentennial. The contest and its final event are meant to explore and celebrate the history and culture of Mississippi. 

The final Mississippi Masterpieces bicentennial event is Nov. 10, 2017, at the Gautier Convention Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is a celebration of the arts in Mississippi. There will be a juried art show, performances by the winning songwriters, and readings of famous Mississippi authors’ works.  There will also be a special appearance and reading by former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Randy Pierce, a Greene County native and novelist. 

This official bicentennial project is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority. 

For questions or comments, please contact MississippiMasterpieces@gmail.com.

Grand Prizes

Art Division
Adult: $1,250 Purchase Prize
Youth: $500 Purchase Prize

Purchases are being made by Merchants &  Marine Bank for display in the new Gautier branch. Adult art will hang in the lobby, and youth art will hang in the community room.    

Songwriting Division
Adult: $850 Cash Prize
Youth: $250 Cash Prize

As part of the grand prize package, the winner in each division will also receive studio time to record the winning song (donated by the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance) and a guaranteed performance slot in the Mississippi Songwriters Festival in September.