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

Aug. 5, 2013

Artists and Scientists Team Up to Enlighten the Memphis Community

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Art of Science 2013 is proud to pair the finest local artists with research scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the third year running. Working together, scientists and artists will create work that introduces new audiences to the principles that are saving children’s lives every day at St. Jude. Linking these groups of people both enriches our artistic landscape and inspires people across Memphis to get involved in the fight against deadly childhood diseases. This year’s exhibition opens Sept. 27 with a reception from 6–9 p.m. at the Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate Center located at 477 S. Main St. The exhibition will run through Nov. 2 with gallery hours of Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

The show will feature the work of 27 artists in traditional and interactive media alongside cutting edge scientific imagery. “Last year’s opening night attracted more than 2,000 viewers,” said Dr. Heather Smallwood, president of Art of Science. “We took this as an indication that the community is interested in the art and in learning more about medical research in Memphis.” This year, the Art of Science board of directors aims to inspire even more people.

Researchers at St. Jude not only strive to prevent and cure childhood cancer, but are daily making discoveries that can improve the health and wellbeing of many Memphians as well. “Memphis College of Art is delighted to be hosting this year’s exhibition, and we know the Memphis community will be out in force to witness these marvelous works,” said MCA President Ron Jones. “The work these scientists do at St. Jude is truly an inspiration—what a wondrous and fitting muse for our local artists!” By studying the scientists’ research, artists create unique portholes that enable viewers to peer inside the renowned St. Jude laboratories. Greely Myatt, Carl Moore, Bobby Spillman, Eli Gold, Margaret Munz-Losch and dozens of other gifted local artists are lending their talents to AOS 2013.

During the opening reception on Sept. 27, visitors will have the opportunity to meet and talk with all of the scientists and artists whose works are featured. AOS will also provide educational materials to enhance public understanding about the work on display. The exhibition is appropriate for adults and children of all ages. Through this artistic lens, people across our community can glimpse and connect with the rarely seen scientific miracles that occur everyday within the walls of St. Jude.

About the Art of Science Board of Directors
The Art of Science Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from the Memphis artistic and scientific community. Heather Smallwood, Ph.D., president of Art of Science, and Marie Morfouace, Ph.D., vice president, innovated the project in 2011. Nan Cook, art historian and gallery assistant at L. Ross Gallery, is serving as this year’s Managing Director. Melissa Farris, local artist and Special Exhibitions Curator for the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, is AOS 2013’s exhibition curator. For more information about the Art of Science, email artofscience@gmail.com or visit the webpage at www.facebook.com/artofsciencememphis.

Art of Science Media Relations Contact
Heather Smallwood
heather.smallwood@stjude.org
901-634-6342
or
Travis Hass
artofscience@gmail.com
901-330-7187

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first an only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive cancer Center devoted solely to children and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. To learn more, visit www.stjude.org. Follow us on Twitter at @StJudeResearch.

St. Jude Media Relations Contact
Judith Black Moore
judith.black@stjude.org
901-595-2434


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

Aug. 5, 2013

Katie McWeeney Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of What If…Explorations of Possibility and Connection by Katie McWeeney on Aug. 7 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through Sept. 15.

McWeeney received her BFA from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 and her MFA from Memphis College of Art in 2013. She currently works at Crosstown Arts as a gallery and events assistant and maintains her art practice from her home studio.

“My work is an exploration of the human condition, specifically, the innate need to connect to others and understand self,” says McWeeney. “The work discusses the process of searching, rather than attaining results,” says McWeeney. “I create mental maps of layered resin, hand drawn elements and collage to discuss both limits and possibilities of time, needs of being in control and adaptations to change.

Playhouse’s MCA Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.


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

Aug. 2, 2013


The Decorator XXII by Chloe York

Chloe York’s Decorators to Open in Alumni Gallery

UPDATE: Chloe York’s exhibition Decorators will remain on display through Oct. 15.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Decorators by Chloe York on Aug. 19. The exhibition will be on view in the Alumni Gallery of Rust Hall through Sept. 27, alongside Horn Island 29 in our Main Gallery, with an opening reception for both shows on Sept. 7, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

York received her BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2012 with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Art History. She currently works as an admissions counselor at MCA. Her work deals with issues of camouflage, defense and the exploration of beauty; what makes something pleasing to the eye.

“My current body of work explores my fascination with putting on makeup, skin and hair treatments, padded bras and uncomfortable high-heeled shoes to obtain an appearance that is deemed pleasing to a broad, general eye. I consider this practice a form of self-defense against those who would form opinions about me based on a narrow set of socially prescribed images of the ideal woman in television, magazines and movies,” explains York. “Compared to other species, humans display fears about personal appearance in ways that no other creature does, but I do see similarities in the desire of animals to camouflage and defend themselves from predators and to alter their appearance in order to attract a mate. One such creature is the decorator crab. When threatened, the decorator crab collects bits of its surroundings like vegetation, coral and smaller organisms and covers its entire body, camouflaging itself. Inspired by this creature’s practice and my love/hate relationship with altering my own appearance, I paint stylized, androgynous human figures that are almost unrecognizable with all the oceanic patterns and forms covering their bodies.”

To convey the idea of self-defense on the painting surface itself, York uses complementary color palettes and strong detail work to play with the viewer’s eye, and the use of flat acrylic paint handling on the surface allows the patterns and shapes to play against each other all the more. This flattened and depthless aesthetic discourages the desire to spend an extended amount of time looking at the piece, while the repetitive details within each simple shape aid in leading the viewer’s eye around the figure’s body and its environment. “The surface is inviting, but also confusing and tumultuous,” says York, “challenging the idea that decorating oneself is as advantageous as many of us have been led to believe.”

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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