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MCA Design Lab Unveils Finished Project at Audubon Center

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

April 15, 2014 

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MCA Design Lab Unveils Finished Project at Audubon Center

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For the past year, the Design Laboratory at Memphis College of Art has been working with the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center to create multiple designs including a series of brochures, promotional video and a large-scale wall graphic for the Center’s Cotton Office. The completed designs and wall graphic will be on display at SPAC’s opening reception on Saturday, April 26, 1:30 p.m. at 285 Plains Road in Holly Springs, Miss.

The Cotton Office, a historical plantation office dating back to the mid-1800s, was donated by the John I. and Annie V. McAlexander family and moved to Strawberry Plains in 2005. The building was originally the plantation office of Major Josiah Patrick Milledge Stephenson, a cotton planter who purchased land adjoining Strawberry Plains in 1836. In 1894, Stephenson’s grandson, E.L. McAlexander, secured a post office for a general store that he was running in the old office. The store closed in 1932 and was the last remaining plantation office in Marshall County.

Strawberry Plains saw the potential of having the historic building on their site and developed preservation and fund-raising plans to renovate the building for the Center’s educational programs. SPAC contacted the MCA Design Laboratory in 2013 for assistance in creating an interior environment that reflected both the mission of the Center and the history of the building.

The Design Lab students began their project research with a visit to SPAC during the Fall 2013 semester. By semester’s end, they had completed the re-design of SPAC’s main brochure and their concept for the wall graphic, which brings elements of the outdoors inside through depictions of flying birds and trees and pays tribute to the heritage of the building with a series of antique-style picture frames. The Lab continued work in the Spring 2014 semester, designing two additional brochures, a promotional film and completing the installation of the wall graphic. “This project has been such a rewarding experience for all the students,” said Assistant Professor Hyuna Park. “They have learned not only how to design aesthetically pleasing graphics, but also how to work in a real-world environment. It has been a wonderful opportunity for The Lab to be involved in a project with such rich history.”

Photo: MCA Design Laboratory design for SPAC wall graphic


Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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MCA Announces MFA Thesis Exhibition

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

April 4, 2014

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MCA Announces MFA Thesis Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of the 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Collidoscope, which will take place April 16 through May 10 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, April 25 from 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition features artwork from eleven MFA candidates including Rebecca Belz, Michelle Fair, Bridget Fowler, Eric Huber and Christopher “Shea” Snow from Memphis, Tenn.; Nicholas D’Acquisto, Finger, Tenn.; Evan Stanfield, Macon, Ga.; Thomas Green, Seattle, Wash.; Tyler Hildebrand, Cincinnati, Ohio, Margaret Blevins, Birmingham, Ala. and Jason Williams, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Works in the exhibition display a variety of media and concepts fostered through the MFA program. A recurring theme in the show is the idea of presenting traditional materials and techniques in a new form that contributes to the conversation of contemporary art, asking the question, “what is possible?”

Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–9 p.m. on April 25 for the opening reception. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.


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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Leandra Urrutia Named As Emmett O’Ryan Award Recipient

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

April 4, 2014

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Leandra Urrutia Named as Emmett O’Ryan Award Recipient

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MCA Associate Professor of Fine Arts Leandra Urrutia was announced as the recipient of the 2014 Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration in a ceremony held February 26 at the offices of ArtsMemphis. The “Emmett,” which honors Emmett O’Ryan, founding board member of Metropolitan Bank, is awarded annually to a visual artist recognized for their current work and the promise of future artistic significance.

Head of Ceramics at MCA, Urrutia’s work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and she is currently working to establish a residency and exchange with Chinese master sculptors from the Guangxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China.

Other nominees for the 2014 award included MCA Assistant Professor and Head of Photography Haley Morris-Cafiero and MCA alumnus Adam Farmer as well as Emmanuel Amido, Virginia Fisher, Rachel Grant, Nick Pena and Bobby Spillman. The Emmett trophy was designed and created by MCA Assistant Professor of Metal Arts and Sculpture Bill Price.

Additional information can be found on the ArtsMemphis website at: http://www.artsmemphis.org/grants-services/emmett-oryan-award-for-artistic-inspiration/

Photo: MCA President Ron Jones (left) with Emmett O’Ryan Award recipient Leandra Urrutia (right).


