JSU President Meyers, Jackson Mayor Johnson unveil new JSU art gallery


By Jean Gordon Cook
601-979-1571
jean.g.cook@jsums.edu

"The Lady" by artist Eric Jones will be part of the opening exhibit at Gallery 1 at One University Place.

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers and Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. led a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 30 for Gallery 1 at One University Place, which is the first business to open in the JSU-initiated real estate development.  

“This changes not only the landscape of the university, but the landscape of West Jackson,” Johnson said at the start of the ceremony. 

The gallery displays work by local and national artists and pieces from JSU’s permanent collection. The gallery also sells handmade items from Uganda and will hold lectures and cultural events for the campus and community.

“We’ll be showcasing alumni as well as artists from all over the state and region,” said gallery director Kimberly Jacobs, a JSU fine arts graduate. “We will also have programming that will incorporate the students.”

"I know the fish gone be bitin today" by Ted Ellis

The opening exhibit includes pieces from the JSU permanent collection and works by digital painter Ormond White of Canton, painter Eric Jones of Vicksburg, fine artist/graphic designer Lonnie Robinson of Jackson and painter Ted Ellis of Houston, Texas.

“Art means so much to so many,” Meyers said during the ceremony. “Its beauty can be enjoyed for generations.”

"The Lovers" by Eric Jones

Gallery 1 is the first of four businesses set to open in One University Place over the next two months. Other retailers include the Penguin restaurant, EnVision Eye Care and Royal Bleau Women’s Boutique.

Located steps away from the JSU campus, One University Place is the largest private real estate development west Jackson has seen in 30 years. The $18 million building includes 78 luxury apartments above 22,000 square feet of prime retail space.

“One University Place is a major part of the west Jackson renaissance,” said Kimberly Hilliard, director of JSU’s Center for University-Based Development, which has been instrumental in launching the real estate venture.

"Landsacape" by Ted Ellis

Gallery 1 is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Small Business Administration. Jackson State University and the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership of Mississippi sponsored the Aug. 30 ceremony.

Gallery 1 is located on the ground floor of One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St. in Jackson. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 601-874-7993.

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9 thoughts on “JSU President Meyers, Jackson Mayor Johnson unveil new JSU art gallery

  1. Pingback: gallery 1 gets the retail party started at University Place | West Jackson

  2. I sat and watched the gathering of people in the 100degree temperature. I was happy to see the doors open and the people go in. I hope this gallery will be opened unlike the one in the Liberals Arts. Congratulations, and I hope the gallery will be successful.

  3. Congratulations: The futherance of this project is a significant investment in West Jackson and highlighting the significance of Jackson State University’s mission as The Urban University in the State of Mississippi.

  4. Congratulations and much love!

    It is great to have the gallery opening up. All the businesses add to the university environment. Art can be very uplifting and is always a step in the right direction. It makes a statement about the culture and breeding of the purchasers.

    The very best in this wonderful endeavor.

  5. If art not be used for the rise and upliftment of our Black Nation then is only propaganda used as a tool to oppress the masses.

  6. Being an artist myself and former graduate of the JSU art department seeing this kind of progress and knowing of this great venue for artist is priceless. So proud of my school making strides!!

  7. I am happy that something new is happening so close to Jackson State but, I am a little disappointed because we have an art gallery right on campus in the Liberal Arts building (bet a lot of people didn’t even know that) and pieces are there throughout the semester but it is barely open! Why can’t we have art in our own gallery?!

  8. Thank you all for an opportunity to see the work of such extraordinary artist. This is also a chance to learn more about the art that has been created to display messages. If the art that is yet to be seen is anything like the art shown on this page, then I look foward to journey thourgh the gallery.

  9. Gallery 1 (Ms. Jacobs),
    Congratulations on this venture and I wish you much success and support. Please provide a contact number or email. I want to discuss an opportunity to further market the Gallery to the alumni base during homecoming.

    S. Taylor, ’84

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