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Photographer receives MAC mini-grant

JACKSON — Shirley Byrne of Natchez has been awarded a $500 mini-grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

This grant is a portion of the $1.64 million in grants the commission will award in 2010-2011. Byrne’s grant will be used to help pay for printing, matting, framing and promotion of her next photography special exhibit at ArtsNatchez from Oct. 1 through Oct. 30.

The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The artists across Mississippi continue to use their talents to showcase the value of the arts to the state. Their creation of art and participation in local events and activities helps to ensure the economic success of their community and the state as a whole. The Mississippi Arts Commission is proud to support their efforts,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC.

Byrne has presented her photography in special exhibits in Natchez including: M.Schon Gallery, ArtsNatchez Gallery, Natchez Coffee Company and the Natchez Visitor Reception Center.

She has also participated in Natchez Art and Soul celebrations.

Byrne’s next photography exhibit will be at ArtsNatchez, Oct. 1-30. Open house will be during First Friday events at the gallery, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 1, at the gallery. Her work remains available for viewing and purchase throughout the year at the above business locations.

The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage.

The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of the arts in community life and in arts education.