MCA News

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.

Memphis College of Art Announces 2013 Horn Island Exhibition

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

July 16, 2013


Memphis College of Art Announces 2013 Horn Island Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present the 29th annual Horn Island Exhibition in the Rust Hall Gallery from Aug. 19 through Sept. 27, alongside Decorators by Chloe York in our Alumni Gallery. A reception will be held for both exhibitions on Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Gallery.

The works in the exhibition are the outcome of an 11-day annual trip to Horn Island, Miss. for MCA students, faculty and alumni. Faculty member Don DuMont is the director of the Horn Island program. He coordinates the travel arrangements and logistics for the expedition, which immerses the participants in nature on the undeveloped island, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The program begins before departure as the artists begin work on a journal/sketchbook for the trip. DuMont says a visit to the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, Miss. is always the first stop, as Anderson, an American artist who spent much of his childhood and adult life in coastal Mississippi, drew heavily on the environment and wildlife of Horn Island in his work.

Once on the island, participants live in primitive conditions, as there are no amenities. Over the years, the Wednesday night of the trip has become a favorite, featuring a dinner of SPAM and a contest for the most elaborate headdress made with found objects. “It can be anything from baseball caps with items affixed on them, to full island regalia,” says DuMont. The expedition usually numbers around 35, but DuMont recalls 52 participants on the 20-year anniversary trip.

Following the expedition, participants are given several weeks to develop a body of work based on their island experience. Participants create work for the exhibition that may include photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics and book arts. Students gain additional experience as they participate in the installation and logistical planning of the exhibition.


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.

“Chronos and Kairos: A show about time” to Open at Hyde Gallery

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

July 3, 2013

"Hotel 1982" (detail) by Justin BowlesHotel 1982 (detail) by Justin Bowles

Chronos and Kairos: A show about time to Open at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Chronos and Kairos: A show about time will open at Memphis College of Art’s Hyde Gallery in the Nesin Graduate Center on Wednesday, July 10, continuing through July 31. The exhibition reception will be held from 6–9 p.m. on Friday, July 26 (Trolley Night).

The Hyde Gallery’s third and final exhibition of the summer, Chronos and Kairos is curated by MCA graduate student Justin Bowles. The group show spans media with printmaking, collage, drawing, painting, video, sculpture and installation. Featured artists include Justin Bowles, Amelia Briggs, Adam Higgins, Eric Huber, Jessica Marie Lund, Anna Roach and Matt Wening.

“The title comes from two ancient Greek words for time,” explains Bowles. “Chronos refers to quantitative, linear time and kairos signifies qualitative, nonlinear time. Each work investigates history, memories or theories of time.”

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.

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
ccorbett@mca.edu
901-272-5111

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
sengel@mca.edu
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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
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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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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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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.

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