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

March 25, 2014

MCA Art Education Program Receives ArtsMemphis Grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Art Education Program at Memphis College of Art has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the ArtsMemphis 2014 Community Arts Engagement Fellowship program.

ArtsMemphis launched the Community Arts Engagement Program in 2012, with the generous support of the Assisi Foundation, to widen and deepen access to the arts, especially in communities whose residents have little or no access to them. Fellowship Grants within the program focus on developing grantees’ internal capacity and structures needed to support the Community Arts Engagement focus and build a culture of quality, access and collaboration.


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

March 27, 2014

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MCA Announces Spring BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the Spring 2014 BFA Exhibition, which will take place in the Main Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be presented in two parts. Part I will be on view from April 3–21 with a reception on Friday, April 11, 6–8 p.m. Part II will be on view from April 25–May 10 with a reception on Friday, May 2, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition features works from 49 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media from painting to sculpture to digital media.

Artists for Part I include: Colton Berretta, Chris Blackall, Kelli Black, Dana Finimore, Crystal Foss, Shenequa Fowler, Kaitlyn Garrett, Anthony George, Kayla Golden, Suzie Hansen, Stephanie Hemker, Sam Herwehe, Braden Hixson, Carl Jefferson, Herbert Joyce, Jr., Timothy Joyner, Ashlyn Larmeu, Alexandra Lee, Taylor Lindhorst, Robert McElhaney, Emily Miller and Britni Morgan.

Artists included in Part II are: Christa Barnett, Erica Bottger, Emily Chaplain, Signe Johnson, Machel Kazungu, Rhianna Lee, Kassandra Line, Olivia Miles, Laura Miller, Jason Moning, Jeff Muncy, Willie Nelson, Sinead O’Brien, Aubrey Palermo, Katherine Reed, April Rodriguez, Philip Rule, Dylan Rutherford, Brittany Santos, Natalie Schuh, Terri Scott, Maysa Sem, Christopher Simmons, Zoe Taiani, Mary Tuttle, Courtney Whitlow and Taylor Wilson.

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.

Photo: 2014 Spring BFA graphic


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

March 19, 2014

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Preston Drum’s Seen You Sigh, Seen You Smile To Open In Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Seen You Sigh, Seen You Smile, an exhibition of work by Preston Drum in the Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be on view April 3 through May 11, with a reception on Friday, April 11, 6–8 p.m.

Drum was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C., the son of two “ex-hippies.” He has had a strong love for music, art and horticulture since his first steps through his mother’s garden. Drum has written, performed and recorded music with several bands including Weekenders, the Pelicans, Preston Drum & the Hit Pause and, most recently, with the Twin Cities band, Naptaker. He obtained his BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2006 and currently paints and plays music full time in Minneapolis.

Seen You Sigh, Seen You Smile is a series of what Drum calls POSTCARD paintings inspired by Memphis. “For eight years I have experimented with painting on old photographs, junk mail, recycled postcards and other refuse,” says Drum. “I utilize a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials including acrylic paint, sumi ink and household garbage. The POSTCARDS assume many forms—portrait, still life, landscape, graffiti and pure abstraction. Their ability to float between the world of high art and kitsch intrigues me and offers a sturdy platform from which I can explore the condition of our modern society.”

Drum pulls the topics of his paintings from a variety of sources, finding meaningful connections in pop culture, the media and his daily interactions with people. He keeps a record of his ideas in a sketchbook which serves as a reference as he executes his final pieces straight onto the surface in an expressionistic, free-flowing manner, often painting over old paintings and scratching through layers to revel the painting’s past. Drum believes that it is not enough for artists to dwell on form. “I think we should utilize our unique position as the shepherds of culture to explore critical questions about our society. The reason I make art is centered in the simple urge to relate to my surroundings. I want to inspire those who encounter my work to make the world a better place.”

The Alumni Gallery is open for viewing on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Photo: Preston Drum, Phenomenon, 2014, mixed media on recycled postcard, 4” x 6”


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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(901) 272-5111

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March 12, 2014

 

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Phillip Andrew Lewis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present interdisciplinary artist Phillip Andrew Lewis in a lecture on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A native Memphian, Lewis attended Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K., received his BA from University of Memphis and his MFA from Memphis College of Art. Lewis has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally and was the recipient of the 2012 Creative Capital Grant in Visual Art for his ongoing project, SYNONYM. He has also received support for his research from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York; the Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, Tenn.; the Lyndhurst Foundation, Chattanooga, Tenn.; the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and the Urban Arts Commission, Memphis, Tenn. In 2005, Lewis co-founded Medicine Factory, an independent arts organization in downtown Memphis committed to supporting installation-based work. He currently heads the photography and media program at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Lewis’ interdisciplinary work incorporates photography, objects, digital media, video, sound and installation. Lewis often connects his creative work with historical events and science. His work revolves around the investigation of light, sound, space and time, studying drone, repetition, vibrations and the subsequent patterns that emerge. He incorporates a site-sensitive approach to constructing environments with a constant and dominating tone or mood, presenting atmosphere for mental and physical navigation. His work tends to hover on the edge of perceptibility, exposing the limits of what can be measured. Using a variety of tools, he examines the moment between the visible and invisible, sound and silence, material and immaterial. Lewis is also engaged in a growing number of collaborative processes and projects.

Photo: Phillip Andrew Lewis, Barbarism Begins At Home, 2011, pigment print, 11” x 14”


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

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Feb. 20, 2014

Call to Artists – 2014 MCA Alumni Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces a call to artists for the 2014 Biennial Alumni Exhibition. The exhibition will take place May 21 through July 26 in the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main. University of Memphis Art Professor Richard Lou will be the juror.

Entry is open to all MCA degreed alumni or those completing at least 12 hours of credit in a degree-seeking program. Entries must be one of a kind and completed within the last five years. Artists may submit up to two pieces of work in any media.

For full submission guidelines and to submit entries, visit www.mca.edu/mcaalumni. Submissions will only be accepted online. The deadline for entry is March 31. Questions about guidelines or the exhibition can be directed to alumni@mca.edu.

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Due to continued inclement weather, Memphis College of Art will delay the opening of all college offices until noon on Tuesday, March 4. All morning classes will be cancelled. MCA’s regular class schedule will resume at 1 p.m.

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Due to inclement weather Memphis College of Art will be closed on Monday, March 3. Classes and activities are cancelled and all offices are closed. There will be no shuttle service, but studios will be open for use as long as there is no disruption of utilities.

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