MCA News

MCA to Host Giant Election Week Photobooth

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

Nov. 1, 2016

 

Memphis College of Art to Host Election Week Photobooth

Come celebrate the right to vote—take a selfie at MCA’s giant flag photobooth with custom, handmade props

Election Week Photobooth

WHAT:            Election Week Photobooth at Memphis College of Art (MCA). Free and open to the public.

  • Students at MCA created props celebrating the freedom to vote in the political process. Props include cutouts of the Statue of Liberty, an I Voted sticker, Hillary Clinton power suit, Donald Trump hair, Abraham Lincoln top hat and beard, Republican elephant and Democrat donkey, and George Washington wig, among many others.
  • Students involved in the project are part of MCA’s Give Back community service program, which provides opportunities for special merit scholarship recipients to engage in community service projects throughout the year.
  • Former MCA board member Penn Owen is lending his large American flag, measuring 20’ x 30’, to hang on the front of Rust Hall, with props available near the main entrance of the building.
  • The public is invited to visit during voting week and take “selfies” in front of the flag, posing with their choice of handmade props.

WHEN:             November 3–9, 2016

  • Props available to the public from 8:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

WHERE:           Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park, Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:               MCA has encouraged its students to practice their civic liberties by voting in this year’s presidential election. Internally, staff at the college have educated students about the voting process and helped them register to vote, either for in-person voting or by absentee ballot, as many MCA students do not live near their voting district. Hosting the photobooth for the college and the public is a way to celebrate the democratic process with the community.

Members of the public are especially encouraged and invited to take their photo after they vote with the various props awaiting them outside the college, post the images on social media channels with the hashtags #Election2016 and #artofthevote, and tag Memphis College of Art (Instagram: @memphiscollegeofart, Twitter: @memphisart, Facebook: www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart).

For additional information contact Natalie Fleenor, Communications Coordinator at nfleenor@mca.edu or (901) 272-5113.

Photo: (from left to right) Katherine Lawson, Laura Lester, Kristen Rambo and Jessica Forrester


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.

 

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

Oct. 28, 2016

 

The Disabled Body in Contemporary ArtMemphis College of Art Presents Visiting Artist Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant

UNC-Greensboro senior lecturer to present on book, ‘The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Visiting Artist Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant for a lecture and discussion surrounding her book, The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art, on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 12:15–1:45 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture is free and open to the public.

After receiving a traumatic brain injury in 2007, Millett-Gallant gained a personal perspective and a new set of experiences around art and disability. The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art (2010, Palgrave Macmillan) is the first book to cross disciplines of art history and disability studies by analyzing images of the body in visual culture. Millett-Gallant examines various media in the book—including paintings, sculpture, photography, performance art, medical displays, and 19th and 20th century freak shows—to create a critical dialogue surrounding the work of disabled and non-disabled artists. Millett-Gallant also explores in the book western art history, drawing parallels to sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism and homophobia.

Millett-Gallant is a senior lecturer at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Ohio State University in 1997, and her Master of Arts degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Art History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2000 and 2005, respectively. This year, Millett-Gallant published a memoir about her injury, recovery, and the role of art in her experiences in Re-Membering: Putting Mind and Body Back Together Following Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as co-edited the first book of essays that crosses the disciplines of art history and disability studies, Disability and Art History. Information about these books and Millett-Gallant’s other activities can be viewed at annmg.com. Millett-Gallant creates films that explore first-person perspectives of brain injury and disability. She is the recipient of the 2010 Choice Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association.

MCA’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series is one of many events that MCA hosts for the community throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events, including the 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant, cover “The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art,” photo by Joel-Peter Witkin


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.

 

MCA Presents Human Nature: MFA Thesis Exhibition

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901)272-5113

Oct. 26, 2016

 

 

 

Human Nature-MFA Thesis ExhibitionMemphis College of Art Presents Human Nature: MFA Thesis Exhibition

Intimate exhibition explores intricacies of nature, the human experience

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces Human Nature, the 2016 Fall MFA Thesis Exhibition, on view Nov. 11–Dec. 16 in the 477 Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. An opening reception will take place Friday, Nov. 11 from 6–9 p.m. The exhibition features the work of two Master of Fine Arts candidates for the fall semester, Dana Finimore of Senatobia, Mississippi and Abbie Gore of Collierville, Tennessee.

Finimore’s work reflects on the natural world as a metaphor for catharsis. Her abstract expressionist paintings are earth-toned—blue, green, turquoise, grey, crimson, charcoal, and fawn brush strokes are set off by metallic gold and copper leaf. Floral, stone, and branch motifs are incorporated into the paintings, which are often accompanied by small sculptures, ensconced remnants of natural processes. “Humans are constantly striving to design an artificial environment for themselves, devoid of their connection to the land,” said Finimore. “The work is about nature on a spiritual, physical and emotional level. I work to rebuild man’s estranged relationship with the terrain.”

Gore’s work is a series of ceramic, sculptural portraits of family members as a personal exploration into her late grandmother’s six-year struggle with dementia—helping Gore to process the sadness while also honoring her grandmother’s memory. “The artwork creates a narrative of mental confusion and memory loss, which shows the emotional turmoil the disease causes for the individual,” said Gore. “The emotions displayed in these sculptures are expressions I remember she had during the last months before she died.”

