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Memphis College of Art Welcomes Sasha Barr

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Sept. 27, 2012

Memphis College of Art Welcomes Sasha Barr

Sasha BarrFlyer designed by Sasha Barr

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art is eager to welcome illustrator Sasha Barr as part of its ongoing Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Barr will give a presentation titled “Filling in the Blanks” at an open-to-the-public, free event on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall, Overton Park).

Barr is a designer and illustrator in Seattle. He currently works in the art department at Sub Pop Records and as art director at Amigos Skateboards. To view some of Barr’s work, visit http://www.thisisthenewyear.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.

 

MCA Opens Three New Exhibits Oct. 5

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Sept. 20, 2012

MCA Opens Three New Exhibits Oct. 5

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art proudly announces the opening of three new exhibitions on Oct. 5, 2012.

In the Rust Hall Main Gallery (Overton Park) will be the 2012 Alumni Invitational Exhibition. This exhibition is curated by Beth Edwards, painting professor at the University of Memphis, and will feature hand-picked works from MCA alumni over a span of decades. The show runs through Nov. 4, and the opening reception is on Thursday, Oct. 11, 5–7 p.m.

“Upon looking at the work that I selected for this show, I was struck by how much of the work peripherally or directly concerns the position of nature at the hands of man and nature’s resultant vulnerability,” said Edwards in her juror statement, going on to describe the natural world themes present in the Invitational’s pieces.  

Also, in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery (Overton Park) will be an exhibit by MCA alumna and painter Janice Albertine. This show also runs through Nov. 4, and the opening reception is on Thursday, Oct. 11, 5–7 p.m.

In the Rust Hall Lower Gallery (Overton Park) will be a special selection of student work from the Sculpture Department. This show also runs through Nov. 4.

“I’m looking forward to October and bringing these three exhibitions to Rust Hall,” said Cat Peña, coordinator of exhibitions and lectures at Memphis College of Art. “These three shows provide such an eclectic mix of media and types of artists, and I especially love when we have current and past student work showing adjacent to each other. It really shows what MCA is all about.”


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

MCA Hosts National Portfolio Day

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Sept. 18, 2012

MCA Hosts National Portfolio Day 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis College of Art is hosting National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Oct. 13. National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists. The events are held at host colleges throughout the United States and Canada. Portfolio Days bring together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their schools.

At Portfolio Day, students get a small taste of what it could be like to attend a professional art program. They will see a variety of artworks created at different levels by young artists with varying skills and experiences, and they will have the opportunity to hear many different opinions about their work.

A schedule of the day is as follows:

10 – 11 a.m.: Registration, tours of MCA

11 – 11:20 a.m.: Financial Aid presentation

11:20 – 11:40 a.m.: Careers in Art presentation

11:40 a.m. – Noon: How to Prepare a Scholarship-Winning Portfolio presentation

Noon – 4 p.m.: Portfolio reviews

For more information about National Portfolio Day at MCA, call the Admissions office at 1-800-727-1088.

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. The Association consists of representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The NPDA is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada. Visit www.portfolioday.net for further information.

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Memphis College of Art
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

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Artists and Scientists team up to enlighten the Memphis community

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital partner with local artists to produce the 2012 Art of Science exhibit, aimed at bridging the gap between the two disciplines and helping the community better understand the research done at St. Jude.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Following a successful launch last year, scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local artists have decided to team up annually to use the Art of Science exhibition as a means for educating the community about some of the research taking place at St. Jude. This year’s exhibition opens Sept. 28, 2012 with a reception from 6–9 p.m. at the Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate Center, Hyde Gallery located at 477 S. Main St. The exhibition will run six weeks Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

This year’s exhibition, also sponsored by the Downtown Memphis Commission, will feature scientific images representing the research of 33 St. Jude scientists depicted in a variety of artistic media created by 33 local artists. “Last year’s launch of this exhibition attracted more than 600 viewers for the opening day,” said Heather Smallwood Ph.D., president of Art of Science. “We took this as an indication that the community is interested in learning more about our research. Presenting science with the art enriches the aesthetic beauty of this art exhibit and helps make basic science more publicly accessible.”

