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Dr. Ron Jones Named President of Memphis College of Art

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Contact: Michelle Byrd
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March 11, 2011

Dr. Ron Jones Named President of Memphis College of Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memphis College of Art Students Win National Broadside Competition

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February 15, 2011

Memphis College of Art Students Win National Broadside Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memphis College of Art students design new library card

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February 4, 2011

Memphis College of Art students design new library card

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


RahLeeCoh Ishakarah


Olivia Logan
MCA’s Give Back students

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

About the Give Back Program

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

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

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