Mississippi Exhibit in the Gallery at the Ford Center

Mississippi, a photography and poetry exhibit by photographer, Maude Schuyler Clay, and poet, Ann Fisher-Wirth.

Maude Schuyler Clay
Maude Schuyler Clay was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. After attending the University of Mississippi and the Memphis Academy of Arts, she assisted the photographer William Eggleston. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The National Museum for Women in the Arts, among others. The University Press of Mississippi published her monograph DELTA LAND in 1999, which received the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award in 2000. She was the Photography Editor of the literary magazine The Oxford American from 1998-2002. She continues to live and work in the Delta with her husband and three children.


Ann Fisher-Wirth
Ann Fisher-Wirth’s fourth book of poems is Dream Cabinet (Wings Press 2012). With Laura-Gray Street, she coedited the groundbreaking Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity UP 2013). Ann’s collaborative manuscript Mississippi with the photographer Maude Schuyler Clay will appear from Wings Press in 2017. Her poems appear widely and have received numerous awards, including the Rita Dove Poetry Prize, a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, two Mississippi Commission for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, and the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Poetry Award. She has held senior Fulbright awards in Switzerland and Sweden, and received the 2006 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher Award and Mississippi Humanities Council Teaching Award, and the 2014 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. She has been awarded residencies at The Mesa Refuge; Djerassi Resident Artists Program; Hedgebrook; and CAMAC/Centre d’Art, Marnay, France. A Fellow of the Black Earth Institute, she teaches and directs the Environmental Studies program at the University of Mississippi.