MCA News

Haley Morris-Cafiero Opens Wait Watchers at Dixon

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

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.

“Blind Date” Student-Curated Exhibition at Memphis College of Art

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

Jan. 15, 2013

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“Blind Date” Student-Curated Exhibition at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Blind Date, a student-curated exhibition that will be on view Jan. 31 through Feb. 24 in the Rust Hall Lower Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m.

The exhibition is curated by Barrett Smyth and Brittany Vega who were awarded the honor through the submission of their joint proposal in the Curate This! call in October. Smyth, an undergraduate student concentrating in Painting, is a Kentucky native. He was the Brode Gallery curator during the spring semester of 2013 and is currently the Painting department representative. Vega graduated MCA in spring 2013 and is an assistant to Ken Hall and Michael Allen and assists with Leadership Memphis’ Gallery installations. Barrett and Vega have worked as partners before, most recently curating the “Out of Body” exhibition for Gallery 1700.

For Blind Date, Smyth and Vega selected 15 artists and partnered them with one of the other selected artists. Each artist was asked to learn about their partner through their name, city, picture and an image of their work. Using only this information and the visual information they perceive in the images, they were directed to create their own piece, describing their partner. The participating artists include Holly Carden, Samantha Wigginton, Gino Pambianchi, Jade Thiraswas, Anna Lacy, Karen Maggs, Jeff Muncy, Molly Van Roekel, Amanda Nalley, Alexa Helton, Beth Heustis, Alexander Swilley, Taylor Loftin, Devon Murphy and Megan “Tess” Lindsey.

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.

MCA Students Design Apartments in “ReStore for More” Contest

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

Jan. 7, 2014

restoreformore-doubleM_presentation-crop-600The Double M team of Bailey Brocato (left) and Carly Lyons (right) make their presentation

MCA Students Design Apartments in “ReStore for More” Contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three teams of specially selected MCA students are working in collaboration with The Venue Apartments and the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore in the “ReStore for More” design contest taking place this month. The contest was open to all MCA students, who first had to apply themselves and their skills by submitting work in order to be selected for one of the teams.

Students interested in participating attended an informational session to learn about the requirements and specifications of the contest. The students then formed teams and created design boards and project budgets to present to the judging committee in order to earn one of three team spots for the competition. The judging committee was comprised of MCA alumna Alexa LeNeave-Price, Habitat for Humanity Director of Marketing and Communications Jessica Hord, The Venue Apartments Marketing Director Wendy Fili and The Venue Apartments representative Suzanne Stovall.

The teams were judged not only on their design work but also on their ideas, their organization of materials and resources and their overall presentation. The teams selected are Bailey Bracato and Carly Lyons of team Double M (for Memphis), Laura Miller and Jess Vandenberg of team Modern West and Sam Herwehe and Evan Lebaroff of team Handmade American.

“The Venue Apartments approached Memphis College of Art in the fall with the idea of a design contest to showcase their one-bedroom apartments and the students’ work,” said MCA Director of Career Services Carrie Brooks. “The design contest idea was one that I had talked about with Memphis ReStore in previous months, but we lacked a location. Having The Venue Apartments on board opened the door for the collaboration to take place.”

Brooks views the contest as providing real-world experience for the students—a key factor in MCA’s Professional Practices (P2) programs. “All of the components of the contest create a real-life scenario that most artists must learn to negotiate—budget management, client communication and satisfaction, working as a team to see a project through to its completion. All of these items match well with what MCA is promoting throughout the curriculum and what Career Services provides through our programs and individual student advisement.”

The three design teams received keys to their designated apartments on Thursday, Jan. 2 and have until 8 a.m. on Jan. 21 to complete all design work. The Venue Apartments has allotted each team a budget of $500 for materials and $50 for supplies, plus a $100 gift certificate and an extra discount at the Memphis ReStore to help purchase items needed for their design. Additionally, each team will be provided with one queen-sized or two twin-sized beds with bed frames as well as a “mystery item.” The mystery item will be the same for each team and the teams will use it to create an art piece for their apartment design. The art pieces will later be auctioned to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. Photos will be posted throughout the design process on The Venue Apartment’s Facebook page, as well as the Memphis ReStore and Memphis College of Art Facebook pages.

