MCA News

Crashing Expectations Revealed by Josh Strydom’s Disappointed at MCA

Contact: Marilyn Koester
Communications Manager
mkoester@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 24, 2017


 

 

 

Crashing Expectations Revealed by Josh Strydom’s Disappointed at MCA

Joshua Strydom Photography Collage Exhibit in Alumni Gallery

Josh Strydom Unrequited ExpectationsMEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 24, 2017) — Disappointed exhibit by Zimbabwean artist Josh Strydom will be on view in the Alumni Gallery of Rust Hall at Memphis College of Art from May 23 to July 30. Joshua Strydom (BFA ’15) is a Zimbabwean artist, currently based in Prague, Czech Republic. He has exhibited across Southern Africa, the USA, and Central Europe. He has been creating work in Prague since 2014, focusing on the otherness found in contrasting cultures and documenting society through photography and digital collage.

This series explores the idea of unrequited expectations, where people have no return on their emotional investment, or rather a return different from what they had anticipated. Strydom uses the tourist attraction of the Astronomical Clock in Prague as the backdrop for creating his photographic collages of the faces of people watching the clock’s show, and their subsequent disappointment.

Ranked #2 behind the Mona Lisa as the most disappointing tourist attraction, the Astronomical Clock show welcomes approximately 700,000 tourists ever year. Strydom records the facial expressions of those visitors with layered, complex forms in his photographs.

Alumni Gallery hours are as follows: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. A reception for this exhibit, and the Best in Class 2016/17 exhibit, will be on Friday, June 9 from 6-8pm in the Rust Hall Main Gallery and Alumni Gallery.

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. 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.

Memphis College of Art Announces 2017 Summer Academy for High School Students, July 16-29

Contact: Marilyn Koester
Communications Manager
mkoester@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 16, 2017


 

 

 

Memphis College of Art Announces Summer Academy for High School Students, July 16-29

Rising high school juniors and seniors earn college credit while studying art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 16, 2017) — Memphis College of Art offers an opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors to earn 2 college level credit hours when they attend Summer Academy at the MCA campus. This is a unique two-week experience that runs July 16-July 29.

Summer Academy provides a studio experience for highly motivated high school art students with the intent to study art at the college level. The program will cover both Fine Arts and Design Arts curricula with hands-on study. An emphasis will be placed on visual art career options and professional practices.

Professors teach these students a variety of studio classes, including Illustration, Metals, Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, and Photography, and give them a glimpse of what potentially lies ahead for them in college. Most importantly, Summer Academy introduces them to the inclusive, alternative, and fun culture of MCA.

MCA Summer Academy is a great enrichment opportunity for young artists, and allows them to gain a first-hand feeling for the culture of a college that is so firmly committed to fine art and design. Students can commute or stay in the dorms, and their two-week tuition is adjusted accordingly. Residential tuition is $1650 and Commuter tuition is $1225. Registration is open. For admission to Summer Academy, visit: http://mca.edu/admissions/admissions-events/summer-academy/

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. 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.

Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp Introduces Mascot, Gus the Pirate Octopus

Contact: Marilyn Koester
Communications Manager
mkoester@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 10, 2017


 

 

Gus the PIrate Octopus

Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp Introduces Mascot, Gus the Pirate Octopus

Mascot created as art ambassador to the community; will make appearances throughout the summer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 10, 2017) — Memphis College of Art (MCA) today introduced its newest member of the Summer Art Camp team—Gus the Pirate Octopus. Gus, created by a current MCA student and an MCA alumna, is a community art ambassador to show how art can be brought to life and engage with the community. Gus will make one of his first public appearances on Wednesday, May 10 during New Ballet Ensemble’s Family Day at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park from 5:30–7 p.m.

Gus’s story begins with MCA alumna and award-winning artist Kong Wee Pang, who designed the octopus as part of MCA’s promotional materials for the 2017 Summer Art Camp. During the spring semester, administrators at the college engaged current MCA student and costume designer Henry Wilkinson to bring the octopus to life. Wilkinson collaborated with Pang and the college’s Marketing department to create the mascot costume.

“We are so pleased with how Gus turned out. Henry executed our vision for the octopus perfectly, and working on this project with him has captured the spirit of creativity that courses through our campus on a daily basis,” said Cece Palazola, MCA’s director of Community Education. “Gus is an example of how we can bring art to life and make art work fun.”

Gus will visit various locations around Memphis to generate enthusiasm and awareness about art for camp-age students (ages 3-18), and encourage them to participate in MCA’s Summer Art Camp. Planned appearances include Overton Park, Shelby Farms, Beale Street Landing, area schools and other locations. Families will be invited to take their picture with Gus and use #GusTheOctopus on social media. More information on Gus’ appearances and activities will be posted on the college’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

MCA’s newly accredited Summer Art Camp has developed 12 new courses for this year’s camp. New courses include Design Thinking, Digital Painting, Animation, Kinetic Sculpture and Fashion Design in addition to the existing classes focused around drawing and painting, clay sculpture, photography and international art. The entire class catalog may be viewed here. Starting on June 5, MCA will offer six weeklong sessions extending into July, with full- and half-day options, as well as the option for extended care in the mornings and afternoons.