Human Nature is one of many exhibitions and events that MCA hosts for the community throughout the year. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon–5 p.m., and Saturday, noon–7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

More information about this show and other MCA events, including the 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser, can be found online at mca.edu.

Photo: (left) Dana Finimore, “August sixteenth,” mixed media, 48” x 48”, 2016; (right) Abbie Gore, sculptural portraits in process  


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.

 

MCA Announces 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar & Fundraiser

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901)272-5113

Oct. 10, 2016

 

 

Holiday Bazaar SquareMemphis College of Art Announces 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar & Fundraiser

Oldest art sale and fundraiser features curated collection of works from prominent local artists to support college scholarship fund

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announced in February that the 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser will take place November 18-19, 2016 at the college’s flagship building, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park. The Bazaar will kick off on Friday, Nov. 18 with a ticketed Preview and Purchase Party from 5–10 p.m., and will have an Open Market with free admission on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.­–5 p.m.

MCA’s Holiday Bazaar is Memphis’ original artist market and has drawn tens of thousands of visitors to the college’s campus over the years. Founded in 1936, MCA has long championed arts in the community and has led community-enriching initiatives such as free gallery exhibitions, family art workshops, public art projects and interactive collaborations such as Le Monster, a collaborative exhibition with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar will directly benefit MCA’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million in institutional scholarships and aid to students each year.

“For the 66th year, the Holiday Bazaar will kick off the holiday shopping season with a festive fete featuring the best original artwork and unique gift items created by artists affiliated with the MCA community, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College. Proceeds benefit our student scholarship fund which allows talented students to pursue their passion for art,” said Vice President for College Advancement Laura Hine. “There are so many positive facets to this beloved event—exceptional artwork and gifts, a fun and warm gathering of the community, support for talented artists who were chosen through a juried process, and enrichment of the college’s scholarship fund.”

This year’s Holiday Bazaar will feature many of the items that made the Bazaar an iconic Memphis institution, including an eclectic, curated collection of handmade jewelry; textiles; pottery and ceramics; watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings; custom prints; photography; mixed media pieces; ornaments; enameled metalwork; and original drawings, spanning a range of price points from $3 to $3,000. Featured artists include Funlola CokerChloe York, Anna Reed, Dani Harris, Pretty UsefulMichelle DuckworthCede Prints, Leandra Urrutia, Susan Maakestad, Remy Miller, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Lester Merriweather, Marc Rouillard, and Maritza Dávila, among many others.

Tickets for the Preview and Purchase Party, which allow attendees to shop the Bazaar before it opens to the general public, are $25 per person, with proceeds directly benefitting the MCA scholarship fund. Tickets will be available for purchase online at mca.edu and at the door. On Saturday, the Bazaar opens to public and a variety of food trucks will be on-site throughout the day. A cash bar will be available on both days.

More information about the 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser can be found online at mca.edu. Work from featured artists will be highlighted on the College’s Facebook and Instagram (@memphiscollegeofart) pages leading up to the event.


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.

 

MCA Presents Lost Worlds by Joseph Holsapple

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901)272-5113

Sept. 28, 2016

 

 

Joseph HolsappleMemphis College of Art Presents Lost Worlds by Joseph Holsapple

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Lost Worlds by Joseph Holsapple, on view Oct. 7–Nov. 8 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception jointly celebrating Lost Worlds and the works of John Harlan Norris’ exhibition Cons and Pros will be held Friday, Oct. 14 from 6–8 p.m. A graduate of MCA, Holsapple has exhibited in juried exhibitions around the nation, including shows in New York City, New Orleans and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Holsapple’s work in Lost Worlds explores the subject of still life painting as a convergence of memory, imagination and perception. His oil paintings feature subjects such as toys and common household items, painted from memory and observation, which evoke the domesticity of childhood. “The space is dreamlike and suffused with an ethereal light that lends the objects a poetic resonance,” said Holsapple. “The objects accumulate as I paint, resulting in an anxious clutter of discarded items—some described in detail, others left as half-formed thoughts or faded memories.”

Holsapple earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 2003, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University in 2009. He has exhibited regionally and nationally, including juried exhibitions at First Street Gallery in New York City, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and Manifest Gallery’s Fresh Paint Biennial in Cincinnati, Ohio. Holsapple’s work has been featured in two Manifest Gallery publications—International Painting Annual and Fresh Paint Magazine. Holsapple is currently Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He previously taught at Indiana University, the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, and Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana.

Featured works in Lost Worlds will be available for purchase. Proceeds will support the artist directly, as well as MCA’s scholarship fund.

Lost Worlds is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community throughout the year. The show will run concurrently with John Harlan Norris’ exhibition Cons and Pros in the Rust Hall Main Gallery. Gallery hours are 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, receptions and lectures are free and open to the public.

More information about upcoming exhibitions and events, including the Holiday Bazaar, can be found online at mca.edu.

