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Memphis College of Art Students Install Sustainable Sculpture at the Dixon

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March 25, 2013

Memphis College of Art Students Install Sustainable Sculpture at the Dixon

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art juniors and seniors in Assistant Professor Elizabeth Brown’s Sustainable Sculpture: Works in Cardboard class will showcase their outdoor creations at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens April 9–13, 2013. The pieces, made completely or mostly out of cardboard, draw on the students’ inspiration from the link between nature and culture.

The students displaying work are Nick Darmstaedter, Ric Evans, Alex Lee, Olivia Logan, Robbie McElhaney, Adra Maner, Melinda Parra, Jonathan Rodriguez, Nicole Trimble, Austin Williams, Lisa Williamson and Sean Winfrey.

“While all relating to the show’s theme of nature and culture, individual works also touch on ideas of life and death, transformation, transience of time and objects, gender, beauty, history, competition, animal nature of humans, the relationship of the insect world with the human world, and music,” explained Brown. “The exhibition will make a statement even as it disintegrates over time and with the elements.”

The works will be displayed at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens throughout the grounds behind the museum. Artists have used a variety of both traditional sculpting/woodworking techniques such as laminating and carving, papermaking techniques, along with tabbing, bending and folding as well as non-traditional techniques such as knitting with cardboard “yarn.”

This project was made possible by a generous gift of corrugated from International Paper.


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.

Metal Museum Tributaries Artist To Speak at Memphis College of Art

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Feb. 19, 2013

"Field Study 20: Thicket" by Kim CridlerField Study 20: Thicket by Kim Cridler

Metal Museum Tributaries Artist To Speak at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art is excited to host artist Kim Cridler, whose work is on view at the National Ornamental Metal Museum Feb. 22 – April 28. Cridler, who is the currently featured artist of the Metal Museum’s Tributaries series, will give a free talk about her work and process at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Memphis College of Art’s Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). The free event is open to the public.

Cridler’s current body of work explores the enduring significance of the vessel form and draws inspiration from the flora and fauna around her home in Wisconsin. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

For more information on Cridler’s exhibition or other events at the Metal Museum, please visit www.metalmuseum.org.


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

Memphis College of Art Students Featured at Brinkley Plaza Opening

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Feb. 14, 2013

 "The Oprah" by Amanda Nalley Memphis College of Art Students Featured at Brinkley Plaza Opening

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Students from Memphis College of Art have been selected for a juried MCA Student Exhibition taking place on Trolley Night, Feb. 22, at Brinkley Plaza in downtown Memphis. This recurring exhibition takes place every semester and provides a competitive experience for students to show their work in a prominent, high-traffic Memphis venue.

“This partnership allows MCA students the opportunity to showcase a broad spectrum of their work to yet another audience,” said Carrie Brooks, director of career services at Memphis College of Art. “Students of all levels of study use various media to compete to participate in one of the most anticipated art events of our city, Trolley Night, providing them a wonderful professional practice opportunity and another show to feature in their portfolios.”

The exhibition will be on display through the end of April and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.


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.

Kong Wee Pang Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

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Kong Wee Pang Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art announces its newest Alumni Exhibition, Mutations, by Kong Wee Pang. The exhibition is taking place Feb. 16 – March 24, in the Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park. There also will be an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 21, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public, and admission is free.

Kong Wee Pang moved to the United States in 2001 from Malaysia and Singapore. She received her BFA at Memphis College of Art in 2004 and is now art director at Archer>Malmo. Her curious, whimsical personality finds expression through media like watercolor, charcoal, ink, acrylic, wood stick, silkscreen and digital.

“In this body of work, I combined the figure with abstraction into a hybrid I called the ‘figurative abstract,’” explained the artist in a statement. “The early figurative abstract drawings convey the interaction of my past and present life experiences in duality.”
Rust Hall’s Alumni Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


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 Debuts Sorrows of War Exhibition

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Feb. 8, 2013

  "Fallen Soldiers" by Vita Plume; Photo Credit: Doug van de ZandeFallen Soldiers (detail) by Vita Plume; Photo Credit: Doug van de Zande

Memphis College of Art Debuts Sorrows of War Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art will unveil its newest exhibition, Sorrows of War, on Feb. 16, 2013, and it will run through March 24. This exhibition, curated by Memphis College of Art’s former exhibitions coordinator Jennifer Sargent, will be on view in Rust Hall’s Main Gallery (Overton Park). An opening reception for the show will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.

