Semiotic Compass


How important is conversation? Every day, people communicate with signs, symbols, sounds, and gestures. Commuters navigate traffic stops, employees respond to the boss’s orders, and pedestrians offer salutations while passing one another on street corners, but the spaces once reserved for more meaningful communication are being lost in a societal transformation to a digital culture. The acts of talking to others for company and interacting to establish social ties have changed to match the pace of society’s virtual transformation. Environments that were once designed to promote discourse in a pre-digital age now offer refuge to second screens as people slowly come to expect more from technology and less from one another. If there were a place that gave you an opportunity to strike up a conversation with a neighbor, would you talk to them?

The Wiregrass Museum of Art presents Semiotic Compass, a collaborative public art exhibition which will be the basis for corresponding public programs. A large, outdoor sculpture installation, its design inspired by concepts of earnest communication, storytelling, and a sense of geographic belonging, will spur conversation both at the installation site and among the local and regional community.

Featured Above: Jason Schmidt & Mike Riddle, "Semiotic Compass," 2018, Reclaimed wood, concrete, steel, and plastic panels

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.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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