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Memphis College of Art Student Wins Prestigious Graduate Scholarship Award

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June 6, 2012

Memphis College of Art Student Wins Prestigious Graduate Scholarship Award

Yeinier Gonzalez Recognized for Work Documenting His Family’s Pursuit of the American Dream

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is proud to announce that graduating senior Yeinier Gonzalez is one of the recipients of the 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award. The Foundation selected 15 individuals from across the United States to receive graduate arts awards of up to $50,000 per year for up to three years of study, and Gonzalez received the maximum award.

Gonzalez, who graduated with a BFA in photography and a minor in art history in May, will use this award to supplement another prestigious scholarship when he attends Columbia College of Chicago in the fall. In addition to being accepted into Columbia’s Photo Program, which ranks 10th in the nation, Gonzalez also was awarded the Follet Merit Award based on the quality of his portfolio. This renewable award provides a 70 percent discount on tuition, the remainder of which will be covered by the Jack Kent Cooke award.

“I think what’s so interesting is that he doesn’t know how special he is—he’s a very earnest and humble person,” says Haley Morris-Cafiero, assistant professor and Photography Department head at Memphis College of Art. “Not a lot of people have heard of the Jack Kent Cooke award, but it’s bigger than a Fulbright scholarship—and more money. With only 15 being awarded throughout all of the humanities, it’s really competitive, and it’s great that this award has put Yeinier and Memphis College of Art on a list with students from other standout schools across the nation, like Stanford, Howard, New York University and Rhode Island School of Design. We are very proud of him.”

This is the first time Memphis College of Art has applied for the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award, and this is the first-ever winner from any school in Memphis.

“Mr. Cooke was always a big supporter of the arts,” says Dr. Lawrence Kutner, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “This program allows us to support the next generation of talented young artists, like Yeinier Gonzalez, who might not otherwise be able to afford this level of training.”

Gonzalez came to Memphis College of Art in Fall 2008 after graduating with honors from Bolton High School. His promising talent caused Memphis College of Art to offer him multiple scholarships, without which he never would have been able to attend.

Gonzalez moved to America from Cuba in 1995 with his brother, parents and paternal grandparents. His father, being an extremely active member of the human rights movement against Castro, risked his life to bring his family to the United States in search of a brighter future. They came here as political refugees through Associated Catholic Charities based here in Memphis, which procured housing for the family and schooling for the boys. Gonzalez says his parents struggled to find jobs, with the language barrier holding them back. Later, his parents divorced, and his father continued to grapple with acclimating to society.

Much of Gonzalez’s work focuses on documenting his parents’ struggle, the house he grew up in, and how it changed after his mother left.

“It’s not always the idealized ‘American Dream’ that everyone envisions—the cultural shock hits you very hard,” says Gonzalez. “My work documents the unresolved struggles that many immigrants face. Going through this has made me want to continue my studies and my work and make something better for myself.

“Going to grad school at Columbia offers so many opportunities for extending my portfolio. The faculty there is exceptional, and the program is very influential in the field of social documentary photography. I want to expand my work beyond my own family, and I hope to contribute to a better awareness of certain cultural issues and ethnicities,” continues Gonzalez. “I would like to concentrate my work on the Hispanic community because it’s part of my story and my family’s history of immigration here. The ins and outs and personal struggles that these people go through are not documented the way that they should be. There is so much rich history there that is left unsaid. And an image is worth a thousand words—I can say a lot with my work.”

To see more of Yeinier Gonzalez’s work, please visit www.yeiniergonzalez.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.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent nonprofit established in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help low-income youth of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. The Foundation’s programs include the largest scholarships in the U.S. for community college transfer students, scholarships to college and graduate students, individualized educational support for high school students, and grants to organizations that serve high-achieving students with financial need. For more information, visit www.jkcf.org.

Memphis College of Art Awards 2012 Summer Camp Scholarships

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June 4, 2012

Memphis College of Art Awards 2012 Summer Camp Scholarships

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s Community Education department is proud to announce the 2012 Summer Camp scholarship recipients. The following Memphis-area students have received either half-day or full-day, one-week summer camp scholarships, enabling the students to study a wide variety of visual arts disciplines in a hands-on learning environment.

