MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Jim Henson exhibit called "Imagination Unlimited" is now open to the public.The exhibit features costumes, behind-the-scenes footage, character sketches, and much more. Children can even create their own puppet and have their own puppet show recorded. There are over 20 puppets including Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Miss Piggy, and Bert and Ernie. Though Henson may be know for creating shows for children, he also created films for teenagers or older audiences.
"Henson created the Labyrinth and Dark Crystal that are more sort of fantasy pictures and maybe a little more oriented with teenagers or an older audience," said Tony Lewis a historian.
There was also a panel session held at the Riley Center. The panelist included Jim Henson's daughter Cheryl Henson, Bonnie Erickson who is the creator of Miss Piggy, Karen Falk the director of Henson Archives, and Wendell Walker the Deputy director of the Museum of the Moving Image. The group discussed the history of Jim Henson's vision, the impact of the Muppets and Sesame Street on American culture, and why Henson became one of the best well known puppeteers in the United States.
"I think Jim Henson created such memorable characters that everyone relates to and they were so popular because people could see themselves and continue they are timeless," said Falk.
The exhibit will be open until May 4. If you are interested you can visit msarts.org to buy tickets to the exhibit.