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Jan. 31, 2013

"Mountain Views" by Blane de St. CroixMountain Views by Blane de St. Croix

Blane de St. Croix Comes to Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art welcomes sculptor Blane de St. Croix from Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of the college’s ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. De St. Croix’s presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). The event is free and open to the public.

De St. Croix, who obtained his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, is a contemporary artist who creates sculptural objects, installations and drawings. His work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group shows in venues all over the world. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the West Collection Prize and the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. Additionally, he has been awarded many notable international and national fellowship and artist residencies and has been written about in publications such as The New York Times, Art in America, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Sculpture Magazine.

“My recent body of work explores the geopolitical landscape through drawing and sculptural installation. I conduct extensive research on each project—through on-the-ground site visits, aerial flyovers, photographic documentation, interviews, Internet mining and satellite imagery. All of the work and elements within it are completely sculpted by hand, creating a more intimate and controllable result than by way of digital methods,” explained the sculptor in an artist’s statement. “Employing a combination of natural and industrial materials, I am interested in articulating humankind’s desire to take command over the earth, revealing distinct conflicts with ecology, politics and ourselves in free-standing sculptures and large-scale installations that utilize architectural space in a distinct, powerful and imposing manner.”


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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Jan. 29, 2013

Memphis College of Art Renovates Parkside Through Plough Foundation Grant  

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art will begin renovations on its Parkside property at 1969 and 1973 Poplar in early February. The college obtained this apartment building in May 2002 from Martha Canale. The building, which was built in the 1920s, contains 20 units, which it will retain post-renovation. The units will consist of a mix of efficiency and one-bedroom apartments for MCA student use. Montgomery Martin was awarded the building contract.

Renovations are expected to continue through July, and Parkside will be ready for occupancy in early August. Plans include updating plumbing and electrical fixtures, as well as modernizing kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, the floors will be refinished and the roofing and exterior façade will be repaired. Furthermore, the plans include a controlled access security system installation on exterior doors.

This renovation was financed by a generous grant through the Plough Foundation.


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Jan. 14, 2013

"Leisure Tennessee" by Io Palmer Leisure Labor (cloud) by Io Palmer

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Io Palmer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis College of Art is eager to welcome artist Io Palmer as part of its ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Palmer’s presentation, which is sponsored by an AutoZone ArtsZone grant administered by ArtsMemphis, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). The event is free and open to the public.

Palmer’s work also is featured in MCA’s concurrent exhibition, Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity, which is part of the Black History Month series of events sponsored by an AutoZone ArtsZone grant administered by ArtsMemphis. The exhibition is on view Jan. 23 – March 9 at the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main.

Through depictions of cleaning products, laborers’ garments, and various other industrial and domestic forms, Palmer’s artworks explore complex issues of class, race and identity, in particular the impact society has on the individual. Trained originally as a ceramicist, Palmer uses a variety of processes and materials including metal, linen and drawing.

“I use drawing, photography, ceramics and fabric to produce conceptual objects and mixed-media installations that explore social culture,” explained Palmer in a statement. “Headdress, hair and uniform are tropes created to depict the tensions between the domains of the imagination and the public performances of identity. Most recently, in my practice, I have become interested in the tools and instruments related to labor and its relationship to public media influence and personal identity constructs.”

Palmer’s work has been featured in several national and international exhibitions, including shows at Reed College, Concordia University and Marylhurst University. Additionally, she has participated in several artist residencies including the Santa Fe Art Institute, Art Channel in Beijing and the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi. The artist holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Palmer is currently assistant professor at Washington State University, Pullman.


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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Jan. 14, 2013

Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial IdentityMemphis College of Art Debuts Exhibition Exploring Racial Identity

UPDATE: The opening of Singular Masses has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 24. All other dates and times, including receptions, remain unchanged.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—In celebration of Black History Month, Memphis College of Art announces an upcoming exhibition, Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity. The exhibition is on view Jan. 23 – March 9 at the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main, with receptions on trolley nights Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, 6–9 p.m. The exhibition is being sponsored by an AutoZone ArtsZone grant administered by ArtsMemphis. Admission is free, and the exhibition and receptions are open to the public.