To learn more about Summer Art Camp, or to register, please visit: mca.edu/community/community-education/summer-art-camp/

Photo: Gus the Octopus poses with his creator and MCA student Henry Wilkinson

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. 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.

MCA Presents 2017 Animation and Digital Media Senior Showcase

Contact: Marilyn Koester
Communications Manager
mkoester@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 9, 2017


 

 

Digital Media ShowcaseMemphis College of Art Presents 2017 Animation and Digital Media Senior Showcase

Free showcase event features 14 films of graduating seniors

 

WHAT:           2017 Animation and Digital Media Senior Showcase, featuring a collection of 14 films by graduating seniors

  • Graduating seniors showcased in the event include: Jeremy Clark, Callie Do, Dezmond Gipson, Ariel Jackson, Alison Johnson, Shavonne Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Julia Lasseter, Von Muren, Liddy Ortego, Ishmaa’iyl Perez, Sarah Rhea, Jessica Skinner, and Jabriel Woodall.
  • In addition to featuring the work of graduating seniors, the event will showcase films by underclassmen as a preview to the future work and talent to come from the Animation and Digital Media programs at Memphis College of Art.
  • The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN:           May 12, 2017, 6pm

WHERE:         Memphis College of Art – Callicott Auditorium

1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park, Memphis, TN 38104

WHY: Memphis College of Art hosts a film showcase for graduating seniors each year, showcasing films created by seniors in the Animation and Digital Media programs. The event allows both the MCA community and the public to view the exciting talents and trends coming out of the Animation and Digital Media programs at Memphis College of Art. The showcase enables graduating seniors to show and celebrate the culmination of their studies, and offers underclassmen an opportunity to present their current projects.

For media inquiries, contact Communications Manager Marilyn Koester by email at mkoester@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Images: Showcase Invitation; Ishmaa’iyl Perez Hero Shot (group of four figures); Liddy Ortego Hero Shot (figure with tree).

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. 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.

MCA Announces Florence, Italy Exhibition at Playhouse on the Square

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 8, 2017


 

 

Florence, ItalyMemphis College of Art Announces Florence, Italy Exhibition at Playhouse on the Square

Exhibit features work by students, alumni and faculty inspired from the 43rd Annual Study Abroad Trip

 

WHAT:           Exhibition of works by Memphis College of Art (MCA) students, alumni and faculty who   attended the annual March Spring Break trip to Florence, Italy.

  • Artwork to be shown includes nearly 20 pieces of photography, collage, painting, metals and sculpture, and directly resulted from the 8-day trip to Florence and neighboring cities. Throughout the trip, the group was submersed in the art, history, architecture and culture of the city, which is known as the home of the Renaissance.

WHEN:           On view May 5–June 4, 2017
Reception: May 12, 5–7 p.m.

WHERE:         MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square
66 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:              For 43 years, MCA has enhanced the student learning experience by providing a study abroad trip annually during the college’s Spring Break in March. Former, long-time faculty member Bob Riseling started the program in 1974, which has always included an MCA faculty member who specializes in art history to provide participants with a glimpse into a city’s history and culture. These trips have provided opportunities for students and alumni to learn about different cultures, world and art history, beyond what is traditionally found in a textbook or classroom.

  • The trip was led by MCA faculty Adam Hawk and Dr. Lucienne Auz, and included:
    • Florence where students visited the famous Uffizi Gallery, the Florence Cathedral, attended mass at the basilica of San Miniato al Monte, attended a performance of the opera La Traviata, enjoyed delicious Italian cuisine, and explored the city’s rich artistic culture. The group also took day trips to Ravenna, Siena and San Gimignano, where they learned about Byzantine-period art and medieval city centers, and enjoyed sweeping views of the Tuscan landscape.
  • In recent years, groups have visited locations around the world such as Mexico City; the southern coast of France; Barcelona, Spain and Berlin, Germany.

For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Group photo taken during this year’s trip in front of the Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy.

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. 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.

MCA Horn Island Exhibition Featured at Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 2, 2017


 

 

 

Horn Island Exhibit at WAMAMemphis College of Art Horn Island Exhibition Featured at Walter Anderson Museum of Art

MCA artists present Horn Island works for this second show in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) students, alumni, faculty and staff will have work featured in The Islanders: Memphis College of Art and Horn Island, on view May 2–Aug. 22 at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. A reception will be held Wednesday, May 17 from 6–8 p.m. The group taking MCA’s 33rd annual Horn Island trip will be in attendance at the reception prior to their departure for the island, and some featured artists will be available to discuss their work with other reception attendees.

The Islanders will include works from the Horn Island 31 and Horn Island 32 exhibitions, previously exhibited in MCA’s Rust Hall in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Don DuMont, MCA’s director of the Horn Island program, contacted the museum’s curator in the fall to offer this new body of work for a second exhibition at WAMA. MCA had previously exhibited a Horn Island-inspired show at the museum in 2015 A Halcyon Place: Horn Island 30.