This collection of artworks is an attempt to bring attention to the personal cost of war. The pieces that make up the exhibition are striking, thought-provoking and devastatingly beautiful.

“When most Americans are far removed from any actual armed conflict, when Hollywood so often glamorizes and portrays war as heroic, and video games of war are ubiquitous and, at times, glorified, how can we understand the consequences to individual human beings, to their families and to society as a whole?” wrote Sargent in a statement. “How can a society understand the true costs of war to those caught up in a conflict be they soldiers or civilians? Unfortunately, we witness a virtual war on the news, but how can we truly understand the reality of these events? How can we understand that every casualty of war, whether the injury is visible or not, that every death means suffering for the individual and those who know them.”


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 Welcomes Tom Konyves

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Feb. 8, 2013

"Found Countdown" by Tom KonyvesFound Countdown by Tom Konyves

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Tom Konyves

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art welcomes visual poet Tom Konyves from British Columbia as part of the college’s ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Konyves’ presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). The event is free and open to the public.

Based in Montreal until 1983, Konyves is one of the original seven poets dubbed The Vehicule Poets. His work is distinguished by Dadaist/Surrealist/experimental writings, performance works and “videopoems.” In 1978, he coined the term “videopoetry” to describe his multimedia work and is considered to be one of the original pioneers of the form. He also is the author of the newly released Videopoetry: A Manifesto. Between 1983 and 2006, he was executive producer of AM Productions, producing numerous documentaries and music videos, as well as other commercial multimedia productions.

“A videopoem is a visual expression of a poetic experience rendered in time. Three elements or forms of expression are fused together to create these works: text, image and sound. In my work, it‘s the title which first reveals itself to me—a phrase caught in the web of my thoughts, a painted sign on a fencepost, a suggestive line torn from a page of a newspaper, an overheard remark,” wrote Konyves in a statement. “Once the title has settled, imagery and sound present themselves as the canvas to the painter, the appendage to the sculptor, the costume to the dancer and the props to the playwright. In the editing process, the videopoem comes alive; text, image and sound are juxtaposed in judicious measure, without illustration. While text is the essential element or raw material of a videopoem—implying a differentiation from the ‘poetic film,’ which relies, almost exclusively, on the visual treatment—the poetry here is the result of the juxtaposed, blended use of text with imagery and sound.”

Konyves has initiated many public poetry projects, including Poesie En Mouvement/Poetry On The Buses (Montreal, 1979); Performance Art in Quebec, a six-hour TV series (Cable TV, 1980); Montreal’s first Concrete Poetry Exhibition (Vehicule Art, 1980); and The Great Canadian Poetry Machine (Vancouver, Expo 86). Konyves also curated the screenings of videopoems at the Text Festival (Bury, England, 2010), and has given numerous poetry performances.

Since 2006, he has been teaching screenwriting, video production, journalism and creative visual writing courses at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia. More info on Konyves’ work can be found at www.tomkonyves.com.


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.

Blane de St. Croix Comes to Memphis College of Art

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Jan. 31, 2013

"Mountain Views" by Blane de St. CroixMountain Views by Blane de St. Croix

Blane de St. Croix Comes to Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art welcomes sculptor Blane de St. Croix from Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of the college’s ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. De St. Croix’s presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). The event is free and open to the public.

De St. Croix, who obtained his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, is a contemporary artist who creates sculptural objects, installations and drawings. His work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group shows in venues all over the world. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the West Collection Prize and the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. Additionally, he has been awarded many notable international and national fellowship and artist residencies and has been written about in publications such as The New York Times, Art in America, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Sculpture Magazine.