Full-Day Recipients
Kaleb Brunt, age 11
Jasmine Huang, age 13
Emma Lanley, age 12
Amelia Lessman, age 7
Canecia McIntyre, age 9
Kenneth Pendleton, age 15
Timothy Presley, age 9

Half-Day Recipients
Lorenzo Aguirre, age 7
Jeremiah Allard, age 10
Stephanie CiFuentes, age 5
Tyler Malone, age 6
Erika McLennan, age 12
Peyton Mertz, age 12
Lily Beth Norris, age 10
Danny Wilkinson, age 10

Five half-day, one-week scholarships were provided by community partner ServiceMaster by Stratos, which has awarded three scholarships to employees’ children (Allard and CiFuentes) and will provide three to the community at large.

“Providing cultural experiences for our employees and their families is one way that we, as an organization, have executed one of our top corporate objectives—to help others develop,” said Stacy L. McCall, president and CEO, ServiceMaster by Stratos. “We offer scholarships to children within our company and in our community to attend the Memphis College of Art Summer Camp Program as another opportunity to encourage interest in the arts. We feel it is our responsibility to make a difference not only in our employees’ lives, but also in the lives of those that they support each and every day.”

“MCA is overjoyed to welcome these talented young artists into this summer’s camp,” said Cecilia Palazola, director of community education at Memphis College of Art. “I am always amazed and inspired by the work that is submitted during the scholarship application process—it’s clear that Memphis has a wealth of budding young artists.”

If you would like to contribute to the Summer Art Camp scholarship fund, checks can be sent to:
Memphis College of Art
1930 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Note: Summer Art Camp Scholarship


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.

Headquartered in Memphis and serving business and industrial clients in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama, ServiceMaster by Stratos is a contract janitorial company that provides innovative cleaning solutions allowing customers to focus on their business and not their facility. Serving clients from medical to industrial facilities, as well as professional office buildings and large-scale arenas, the local franchise has expanded to employ more than 275 people. For more information about ServiceMaster by Stratos, visit www.smbystratos.com or call 901-683-0064.

Memphis College of Art Announces Digital Media Senior Showcase

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May 1, 2012

Memphis College of Art Announces Digital Media Senior Showcase

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—On Friday, May 11, Memphis College of Art will host its second annual Digital Media Senior Showcase in Callicott Auditorium (in Rust Hall, Overton Park) at 7 p.m. A reception with refreshments will take place at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature the animations and digital media works of students Tiffany Baker, Larry Franklin, Ashley Holmes, Krickett King, Jessie Kotis, Celia Mitchell, Robbie Siskin, Tyler Sutton and Neville Williams. Meet the artists behind the stories, and view their diverse screening full of ghost trains, gritty landscapes, obnoxious co-workers, tiny inventors and much more.


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 Hosts Bike Parade, Installation Exhibit

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April 23, 2012

Memphis College of Art Hosts Bike Parade, Installation Exhibit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On Saturday, May 5, Memphis College of Art’s Cinema 7 ensemble presents a full day of interactive art, consisting of the college’s first-ever bike parade and featuring the installation exhibit, ENTER=ACTIVE, created by the Cinema 7 students. All of the day’s events are free and open to the public.

Beginning at 3 p.m., an art bike parade displaying the decorated bikes of Memphis College of Art students, as well as those of members of the community, will be on display in front of Rust Hall in Overton Park. The event, envisioned and lead by Memphis College of Art student Aimee Easter, aims to promote bicycle awareness, encourage the community to embrace bicycle travel, and provide the Memphis community with a creative expression outlet. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles in order to transform them into art objects. Check-in is at 2 p.m. out in front of Rust Hall, where there will also be a staging area to display bikes that aren’t participating in the parade. Anyone can attend and participate, and there is no need to sign up beforehand.

In addition to the bike parade, projectors will be fired up from 8–10 p.m. to display the installation exhibit, ENTER=ACTIVE. Use the ground as your instrument with student Kaitlyn Chandler’s Full-Body Music Maker. Student Amanda Willoughby presents Race to the Top, a video game that employs the iconic front façade of Rust Hall as the player’s game board. Student Jorge Soto La Marina will be displaying the Ponder Pond 2000, a new-age labyrinth for the people of the 21st Century. Student Stephen Harris will provoke you with his light experiment Stroll of the Shut-Eye Swing. All are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind event!