Along with this year being the 50th anniversary for St. Jude, Memphis College of Art also recently celebrated a milestone anniversary of 75 years. Therefore, it seemed very appropriate for these two institutions to join in presenting the exhibition. With a six-week run scheduled, artists, scientists and Memphis College of Art administrators are hoping that students, youth organizations as well as families and others will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition.

“Memphis College of Art is delighted to be hosting this year’s Art of Science 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!”

The artists and scientists involved in this project see this as an opportunity to widen perspective on research done at St. Jude aimed at finding cures and saving the lives of children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other diseases that affect children. This high level of diversity in research studies conducted at St. Jude, complemented by the diversity of the artists and their media, will offer a unique education. As a special treat at the opening reception (Sept. 28), visitors will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the scientists and artists whose works are featured. Through painting, new media, glass/metal, sculpture and interactive installations, the exhibition looks to create a bridge between the science and art communities.

The exhibition is appropriate for adults and children of all ages. For more information about the Art of Science exhibition visit the website at aos2012.org or www.facebook.com/artofsciencememphis.


Memphis College of Art
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.

Art of Science
The Art of Science group is made up of volunteers from the Memphis community. The goals of this group are to foster a better dialogue between the art and science professionals of Memphis while educating the public about the impact of their respective professions on society. The exhibitions are appropriate for adults and children of all ages. For more information about the Art of Science visit the website at http://aos2012.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/artofsciencememphis.

Travis C. Hass
Art of Science
(901) 830-6789
travis.hass@gmail.com

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing overall U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is also a leader in research and treatment of life-threatening blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives. To learn more, visit www.stjude.org. Follow us on Twitter @StJudeResearch.

Judith Black Moore
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
(901) 595-2434
Judith.black@stjude.org

Famous MCA Alumnus Matthew Robbins Returns for Two Special Events

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Famous MCA Alumnus Returns for Two Special Events

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Nationally acclaimed event designer and author Matthew Robbins is returning to his alma mater, Memphis College of Art, for two very special events on Sept. 20 and Sept. 22. Both events are free and open to the public.

Robbins is a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Weddings and regularly contributes to InStyle Weddings, TheKnot.com, Elegant Bride, Modern Bride and New York Weddings. He writes an ongoing blog for the Martha Stewart Weddings website, The Huffington Post and StyleList.com, and he has given classes and lectures around the world, including South By Southwest and the upcoming Engage!12. He has been a featured guest on both the Martha Stewart Show and Martha Stewart Living Radio as well as a recent spot on the Today Show.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., Robbins will give a Visiting Artist lecture in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, where he will discuss his journey from being an art student at Memphis College of Art to becoming a star designer in New York City.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., Robbins will host a chat and demonstration in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall. Immediately following this presentation will be a reception in the Main Gallery, where Robbins will be signing copies of his book, Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings, for purchase, with some of the proceeds going to support the Memphis College of Art.

“We are delighted to have Matthew come to speak to our students, and there is no doubt that the Memphis community will be equally drawn to such a high-profile MCA alum,” said Memphis College of Art President Ron Jones. “Matthew has been incredibly successful in New York City, and he says he attributes some of his greatest and most formative moments to his time here at Memphis College of Art.


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.

Holiday Bazaar Contest

It’s Back!

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The 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar Student Art Contest

This year’s Holiday Bazaar will be here before you know it! Once again, we’re selecting one piece of student artwork to promote the event. The winning entry’s image will be featured on posters, advertisements, the large MCA banner at the entrance to the park on Poplar, event signage, and maybe even merchandise and in the press! In addition to all this exposure of your work and representing your school, the winning artist will receive a $200 gift card!

Here are the submission rules:

  • Each entrant must be a current student enrolled in a degree-seeking program at MCA.
  • Submissions must somehow represent this year’s theme: “All Wrapped Up.”
  • Work must be submitted on or before Wednesday, Sept. 25, by 4 p.m. to Carrie Corbett (her office is #104 in Rust Hall, across from the President’s office). She will accept work between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • You must be able to leave your work in Carrie’s office until judging is over (probably a week or less after the deadline). You must pick up your work when notified.
  • You must fill out a submission form when dropping off your work.
  • Work of any medium will be accepted, 2D or 3D.* Multiple entries will be accepted.
  • By submitting your work—and in the event that you win the competition—you are agreeing to let MCA use your work, in whole or in part, in any medium in order to promote the Holiday Bazaar. Your work may be edited for promotional purposes, but don’t worry: we want to feature your work—that’s the whole point!
  • The work will be judged by a local design firm and members of the administration and/or faculty. MCA reserves the right to choose no winner and award no prize.

