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Contact: Michelle Byrd
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mbyrd@mca.edu
(901) 272-5111

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February 15, 2011

Memphis College of Art Students Win National Broadside Competition

Memphis, TN– The work of Memphis College of Art students Marie Provence, a senior illustration major from Lawrenceville, GA, and Samantha Taggart, a senior graphic design major from Moss Point, MS, was selected as the winning entry in the National Portfolio Day Association [NPDA] juried competition. The entry, National Portfolio Day Broadside Comprehensive 2011–2012, an  informational broadside, will be produced in Memphis and distributed to over sixty thousand high schools and junior colleges throughout the United States and Canada in late summer.

The national competition was held recently as part of the National Portfolio Day Association’s annual meeting in Sarasota, Florida. Meeting participants representing the College were Susan Miller, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, and Annette James-Moore, Dean of Admissions.

Memphis College of Art submitted two entries—placing first and second. In addition to the winning selection by Provence and Taggart, students Gina Davis, a senior graphic design major from Memphis, TN, and Justin Wheeler, BFA 2010, Illustration, from Shreveport, LA, designed the broadside placing second. The project was based in the departments of graphic design and illustration. The structure of the assignment notes the College’s commitment to inter-disciplinary courses of study. Associate Professor David Charles Chioffi directed the project in conjunction with Associate Professor Joel Priddy.

This will mark the fourth time MCA has produced the national broadside in six years of competition, preceded by alumni: Michael Force, BFA 2004 and Michael Hildebrand, BFA 2005; Meredyth Kime, BFA 2007 and Jonathan Yablonski, BFA 2008; and Ryan McGahan, BFA 2010 and Jeremiah Patlan, BFA 2009.

Additionally, MCA is the only college to host three National Portfolio Days annually.

The NPDA is the only organization of its kind, consisting of members of National Association of Schools of Art and Design and representing the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada. For more information about National Portfolio Day, contact MCA’s Office of Admissions at (800) 727-1088 or by e-mail at info@mca.edu. Additional information about the National Portfolio Day Association can be found at www.portfolioday.net.

Memphis College of Art students Samantha Taggart (left), and Marie Provence with their winning entry in the National Portfolio Day Association [NPDA] juried competition.

Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally .For more information, visit mca.edu.

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NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Michelle Byrd
Director of Public Relations
mbyrd@mca.edu
(901) 272-5111

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2011

Memphis College of Art students design new library card

Memphis, TN­– Memphis College of Art “Give Back” students were tasked with designing a new library card for the Memphis Public Library that reflects the mission of the library, embraces the spirit and cultural ambiance indigenous to Memphis, and celebrates the diversity of the city. The public is asked to vote for the new card that best meets these design criteria. The selections are posted on the library’s website and displayed at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue. Votes may be cast on the library’s website beginning Friday, February 4, and voting will remain open until 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 25. Click here to view the selections and vote. Click here to read a story about the new card in The Commercial Appeal newspaper.


RahLeeCoh Ishakarah


Olivia Logan
MCA’s Give Back students

Participating in the library card redesign are: (from left) Clare Freeman, RahLeeCoh Ishakarah, Brittany Vega, Rory-Ann Austin, Jonah Westbrook and Olivia Logan.

About the Give Back Program

While students at Memphis College of Art study the principles of art & design and begin to emerge as accomplished artists and designers, they further develop their education with the experiential knowledge that can only be gained outside of the classroom. We currently offer a variety of internships based on our school’s areas of study, but also strive to nurture many of our students’ desire to contribute their time and efforts serving the diverse and often underserved populations targeted by area non-profits. Through the Give Back Program, students develop new interpersonal skills, and gain a greater sense of her/his role in the community.

Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally.For more information, visit mca.edu.

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