Following the completion of the redesign projects, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite team in person and online. In-person voting will take place at The Venue Apartments from Jan. 21 through Feb. 1. Apartments will be open for viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. In-person votes count twice as much as online votes. Online votes can be cast on The Venue Apartment’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thevenuememphis) beginning on Jan. 21 and ending at 5 p.m. on Feb. 3. The Venue Apartments will award $1,000 for the first place finisher, $600 for second place and $300 for third place.

To follow the teams’ progress, visit the following Facebook pages and click “Like”:
https://www.facebook.com/memphisrestore
https://www.facebook.com/thevenuememphis
https://www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart


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 Students Team Up with Memphis Gun Down to Fight [gun] Violence

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

Jan. 6, 2014

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MCA Students Team Up with Memphis Gun Down to Fight [gun] Violence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Design students from Memphis College of Art have been working in conjunction with Memphis Gun Down to develop a public service announcement guerrilla campaign to raise awareness of the problem of gun violence in Memphis communities. The project is led by MCA Assistant Professor Hyuna Park and Visiting Instructor Cat Normoyle with students from the Sustainable Design Studio and Design of Advertising classes. Students participating in the project include Bubba Buxton, Shelda Edwards, Lisa Fears, Bailey Gonzales, Dilland Gregory, Jennifer Johnson, Alexandra Lee, Dylan Rutherford, Mary Stetson, Carleigh Stratton, John Wilbanks and Rashad Worthy.

The project resonated with students when they received the following information from the Memphis Gun Down Initiative: according to data from Innovate Memphis, in 2011, 11 juveniles were shot and killed in Memphis. Another 14 were arrested and charged with murder. All 25 saw their lives and their families destroyed by a single bullet. According to the Dec. 31, 2012 Commercial Appeal article “Gun Access Cited in Homicide Rise in Memphis” by Kevin McKenzie, in 2011, two-thirds of homicides in the U.S. involved a gun. Of the 242 homicides in Tennessee, 126 were in the city of Memphis.

The students focused on youth and families in the community of Frayser, conducting research that included ride-alongs with Memphis Police Department patrols. They then began to work on their designs for the campaign. In an effort to avoid focusing on fear tactics, the students decided to emphasize alternatives to gun violence through conflict resolution. They then took these ideas out into the community to get feedback on which ideas resonated with community members.

The students’ designs will be showcased in Fight [gun] Violence, a multi-media exhibition on view from Jan. 7–29 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery at Memphis College of Art with an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 17 from 6–8 p.m. 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. 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.

Cat Normoyle Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

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

Dec. 20, 2013

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“An Escape” by Cat Normoyle

Cat Normoyle Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Mapping Moments by Cat Normoyle on Jan. 10 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through March 2.

Normoyle received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology and her MFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University. Prior to graduate school, Normoyle worked at Atlanta-based marketing Agency Trend Influence as a designer on the brand strategy and innovation team. At Trend Influence, she had the opportunity to work with Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Toyota, Levi’s, Unilever and Kimberly-Clark. She is currently a visiting instructor at Memphis College of Art, teaching a range of classes including advertising, packaging, typography and print design.

In Mapping Moments, Normoyle mapped points of intersections on the small island of Vinalhaven off the coast of Rockland, Maine over the course of a weeklong conference with Design Inquiry in the summer of 2013. Video capture, photography, personal journal entries and conversations across place and time are overlaid to make interesting connections with time-based information. The result is a series of subjective mapped moments viewed from the lens of the artist.

“Maps are representations of a place in time,” says Normoyle. “They are often subjective of the cartographer. In many ways, mapping is a format for documenting time and moments. My work attempts to explore the relationships between the map, the process of mapping and the cartographer.”

Playhouse’s MCA Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.


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 Lance Turner Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

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

Dec. 17, 2013

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“Paradise with Lawnmowers” by Lance Turner

MCA Announces Lance Turner Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Systems and Portraits, an exhibition of work by Lance Turner in the Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be on view Jan. 8 through Feb. 9, with a reception on Friday, Jan. 17, 6–8 p.m.