“My recent body of work explores the geopolitical landscape through drawing and sculptural installation. I conduct extensive research on each project—through on-the-ground site visits, aerial flyovers, photographic documentation, interviews, Internet mining and satellite imagery. All of the work and elements within it are completely sculpted by hand, creating a more intimate and controllable result than by way of digital methods,” explained the sculptor in an artist’s statement. “Employing a combination of natural and industrial materials, I am interested in articulating humankind’s desire to take command over the earth, revealing distinct conflicts with ecology, politics and ourselves in free-standing sculptures and large-scale installations that utilize architectural space in a distinct, powerful and imposing manner.”


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 Renovates Parkside Through Plough Foundation Grant

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Jan. 29, 2013

Memphis College of Art Renovates Parkside Through Plough Foundation Grant  

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art will begin renovations on its Parkside property at 1969 and 1973 Poplar in early February. The college obtained this apartment building in May 2002 from Martha Canale. The building, which was built in the 1920s, contains 20 units, which it will retain post-renovation. The units will consist of a mix of efficiency and one-bedroom apartments for MCA student use. Montgomery Martin was awarded the building contract.

Renovations are expected to continue through July, and Parkside will be ready for occupancy in early August. Plans include updating plumbing and electrical fixtures, as well as modernizing kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, the floors will be refinished and the roofing and exterior façade will be repaired. Furthermore, the plans include a controlled access security system installation on exterior doors.

This renovation was financed by a generous grant through the Plough 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.

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Io Palmer

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Jan. 14, 2013

"Leisure Tennessee" by Io Palmer Leisure Labor (cloud) by Io Palmer

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Io Palmer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis College of Art is eager to welcome artist Io Palmer as part of its ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Palmer’s presentation, which is sponsored by an AutoZone ArtsZone grant administered by ArtsMemphis, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). The event is free and open to the public.

Palmer’s work also is featured in MCA’s concurrent exhibition, Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity, which is part of the Black History Month series of events sponsored by an AutoZone ArtsZone grant administered by ArtsMemphis. The exhibition is on view Jan. 23 – March 9 at the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main.

Through depictions of cleaning products, laborers’ garments, and various other industrial and domestic forms, Palmer’s artworks explore complex issues of class, race and identity, in particular the impact society has on the individual. Trained originally as a ceramicist, Palmer uses a variety of processes and materials including metal, linen and drawing.

“I use drawing, photography, ceramics and fabric to produce conceptual objects and mixed-media installations that explore social culture,” explained Palmer in a statement. “Headdress, hair and uniform are tropes created to depict the tensions between the domains of the imagination and the public performances of identity. Most recently, in my practice, I have become interested in the tools and instruments related to labor and its relationship to public media influence and personal identity constructs.”

Palmer’s work has been featured in several national and international exhibitions, including shows at Reed College, Concordia University and Marylhurst University. Additionally, she has participated in several artist residencies including the Santa Fe Art Institute, Art Channel in Beijing and the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi. The artist holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Palmer is currently assistant professor at Washington State University, Pullman.


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 Debuts Exhibition Exploring Racial Identity

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Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial IdentityMemphis College of Art Debuts Exhibition Exploring Racial Identity

UPDATE: The opening of Singular Masses has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 24. All other dates and times, including receptions, remain unchanged.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—In celebration of Black History Month, Memphis College of Art announces an upcoming exhibition, Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity. The exhibition is on view Jan. 23 – March 9 at the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main, with receptions on trolley nights Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, 6–9 p.m. The exhibition is being sponsored by an AutoZone ArtsZone grant administered by ArtsMemphis. Admission is free, and the exhibition and receptions are open to the public.

Singular Masses, which is curated by MCA’s Coordinator of Exhibitions and Lectures Cat Peña, presents the work of seven artists: Yashua Klos, Anthony Lee, Lester Merriweather, Carl E. Moore, Toyin Odutola, Io Palmer and Matthew Thomas. Each artist offers his or her unique perspective on personal identity and how it is shaped or influenced by factors such as race or racial stereotype.

