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

Dec. 20, 2013

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“An Escape” by Cat Normoyle

Cat Normoyle Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Mapping Moments by Cat Normoyle on Jan. 10 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through March 2.

Normoyle received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology and her MFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University. Prior to graduate school, Normoyle worked at Atlanta-based marketing Agency Trend Influence as a designer on the brand strategy and innovation team. At Trend Influence, she had the opportunity to work with Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Toyota, Levi’s, Unilever and Kimberly-Clark. She is currently a visiting instructor at Memphis College of Art, teaching a range of classes including advertising, packaging, typography and print design.

In Mapping Moments, Normoyle mapped points of intersections on the small island of Vinalhaven off the coast of Rockland, Maine over the course of a weeklong conference with Design Inquiry in the summer of 2013. Video capture, photography, personal journal entries and conversations across place and time are overlaid to make interesting connections with time-based information. The result is a series of subjective mapped moments viewed from the lens of the artist.

“Maps are representations of a place in time,” says Normoyle. “They are often subjective of the cartographer. In many ways, mapping is a format for documenting time and moments. My work attempts to explore the relationships between the map, the process of mapping and the cartographer.”

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

Dec. 17, 2013

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“Paradise with Lawnmowers” by Lance Turner

MCA Announces Lance Turner Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Systems and Portraits, an exhibition of work by Lance Turner in the Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be on view Jan. 8 through Feb. 9, with a reception on Friday, Jan. 17, 6–8 p.m.

Lance Turner was born in North Carolina in 1985. He graduated from Memphis College of Art with a BFA in Painting and Art History and from Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in Painting. He has exhibited in group and solo shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis; the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Los Angeles; the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Fla.; the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, N.C.; the Farmington Museum of Art in Farmington, N.M.; and MOCA GA and the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. His work is currently published in Artbuzz 2014 and Studio Visit magazine. A recent solo show entitled Lance Turner: Process and Documentation was included in the Memphis Flyer’s Best of 2008 as “one of the most wildly imaginative shows of the year.”

Turner says that his work has evolved out of his need to correct what seems to be a flaw in photorealism as it was originally validated as a process-based form of conceptualism. “It is the act of transcribing photographic information through paint onto a canvas, yet the large, obsessively detailed images emphasized the painting as an illusion and not a process,” says Turner. “I show the grid and emphasize the mark-making process within its increments to show that the painting is an object, after all the process and materials are real, and not a photographic illusion. I’ve incorporated space and striped as measurements into my paintings to further emphasize the painting as a real object.”

“The faces that I paint are only the product of my experience. Therefore, they more accurately depict what I believe to be the essence of painting, which is self-reference,” says Turner. “My paintings are about my thought process as I create fictional characters through the relationship of stylistic devices. Because the subjects of my paintings are about a single identity, they are like avatars made for the internet. They reveal a sense of isolation that comes with specialization and distortion of the real through ideas and simulations such as Facebook. As the objectives of my painting have become a quest to find what is real and true, the subject matter of my work has become an exaggerated unreality of constructed identity.”


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

Dec. 12, 2013

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herstories Exhibition to Open at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — What does it mean to be a woman? The answer to this question may be as diverse in scope and perspective as is the history of humankind, but a new exhibition will attempt to open the conversation. herstories opens Jan. 29 and will run through March 1 in the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 31 from 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition is curated by Haelim Choi Allen, assistant professor of art at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Allen immigrated from Korea to the United States in 1976 with her parents and two younger sisters and grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. She is a three-time alumna of the University of Maryland at College Park, most recently receiving her MFA in painting and sculpture.

“The concept of herstories is to show the diverse perspectives of regional female artists,” said Allen. “Through their visual work, they share a snippet, a glimpse, of the numerous stories of what it means to be women. One artist may place herself as the subject matter, capturing the reactions around her; others evoke memory and meaning through specific objects. Aspects of the invisible, the underrepresented parts in a woman’s life, serve as a platform for conversation. Fairytales blend with the realities of life. As I survey the work represented in the show, I see a common bond of telling our story—her story.” herstories features work by Allen, Lisa Alembik, Beth Edwards, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Melinda Posey, Babette Shaw and Melanie Spillman.

Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–9 p.m. on Jan. 31 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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All MCA classes are canceled and offices closed tomorrow, Fri., Dec. 6th.  Please check your MCA email for instructions from your faculty on completing coursework for the semester.  Studios will be open for use although there will be no shuttle service.

The BFA Exhibition and Alumni Opening will be held as scheduled on Friday evening in the Rust Hall main gallery.  The Exhibition will only be canceled in the event there is a power outage.  Another alert will be sent should Rust Hall lose power.

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