“When I learned more about MCA’s Horn Island trips, I found that the people involved are intrinsically kindred spirits to our namesake, Walter Anderson,” said Mattie Codling, WAMA’s curator of exhibitions. “Everyone who goes on the trip is searching for something, and on Horn Island they are able to find it. The island has a mystical quality to it—it is harsh, beautiful—and I have found it to awaken an ancient connection to the earth that most of us have forgotten. The work by MCA’s Horn Island group provides a glimpse into each person’s own experience of the island. I love the variety, the use of man made and natural items, and the all-around creativity that flows through this body of work.”

The exhibition will feature works by 47 artists, including Bob Riseling (founder of MCA’s Horn Island program), Taylor McCormick, Bill Price, Adam Hawk, Marc Rouillard, Adele Winn, Amanda Nalley, Amy Hofstetter, James Carey, Lisa Tribo-Goodwin, Nikkila Carroll, Bill Nelson, Tootsie Bell, Barrett Smyth, Casey Mathews, Cody Barnhill, Darcie Beeman-Black, Don DuMont, Margaret Davis, Ruby Zielinski, Elizabeth Brown, Gino Pambianchi, Richard Prillaman, Glenn Fiscus, Hannah Rohrbacher, Jack Myer, Jackie O’Neal, Kaitlyn Stark, Kaleob Elkins, Kalon Fowler, Kassandra Line, Katie Schwehr, Kayla Reid, Leanna Hicks, Maxwell Harmon, Rachel Stovall, Richard Blum, Taylor Loftin, Spencer Laws, Shian Reek, Robin Henderson, Stephanie Bray, Sarah Rhea, Sasha Sorokina and Virginia Riley.

The Islanders reception is free and open to the public. WAMA museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. For more information about the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, visit walterandersonmuseum.org. For more information about other MCA exhibitions and events, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Spencer Laws, “Mess Kit,” red oak, aluminum and forged steel; 2016 (as seen in Horn Island 32)

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. 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.

MCA Students Complete AutoZone Sculpture Garden with Whirligig Sculptures

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 1, 2017


 

 

AutoZone Sculpture GardenMemphis College of Art Students Complete AutoZone Sculpture Garden with Whirligig Sculptures

Kinetic sculptures on view outside of Rust Hall as part of this year’s ArtsZone project

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) students have recently completed an installation with whirligig sculptures for the AutoZone Sculpture Garden, on view to the public through May 14. The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a partnership between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis, which provides support to advance arts access, education and outreach throughout Greater Memphis.

Instructor Adam Hawk directed this year’s project, which is the first time MCA students have utilized sculpture for an ArtsZone public art project. Standing up to 10 feet in the air, the sculptures utilize traditional sculptural materials, as well as new and used car parts, and move with the wind. “With the support of AutoZone, this course has enabled students to explore kinetics, presentations of public sculpture, installation, and various digital processes on a much more complex level than what would be possible in a typical class,” said Hawk. “Throughout the semester, the students explored sustainably-themed processes. As a result some students have included certain components of these processes in their work—such as activating motion in their sculptures by harnessing the power of wind and rain, and implementing mechanisms of viewer interaction to power their sculptures.”

MCA students have completed numerous art projects in the city as a result of ArtsZone grants since 2014. Previous MCA ArtsZone projects have included a mural panel project at Knowledge Quest, the “Revival” mural on the Chelsea Avenue floodwall, and a mural in Uptown at a future site of the Greater Memphis Greenline. This year’s ArtsZone grant directly benefitted MCA’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million in institutional scholarships and aid to students each year, and covered the cost of materials for the project.

Photos of the installation can be found on MCA’s Facebook page. For more information about other MCA events and past ArtsZone projects, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Students and instructor Adam Hawk stand with completed sculptures in AutoZone Sculpture Garden

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. 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.

MCA Announces Gere Kavanaugh as Commencement Speaker

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 1, 2017


 

 

Memphis College of Art Announces Gere Kavanaugh as Commencement Speaker

Groundbreaking Memphian returning to hometown, alma mater to address graduating students

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) today announced that internationally renowned interdisciplinary designer Gere Kavanaugh will be the college’s commencement speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony Sunday, May 14, the South lawn of MCA’s Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis Academy of Arts (now MCA) in 1951, and her address will focus on her Southern heritage and how it has influenced her throughout her life as a designer. Kavanaugh also delivered the college’s commencement address in 1971.

“I’m excited to return to the city and school which gave me a foundation in art and design,” said Kavanaugh. “The skills I learned in Memphis equipped me to launch my career as an artist.”

Born and raised in Memphis, Kavanaugh’s 60-year career has extensively influenced the design industry, particularly the fields of textiles, furniture, interior design, exhibitions, ceramics and graphics. Many of her groundbreaking designs—characterized by bold color, sharp lines and rich textures—are now commonplace, such as the square-shaped patio umbrella. She is a recipient of numerous international awards, including the Ladislav Sutnar Prize from the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic, the 2016 American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) Medal and the Julia Morgan Icon Award from the Los Angeles Design Festival.

Kavanaugh took her first art class at the age of eight and years later received a scholarship to attend the Memphis Academy of Arts (now MCA) for undergraduate study. She attended graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree—the fifth woman in the school’s history to do so. She then began working for GM in Detroit, and was among the first group of women hired as professional designers by a U.S. corporation.

