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April 23, 2012

Memphis College of Art Hosts Bike Parade, Installation Exhibit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On Saturday, May 5, Memphis College of Art’s Cinema 7 ensemble presents a full day of interactive art, consisting of the college’s first-ever bike parade and featuring the installation exhibit, ENTER=ACTIVE, created by the Cinema 7 students. All of the day’s events are free and open to the public.

Beginning at 3 p.m., an art bike parade displaying the decorated bikes of Memphis College of Art students, as well as those of members of the community, will be on display in front of Rust Hall in Overton Park. The event, envisioned and lead by Memphis College of Art student Aimee Easter, aims to promote bicycle awareness, encourage the community to embrace bicycle travel, and provide the Memphis community with a creative expression outlet. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles in order to transform them into art objects. Check-in is at 2 p.m. out in front of Rust Hall, where there will also be a staging area to display bikes that aren’t participating in the parade. Anyone can attend and participate, and there is no need to sign up beforehand.

In addition to the bike parade, projectors will be fired up from 8–10 p.m. to display the installation exhibit, ENTER=ACTIVE. Use the ground as your instrument with student Kaitlyn Chandler’s Full-Body Music Maker. Student Amanda Willoughby presents Race to the Top, a video game that employs the iconic front façade of Rust Hall as the player’s game board. Student Jorge Soto La Marina will be displaying the Ponder Pond 2000, a new-age labyrinth for the people of the 21st Century. Student Stephen Harris will provoke you with his light experiment Stroll of the Shut-Eye Swing. All are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind event!

The MCA Cinema 7 is an ensemble of experimental cinema practitioners composed of Aimee Easter, Kaitlyn Chandler, Stephen J. Harris, Jorge Soto La Marina, Amanda Willoughby and Associate Professor Jill Wissmiller. Read more about the Cinema 7′s previous conquest Triggered at http://www.livefrommemphis.com/music/item/mvs-2012-triggered


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. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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Contact: Cara Sievers
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csievers@mca.edu
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April 20, 2012

Memphis College of Art Premieres “The Art Academy: A History of Memphis College of Art”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In partnership with Indie Memphis and True Story Pictures, Memphis College of Art is honored to announce the premiere of True Story Pictures’ new documentary, “The Art Academy: A History of Memphis College of Art.” The film premieres at the Studio on the Square on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the screening, there will be a free art exhibit and silent auction in the theatre lobby from noon to 10 p.m. that day, with an informal reception at 6 p.m. prior to the screening. Proceeds of the silent auction will benefit Memphis College of Art.

“The Art Academy” follows the improbable story of a tiny school that flourished and adapted over seven decades to become what it is today—the Memphis College of Art. Think of it as the little art school that could. In its original incarnation, the Memphis Academy of Arts was born out of a great schism between the old Victorian style of art education and the new Modernism of the 1930s. “It was a revolution,” as former student Carroll Cloar put it.

Probably best known for its legendary faculty and iconic architecture, MCA has some surprises up its historical sleeve—masquerade balls, celebrity visits, indoor waterfalls, even a kidnapping. “The Art Academy” teases these stories out for audiences using archival footage, old and new interviews, narrative animations, and an original soundtrack by Steve Selvidge and Paul Taylor.

As appropriate for a film about an art school, the documentary features cutting-edge art direction by recent grad Ryan McGahan. Producer/director Joann Self Selvidge insisted on hiring MCA alumni to support McGahan, and the team includes Matt Pierson (illustration), Kong Wee Pang (illustration and animation), Michael Shaw (storyboards and animations), and Lauren Rae Holtermann (illustration). Thanks to sponsor Archer Malmo, a large portion of the animation was developed pro bono.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at http://theartacademy.eventbrite.com/. Seating is limited.


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. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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Contact: Cara Sievers
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April 19, 2012

Memphis College of Art Debuts Master of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art proudly presents, “Influx: A Thesis Exhibition of Memphis College of Art’s MFA Students,” the exhibition of thesis artwork from the Spring 2012 Master of Fine Art graduates. On display will be works by Josh Bagwell, Josh Brinlee, Jay Crum, Dennis Isom, Carl E. Moore, Kong Wee Pang, Livia Ortiz-Rios and Kim Thomas from April 18 through May 12 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. The Opening Reception is on April 27, 6–9 p.m., coinciding with Trolley Night in the South Main Art District.

The range of media and subject matter, showing an array of material handling and conceptual concerns, are as diverse as the eight exhibiting artists themselves. Included are paintings, drawings, digital images, mixed media, sculpture, video, installation and performance works.

Admission to the April 27 Opening Reception is free. The exhibition is open to the public for viewing at no charge, Wednesday–Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Large school groups are welcome to contact Cat Pena at 901-272-5174 to arrange visits during off-hours.


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. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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April 18, 2012

Memphis College of Art Names Carrie Allison Brooks Director of Career Services

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announced that Dr. Carrie Allison Brooks has joined the college’s administrative staff as director of career services. Brooks will be responsible for all career services for students, which includes educational programming, tracking student placement data, internships, and the college’s Give Back community service program.

Brooks joins the college after 15 years’ experience in career advising, project coordination and implementation, and adult and leadership education. Carrie founded and directs Making a Difference in Memphis: Volunteer Leadership Development Institute, a local project incubator for volunteers wanting to improve the quality of life in the community. Previously, Brooks held positions in career services, recruitment and project management with The University of Memphis, Memphis City Schools and Memphis College of Art.

Brooks obtained a B.A. in English from The University of Mississippi, and a M.S. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services and an Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Memphis.

“I had the pleasure of working with Carrie when she worked for Memphis College of Art as an admissions counselor and director of student life in the 1990s, and I am delighted to welcome her back to our staff,” explained MCA Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs Susan Miller. “She has excellent, relevant experience in career services and will greatly enhance our ability to ensure that our students have the skills and education to transition to the working world.”


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. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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Contact: Cara Sievers
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csievers@mca.edu
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April 12, 2012

Memphis College of Art Names Cara Sievers Director 
of College Communications

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announced that Cara Sievers has joined the college’s administrative staff as director of college communications. Sievers will be responsible for the coordination of both internal and external communication and overseeing the strategies to establish MCA’s relevance locally, regionally and nationally.

Sievers joins the college after 12 years’ experience in corporate communications, marketing/advertising, public relations and journalism/publishing. She most recently served on the corporate culture and communications team at Pinnacle Airlines Corp., where she was responsible for leading several communications campaigns and public relations initiatives.

Sievers obtained her BS in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, along with an MA in Communications from Auburn University. Sievers is also an active member of the Junior League of Memphis and the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ Give 365 initiative.

“Our search for the right person for this position was conducted by a panel of MCA faculty, staff, board members and community partners, and everyone had Cara high on their list,” explained MCA President Dr. Ron Jones. “We are delighted to have her on our team, and I am confident she will bring about dramatic and positive changes in the college’s communication efforts.”


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. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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