Walter Anderson Museum looks to expand

(Photo source: WAMA)
(Photo source: WAMA)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The outside of the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs looks like something built 20 years ago. If the proposed expansion happens, a new and more modern entryway will greet visitors.

Morris Strickland is the president of the museum's board of trustees. The plans are exciting to talk about.

"There's only one Walter Anderson, so expanding this so we can show more of his work and his family's work is very important," Strickland said.

As Museum Director Linda Bloom looked over the plans, she was painting in her mind the possibilities. She feels certain a grant that makes it happen will come through.

"We expect that the notification will come to us in January, and we'll bid out the project through Jackson County in February or March, and began construction right after that," Bloom said.

If this ambitious expansion plan goes through and museum officials find the $700,000 in HUD grant money to make it happen, Bloom feels certain that more room will mean more patrons.

"Our growing notoriety, not just as a local and regional asset to the community, but as a cultural asset to the nation. Because of that, we'll have more visitors. Upwards of 50 or 60 thousand," Bloom said.

One of those visitors is George Mills from Minnesota.  He had never heard of Walter Anderson until today, and he likes what he sees.

"I like the different types of art that he's done of various animals," Mills said.  "I think that film that we saw in the beginning, before we came through the museum, really explained quite a lot about what type of art he did."

In addition to artwork by Anderson, the museum has several displays every year featuring the work of other artists.

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