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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MCA Presents Jill Wissmiller in Special Faculty Lecture

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

April 3, 2014 

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MCA Presents Jill Wissmiller In Special Faculty Lecture

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Jill Wissmiller, associate professor and head of digital media, in a special lecture on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wissmiller is a Midwestern farmer’s daughter transplanted to the Midsouth. Her video work has been screened at a variety of venues, both nationally and internationally, including the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, the Moscow International Film Festival and the Electrofringe New Media Arts Festival in Australia. Most recently, one of Wissmiller’s glittered video portraits, The Gilding of Lily, was on view in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery as part of the 2013 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Fixed desire is the through line for much of Wissmiller’s research and creative work, which is concentrated on nontraditional cinema spectatorship and production.

Photo: Jill Wissmiller, “The Gilding of Lily,” video still


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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MCA Art Education Program Receives ArtsMemphis Grant

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
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March 25, 2014

MCA Art Education Program Receives ArtsMemphis Grant

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

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


Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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MCA Announces Spring BFA Exhibition

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

March 27, 2014

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MCA Announces Spring BFA Exhibition

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

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

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

Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

Photo: 2014 Spring BFA graphic


Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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

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

March 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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MCA Presents Visiting Artist Phillip Andrew Lewis

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

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March 12, 2014

 

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Phillip Andrew Lewis

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

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

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

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


Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

Call to Artists-2014 MCA Alumni Exhibition

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

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Feb. 20, 2014

Call to Artists – 2014 MCA Alumni Exhibition

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

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

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

Delayed Opening March 4

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

MCA Closed Monday, March 3

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

Website Update Friday, Feb. 28

An update to MCA’s website will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. The update will take approximately one hour to complete. During this time users may experience some unavailability of certain pages on the site. Thank you for your patience!

MCA Announces Graduate Art Education Thesis Exhibition

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

Feb. 27, 2014

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MCA Announces Graduate Art Education Thesis Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of the 2014 Graduate Art Education Thesis Exhibition, which will take place March 12 through April 5 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, March 28 from 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition features artwork from eight candidates for the Masters of Art and Teaching in Art Education and the Masters of Art in Art Education degrees, marking a culminating experience for the candidates and demonstrating the Art Education program’s commitment to an artist/teacher model. Candidates will exhibit paintings, photographs, illustrations and small metals work.

Participating Masters candidates include Riley Adams, Mahir Bildik, Rachel Crown, Jessica Gaston-Hardy, Joel Hilgenberg, Katherine Jones, Monique Smith and La’Sandria Ward.

Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–9 p.m. on March 28 for the opening reception. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.


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.

“Get Real. Get Hired.” Student Design Exhibition at MCA

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

Feb. 26, 2014

Get Real. Get Hired. Student Design Exhibition at MCA

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Get Real. Get Hired., an exhibition by the students of The Design Laboratory. The exhibition will open Feb. 27 and continue through March 10 in the Lower Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

Functioning like a real design agency, The Design Laboratory at Memphis College of Art gives students the opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in school. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Hyuna Park, the lab members have worked with clients such as Strawberry Plains Audubon Society, SRVS and Loeb Properties. Works from past projects as well as works in progress from the current semester’s students will be on display, showcasing the development of the Design Lab from semester to semester.

Rust Hall’s Lower Gallery is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon – 4 p.m.  All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.


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.

Lauren Lane Opens Princess Cult in MCA Alumni Gallery

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

Feb. 5, 2013

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Lauren Lane Opens Princess Cult in MCA Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Princess Cult, an exhibition of work by Lauren Lane in the Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be on view Feb. 15 through March 26, with a reception on Friday, Feb. 21, 6–8 p.m.

Lane is a professional artist who lives and works in Portland, Idaho. She received her BFA from Missouri State University and her MFA from Memphis College of Art. According to Lane, her work is greatly influenced by her own experiences as a female power lifter and the funny idea that pink is a girl color only.

