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Feb. 19, 2013

"Field Study 20: Thicket" by Kim CridlerField Study 20: Thicket by Kim Cridler

Metal Museum Tributaries Artist To Speak at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art is excited to host artist Kim Cridler, whose work is on view at the National Ornamental Metal Museum Feb. 22 – April 28. Cridler, who is the currently featured artist of the Metal Museum’s Tributaries series, will give a free talk about her work and process at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Memphis College of Art’s Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). The free event is open to the public.

Cridler’s current body of work explores the enduring significance of the vessel form and draws inspiration from the flora and fauna around her home in Wisconsin. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

For more information on Cridler’s exhibition or other events at the Metal Museum, please visit www.metalmuseum.org.


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Feb. 14, 2013

 "The Oprah" by Amanda Nalley Memphis College of Art Students Featured at Brinkley Plaza Opening

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Students from Memphis College of Art have been selected for a juried MCA Student Exhibition taking place on Trolley Night, Feb. 22, at Brinkley Plaza in downtown Memphis. This recurring exhibition takes place every semester and provides a competitive experience for students to show their work in a prominent, high-traffic Memphis venue.

“This partnership allows MCA students the opportunity to showcase a broad spectrum of their work to yet another audience,” said Carrie Brooks, director of career services at Memphis College of Art. “Students of all levels of study use various media to compete to participate in one of the most anticipated art events of our city, Trolley Night, providing them a wonderful professional practice opportunity and another show to feature in their portfolios.”

The exhibition will be on display through the end of April and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.


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Feb. 14, 2013

Kong Wee Pang Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art announces its newest Alumni Exhibition, Mutations, by Kong Wee Pang. The exhibition is taking place Feb. 16 – March 24, in the Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park. There also will be an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 21, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public, and admission is free.

Kong Wee Pang moved to the United States in 2001 from Malaysia and Singapore. She received her BFA at Memphis College of Art in 2004 and is now art director at Archer>Malmo. Her curious, whimsical personality finds expression through media like watercolor, charcoal, ink, acrylic, wood stick, silkscreen and digital.

“In this body of work, I combined the figure with abstraction into a hybrid I called the ‘figurative abstract,’” explained the artist in a statement. “The early figurative abstract drawings convey the interaction of my past and present life experiences in duality.”
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.


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Feb. 8, 2013

  "Fallen Soldiers" by Vita Plume; Photo Credit: Doug van de ZandeFallen Soldiers (detail) by Vita Plume; Photo Credit: Doug van de Zande

Memphis College of Art Debuts Sorrows of War Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art will unveil its newest exhibition, Sorrows of War, on Feb. 16, 2013, and it will run through March 24. This exhibition, curated by Memphis College of Art’s former exhibitions coordinator Jennifer Sargent, will be on view in Rust Hall’s Main Gallery (Overton Park). An opening reception for the show will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.

This collection of artworks is an attempt to bring attention to the personal cost of war. The pieces that make up the exhibition are striking, thought-provoking and devastatingly beautiful.

“When most Americans are far removed from any actual armed conflict, when Hollywood so often glamorizes and portrays war as heroic, and video games of war are ubiquitous and, at times, glorified, how can we understand the consequences to individual human beings, to their families and to society as a whole?” wrote Sargent in a statement. “How can a society understand the true costs of war to those caught up in a conflict be they soldiers or civilians? Unfortunately, we witness a virtual war on the news, but how can we truly understand the reality of these events? How can we understand that every casualty of war, whether the injury is visible or not, that every death means suffering for the individual and those who know them.”


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Feb. 8, 2013

"Found Countdown" by Tom KonyvesFound Countdown by Tom Konyves

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Tom Konyves

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art welcomes visual poet Tom Konyves from British Columbia as part of the college’s ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Konyves’ presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). The event is free and open to the public.

Based in Montreal until 1983, Konyves is one of the original seven poets dubbed The Vehicule Poets. His work is distinguished by Dadaist/Surrealist/experimental writings, performance works and “videopoems.” In 1978, he coined the term “videopoetry” to describe his multimedia work and is considered to be one of the original pioneers of the form. He also is the author of the newly released Videopoetry: A Manifesto. Between 1983 and 2006, he was executive producer of AM Productions, producing numerous documentaries and music videos, as well as other commercial multimedia productions.

“A videopoem is a visual expression of a poetic experience rendered in time. Three elements or forms of expression are fused together to create these works: text, image and sound. In my work, it‘s the title which first reveals itself to me—a phrase caught in the web of my thoughts, a painted sign on a fencepost, a suggestive line torn from a page of a newspaper, an overheard remark,” wrote Konyves in a statement. “Once the title has settled, imagery and sound present themselves as the canvas to the painter, the appendage to the sculptor, the costume to the dancer and the props to the playwright. In the editing process, the videopoem comes alive; text, image and sound are juxtaposed in judicious measure, without illustration. While text is the essential element or raw material of a videopoem—implying a differentiation from the ‘poetic film,’ which relies, almost exclusively, on the visual treatment—the poetry here is the result of the juxtaposed, blended use of text with imagery and sound.”

Konyves has initiated many public poetry projects, including Poesie En Mouvement/Poetry On The Buses (Montreal, 1979); Performance Art in Quebec, a six-hour TV series (Cable TV, 1980); Montreal’s first Concrete Poetry Exhibition (Vehicule Art, 1980); and The Great Canadian Poetry Machine (Vancouver, Expo 86). Konyves also curated the screenings of videopoems at the Text Festival (Bury, England, 2010), and has given numerous poetry performances.

Since 2006, he has been teaching screenwriting, video production, journalism and creative visual writing courses at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia. More info on Konyves’ work can be found at www.tomkonyves.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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