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

Jan. 28, 2013

"Library for the Birds of Massachusetts" by Mark Dion“Library for the Birds of Massachusetts” by Mark Dion

MCA Presents Downing Pryor Visiting Lecturer Mark Dion

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present 2014 Downing Pryor Visiting Lecturer Mark Dion in a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A special reception will be held just prior to the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Born in 1961 in New Bedford, Mass., Mark Dion received his BFA and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School in Connecticut. He also attended the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.

For more than two decades, Mark Dion has worked in the public realm on a wide range of scales. Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between objective scientific methods and subjective influences.

He has received numerous awards including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award. He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.; the Tate Gallery and the British Museum of Natural History, London.

Some of his most recent large-scale projects include The Amateur Ornithologist Clubhouse in Essen, Germany, The Hanging Garden, a collaboration with the landscape design firm Gross Max in central London, and Den, a massive sculpture of a sleeping bear in Norway.

About the Downing Pryor Visiting Lecturer Series:
The Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Series was created to honor the late Downing Pryor and support the mission of Memphis College of Art. Downing Pryor devoted 32 years as a member of MCA’s board of trustees, serving three times as its chairman (1961, 1967 and 1972). Mr. Pryor, born into the automobile business, was heavily involved in Memphis politics, serving as a member of the Shelby County Quarterly Court (now the County Commission) from 1964 to 1968 and the first city council from 1968 to 1972. In 1968, Pryor was the main mediator between the city and striking sanitation workers and, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he represented the city at Dr. King’s funeral services in Atlanta. He was recognized for his outstanding service as a civic leader, businessman and patron of the arts along with his contributions in the areas of education and race relations.

Downing Pryor saw the arts in a very special light, writing, “Each adventure with art adds depth and breadth to the mind and heart that enable the individual to go on to the next experience with heightened perception and understanding.” Friends and family members endowed the lecture series as an ongoing reminder of what one truly honorable man can accomplish in his lifetime and beyond. Downing Pryor died in January 1990.

The lecture series offers free public programs featuring some of the nation’s most distinguished speakers in the area of the arts. The college welcomes contributions to the endowment fund, which makes this prestigious lecture series possible. To make a gift to this Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Series, please visit www.mca.edu/giving or call 901-272-5115.


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

Jan. 23, 2013

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MCA Announces Person of Interest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Person of Interest, a juried exhibition featuring work by current BFA and MFA students, which will be on view from Feb. 15 through March 26 in the Main Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition deals with themes surrounding identity and the individual with Robert Hollingsworth, gallery director of David Lusk Gallery, acting as juror. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 21 from 6–8 p.m.

According to Art 21, the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series Art in the Twenty-First Century, “Artists address the idea of identity by questioning commonly held assumptions about stereotypes, self-awareness, portraiture and what it means to be an artist.” Furthermore, identity can be a wide-ranging subject matter including works dealing with the self in considering gender, race, sexuality, heritage or circumstances that make the individual unique. This can sometimes be as simple as the artist’s unique interpretation of their surroundings.

The Rust Hall 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. All MCA exhibitions 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

Jan. 15, 2013

Haley Morris-Cafiero Opens Wait Watchers at Dixon

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art Assistant Professor Haley Morris-Cafiero will open her exhibition, “Wait Watchers” next week in the Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. An opening reception will be held this Thursday, Jan. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dixon.

Morris-Cafiero began taking self-portraits three years ago, capturing images of people who appeared to be critical of her body type. She called the collection “Wait Watchers” and hoped to start a conversation about judging people by their appearance. In February 2013, photos from the collection were featured in a blog. The next day, Huffington Post wrote an article profiling her work and from there, the photos went viral, being featured in over 40 articles world-wide including Salon.com, Marie Claire South Africa, fotoMagazin, and DailyMail UK. She has been interviewed on CBS This Morning, NPR and Huffington Post Live.

In a world obsessed with appearance and fending off an “obesity epidemic,” Morris-Cafiero’s work touched a nerve. As she explained in her article for Salon.com, “I was interested in capturing something I already knew firsthand: if the large women in historical art pieces were walking around today, they would be scorned and ridiculed.” (Salon.com, April 23, 2013).

In addition to her exhibition at the Dixon, Morris-Cafiero is also slated for shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, Mass. and The Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Ore. in 2014.

Morris-Cafiero has also been nominated for the prestigious Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability, recognizing outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today.

To see more of Morris-Cafiero’s work, visit www.haleymorriscafiero.com. Additional information on the reception and exhibition can be found at www.dixon.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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Director of College Communications
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Jan. 15, 2013

maggs_karen-i_like_to_watch_too“I Like to Watch Too” by Karen Maggs

“Blind Date” Student-Curated Exhibition at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Blind Date, a student-curated exhibition that will be on view Jan. 31 through Feb. 24 in the Rust Hall Lower Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m.

The exhibition is curated by Barrett Smyth and Brittany Vega who were awarded the honor through the submission of their joint proposal in the Curate This! call in October. Smyth, an undergraduate student concentrating in Painting, is a Kentucky native. He was the Brode Gallery curator during the spring semester of 2013 and is currently the Painting department representative. Vega graduated MCA in spring 2013 and is an assistant to Ken Hall and Michael Allen and assists with Leadership Memphis’ Gallery installations. Barrett and Vega have worked as partners before, most recently curating the “Out of Body” exhibition for Gallery 1700.