“The abundance of the traditionally girly adornments is meant to make an ironic statement about femininity and how it is commonly defined within society, says Lane. “The pieces in the exhibition extrapolate on this sentiment to the highest extent, overwhelming the viewer with pink and sparkly objects, challenging them to reevaluate their perspective. In a modern world where gender is now seen as fluid and something to be defined by individuals, are pink sparkly things truly representative of what is known as the ‘fairer’ sex? Are women ever able to escape the Princess Cult?”

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.


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.

ReStore for More Contest Winners Announced

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

Feb. 4, 2013

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ReStore for More Contest Winners Announced

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After two open houses, numerous media interviews and countless hours of design and construction time, voting in the ReStore for More design contest came to a conclusion for three teams of Memphis College of Art students last evening at 5 p.m.

The contest, a collaboration between Memphis College of Art, The Venue Apartments and the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore, began on Jan. 2 when the student teams received the keys to their apartments at the start of their construction window. The teams were selected through a submission process, presenting their design boards and ideas to a panel of judges in late 2013.

The Venue Apartments provided each team with access to a one-bedroom apartment, their choice of a queen or two twin beds with bed frames and a modest $550 budget for materials and supplies. The teams’ budgets were supplemented with $100 gift certificates and a special discount from the Memphis ReStore, as well as a “mystery item”—an identical chest of drawers for each team to incorporate into their design. Teams were given until 8 a.m. on Jan. 21 to complete the execution of their design. The participating teams were Bailey Brocato and Carly Lyons (Ethel Floon) of team Double M, Sam Herwehe and Evan Lebaroff of team Handmade American and Laura Miller and Jess Vandenberg of team Modern West.

Over the voting period between Jan. 21 and Feb. 3, more than 8,000 votes were cast through The Venue Apartments’ Facebook page and in-person at their Central Ave. location, with the largest tally of votes going to the Double M team. Modern West finished second in the voting and Handmade American was third. All three teams will receive cash awards from The Venue Apartments in the amounts of $1,000, $600 and $300 as well as six months of rent-free living for the winning team.

Carrie Brooks, MCA’s director of career services found the contest extremely beneficial for the students. “This project enabled students to apply the professional practices they learn through MCA’s curriculum to real-life design challenges,” said Brooks. “They not only reaped monetary reward at the end, but have also built relationships, learned to market themselves and their work and have a full-blown project to showcase in their portfolios.” Jessica Hord, director of marketing and communications for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis was equally enthusiastic. “We were thrilled to be part of this contest,” said Hord. “Not only did it provide a means of educating the public about the Memphis ReStore, but it also allowed us to take part in a unique professional development opportunity with these students. The apartments were all fantastic and unique and really illustrated that great design is possible on a small budget. Congratulations to them all on a job well done!”


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.

About The Venue Apartments:
Built by Memphis’ very own Kemmons Wilson, The Venue Apartments in Midtown Memphis features a fun new retro renovation and all-inclusive living for young and senior professionals in the midtown area. Winner of the “Best Remodel Award in 2010 ” by the Apartment Association of Greater Memphis, the community is home to residents who live at The Venue because of its green-friendly approach and Midtown vibe. Designer stained concrete floors, a salt water indoor pool, fitness center, pet-friendly and free wi-fi are just a few reasons why The Venue Apartments is a fantastic place to rent in Memphis. Go to www.thevenuememphis.com to see more.

About Memphis ReStore and Habitat for Humanity:
The Memphis ReStore is operated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and serves as an ongoing fundraiser for the organization. The ReStore sells donated goods – new and gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, building supplies and other items – to the public at discount prices, and all proceeds go to support Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities and hope in Memphis. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry, is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing from the city of Memphis and surrounding areas, while making decent housing for all people a matter of conscience and action. Since its founding in 1983, Memphis Habitat has built more than 400 homes in the Memphis area. Habitat houses are built with volunteer labor and sold to partner families, at no profit and with no interest charged. Partner families make a down payment and invest hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” into the construction of their homes and other Habitat homes. For more information, visit www.MemphisReStore.com and www.MemphisHabitat.com. Follow the ReStore on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphisrestore, on Twitter at @MemphisReStore and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/memphisrestore.

 

MCA Announces Feb. 8 Weekend Workshop

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

Feb. 3, 2013

MCA Announces Feb. 8 Weekend Workshop

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will hold the first of two Weekend Workshops on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshops are designed for high school seniors and transfer students who are applying to MCA. Parents and area art teachers are also welcome to attend.