Photo: Joseph Holsapple, “Worlds Within Worlds (Jar Painting I),” oil on panel, 36” x 48”, 2015

About 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. 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 Brings Le Bonheur Patients’ Artwork to Life with Le Monster Exhibition

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901)272-5113

Sept. 27, 2016

 

Le MonsterMemphis College of Art Brings Le Bonheur Patients’ Artwork to Life with Le Monster Exhibition

MCA artists reimagine patients’ “monster” drawings; Monster-themed reception to feature costumes, artwork for sale

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Le Monster, a collaborative exhibition between Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the MCA community of students, faculty and staff who have reimagined drawings of monsters originally created by the hospital’s child patients. The exhibition will be on view Oct. 8–31 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. Additionally, Le Bonheur will display patient works during the month of October, and after the closure of the Le Monster exhibition in Hyde Gallery, select works by MCA artists will travel to the hospital for a second exhibition. A family-friendly, monster-themed celebration of the exhibition will take place Friday, Oct. 28 from 6–9 p.m. in the Hyde Gallery, and guests are encouraged to wear costumes or monster-themed attire.

The project aligned with Le Bonheur’s Child Life “Art Cart” program over the summer, which gave patients the option of expressing themselves by drawing a monster. Some patients drew interpretations of their favorite classic monsters and villains, while others produced original creations ranging from scary and silly, to benevolent and bizarre. The MCA community of artists then selected from among the 125 monster drawings and reimagined the monsters in their own styles and in various media, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, sewn fabric creations, collages, digitally created images, metal structures and wood-turned figures. The project was proposed by MCA Associate Professor Michele Noiset after being inspired by The Monster Project, an international program in which artists from around the world reinterpret children’s original artwork.

“This partnership invigorated the MCA community. Our artists loved interacting with patients and hospital staff to create companion artwork to the patient’s original design,” said Noiset. “Before the project officially opened, I heard from people who wanted to participate. The patients’ images are beautiful, sometimes striking in simplicity, and often very poignant. The interpretations of the drawings have been so inspired. They have exceeded all of our expectations in breadth and scope.”

Art plays an integral role in the patient experience at Le Bonheur, and the hospital leads a dedicated effort to use art to promote healing. The newly redesigned facility features hundreds of unique works of art created by both professional artists (including MCA alumni such as Dolph Smith, Jeanne Seagle and Carroll Todd) and regional school children, and patients are encouraged to create masterpieces of their own through the hospital’s Art Cart program. The opportunity to partner with MCA on this type of project was meaningful for patients and staff.

“One of our greatest joys collecting monster artwork from our patients throughout the summer was observing the guileless and vibrant ways that children find to express themselves. We are grateful to our friends at Memphis College of Art for bringing the Monster Project to Le Bonheur, and look forward to seeing the juxtaposition of children’s and professional artwork,’” said Katherine Whitfield, Director of Volunteer Services and Family Centered Care at Le Bonheur. “One monster that particularly moved me was drawn by a child who is a patient of Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute, who created a mosaic-like, serpentine monster in bold colors. Along the margins the child wrote, ‘Monsters have three hearts…they should donate one, too.”

In addition to numerous student artists taking part as featured artists in the exhibition, several alumni, faculty and former faculty will have work included in the exhibition as well. Featured faculty and alumni artists include Adam Hawk, Alex Paulus, Angela Christopher, Bill Price, Chloe York, Cody Barnhill, Dolph Smith, Don DuMont, Eric Quick, Eszter Sziksz, Funlola Coker, Jean Holmgren, Jill Wissmiller, Joe Morzuch, Jon Hart, Lisa Tribo, Maggie Russell, Maritza Dávila, Michele Noiset, Michelle Duckworth, Nick Hewlett, O. Gustavo Plascencia, Nikkila Carroll, Remy Miller, Shof Coker, Terri Phillips, Thomas Green (in collaboration with Eric Huber and Terri Scott) and Wesley H. Ortiz, among many others. Photos of in process and completed work may be found online through the event’s Facebook page.

Costumes are encouraged at the Le Monster reception, to be held Friday, Oct. 28 from 6–9 p.m. in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. Attendees have the opportunity to meet the MCA artists, view the original artwork and purchase selected works. All proceeds benefit the artist directly, Memphis College of Art’s Scholarship Fund and Le Bonheur’s Child Life Program.

Le Monster is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community every year. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday noon–5 p.m., and Saturday noon–7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. More information about upcoming exhibitions and events, including the Holiday Bazaar, can be found online at mca.edu.

Photos: (left) Katie-Lynn Swatek; (right) Dolph Smith, “Scrappy,” mixed media, woods and spray paint, 20” x 11” x 11”, 2016

About 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. 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.

About Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital:
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee treats more than 250,000 children each year through community programs, regional clinics and a 255-bed, state-of-the-art hospital. Le Bonheur serves as a primary teaching affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center and trains more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital. For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit lebonheur.org. Connect with us at facebook.com/lebonheurchildrens, twitter.com/lebonheurchild or on Instagram @lebonheurchildrens.

 

MCA Announces Visiting Artist John Harlan Norris

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901)272-5113

Sept. 23, 2016

 

John Harlan Norris_CommenterMemphis College of Art Announces Visiting Artist John Harlan Norris

Norris to present “Cons and Pros” exhibition and unveil new portrait series

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces Visiting Artist John Harlan Norris, presenting his exhibition Cons and Pros, Oct. 7–Nov. 8 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, Oct. 14 from 6–8 p.m., and Norris will present his Visiting Artist lecture on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 12–1 p.m. in Rust Hall’s Callicott Auditorium. Norris is a recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and has participated in studio residencies in New York and Vermont.