And a few tips:

  • *You are welcome to submit either 2D or 3D work, but remember that the artwork will primarily be used in 2D media (newspaper, signage, web, etc.). If your 3D piece is selected, it will be photographed for promotional use.
  • Keep in mind that the winning artwork will be used for advertising and promoting MCA’s largest event all year. Be as creative and unexpected as you want, but think about how your work will be used. How will it look on a poster? On a banner on Poplar Avenue?
  • Don’t design an ad. We’re looking for work that can stand on its own. Our design firm will create the advertising based around your artwork.
  • You don’t have to interpret the theme (“All Wrapped Up”) literally—though you certainly may if the inspiration moves you to. This is an exciting, upbeat event, so have fun with your submission!

Any questions?

Contact Carrie Corbett at ccorbett@mca.edu. Good luck!

 

Joey Slaughter Exhibition Debuts at Memphis College of Art

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Joey Slaughter Exhibition Debuts at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art invites everyone to attend its new Alumni Exhibition by MCA alumnus Joey Slaughter. The show, titled, “I meant to get back to you, but I had a lot going on,” will be on display Aug. 17 through Sept. 30 in the Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall in Overton Park. A special show reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 6-9 p.m.

Slaughter’s work is best described in his own artist’s statement: “My artwork investigates the ‘look’ of digital information as it is transmitted around us, providing an overabundance of stimuli and therefore, distractions. I am an admirer of objects, especially toys and furniture. These unique objects along with their subsequent distractions, are referenced through my creation of semi-abstract symbols rooted in their instruction manuals. To illustrate the physical presence of all this information, these symbols are then expanded into the 2D and 3D realms through the use of vinyl cutters, laser, and CNC routers. These cut drawings are then combined with painting and other hand-made pieces, resulting in a blend of tight and loose, machine and man. They are not at odds with one another, but rather work together to make a unified whole. The combination of these traditional and non-traditional processes is important, and allows for a play between spontaneity and precision.”

Slaughter received a Louisiana Division of the Arts Career Advancement Grant for this alumni show, which helped cover the supplies to make the work that will be on display in the Memphis College of Art Alumni Gallery.

Rust Hall’s Alumni Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Admission is free.

More information about the artist and his work can be found at www.joeyslaughter.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.

Memphis College of Art, Memphis Zoo Partner for ExZOObition

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Memphis College of Art, Memphis Zoo Partner for ExZOObition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art is proud to be partnering with the Memphis Zoo to present the Summer Art Camp ExZOObition, going on Aug. 10-26 in the Rendezvous Room of the Memphis Zoo.

The special ExZOObition features animal-themed artwork from artists ages 5 to 17, who attended sessions during four fun-filled weeks of Summer Art Camp at Memphis College of Art. The works feature everything from fish to birds to pandas – and even dinosaurs – and utilize a range of media from painting to sculpture to photography.

“We are so excited to partner with the Memphis Zoo to showcase some of the amazing work created by our campers,” said Cece Palazola, director of community education for Memphis College of Art. “The artwork was inspired by our campers’ field trips to the Zoo, and we are glad to be able to share this work with the hundreds of people who attend the Zoo each day.”

For more information on Memphis College of Art Summer Art Camp and other Community Education programs, visit www.mca.edu/publicprograms, call 901-272-5142 or email commed@mca.edu.


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

The Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tenn., is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Recently named as the top zoo in the country by TripAdvisor®, the Memphis Zoo has completed over $93 million in renovation and expansion since the early 1990s. The Zoo’s animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibitry, such as Once Upon A Farm, Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek and CHINA – home to giant pandas YaYa and Le Le. The Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Memphis Zoo, YaYa and Le Le are trademarks of the Memphis Zoo.

