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August 29, 2014

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MCA Graduate Carolina Salcedo Named as Winner of Library Card Design Contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Recent MCA graduate Carolina Salcedo was named as the winner of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center’s special edition library card design contest in a special unveiling today at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Calling a library card “the most important school supply,” Director of Libraries Keenon McCloy kicked off National Library Card Sign–up Month and introduced Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson, who will serve as honorary chair for this year’s National Library Card Sign-up Month.
Salcedo’s winning entry was selected from among five MCA student finalists: Jefferson Muncy, Salcedo, Terri Scott, Jessica Vandenberg and Mary Weber. The final designs were voted on by both library employees and the general public. The special edition Library cards will be available beginning Sept. 15. Readers who do not have a library card may get one for free.

Photo: (l to r) Superintendent of Shelby County Schools Dorsey Hopkins, Carolina Salcedo and Director of Libraries Keenon McCloy


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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Aug. 22, 2014

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MCA Presents Downing Pryor Visiting Lecturer Trenton Doyle Hancock

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Trenton Doyle Hancock, the 2014-15 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, in a lecture on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A special reception will be held prior to the lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Known for his intricate candy-colored prints, drawings, collaged-felt paintings and site-specific installations, Hancock is influenced equally by the history of painting as by the imagery of pop culture. He transforms traditionally formal decisions—the use of color, texture, language and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots and convey symbolic meaning. His exuberant and subversive narratives employ a variety of cultural tropes, ranging in tone from comic-strip superhero battles to medieval morality plays, and are influenced in style by Hieronymus Bosch, Max Ernst, Henry Darger, Philip Guston and R. Crumb. The resulting sprawling installations spill beyond the canvas edges and onto gallery walls.

Hancock’s mythology has been translated to the stage in an original ballet, Cult of Color: Call to Color. Commissioned by Ballet Austin and created by Hancock, choreographer Stephen Mills and composer Graham Reynolds, the ballet made its debut in Austin in 2008. Hancock also created an original mural for the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium as well as an installation, A Better Promise, at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. The recipient of numerous awards, Hancock lives and works in Houston.

About the Downing Pryor Visiting Lecturer Series:

The Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer 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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Aug. 15, 2014 

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Suzanne Ramljak Opens 2014-15 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Memphis, Tenn. — Suzanne Ramljak, editor of Metalsmith magazine and curator of the National Ornamental Metal Museum’s exhibition Protective Ornament, will open MCA’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

In her lecture, Ramljak will explore contemporary examples of forms of human protection that have existed for thousands of years, demonstrating the safeguarding role that objects such as armor and amulets continue to play, especially in our current “Age of Terror.” A broad range of defense strategies will be revealed, such as clever updates on chain mail, knuckledusters, talismans and wearable weaponry.

On view through Sept. 7 at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, Protective Ornament showcases over 80 works, including helmets, brass knuckles, aggressive jewelry and other defensive gear, all designed to address issues of protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils and social challenges. For additional information, visit metalmuseum.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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Aug. 5, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces 30th Annual Horn Island Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present Horn Island 30 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery from Aug. 18 through Oct. 3. A special opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The works in the exhibition are the outcome of an 11-day annual trip by MCA students, faculty and alumni to Horn Island, Miss., a barrier island that is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Assistant Professor Don DuMont, director of the Horn Island program, coordinates the travel arrangements and logistics for the expedition, which immerses the participants in nature on the undeveloped island that boasts primitive conditions and no amenities. This year’s milestone anniversary brought a larger than average number of participants, with 43 artists making the trip. “We wanted to encourage past participants to celebrate the 30th anniversary with us,” said DuMont, “so we increased the number of alumni slots for the trip to accommodate as many as possible.”

As in past excursions, a visit to the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, Miss. is always the first stop. Anderson, an American artist who spent much of his childhood and adult life in coastal Mississippi, drew heavily on the environment and wildlife of Horn Island in his work.

Once on the island, the artists found time for some collaborative projects, creating two assemblages, one made of all natural found objects and another of all man-made found objects, as well as constructing a sotdae—a tall wooden pole with a bird on its top—for the camp. “In the Korean culture, sotdaes are thought to attract good spirits and bring good luck,” said DuMont. “It must have worked, because we had the nicest weather I’ve ever witnessed on a Horn Island excursion.” DuMont noted that the optimal weather encouraged participants to fully explore the island. “Both a student team and an alumni team decided to make the west tip trek,” said DuMont. The teams hiked to the isolated west tip of the island and pitched their tents for an overnight stay, returning to the main camp the following day. Over the years, the Wednesday night of the trip has become a favorite, featuring a dinner of SPAM and a contest for the most elaborate headdress made with found objects. “It can be anything from baseball caps with items affixed on them, to full island regalia,” says DuMont.

Following the expedition, participants are given several weeks to develop a body of work inspired by their island experience, creating work for the exhibition in media that include photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics and book arts.

Gallery hours for the Horn Island 30 exhibition are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Photo: Marc Rouillard, “Horn Island Sentinal, Afternoon,” watercolor.


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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August 1, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces Edward Perry Exhibitions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present two exhibitions of rarely seen work by Edward Perry this month. Edward Perry: Constructions will be on view in the Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park from Aug. 15–Oct. 3 with an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 6, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Edward Perry: Between Canvas & Frame opens Aug. 20 in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main, and runs through Sept. 19 with a reception on Friday, Aug. 29, 6–9 p.m.

Perry graduated from Memphis Academy of Art (now MCA) in 1972 with a BFA in Painting. While a student at MAA, Perry also took classes in physics at Southwestern (now Rhodes College) and developed a particular aptitude with lasers. He went on to study at the University of Louisville, MIT and the University of Cincinnati, where he received his MFA in 1975. Perry also worked in laser laboratories at the University of Louisville and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center under laser medicine pioneer, Dr. Leon Goldman. His work brought him into contact with laser artist Rockne Krebs with whom he worked frequently during the 1970’s.

In the early 1980’s, Perry moved to Washington, D.C., living and working in a building owned by Krebs and painter Sam Gilliam. There, Perry began the work that would lead to the constructions included in the MCA exhibitions. Perry left Washington in the mid-1980’s, moving back to his parents’ farm and, later, his own house in rural Kentucky. From that time until his death in 2007, Perry worked obsessively, making paintings, sculptures, conceptual art, highly political mail art, fish and duck decoys, birdhouses, weathervanes, model boats and the works featured in Constructions and Between Canvas & Frame.

Perry worked in isolation, refusing to exhibit his work. After his death, his work was left to his friend, Memphis singer/songwriter Keith Sykes and Sykes’ wife, Jerene. Since they were boxed up, Sykes had not seen the majority of the work until Mark and Becky Askew convinced him to hang the work at their architectural firm, A2H, in Lakeland in 2012. Brought to the attention of MCA Dean Remy Miller and Professor Ellen Daugherty, Perry’s work became the subject of a class taught by Dr. Daugherty in the spring 2014 semester that has done much primary research about the work and the artist.

The works are large, intricate wooden constructions encompassing small paintings on canvas or, in the case of a few of Perry’s creations, electronic circuit boards. “The works play with the boundaries between painting and sculpture, two-and three-dimensionality, “high” art and “folk” craft, luxury materials and detritus, abstraction and figuration, solids and voids, and the image on a canvas and its surrounding frame,” said Daugherty.

Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon–7 p.m.

Photo (by Glen Kremer): Edward Perry, CX, 1991-1995, mixed media, canvas, 98 ½” x 28 ½”

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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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