During the day-long event, prospective students have an opportunity to choose from a selection of studio classes taught by MCA faculty. “We want the students to have the chance to experience the facilities, feel the energy of the environment and create art,” said Susan Miller, MCA’s vice president for enrollment and student affairs. “By participating in the classes they will really be able to imagine what it would be like to be a student here at MCA.”

In addition to classes, faculty members will offer portfolio reviews, providing constructive criticism to enhance students’ work and portfolios. Information about career paths and opportunities in the arts will also be provided.

For additional information, call 800-727-1088.


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.

MCA Presents Downing Pryor Visiting Lecturer Mark Dion

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

Jan. 28, 2013

"Library for the Birds of Massachusetts" by Mark Dion“Library for the Birds of Massachusetts” by Mark Dion

MCA Presents Downing Pryor Visiting Lecturer Mark Dion

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present 2014 Downing Pryor Visiting Lecturer Mark Dion in a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A special reception will be held just prior to the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Born in 1961 in New Bedford, Mass., Mark Dion received his BFA and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School in Connecticut. He also attended the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.

For more than two decades, Mark Dion has worked in the public realm on a wide range of scales. Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between objective scientific methods and subjective influences.

He has received numerous awards including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award. He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.; the Tate Gallery and the British Museum of Natural History, London.

Some of his most recent large-scale projects include The Amateur Ornithologist Clubhouse in Essen, Germany, The Hanging Garden, a collaboration with the landscape design firm Gross Max in central London, and Den, a massive sculpture of a sleeping bear in Norway.

About the Downing Pryor Visiting Lecturer Series:
The Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturers 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.

MCA Announces Person of Interest

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

Jan. 23, 2013

Person of Interest Promo

MCA Announces Person of Interest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Person of Interest, a juried exhibition featuring work by current BFA and MFA students, which will be on view from Feb. 15 through March 26 in the Main Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition deals with themes surrounding identity and the individual with Robert Hollingsworth, gallery director of David Lusk Gallery, acting as juror. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 21 from 6–8 p.m.

According to Art 21, the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series Art in the Twenty-First Century, “Artists address the idea of identity by questioning commonly held assumptions about stereotypes, self-awareness, portraiture and what it means to be an artist.” Furthermore, identity can be a wide-ranging subject matter including works dealing with the self in considering gender, race, sexuality, heritage or circumstances that make the individual unique. This can sometimes be as simple as the artist’s unique interpretation of their surroundings.

The Rust Hall Main Gallery is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon – 4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.


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.

Haley Morris-Cafiero Opens Wait Watchers at Dixon

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
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Jan. 15, 2013

Haley Morris-Cafiero Opens Wait Watchers at Dixon

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art Assistant Professor Haley Morris-Cafiero will open her exhibition, “Wait Watchers” next week in the Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. An opening reception will be held this Thursday, Jan. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dixon.

Morris-Cafiero began taking self-portraits three years ago, capturing images of people who appeared to be critical of her body type. She called the collection “Wait Watchers” and hoped to start a conversation about judging people by their appearance. In February 2013, photos from the collection were featured in a blog. The next day, Huffington Post wrote an article profiling her work and from there, the photos went viral, being featured in over 40 articles world-wide including Salon.com, Marie Claire South Africa, fotoMagazin, and DailyMail UK. She has been interviewed on CBS This Morning, NPR and Huffington Post Live.

In a world obsessed with appearance and fending off an “obesity epidemic,” Morris-Cafiero’s work touched a nerve. As she explained in her article for Salon.com, “I was interested in capturing something I already knew firsthand: if the large women in historical art pieces were walking around today, they would be scorned and ridiculed.” (Salon.com, April 23, 2013).

In addition to her exhibition at the Dixon, Morris-Cafiero is also slated for shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, Mass. and The Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Ore. in 2014.

Morris-Cafiero has also been nominated for the prestigious Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability, recognizing outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today.

To see more of Morris-Cafiero’s work, visit www.haleymorriscafiero.com. Additional information on the reception and exhibition can be found at www.dixon.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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