MCA News

New Exhibition, “Scope,” to Open at Hyde Gallery

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

June 14, 2013

"Invention 51" by Ben ButlerInvention 51 by Ben Butler

New Exhibition, Scope, to Open at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host Scope at Hyde Gallery in the Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main St., June 19 through July 6 with an opening reception Friday, June 28, 6–9 p.m. during South Main Trolley Night.

Organized by Haley Morris-Cafiero, director of MCA’s MFA Studio Art program and head of Photography, Scope is comprised of works from local artists, all of whom are students, faculty or alumni of Memphis colleges. Many of the works have never before been exhibited in the Memphis area.

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.

Memphis College of Art Announces Alexander Paulus Exhibition

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

May 24, 2013

"Space is the Place" by Alex PaulusC Robots by Alex Paulus

Memphis College of Art Announces Alexander Paulus Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art announces the opening of its newest alumni exhibition, Space Is The Place, by Alexander Paulus on May 29. The exhibition will run until Aug. 3 in the Alumni Gallery of Rust Hall.

Paulus earned an MFA from Memphis College of Art in 2009 and a BFA from Southeast Missouri State University with an emphasis in painting in 2003. He is currently an instructor at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

For Space is the Place, Paulus has drawn inspiration from diverse sources. “This work takes the theories of ancient aliens, mythological gods and modern-day science and smashes them all together,” said Paulus. “The purpose of this is to further confuse future generations as to what present-day humans believe is the origin of our existence.”

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.

“Overwhelming Captivation” at Memphis College of Art’s Hyde Gallery

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
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May 22, 2013

NOTE: The opening date for Overwhelming Captivation has been rescheduled for May 31. The gallery will open at noon, and the opening reception will begin at 6 p.m.

"Overwhelming Captivation"

Overwhelming Captivation at Memphis College of Art’s Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art will host Overwhelming Captivation at Hyde Gallery in the Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main St., May 29 – June 14 with an opening reception Friday, May 31, 6–9 p.m. during South Main Trolley Night.

This exhibition is juried by Robert Hollingsworth, gallery manager at David Lusk Gallery, and curated by current MFA student Thomas Green.

Overwhelming Captivation is a visual conversation through works of varied and contrasting materials, illustrating the ideas of being human and emotionally overcome by ephemeral forces. Themes within the show are broad, confronting psychological problems—obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, fear—and touching on the ideas of addiction, lust, anger, gluttony, sloth, envy, greed or other references to the concept of obsession.

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.

Beverly Speakes’ Class of 2013 Valedictorian Speech

Beverly Speaks and Congressman CohenCongressman Steve Cohen congratulates Beverly Speakes

Beverly Speakes was the valedictorian for MCA’s 63rd graduating class. She presented the following speech to family and friends, faculty and fellow graduates at the commencement ceremony, held at the Levitt Shell:

I’m a non-traditional student who’s overcome—or worked around—some non-traditional obstacles. It’s a good thing I’m creative and more than a little bit obsessive, because those traits have put me here speaking to you today. Since I’ve been a student at MCA, when I’ve been out and people have seen my ID, they’ve invariably assumed that I was a grad student or a teacher. “No,” I told them, “I’m working for my undergrad—I’m just a slow starter”—and since it’s now 2013, obviously I’m a slow finisher, as well. It’s taken me 10 years to get my degree, but my dreams of art school and my desire for an art degree have existed much longer than that. I had heard about Memphis College of Art for as long as I’d been in Memphis, and I nurtured a secret desire to be a student here. But life happened. There was work and child raising and more work, and every year, my plans moved me further and further away from the idea of being at MCA. I finally quit thinking about it entirely. Then one year, I became very ill, plans went awry, my existence went sideways, and within a short time, the person I had been was gone, and the person I’d become was a stranger. And then more life happened—because that’s what it does. But slowly, I began to move forward. In 2002, applying to Memphis College of Art—finally taking that first step—was a way of moving forward for me. I learned early on that I wasn’t able to study the way people usually do, so I had to figure out how I could study. And I did. Even so, it’s been hard. But here I am.

I’ve been here for a long time. I remember when Leslie became the librarian, when Shane began teaching Illustration, and when Tom Lee’s facial hair looked more…domesticated. I was the RA the first year that Metz Hall was open. Mike and Jeff, with their maintenance super powers, became my heroes that year. There were 40-plus residents, mostly freshman, many of whom had never been away from home before. That term was never—ever—dull. And it gave me some lasting relationships. In just a few years, I saw those fellow students graduate—and I’m still in touch with some of them. I’ve seen them go on to grad school, to work—several have gotten married and now have families. Watching them begin their away-from-home lives at MCA and then go out into the world has made me feel as though I am a part of something large and wide reaching.