In 1964, she founded her own firm in Los Angeles, Gere Kavanaugh Designs, which she still operates to this day. She’s worked with numerous revolutionary artists including Frank Gehry, Victor Gruen, Greg Walsh, Don Chadwick and Deborah Sussman. Kavanaugh’s work can be found in galleries, landmarks and books across the world. One of her most notable projects was designing the research room and typeface for the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California; she’s also developed projects for corporate clients including Pepsi, Neutrogena and Warner Brothers.

MCA graduation is not open to the public, but any media interested in attending can RSVP to LWaites@archermalmo.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Gere Kavanaugh

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. 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.

MCA Students to Unveil AutoZone Sculpture Garden

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

April 27, 2017


 

 

ArtsZone Project Concept ArtMemphis College of Art Students to Unveil AutoZone Sculpture Garden

Sculpture students to install kinetic sculptures Friday, unveiling on Saturday, as part of ArtsZone grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) Sculpture and Metals students will install kinetic sculptures on Friday, April 28 as part of this year’s ArtsZone project. The temporary installations will be part of the AutoZone Sculpture Garden on MCA’s Rust Hall campus, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The project is made possible by ArtsZone, a partnership between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis, which provides support to advance arts access, education and outreach throughout Greater Memphis. The sculptures will be on view to the public April 29–May 14.

Under the direction of Metals Instructor Adam Hawk, students in his special topics “Whirligig Sculpture” class spent the semester designing and conceptualizing sculptures for the project. The sculptures will be constructed of new and used auto parts, as well as materials traditionally used in creating metal sculpture. Standing eight to 10 feet tall on a two-inch pipe, the sculptures will move and transform shape with the wind and elements, as well as utilize viewer interaction processes to engage movement.

MCA students have completed numerous art projects in the city as a result of ArtsZone grants since 2014. Other projects have included a mural panel project at Knowledge Quest, the “Revival” mural on the Chelsea Avenue floodwall, and a mural in Uptown at a future site of the Greater Memphis Greenline. This year’s ArtsZone grant directly benefitted MCA’s scholarship fund and covered the cost of materials for the project.

Photos of the installation will be posted on MCA’s Facebook page. For more information about past ArtsZone projects, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Concept art of “whirligig” sculpture by student Chris Dickson

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. 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.

MCA Debuts New E-Commerce Website with Rare Burton Callicott Drawings

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

April 26, 2017


 

Burton Callicott DrawingMemphis College of Art Debuts New E-Commerce Website with Rare Burton Callicott Drawings

Site to later offer artwork for sale by MCA students, alumni and faculty

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) today announced the opening of its new e-commerce website, premiering with a sale of over 175 exclusive drawings by the late Burton Callicott, a founding faculty member of the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art). Functioning as a digital storefront for the college, shop.MCA.edu will provide opportunities for the public to purchase artwork online year-round in support of the college. The Callicott sale will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund.

Callicott, who taught at MCA for more than 35 years before his retirement in 1978, was best known regionally for his three murals at the Pink Palace Museum, and has received national recognition and exhibited widely throughout the state. The never before seen drawings—dating from 1930 to 1990—feature contemplating figures, studies of casts and animals, and are priced from $100-200 each. They were donated to the college by the Callicott estate. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit MCA’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million annually in scholarships and institutional aid. MCA administrators aligned the sale with Line and Shadow: Estate Drawings by Burton Callicott, on view April 25–May 19 at David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, 94 Tillman St.

“Having Burton Callicott’s drawings is an exciting way to launch this site and wonderful way to raise money for our scholarship fund, as many of our students rely on financial support,” said Mary Caywood, MCA’s senior director of marketing and communications.

Callicott graduated from the Cleveland School of Art in 1931, after which he returned to Memphis and became active in the local arts community. In 1937, Callicott became a founding faculty member of the Memphis Academy of Arts, teaching sculpture and ceramics, as well as drawing, painting and calligraphy. Callicott’s work has been featured in museums and galleries across the south, including the Cheekwood Museum of Art and Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee; the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee; the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Pink Palace Museum. In 2000, the Tennessee Arts Commission honored Callicott by using his design for a specialty license plate, which benefits the arts throughout the state.

To view the exclusive Callicott drawings, as well as a selection of MCA merchandise, go to shop.MCA.edu. For more information about MCA, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Burton Callicott, Untitled (Man’s Face), charcoal on paper, 18” x 12”, 1936

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. 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.

MCA Presents 2017 Spring BFA Exhibition

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

April 17, 2017


2017 Spring BFA ExhibitionMemphis College of Art Presents 2017 Spring BFA Exhibition

Exhibit features the works of 54 BFA candidates in professional gallery setting

WHAT:            2017 Spring BFA Exhibition, featuring the works of 54 Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates in the Rust Hall Main Gallery.