Lance Turner was born in North Carolina in 1985. He graduated from Memphis College of Art with a BFA in Painting and Art History and from Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in Painting. He has exhibited in group and solo shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis; the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Los Angeles; the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Fla.; the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, N.C.; the Farmington Museum of Art in Farmington, N.M.; and MOCA GA and the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. His work is currently published in Artbuzz 2014 and Studio Visit magazine. A recent solo show entitled Lance Turner: Process and Documentation was included in the Memphis Flyer’s Best of 2008 as “one of the most wildly imaginative shows of the year.”

Turner says that his work has evolved out of his need to correct what seems to be a flaw in photorealism as it was originally validated as a process-based form of conceptualism. “It is the act of transcribing photographic information through paint onto a canvas, yet the large, obsessively detailed images emphasized the painting as an illusion and not a process,” says Turner. “I show the grid and emphasize the mark-making process within its increments to show that the painting is an object, after all the process and materials are real, and not a photographic illusion. I’ve incorporated space and striped as measurements into my paintings to further emphasize the painting as a real object.”

“The faces that I paint are only the product of my experience. Therefore, they more accurately depict what I believe to be the essence of painting, which is self-reference,” says Turner. “My paintings are about my thought process as I create fictional characters through the relationship of stylistic devices. Because the subjects of my paintings are about a single identity, they are like avatars made for the internet. They reveal a sense of isolation that comes with specialization and distortion of the real through ideas and simulations such as Facebook. As the objectives of my painting have become a quest to find what is real and true, the subject matter of my work has become an exaggerated unreality of constructed identity.”


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.

“herstories” Exhibition to Open at Hyde Gallery

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

Dec. 12, 2013

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herstories Exhibition to Open at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — What does it mean to be a woman? The answer to this question may be as diverse in scope and perspective as is the history of humankind, but a new exhibition will attempt to open the conversation. herstories opens Jan. 29 and will run through March 1 in the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 31 from 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition is curated by Haelim Choi Allen, assistant professor of art at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Allen immigrated from Korea to the United States in 1976 with her parents and two younger sisters and grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. She is a three-time alumna of the University of Maryland at College Park, most recently receiving her MFA in painting and sculpture.

“The concept of herstories is to show the diverse perspectives of regional female artists,” said Allen. “Through their visual work, they share a snippet, a glimpse, of the numerous stories of what it means to be women. One artist may place herself as the subject matter, capturing the reactions around her; others evoke memory and meaning through specific objects. Aspects of the invisible, the underrepresented parts in a woman’s life, serve as a platform for conversation. Fairytales blend with the realities of life. As I survey the work represented in the show, I see a common bond of telling our story—her story.” herstories features work by Allen, Lisa Alembik, Beth Edwards, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Melinda Posey, Babette Shaw and Melanie Spillman.

Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–9 p.m. on Jan. 31 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.

Classes Canceled/Offices Closed Friday, Dec. 6

All MCA classes are canceled and offices closed tomorrow, Fri., Dec. 6th.  Please check your MCA email for instructions from your faculty on completing coursework for the semester.  Studios will be open for use although there will be no shuttle service.

The BFA Exhibition and Alumni Opening will be held as scheduled on Friday evening in the Rust Hall main gallery.  The Exhibition will only be canceled in the event there is a power outage.  Another alert will be sent should Rust Hall lose power.

Memphis College of Art Named to Greater Memphis Chamber’s “10 To Watch”

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

Nov. 25, 2013

Memphis College of Art Named to Greater Memphis Chamber’s “10 To Watch”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Each year, the Greater Memphis Chamber names ten companies and organizations to its “10 To Watch” list. “These Memphis businesses were chosen for the tremendous strides they have made over the past year,” said Amy Daniels, senior vice president, membership and communications, Greater Memphis Chamber. “They add to our local economy, more importantly they bring jobs to our city. The Chamber is proud to give this recognition to our members and look forward to their future success.”

Memphis College of Art is pleased to announce that the college is one of those recognized for 2014. “We are honored to be recognized by the Chamber,” said MCA President Ron Jones. “We have worked very hard the past two years to turn the college around. But in my opinion, if there is anything worth keeping an eye on, it’s the city of Memphis—how can an art school lose when it’s located here?”