“To understand one’s identity is possibly the most personal and mysterious exploration one can take. While we all would like to think each of us innately has attributes that are unique unto ourselves, we often look to the world around us for additional cues,” said Peña. “Unfortunately, many of these cues are stereotypes that society places on us to neatly categorize (or delineate) topics that are complicated and multifaceted such as race, religion and sex. Sadly, through repetition, a lack of understanding and the absence of personal perseverance to pull back the layers of these topics, these stereotypes often become traits we intentionally or unintentionally assign to ourselves. This exhibition is inspired by artists who have embarked on peeling back these layers to further investigate stereotypes.”

In conjunction with this exhibition, MCA also welcomes artist Io Palmer as part of the college’s ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Palmer’s presentation, which also is sponsored by an AutoZone ArtsZone grant administered by ArtsMemphis, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). Palmer, who has work featured in Singular Masses, will discuss her current focus of exploring complex issues of class, race and 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.

Siphne Sylve Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

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"I Am America: Questlove" (detail) by Siphne Sylve I Am America: Questlove (detail) by Siphne Sylve

Siphne Sylve Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art announces its newest Alumni Exhibition, I Am America: Memphis Musicians, by Siphne A. Sylve. The exhibition is taking place Jan. 4 – Feb. 9, in the Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park. There also will be an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 18, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public, and admission is free.

Sylve is a project manager and in-house designer for UrbanArt Commission. She is a native of New Orleans and has lived in Memphis for the last five years, where she earned a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Art History at Memphis College of Art in 2010. Sylve has received the honor to be included in the Memphis Flyer’s edition of 20<30, which highlights 20 young Memphians who are shaping the city’s future.

Her recent work heavily involves the history of American culture, particularly how it is depicted in music and entertainment. These works are primarily collage-based portraits that depict layers of a hybrid American history.

“The I Am America series is a collection of paintings that are designed to identify important musical icons that have changed the face [of] and/or helped to define American music. This process also involves visually depicting the musical and cultural influences/history of each artist, while also showing the hybrid characteristics American music contains and how these characteristics are a major contributor to the ways we define ourselves as Americans,” explained Sylve. “I Am America: Memphis Musicians focuses on current American/Memphis artists who have chosen Memphis as their place to develop and nourish their craft as artists. Individually and collectively, the pieces highlight each artist’s musical inspiration and relation to Memphis music and Memphis culture.”

Rust Hall’s Alumni Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


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 Premier Selection Exhibition, Auction

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Memphis College of Art Announces Premier Selection Exhibition, Auction

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art has announced a special exhibition and auction featuring works from well-known local, regional, national and international artists. The exhibition will be on view Jan. 9–12 and Jan. 16 with a private, invitation-only auction occurring on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The featured artists are Mario Bacchelli, Erneice Brode, Burton Callicott, Carroll Cloar, Rosalee Cohn, Stuart Davis, Ted Faiers, Edward Giobbi, Theora Hamblett, Freida Hamm, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Adele Lemm, Roy Lichtenstein, George Ortman, Larry Poons, Veda Reed, Murray Riss, Bill Roberson, Ted Rust, Mary Sims, Dolph Smith, Harris Sorrelle, Frank Stella, Dorothy Sturm, Andy Warhol, Brian Watkins. The works can be viewed at www.mca.edu/premierselectionauction.

The Memphis College of Art Board of Trustees made a decision in Spring 2012 to sell some of the college’s artworks. The Board felt it would be best to find new homes for some of the nearly 550 pieces being kept in storage. This auction is the first event in the process, and the college expects the process to continue over the next eight to 10 years. MCA will retain a selection of works in perpetuity, but proceeds from the works sold will directly benefit the operations and programs of Memphis College of Art.

“We are very pleased to make these standout works available to the public for viewing and purchase,” said David Lusk, MCA Board of Trustees vice-chair and owner of David Lusk Gallery. “While the college would love to steward these works forever, we just don’t have the capability or facilities to store them, care for them and display them properly. This auction will enable members of our community to enjoy these treasured works while making a significant financial contribution to MCA.”

The Hyde Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. and admission is free. The gallery will be closed for a private event on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.


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 Founders’ Day Exhibition

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Dec. 20, 2012

Memphis College of Art Announces Founders’ Day Exhibition

"Phyllis" by Murray Riss
Phyllis by Murray Riss

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis College of Art is proud to announce its Founders’ Day Exhibition, Once More With Feeling, featuring current works from Dolph Smith and Murray Riss. These two well-known local artists have been working together for years and are very excited to share MCA’s Main Gallery for their next exhibition.