  • The show will feature works from all artistic disciplines and fields of study at the college, including but not limited to Metals, Photography, Illustration, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Animation, Comics, and Digital Media.
  • Candidates in this year’s exhibition represent 13 states and 37 cities from around the South and the rest of the country.
  • Artists featured in the show from outside of the greater Memphis area include Elizabeth Allen of St. Louis, Missouri; Julie Bartlow of Madison, Alabama; Ashley Binkley of Gallatin, Tennessee; Richard Blum of Festus, Missouri; Lauren Bostic of Greenville, Mississippi; Melissa Brown of Atlanta, Georgia; Shoni Campbell of Nashville, Tennessee; Jeremy Clark of Olive Branch, Mississippi; Riley Curry of Gardnerville, Nevada; Leandria Edwards of Hendersonville, Tennessee; Kaleob Elkins of Southaven, Mississippi; Peri Gildersleeve of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Shelby Green of Oakland, Tennessee; Mercedes Grockenberger of Delran, New Jersey; Wilhelmina Hill of Maryville, Tennessee; Alison Johnson of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Brennan Johnson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jesse Lee of Jackson, Tennessee; Marcus Menefee of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Raquel Moore of Port St. Lucie, Florida; Paul Morquecho of Horn Lake, Mississippi; Shelby Moser of Jackson, Tennessee; Von Muren of Chesterfield, Missouri; Ishmaa’iyl Perez of Greensboro, North Carolina; Margaret Perez of Clarksville, Tennessee; Nicholas Potter of Columbia, Tennessee; Mariel Ramsey of New Orleans, Louisiana; Sarah Rhea of Vancleave, Mississippi; Samantha Seghers of Decatur, Alabama; Victoria Sisnette of Chicago, Illinois; Jessica Skinner of Philadelphia, Mississippi; David Thomas of Atoka, Tennessee; Katie Tisdale of Jackson, Tennessee; Charlena Vaughn of Louisville, Kentucky; Amber Williams of Horn Lake, Mississippi; Quantavious Worship of Tupelo, Mississippi; and Rashad Worthy of Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Artists from within the greater Memphis region include Darion Beasley, Shelley Doss, Ariel Jackson, Kate Kornegay, Derikah Scott, Bethany Simmer, Taylor Touchstone, Patricia Wilson and Jabriel Woodall, all from Memphis, Tennessee; Abbey Bratcher, Julia Lasseter, and Elizabeth Ortego of Collierville; Shavonne Johnson, Mia Saine and Morgan Stephenson of Arlington; Thomas Curry of Millington; and J. Davis Tate of Lakeland.
  • For more information about this year’s Spring BFA Exhibition, click here.

WHEN:             On view April 25–May 14, 2017
Reception: Sunday, May 14, noon–2 p.m. (following MCA’s Commencement ceremony)

WHERE:           Memphis College of Art – Rust Hall Main Gallery
1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park, Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:               Memphis College of Art hosts two BFA Exhibitions per year, one in the spring and another in the fall, giving graduating students the opportunity to utilize their Professional Practice (P2) skills by organizing needed materials and meeting deadlines to exhibit their works in a professional gallery setting. BFA Exhibitions are the culmination of a student’s artistic study, and represent the highest caliber of work from undergraduate students.

For more information about other upcoming MCA exhibitions and events, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

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. 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.

MCA Spring Break Travels to Florence, Italy

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

April 10, 2017


Spring Break TripSpring Travel Trip to Florence, Italy

Last month a group of 24 MCA students, faculty and alumni traveled to Florence, Italy for the annual Spring Break travel trip. Led by MCA faculty Adam Hawk and Dr. Lucienne Auz, the journey began in Florence where students visited the famous Uffizi Gallery, climbed the towering heights of the breathtaking Florence Cathedral, attended mass at the basilica of San Miniato al Monte and a performance of the opera La Traviata, enjoyed delicious Italian cuisine, and explored the city’s rich artistic culture. On a day trip to Ravenna, students viewed the stunning Byzantine mosaics at the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, and the Basilica of San Vitale. On a separate trip, students explored the two historic cities of Siena and San Gimignano. Here students strolled the red brick lanes of the medieval city centers, enjoyed sweeping views of the Tuscan landscape, and visited the renowned Siena Cathedral. It was an exhilarating experience for all who attended, and the students were eager to incorporate what they had learned into their artistic practices. Students who were enrolled in the course for credit will exhibit works inspired by the trip next month at the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square. The exhibit will open May 5 and continue on view through June 4. More information about this exhibit will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

Photo: Group photo taken in Florence, Italy. 

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. 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.

MCA Welcomes Internationally Renowned Photographer, Activist LaToya Ruby Frazier

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

March 30, 2017


Memphis College of Art to Host Internationally Renowned Photographer, Activist LaToya Ruby Frazier

Frazier to present free lecture at college as 2017 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

Downing Pryor LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier_Momme

 

WHAT:  Book signing and Visiting Artist lecture by LaToya Ruby Frazier, an internationally recognized photographer and interdisciplinary artist, free and open to the public.

  • Memphis College of Art (MCA) welcomes Frazier as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, an annual event that brings nationally and internationally recognized artists to the college for a free lecture.
  • Frazier is known for her photography, video work, and performance art surrounding pressing issues in the nation including the Flint Water Crisis, immigration, urbanism and industrialism. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work; honors include being named a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a TED Fellow.
  • Authored the award-winning monograph The Notion of Family (Aperture, 2015), which offers a photographic exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. The book was featured by The New York Times’ Lens blog.
  • Frazier’s work in this area led her to create Flint is Family in 2016, a body of work documenting the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and President Obama’s visit to the city in light of the problem. The project was a 10-page feature in Elle magazine’s September issue.
  • More information about Frazier can be found at latoyarubyfrazier.com.