Cons and Pros features works from Norris’ ongoing Occupants portrait series, in which his subjects’ identities are both defined and obscured by visual signifiers of their daily roles and practices. Through his paintings and mixed media works, Norris explores a contemporary perspective on occupational portraiture, which historically described its subjects through the lens of their daily working lives. Cons and Pros will also signal the debut of a new portrait series for Norris, titled Disintegrants—an exploration into the elusive and abstract interior structures that form the psyche and notions of self. Featured works include oil paintings, works on paper and mixed media works incorporating digital inkjet printing.

“We all experience moments in which the roles we play in our daily lives come to define us in powerful ways,” said Norris. “In the pursuit of survival, prosperity, leisure, social status, and personal meaning, we often assume identities that both define and fail to define us. My current body of work explores the possibilities and limitations of our daily occupations in an age where we frequently change jobs, balance multiple roles, and cannot easily delineate between private and public life.”

Norris is an Associate Professor of Art at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Studio Art from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 2000, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University in 2005. Norris has exhibited extensively throughout the country at venues including Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Plus Gallery in Denver, Colorado, the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas in Nevada, Florida State Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, Florida and The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, among many others. A recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2012, he has participated in studio residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

Featured works in Cons and Pros will be available for purchase. Proceeds support the artist directly, as well as MCA’s scholarship fund.

Norris’ exhibition and lecture are just two of many exhibitions, lectures and events that MCA hosts for the community throughout the year. Gallery hours are 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, receptions and lectures are free and open to the public.

More information about upcoming exhibitions and events, including the Holiday Bazaar, can be found online at mca.edu.

Photo: John Harlan Norris, “Commenter,” oil on canvas, 56” x 42”, 2014

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.

 

MCA Announces El Espacio en Medio by Wesley H. Ortiz

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901)272-5113

Sept. 2, 2016

 

El Espacio en MedioMemphis College of Art Announces El Espacio en Medio by Wesley H. Ortiz

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces El Espacio en Medio, an exhibition of works by MCA Instructor Wesley H. Ortiz, on view Sept. 16–Oct. 23 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.

In El Espacio en Medio, meaning “the space between,” Ortiz explores in his works the concepts of space, distance and relationships by employing different values, temperatures, edges and marks. “The paintings in El Espacio en Medio are a departure from representation,” said Ortiz. “Instead of focusing solely on the image, they require viewers to venture into the work and move in and out and through the marks that comprise each work. Through this interaction, viewers are able to see and inhabit the spaces between.”

Passages and objects that appear in the foreground, both formally and technically, are painted as the background and vice versa. “Displaying process, history and spatial relationships is the primary goal of my approach to creating art. I am simply painting the space between and capturing spatial relationships within the work,” said Ortiz.

Ortiz was born in Amory, Mississippi in 1975. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Mississippi State University in 1998, and completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art at the University of Mississippi in 2013. Ortiz works predominantly in painting and drawing, but occasionally works in three-dimensional media as well. Ortiz joined the MCA faculty in 2014 as an instructor, and has taught courses and workshops in Drawing, Painting, Color Foundation and 2D Design.

El Espacio en Medio is one of a variety of exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community every year. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.

More information about current and upcoming MCA exhibitions and events can be found at mca.edu.

Photo: Wesley H. Ortiz, “Absolution Begets Deception,” acrylic and oil on panel, 15” x 12”, 2015

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.

 

MCA Community Education to Offer Family Art Workshops in 2016-2017 Year

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901)272-5113

Sept. 1, 2016

 

Family Art WorkshopsMCA Community Education to Offer Family Art Workshops During the 2016-2017 Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s (MCA) Community Education department will host free family art workshops on the first Saturday of each month (with a few exceptions surrounding holidays) in the 2016-2017 year. Local artist and Community Education Associate Chloe York will teach the first workshop in the series on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 2–4 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

MCA’s Director of Community Education Cecilia Palazola said the inspiration for the workshops first began after seeing families earlier this year at the Summer Art Camp Showcase reception. The workshops will provide an affordable and accessible family activity for those who usually cannot commit to formal programming. “We love to see families making art together in our tents and booths at off-site festivals, so this was a way to expand on that at our Midtown location,” said Palazola. “In our traditional youth programs, parents don’t participate in the classroom experience, and this is a way for them to better understand our approach and class offerings, and get to know our facilities and instructors. We wanted to provide an environment where parents feel more involved in their children’s art making, and help families understand the power of making art together.”

2016–2017 Free Family Art Workshops include:
Sept. 3: Abstract Collaborative Painting with Chloe York
Oct. 1: Zombie Halloween Make-Up with Eric Quick
Nov. 5: Sketching in the Park–Landscapes (instructor TBA)
Dec. 3: Holiday Ornaments with J.T. Wilbanks
Jan. 7: Painting with Ice with J.T. Wilbanks
Feb. 11: Puppets (instructor TBA)
March 4: Sci-Fi Concepts with Eric Quick
April 1: Crazy for Color (instructor TBA)
May 6: Folk Art–Decorative Masks with Eric Quick

The Community Education department expects each workshop to draw 75–100 people in attendance. The workshops are open to families of all ages and experience levels. All families that attend must include at least one parent or guardian for any child under the age of 18. No registration fee is required, but donations will be accepted in support of the Community Education Youth Scholarship Fund. Walk-in participants are welcome to attend on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve spaces ahead of time, contact Community Education at commed@mca.edu or (901) 272-5116.

