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

Oct. 18, 2013

Fearful Symmetry by Carol Prusa

“Fearful Symmetry” by Carol Prusa

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Carol Prusa

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Carol Prusa in a lecture for the Visiting Artist Series on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Prusa received a BS in Biocommunication Arts from the University of Illinois and went on to achieve an MFA in painting from Drake University in Iowa. After reading an article in Art in America about Miami, she packed up and moved to South Florida where she currently lives and works.

Prusa has always been intrigued by how physicists think, and her current work, acrylic spheres and hemispheres ranging from bowl-sized to five feet in diameter, speaks to multiple universes and possibility. The spheres are articulated with silverpoint drawing and graphite, punctuated with patterns of fiber optic lights. “Like scientists and mathematicians who model emergent behavior, I also yearn to create a radical vision that takes into account the chaotic interactions central to the formation of the universe,” says Prusa. “I explore a number of mathematical models that physicists developed to explain our universe, and my expressed geometries offer a spiritual force that organizes structures from the microscopic to the political.”

Represented by galleries on both coasts, Prusa exhibits widely in museums and curated exhibitions. Her work has been supported by fellowships including the Howard Foundation.


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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Oct. 18, 2013

Bowles and Whitfield Share Memphis College of Art’s MFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MFA candidates Justin Bowles and Katie Whitfield present their final exhibitions as MCA graduate students in the Fall MFA Exhibition, which will be on view Nov. 13 through Dec. 14 in the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6–8 p.m.

Justin Bowles’ exhibition, XENOBIA, is inspired by her influences and experiences as a member of Generation X. Combining magazines, scraps of paper, shopping bags, drawings and screenprinted patterns, Bowles creates a fun, low-fidelity environment filled with crinkly paper poppies, tessellated raspberry polygons, movie stars and space lettuce living together in duct-taped harmony. “I work intuitively with the ephemera around me,” says Bowles. “It’s a continual process of deconstruction and transformation.”

Katie Whitfield’s exhibition is titled (IM)MATERIAL MATTERS and will feature a “Happening” during the Nov. 15 reception at 7:30 p.m. “Yves Klein wrote, ‘The link between spirit and matter is energy,’” says Whitfield. “Using light as my primary medium, I am creating gelatinous, translucent works that provide an alternate experience of this energy. I am forming the formless, urging the viewer to question the matters at hand.”

Additional work by Bowles and Whitfield can be found on their websites: www.justinautumnbowles.com and www.katiewhitfield.com.

Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–8 p.m. on Nov. 15 for the opening reception. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.


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
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901-272-5111

Oct. 17, 2013

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Memphis College of Art Announces Fall BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 2013 Fall BFA Exhibition, which will be on view from Nov. 26 through Dec. 11 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception is scheduled for Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m.

The exhibition features works from 18 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media from painting to sculpture to digital media. 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. Exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.


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

Oct. 16, 2013

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Memphis College of Art Announces 64th Annual Holiday Bazaar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 64th Annual Holiday Bazaar, which will take place Friday, Nov. 22, 6–9 p.m. (with a special Preview Hour, 5–6 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

The much-anticipated event draws hundreds of people to the MCA campus each year, all in search of unique holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind artwork and crafts made by MCA students,
faculty, staff and alumni. Proceeds from the sale benefit the MCA scholarship fund.

The Holiday Bazaar is free and open to the public. Tickets for the special Preview Hour are $20 and include complimentary champagne, an MCA tote bag, express check-out privileges and the opportunity to have a sneak peek at all the merchandise prior to sales beginning at 6 p.m. Preview tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.mca.edu or at the door beginning at 4 p.m. on November 22.

Preview hour tickets can be purchased at this link.


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
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901-272-5111

Oct. 14, 2013

Empowerment_by_Jeff_Muncy“Empowerment” by Jeff Muncy

MCA Student Exhibition at Brinkley Plaza

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Select work by Memphis College of Art students will be on display in the Fall 2013 Brinkley Plaza Exhibition, opening with a reception on Friday, Oct. 25, 5–7 p.m. at Brinkley Plaza, 80 Monroe Ave. The exhibition will be on view through the end of November.