MCA has taken a group trip every Spring since I’ve been here. One year, I went with them to Paris. It was cold; it even snowed a little. But it was Paris and it was amazing—even though I was worse for wear when I got back home. I saw works by Leonardo, Dali, Kandinsky and Degas—and I visited Jim Morrison’s grave. That trip was something I’ll never forget. Every year, I’ve thought about going to Horn Island too, and although Lisa Tribo and Bob Riseling have made a good case for it, so far, I’m still way too attached to indoor plumbing to brave it, but maybe one day I’ll get there.

The best part of my MCA experience has been my 10-year exposure to art students and teachers. Being surrounded by talented, creative people is just about the best thing, ever. There’s nothing like it. I’ve learned a lot, and I have enduring memories of surf music and bunny stories. I’ve met so many incredible people…some who’ve already left, some who are leaving and some who’ll be here for a while longer. I’ve secretly wished to be a few of them—Brittany Vega, Krislee Kyle and Fidencio Martinez, this year, for instance. Seeing things through your eyes, listening to you talk about how you see the world has given me perspective that I don’t believe I’d have found anywhere else.

I’ve had a support system here at MCA. Today, some of those people are sitting behind me—some are in the audience, when in years past, they’d have also been sitting behind me—and some are not in attendance. But wherever they all are at this moment, their counsel and kindness has been most appreciated. Thank you especially to Betty Spence, who kept me sane and focused on more than one occasion. Thank-yous also go out to Jennifer Sargent, Shane McDermott, Tad Lauritzen-Wright and Fred Burton who, without fail, always made me feel as though I had potential. Thank you, as well, to Jeanine, Nona, Diane, Deborah, Kenny, Lisa, Zark and the rest of you who always met me with smiles, hellos and conversation.

Smiles and hellos and conversation mean a lot. And last but not least, my heartfelt thanks go to Susan Miller, who unfailingly encouraged me and who did her best to fix any problem I ever brought to her.

We sometimes hear—from non-artists, of course—that majoring in art is not desirable, that we should be investing in something that much of rest of the world believes to have a more guaranteed or lucrative return. I think the rest of the world is jealous. I believe that we, as artists, more than any other career demographic, invest in ourselves. We invest in the innate need we have to make art—to have that intensely personal experience—and share it. When we leave Memphis College of Art, things might not always turn out as we plan. There will probably be obstacles—and ups and downs. Things might be harder than we expect them to be. But it is vital that we—as artists—persevere. We need to continue making art and we need to continue sharing it. Art is one of the primary hallmarks of civilization. The world needs artists. We inspire. We ­are important.

The word “valedictorian” is derived from the Latin root phrase meaning, “to say farewell.” And this is the day we do just that. Our time at MCA has come to a close and we’ll follow different paths from here on out. We’re saying good-bye, but we’ll carry little bits of MCA with us—the memories of the people we’ve met here, the experiences we’ve had and the knowledge we’ve gained. We are now, forever, a part of Memphis College of Art and it is, forever, a part of us. I don’t know if any of us can impact the future in huge ways, but I firmly believe that the common spark that drew us to MCA, that part of us that’s been nurtured here, gives us, at least, the power to make the corners of the world where we eventually end up, little bit better. Thank you.

Beverly Speakes, Class of 2013 Valedictorian
May 11, 2013

Memphis College of Art Hosts Disegno 6

Contact: Shawna Engel
Vice President for College Advancement
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(901) 272-5115

Memphis College of Art Hosts Disegno 6

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art will host Disegno 6: Contemporary Undergraduate Drawing, May 16 – July 14 in the Main Gallery of MCA’s Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

The participating student artists from MCA are Christian Brown, Evan Hoffman, Fidencio Martinez, Kate Mattingly and Jennifer McClish. McClish earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in December 2012. Hoffman and Martinez are graduating this semester. Works by students from other participating colleges are also featured in the show.

Disegno 6 is a traveling group exhibition of drawings by undergraduate students from art institutions across the United States. These exhibitions bring together works by students who find the discipline of drawing to be at the core of their education, regardless of their chosen field.

The Disegno exhibition series was created and is facilitated annually by Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.

This is the sixth year for the touring exhibition, which began its run at the Maryland Institute College of Art earlier this year. It then moved to the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of South Carolina before arriving at MCA for its final show.

Rust Hall’s galleries are open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon – 3 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.

Metal Museum “Tributaries” Artist Gabriel Craig Visits Memphis College of Art

Contact: Shawna Engel
Vice President for College Advancement
sengel@mca.edu
(901) 272-5115

Gabriel Craig, Metal Museum "Tributaries" Artist

Metal Museum “Tributaries” Artist Gabriel Craig Visits Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Gabriel Craig, one of the featured artists of the National Ornamental Metal Museum‘s Tributaries exhibition series, will visit Memphis College of Art’s Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park) on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss his career as an artist and show examples of his work. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Craig, who resides in Detroit, describes himself as a “metalsmith, writer and craft activist.” His performative use of craft engages diverse audiences in discussions about self-sufficiency, labor, consumption and tradition. He has lectured throughout the country on his own artistic work, decorative arts history and contemporary craft. He received his BFA in Metals/Jewelry from Western Michigan University and his MFA in Jewelry and Metalworking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