Once More With Feeling will run Jan. 4–30 in Rust Hall’s Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park. The opening reception for the show will take place on Friday, Jan. 18, 6–8 p.m.

"Exploring the Fertile Attic in Tennarkippi" by Dolph SmithExploring the Fertile Attic in Tennarkippi by Dolph Smith

Smith was an undergraduate student at MCA and went on to serve as a faculty member for MCA for several years. He is now an adjunct faculty member in Papermaking and Book Arts. Smith’s work in this exhibition mixes his interest in sculptural house forms with his love of bookmaking. “I make books because I am curious,” explained Smith. “One might argue that a painting reveals itself instantly. You ‘take it in’ over time, but it is presented as a visual whole, whereas a book reveals itself slowly over time. A book leads one along a pathway, at each stage, a new revelation.”

Riss also was a faculty member at MCA for a number of years and helped develop the college’s photography program. His pictures often have dealt with the question of illusion and reality, and with probing the boundaries of what and how we see. “The photographs test the limits of what a photograph is,” said Riss. “When does a photograph that parallels the workings and imagery of a painting stop being a photograph? And if it takes longer than a few moments to realize that it isn’t a painting, does that speak of its success as a painting or failure as a photograph?”

“Our Founders’ Day Exhibitions carefully weave threads of talented and pivotal individuals in MCA’s past with the current fabric of students and faculty,” said Cat Peña, MCA’s coordinator of exhibitions and lectures. “These opportunities are not only a celebration of the culmination of two successful careers in the visual arts, but a way for students to become more familiar with the work of fellow members of the MCA family.”

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. The gallery and reception are open to the public and admission is free.


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 BFA and MFA Exhibitions

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Memphis College of Art Announces BFA and MFA Exhibitions

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art is proud to announce the Fall 2012 BFA Exhibition, taking place Nov. 21 through Dec. 12 at Rust Hall’s Main Gallery (Overton Park), and the MFA Thesis Exhibition, taking place Nov. 28 – Dec. 15, at the Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main. The opening receptions for both exhibitions will take place at their respective locations on Friday, Nov. 30—the BFA reception is 5–7 p.m. at Rust Hall, and the MFA reception is 6–9 p.m. to coincide with Trolley Night in downtown Memphis.

The BFA exhibition features works from 15 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media from painting to sculpture to digital media. “It’s always an exciting time of year when the BFA show goes on display in the gallery,” said Ron Jones, president of Memphis College of Art. “I am continually impressed by the work that our soon-to-be graduates create, and it is interesting to see what they choose to punctuate the end of their careers here as students.”

The MFA Thesis exhibition, titled “Hysterics,” will feature four MCA MFA candidates: Raquel Adams, Rebecca Coleman, Shirin Shahin and Lindsey Gwaltney Todd. “Although the artists come from diverse backgrounds, their work is tied together through the artists’ representation of their various histories,” explained Haley Morris-Cafiero, assistant professor and director of graduate studies for the MFA program. “While one artist’s work references haunting imagery from the Southern landscape of memory, another artist mines her personal history with her son and explores being a teenage mother. Two artists document the effect the urban and commercial landscape has on their emotional state as they traverse through cities.”

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. The Hyde Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. with extended hours of 6 – 9 p.m. on South Main Trolley Nights. The galleries and receptions are open to the public and admission is free.


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.

Amy Hutcheson Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

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"Shifting and Being" by Amy HutchesonDecades by Amy Hutcheson, Oil & Graphite on Canvas, 2012 

Amy Hutcheson Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art announces its newest Alumni Exhibition, “Shifting and Being,” by Amy Hutcheson. The exhibition is taking place Nov. 21 – Dec. 12, at the Main Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park. There also will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 30, 5–7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.

Hutcheson, who graduated with a BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2004, has shown in many coveted Memphis venues, such as Playhouse on the Square, Eclectic Eye, the Nathan and Dorothy Shainberg Gallery, and Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects.

