MCA News

Susan Maakestad Named as ArtsAccelerator Grant Recipient

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

Nov. 25, 2013

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

Susan Maakestad Named as ArtsAccelerator Grant Recipient

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

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

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


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

MCA Students Named As NICHE Magazine Finalists

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

Nov. 21, 2013

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MCA Students Named As NICHE Magazine Finalists

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

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

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


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

Models Wanted

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

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

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


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

MCA Announces Tara Bullington-Baker Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

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

Nov. 7, 2013

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“Miss Havisham” by Tara Bullington-Baker

MCA Announces Tara Bullington-Baker Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

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

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

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


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

Fred Burton Presents Faculty Lecture at Memphis College of Art

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

Nov. 6, 2013

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“Double PA RIPA” by Fred Burton

Fred Burton Presents Faculty Lecture at Memphis College of Art

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

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

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

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


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

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Carol Prusa

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

Oct. 18, 2013

Fearful Symmetry by Carol Prusa

“Fearful Symmetry” by Carol Prusa

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Carol Prusa

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Oct. 18, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–8 p.m. on Nov. 15 for the opening reception. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.


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

Memphis College of Art Announces Fall BFA Exhibition

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

Oct. 17, 2013

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Memphis College of Art Announces Fall BFA Exhibition

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

The exhibition features works from 18 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media from painting to sculpture to digital media. Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.


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

Memphis College of Art Announces 64th Annual Holiday Bazaar

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

Oct. 16, 2013

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Memphis College of Art Announces 64th Annual Holiday Bazaar

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

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

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

Preview hour tickets can be purchased at this link.


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

MCA Student Exhibition at Brinkley Plaza

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

Oct. 14, 2013

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MCA Student Exhibition at Brinkley Plaza

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

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

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


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

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Jeff de Boer

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

Oct. 4, 2013

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MCA Presents Visiting Artist Jeff de Boer

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

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

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

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

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


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

MCA Hosts National Portfolio Day

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

Oct. 4, 2013

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MCA Hosts National Portfolio Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists held at colleges throughout the United States and Canada. Portfolio Days bring together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their schools. The events provide a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art college.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

10–11 a.m.: Registration and Campus Tours of MCA
11 a.m.–noon: Financial Aid, Careers in Art, Portfolio Preparation presentations
Noon–4 p.m.: Portfolio Reviews

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 and consists of representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), which represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.

For additional information, visit www.portfolioday.net or contact the MCA Admissions office at 800-727-1088.


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

Dani Harris’ “From My Heart to Yours” Opening in Alumni Gallery

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

Oct. 3, 2013

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Dani Harris’ From My Heart to Yours Opening in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of From My Heart to Yours by Dani Harris in the Alumni Gallery of Rust Hall. The exhibition will be on view from Oct. 22–Nov. 12 with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 1 from 6–8 p.m.

Originally from Chicago, Harris is a graduate of Memphis College of Art, receiving her BFA in Design Arts in 1987. She began her career as a medical illustrator at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has also worked at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Glasshouse 383, as studio assistant to former Memphis artist Alonzo Davis and, currently, as a graphic designer with Signet, Inc.

While maintaining a career as a graphic designer, Harris has kept her hands in the fine art world, continuing to draw and exhibit whenever possible. Harris first fell in love with figure drawing after taking her first life drawing class at MCA, and her early years at St. Jude contributed to her attention to detail in her drawings. Until recently, Harris worked solely in black and white but has begun to add color, incorporating words and collage into her drawings. “For so long I have had three separate interests—drawing, painting and collage,” said Harris, “I wanted to find a way to bring them all together.” Harris’ work today mixes different textures with paper, drawings, paintings and/or found objects. Some pieces include words from whatever story, poem or quote that is going through her head at the time. Harris’ newest pieces use the heart as a symbol of different concepts of love and affection. “With my work I’m not trying to change the world or make a statement,” said Harris, “I just want to touch people, make them feel something to identify and connect with.”

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.

Colleen Couch-Smith Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

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

Sept. 20, 2013

"The Feast" by Colleen Couch-SmithThe Feast by Colleen Couch-Smith

Colleen Couch-Smith Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Taking Hold by Colleen Couch-Smith on Sept. 20 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through Nov. 3.

Couch-Smith received her BFA in sculpture from Memphis College of Art in 2000. Couch-Smith runs Rock, Paper, Scissors and currently teaches papermaking classes at MCA.

In Taking Hold, “the works are done in handmade paper combined with found objects,” says Couch-Smith. “The work reflects patterns in nature left behind by organisms which use other organisms as a host.”

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


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

Memphis College of Art Announces Legacy Art Auction

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

Sept. 16, 2013

"Park in Noon Sun" by Burton CallicotPark in Noon Sun, 1961, oil on canvas by Burton Callicott

Memphis College of Art Announces Legacy Art Auction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —An event that Memphis art lovers won’t want to miss, Memphis College of Art will hold the Legacy Art Auction: 100% Local on Friday, Oct. 11, 6–8 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery.

