The Dusti Bonge Art Foundation

The Dusti Bonge Art Foundation

The Dusti Bongé Art Foundation is located at 370 Meaut St, Biloxi, Mississippi. Biloxi is an exciting seafood port city and a popular resort destination and in Biloxi, the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation sits in the heart of Downtown Biloxi in the Rue Magnolia Arts District in the restored historic Creel House just behind the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art. 


About Dusti Bongé Art Foundation


This foundation promotes the art and life of Dusti Bonge, the exceptional Abstract Expressionist Artist of the South. The foundation comprises a gallery dedicated to her legacy as a force in the Abstract Expressionist movement of the ’50s. Dusti Bongé was a native of Biloxi and she lived and worked there as the first Abstract Expressionist painter in Mississippi. 


She had a long and prolific career where she worked from the 1930s to the 1990s with an evolving modern style that saw her experiment successfully with other kinds of art. Although starting with realistic scenes of her city, with paintings of fishing camps, self-portraits, shrimp boats, still life compositions, seafood factories, and other scenes in the area, but after experimenting with surrealism, she began to work on abstract art expressionism and fully focused on only abstract arts. She was so good and her work was impactful that it earned her national recognition. However, she still was not well-known enough which is why the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation was established to promote her legacy through conservation, exhibition, and education with the assertion that Dusti Bongé should be recognized for her immense contributions to the 20th Century American Art movement which regarded as the most significant art movement in America. Bongé exhibited her paintings in New Orleans, Biloxi, and New York, and her work was well received nationally. 


The gallery at the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation has a treasure trove of stories and bodywork done by Dusti with cubist depictions,  Mississippi, and how she evolved to surrealist paintings and the contemporary abstract expressionist style. The foundation also published a book called Dusti Bongé Art and Life that traces Dusti Bongé’s development, experiments, and explorations.


Anyone who is interested or at least curious about art, history or architecture, will realize that it is worth a walk down the Rue Magnolia to visit the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation to see decades of work from a pioneering consistent modernist in realism, surrealism, and abstract art expressionism like the Circus Series, Keyhole People, Faces & Figures, Biloxi scenes, still lifes, Dream Series, voids, Joss paper, and more.

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