“My paintings are as much about what I have left in them as they are about what I have taken away. Drawings are layered one on top of each other. Every time a new drawing is introduced to the surface, it changes the landscape of the entire piece,” explained in the artist in a statement. “Surfaces are then erased and recovered and color is added; not trying to define or describe the original subjects, but rather un-describe them, shifting and pushing them as far as I can. In doing this, new images, shapes and structures are brought to the surface. The images that come to the surface come from my memories, my subconscious or influences outside the original content of the painting—a puzzle with infinite and changing pieces and solutions.

“Each piece explores what is intimate, what is on display—what is cherished, what is abandoned,” continued Hutcheson. “Within pieces, each image unfurls then curls up with itself, folding and unfolding at the same time. And all this of a highly personal nature—what secrets are here are not confidential, but exposed. The spectator is given glimpses around corners, but it’s the corners that are in motion. You are motionless, held in place, a place safe, but inescapable—shifting and being all at the same time.”

Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed Dec. 22 – Jan. 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.

Halloween Costume Contest

MCA’s campus-wide Halloween Costume Contest was Friday, Oct. 31! Students, staff and faculty entered the contest during the lunch hour in the Lower Gallery. Voting took place online, and the votes have been counted! See the list of winners below.

2014 Winners:
You can see all the costumes in our Facebook photo album.

Students
1st place ($15 Starbucks Card): Michaela Cannon (Medusa)
2nd place: Heather Smith (Captain Gay America)
3rd place: Cecilia Reed & Sam Smith (Kiki/Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo)

Faculty
1st place ($15 Outback Card): Wesley Ortiz (Slash from Guns & Roses)
2nd place: Elizabeth Brown (2nd semester, 1st year Art Student)

Staff
1st place ($15 Panera Card): Justin Bowles (Time Traveler)
2nd place: Derrick Casey (Scout from Team Fortress 2)
3rd place: Tie between Carrie Corbett (Galadriel from Lord of the Rings) and Natalie Fleenor (Minion from Despicable Me)

 

Memphis College of Art Hosts 63rd Annual Holiday Bazaar

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63rd Annual Holiday Bazaar Memphis College of Art Hosts 63rd Annual Holiday Bazaar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis College of Art is excited to announce its 63rd Annual Holiday Bazaar, which will take place Friday, Nov. 16, 6–9 p.m. (with a special Preview Hour, 5–6 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 17, 10–5 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The event, sponsored by the Memphis Flyer, provides Memphians the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from MCA artists.

The Holiday Bazaar is free and open to the public. Guests attending the special Preview Hour at 5 p.m. on Friday will be able to view the work before the sale begins, enjoy complimentary champagne and have exclusive access to Express Checkout. Tickets for the Preview Hour are $20 per person and include one beverage from the bar. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://mca.edu/2012holidaybazaar/ or at the door starting at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16.

The Holiday Bazaar is MCA’s most popular annual event. Students, faculty, staff and alumni submit thousands of artworks and crafts to be sold during the two-day, salon-style sale. Guests also will be able to purchase exclusive MCA merchandise and view True Story Pictures’ MCA documentary, “The Art Academy,” in Callicott Auditorium. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. A portion of all proceeds from Holiday Bazaar sales will go to MCA’s scholarship fund.

New this year, MCA held a contest for students to submit a piece that would represent the 63rd Annual Holiday Bazaar and its theme, “My Favorite Things.” The winning student, Evan Lebaroff, will now see his sculpture in all Holiday Bazaar advertising—and the piece will be on display the event.


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.

Urban Artist Nadim Karam Comes to Memphis College of Art

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Archaic Procession by Nadim KaramArchaic Procession by Nadim Karam

Urban Artist Nadim Karam Comes to Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Artist and architect Nadim Karam is coming to Memphis College of Art on Oct. 25 as part of the college’s ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Karam’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park). During his stay, Karam also will speak at the dedication of the new Legacies sculpture by Vinnie Bagwell in Chickasaw Heritage Park. This event, administered by the UrbanArt Commission for the City of Memphis Percent-for-Art program, also is scheduled for Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Karam’s visit is sponsored in part by the UrbanArt Commission in celebration of the organization’s 15-year anniversary.