The MCA Cinema 7 is an ensemble of experimental cinema practitioners composed of Aimee Easter, Kaitlyn Chandler, Stephen J. Harris, Jorge Soto La Marina, Amanda Willoughby and Associate Professor Jill Wissmiller. Read more about the Cinema 7’s previous conquest Triggered at http://www.livefrommemphis.com/music/item/mvs-2012-triggered


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 Premieres “The Art Academy: A History of Memphis College of Art”

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April 20, 2012

Memphis College of Art Premieres “The Art Academy: A History of Memphis College of Art”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In partnership with Indie Memphis and True Story Pictures, Memphis College of Art is honored to announce the premiere of True Story Pictures’ new documentary, “The Art Academy: A History of Memphis College of Art.” The film premieres at the Studio on the Square on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the screening, there will be a free art exhibit and silent auction in the theatre lobby from noon to 10 p.m. that day, with an informal reception at 6 p.m. prior to the screening. Proceeds of the silent auction will benefit Memphis College of Art.

“The Art Academy” follows the improbable story of a tiny school that flourished and adapted over seven decades to become what it is today—the Memphis College of Art. Think of it as the little art school that could. In its original incarnation, the Memphis Academy of Arts was born out of a great schism between the old Victorian style of art education and the new Modernism of the 1930s. “It was a revolution,” as former student Carroll Cloar put it.

Probably best known for its legendary faculty and iconic architecture, MCA has some surprises up its historical sleeve—masquerade balls, celebrity visits, indoor waterfalls, even a kidnapping. “The Art Academy” teases these stories out for audiences using archival footage, old and new interviews, narrative animations, and an original soundtrack by Steve Selvidge and Paul Taylor.

As appropriate for a film about an art school, the documentary features cutting-edge art direction by recent grad Ryan McGahan. Producer/director Joann Self Selvidge insisted on hiring MCA alumni to support McGahan, and the team includes Matt Pierson (illustration), Kong Wee Pang (illustration and animation), Michael Shaw (storyboards and animations), and Lauren Rae Holtermann (illustration). Thanks to sponsor Archer Malmo, a large portion of the animation was developed pro bono.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at http://theartacademy.eventbrite.com/. Seating is limited.


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 Master of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition

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April 19, 2012

Memphis College of Art Debuts Master of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art proudly presents, “Influx: A Thesis Exhibition of Memphis College of Art’s MFA Students,” the exhibition of thesis artwork from the Spring 2012 Master of Fine Art graduates. On display will be works by Josh Bagwell, Josh Brinlee, Jay Crum, Dennis Isom, Carl E. Moore, Kong Wee Pang, Livia Ortiz-Rios and Kim Thomas from April 18 through May 12 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. The Opening Reception is on April 27, 6–9 p.m., coinciding with Trolley Night in the South Main Art District.

The range of media and subject matter, showing an array of material handling and conceptual concerns, are as diverse as the eight exhibiting artists themselves. Included are paintings, drawings, digital images, mixed media, sculpture, video, installation and performance works.

Admission to the April 27 Opening Reception is free. The exhibition is open to the public for viewing at no charge, Wednesday–Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Large school groups are welcome to contact Cat Pena at 901-272-5174 to arrange visits during off-hours.


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 Names Carrie Allison Brooks Director of Career Services

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April 18, 2012

Memphis College of Art Names Carrie Allison Brooks Director of Career Services

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announced that Dr. Carrie Allison Brooks has joined the college’s administrative staff as director of career services. Brooks will be responsible for all career services for students, which includes educational programming, tracking student placement data, internships, and the college’s Give Back community service program.

Brooks joins the college after 15 years’ experience in career advising, project coordination and implementation, and adult and leadership education. Carrie founded and directs Making a Difference in Memphis: Volunteer Leadership Development Institute, a local project incubator for volunteers wanting to improve the quality of life in the community. Previously, Brooks held positions in career services, recruitment and project management with The University of Memphis, Memphis City Schools and Memphis College of Art.

Brooks obtained a B.A. in English from The University of Mississippi, and a M.S. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services and an Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Memphis.

“I had the pleasure of working with Carrie when she worked for Memphis College of Art as an admissions counselor and director of student life in the 1990s, and I am delighted to welcome her back to our staff,” explained MCA Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs Susan Miller. “She has excellent, relevant experience in career services and will greatly enhance our ability to ensure that our students have the skills and education to transition to the working world.”


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 Names Cara Sievers Director of College Communications

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April 12, 2012

Memphis College of Art Names Cara Sievers Director 
of College Communications

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announced that Cara Sievers has joined the college’s administrative staff as director of college communications. Sievers will be responsible for the coordination of both internal and external communication and overseeing the strategies to establish MCA’s relevance locally, regionally and nationally.

