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Nov. 21, 2012

Memphis College of Art Announces BFA and MFA Exhibitions

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art is proud to announce the Fall 2012 BFA Exhibition, taking place Nov. 21 through Dec. 12 at Rust Hall’s Main Gallery (Overton Park), and the MFA Thesis Exhibition, taking place Nov. 28 – Dec. 15, at the Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main. The opening receptions for both exhibitions will take place at their respective locations on Friday, Nov. 30—the BFA reception is 5–7 p.m. at Rust Hall, and the MFA reception is 6–9 p.m. to coincide with Trolley Night in downtown Memphis.

The BFA exhibition features works from 15 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media from painting to sculpture to digital media. “It’s always an exciting time of year when the BFA show goes on display in the gallery,” said Ron Jones, president of Memphis College of Art. “I am continually impressed by the work that our soon-to-be graduates create, and it is interesting to see what they choose to punctuate the end of their careers here as students.”

The MFA Thesis exhibition, titled “Hysterics,” will feature four MCA MFA candidates: Raquel Adams, Rebecca Coleman, Shirin Shahin and Lindsey Gwaltney Todd. “Although the artists come from diverse backgrounds, their work is tied together through the artists’ representation of their various histories,” explained Haley Morris-Cafiero, assistant professor and director of graduate studies for the MFA program. “While one artist’s work references haunting imagery from the Southern landscape of memory, another artist mines her personal history with her son and explores being a teenage mother. Two artists document the effect the urban and commercial landscape has on their emotional state as they traverse through cities.”

Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon – 4 p.m. The Hyde Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. with extended hours of 6 – 9 p.m. on South Main Trolley Nights. The galleries and receptions are open to the public and admission is free.


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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Nov. 13, 2012

"Shifting and Being" by Amy HutchesonDecades by Amy Hutcheson, Oil & Graphite on Canvas, 2012 

Amy Hutcheson Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art announces its newest Alumni Exhibition, “Shifting and Being,” by Amy Hutcheson. The exhibition is taking place Nov. 21 – Dec. 12, at the Main Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park. There also will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 30, 5–7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.

Hutcheson, who graduated with a BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2004, has shown in many coveted Memphis venues, such as Playhouse on the Square, Eclectic Eye, the Nathan and Dorothy Shainberg Gallery, and Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects.

“My paintings are as much about what I have left in them as they are about what I have taken away. Drawings are layered one on top of each other. Every time a new drawing is introduced to the surface, it changes the landscape of the entire piece,” explained in the artist in a statement. “Surfaces are then erased and recovered and color is added; not trying to define or describe the original subjects, but rather un-describe them, shifting and pushing them as far as I can. In doing this, new images, shapes and structures are brought to the surface. The images that come to the surface come from my memories, my subconscious or influences outside the original content of the painting—a puzzle with infinite and changing pieces and solutions.

“Each piece explores what is intimate, what is on display—what is cherished, what is abandoned,” continued Hutcheson. “Within pieces, each image unfurls then curls up with itself, folding and unfolding at the same time. And all this of a highly personal nature—what secrets are here are not confidential, but exposed. The spectator is given glimpses around corners, but it’s the corners that are in motion. You are motionless, held in place, a place safe, but inescapable—shifting and being all at the same time.”

Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed Dec. 22 – Jan. 2.


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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