Memphis College of Art Debuts Horn Island 28 Exhibition

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Memphis College of Art Debuts Horn Island 28 Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­— Memphis College of Art is proud to unveil the Horn Island 28 Exhibition, on display Aug. 17 – Sept. 28 in the Main and Lower Galleries of Rust Hall in Overton Park. A special show reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 6–9 p.m.

This unique exhibition features work inspired by a MCA-led credited workshop on Horn Island just off the coast of Mississippi. A show like no other, these works incorporate both materials and musings from the group’s nine-day stay on the island.

“Students, alumni and faculty all shared in a spectacular trip – this year’s group was in total sync with each other and Mother Horn,” said Don DuMont, assistant professor of Design Arts and director of the Horn Island Program. “All participated in discovering many aspects of the island’s offerings including the numerous migrating and nesting birds, endless amounts aquatic wildlife and many exploring treks to east and west tips.”

The exhibition will feature island-inspired creations in a wide range of media including sketchbook/journals, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, drawing and metalsmithing.

Rust Hall’s Main and Lower Galleries are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday–Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday. 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 Unveils Summer Art Camp Showcase

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Memphis College of Art Unveils Summer Art Camp Showcase

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­— Memphis College of Art is proud to present the 2012 Summer Art Camp Showcase in the Main Gallery of Rust Hall in Overton Park at 1930 Poplar Ave. The showcase will be on display July 21–29, and the closing reception takes place on Sunday, July 29 at 2–4 p.m.

The showcase will feature more than 400 works of art from artists ages 4 to 18. The pieces are the result of four fun-filled weeks of Summer Art Camp, and utilize a range of media from painting to sculpture to photography and digital arts.

“The annual Summer Art Camp Showcase is my favorite event of the year by far,” said Cece Palazola, director of community education for Memphis College of Art. “The quality of the work is impressive, but the best part is watching how proud the children are to share their creations. Every year, more and more people come to view this unique exhibition—it’s definitely worth a visit.”

Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

For more information on Memphis College of Art Summer Art Camp and other Community Education programs, visit http://mca.edu/publicprograms, call 901-272-5142 or email commed@mca.edu.


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

Memphis College of Art Names Shawna Engel Vice President for College Advancement

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June 21, 2012

Memphis College of Art Names Shawna Engel Vice President for College Advancement

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announced that Shawna Engel has joined the college’s administrative staff as vice president for college advancement. Engel will be responsible for all of the College’s fundraising and advancement efforts, as well as working with her fellow administrators to continue to enhance MCA’s reputation and relationships within the community and beyond.

Engel brings to MCA nearly 20 years of customer service, nonprofit development and academic administration experience. She most recently worked as senior director of development for the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she was responsible for a $12 million capital campaign to relocate the law school to downtown Memphis. Previously, Engel held the positions of director of annual giving, director of alumni and admissions counselor for Christian Brothers University.

Engel has an MBA from Christian Brothers University, along with a BA in English for corporate communications with a minor in finance, also from Christian Brothers University.

“We are overjoyed to have Shawna on board,” said MCA President Dr. Ron Jones. “She has an exceptional background in higher education development, and I know MCA will benefit from her vast experience and contagious enthusiasm.”


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 Student Wins Prestigious Graduate Scholarship Award

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June 6, 2012

Memphis College of Art Student Wins Prestigious Graduate Scholarship Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Memphis College of Art Awards 2012 Summer Camp Scholarships

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June 4, 2012

Memphis College of Art Awards 2012 Summer Camp Scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Memphis College of Art Announces Digital Media Senior Showcase

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Contact: Cara Sievers
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csievers@mca.edu

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May 1, 2012

Memphis College of Art Announces Digital Media Senior Showcase

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

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


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

Memphis College of Art Hosts Bike Parade, Installation Exhibit

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April 23, 2012

Memphis College of Art Hosts Bike Parade, Installation Exhibit

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

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

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

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


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

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

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April 20, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Memphis College of Art Debuts Master of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition

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April 19, 2012

Memphis College of Art Debuts Master of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition

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

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

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


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

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

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April 18, 2012

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

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

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

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

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


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

Memphis College of Art Names Cara Sievers Director of College Communications

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April 12, 2012

Memphis College of Art Names Cara Sievers Director 
of College Communications

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

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

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

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


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

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

Green Mountains/Vermont, 2011

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

January 10–January 29, 2012
Rust Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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