Sievers joins the college after 12 years’ experience in corporate communications, marketing/advertising, public relations and journalism/publishing. She most recently served on the corporate culture and communications team at Pinnacle Airlines Corp., where she was responsible for leading several communications campaigns and public relations initiatives.

Sievers obtained her BS in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, along with an MA in Communications from Auburn University. Sievers is also an active member of the Junior League of Memphis and the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ Give 365 initiative.

“Our search for the right person for this position was conducted by a panel of MCA faculty, staff, board members and community partners, and everyone had Cara high on their list,” explained MCA President Dr. Ron Jones. “We are delighted to have her on our team, and I am confident she will bring about dramatic and positive changes in the college’s communication efforts.”


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.

Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibition

Green Mountains/Vermont, 2011

Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibition

January 10–January 29, 2012
Rust Hall

Memphis College of Art honors Professor Emeritus Robert Riseling in Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibition January 10 through January 29 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park. A reception is Friday, January 20 from 5 to 7 pm in the Main Gallery.

The retrospective features 46 paintings representing Riseling’s illustrious career, while an additional 7 works are on view in a concurrent exhibition at the Memphis College of Art Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper, January 14 through March 4.

Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibition, is the ninth in the series of Founders’ Day exhibitions which since 1992 have celebrated the founding of the College and honored the artists who have made the most profound impact on the life and history of the College. The impressive list of previously honored artists includes Ted Rust, Ted Faiers, Dolph Smith, Burton Callicott, Veda Reed, Dorothy Sturm, Henry Easterwood–and now Robert Riseling.

Riseling joined the faculty of Memphis College of Art in 1974.  He taught and directed introductory studio courses and introduced hundreds of young artists to the joy and discipline of the visual arts. He founded the the College’s annual Horn Island excursion, and led the legendary summer adventure to the Gulf of Mexico for more than twenty years.  He guided the annual Spring Break trips, exposing students, faculty and friends to destinations that were unique, foreign, and sometimes exotic.

As a professional artist, Riseling has been prolific, showing regularly with works in public and private collections across the nation.  Throughout his career, he has traveled extensively as a visiting artist and lecturer. Although Riseling officially retired from MCA in the Spring of 2011, he continues teaching painting and foundation courses, and making travel plans. In recognition of his contributions and long-standing commitment to the College and its students, Riseling was honored with the distinction of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement.

Click here to view the Robert Riseling Retrospective 1974-2011, A Founders’ Day Exhibitioncatalog.

A Loss of Attention: An Exhibition of Visual and Verbal Art

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Memphis College of Art presents A Loss of Attention: An Exhibition of Visual and Verbal Art October 14 through November 6, 2011 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park. A reception is Friday, October 14 from 5 to 7 pm. A poetry reading at 6 pm features Clay Mathews, Whit Griffin and MCA students Larry Franklin and Meredith Lones.

The exhibition invites poetry into the gallery space to emphasize the importance of the relationship between the visual and the verbal in contemporary art and writing. The exhibition focuses on regional artists and poets that contemplate attentiveness in terms of designating what it means to be aware, bored, elated, dejected, instructive, negligent, observant, or simply present. It consists mainly of print media, photography, and drawing, along with small sculptural works exploring the role of the multiple. Poetry is presented in the exhibition in the form of broadsides and additional limited run publications by independent presses from throughout the country.

Having chosen Marjorie Perloff’s essay “Frank O’Hara and the Aesthetics of Attention” as the exhibition’s primary source, A Loss of Attention aims to develop a discourse between visual art and writing through the concept of “awareness” first explored by the Objectivist Poets of the 1930’s, and again by poet Frank O’Hara in the 1950’s. The exhibition’s title is derived from O’Hara’s statement, made in reference to sculptor David Smith, “The slightest loss of attention leads to death.” The exhibition seeks to expand the role of this concept, presenting the viewer with works that explore the loss of this awareness and attention in contemporary art and society.

The exhibition is curated by Evan Commander, Nick Hill, Kristen Johnson and Avril Thurman and includes works and words from the following artists and writers: Cynthia Arrieu-King, Keith Benjamin, Sarah Blyth-Stephens, M. Callen, The Creative Services of Hugo de Verteuil & Ian Rothwell, Larry Franklin, Micah Freeman, Whit Griffin, Terence Hammonds, Matt Hart, Tara Heilman, Steve Kemple, Meredith Lones, Tony Luensman, Chase Markovich, Clay Matthews, Claire Metzger, The Phraseology Project, Zach Rawe, Zachary Schomburg and Aaron Walker.

