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A Loss of Attention: An Exhibition of Visual and Verbal Art

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October 12, 2011

Memphis College of Art presents A Loss of Attention: An Exhibition of Visual and Verbal Art October 14 through November 6, 2011 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park. A reception is Friday, October 14 from 5 to 7 pm. A poetry reading at 6 pm features Clay Mathews, Whit Griffin and MCA students Larry Franklin and Meredith Lones.

The exhibition invites poetry into the gallery space to emphasize the importance of the relationship between the visual and the verbal in contemporary art and writing. The exhibition focuses on regional artists and poets that contemplate attentiveness in terms of designating what it means to be aware, bored, elated, dejected, instructive, negligent, observant, or simply present. It consists mainly of print media, photography, and drawing, along with small sculptural works exploring the role of the multiple. Poetry is presented in the exhibition in the form of broadsides and additional limited run publications by independent presses from throughout the country.

Having chosen Marjorie Perloff’s essay “Frank O’Hara and the Aesthetics of Attention” as the exhibition’s primary source, A Loss of Attention aims to develop a discourse between visual art and writing through the concept of “awareness” first explored by the Objectivist Poets of the 1930’s, and again by poet Frank O’Hara in the 1950’s. The exhibition’s title is derived from O’Hara’s statement, made in reference to sculptor David Smith, “The slightest loss of attention leads to death.” The exhibition seeks to expand the role of this concept, presenting the viewer with works that explore the loss of this awareness and attention in contemporary art and society.

The exhibition is curated by Evan Commander, Nick Hill, Kristen Johnson and Avril Thurman and includes works and words from the following artists and writers: Cynthia Arrieu-King, Keith Benjamin, Sarah Blyth-Stephens, M. Callen, The Creative Services of Hugo de Verteuil & Ian Rothwell, Larry Franklin, Micah Freeman, Whit Griffin, Terence Hammonds, Matt Hart, Tara Heilman, Steve Kemple, Meredith Lones, Tony Luensman, Chase Markovich, Clay Matthews, Claire Metzger, The Phraseology Project, Zach Rawe, Zachary Schomburg and Aaron Walker.

For more information about the exhibition contact: ALossOfAttention@gmail.com; Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139738636124629; Exhibition Tumblr (via The Creative Services of Hugo de Verteuil & Ian Rothwell) http://alossofattention.tumblr.com/; Online publication: http://issuu.com/alossofattention/docs/final_publication edited by Nick Hill;
Rhizome link: http://rhizome.org/announce/events/57650/view/.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. For more information call 901.272.5100.

Above image by The Creative Services of Hugo de Venteuil & Ian Rothwell.

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.

Wait Watchers: a series of photographs by Haley Morris Cafiero

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September 30, 2011
Wait Watchers: a series of photographs by Haley Morris Cafiero

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 6 P.M. – 9 P.M.

New York, NY – Rogue Space Gallery Chelsea is proud to present Wait Watchers, a series of self-portrait photographs by Haley Morris-Cafiero on view October 7-9, 2011. Morris-Cafiero was the winner of the FilmOnArtists 2010 Juried Show and won this solo show and a documentary to be made about her work by FilmOnArtists. The documentary will premier at the opening.

Wait Watchers is a series of photographs where Morris-Cafiero reverses the gaze of strangers reacting to her performing mundane tasks in public by documenting their reactions to her with her camera. By placing her camera out in public and aiming the camera at her, Morris-Cafiero does things that everyone does in public: talk on the phone, eat a cup of gelato, wait for a cab. But while doing these acts, Morris-Cafiero records the unsolicited reaction of people who walk by and react by sneering, laughing and gawking.

Haley Morris-Cafiero is a photographer based in Memphis. She uses film and digital rangefinders to capture her images. The unaltered images are printed using digital processes. Haley received her MFA in Art from the University of Arizona and her BFA in Ceramics and BA in Photography from University of North Florida. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of the Photography Department at Memphis College of Art. Her work can be seen on her website atwww.haleymorriscafiero.com.

Below:

Haley Morris-Cafiero
Gelato
2011
17″ x 21″

MCA Celebrates 27 Years on Horn Island

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September 2, 2011

MCA Celebrates 27 Years on Horn Island

Memphis, TN- Memphis College of Art presents an exhibition of works inspired by 27 years of the Horn Island, MS excursion. Horn Island 27 is on view in the Main Gallery and Lower Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park, through October 7. Areception is Saturday, September 10 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm.

