Fermata by Wayne Vaughn

The GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi

As defined in its musical context, a fermata is a pause of unspecified length on a note or rest. As defined by the sculpture of the same name, Wayne Vaughn explains, “My sister passed away while I was working on this piece and it ended up taking on a whole new meaning and significance. Just like in a musical composition, you have pauses in life, and in this case, it was a death in our family we had to overcome. We paused and grieved, and then we moved on; and in the business of getting on, this piece was created.” A classically trained musician and founding member of the over 30-year-old Triangle Brass Band, Vaughn is thrilled to have a piece of his work placed at the GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi, even joking, “I text all my music buddies and told them I made it at the GRAMMY® Museum before they did.”

Sax Riff by James Davis

The GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi

Exhibiting for his second time at the GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi native James Davis brings his “Jazz Series” back to the site, this time installing Sax Riff. A concept succession that dissects the 2-5-1 progression in jazz music, Davis took a whole note, divided that by eight and shifted, arranged and then rearranged the pieces again to create the dynamic sculptures featured in the series. “I am constantly intrigued to see what happens if you move just one piece, or put this over here or that over there,” Davis explains. “I’m very lucky to be able to build these pieces and make public art. I will always be happy pulling down a welding mask and looking a bright light. It’s what I was meant to do.”

Blues Man by Michael Stanley

Tribute to Stradivarius by Bryan Massey

Man With A Guitar by Mark Dickson