For more information about the exhibition contact: ALossOfAttention@gmail.com; Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139738636124629; Exhibition Tumblr (via The Creative Services of Hugo de Verteuil & Ian Rothwell) http://alossofattention.tumblr.com/; Online publication: http://issuu.com/alossofattention/docs/final_publication edited by Nick Hill;
Rhizome link: http://rhizome.org/announce/events/57650/view/.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. For more information call 901.272.5100.

Above image by The Creative Services of Hugo de Venteuil & Ian Rothwell.

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.

Wait Watchers: a series of photographs by Haley Morris Cafiero

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Wait Watchers: a series of photographs by Haley Morris Cafiero

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 6 P.M. – 9 P.M.

New York, NY – Rogue Space Gallery Chelsea is proud to present Wait Watchers, a series of self-portrait photographs by Haley Morris-Cafiero on view October 7-9, 2011. Morris-Cafiero was the winner of the FilmOnArtists 2010 Juried Show and won this solo show and a documentary to be made about her work by FilmOnArtists. The documentary will premier at the opening.

Wait Watchers is a series of photographs where Morris-Cafiero reverses the gaze of strangers reacting to her performing mundane tasks in public by documenting their reactions to her with her camera. By placing her camera out in public and aiming the camera at her, Morris-Cafiero does things that everyone does in public: talk on the phone, eat a cup of gelato, wait for a cab. But while doing these acts, Morris-Cafiero records the unsolicited reaction of people who walk by and react by sneering, laughing and gawking.

Haley Morris-Cafiero is a photographer based in Memphis. She uses film and digital rangefinders to capture her images. The unaltered images are printed using digital processes. Haley received her MFA in Art from the University of Arizona and her BFA in Ceramics and BA in Photography from University of North Florida. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of the Photography Department at Memphis College of Art. Her work can be seen on her website atwww.haleymorriscafiero.com.

Below:

Haley Morris-Cafiero
Gelato
2011
17″ x 21″

MCA Celebrates 27 Years on Horn Island

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MCA Celebrates 27 Years on Horn Island

Memphis, TN- Memphis College of Art presents an exhibition of works inspired by 27 years of the Horn Island, MS excursion. Horn Island 27 is on view in the Main Gallery and Lower Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park, through October 7. Areception is Saturday, September 10 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm.

The Horn Island workshop, inspired by painter Walter Anderson, brings MCA students, faculty, alumni and friends on a creative excursion to the small and uninhabited barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, ten miles off the coast of Pascagoula, MS.  Since 1985, MCA’s artists have braved the heat, humidity and mosquitoes in rugged and challenging living conditions and transformed their experiences into the artwork exhibited in the show.

As in years past, friends of MCA contribute to the artist’s creative journey. In exchange for financial support, sponsors receive artwork created by the student as a result of his or her trip.

The Horn Island exhibition kicks off MCA’s academic year and is one of the College’s most popular and well-attended shows. Visitors view and may purchase the island inspired artwork while enjoying island hors d’oeuvres.

The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Main Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.

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.

Memphis College of Art students help out

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Memphis College of Art students help out

Memphis, TN–Over a hundred incoming students at Memphis College of Art will participate in “MCA’s Helping Hands” on Friday, August 19, a day of community service at 6 locations across Downtown and Midtown Memphis. The student volunteers will be joined by MCA staff, faculty and student leaders.

“MCA’s Helping Hands willingly volunteer their time throughout the Memphis area to foster greater ties with the community through the spirit of service,” said Susan Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs. “This day of service will be a wonderful opportunity for students to build lifelong relationships through creativity, energy and hard work.”

MCA’s Helping Hands teams will be dispatched to the following organizations early Friday: the Memphis Zoo, St. Jude Target House, Snowden Elementary, Urban Art Commission and MIFA, and Friends of Overton Park.

Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally.

Memphis College of Art Celebrates 75 Years

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August 10, 2011

Memphis College of Art Celebrates 75 Years

Memphis, TN–Memphis College of Art is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. The milestone is marked with a series of free events that engage MCA’s community, students, faculty, alumni, friends and supporters. The celebration’s theme: “Memphis College of Art’s 75th Anniversary: Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping the Future,” reflects on 75 years of developing artists and advancing art in the Mid-South and beyond.

