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Anila Quayyum Agha is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission. 

When: October 15th, 2022

Where: Millsaps College and EcoShed, Jackson, Mississippi

Keynote speaker: Anila Quayyum Agha

MSA is holding a one day, hybrid Confab event in Jackson, MS on October 15, 2022. Confab is modeled as a one-day, intimate fireside chat with keynote speaker, Anila Quayyum Agha. In addition to the keynote lecture, there are presentations by a panel about a topic in contemporary sculpture and short artist talks by scholarship recipients. The speaking events are offered virtually as well as in person and are followed by a break during which in person attendees can explore Jackson. That evening, there is an optional ticketed, catered dinner at the EcoShed with Anila Quayyum Agha. 

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October 15th
9AM: Event Registration 

10AM: Agha Keynote lecture and Q&A

11:30AM-12:30PM: MSA Member’s Lunch open to all attendees.

12:45-2PM: Shared Spaces: the Ethics of Public Art Panel presentation with Adrienne Chadwick, Avery McQueary and Durant Thompson

2:15-3PM: Scholarship presentations

3PM: Masters Award Ceremony

3:30-6PM: Afternoon break

6:30PM: Masters Award Dinner for Jen Torres with Agha at Eco Shed

Hungry? While registering you can add a lunch item catered by locally owned Broad Street Bakery and/or dinner with Anila Agha and the MSA crew at EcoShed. Lunch items are $15 each and include sandwich and salad options. Dinner is catered by Chef Phillip's Creative Food. Dinner tickets are $60 per person.

Need a place to stay? Check out the Confab hotel on the website for block room discount information.

Want to bring a guest? Not problem! You can register your guest, add lunch, and add dinner while registering yourself and only have to pay once!

Confab 2022

Anila Quayyum Agha (b. Lahore, Pakistan) received her BFA from the  National College of Arts, Lahore and an MFA from the University of North Texas. Recent solo shows include the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, National Sculpture Museum in Valladolid, Spain, The Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL. Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, and the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. For the 2019 Venice Biennale, Agha was included in a collateral event, She Persists, with 22 contemporary feminist artists. Agha has received the Efroymson Art Fellowship, Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Schiele Prize, and DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award. Agha’s 2014 ArtPrize entry, titled "Intersections," earned the Public Vote Grand Prize and split the Juried Grand Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2017, she was awarded the Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., M.D.  Research Scholar Award by Indiana University.  Recently, Agha received an Endowed Chair position titled Professor – Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta University in Georgia, as well as the prestigious Smithsonian Fellowship in the arts for 2021 and will be working with both SAAM and AAA in Washington DC in May 2021. Her work has been collected by both institutions and private collectors; nationally and internationally.

The endowment for this Millsaps lecture series began with a generous gift from the Straddlefork Foundation, which is the family foundation of Leila Clark Wynn. Mrs. Wynn served as an active member of the Millsaps Board of Trustees for many years before becoming an Emeritus trustee. The initial Straddlefork gift was supplemented with significant gifts from the Joseph Howorth Trust and the Lucy Somerville Howorth estate in 1997-99. Mr. Howorth was a 1923 graduate of Millsaps from Forest, MS, who was involved in the arts in various ways throughout his life. Joseph and Lucy Somerville Howorth practiced law together in Greenville until she was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Board of Veteran Appeals in 1934, when the couple moved to Washington. She was later appointed as general counsel to the War Claims Commission and also was closely involved with women’s rights issues. She gave the opening speech at the White House Conference on Women in Postwar Policy Making in 1944, and later, in the ‘60s, she was appointed to a task force for President John F. Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women. The Howorths returned to Mississippi in 1954 when they set up a law practice in Cleveland.

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