For Blind Date, Smyth and Vega selected 15 artists and partnered them with one of the other selected artists. Each artist was asked to learn about their partner through their name, city, picture and an image of their work. Using only this information and the visual information they perceive in the images, they were directed to create their own piece, describing their partner. The participating artists include Holly Carden, Samantha Wigginton, Gino Pambianchi, Jade Thiraswas, Anna Lacy, Karen Maggs, Jeff Muncy, Molly Van Roekel, Amanda Nalley, Alexa Helton, Beth Heustis, Alexander Swilley, Taylor Loftin, Devon Murphy and Megan “Tess” Lindsey.

Rust Hall’s Lower 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. All MCA exhibitions 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

Jan. 7, 2014

restoreformore-doubleM_presentation-crop-600The Double M team of Bailey Brocato (left) and Carly Lyons (right) make their presentation

MCA Students Design Apartments in “ReStore for More” Contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three teams of specially selected MCA students are working in collaboration with The Venue Apartments and the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore in the “ReStore for More” design contest taking place this month. The contest was open to all MCA students, who first had to apply themselves and their skills by submitting work in order to be selected for one of the teams.

Students interested in participating attended an informational session to learn about the requirements and specifications of the contest. The students then formed teams and created design boards and project budgets to present to the judging committee in order to earn one of three team spots for the competition. The judging committee was comprised of MCA alumna Alexa LeNeave-Price, Habitat for Humanity Director of Marketing and Communications Jessica Hord, The Venue Apartments Marketing Director Wendy Fili and The Venue Apartments representative Suzanne Stovall.

The teams were judged not only on their design work but also on their ideas, their organization of materials and resources and their overall presentation. The teams selected are Bailey Bracato and Carly Lyons of team Double M (for Memphis), Laura Miller and Jess Vandenberg of team Modern West and Sam Herwehe and Evan Lebaroff of team Handmade American.

“The Venue Apartments approached Memphis College of Art in the fall with the idea of a design contest to showcase their one-bedroom apartments and the students’ work,” said MCA Director of Career Services Carrie Brooks. “The design contest idea was one that I had talked about with Memphis ReStore in previous months, but we lacked a location. Having The Venue Apartments on board opened the door for the collaboration to take place.”

Brooks views the contest as providing real-world experience for the students—a key factor in MCA’s Professional Practices (P2) programs. “All of the components of the contest create a real-life scenario that most artists must learn to negotiate—budget management, client communication and satisfaction, working as a team to see a project through to its completion. All of these items match well with what MCA is promoting throughout the curriculum and what Career Services provides through our programs and individual student advisement.”

The three design teams received keys to their designated apartments on Thursday, Jan. 2 and have until 8 a.m. on Jan. 21 to complete all design work. The Venue Apartments has allotted each team a budget of $500 for materials and $50 for supplies, plus a $100 gift certificate and an extra discount at the Memphis ReStore to help purchase items needed for their design. Additionally, each team will be provided with one queen-sized or two twin-sized beds with bed frames as well as a “mystery item.” The mystery item will be the same for each team and the teams will use it to create an art piece for their apartment design. The art pieces will later be auctioned to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. Photos will be posted throughout the design process on The Venue Apartment’s Facebook page, as well as the Memphis ReStore and Memphis College of Art Facebook pages.

Following the completion of the redesign projects, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite team in person and online. In-person voting will take place at The Venue Apartments from Jan. 21 through Feb. 1. Apartments will be open for viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. In-person votes count twice as much as online votes. Online votes can be cast on The Venue Apartment’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thevenuememphis) beginning on Jan. 21 and ending at 5 p.m. on Feb. 3. The Venue Apartments will award $1,000 for the first place finisher, $600 for second place and $300 for third place.

To follow the teams’ progress, visit the following Facebook pages and click “Like”:
https://www.facebook.com/memphisrestore
https://www.facebook.com/thevenuememphis
https://www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart


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

Jan. 6, 2014

Fight[gun]Violence_BubbaBuxton_smallPoster design by Bubba Buxton

MCA Students Team Up with Memphis Gun Down to Fight [gun] Violence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Design students from Memphis College of Art have been working in conjunction with Memphis Gun Down to develop a public service announcement guerrilla campaign to raise awareness of the problem of gun violence in Memphis communities. The project is led by MCA Assistant Professor Hyuna Park and Visiting Instructor Cat Normoyle with students from the Sustainable Design Studio and Design of Advertising classes. Students participating in the project include Bubba Buxton, Shelda Edwards, Lisa Fears, Bailey Gonzales, Dilland Gregory, Jennifer Johnson, Alexandra Lee, Dylan Rutherford, Mary Stetson, Carleigh Stratton, John Wilbanks and Rashad Worthy.

The project resonated with students when they received the following information from the Memphis Gun Down Initiative: according to data from Innovate Memphis, in 2011, 11 juveniles were shot and killed in Memphis. Another 14 were arrested and charged with murder. All 25 saw their lives and their families destroyed by a single bullet. According to the Dec. 31, 2012 Commercial Appeal article “Gun Access Cited in Homicide Rise in Memphis” by Kevin McKenzie, in 2011, two-thirds of homicides in the U.S. involved a gun. Of the 242 homicides in Tennessee, 126 were in the city of Memphis.

The students focused on youth and families in the community of Frayser, conducting research that included ride-alongs with Memphis Police Department patrols. They then began to work on their designs for the campaign. In an effort to avoid focusing on fear tactics, the students decided to emphasize alternatives to gun violence through conflict resolution. They then took these ideas out into the community to get feedback on which ideas resonated with community members.

The students’ designs will be showcased in Fight [gun] Violence, a multi-media exhibition on view from Jan. 7–29 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery at Memphis College of Art with an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 17 from 6–8 p.m. 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. All MCA exhibitions 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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