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Memphis College of Art Announces Founders’ Day Exhibition


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Dec. 20, 2012

Memphis College of Art Announces Founders’ Day Exhibition

"Phyllis" by Murray Riss
Phyllis by Murray Riss

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis College of Art is proud to announce its Founders’ Day Exhibition, Once More With Feeling, featuring current works from Dolph Smith and Murray Riss. These two well-known local artists have been working together for years and are very excited to share MCA’s Main Gallery for their next exhibition.

Once More With Feeling will run Jan. 4–30 in Rust Hall’s Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park. The opening reception for the show will take place on Friday, Jan. 18, 6–8 p.m.

"Exploring the Fertile Attic in Tennarkippi" by Dolph SmithExploring the Fertile Attic in Tennarkippi by Dolph Smith

Smith was an undergraduate student at MCA and went on to serve as a faculty member for MCA for several years. He is now an adjunct faculty member in Papermaking and Book Arts. Smith’s work in this exhibition mixes his interest in sculptural house forms with his love of bookmaking. “I make books because I am curious,” explained Smith. “One might argue that a painting reveals itself instantly. You ‘take it in’ over time, but it is presented as a visual whole, whereas a book reveals itself slowly over time. A book leads one along a pathway, at each stage, a new revelation.”

Riss also was a faculty member at MCA for a number of years and helped develop the college’s photography program. His pictures often have dealt with the question of illusion and reality, and with probing the boundaries of what and how we see. “The photographs test the limits of what a photograph is,” said Riss. “When does a photograph that parallels the workings and imagery of a painting stop being a photograph? And if it takes longer than a few moments to realize that it isn’t a painting, does that speak of its success as a painting or failure as a photograph?”

“Our Founders’ Day Exhibitions carefully weave threads of talented and pivotal individuals in MCA’s past with the current fabric of students and faculty,” said Cat Peña, MCA’s coordinator of exhibitions and lectures. “These opportunities are not only a celebration of the culmination of two successful careers in the visual arts, but a way for students to become more familiar with the work of fellow members of the MCA family.”

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 gallery and reception are open to the public and admission is free.

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