Bloodlines: Matt Stebly

March 23, 2021-July 11, 2021

Bloodlines: Matt Stebly

March 23, 2021-July 11, 2021

Picture of Matt Stebly

The tattoo artist, based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, developed his personal style from the talents of his family, the natural environment and the work of other coastal artists. Stebly is a great-grandson of Mississippi artist Walter Inglis Anderson, a member of The MAX Hall of Fame who spent much of his life in Ocean Springs and shared some of the same inspirations. In addition to tattooing skin, Stebly also draws and paints using tattoo ink as pigment.

“For a majority of people, tattooing is still considered taboo. Most tattooers are actually fine artists,” said Stebly. “More and more people are now realizing that tattooing is art, and it’s becoming more mainstream.”

Stebly’s clients become living canvases – walking, talking, breathing works of art.

In the exhibition, organized by the Walter Anderson Musuem of Art in Ocean Springs, Curator Mattie Codling shows a generational connection. The art forms of painting and tattooing are more closely linked than one might think. Bloodlines offers a compelling family story and educational experience, as well as an inside look at the intriguing world of tattooing.

The exhibition celebrates the history of tattooing in the Gulf South along with Stebly's unique body of work. Stebly regularly creates masterpieces on skin at his studio, Twisted Anchor Tattoo and Fine Art Gallery, located in downtown Ocean Springs, a community that has long attracted arts enthusiasts.

The exhibit is free with museum admission.

‘Choctaw Expressions’
‘Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes’

May 1, 2021-August 8, 2021


Learn about myths and realities of Native American culture, with a particular focus on Mississippi, through two special exhibitions on display at the same time: “Choctaw Expressions” and “Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes.”

“Choctaw Expressions” tells the incredible story of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ perseverance, resilience, and growth. It includes basketry, beadwork, traditional dress, stickball-related objects, and other artifacts from the collections at the Chahta Immi Cultural Center, an hour northwest of The MAX near Philadelphia, Mississippi.

“‘Choctaw Expressions’ tells the story of a tribe whose members are our coworkers, neighbors, and friends,” said Stacey Wilson, Curator of Exhibitions at The MAX.

“Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes” brings together 12 contemporary Native American visual artists who reclaim their right to represent their identities. The exhibit explores common notions about Native peoples that are based on falsehoods. The artists use humor and other unexpected approaches to correct the record and encourage viewers to question and challenge stereotypes.

“The juxtaposition of these exhibitions allows the visitor to see and understand, in real-time, the message that ultimately both exhibitions are trying to convey,” Wilson said.

The exhibit is free with museum admission.


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