Singular Masses, which is curated by MCA’s Coordinator of Exhibitions and Lectures Cat Peña, presents the work of seven artists: Yashua Klos, Anthony Lee, Lester Merriweather, Carl E. Moore, Toyin Odutola, Io Palmer and Matthew Thomas. Each artist offers his or her unique perspective on personal identity and how it is shaped or influenced by factors such as race or racial stereotype.

“To understand one’s identity is possibly the most personal and mysterious exploration one can take. While we all would like to think each of us innately has attributes that are unique unto ourselves, we often look to the world around us for additional cues,” said Peña. “Unfortunately, many of these cues are stereotypes that society places on us to neatly categorize (or delineate) topics that are complicated and multifaceted such as race, religion and sex. Sadly, through repetition, a lack of understanding and the absence of personal perseverance to pull back the layers of these topics, these stereotypes often become traits we intentionally or unintentionally assign to ourselves. This exhibition is inspired by artists who have embarked on peeling back these layers to further investigate stereotypes.”

In conjunction with this exhibition, MCA also welcomes artist Io Palmer as part of the college’s ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Palmer’s presentation, which also is sponsored by an AutoZone ArtsZone grant administered by ArtsMemphis, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). Palmer, who has work featured in Singular Masses, will discuss her current focus of exploring complex issues of class, race and identity.


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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Jan. 7, 2013

"I Am America: Questlove" (detail) by Siphne Sylve I Am America: Questlove (detail) by Siphne Sylve

Siphne Sylve Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art announces its newest Alumni Exhibition, I Am America: Memphis Musicians, by Siphne A. Sylve. The exhibition is taking place Jan. 4 – Feb. 9, in the Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park. There also will be an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 18, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public, and admission is free.

Sylve is a project manager and in-house designer for UrbanArt Commission. She is a native of New Orleans and has lived in Memphis for the last five years, where she earned a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Art History at Memphis College of Art in 2010. Sylve has received the honor to be included in the Memphis Flyer’s edition of 20<30, which highlights 20 young Memphians who are shaping the city’s future.

Her recent work heavily involves the history of American culture, particularly how it is depicted in music and entertainment. These works are primarily collage-based portraits that depict layers of a hybrid American history.

“The I Am America series is a collection of paintings that are designed to identify important musical icons that have changed the face [of] and/or helped to define American music. This process also involves visually depicting the musical and cultural influences/history of each artist, while also showing the hybrid characteristics American music contains and how these characteristics are a major contributor to the ways we define ourselves as Americans,” explained Sylve. “I Am America: Memphis Musicians focuses on current American/Memphis artists who have chosen Memphis as their place to develop and nourish their craft as artists. Individually and collectively, the pieces highlight each artist’s musical inspiration and relation to Memphis music and Memphis culture.”

Rust Hall’s Alumni 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.


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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Jan. 3, 2013

Memphis College of Art Announces Premier Selection Exhibition, Auction

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art has announced a special exhibition and auction featuring works from well-known local, regional, national and international artists. The exhibition will be on view Jan. 9–12 and Jan. 16 with a private, invitation-only auction occurring on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The featured artists are Mario Bacchelli, Erneice Brode, Burton Callicott, Carroll Cloar, Rosalee Cohn, Stuart Davis, Ted Faiers, Edward Giobbi, Theora Hamblett, Freida Hamm, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Adele Lemm, Roy Lichtenstein, George Ortman, Larry Poons, Veda Reed, Murray Riss, Bill Roberson, Ted Rust, Mary Sims, Dolph Smith, Harris Sorrelle, Frank Stella, Dorothy Sturm, Andy Warhol, Brian Watkins. The works can be viewed at www.mca.edu/premierselectionauction.

The Memphis College of Art Board of Trustees made a decision in Spring 2012 to sell some of the college’s artworks. The Board felt it would be best to find new homes for some of the nearly 550 pieces being kept in storage. This auction is the first event in the process, and the college expects the process to continue over the next eight to 10 years. MCA will retain a selection of works in perpetuity, but proceeds from the works sold will directly benefit the operations and programs of Memphis College of Art.

“We are very pleased to make these standout works available to the public for viewing and purchase,” said David Lusk, MCA Board of Trustees vice-chair and owner of David Lusk Gallery. “While the college would love to steward these works forever, we just don’t have the capability or facilities to store them, care for them and display them properly. This auction will enable members of our community to enjoy these treasured works while making a significant financial contribution to MCA.”

The Hyde Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. and admission is free. The gallery will be closed for a private event on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.


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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