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

May 22, 2014

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“The Memphis Bridge” by Kathie Rupert

MCA Students Recognized by Methodist North Hospital

Memphis, Tenn. — Methodist North Hospital will hold the Walking in Memphis Art Appreciation Event on June 5 to recognize Memphis College of Art students Terri Scott, Dezmond Gipson, Laura Miller, Kathie Rupert, Maysa Sem and Barrett Smyth. The students created Memphis-themed art pieces for Methodist North Hospital’s Total Joint Center as part of an MCA Give Back project.

“The idea was for the students to create artwork based on Memphis landmarks that patients could walk toward after their hip or knee replacement,” said Carrie Brooks, MCA’s director of career services and head of the Give Back program.  “The original idea was a mural, but it later evolved into the students creating individual pieces, which would allow for the artwork to change locations depending on the needs of the Center and also allow the students to work in their preferred medium,” said Brooks.

Many of Memphis’ most treasured landmarks are featured in the artwork. Terri Scott created artwork depicting the Pink Palace and Beale Street, while Barrett Smith painted the Liberty Bowl and the Pyramid. Dezmond Gipson turned his talents to Graceland, Maysa Sem and Laura Miller collaborated in a tribute to the Memphis Zoo, and Kathie Rupert chose the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River as her subject

The reception will be held on Thursday, June 5 from 3–5 p.m. in the lobby of the Total Joint Center of the Methodist North Hospital, 3960 New Covington Pike.

Photo: The Memphis Bridge by Kathie Rupert


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

May 14, 2014

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“I’m Afraid To Leave My House” by Carl Moore

Carl Moore’s Uncommon Ground To Open In Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Uncommon Ground, an exhibition of work by Carl Moore. The exhibition will be on view from May 17 through July 27 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

Moore, who was born in Canton, Miss., earned both his BFA and MFA at Memphis College of Art and currently lives and works in Memphis as a professional artist and designer. Moore considers his art a form of visual communication, utilizing simplicity and depth to express modern, social and economic conditions that affect people’s lives on a daily basis. By taking advantage of current events and themes, Moore creates a connection between the personal and the public with the use of color and composition to express mood, beliefs and ideas. Moore cites Jacob Lawrence, Stewart Davis, Salvador Dali, Charles White and Michelangelo as artists that have influenced his work.

Uncommon Ground explores the questions and ideas of everyday life, based on the way we live and interact as a collective social group,” says Moore. “It examines the ideology that things are not always as they seem. Up is not always high. Down is not always low. Dark is not always bad. White is not always good. The exhibition attempts to show those areas where we are the most comfortable and content with where we are in our surroundings, but challenges our awareness of the unsettling changes that take place day to day.”

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: Carl Moore, I’m Afraid To Leave My House, acrylic and graphite on canvas panel, 9” x 12”


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: Susan S. Miller
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs
tel: 901-272-5152 :: 1-800-727-1088
cell: 901-283-0107

Commencement Rain Plan

Our plan is to commence on the lawn at Levitt Shell at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 10th, however we want to take the extra precaution of advising you of our rain plan.  If inclement weather absolutely prevents an outdoor ceremony (i.e. thunder, lightening, torrential downpour), we will move indoors to Memphis College of Art’s Callicott Auditorium.  Each graduate will receive three tickets for confirmed seating—all other seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  We will not move the ceremony for a light rain– in that case we recommend appropriate footwear and umbrellas for outside.

In the event of moving to Callicott Auditorium, the ceremony will begin at 10:20 a.m.  Students should gather outside the side door (near metals) to process into the auditorium at 10:20 a.m. down the center aisle in rehearsed order.  Reserved seats for students will be in the center rows of the auditorium.

Please let your attending family and friends know!  We will post ceremony changes and information as it becomes available or make this information available through our security office at 901-507-3030 by 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  The Commencement reception will be held in the upper and lower galleries of Rust Hall immediately following the ceremony.