MCA’s Community Education program offers various art classes for all ages throughout the year. Saturday School classes, Summer Art Camp sessions, and the IDEALS Program (Inspiring and Developing Emerging Artists for Lifelong Success) are open to children under the age of 18, as well as Continuing Education classes for adults in all skill levels.

More information about MCA’s Community Education programs can be found online at mca.edu.

Photo: Family at the 2015 Summer Art Camp Showcase

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.

 

MCA Welcomes New Faculty to Undergraduate & Graduate Programs

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901)272-5113

Aug. 29, 2016

 

Gustavo Plascencia and Katherine GubbelsMemphis College of Art Welcomes New Faculty to Undergraduate & Graduate Programs

O. Gustavo Plascencia Joins as Director of MFA Programs, Dr. Katherine Gubbels as Assistant Professor

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) is pleased to announce two additions to the full-time faculty. Earlier this month the college welcomed O. Gustavo Plascencia as the new Director of MFA Programs, as well as Dr. Katherine Gubbels as Assistant Professor and Head of Writing Programs in the Liberal Arts department. The college began the 2016-2017 academic year on Monday, Aug. 22.

Plascencia comes to MCA with several years of experience in teaching and working with both undergraduate and graduate art programs at institutions around the country including Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Plascencia earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Art and Photography from the University of Texas–Arlington in 2002, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Media Arts from the University of Colorado–Boulder in 2006. He has participated in numerous residency programs and exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally, in countries Colombia, Mexico, Bulgaria and Italy. In his new role, Plascencia will work with department heads to oversee recruitment and administration for MCA’s five MFA programs: Studio Art, Photography, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, and Metals.

Gubbels also comes to MCA from Adams State University and brings a wealth of experience in teaching English and writing at various colleges, including Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Gubbels earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002, and her Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Gubbels’ research focuses on the study of sexuality in Medieval literature, a topic on which she has presented numerous papers and lectures, as well as authored two forthcoming publications.

Gubbels and Plascencia will add to the roster of internationally recognized faculty at Memphis College of Art. More information about the college’s academic programs and faculty can be found at mca.edu.

Photos: O. Gustavo Plascencia, Dr. Katherine Gubbels

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.

 

MCA to Host East Tennessee Portfolio Day with Knoxville Museum of Art

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901)272-5113

Aug. 25, 2016

 

Web Photo_Knoxville Museum of ArtMemphis College of Art to Host East Tennessee Portfolio Day with Knoxville Museum of Art

Inaugural event will connect prospective art students with college representatives

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) will partner with the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) in Knoxville, Tennessee to host the inaugural East Tennessee Portfolio Day at the museum, 1050 World’s Fair Park, on Oct. 2 from 1–5 p.m. in the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

By hosting East Tennessee Portfolio Day at KMA, MCA will allow prospective art students to meet with art college representatives from around the country. Similar portfolio events require students in the East Tennessee region and surrounding states to travel long distances, which can be prohibitive to their participation. MCA’s partnership with KMA will bring this important and informative event for the first time to prospective art students in Knoxville.

East Tennessee Portfolio Day will give high school and college transfer students the chance to review their portfolios with college representatives, receive critique on their work, and learn more about attending a professional art college. All colleges participating in the event are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Participating in East Tennessee Portfolio Day will give the schools an additional opportunity to make contributions to KMA’s scholarship fund, which will support a scholarship to be awarded to a student at the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, on view this fall at KMA Nov. 25–Jan. 8, 2017. East Tennessee Portfolio Day will begin a week of local college fairs, including the Knox County College Fair on Oct. 4.

The Knoxville Museum of Art is dedicated to educational programming through museum tours, workshops, artist residencies, outreach programs, and family activities. The KMA reaches over 60,000 individuals annually through museum visits, special events, concerts and other programs.

More information about East Tennessee Portfolio Day can be found online at mca.edu.

Photo: Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art

About 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. 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.

About Knoxville Museum of Art:
The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.knoxart.org.

MCA Presents Sammy Peters’ Then & Now in Hyde Gallery

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
ccorbett@mca.edu (901)272-5111

Aug. 11, 2016

 

Memphis College of Art Presents Sammy Peters’ Then & Now in Hyde Gallery
Notable Arkansas abstract painter is first Visiting Artist Talk and Exhibition of the 2016-2017 year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Then & Now, an exhibition of work by the prolific Arkansas-based painter Sammy Peters, on view Aug. 22–Sept. 30 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. Peters will present the semester’s first Visiting Artist talk on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 30 from 6–9 p.m. Both events will be held in the Hyde Gallery. Peters has exhibited extensively around the United States, and his work is included in numerous collections around the world including the Arkansas Arts Center, the McDonalds Corporation in London, England, The Venetian Resort Hotel in Macao, China, the estate of Winthrop Rockefeller and the private collection of actor Gene Hackman.

Then & Now will feature a combination of Peters’ large-scale abstract paintings and smaller works, completed in years spanning from 1963 to 2016. The paintings are a union of color, texture and space. Peters describes his work as a living dichotomy, straddling the line between ambiguity and rhythm. “My paintings have an intrinsic tempo within them that may not be obvious at first glance. I begin to sense the rhythm of the painting early in the work, and often that sense of rhythm asserts itself in devices like ladder shapes or stripes or polka dots or various marks,” said Peters. “The rhythm of the painting perpetuates itself and reasserts itself as I paint, and I just go along for the ride.”

