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Exhibit of Southern Folk Art at UM Museum Through July 13

Mattie Codling, a junior at the University of Mississippi, curated the latest exhibit of Southern folk art as part of her internship at the UM Museum.

“How We Worked, Played and Prayed: An Exhibition of Southern Folk Art” is on display from through July 13, highlighting the works of 43 well-known and not-so-well-known folk artists from across the Southeast.Codling, an art history and anthropology major from Starkville, said she is proud of the work she did for her first professional internship.

“‘How We Worked, Played and Prayed’ features several wonderful works that represent the very core of the artists’ lives, from religious scenes to everyday images of the people and places,” she said. “These works are visually appealing, but also act as a documentation of Southern culture from the late 19th and 20th centuries.”

Codling thoroughly researched each artist for the exhibition.

“I wanted to pick works that showed their raw interpretation of life, love, fun, work and even religion,” she explained. “It was truly wonderful to have a hand in redoing the folk art exhibition – to give these pieces a unified tone to be appreciated by visitors.”

Emily Dean, program coordinator, praised Codling’s work.

“The museum could not function without the hard work and dedication of our many interns from a variety of departments at the University of Mississippi,” Dean said.

“This exhibition is an exemplary showcase of Mattie’s hard work as an intern, provides fresh insight into interpreting the museum’s collection of Southern folk art and is a visual testament to the wonderful partnerships we enjoy as part of the University of Mississippi. We look forward to sharing this wonderful exhibition and accomplishment with the Oxford community.”

UM Museum is at the intersection of University Avenue and Fifth Street. For more information, visit or call Emily Dean at 662-915-7073. For assistance related to a disability, call 662-915-7084.