Best wishes, The Commencement Committee

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 9, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces Best In Class 2013 / 2014 Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The most innovative and creative undergraduate artwork of the past academic year will be featured in a summer exhibition at Memphis College of Art. Best in Class 2013/2014 will be on view from May 17 to July 11 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

MCA faculty selected works for inclusion from Foundations, Photo, Illustration, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sequential Narrative, Ceramics, Sculpture, Metals, Graphic Design and Digital Media. In addition, Dean and VP for Academic Affairs Remy Miller and Coordinator of Exhibitions and Lectures Cat Pena will nominate a “Best in Show” winner, which carries a $250 award.

Artists include: LeKeishya Alexander, Lyman Anderson, Julie Bartlow, Colton Berretta, Robby Berretta, Nialah Brathwaite, George Brooks, Christian Brown, Glenn Buxton, Shoni Campbell, Kelly Cook, Elizabeth Davis, Cara DiStefano, Kandace Fuller, Vanessa Gonzalez, Ben Hancock, David Hook, Natalie Jackson, Mathew Kaminski, Machel Kazungu, Spencer Laws, Zachary Lyles, Emily Miller, Joni Miller, Laura Miller, Caenina Moore, Jefferson Muncy, Samantha Nemazie, Margaret Perez, Cecilia Reed, Ashlyn Richey, April Rodriguez, Philip Rule, Carolina Salcedo, Mary Shore, Barrett Smyth, Rachel Stovall, Joshua Strydom, Lindsey Sullinger, Alexander Swilley, Jade Thiraswas, Matthew Ton, Nicole Trimble, Jessica Vandenberg, Mary Weber, Amanda Weidman, Aminah Williams and Ruby Zielinski.

Gallery hours for Rust Hall are 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and noon–4 p.m. on Sundays.


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

May 1, 2014

Ann Markusen 

Markusen To Deliver MCA Commencement Address

Dr. Ann Markusen will deliver the Commencement Address for Memphis College of Art’s Commencement Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. Markusen is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on utilizing artists, arts organizations, cultural industries and cultural activity as economic and quality-of-life stimulants in cities and communities.

Markusen is Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Arts Economy Initiative and PRIE engage in research and policy advising on artists, cultural industries, and arts and cultural organizations, exploring the intersection between culture and urban/regional development policy. Major publications include:

  • California’s Arts and Cultural Ecology (2011) which analyzes the size, location, focus, governance, economic impact and arts participation rates of more than 10,000 California arts and cultural nonprofits and the artists who work for them.
  • Creative Placemaking (2010) a white paper for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the National Endowment for the Arts documenting successful arts and culture-based projects, often artist initiated, in Cleveland, Buffalo, Portland and San Jose that brought together partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors to strategically shape the physical and social character of their areas around arts and cultural activities.
  • Native Artists: Careers, Resources, Space, Gifts (2009) documents the economic and cultural contributions of Native artists probing how artists’ vision, training, employment and self-employment, access to space and resources, location, and commitment to community affect their ability to make a living from their work, and recommends how artists, arts resource/space managers, tribal leaders, casinos, funders, city leaders and Native arts organizations can work together to raise the visibility and impact of Native work.
  • Crossover: How Artists Build Careers Across Commercial, Nonprofit and Community Work (2006) explores how artists in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas combine work in commercial, not-for-profit, and community spheres based on survey results and four dozen profiles of visual and performing artists, musicians, and writers.

Markusen received her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Economics from Michigan State University. She has held faculty positions at Colorado, California Berkeley, Northwestern, and Rutgers Universities. Markusen occupied the Harvey Perloff Chair at UCLA, 2005-08, the U.K. Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Mackintosh School of Architecture Urban Lab, Glasgow, Scotland, 2010-11 and was an A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, 2007-14, Winner of the 2006 William Alonso Prize in Regional Science, she served as North American Regional Science Association President, as a Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, and as AAAS Science, Engineering and Public Policy Committee Chair. She is a frequent public speaker and advisor to universities, public agencies, policymakers and nonprofit arts organizations across the U.S. and in Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia and Brazil. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project.


 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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