Peters’ work is described as beautifully complex—avoiding traditional parameters in a time when society needs “tidily labeled” art—in an essay by international art writer and critic Peter Frank (Sammy Peters: Painting Unbound, 2016). “Peters’ approach to painting straddles the material and the pictorial, delights in sensuous skin and color relationships at once dissonant and delicious, and combines the decorative and the narrative without telling stories or striving for retinal gratification. Such painting evades classification with a chameleon’s elusiveness, implicitly taunting those who would try to entrap it.”

MCA Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Remy Miller says Peters’ return to MCA, after exhibiting at the college as a Visiting Artist several times in the early 1990s, offers a rare opportunity for students and the Memphis community to see how the artist’s work has changed and developed over time. “Though his national and international exhibition record is long and impressive, it is characteristic of this modest painter to hold close to his roots,” said Miller. “He demonstrates that despite art world clichés, ambitious art of the highest quality is often produced outside the major art centers of the world.”

Peters was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas after his family moved there from Shreveport, Louisiana in 1945. He eventually studied art history and design at Little Rock University and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. Peters currently maintains a full-time studio practice in Little Rock, Ark.

Then & Now is one of a variety of exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community each year. All MCA exhibitions, receptions and lectures are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, noon–5 p.m., and Saturday noon–7 p.m.

Photo: Sammy Peters, “Recognition: presence; concealed,” oil and mixed media on canvas, 72” x 144”, 2005

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 Pilots Creatives-in-Residence Program with EPIcenter

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
ccorbett@mca.edu (901)272-5111

Aug. 11, 2016

 

Memphis College of Art Pilots Creatives-in-Residence Program with EPIcenter
Groundbreaking student agency supports local and international startup companies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) launched its first Creatives-in-Residence program with the entrepreneurial hub EPIcenter over the summer, giving three students a unique, hands-on opportunity for professional development and experience. MCA students Mariel Ramsey, Von Muren and Tom Curry, seniors in MCA’s Graphic Design and Animation programs, participated in the rigorous program for a summer internship.

The EPIcenter Creatives-in-Residence program is the first of many MCA community partnerships and internships of its kind. MCA’s Director of Professional Practices Zark Strasburger developed the Creatives-in-Residence program with EPIcenter’s Director of Talent Programs Elizabeth Lemmonds to provide a distinct educational experience for MCA’s students, while providing creative solutions for businesses and organizations. “The Creatives-in-Residence program at EPIcenter is an expandable collaboration between partners who work to develop individual potential and business opportunities, and contributes to growth in our city,” said Strasburger.

Lemmonds says the service that MCA’s Creatives-in-Residence provided this summer has been groundbreaking for the companies that work with EPIcenter. “We saw a significant need for accessible design work, specifically visual strategy, graphic design, storytelling, animation and other areas. The Creatives-in-Residence team provided a caliber of strategic guidance and design assets previously unavailable during formal accelerator programming,” said Lemmonds.

Ramsey, Muren and Curry essentially built a design agency from the ground up to meet the various design needs of the 17 startup companies selected for this year’s groundbreaking Summer of Acceleration, a 15-week collaborative program with EPIcenter, Start Co. and ZeroTo510 accelerators. Projects included creating designs for branding and collateral materials, as well as some advertising pieces. The creative team agrees that the residency has provided them with valuable insight to working in a design firm and with entrepreneurial companies. “We have learned a lot about what it really means to run a design firm from the business side—the importance of persistence in communicating well with clients and managing projects, and always maintaining an active role to complete a project,” said Muren.

Their design work will be featured in some of the startup companies’ presentations at Demo Day on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 2–5 p.m. at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education, 203 S. Main. St. More information about the Demo Day event can be found online at www.epimemphis.com.

Additional MCA Creatives-in-Residence opportunities with community partners are in development, and will provide an educational experience for MCA students that catalyzes innovative behavior. More information on this program and future opportunities can be found at mca.edu.

Photo: (from left to right) Mariel Ramsey, Von Muren and Tom Curry

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 Announces Horn Island 32

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
ccorbett@mca.edu (901)272-5111

Aug. 1, 2016

 

Web Photo_Horn Island 32_Bill PriceMemphis College of Art Announces Horn Island 32

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Horn Island 32, on view Aug. 15–Sept. 30 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A special reception jointly celebrating the works of Horn Island 32, as well as Jeffrey Hodges’ Primal Rituals in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 5:30–8:30 p.m.

The annual Horn Island exhibition is the result of a trip taken each May by MCA students, faculty and alumni to the undeveloped barrier island located off the coast of Pascagoula, Mississippi. The trip allows artists to unplug and unleash their creativity, and the resulting works ultimately comprise the yearly exhibition. Now in its 32nd year, the trip and consequent exhibition has become a beloved tradition of the college. Two alumni in particular traveled internationally and from across the country to participate in this year’s trip—one from Glasgow, Scotland, and another from Alaska.

Don DuMont, director of the Horn Island program, says the unspoiled, natural setting provides unique artistic inspiration. “On Horn Island, participants have the time to reflect and respond to an idea without the interruption of modern day conveniences.” The exhibition will feature work in a wide range of media including paintings, cast work and metalwork, wood sculpture, photography and ceramics. This year’s trip was extended by one day, allowing the 32 artists to immerse themselves in the primitive conditions of the island for 10 days. “We had a major storm the first night with extremely strong winds, but afterward a blue moon came out and cast a beautiful light on the island,” said DuMont. The rest of the week was characterized by fair weather and numerous wildlife sightings including alligators, bunnies, raccoons, and a variety of birds. On the island, participants created assemblages from natural and manmade objects on the north side of the island. Two groups explored the west tip of the island on foot, while two participants proceeded to circumnavigate the full island.

