100 Years of Andrew Bucci, 1922-2022

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 year-long celebration kicked off that day in Jackson with a History Is Lunch program focusing on the exhibition Emerging Grace: Andrew Bucci’s Early Works and a formal presentation of the Andrew Bucci Day proclamation by Sen. Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg.

Presented by the Mississippi Department of Archives & History and 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.

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).

Read Sherry Lucas’s article, “Mississippi Toasts Breadth and Depth of Andrew Bucci’s Art in His Centennial Year” in the Mississippi Free Press (Jan. 12, 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, which was established in June 2022 by the Community Foundation for Mississippi and Bucci’s estate to help PreK-12 art teachers purchase art supplies. The deadline for 2022 grant applications has been extended to Aug. 31.

Exhibitions and Events

Mississippi Department of Archives & History
“Emerging Grace: Andrew Bucci’s Early Works”
Jan. 7 – March 12, 2022

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
Opening reception: Saturday, June 4, 5-7 p.m.

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
“Andrew Bucci: Fashion Forward”
Aug. 23 – Oct. 30, 2022
artTALK program: Thursday, Aug. 25, 12 noon – 1 p.m.

Vicksburg Art Association, Constitution Firehouse Gallery
“In His Element: Andrew Bucci’s Explorations of Place”
September 3-25, 2022
Opening reception: Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
Exhibition hours:
Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Walter Anderson Museum of Art
“Andrew Bucci: Landscapes in Pattern and Color”
Sept. 29, 2022 – March 20, 2023

Brown’s Fine Art & Framing
Bucci centennial show
Opening reception: Dec. 1, 2022

Please check back for details about exhibitions and events taking place throughout 2022 in commemoration of the Andrew Bucci centennial.