The recognized organizations are:
1. BioNanovations
2. Highwoods Properties
3. International Paper
4. Kronos Energy Solutions
5. Regional Medical Center at Memphis
6. Memphis College of Art
7. nexAir
8. Prodigi Arts
9. RedRover Sales & Marketing
10. Victory Packaging

More information on each of these companies can be found in the Chamber’s Memphis Crossroads magazine, distributed to Chamber members and also available digitally on the Chamber’s website (www.memphischamber.com) beginning in mid-December.


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.

Susan Maakestad Named as ArtsAccelerator Grant Recipient

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

Nov. 25, 2013

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Grant recipients (left to right): Mary Jo Karimnia, Susan Maakestad, Terri Phillips and Ben Butler. Not pictured: Brandon Marshall

Susan Maakestad Named as ArtsAccelerator Grant Recipient

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MCA Professor of Fine Arts Susan Maakestad was announced Monday as one of the recipients of the inaugural ArtsMemphis ArtsAccelerator Grant in a special reception in the Hyde Gallery of Memphis College of Art’s Nesin Graduate Center. The grant marks the first program for individual visual artists in ArtsMemphis’ fifty-year history. Under the program, each artist will receive $3,000 for individual projects.

“I am thrilled to be named one of the recipients,” said Maakestad. “The timing couldn’t be better for me and my work.” Maakestad plans to use the funds to rent studio space at the Medicine Factory, a premiere studio space for professional artists in Memphis. The space there would allow for increased interaction with area artists and create the opportunity for Maakestad to participate in open studios, give students access to visit her studio and be easily accessible to visiting artists and curators. Additionally, Maakestad would have the ability to create large canvases, currently not an option in her home studio. “I have missed out on past public art opportunities in Tennessee and nationally because larger work was desired. I have been interested in the abstracted landscape as a subject for the past twenty-five years. I am motivated now by a desire to scale up—the subject matter would not change; only the scale.” Maakestad hopes to create four to six new oil paintings during the nine-month grant period.

The other ArtsAccelerator grant recipients are Ben Butler, Mary Jo Karimnia, Brandon Marshall, and Terri Phillips. Additional information on this program can be found on the ArtsMemphis website, www.artsmemphis.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.

MCA Students Named As NICHE Magazine Finalists

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

Nov. 21, 2013

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MCA Students Named As NICHE Magazine Finalists

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four students from Memphis College of Art have been named as finalists in NICHE magazine’s annual NICHE Awards. Glen Fiscus, Kalon Fowler and Amanda Nalley are nominated in the Metal (sculptural) category, while Nicole Cornacchione and Amanda Nalley are nominated in the Teapot category. All are students of Bill Price, assistant professor of Metals and Sculpture.

NICHE magazine was founded with the idea of connecting art galleries and craft retailers with the finest crafts, handmade gifts and decorative art objects made in artist studios. The Awards program was started in 1989 as a way to recognize excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in professional and student divisions in categories including ceramics, fashion accessories, fiber, glass, home furnishings, jewelry, metal, mixed and miscellaneous media, recycled, teapots and wood. The awards ceremony is held each February at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Buyers Market of American Craft.

The students’ work can currently be viewed on the NICHE website at the following links:
http://www.nicheawards.com/category/2014-finalists/students-2014-finalists/page/5/
http://www.nicheawards.com/category/2014-finalists/students-2014-finalists/page/2/


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.

Models Wanted

Contact: Haley Morris-Cafiero
VPAA
hcafiero@mca.edu

Clothed and nude models are needed for Life Drawing and other studio classes at Memphis College of Art. MCA provides a safe, respectful, professional work atmosphere. Experience preferred, but willingness to learn is more important. All body types are needed. Must be prompt, reliable, and responsible.

Send email expressing interest to: Haley Morris-Cafiero at hcafiero@mca.edu. No phone calls. Provide current phone number and information about experience. Information will be forwarded to the scheduler of models.


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 Tara Bullington-Baker Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

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

Nov. 7, 2013

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“Miss Havisham” by Tara Bullington-Baker

MCA Announces Tara Bullington-Baker Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces resurgence, an exhibition of work by Tara Bullington-Baker in the Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be on view Nov. 26 through Dec. 19 with a reception on Friday, Dec. 6, 6–8 p.m.

