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Sept. 27, 2012

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Sasha Barr

Sasha BarrFlyer designed by Sasha Barr

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art is eager to welcome illustrator Sasha Barr as part of its ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Barr will give a presentation titled “Filling in the Blanks” at an open-to-the-public, free event on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park).

Barr is a designer and illustrator in Seattle. He currently works in the art department at Sub Pop Records and as art director at Amigos Skateboards. To view some of Barr’s work, visit http://www.thisisthenewyear.com/.


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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Sept. 20, 2012

MCA Opens Three New Exhibits Oct. 5

"Curtsy" by Rob & Melissa HartCurtsy by Rob & Melissa Hart

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art proudly announces the opening of three new exhibitions on Oct. 5, 2012.

In the Rust Hall Main Gallery (Overton Park) will be the 2012 Alumni Invitational Exhibition. This exhibition is curated by Beth Edwards, painting professor at the University of Memphis, and will feature hand-picked works from MCA alumni over a span of decades. The show runs through Nov. 4, and the opening reception is on Thursday, Oct. 11, 5–7 p.m.

“Upon looking at the work that I selected for this show, I was struck by how much of the work peripherally or directly concerns the position of nature at the hands of man and nature’s resultant vulnerability,” said Edwards in her juror statement, going on to describe the natural world themes present in the Invitational’s pieces.  

Also, in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery (Overton Park) will be an exhibit by MCA alumna and painter Janice Albertine. This show also runs through Nov. 4, and the opening reception is on Thursday, Oct. 11, 5–7 p.m.

In the Rust Hall Lower Gallery (Overton Park) will be a special selection of student work from the Sculpture Department. This show also runs through Nov. 4.

“I’m looking forward to October and bringing these three exhibitions to Rust Hall,” said Cat Peña, coordinator of exhibitions and lectures at Memphis College of Art. “These three shows provide such an eclectic mix of media and types of artists, and I especially love when we have current and past student work showing adjacent to each other. It really shows what MCA is all about.”


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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Sept. 18, 2012

MCA Hosts National Portfolio Day 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis College of Art is hosting National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Oct. 13. National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists. The events are held at host colleges throughout the United States and Canada. Portfolio Days bring together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their schools.

At Portfolio Day, students get a small taste of what it could be like to attend a professional art program. They will see a variety of artworks created at different levels by young artists with varying skills and experiences, and they will have the opportunity to hear many different opinions about their work.

A schedule of the day is as follows:

10 – 11 a.m.: Registration, tours of MCA

11 – 11:20 a.m.: Financial Aid presentation

11:20 – 11:40 a.m.: Careers in Art presentation

11:40 a.m. – Noon: How to Prepare a Scholarship-Winning Portfolio presentation

Noon – 4 p.m.: Portfolio reviews

For more information about National Portfolio Day at MCA, call the Admissions office at 1-800-727-1088.

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. The Association consists of representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The NPDA is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada. Visit www.portfolioday.net for further information.

Download the National Portfolio Day Mailer.


Memphis College of Art
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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Sept. 12, 2012

Artists and Scientists team up to enlighten the Memphis community

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital partner with local artists to produce the 2012 Art of Science exhibit, aimed at bridging the gap between the two disciplines and helping the community better understand the research done at St. Jude.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Following a successful launch last year, scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local artists have decided to team up annually to use the Art of Science exhibition as a means for educating the community about some of the research taking place at St. Jude. This year’s exhibition opens Sept. 28, 2012 with a reception from 6–9 p.m. at the Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate Center, Hyde Gallery located at 477 S. Main St. The exhibition will run six weeks Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

This year’s exhibition, also sponsored by the Downtown Memphis Commission, will feature scientific images representing the research of 33 St. Jude scientists depicted in a variety of artistic media created by 33 local artists. “Last year’s launch of this exhibition attracted more than 600 viewers for the opening day,” said Heather Smallwood Ph.D., president of Art of Science. “We took this as an indication that the community is interested in learning more about our research. Presenting science with the art enriches the aesthetic beauty of this art exhibit and helps make basic science more publicly accessible.”

Along with this year being the 50th anniversary for St. Jude, Memphis College of Art also recently celebrated a milestone anniversary of 75 years. Therefore, it seemed very appropriate for these two institutions to join in presenting the exhibition. With a six-week run scheduled, artists, scientists and Memphis College of Art administrators are hoping that students, youth organizations as well as families and others will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition.

“Memphis College of Art is delighted to be hosting this year’s Art of Science exhibition, and we know the Memphis community will be out in force to witness these marvelous works,” said MCA President Ron Jones. “The work these scientists do at St. Jude is truly an inspiration—what a wondrous and fitting muse for our local artists!”

The artists and scientists involved in this project see this as an opportunity to widen perspective on research done at St. Jude aimed at finding cures and saving the lives of children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other diseases that affect children. This high level of diversity in research studies conducted at St. Jude, complemented by the diversity of the artists and their media, will offer a unique education. As a special treat at the opening reception (Sept. 28), visitors will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the scientists and artists whose works are featured. Through painting, new media, glass/metal, sculpture and interactive installations, the exhibition looks to create a bridge between the science and art communities.

The exhibition is appropriate for adults and children of all ages. For more information about the Art of Science exhibition visit the website at aos2012.org or www.facebook.com/artofsciencememphis.


Memphis College of Art
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.

Art of Science
The Art of Science group is made up of volunteers from the Memphis community. The goals of this group are to foster a better dialogue between the art and science professionals of Memphis while educating the public about the impact of their respective professions on society. The exhibitions are appropriate for adults and children of all ages. For more information about the Art of Science visit the website at http://aos2012.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/artofsciencememphis.

Travis C. Hass
Art of Science
(901) 830-6789
travis.hass@gmail.com

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing overall U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is also a leader in research and treatment of life-threatening blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives. To learn more, visit www.stjude.org. Follow us on Twitter @StJudeResearch.

Judith Black Moore
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
(901) 595-2434
Judith.black@stjude.org

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Sept. 11, 2012

Famous MCA Alumnus Returns for Two Special Events

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Nationally acclaimed event designer and author Matthew Robbins is returning to his alma mater, Memphis College of Art, for two very special events on Sept. 20 and Sept. 22. Both events are free and open to the public.

Robbins is a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Weddings and regularly contributes to InStyle Weddings, TheKnot.com, Elegant Bride, Modern Bride and New York Weddings. He writes an ongoing blog for the Martha Stewart Weddings website, The Huffington Post and StyleList.com, and he has given classes and lectures around the world, including South By Southwest and the upcoming Engage!12. He has been a featured guest on both the Martha Stewart Show and Martha Stewart Living Radio as well as a recent spot on the Today Show.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., Robbins will give a Visiting Artist lecture in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, where he will discuss his journey from being an art student at Memphis College of Art to becoming a star designer in New York City.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., Robbins will host a chat and demonstration in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall. Immediately following this presentation will be a reception in the Main Gallery, where Robbins will be signing copies of his book, Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings, for purchase, with some of the proceeds going to support the Memphis College of Art.

“We are delighted to have Matthew come to speak to our students, and there is no doubt that the Memphis community will be equally drawn to such a high-profile MCA alum,” said Memphis College of Art President Ron Jones. “Matthew has been incredibly successful in New York City, and he says he attributes some of his greatest and most formative moments to his time here at Memphis College of Art.


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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