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 18, 6–8 p.m.
Book signing at 6 p.m. in the Main Gallery
Lecture to follow at 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium

WHERE:  Memphis College of Art – Rust Hall
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park, Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:   The Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series was created to honor the late Downing Pryor, Memphis Civic leader and former MCA board member, and support the mission of the college. The fund brings world-class artists to the college each year for a lecture that is both free and open to the public, continuing the college’s legacy of enriching the community with art and guest lectures since its inception in 1936. Pryor’s friends and family endowed the lecture series after his death in 1990, and the fund continues to this day with support from community members. 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 click here or call 901-272-5167.

For more information about other upcoming exhibitions and events, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photos: headshot courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; LaToya Ruby Frazier, “Momme,” 2008

About the Downing Pryor Distinguished 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 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 901-272-5167.

About Memphis College of Art:

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. 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.

MCA to Host Graduate Exhibitions in April

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

March 29, 2017


 

 

Memphis College of Art to Host Graduate Exhibitions in April

Art Education and Master of Fine Arts candidates present shows leading up to commencement

Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition

2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition

 

WHAT:  Memphis College of Art’s (MCA) graduate programs will host two exhibitions featuring work from candidates who will graduate in May with Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Arts in Art Education degrees.

  • Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition features the work of ten MFA candidates, and will be on view at Marshall Arts gallery.
    • Work included in the show ranges from large-scale paintings to nontraditional installations, such as a constructed “gallery” space within the gallery as a commentary on the world of fine art and fashion; and another interior environmental structure, which speaks to memory, technology and the passing of time.
    • Other topics addressed in the work include multiple identities; dual national identities; and how visual disabilities affect one’s perception of the world around them.
    • Featured artists include Katherine Dean, Jordan Dobbs, Vanessa Gonzalez, Amy Hofstetter, Runyu Li, Joseph Moseley, Meredith Olinger, Mary Ruth Pruitt, Katie Schwehr and Katie Valdez.
  • 2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition is an intimate exhibition featuring the works of two graduate Art Education candidates, and will exhibit at the new Tom Johnston Gallery at MCA’s Faiers House.
    • Elizabeth Bass explores emotions and themes associated with death and loss. Her work ranges from paintings to three-dimensional forms using materials such as a plaster gauze, Band Aids and safety pins. Bass created this series of work as a way to heal and share her feelings and emotions through the grieving process.
    • Dare Harcourt’s work is centered around the theme of art saving lives. Harcourt represents her journey of how she became a painter during a time where she experienced personal health struggles. Art became a type of therapy for her—encouraging emotional, mental and physical health.

WHEN:  Both exhibitions are on view April 7–28, 2017.
Reception for Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition – Friday, April 7, 6–8 p.m.
Reception for 2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition – Friday, April 28, 6–8 p.m.

WHERE:   Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition – Marshall Arts, 639 Marshall Ave.
2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition – Tom Johnston Gallery at Faiers House, 148 N. Tucker St.

WHY:  Every semester, MCA provides opportunities for its graduating students to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. The candidates show work that has resulted from their courses of study over the past academic year, artistic exploration and experimentation, and critique from professors and peers during their academic program.

For more information about other upcoming exhibitions and events, such as the 2017 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

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. 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.

 

MCA Faculty Receive International Recognition

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

Feb. 22, 2017


 

Memphis College of Art Faculty Receive International Recognition and Awards

 

Cat Normoyle
Assistant Professor of Design Arts
Cat Normoyle 

 In January, Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle received word that a paper she co-authored with Cotter Christian was selected for the International Award of Excellence by Design Principles and Practices Collection, a discussion site exploring the meaning and purpose of design. The article, “A Catalyst for Change,” was selected from among the ten highest ranked papers which emerged from a peer review process and according to the selection criteria outlined in the referee guidelines. The paper discusses citizen-driven creative placemaking, “where residents of a community take ownership of an unused, inauthentic, or transient public space and repurpose it for their own benefit or need.” Read more about the award…

 

Adam Hawk
Instructor of Metals
ADAM HAWK

Instructor Adam Hawk was announced as a 2017 Finalist for the internationally juried NICHE Awards in the professional sculpture category. Hawk’s piece “SC6” was one of four sculptures selected by judges of the competition. The NICHE Awards Program, sponsored by NICHE Magazine, first began in 1989 in celebration of the innovation of American and Canadian fine craft. Click here to view Hawk’s award-winning sculpture. Read more about the competition…

 

Maritza Dávila
Professor of Fine Art
Maritza Davila
 

MCA Professor of Fine Arts and Printmaking Maritza Dávila collaborated with artist Indrani Nayar-Gall to create an artwork titled “Girl and Waves,” which was accepted into the internationally juried 2017 Atlanta Print Biennial. Dávila co-created the piece as part of her award from MCA’s Martha and Robert Fogelman Faculty Enrichment Fund, which was awarded in 2016. The piece will be on view March 15–April 14 at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, Georgia during the 2017 SGC International Printmaking Conference (March 15-18).