The works in resurgence are intuitive, weaving “compositions of fragmented memories” from materials such as paper and rope. “There’s a unique richness in old books and antiquarian objects that can only be created with the passage of time,” says Bullington-Baker. “When this history is integrated into a network of unsophisticated materials, held delicately together by wire and thread, it becomes a parallel for the mind and body. My intention is to provide an undercurrent, leaving the viewer to discover his own narrative, by association.”

Bullington-Baker, a native of Alabama, received her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Following graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to live and work as an artist, later moving to Memphis where she earned her MFA. She currently teaches 2-D and 3-D Design at the University of North Alabama and credits Alvin Sella, Cy Twombly and Louise Bourgeois, as well as her love for fiction and poetry, as influences on her work.


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.

Fred Burton Presents Faculty Lecture at Memphis College of Art

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

Nov. 6, 2013

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“Double PA RIPA” by Fred Burton

Fred Burton Presents Faculty Lecture at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present MCA faculty member Fred Burton in a special lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Burton’s presentation is titled Travelogue and will include images illustrating how his travels to France, North Africa, Ireland and the West Indies have influenced the numerous changes in his art making over the past 35 years.

Burton is a professor of Painting and Drawing at MCA, where he has taught since 1987. His paintings, drawings and woodcuts have been exhibited overseas in Paris and Vence, France; London; and in the United States in New York City; Chicago; Houston; Kansas City; Lincoln; and Orlando. Burton has held numerous residencies including the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, Long Island, N.Y.; the Michael Karolyi Foundation in Vence, France; Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic; the Tyron Guthrie Center in County Monaghan, Ireland; the Millay Colony for the Arts at Steepletop in Austerlitz, N.Y.; the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Ill.; the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, N.Y.; the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, Calif.; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.

Burton has written art criticism for Art Papers, The Commercial Appeal, and Number.


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 Visiting Artist Carol Prusa

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

Oct. 18, 2013

Fearful Symmetry by Carol Prusa

“Fearful Symmetry” by Carol Prusa

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Carol Prusa

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Carol Prusa in a lecture for the Visiting Artist Series on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Prusa received a BS in Biocommunication Arts from the University of Illinois and went on to achieve an MFA in painting from Drake University in Iowa. After reading an article in Art in America about Miami, she packed up and moved to South Florida where she currently lives and works.

Prusa has always been intrigued by how physicists think, and her current work, acrylic spheres and hemispheres ranging from bowl-sized to five feet in diameter, speaks to multiple universes and possibility. The spheres are articulated with silverpoint drawing and graphite, punctuated with patterns of fiber optic lights. “Like scientists and mathematicians who model emergent behavior, I also yearn to create a radical vision that takes into account the chaotic interactions central to the formation of the universe,” says Prusa. “I explore a number of mathematical models that physicists developed to explain our universe, and my expressed geometries offer a spiritual force that organizes structures from the microscopic to the political.”

Represented by galleries on both coasts, Prusa exhibits widely in museums and curated exhibitions. Her work has been supported by fellowships including the Howard Foundation.


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.

Bowles and Whitfield Share Memphis College of Art’s MFA Exhibition

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

Oct. 18, 2013

Bowles and Whitfield Share Memphis College of Art’s MFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MFA candidates Justin Bowles and Katie Whitfield present their final exhibitions as MCA graduate students in the Fall MFA Exhibition, which will be on view Nov. 13 through Dec. 14 in the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6–8 p.m.

Justin Bowles’ exhibition, XENOBIA, is inspired by her influences and experiences as a member of Generation X. Combining magazines, scraps of paper, shopping bags, drawings and screenprinted patterns, Bowles creates a fun, low-fidelity environment filled with crinkly paper poppies, tessellated raspberry polygons, movie stars and space lettuce living together in duct-taped harmony. “I work intuitively with the ephemera around me,” says Bowles. “It’s a continual process of deconstruction and transformation.”

Katie Whitfield’s exhibition is titled (IM)MATERIAL MATTERS and will feature a “Happening” during the Nov. 15 reception at 7:30 p.m. “Yves Klein wrote, ‘The link between spirit and matter is energy,’” says Whitfield. “Using light as my primary medium, I am creating gelatinous, translucent works that provide an alternate experience of this energy. I am forming the formless, urging the viewer to question the matters at hand.”