The show is a juried exhibition of small and mid-sized works submitted by current bachelor’s and master’s students following a campus-wide call to artists. This recurring exhibition takes place each semester and provides an opportunity for students to compete to have their work displayed during Trolley Night in a prominent, high-traffic Memphis venue and include the show in their portfolios.

Included works were selected by Kathryn Maish, a visual arts and museum professional based in Memphis, who holds an MFA in Photography and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Memphis. Maish currently works at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa and maintains the Visual Memphis web page, which provides up-to-date information on Memphis’ visual arts scene.


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
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901-272-5111

Oct. 4, 2013

deBoer_Jeff-Dragonside“Dragonside” by Jeff de Boer

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Jeff de Boer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present metalsmith Jeff de Boer in a lecture for the Visiting Artist Series on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since his graduation from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1988, de Boer has established an international reputation for creating some of the most unique and highly crafted sculpture in the world. Best known for his museum-quality suits of armor for cats and mice, he has also developed several other themes such as armor ties for executives, an abstract series called “Exoforms,” and space art that includes ray guns, rocket mice and retro rocket lamps. “Some of my other works going back 25 years would even qualify as early Steampunk,” says de Boer.

Over the past five years, de Boer has created large-scale public works including iconic sculptures such as a barbed wire bucking bronco, giant wind-up tin toys, sculptures incorporating LED technologies and more.

An artist, teacher, philosopher, designer, mentor and businessman, de Boer believes that artists can be more than just artists, “They can be innovators, leaders, presidents and CEOs.” De Boer recently founded the LEXM guild, “The League of Extraordinary Makers,” a collaborative organization of like-minded individuals who have a mission to change culture through art, industry and technology. As part of his visit to MCA, de Boer will also lead a hands-on workshop for MCA students to offer a pragmatic approach for establishing a career as a visual artist, allowing them to build a personal strategy from emerging artist to self-sustaining professional.

“I am a maker of things,” says de Boer, “things that are authentic, things that leave people with positive memories and the feeling that beauty and magic still have a place in our world. I am not concerned about occupying the cover of some high-end art magazine or being one of the in crowd. If I can keep doing what I love and keep getting what I need from it, I can honestly say that I am successful.”


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

Oct. 4, 2013

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MCA Hosts National Portfolio Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists held at colleges throughout the United States and Canada. Portfolio Days bring together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their schools. The events provide a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art college.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

10–11 a.m.: Registration and Campus Tours of MCA
11 a.m.–noon: Financial Aid, Careers in Art, Portfolio Preparation presentations
Noon–4 p.m.: Portfolio Reviews

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 and consists of representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), which represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.

For additional information, visit www.portfolioday.net or contact the MCA Admissions office at 800-727-1088.


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
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Oct. 3, 2013

harris_dani-love_me“Love Me” by Dani Harris

Dani Harris’ From My Heart to Yours Opening in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of From My Heart to Yours by Dani Harris in the Alumni Gallery of Rust Hall. The exhibition will be on view from Oct. 22–Nov. 12 with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 1 from 6–8 p.m.

Originally from Chicago, Harris is a graduate of Memphis College of Art, receiving her BFA in Design Arts in 1987. She began her career as a medical illustrator at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has also worked at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Glasshouse 383, as studio assistant to former Memphis artist Alonzo Davis and, currently, as a graphic designer with Signet, Inc.

While maintaining a career as a graphic designer, Harris has kept her hands in the fine art world, continuing to draw and exhibit whenever possible. Harris first fell in love with figure drawing after taking her first life drawing class at MCA, and her early years at St. Jude contributed to her attention to detail in her drawings. Until recently, Harris worked solely in black and white but has begun to add color, incorporating words and collage into her drawings. “For so long I have had three separate interests—drawing, painting and collage,” said Harris, “I wanted to find a way to bring them all together.” Harris’ work today mixes different textures with paper, drawings, paintings and/or found objects. Some pieces include words from whatever story, poem or quote that is going through her head at the time. Harris’ newest pieces use the heart as a symbol of different concepts of love and affection. “With my work I’m not trying to change the world or make a statement,” said Harris, “I just want to touch people, make them feel something to identify and connect with.”

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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