MCA News

Kevin Mitchell Reveals Home as Haven for the Different

Contact: Marilyn Koester
Communications Manager
mkoester@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

June 8, 2017


 

 

 

Kevin Mitchell Reveals Home as Haven for the Different

Home>House Exhibit on View at MCA Gallery of Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (June 8, 2017) — Home>House, a new exhibit by artist Kevin Mitchell, will be on view in the MCA Gallery of Playhouse on the Square from June 9 to July 30. In Home>House, Mitchell examines the idea of the home as a place of retreat. This concept of the home providing structure, strength, and support, while the outside world becomes unpredictable and hostile, is at the center of his work. As Mitchell explains, “The home as a haven is especially for those whose community is often viewed anomalistic and peripheral by mainstream society. I use a variety of media to explore color, texture, and form as they relate to the ideas of impermanence and chaos, safety and sanity, exclusion and inclusion.”

Kevin Mitchell is a native of Florence, Alabama, but moved to Memphis in 1991 where he works still as an artist, teacher, and sufferer of the Memphis heat. Mitchell works in the fields of Graphic Design and Advertising, while also enjoying a very busy studio practice. He can most likely be found enjoying his studio, upcycling found furniture, or constructing art. Also, Mitchell serves as a mentor to his students as Creative Director for Memphis College of Art’s External Partnerships and Creative in Residence.

Playhouse on the Square is a part of Circuit Playhouse Inc., which includes both Playhouse on the Square and The Circuit Playhouse. Over the past forty years, the theaters have brought forth over 744 shows since 1969. It is located at 66 South Cooper Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38104.

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. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

Save the Date and Submit Your Work! MCA’s 2017 Holiday Bazaar

Contact: Marilyn Koester
Communications Manager
mkoester@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 24, 2017


 

 

 

Save the Date and Submit Your Work! MCA’s 2017 Holiday Bazaar

MCA’s 67th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser: Call to Artists and Bazaar Dates

Holiday Bazaar 2017MEMPHIS, Tenn. (June 5 2017) — The Memphis College of Art 67th Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser (Juried Show) is now accepting submissions. The Early Submission Deadline is Wednesday, August 30. The Final Submission Deadline is Monday, October 2. To apply online, click here.

There will be a ticketed Opening Celebration on Friday, November 17, 6-10pm, and the bazaar will be open to the public on Saturday, November 18, 9am – 6pm. The bazaar is located in Rust Hall, Memphis College of Art 1930 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104.

This much anticipated, juried event has drawn thousands of people to the MCA campus since its inception in 1949. The show was revamped and improved in 2016. This is the second edition of that newly reimagined Holiday Bazaar. In addition to supporting local artists in the MCA community, 30% of proceeds from each sale will benefit the college’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million in scholarships each year.

The Holiday Bazaar is an excellent opportunity for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work in a high-traffic, gallery event. Work from students, faculty, alumni, and trending local artists will be for sale. As an open call, any local artist may submit, and there is no cost to apply.

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. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

Crashing Expectations Revealed by Josh Strydom’s Disappointed at MCA

Contact: Marilyn Koester
Communications Manager
mkoester@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 24, 2017


 

 

 

Crashing Expectations Revealed by Josh Strydom’s Disappointed at MCA

Joshua Strydom Photography Collage Exhibit in Alumni Gallery

Josh Strydom Unrequited ExpectationsMEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 24, 2017) — Disappointed exhibit by Zimbabwean artist Josh Strydom will be on view in the Alumni Gallery of Rust Hall at Memphis College of Art from May 23 to July 30. Joshua Strydom (BFA ’15) is a Zimbabwean artist, currently based in Prague, Czech Republic. He has exhibited across Southern Africa, the USA, and Central Europe. He has been creating work in Prague since 2014, focusing on the otherness found in contrasting cultures and documenting society through photography and digital collage.

This series explores the idea of unrequited expectations, where people have no return on their emotional investment, or rather a return different from what they had anticipated. Strydom uses the tourist attraction of the Astronomical Clock in Prague as the backdrop for creating his photographic collages of the faces of people watching the clock’s show, and their subsequent disappointment.

Ranked #2 behind the Mona Lisa as the most disappointing tourist attraction, the Astronomical Clock show welcomes approximately 700,000 tourists ever year. Strydom records the facial expressions of those visitors with layered, complex forms in his photographs.

Alumni Gallery hours are as follows: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. A reception for this exhibit, and the Best in Class 2016/17 exhibit, will be on Friday, June 9 from 6-8pm in the Rust Hall Main Gallery and Alumni Gallery.

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. 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 2017 Summer Academy for High School Students, July 16-29

Contact: Marilyn Koester
Communications Manager
mkoester@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

May 16, 2017


 

 

 

Memphis College of Art Announces Summer Academy for High School Students, July 16-29

Rising high school juniors and seniors earn college credit while studying art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 16, 2017) — Memphis College of Art offers an opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors to earn 2 college level credit hours when they attend Summer Academy at the MCA campus. This is a unique two-week experience that runs July 16-July 29.

Summer Academy provides a studio experience for highly motivated high school art students with the intent to study art at the college level. The program will cover both Fine Arts and Design Arts curricula with hands-on study. An emphasis will be placed on visual art career options and professional practices.

Professors teach these students a variety of studio classes, including Illustration, Metals, Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, and Photography, and give them a glimpse of what potentially lies ahead for them in college. Most importantly, Summer Academy introduces them to the inclusive, alternative, and fun culture of MCA.

MCA Summer Academy is a great enrichment opportunity for young artists, and allows them to gain a first-hand feeling for the culture of a college that is so firmly committed to fine art and design. Students can commute or stay in the dorms, and their two-week tuition is adjusted accordingly. Residential tuition is $1650 and Commuter tuition is $1225. Registration is open. For admission to Summer Academy, visit: http://mca.edu/admissions/admissions-events/summer-academy/

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. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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