The auction will feature MCA legacy holdings—a wide array of artwork in media including ink wash, watercolor, acrylic and oils on paper, canvas as well as woodcuts, lithographs and even a few sculptures. The common thread is that all of the artists have a connection to Memphis College of Art, some with locally famous names including Callicott, Reed, Robinette, Giobbi, Pekar and more.

David Lusk, owner of the David Lusk Gallery and vice chair of MCA’s board of trustees, is the curator of the exhibition, on view from Oct. 4 through the auction on Oct. 11. “David and his staff have put in an incredible number of hours in support of MCA,” said Shawna Engel, MCA’s vice president for advancement. “They have evaluated, cataloged, photographed and curated, and we are extremely grateful for all of their efforts on our behalf.”

“The number of works in the MCA holdings is astounding—and so is the number of artists MCA has helped define over the years,” said Lusk. “As the second event in an ongoing series of auctions, it is appropriate to showcase only works created by members of the MCA community. The works in this auction span six decades, types of work and price points. For instance, from a quintessential Callicott landscape from 1961 to Martina Shenal’s highly minimal photographs c. 2000, the auction has broad appeal, proving what a fine place to create art MCA has always been. Now we urge the Memphis public to join in collecting prime pieces of MCA history.”

All of the artwork will be purchased through silent bids, with the exception of one large 50” x 38” canvas, “Park in Noon Sun” by Burton Callicott, which will be auctioned live with opening bids beginning at 7:45 p.m.

The auction is free and open to the public. “We encourage all who would like to attend to make a reservation so that their bid numbers are ready as soon as they arrive,” said Engel. Reservations can be emailed to rsvp@mca.edu or phoned to Shawna Engel at 901-272-5115.

Click here to see the auction catalog.


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.

Bogey Nights Miniature Golf Exhibition at Memphis College of Art

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

Sept. 16, 2013

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Bogey Nights Miniature Golf Exhibition at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Bogey Nights, a unique miniature golf exhibition in the Rust Hall Main Gallery from Oct. 22 through Nov. 12. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 1 from 6–8 p.m.

The Bogey Nights exhibition consists of an indoor, interactive nine-hole miniature golf course. Each hole is designed by an independent artist or local architecture firm, including Greely Myatt, Colin Kidder, Elisha Gold, archimania, Self + Tucker Architects, Tad Lauritzen Wright, Evan Lebaroff, Niles Wallace and brg3s architects. The designs will reflect the ideas of accessibility and play as well as the balance between art and entertainment.

Each hole will be fully functional, creating a truly unique and interactive experience for Memphis art aficionados who have become accustomed to engaging with art only through sight. In addition to being able to play the course during the reception, attendees will be able to vote for their favorite golf hole. Prizes will be awarded in the amount of $1000 for the artist/designer with the most votes and $500 for the runner-up.

Rust Hall gallery hours are weekdays 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sundays noon–4 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.

Artists and Scientists Team Up to Enlighten the Memphis Community

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

Aug. 5, 2013

Artists and Scientists Team Up to Enlighten the Memphis Community

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Art of Science 2013 is proud to pair the finest local artists with research scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the third year running. Working together, scientists and artists will create work that introduces new audiences to the principles that are saving children’s lives every day at St. Jude. Linking these groups of people both enriches our artistic landscape and inspires people across Memphis to get involved in the fight against deadly childhood diseases. This year’s exhibition opens Sept. 27 with a reception from 6–9 p.m. at the Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate Center located at 477 S. Main St. The exhibition will run through Nov. 2 with gallery hours of Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

The show will feature the work of 27 artists in traditional and interactive media alongside cutting edge scientific imagery. “Last year’s opening night attracted more than 2,000 viewers,” said Dr. Heather Smallwood, president of Art of Science. “We took this as an indication that the community is interested in the art and in learning more about medical research in Memphis.” This year, the Art of Science board of directors aims to inspire even more people.

Researchers at St. Jude not only strive to prevent and cure childhood cancer, but are daily making discoveries that can improve the health and wellbeing of many Memphians as well. “Memphis College of Art is delighted to be hosting this year’s exhibition, and we know the Memphis community will be out in force to witness these marvelous works,” said MCA President Ron Jones. “The work these scientists do at St. Jude is truly an inspiration—what a wondrous and fitting muse for our local artists!” By studying the scientists’ research, artists create unique portholes that enable viewers to peer inside the renowned St. Jude laboratories. Greely Myatt, Carl Moore, Bobby Spillman, Eli Gold, Margaret Munz-Losch and dozens of other gifted local artists are lending their talents to AOS 2013.

During the opening reception on Sept. 27, visitors will have the opportunity to meet and talk with all of the scientists and artists whose works are featured. AOS will also provide educational materials to enhance public understanding about the work on display. The exhibition is appropriate for adults and children of all ages. Through this artistic lens, people across our community can glimpse and connect with the rarely seen scientific miracles that occur everyday within the walls of St. Jude.

