Andrew Bucci (1922-2014) would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 12, 2022.
In recognition of his contributions to the arts and the centennial of his birth, the Mississippi Senate designated Jan. 12, 2022 “Andrew Bucci Day” in Mississippi. The celebration kicked off that day with a History Is Lunch program focusing on the exhibition Emerging Grace: Andrew Bucci’s Early Works at the Mississippi Department of Archives & History and a formal presentation of the Andrew Bucci Day proclamation by Sen. Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
“Andrew Bucci: Landscapes of Pattern and Color“
Sept. 29, 2022 – April 2, 2023
“Brunch with Bucci” – Saturday, March 4, 2023
10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Ocean Springs Community Center
Presented by WAMA, the program will include presentations by Margaret Bucci, niece of the artist, and Elizabeth Abston, estate representative, as they highlight the work of Andrew Bucci. Tiny bites and beverages provided. Cost: $15. RSVP here.
Past Exhibitions and Events
Mississippi Department of Archives & History
“Emerging Grace: Andrew Bucci’s Early Works”
Jan. 7 – March 12, 2022
Curated by Beth Batton, Emerging Grace highlighted a selection of Bucci’s sketchbooks, artwork, photographs and other materials donated to MDAH by Bucci’s estate. Watch the History Is Lunch – Andrew Bucci Day program on the MDAH YouTube channel.
Blue Print Gallery (Dallas)
“Cheers to 100 Years”
Jan. 12, 2022
Mississippi State Capitol
Display of Bucci watercolors and oils
Offices of Sen. Briggs Hopson and Gov. Tate Reeves
Cole Pratt Gallery (New Orleans)
“Andrew Bucci: Celebrating 100 Years”
May 31-July 9, 2022
Vicksburg Art Association, Constitution Firehouse Gallery
“In His Element: Andrew Bucci’s Explorations of Place“
September 3-25, 2022
Vicksburg Art Association is selling limited-edition exhibit posters for $35, with all proceeds benefiting VAA. View posters on the VAA Facebook page. To order posters, contact Sylvia Romano at 601-630-6944.
Brown’s Fine Art & Framing
“Remembering Andrew Bucci: In Heart and In Home”
Opening reception: Dec. 1, 2022
More Centennial Highlights
Read Sherry Lucas’s articles, “Mississippi Toasts Breadth and Depth of Andrew Bucci’s Art in His Centennial Year” in Mississippi Free Press; and “Andrew Bucci’s Explorations of Place: Exhibit to celebrate centennial of Vicksburg artist’s birth” in Delta Magazine’s “The Edit.”
Listen to the Speaking of Mississippi podcast featuring Beth Batton and Margaret Bucci in conversation with MDAH Director of Public Information Chris Goodwin (recorded Jan. 28, 2022).
Listen to the Mississippi Arts Hour episode featuring Elizabeth Abston and Margaret Bucci in conversation with Mississippi Arts Commission Executive Director Sarah Story (April 24, 2022).
Learn how to apply for a grant from the Friends of Andrew Bucci Fund, established in June 2022 by the Community Foundation for Mississippi and Bucci’s estate to help PreK-12 art teachers purchase art supplies. The application period for 2022 grants has closed. Grants will be awarded annually, so please check back for 2023 application info.