2009 Lifetime Achievement recipient of the Mississippi Governor’s Award for the Arts

The 2009 Lifetime Achievement recipient of the Mississippi Governor’s Award for the Arts, Andrew Bucci, is considered one of Mississippi’s greatest living artists.

His imagery possesses a vitality and confidence of line and color that reflects his inexhaustible creativity. There is a rhythmic musical quality in his mark making that is at times evocative and joyful.  His subject matter encompasses diverse imagery from still life to abstraction to landscape to figurative.

Raised in Vicksburg, he began studying with Marie Hull in the 1930′s and in the 1950′s received his Master of Fine Arts from the Art Institute in Chicago. When he returned to Mississippi he continued to paint for Mrs. Hull who became influenced by Bucci’s style. His works from the 1960′s are influenced by the Japanese woodblock prints which he studied.

His art can be found in such collections as: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Smithsonian Archives of American Art (Washington, DC); Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock); Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans); Mississippi Museum of Art (Jackson); Florence Art Gallery, S.C.; Delta State University; Hinds Junior College; Mississippi University for Women.

Mr. Bucci’s art has also been exhibited throughout the country in museums and galleries including Pennsylvania Academy of Design, New Orleans Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); Baltimore Museum of Art and Art Institute of Chicago.

Memberships: Mississippi Art Association, Artists Equity, Washington Watercolor Association, (past President, Vice-President & Treasurer), Alabama Watercolor Society, Workshop Instructor- La Font Art Colony.