B16: Wiregrass Biennial


B16: Wiregrass Biennial showcases the region’s most talented contemporary artists, illustrating the South’s rich cultural heritage. The exhibition is open to artists living in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana and serves as an opportunity for artists living and working in the Southeast to take part in a museum exhibition and to strengthen their professional portfolios. The WMA encourages innovative and progressive work that utilizes a variety of art forms and media and will feature paintings, sculptures as well as mixed media, new media and installation art.

This year’s participating artists include:


Aaron LaRoux
Allyson Comstock
Andrew Hairstans
Anne Herbert
Austin Wieland
Becky Beamer
Bryce Speed
Chad Burton Johnson
Cindy Wagner
Claire Lewis Evans
Ellen Soffer
Irby Pace
Jane Philips
Jenna Efrein
Karen Graffeo
Katelyn Ledford
Kimberley A. Brown
Kimberly Hart
Laura Stanley
Laurie Popp
Mark Leputa
Michael Swann
Ralph Paquin
Scott Fisk
Vivian Liddell
Will Fenn and Molly Freeman
William Dooley
William Lawler

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.