 

Eszter Sziksz
Instructor of Book Arts
Eszter Sziksz
 

Instructor Eszter Sziksz will have work featured in the internationally juried 2017 Printmaking Triennial in Miskolc, Hungary. Her piece “Metamorphosis” is currently on view in the show through March 28 at the Herman Otto Museum’s Miskolc Gallery. The triennial is widely popular in Central European countries, with jurors who are highly selective in the pieces that they choose.

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. 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.

 

MCA Opens Registration for Summer Art Camp

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

Feb. 22, 2017


 

 

Summer Art Camp RegistrationMemphis College of Art Opens Registration for Summer Art Camp

Only accredited art camp in the region offers 12 new classes including Design Thinking, Digital Painting, Animation, Kinetic Sculpture and Fashion Design

WHAT:  Registration for MCA’s Summer Art Camp is now open for children ages 3-18 and features a special 10% discount for children registered by March 31.

  • The camp, organized by the college’s Community Education department, is one of the many community programs offered by MCA each year.
  • Summer Art Camp offers both full- and half-day options during regular camp hours (9 a.m.–3 p.m.), in addition to extended care in the mornings and afternoons (8–9 a.m. and 3–5 p.m.). Six weeklong sessions this summer include June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14 and July 17-21.
  • This year features 12 new classes, including courses in Design Thinking, Digital Painting, Animation, Kinetic Sculpture and Fashion Design in addition to the existing classes focused around drawing and painting, clay sculpture, photography and international art.
  • A special Camp Preview Day is scheduled for April 1, and is free and open to families wanting a sneak peek of activities planned for this year.
  • Scholarships are available through a special application process (deadline to apply is May 4).
  • More information about Summer Art Camp is here.

WHEN:  Registration currently open; Camp Preview Day: April 1, 2–4 p.m.

  • Registration will be open for each session until the week prior of each respective weeklong session.
  • NOTE: Early Bird Registration is currently available now through March 31, 2017 (10% discount)

WHERE:  Camp: Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

  • Register online or in person at Memphis College of Art’s Gibson Hall, 1939 Poplar Ave.

WHY:  MCA’s Summer Art Camp gives young student and artists an opportunity to learn visual art skills, explore their creativity, discover new media, create original works of art in a community of artists, and gain confidence in expressing themselves, all while making new friends in a fun and safe environment. All instructors are trained artists who love teaching and sharing the joy of art-making with others. Summer Art Camp instructors at a minimum have earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and most classes also have a dedicated teaching assistant, making the child-to-adult ratio no greater than 8-to-1. All Summer Art Camp administrators, instructors and staff are carefully screened and subjected to a nationwide background check. Earlier this year, MCA announced that Summer Art Camp had achieved accreditation status from the American Camp Association, making it the only accredited art camp in the region and meeting the highest industry standards.

For more information about MCA’s Summer Art Camp and other Community Education programming, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Camper from Summer Art Camp 2015 poses with his mask. 

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. 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.

 

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Erik Valind

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

Feb. 21, 2017


 

Erik ValindMemphis College of Art Presents Visiting Artist Erik Valind

New York-based freelance photographer hosts free live shoot and lecture

WHAT:            Visiting Artist lecture by Erik Valind, a freelance photographer based out of New York City specializing in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Author and photographer of the books Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots (2014, Peachpit Press) and Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them (2012, Peachpit Press; co-author Lindsay Adler)
  • Originally from Treasure Island, Florida, Valind travels to share his visual approach, techniques and passion for photography at international photo conferences and colleges around the nation.
  • Lecture is sponsored by Tamron, the world’s most awarded photographic lens company, as part of their 2017 College Tour.
  • More information here.

WHEN:             Tuesday, Feb. 28, Noon–2 p.m.

WHERE:           Memphis College of Art, Callicott Auditorium
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:               Since its inception in 1936, MCA has hosted exhibits for the community as part of its commitment to fostering the arts in the city. The college hosts numerous artists and groups for exhibitions throughout the year, which broadens the sphere of artistic exposure for both MCA students and the city. Valind’s lecture will be an educational opportunity for MCA students and individuals with an interest in photography in the Memphis area.

For more information about MCA’s exhibitions and other upcoming events, such as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecture featuring LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Courtesy of Erik Valind

 

About Tamron Mobile Learning Center: Campus Edition:

With a renewed focus on students, Tamron heads on a nationwide, hands on educational tour. The Tamron van is making stops at colleges and universities gaining awareness for new product and special educational savings. Test drive the latest lens technology, learn techniques from industry professionals; learn about lenses and their purpose for your upcoming projects. Follow the tour online @TamronEDU on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

About Memphis College of Art:

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. 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.

