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

Nov. 25, 2013

Memphis College of Art Named to Greater Memphis Chamber’s “10 To Watch”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Each year, the Greater Memphis Chamber names ten companies and organizations to its “10 To Watch” list. “These Memphis businesses were chosen for the tremendous strides they have made over the past year,” said Amy Daniels, senior vice president, membership and communications, Greater Memphis Chamber. “They add to our local economy, more importantly they bring jobs to our city. The Chamber is proud to give this recognition to our members and look forward to their future success.”

Memphis College of Art is pleased to announce that the college is one of those recognized for 2014. “We are honored to be recognized by the Chamber,” said MCA President Ron Jones. “We have worked very hard the past two years to turn the college around. But in my opinion, if there is anything worth keeping an eye on, it’s the city of Memphis—how can an art school lose when it’s located here?”

The recognized organizations are:
1. BioNanovations
2. Highwoods Properties
3. International Paper
4. Kronos Energy Solutions
5. Regional Medical Center at Memphis
6. Memphis College of Art
7. nexAir
8. Prodigi Arts
9. RedRover Sales & Marketing
10. Victory Packaging

More information on each of these companies can be found in the Chamber’s Memphis Crossroads magazine, distributed to Chamber members and also available digitally on the Chamber’s website (www.memphischamber.com) beginning in mid-December.


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

Nov. 25, 2013

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Grant recipients (left to right): Mary Jo Karimnia, Susan Maakestad, Terri Phillips and Ben Butler. Not pictured: Brandon Marshall

Susan Maakestad Named as ArtsAccelerator Grant Recipient

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MCA Professor of Fine Arts Susan Maakestad was announced Monday as one of the recipients of the inaugural ArtsMemphis ArtsAccelerator Grant in a special reception in the Hyde Gallery of Memphis College of Art’s Nesin Graduate Center. The grant marks the first program for individual visual artists in ArtsMemphis’ fifty-year history. Under the program, each artist will receive $3,000 for individual projects.

“I am thrilled to be named one of the recipients,” said Maakestad. “The timing couldn’t be better for me and my work.” Maakestad plans to use the funds to rent studio space at the Medicine Factory, a premiere studio space for professional artists in Memphis. The space there would allow for increased interaction with area artists and create the opportunity for Maakestad to participate in open studios, give students access to visit her studio and be easily accessible to visiting artists and curators. Additionally, Maakestad would have the ability to create large canvases, currently not an option in her home studio. “I have missed out on past public art opportunities in Tennessee and nationally because larger work was desired. I have been interested in the abstracted landscape as a subject for the past twenty-five years. I am motivated now by a desire to scale up—the subject matter would not change; only the scale.” Maakestad hopes to create four to six new oil paintings during the nine-month grant period.

The other ArtsAccelerator grant recipients are Ben Butler, Mary Jo Karimnia, Brandon Marshall, and Terri Phillips. Additional information on this program can be found on the ArtsMemphis website, www.artsmemphis.org.


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

Nov. 21, 2013

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MCA Students Named As NICHE Magazine Finalists

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four students from Memphis College of Art have been named as finalists in NICHE magazine’s annual NICHE Awards. Glen Fiscus, Kalon Fowler and Amanda Nalley are nominated in the Metal (sculptural) category, while Nicole Cornacchione and Amanda Nalley are nominated in the Teapot category. All are students of Bill Price, assistant professor of Metals and Sculpture.

NICHE magazine was founded with the idea of connecting art galleries and craft retailers with the finest crafts, handmade gifts and decorative art objects made in artist studios. The Awards program was started in 1989 as a way to recognize excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in professional and student divisions in categories including ceramics, fashion accessories, fiber, glass, home furnishings, jewelry, metal, mixed and miscellaneous media, recycled, teapots and wood. The awards ceremony is held each February at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Buyers Market of American Craft.

The students’ work can currently be viewed on the NICHE website at the following links:
http://www.nicheawards.com/category/2014-finalists/students-2014-finalists/page/5/
http://www.nicheawards.com/category/2014-finalists/students-2014-finalists/page/2/


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: Remy Miller
Dean/VPAA
rmiller@mca.edu

Nov. 25, 2013

Clothed and nude models are needed for Life Drawing and other studio classes at Memphis College of Art. MCA provides a safe, respectful, professional work atmosphere. Experience preferred, but willingness to learn is more important. All body types are needed. Must be prompt, reliable, and responsible.

Send email expressing interest to: Remy Miller, Dean/VPAA, rmiller@mca.edu. No phone calls. Provide current phone number and information about experience. Information will be forwarded to the scheduler of models.


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

Nov. 7, 2013

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“Miss Havisham” by Tara Bullington-Baker

MCA Announces Tara Bullington-Baker Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces resurgence, an exhibition of work by Tara Bullington-Baker in the Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be on view Nov. 26 through Dec. 19 with a reception on Friday, Dec. 6, 6–8 p.m.

The works in resurgence are intuitive, weaving “compositions of fragmented memories” from materials such as paper and rope. “There’s a unique richness in old books and antiquarian objects that can only be created with the passage of time,” says Bullington-Baker. “When this history is integrated into a network of unsophisticated materials, held delicately together by wire and thread, it becomes a parallel for the mind and body. My intention is to provide an undercurrent, leaving the viewer to discover his own narrative, by association.”

Bullington-Baker, a native of Alabama, received her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Following graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to live and work as an artist, later moving to Memphis where she earned her MFA. She currently teaches 2-D and 3-D Design at the University of North Alabama and credits Alvin Sella, Cy Twombly and Louise Bourgeois, as well as her love for fiction and poetry, as influences on her work.


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

Nov. 6, 2013

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“Double PA RIPA” by Fred Burton

Fred Burton Presents Faculty Lecture at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present MCA faculty member Fred Burton in a special lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Burton’s presentation is titled Travelogue and will include images illustrating how his travels to France, North Africa, Ireland and the West Indies have influenced the numerous changes in his art making over the past 35 years.

Burton is a professor of Painting and Drawing at MCA, where he has taught since 1987. His paintings, drawings and woodcuts have been exhibited overseas in Paris and Vence, France; London; and in the United States in New York City; Chicago; Houston; Kansas City; Lincoln; and Orlando. Burton has held numerous residencies including the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, Long Island, N.Y.; the Michael Karolyi Foundation in Vence, France; Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic; the Tyron Guthrie Center in County Monaghan, Ireland; the Millay Colony for the Arts at Steepletop in Austerlitz, N.Y.; the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Ill.; the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, N.Y.; the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, Calif.; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.

Burton has written art criticism for Art Papers, The Commercial Appeal, and Number.


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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