Additional work by Bowles and Whitfield can be found on their websites: www.justinautumnbowles.com and www.katiewhitfield.com.

Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–8 p.m. on Nov. 15 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.

Memphis College of Art Announces Fall BFA Exhibition

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

Oct. 17, 2013

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Memphis College of Art Announces Fall BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 2013 Fall BFA Exhibition, which will be on view from Nov. 26 through Dec. 11 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception is scheduled for Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m.

The exhibition features works from 18 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media from painting to sculpture to digital media. 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.


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.

Memphis College of Art Announces 64th Annual Holiday Bazaar

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

Oct. 16, 2013

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Memphis College of Art Announces 64th Annual Holiday Bazaar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 64th Annual Holiday Bazaar, which will take place Friday, Nov. 22, 6–9 p.m. (with a special Preview Hour, 5–6 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

The much-anticipated event draws hundreds of people to the MCA campus each year, all in search of unique holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind artwork and crafts made by MCA students,
faculty, staff and alumni. Proceeds from the sale benefit the MCA scholarship fund.

The Holiday Bazaar is free and open to the public. Tickets for the special Preview Hour are $20 and include complimentary champagne, an MCA tote bag, express check-out privileges and the opportunity to have a sneak peek at all the merchandise prior to sales beginning at 6 p.m. Preview tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.mca.edu or at the door beginning at 4 p.m. on November 22.

Preview hour tickets can be purchased at this link.


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 Student Exhibition at Brinkley Plaza

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

Oct. 14, 2013

Empowerment_by_Jeff_Muncy“Empowerment” by Jeff Muncy

MCA Student Exhibition at Brinkley Plaza

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Select work by Memphis College of Art students will be on display in the Fall 2013 Brinkley Plaza Exhibition, opening with a reception on Friday, Oct. 25, 5–7 p.m. at Brinkley Plaza, 80 Monroe Ave. The exhibition will be on view through the end of November.

The show is a juried exhibition of small and mid-sized works submitted by current bachelor’s and master’s students following a campus-wide call to artists. This recurring exhibition takes place each semester and provides an opportunity for students to compete to have their work displayed during Trolley Night in a prominent, high-traffic Memphis venue and include the show in their portfolios.

Included works were selected by Kathryn Maish, a visual arts and museum professional based in Memphis, who holds an MFA in Photography and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Memphis. Maish currently works at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa and maintains the Visual Memphis web page, which provides up-to-date information on Memphis’ visual arts scene.


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 Visiting Artist Jeff de Boer

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

Oct. 4, 2013

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MCA Presents Visiting Artist Jeff de Boer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present metalsmith Jeff de Boer in a lecture for the Visiting Artist Series on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since his graduation from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1988, de Boer has established an international reputation for creating some of the most unique and highly crafted sculpture in the world. Best known for his museum-quality suits of armor for cats and mice, he has also developed several other themes such as armor ties for executives, an abstract series called “Exoforms,” and space art that includes ray guns, rocket mice and retro rocket lamps. “Some of my other works going back 25 years would even qualify as early Steampunk,” says de Boer.

Over the past five years, de Boer has created large-scale public works including iconic sculptures such as a barbed wire bucking bronco, giant wind-up tin toys, sculptures incorporating LED technologies and more.

An artist, teacher, philosopher, designer, mentor and businessman, de Boer believes that artists can be more than just artists, “They can be innovators, leaders, presidents and CEOs.” De Boer recently founded the LEXM guild, “The League of Extraordinary Makers,” a collaborative organization of like-minded individuals who have a mission to change culture through art, industry and technology. As part of his visit to MCA, de Boer will also lead a hands-on workshop for MCA students to offer a pragmatic approach for establishing a career as a visual artist, allowing them to build a personal strategy from emerging artist to self-sustaining professional.

“I am a maker of things,” says de Boer, “things that are authentic, things that leave people with positive memories and the feeling that beauty and magic still have a place in our world. I am not concerned about occupying the cover of some high-end art magazine or being one of the in crowd. If I can keep doing what I love and keep getting what I need from it, I can honestly say that I am successful.”


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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