Kicking off the anniversary celebration is an opening reception on August 26 from 6-9 pm at the Hyde Gallery in the Nesin Graduate School, located at 477 South Main Street. The reception invites the community to “look back, look ahead and look around” and join in celebrating the return of two highly accomplished professors, the debut of the College’s new leadership and the College’s legacy as it continues to make its mark.

New work by Maritza Dávila and Fred Burton–two of the College’s longest serving Professors (1982 and 1987 respectively)–created while on sabbatical will be on view in the gallery. MCA’s new President Dr. Ron Jones, along with the Alumni Association’s new Executive Committee, will be on hand to meet the community, and together celebrate 75 years of artmaking.

The anniversary celebration’s theme “Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping the Future,” is designed with MCA’s students, alumni, faculty and friends in mind. A series of commemorative events include the inauguration of MCA’s 12th president, the debut of a historical documentary, and a 75th Anniversary Gala. Other events planned are lectures, exhibits, gallery talks and campus tours designed to reconnect with alumni, thank long-time friends and supporters and build meaningful connections with the College. Students, alumni, faculty and friends will be invited to share their stories about MCA, be they reminisces of inspirational teachers, classes or fetes on MCA’s website and on Facebook. For more 75th Anniversary Celebration event details visit www.mca.edu.

Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally.

MCA professor awarded Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Lahore, Pakistan

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May 25, 2011

MCA professor awarded Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Lahore, Pakistan

Memphis, TN–Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Wilson, Memphis College of Art Associate Professor and Director of Art Education Programs, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to spend part of the coming year in Pakistan working with a local university to develop a masters in Art Education program.

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The highly prestigious program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Dr. Wilson is helping develop a teacher training program for Art Education at the School of Visual Arts and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. The BNU, established in 2003, is a liberal arts university, the first of its kind in the private sector in Pakistan. Dr. Wilson will be teaching Art Education courses while helping to establish the program.  “I am honored to have received this award and look forward to continuing the work I began with BNU this year,” said Wilson. “BNU’s program, much like MCA’s art education graduate program, focuses on building an understanding and appreciation of art in children, as well as developing artistic skills and creative capacity. Our mutual goals include teaching problem solving skills, expanding understandings in new and imaginative ways, and helping students gain a wider world view of the present and past.”

“This project presents a wonderful opportunity for both Dr. Wilson and for the USA,” said Ken Strickland, Dean of MCA. “Sharing her thirty plus years of experience in art education should provide the Beaconhouse National University with a valuable cross-cultural perspective on education. The ability to share a western point of view in artmaking and art history will be a great addition to the already rich art culture and history of Pakistan.”

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 to offer graduate programs, 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.

Dr. Ron Jones Named President of Memphis College of Art

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March 11, 2011

Dr. Ron Jones Named President of Memphis College of Art

Memphis, TN­–Ron Jones, Ph.D., Dean of the College of The Arts of the University of South Florida has been selected to be the 12th president of Memphis College of Art, effective May 16, Robert Fogelman II, chair of the MCA board of trustees, announced today.

“After a year-long search, our presidential search committee recommended Dr. Jones to MCA’s board, and they unanimously accepted the recommendation, Fogelman said. “His accomplishments as an administrator and as an educator, plus his passion, experience, enthusiasm, and leadership make Ron a perfect fit for MCA in this exciting moment in its 75 year history.”

Jones earned a PhD in Aesthetics Education from the University of Maryland, his Master’s from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in Art and English from Shepherd University in West Virginia.

Most significantly, Jones is at heart an educator “who holds the student and the growth of students through education as his top priority. He looks forward to working to challenge and motivate all members of MCA to assist these students realize their dreams.”

“Art is a very special type of practice that requires feelings and thought, analysis and intuition, beliefs and courage; my role as President of MCA is to provide the support and encouragement needed to increase MCA’s dynamic role in the Memphis community and nationwide.”

Jones has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and was elected to the National Council for Policy Study in Art, a group of fifty leading art education scholars; and he has coordinated a National Art Education Association national convention. He served as President of the Florida Higher Education Network and is Past-President of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, serving now as Coordinator of National Advocacy for the arts in higher education. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tampa Museum of Art, chairing their Collections Committee, and he has worked tirelessly for the arts in the Tampa Bay region and with the local arts agencies. Recently, Dr. Jones was invited to the White House to discuss the arts in higher education and was selected co-chair of the national arts education council of the American for the Arts.