The Horn Island workshop, inspired by painter Walter Anderson, brings MCA students, faculty, alumni and friends on a creative excursion to the small and uninhabited barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, ten miles off the coast of Pascagoula, MS.  Since 1985, MCA’s artists have braved the heat, humidity and mosquitoes in rugged and challenging living conditions and transformed their experiences into the artwork exhibited in the show.

As in years past, friends of MCA contribute to the artist’s creative journey. In exchange for financial support, sponsors receive artwork created by the student as a result of his or her trip.

The Horn Island exhibition kicks off MCA’s academic year and is one of the College’s most popular and well-attended shows. Visitors view and may purchase the island inspired artwork while enjoying island hors d’oeuvres.

The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Main Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.

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.

Memphis College of Art students help out

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August 18, 2011

Memphis College of Art students help out

Memphis, TN–Over a hundred incoming students at Memphis College of Art will participate in “MCA’s Helping Hands” on Friday, August 19, a day of community service at 6 locations across Downtown and Midtown Memphis. The student volunteers will be joined by MCA staff, faculty and student leaders.

“MCA’s Helping Hands willingly volunteer their time throughout the Memphis area to foster greater ties with the community through the spirit of service,” said Susan Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs. “This day of service will be a wonderful opportunity for students to build lifelong relationships through creativity, energy and hard work.”

MCA’s Helping Hands teams will be dispatched to the following organizations early Friday: the Memphis Zoo, St. Jude Target House, Snowden Elementary, Urban Art Commission and MIFA, and Friends of Overton Park.

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. 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.

Memphis College of Art Celebrates 75 Years

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August 10, 2011

Memphis College of Art Celebrates 75 Years

Memphis, TN–Memphis College of Art is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. The milestone is marked with a series of free events that engage MCA’s community, students, faculty, alumni, friends and supporters. The celebration’s theme: “Memphis College of Art’s 75th Anniversary: Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping the Future,” reflects on 75 years of developing artists and advancing art in the Mid-South and beyond.

Kicking off the anniversary celebration is an opening reception on August 26 from 6-9 pm at the Hyde Gallery in the Nesin Graduate School, located at 477 South Main Street. The reception invites the community to “look back, look ahead and look around” and join in celebrating the return of two highly accomplished professors, the debut of the College’s new leadership and the College’s legacy as it continues to make its mark.

New work by Maritza Dávila and Fred Burton–two of the College’s longest serving Professors (1982 and 1987 respectively)–created while on sabbatical will be on view in the gallery. MCA’s new President Dr. Ron Jones, along with the Alumni Association’s new Executive Committee, will be on hand to meet the community, and together celebrate 75 years of artmaking.

The anniversary celebration’s theme “Fulfilling Dreams, Shaping the Future,” is designed with MCA’s students, alumni, faculty and friends in mind. A series of commemorative events include the inauguration of MCA’s 12th president, the debut of a historical documentary, and a 75th Anniversary Gala. Other events planned are lectures, exhibits, gallery talks and campus tours designed to reconnect with alumni, thank long-time friends and supporters and build meaningful connections with the College. Students, alumni, faculty and friends will be invited to share their stories about MCA, be they reminisces of inspirational teachers, classes or fetes on MCA’s website and on Facebook. For more 75th Anniversary Celebration event details visit www.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. 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.

MCA professor awarded Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Lahore, Pakistan

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May 25, 2011

MCA professor awarded Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Lahore, Pakistan

Memphis, TN–Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Wilson, Memphis College of Art Associate Professor and Director of Art Education Programs, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to spend part of the coming year in Pakistan working with a local university to develop a masters in Art Education program.

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The highly prestigious program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Dr. Wilson is helping develop a teacher training program for Art Education at the School of Visual Arts and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. The BNU, established in 2003, is a liberal arts university, the first of its kind in the private sector in Pakistan. Dr. Wilson will be teaching Art Education courses while helping to establish the program.  “I am honored to have received this award and look forward to continuing the work I began with BNU this year,” said Wilson. “BNU’s program, much like MCA’s art education graduate program, focuses on building an understanding and appreciation of art in children, as well as developing artistic skills and creative capacity. Our mutual goals include teaching problem solving skills, expanding understandings in new and imaginative ways, and helping students gain a wider world view of the present and past.”

“This project presents a wonderful opportunity for both Dr. Wilson and for the USA,” said Ken Strickland, Dean of MCA. “Sharing her thirty plus years of experience in art education should provide the Beaconhouse National University with a valuable cross-cultural perspective on education. The ability to share a western point of view in artmaking and art history will be a great addition to the already rich art culture and history of Pakistan.”

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 to offer graduate programs, 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.

Dr. Ron Jones Named President of Memphis College of Art

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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.

Memphis College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Additional Information