Horn Island 32 is one of many exhibitions MCA organizes for the community each year. Gallery hours are 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. For more information on current and upcoming exhibitions, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Bill Price

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 Announces Jeffrey Hodges’ Primal Rituals in Alumni Gallery

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
ccorbett@mca.edu (901)272-5111

Aug. 1, 2016

 

Web Photo_Jeffrey HodgesMemphis College of Art Announces Jeffrey Hodges’ Primal Rituals in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces Primal Rituals by Jeffrey Hodges, on view Aug. 15–Sept. 30 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A special reception jointly celebrating the works of Primal Rituals, as well as Horn Island 32 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Primal Rituals features large-scale pointillism paintings that reveal the primitive rituals and ethereal experiences of modern game keeping as an anecdote of the spirit. Hodges developed a fascination with wild game and hunting at a young age as a result of his father’s involvement in wildlife management and conservation. “The spiritual kinship shared between living creatures is transitory and poignant,” said Hodges. “The paintings function as manifestations of the intangible components of hunting. They are viewed as shamanic mediums that express these dynamic experiences, which define me as an artist and human.”

Hodges was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from MCA in Painting in 2011, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 2014. As part of his graduate studies, Hodges earned a scholarship in 2013 to study abroad at the International Centre for the Arts in Umbria, Italy, where his work was later featured in a group exhibition. Hodges has had solo exhibitions and been featured as a guest lecturer at numerous colleges, including the Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi, the Vickers Fine Art Gallery at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., and the Marie Hull Gallery at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Miss. Hodges taught painting at the University of South Carolina prior to coming to East Central Community College, where he is currently the Lead Instructor for Visual and Art History.

Gallery hours for Primal Rituals are 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. For more information about current and upcoming exhibitions, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Jeffrey Hodges, “Life Transitions,” [detail] oil on panel, 72” x 60”, 2012

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 Presents Community: Photographs by Peri Gildersleeve

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
ccorbett@mca.edu (901)272-5111

July 21, 2016

 

Web Photo_Peri GildersleeveMemphis College of Art Presents Community: Photographs by Peri Gildersleeve

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Community: Photographs by Peri Gildersleeve, on view July 29–Sept. 11 at the MCA Gallery in Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. A reception will be held Friday, Aug. 26 from 6–7:30 p.m.

The exhibition will include photographs that feature participants and their direct support staff engaging in life skills activities at SRVS (pronounced “serves”), the largest comprehensive provider of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in West Tennessee.

“I chose to focus on individuals as they explored the diverse services offered at SRVS,” Gildersleeve said. “As I became more familiar with their personalities, it was easier for me to approach them from any angle to get the best image. With virtually no boundaries, this collection of images shows the people that make up the SRVS community.”

Originally from the Mississippi coastal region, Gildersleeve will earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from MCA in 2017. She recently completed a seven month internship at SRVS as a visiting artist intern, taking photos for the organization’s website and annual report. Gildersleeve had her first solo photographic exhibition at SRVS this spring, and her work will remain on permanent display at the organization’s headquarters. She plans to continue her work with SRVS in addition to photographing for Memphis’ Refugee Empowerment Program.

SRVS exists to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing services that help individuals lead meaningful lives in their communities, foster independence and bring them personal fulfillment. The organization supports more than 1,000 children and adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities in West Tennessee.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

Photo: Peri Gildersleeve

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.

SRVS is Tennessee’s largest provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities providing skills development, employment, residential, children’s services, family support and elder care to more than 1,000 individuals. Founded in 1962, SRVS is a United Way of the Mid-South Agency. SRVS is “The Family Answer for Disabilities.” For more information, visit www.srvs.org.

MCA Presents the 2016 Summer Art Camp Showcase

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
ccorbett@mca.edu (901)272-5111

July 15, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents the 2016 Summer Art Camp Showcase

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents the 2016 Summer Art Camp Showcase, on view July 16-24 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Sunday, July 24 from 2–4 p.m.

This year’s showcase features the work of young artists who attended art camp throughout four weeklong sessions during the month of June. The classes allowed campers to explore their personal creativity and develop visual art skills in multiple media. Work featured in the exhibition will include colorful animal portraits, clay and wire sculptures, color collage and mixed media pieces among many others.

MCA offers a wide variety of summer art camp sessions for students in grades K–12. Young artists can also attend Saturday School sessions during the school year. More information on art programs for youth and teens can be found on the Memphis College of Art website at mca.edu, or by contacting the Community Education department at 901-272-5142 or commed@mca.edu.

Gallery hours for Rust Hall are 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon–4 p.m. on Sundays. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. Photo: 2015 Summer Art Camp Showcase Reception   

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 to Install Lighting in Overton Park with Community Foundation Grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will install lighting over sidewalks and parking areas in Overton Park this summer. The project is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis through its Grants & Initiatives program. In proposing this first phase lighting project to the Community Foundation, MCA gained the input and support of its park partners in the vicinity – the Overton Park Conservancy, the Levitt Shell and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

“The funds generously provided by the Community Foundation not only serve Memphis College of Art students and staff, but many other visitors to Overton Park as well,” said Vice President for College Advancement Laura Hine. “With this grant, the walkways on the western side of Rust Hall near the Levitt Shell, and the street corner near Veteran’s Plaza will now be lit to contribute to a safer park for anyone in those areas.”

