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Wait Watchers: a series of photographs by Haley Morris Cafiero

Contact: Kevin O’Hanlon
Director of Rogue Space Gallery Chelsea
508 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

September 30, 2011
Wait Watchers: a series of photographs by Haley Morris Cafiero

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 6 P.M. – 9 P.M.

New York, NY – Rogue Space Gallery Chelsea is proud to present Wait Watchers, a series of self-portrait photographs by Haley Morris-Cafiero on view October 7-9, 2011. Morris-Cafiero was the winner of the FilmOnArtists 2010 Juried Show and won this solo show and a documentary to be made about her work by FilmOnArtists. The documentary will premier at the opening.

Wait Watchers is a series of photographs where Morris-Cafiero reverses the gaze of strangers reacting to her performing mundane tasks in public by documenting their reactions to her with her camera. By placing her camera out in public and aiming the camera at her, Morris-Cafiero does things that everyone does in public: talk on the phone, eat a cup of gelato, wait for a cab. But while doing these acts, Morris-Cafiero records the unsolicited reaction of people who walk by and react by sneering, laughing and gawking.

Haley Morris-Cafiero is a photographer based in Memphis. She uses film and digital rangefinders to capture her images. The unaltered images are printed using digital processes. Haley received her MFA in Art from the University of Arizona and her BFA in Ceramics and BA in Photography from University of North Florida. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of the Photography Department at Memphis College of Art. Her work can be seen on her website


Haley Morris-Cafiero
17″ x 21″

MCA Celebrates 27 Years on Horn Island

Contact: Michelle Byrd
Director of Public Relations
(901) 272-5111

September 2, 2011

MCA Celebrates 27 Years on Horn Island

Memphis, TN- Memphis College of Art presents an exhibition of works inspired by 27 years of the Horn Island, MS excursion. Horn Island 27 is on view in the Main Gallery and Lower Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park, through October 7. Areception is Saturday, September 10 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm.

The Horn Island workshop, inspired by painter Walter Anderson, brings MCA students, faculty, alumni and friends on a creative excursion to the small and uninhabited barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, ten miles off the coast of Pascagoula, MS.  Since 1985, MCA’s artists have braved the heat, humidity and mosquitoes in rugged and challenging living conditions and transformed their experiences into the artwork exhibited in the show.

As in years past, friends of MCA contribute to the artist’s creative journey. In exchange for financial support, sponsors receive artwork created by the student as a result of his or her trip.

The Horn Island exhibition kicks off MCA’s academic year and is one of the College’s most popular and well-attended shows. Visitors view and may purchase the island inspired artwork while enjoying island hors d’oeuvres.

The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Main Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.

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.

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