 

MCA Hosts Visiting Artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez, Multi-Exhibition Art Reception

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

Feb. 20, 2017


 

 

Fidencio Fifield-PerezMemphis College of Art to Host Visiting Artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez
and Multi-Exhibition Art Reception, March 2 and 3

Thursday lecture surrounds topics of immigration and borders

WHAT:  Lecture: Visiting Artist lecture by Fidencio Fifield-Perez (formerly Fidencio Martínez), artist of MCA’s current Main Gallery exhibition 39. El Nopal, No one visits the nopal until it bears fruit. Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, Fifield-Perez was raised in the U.S. and his work speaks to labor, immigration, borders and the individuals who traverse them. The works in 39. El Nopal speak to the national debate surrounding immigration, and offer a perspective on the issue through large-scale installations. More information about 39. El Nopal, may be found here.

Reception: The following day, MCA will host a reception honoring Fifield-Perez’s exhibition, as well as two other exhibits in Rust Hall—Circles: Works by Emily Miller in the Alumni Gallery, and Zoodles in the Lower Gallery. Circles features the wheatpaste street murals of Emily Miller, a 2014 graduate of MCA’s Illustration program; Zoodles is a collection of sketches by MCA students created during lunch breaks at the Memphis Zoo.

Both events are free and open to the public.

WHEN:  Lecture: Thursday, March 2, 12:15–1:45 p.m.
Reception: Friday, March 3, 6–8 p.m.

WHERE:  Both events will be held at:

Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:  Since its inception in 1936, MCA has hosted exhibits and lectures for the community as part of its commitment to fostering the arts in the city. The college hosts numerous artists and group exhibitions throughout the year, which broadens the sphere of artistic exposure for both MCA students and the public.

For more information about MCA’s exhibitions and other upcoming events, such as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecture featuring LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Fidencio Fifield-Perez, “El Hielo / I.C.E.,” mixed-media installation, 2015

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. 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.

 

Dr. Ron Jones Retires as President of Memphis College of Art

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

Feb. 10, 2017


 

Ron JonesDr. Ron Jones Retires as President of Memphis College of Art

Vice-President for Advancement Laura Hine To Assume Interim President Role

Memphis, Tenn. (February 10, 2017) – Dr. Ron Jones, 74, President of the Memphis College of Art since May 2011, will retire from that position effective February 28, 2017, Henry Doggrell, Chair of the MCA Board of Trustees, announced today.

Jones, who came to MCA from the University of South Florida, presided over a major reorganization in 2012; he also secured the continuation of the College’s critical SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation. In addition, Jones directed the development of the College’s broad-ranging Professional Practices (P2) curriculum, ensuring that MCA graduates have the essential career readiness skills for any professional path they may choose.

“Ron Jones took over the leadership of MCA at a time of transition for the college,” said Henry Doggrell, MCA’s Chair. “Today, through Dr. Jones’ guidance and tireless efforts, MCA has a strategic plan approved by its Board of Trustees to guide a dedicated leadership team as they direct MCA’s future. Dr. Jones leaves MCA in the very capable hands of Laura Hine.”

Laura Hine is a Memphis native who earned her law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. She has worked in fundraising and in senior executive roles at firms such as Arthur Andersen and Baker Donelson. Prior to her arrival at MCA, Hine helped re-engineer and stabilize the Workforce Investment Network, a federally funded regional workforce development agency, as a Deputy Director for the City of Memphis.

Since she arrived at MCA, Hine has worked to boost fundraising, create and sharpen admissions marketing messages, and build unique partnerships for MCA in Memphis and the region.

“I am proud of MCA’s 80-year history and the unique role MCA plays in the cultural life of this community,” she said. “Our students, faculty and alumni make up Memphis’s creative class, and their creativity is attractive to both those who live here and those who are considering a move to Memphis. I will work hard in this interim role to ensure that this important educational institution continues to contribute to our city and region.”

Photo: Dr. Ron Jones

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. 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.

 

MCA Presents Visiting Art Historian A. Victor Coonin

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

Feb. 16, 2017


Memphis College of Art Presents Visiting Art Historian A. Victor Coonin

James R. Ruffin Professor of Art History at Rhodes College to present on the Contemporary Relevance of Michelangelo’s David

Dr. A Victor Coonin

WHAT:  Visiting Art Historian A. Victor Coonin will present a free art history lecture for the public and MCA community titled “The Contemporary Relevance of Michelangelo’s David.” The lecture will highlight themes of gender and sexuality, beauty and body image, and censorship and violence in Michelangelo’s famous statue. Though “David” was created over 500 years ago, Coonin will examine how the work continues to resonate in popular culture, citing modern artists such as Banksy and Warhol, who have riffed on the statue to highlight artistic and cultural concerns.

  • Coonin is the author of the book From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David (2014, The Florentine Press)
  • Coonin’s work and research has received support from the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
  • More information here.

 

WHEN:  Thursday, Feb. 23, 1-2 p.m.

WHERE:  Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall – Callicott Auditorium
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:  Since its inception in 1936, MCA has hosted Visiting Artist lectures and exhibits for the community as part of its commitment to fostering the arts in the city. Each year, prominent artists and art scholars from around the nation are invited to present and discuss their artwork and research to the local community. Recent Visiting Artists include the renowned and controversial photographer Sally Mann and Facebook’s Creative Director Ji Lee.

For more information about MCA’s Visiting Artist lecture series and other upcoming events, such as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Courtesy of Dr. A. Victor Coonin

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. 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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