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2D Mixed Media
Vicksburg, MS

H.C. PORTER THE PAINTER H.C. Porter, a Jackson, Mississippi, native, is an internationally known painter, printmaker and photographer with a signature gallery in historic downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi. Her artwork is in private and corporate collections around the globe and has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions for the past 30 years. Most recently, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., added one of Porter’s pieces to their collection. In 2015, her Backyards and Beyond painting series became a permanent exhibition in the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland. Her work is featured on CD covers, including one featuring the voices of Maya Angelou, Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan. Porter’s work is also featured on the cover of Beyond Katrina, a book by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Her work hangs in the Mississippi Senate offices in Washington, D.C., and is in the collection of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Marsha Barbour. In 2009, Porter received the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award and was included in the 2011 Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of Art. She has also been the recipient of a Visual Artistic Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. She recently returned from Annapolis, Maryland, where she completed an Artist in Residence at Maryland Hall for the Visual and Performing Arts. H.C. Porter’s work involves a process of transferring her photographic images into silkscreen and completing the piece with layers of textured acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencil.

In her Blues @ Home: Mississippi’s Living Blues Legends project Porter set out to document Mississippi’s legendary storytellers & the living legends of Mississippi bluesmen and women. Her previous project, Backyards and Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories gave a voice to and spotlighted brave and determined Mississippians after hurricane Katrina.

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41st Annual MCAC

April 26-28, 2024