Jones has published over twenty professional articles on aesthetics, art education, and criticism, written art reviews and contributed three book chapters, including Modern and Postmodern: Contemporary Pedagogy in the Visual Arts for the anthology, Art Education: Content and Practice in a Postmodern Era.

He has presented over twenty papers for the American Psychological Association, the National Art Education Association, the National Council for Policy Study in Art, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, and the Florida Higher Education Arts Network. His interests include the politics, philosophy, and psychological definitions of art, arts administration in higher education and contemporary art.

Jones succeeds Ken Strickland, who has served as Interim President since Jeff Nesin stepped down in June after leading the College since 1991.

The search committee was led by Murray Riss and Peter Formanek and assisted by the firm of Auerbach Associates.

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.

Memphis College of Art Students Win National Broadside Competition

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February 15, 2011

Memphis College of Art Students Win National Broadside Competition

Memphis, TN– The work of Memphis College of Art students Marie Provence, a senior illustration major from Lawrenceville, GA, and Samantha Taggart, a senior graphic design major from Moss Point, MS, was selected as the winning entry in the National Portfolio Day Association [NPDA] juried competition. The entry, National Portfolio Day Broadside Comprehensive 2011–2012, an  informational broadside, will be produced in Memphis and distributed to over sixty thousand high schools and junior colleges throughout the United States and Canada in late summer.

The national competition was held recently as part of the National Portfolio Day Association’s annual meeting in Sarasota, Florida. Meeting participants representing the College were Susan Miller, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, and Annette James-Moore, Dean of Admissions.

Memphis College of Art submitted two entries—placing first and second. In addition to the winning selection by Provence and Taggart, students Gina Davis, a senior graphic design major from Memphis, TN, and Justin Wheeler, BFA 2010, Illustration, from Shreveport, LA, designed the broadside placing second. The project was based in the departments of graphic design and illustration. The structure of the assignment notes the College’s commitment to inter-disciplinary courses of study. Associate Professor David Charles Chioffi directed the project in conjunction with Associate Professor Joel Priddy.

This will mark the fourth time MCA has produced the national broadside in six years of competition, preceded by alumni: Michael Force, BFA 2004 and Michael Hildebrand, BFA 2005; Meredyth Kime, BFA 2007 and Jonathan Yablonski, BFA 2008; and Ryan McGahan, BFA 2010 and Jeremiah Patlan, BFA 2009.

Additionally, MCA is the only college to host three National Portfolio Days annually.

The NPDA is the only organization of its kind, consisting of members of National Association of Schools of Art and Design and representing the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada. For more information about National Portfolio Day, contact MCA’s Office of Admissions at (800) 727-1088 or by e-mail at info@mca.edu. Additional information about the National Portfolio Day Association can be found at www.portfolioday.net.

Memphis College of Art students Samantha Taggart (left), and Marie Provence with their winning entry in the National Portfolio Day Association [NPDA] juried competition.

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.

Memphis College of Art students design new library card

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February 4, 2011

Memphis College of Art students design new library card

Memphis, TN­– Memphis College of Art “Give Back” students were tasked with designing a new library card for the Memphis Public Library that reflects the mission of the library, embraces the spirit and cultural ambiance indigenous to Memphis, and celebrates the diversity of the city. The public is asked to vote for the new card that best meets these design criteria. The selections are posted on the library’s website and displayed at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue. Votes may be cast on the library’s website beginning Friday, February 4, and voting will remain open until 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 25. Click here to view the selections and vote. Click here to read a story about the new card in The Commercial Appeal newspaper.


RahLeeCoh Ishakarah


Olivia Logan
MCA’s Give Back students

Participating in the library card redesign are: (from left) Clare Freeman, RahLeeCoh Ishakarah, Brittany Vega, Rory-Ann Austin, Jonah Westbrook and Olivia Logan.

About the Give Back Program

While students at Memphis College of Art study the principles of art & design and begin to emerge as accomplished artists and designers, they further develop their education with the experiential knowledge that can only be gained outside of the classroom. We currently offer a variety of internships based on our school’s areas of study, but also strive to nurture many of our students’ desire to contribute their time and efforts serving the diverse and often underserved populations targeted by area non-profits. Through the Give Back Program, students develop new interpersonal skills, and gain a greater sense of her/his role in the community.

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.

Memphis College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Additional Information