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

July 29, 2014

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Justin Bowles Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of XENOBIA by Justin Bowles at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 7.

A native of Little Rock, Ark., Bowles received a BA in English and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas, and an MFA from Memphis College of Art. Bowles is starting her career as an art professor, combining her love of teaching and a multi-disciplinary studio practice of screen printing, sculpture and collage.

“XENOBIA is work inspired by my influences and experiences as a member of Generation X,” says Bowles. “Combining magazines, scraps of paper, shopping bags, drawings and screen-printed patterns, I work intuitively with my collection of ephemera to create something new and preserve pieces of time.”

More examples of Bowles’ work can be found on her website, www.justinautumnbowles.com.

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.

Photo: Justin Bowles, Corinne, 2013, mixed media on wood, 16 x 8.5 x 6 inches


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

 June 30, 2014

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Dolph Smith Named As Penland Outstanding Artist Educator

Memphis, Tenn. — MCA Professor Emeritus Dolph Smith has been named as the 2014 Penland Outstanding Artist Educator by the Penland School of Crafts.  Smith will be officially honored at the Penland Benefit Auction on August 8.

Penland is a national center for craft education located in the mountains of North Carolina and a focal point for a lively community of craft artists. With a mission to support individual and artistic growth through craft, the school offers adult workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. Students come from all walks of life, ranging in age from 19 to 90 years of age and from absolute beginners to professional craftspeople.

“Dolph first came to teach at Penland in 1986, beginning a twenty-eight year friendship with the school,” said Kathryn Gremley, director of Penland Gallery. “What is most obvious to those of us who have had the privilege to spend time in the classroom or studio with Dolph is that he has an infectious love of teaching, materials, people, sharing knowledge, and unadulterated fun. As a result, he has created ripples in the creative pond that extend far beyond Penland.”

In 2010, the Penland Gallery hosted the exhibition Artist, Educator, Mentor, Rascal: Dolph Smith and Friends, featuring the work of Smith and thirteen other artists, to celebrate the connections Smith has made through his many years as artist and mentor. Gremley notes that although Smith’s work is rooted in the book arts, “he has taken liberties with the rules—the pages take flight and the covers build bridges. He is a gifted storyteller, both on paper and in person.”

Smith taught drawing and painting at Memphis College of Art for 30 years, developing a curriculum in hand papermaking and an artist’s book program, The Flying Vat, which is now one of the premier centers for hand papermaking. Smith was honored with the Humanities Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Germantown Arts Council and was the only individual winner of First Tennessee Bank’s Bravo Award. He was granted an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 2004 and has received Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts, the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award in the Distinguished Artist Award category.


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

 June 23, 2014 

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Memphis College of Art Announces 2014 Summer Art Camp Showcase

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s 2014 Summer Art Camp Showcase will be on view July 19–27 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery. A closing reception is scheduled for Sunday, July 27 from 2–4 p.m. 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.

The exhibition is comprised of artwork in multiple media made by the students attending MCA’s Summer Camp sessions. “This is one of my favorite exhibitions each year,” said Remy Miller, MCA’s dean and vice president of academic affairs. “That the show is so much fun to look at is a measure of the joy that goes into it and that can only exist when the kids are working with people that are caring, sympathetic, helpful and smart.”

MCA offers a wide variety of summer camp sessions, ranging from Clay Dinosaurs to Metal Sculpture, for students in grades K–12. During the school year, budding artists can also attend Saturday School sessions, which will begin September 27. More information on art programs for youth and teens can be found on the Memphis College of Art website at mca.edu or by contacting Community Education at 901-272-5142.

Photo: 2013 Summer Art Camp Showcase


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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