Mississippi State Hospital’s annual Serendipity art show and silent auction

Mississippi State Hospital’s annual Serendipity art show and silent auction will welcome on-campus visitors again for the Thursday, Sept. 2, event.

The public viewing of the popular show is set for Sept. 2 from 1-5 p.m. in the Conference Center on Building 71. Online bidding is currently open and runs through Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Bidding can only be done online. Visit myminiauction.com/serendipity. Winning bidders will be contacted Sept. 3 for payment and pickup arrangements.

Several hundred visitors typically attend the show over the course of the day. Visitors will be required to wear masks.

The 2020 edition of the show was conducted as an online-only event due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The unique show was created in 1989 by Evelyn Carpenter, the hospital’s former Art Services Director, to display the work of MSH patients and Jaquith Nursing Home residents who are taking part in the hospital’s Art Services program. The program is now administered by art instructors Ceci Whitehurst and Ricky Shelby.

For more information about the show, call the Public Relations Department at (601) 351-8018.

The pieces on display and up for auction will include watercolor and acrylic paintings; color pencil, marker and graphite drawings; collages; and scratch art.

Serious bidders who attend Serendipity every year have learned to monitor the bidding until closing to ensure they have the highest bid on the artwork they want.

More than 150 pieces will be on display this year from about 62 different artists. All proceeds go to the artists. The work displayed in the show is produced by individuals from across the hospital’s services. For many, it is an important part of the therapeutic process as it gives them a chance to express themselves through their artwork.

MSH, a program of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, was founded in 1855 and helps the individuals it serves achieve mental wellness by encouraging hope, promoting safety, and supporting recovery. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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