MCA’s visiting artist series is designed to expose students and the community to a diverse group of professional artists whose careers have taken them around the 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 Welcomes Visiting Artist Adelaide Paul

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April 11, 2013

"Dik Dik, Revised" by Adelaide PaulDik Dik, Revised by Adelaide Paul, 2009

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Visiting Artist Adelaide Paul

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Adelaide Paul, a talented sculptor from Philadelphia, will be discussing her artwork and her career in Memphis College of Art’s Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park) on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Paul, who earned an MFA in studio art from Louisiana State University in 1996, explores the relationships among animals and humans through her work. “Animals are anthropomorphized in film, fiction and popular culture,” she said in a statement. “They (and their requisite accessories) are hot commodities; like all commodities, they are also disposable.”

Having taught anatomy to veterinary students for the past eight years as associate director of the anatomy lab at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Paul has an intimate understanding of animal forms. “What strikes me the most, however, is not how different other animals are from us human animals, but how very similar,” said Paul. “I seek to pose questions to the viewer regarding these consumer/consumed/consummated relationships by juxtaposing found and fabricated objects evoking multiple possibilities as to just who is consumed.”

For the complete artist’s statement and bio, click here.

MCA’s visiting artist series is designed to expose students and the community to a diverse group of professional artists whose careers have taken them around the 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.

Brin and Dale Baucum Alumni Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

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April 4, 2013

"Bamboo Moon" by Brin & Dale BaucumBrin and Dale Baucum Alumni Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces its newest alumni exhibition, Two Dancing as One, by Brin and Dale Baucum. The couple’s sculpture work will be on display April 5 – May 12, in the Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park. There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 12, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public, and admission is free.

Brin and Dale Baucum both earned their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from MCA in 1973. They have been creating art together for 40 years.

“We are Dale and Brin Baucum: potters, parents, married to each other, committed to our art and still very much in love with all this,” said the artists in a statement. “Through all the years, we have discovered that making pots is much like a dance, much like a song, always with new gestures to add to the tune.”

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 3 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 BFA and MFA Exhibitions

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April 4, 2013

MFA-BFA Spring 2013BFA art: Scoliosis by Nicolette Overton

Memphis College of Art Announces BFA and MFA Exhibitions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is proud to announce the Spring 2013 BFA and MFA thesis exhibitions. The BFA I show takes place April 5–21 at Rust Hall’s Main Gallery (Overton Park) with an opening reception April 12, 6–8 p.m.; the BFA II exhibition is April 26 – May 11. The MFA thesis, entitled “Connect For” will be on display April 17 – May 4 at the Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main. The opening receptions for both the BFA II and MFA exhibitions will take place at their respective locations Friday, April 26—the BFA reception is 5–7 p.m. at Rust Hall, and the MFA reception is 6–9 p.m. to coincide with Trolley Night in downtown Memphis.

MCA has 62 BFA candidates this semester. To better feature each student, their final undergraduate exhibition is divided into two shows. A list of the BFA I artists can be found at http://mca.edu/mcacalendar/bfa-exhibition-i/. A list of the BFA II artists can be found at http://mca.edu/mcacalendar/bfa-exhibition-ii/.

“Connect For” will feature four MCA MFA candidates: Jenna David, Soulmaz Khazraei, Lauren Lane and Katie McWeeney.

Currently at Hyde Gallery, work by MCA’s Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Art Education candidates is on display. It will remain through April 6.

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


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

Memphis College of Art Students Install Sustainable Sculpture at the Dixon

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March 25, 2013

Memphis College of Art Students Install Sustainable Sculpture at the Dixon

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

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

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

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

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


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

Metal Museum Tributaries Artist To Speak at Memphis College of Art

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Feb. 19, 2013

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

Metal Museum Tributaries Artist To Speak at Memphis College of Art

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

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

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


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

Memphis College of Art Students Featured at Brinkley Plaza Opening

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Feb. 14, 2013

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

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

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

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


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

Kong Wee Pang Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

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Feb. 14, 2013

Kong Wee Pang Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

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

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

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


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

Memphis College of Art Debuts Sorrows of War Exhibition

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Feb. 8, 2013

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

Memphis College of Art Debuts Sorrows of War Exhibition

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

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

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


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

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Tom Konyves

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Feb. 8, 2013

"Found Countdown" by Tom KonyvesFound Countdown by Tom Konyves

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Tom Konyves

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

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

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

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

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


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

Blane de St. Croix Comes to Memphis College of Art

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Jan. 31, 2013

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

Blane de St. Croix Comes to Memphis College of Art

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

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

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


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

Memphis College of Art Renovates Parkside Through Plough Foundation Grant

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Memphis College of Art Renovates Parkside Through Plough Foundation Grant  

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

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

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


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

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Io Palmer

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Jan. 14, 2013

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

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Io Palmer

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

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

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

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

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


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

Memphis College of Art Debuts Exhibition Exploring Racial Identity

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Siphne Sylve Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

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

Siphne Sylve Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

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

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

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

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

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


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

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