Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
901-272-5111

July 19, 2013


Surrounding my hands in the stain of warmth, sinking by Gregory Euclide

Memphis College of Art Announces Blurring Dimensions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Blurring Dimensions on Aug. 14 at Hyde Gallery in the Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main St. An opening reception will be held on Aug. 30 from 6-9 p.m. during the South Main Trolley Night. The exhibition will be on view until Sept. 20.

Blurring Dimensions showcases diverse artwork that explores the use of mixed media to blur the line between our perceived and traditional notions of two- and three-dimensional art. Artists featured in the exhibition are Jonathan Auger, Gregory Euclide, Adam Farmer, Rebekah Laurenzi, Cedar Lorca Nordbye, Claudia Santillan, Amanda Sparks and Travis Townsend.

Cat Peña, MCA’s coordinator for exhibitions and lectures, brought her own artistic sensibilities to bear as curator of Blurring Dimensions. “As an artist whose work often relies on the tension created between the idea and the physical object, I am excited to share the work of both local and national artists whose approach to blurring dimensional boundaries may be formally similar, yet conceptually diverse.”

Hyde Gallery is open Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. On Trolley Nights, Hyde Gallery is also open 6–9 p.m. All of MCA’s galleries 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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Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
901-272-5111

July 16, 2013


Memphis College of Art Announces 2013 Horn Island Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present the 29th annual Horn Island Exhibition in the Rust Hall Gallery from Aug. 19 through Sept. 27, alongside Decorators by Chloe York in our Alumni Gallery. A reception will be held for both exhibitions on Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Gallery.

The works in the exhibition are the outcome of an 11-day annual trip to Horn Island, Miss. for MCA students, faculty and alumni. Faculty member Don DuMont is the director of the Horn Island program. He coordinates the travel arrangements and logistics for the expedition, which immerses the participants in nature on the undeveloped island, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The program begins before departure as the artists begin work on a journal/sketchbook for the trip. DuMont says a visit to the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, Miss. is always the first stop, as Anderson, an American artist who spent much of his childhood and adult life in coastal Mississippi, drew heavily on the environment and wildlife of Horn Island in his work.

Once on the island, participants live in primitive conditions, as there are no amenities. Over the years, the Wednesday night of the trip has become a favorite, featuring a dinner of SPAM and a contest for the most elaborate headdress made with found objects. “It can be anything from baseball caps with items affixed on them, to full island regalia,” says DuMont. The expedition usually numbers around 35, but DuMont recalls 52 participants on the 20-year anniversary trip.

Following the expedition, participants are given several weeks to develop a body of work based on their island experience. Participants create work for the exhibition that may include photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics and book arts. Students gain additional experience as they participate in the installation and logistical planning of the exhibition.


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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Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
901-272-5111

July 3, 2013

"Hotel 1982" (detail) by Justin BowlesHotel 1982 (detail) by Justin Bowles

Chronos and Kairos: A show about time to Open at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Chronos and Kairos: A show about time will open at Memphis College of Art’s Hyde Gallery in the Nesin Graduate Center on Wednesday, July 10, continuing through July 31. The exhibition reception will be held from 6–9 p.m. on Friday, July 26 (Trolley Night).

The Hyde Gallery’s third and final exhibition of the summer, Chronos and Kairos is curated by MCA graduate student Justin Bowles. The group show spans media with printmaking, collage, drawing, painting, video, sculpture and installation. Featured artists include Justin Bowles, Amelia Briggs, Adam Higgins, Eric Huber, Jessica Marie Lund, Anna Roach and Matt Wening.

“The title comes from two ancient Greek words for time,” explains Bowles. “Chronos refers to quantitative, linear time and kairos signifies qualitative, nonlinear time. Each work investigates history, memories or theories of time.”

Hyde Gallery is open Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. On Trolley Nights, Hyde Gallery is also open 6–9 p.m. All of MCA’s galleries 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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