About the Art of Science Board of Directors
The Art of Science Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from the Memphis artistic and scientific community. Heather Smallwood, Ph.D., president of Art of Science, and Marie Morfouace, Ph.D., vice president, innovated the project in 2011. Nan Cook, art historian and gallery assistant at L. Ross Gallery, is serving as this year’s Managing Director. Melissa Farris, local artist and Special Exhibitions Curator for the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, is AOS 2013’s exhibition curator. For more information about the Art of Science, email artofscience@gmail.com or visit the webpage at www.facebook.com/artofsciencememphis.

Art of Science Media Relations Contact
Heather Smallwood
heather.smallwood@stjude.org
901-634-6342
or
Travis Hass
artofscience@gmail.com
901-330-7187

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first an only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive cancer Center devoted solely to children and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. To learn more, visit www.stjude.org. Follow us on Twitter at @StJudeResearch.

St. Jude Media Relations Contact
Judith Black Moore
judith.black@stjude.org
901-595-2434


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.

Katie McWeeney Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

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

Aug. 5, 2013

Katie McWeeney Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of What If…Explorations of Possibility and Connection by Katie McWeeney on Aug. 7 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through Sept. 15.

McWeeney received her BFA from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 and her MFA from Memphis College of Art in 2013. She currently works at Crosstown Arts as a gallery and events assistant and maintains her art practice from her home studio.

“My work is an exploration of the human condition, specifically, the innate need to connect to others and understand self,” says McWeeney. “The work discusses the process of searching, rather than attaining results,” says McWeeney. “I create mental maps of layered resin, hand drawn elements and collage to discuss both limits and possibilities of time, needs of being in control and adaptations to change.

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


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

Chloe York’s “Decorators” to Open in Alumni Gallery

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

Aug. 2, 2013


The Decorator XXII by Chloe York

Chloe York’s Decorators to Open in Alumni Gallery

UPDATE: Chloe York’s exhibition Decorators will remain on display through Oct. 15.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Decorators by Chloe York on Aug. 19. The exhibition will be on view in the Alumni Gallery of Rust Hall through Sept. 27, alongside Horn Island 29 in our Main Gallery, with an opening reception for both shows on Sept. 7, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

York received her BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2012 with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Art History. She currently works as an admissions counselor at MCA. Her work deals with issues of camouflage, defense and the exploration of beauty; what makes something pleasing to the eye.

“My current body of work explores my fascination with putting on makeup, skin and hair treatments, padded bras and uncomfortable high-heeled shoes to obtain an appearance that is deemed pleasing to a broad, general eye. I consider this practice a form of self-defense against those who would form opinions about me based on a narrow set of socially prescribed images of the ideal woman in television, magazines and movies,” explains York. “Compared to other species, humans display fears about personal appearance in ways that no other creature does, but I do see similarities in the desire of animals to camouflage and defend themselves from predators and to alter their appearance in order to attract a mate. One such creature is the decorator crab. When threatened, the decorator crab collects bits of its surroundings like vegetation, coral and smaller organisms and covers its entire body, camouflaging itself. Inspired by this creature’s practice and my love/hate relationship with altering my own appearance, I paint stylized, androgynous human figures that are almost unrecognizable with all the oceanic patterns and forms covering their bodies.”

To convey the idea of self-defense on the painting surface itself, York uses complementary color palettes and strong detail work to play with the viewer’s eye, and the use of flat acrylic paint handling on the surface allows the patterns and shapes to play against each other all the more. This flattened and depthless aesthetic discourages the desire to spend an extended amount of time looking at the piece, while the repetitive details within each simple shape aid in leading the viewer’s eye around the figure’s body and its environment. “The surface is inviting, but also confusing and tumultuous,” says York, “challenging the idea that decorating oneself is as advantageous as many of us have been led to believe.”

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 “Blurring Dimensions”

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

July 19, 2013


Surrounding my hands in the stain of warmth, sinking by Gregory Euclide

Memphis College of Art Announces Blurring Dimensions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Blurring Dimensions on Aug. 14 at Hyde Gallery in the Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main St. An opening reception will be held on Aug. 30 from 6-9 p.m. during the South Main Trolley Night. The exhibition will be on view until Sept. 20.

Blurring Dimensions showcases diverse artwork that explores the use of mixed media to blur the line between our perceived and traditional notions of two- and three-dimensional art. Artists featured in the exhibition are Jonathan Auger, Gregory Euclide, Adam Farmer, Rebekah Laurenzi, Cedar Lorca Nordbye, Claudia Santillan, Amanda Sparks and Travis Townsend.

Cat Peña, MCA’s coordinator for exhibitions and lectures, brought her own artistic sensibilities to bear as curator of Blurring Dimensions. “As an artist whose work often relies on the tension created between the idea and the physical object, I am excited to share the work of both local and national artists whose approach to blurring dimensional boundaries may be formally similar, yet conceptually diverse.”

Hyde Gallery is open Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. On Trolley Nights, Hyde Gallery is also open 6–9 p.m. All of MCA’s galleries 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.

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