Nadim Karam is an architect, artist, academic and author who has created large-scale projects internationally, including in Melbourne, Australia; Prague; London; Tokyo; Kwangju, Korea; and in his home city of Beirut, Lebanon. At present, he is working on the “Wheels of Chicago” project in the United States, and exhibiting in Paris, France at the Arab Institute through February 2013. His early life and career were directly affected by the civil war in Lebanon, which lasted from 1975 to 1990. Karam left the country after winning a scholarship from the University of Tokyo in 1982 to pursue his master’s degree, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in architecture during his 10-year stay.

In 1992, Karam moved to Paris. Lacking funds and contacts, he became a rebel graffiti artist, painting hundreds of “archaic” figures on billboards, in the Metro and in his sketchbooks. One year later, he returned to his native city, Beirut. Between 1994 and 2000, he created three monumental temporary public art installations at the Nicolas Sursock Museum, the National Museum of Lebanon and in the Central District. After founding Atelier Hapsitus as an interdisciplinary forum for architecture, art and design in 1996, he also commenced work on architectural commissions. Karam also began teaching at Notre Dame University in Beirut, where he served as dean of faculty for the Architecture, Art and Design Department from 2000 through 2003.

“I discovered Nadim Karam’s work when researching the catalytic effect of public art on the revitalization of urban centers following a period of crisis. His humanist and poetic approach have been crucial to overcoming tremendous obstacles and preconceived notions in complex settings,” said Christina Lanzl, executive director of the UrbanArt Commission. “To me, he is the Phoenix of Beirut, whose efforts helped in ushering in that city’s cultural and economic revitalization. We very much look forward to sharing Nadim Karam’s unique perspective with Memphis students and the community at large.”

The American Institute of Architects published Lanzl’s essay on Nadim Karam in August, available online at http://www.architects.org/news/phoenix-beirut-nadim-karam%E2%80%99s-urban-interventions.

See more of Nadim Karam’s work at his website.


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.

 

Elisabeth Condon Comes to Memphis College of Art

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Elisabeth CondonLow Country by Elisabeth Condon

Visiting Artist Elisabeth Condon Comes to Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Painter Elisabeth Condon is coming to Memphis College of Art on Oct. 11 as part of the college’s ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Condon’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park).

Condon was born in Los Angeles and educated at University of California, San Diego, University of California, Los Angeles, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design and School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Currently associate professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Condon is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. An enthusiastic traveler, Condon has attended the artist residencies Yaddo, Fountainhead, Grand Canyon Artist-in-Residence Program and Red Gate International Artist Residency, Beijing. Recent exhibition venues include the National Museum of Art, Beijing; the Pulse Art Fair, Miami and 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York. Condon’s work is represented by Dorsch Gallery, Miami and Lesley Heller Workspace, New York.

“The paintings begin by pouring transparent color, combining Chinese ‘splashed ink’ techniques and postwar abstraction’s social and historical gestures within the present-day metaphors of spill, explosion and accident,” said Condon in a statement about a series she will discuss in her lecture. “To make sense of, and thus recover, the contingent shapes that result from the pours, I reintegrate sketchbook drawings, photos from my travels and snippets of Chinese scrolls to navigate the complex landscape of material and color. Traversing gesture and image as equivalents, my paintings conjure spaces in which Yuan Dynasty scrolls and the Flintstones collaborate; a landscape that, like Chinese scrolls, moves through the whole of existence within a single frame.” 

For more information on the artist and her work, visit elisabethcondon.com.


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 Welcomes Sasha Barr

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Memphis College of Art Welcomes Sasha Barr

Sasha BarrFlyer designed by Sasha Barr

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art is eager to welcome illustrator Sasha Barr as part of its ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Barr will give a presentation titled “Filling in the Blanks” at an open-to-the-public, free event on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park).

Barr is a designer and illustrator in Seattle. He currently works in the art department at Sub Pop Records and as art director at Amigos Skateboards. To view some of Barr’s work, visit http://www.thisisthenewyear.com/.


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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