MCA will install four acorn lights on the street north of the college and south of Veteran’s Plaza. The fixtures will provide sufficient lighting to enhance the safety for individuals parking in that area at night.

MCA will also install bollard lighting on a westward path outside of Rust Hall, and along the shared property line between Rust Hall and the Levitt Shell. MCA’s student housing is on the south side of Poplar, and students use the path as they leave evening classes at Rust Hall and walk to their dorms.

Light fixture choices were made to create minimal light pollution and not interfere with the observance of nature in the 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. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

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MCA Faculty Recipients of Benjamin Goodman and Dorothy Sturm Awards

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
ccorbett@mca.edu (901)272-5111

June 6, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Faculty Recipients of Benjamin Goodman and Dorothy Sturm Awards

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Memphis College of Art faculty received special recognition with the awarding of the Benjamin Goodman Faculty Award and the Dorothy Sturm Distinguished Teaching Award at the college’s commencement on Saturday, May 14. This was the first year for the awards to be given, and their creation was made possible by support from an endowment fund established by Brig Klyce and Ellen Klyce.

Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Remy Miller was the recipient of the Benjamin Goodman Faculty Award in recognition of the longevity of his full-time service to the college. In September, Miller will have taught at the college as a full-time faculty member for 29 years, with 6 of those years as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This award will be given to a faculty member annually at the college’s commencement based on the length of full-time service to the college, with no individual faculty member receiving the award more than once.

Associate Professor Ellen Daugherty, who is the head of the Liberal Arts division, was awarded the Dorothy Sturm Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of teaching excellence. This award will be given biennially at the college’s commencement based on a faculty member’s student course evaluations from the previous three years, colleague assessments, and other evidence of an overall high quality of teaching in an arts environment without regard to seniority.

More information about Benjamin Goodman & Dorothy Sturm:

Benjamin Goodman was a prominent lawyer in Memphis who lived a life of service, both to his country and to the city of Memphis. A veteran of World War II, Goodman served in the United States Air Force in England and Germany from 1942–1946 and practiced law at the same firm as partner for nearly 55 years. In addition to serving on several other local and national boards and holding numerous leadership positions throughout his lifetime, Goodman was active in the affairs of the Memphis Academy of Arts (now MCA) for over 40 years—serving on the board of trustees, directing the college as president from 1955–1959, and providing legal counsel. The college awarded him an honorary humanities doctorate in 1978 in recognition of his dedication to the school.

Dorothy Sturm was a pioneer of the pure abstraction movement in the 1930s and 1940s, and a founding faculty member at the Memphis Academy of Arts. Her passion for contemporary art was an influential force in the artistic trajectory of the college. Sturm was also a founding member of Art Today, an organization committed to the appreciation of contemporary art and the support of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The five members of Art Today sponsored lectures and exhibitions at the museum, and eventually gifted artwork to their permanent collection by notable artists such as Jackson Pollock. In addition to her personal work, Sturm gained international acclaim in 1960 for her medical illustrations of normal and abnormal blood cells in The Morphology of Human Blood Cells, a textbook still used today in medical schools throughout the country.

Photo: VP for Academic Affairs Remy Miller (left) and Associate Professor Ellen Daugherty (right)

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 Announces Seascapes: Recent Works by Chloe York

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
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June 2, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Seascapes: Recent Works by Chloe York

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Seascapes: Recent Works by Chloe York, on view June 10–July 24 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.

Seascapes will feature paintings completed by York since 2014. The series addresses the human desire to camouflage for self-defense, as well as the exploration of beauty and what makes something or someone aesthetically pleasing. York’s paintings are filled with colorful and oceanic forms that often decorate the silhouette of the human form, questioning the human desire to decorate oneself in order to suit society’s standard of beauty. “Compared to other species, humans display fears about personal appearance in ways that no other creature does,” said York, “but there are similarities in the desire of animals to camouflage and defend themselves from predators, and to alter their appearance in order to attract a mate. One such creature is the decorator crab, which collects bits of its surroundings like vegetation, coral and smaller organisms and covers its entire body. Inspired by this creature’s practice and my love-hate relationship with altering my own appearance, I paint stylized, androgynous human figures that are almost unrecognizable with the oceanic patterns and forms covering their bodies. In this series, the human form has been reconstructed. The surface of each painting is inviting, but also confusing and tumultuous—challenging the idea that decorating oneself is as advantageous as many of us have been led to believe.”

York earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 2012 with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Art History. York works for MCA as the Community Education Assistant, and maintains a studio practice out of her home that she shares with fellow Memphis artist and MCA alumnus Eric Quick. York will have work featured in the exhibition Deconstruct/Reconstruct with Amy Hartelust at the Memphis Botanic Garden through June 30. She was also recently awarded a commission along with 8 other artists to create a custom painting for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to be displayed on one of their patient floors. York has exhibited at other notable locations including the Gibson Gallery at the James Lee House, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum and in the Kentucky National Juried Exhibition at Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.

Photo: Chloe York, “The Decorator XXVI,” acrylic on panel, 2014  

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

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