MCA News

MCA’s Summer Art Camp Earns ACA Accreditation

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

Jan. 25, 2017

 

 


Summer Art CampMemphis College of Art Summer Art Camp Is the Only Art Camp in the Region to Earn American Camp Association Accreditation

One of two camps in Shelby County to be accredited; twelve new classes offered

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces that its Summer Art Camp program has achieved accreditation status from the American Camp Association, the only nationwide organization that accredits all types of organized camps. MCA’s art camp is one of only two camps in Shelby County—and the only art camp in the region—to earn this distinction. Memphis College of Art will also offer 12 new classes for the 2017 summer camp, including Design Thinking, Digital Painting, Animation, Kinetic Sculpture and Fashion Design. All classes have a 8-to-1 student/teacher ratio or lower and offer students a highly engaged, collaborative learning environment. Registration for Summer Art Camp 2017 opens March 1.

“We are thrilled that the ACA has recognized our efforts to become an accredited summer camp which allows us to better serve children aged 3-18 years throughout the region,” said Cece Palazola, MCA’s director of Community Education. “As an accredited camp, parents can be assured we offer the very best practices in the youth development field as well as engaging, educational activities that will enhance children’s creativity and build foundational artistic skills.”

There are two camp paths for students; the classic foundational camp which is an in-depth day camp and features longer studio hours, running Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The other option is the half-day camp, which is ideal for busy families and offers a variety of courses in artistic study during weekdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Additional care will also be offered in the mornings and afternoons from 8-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. for campers and parents who would prefer extended hours.

Celebrating 80 years in 2016, MCA’s Community Education program provides quality learning experiences and is driven by fostering creativity, respecting individuality, promoting lifelong learning in the arts, and serving as a community arts education resource. Campers this year can choose from a variety of class options, ranging from Sculpture, Painting, and Photography, to Animation, Digital Art, Fashion Design, and new STEAM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Six weeklong camp sessions will be offered starting June 5 through July 21. A Camp Preview Day will take place on April 1 from 2-4 p.m., featuring a special preview discount that can be applied to camp registrations that day. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available, and the deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 4. For more information about MCA’s Summer Art Camp and other Community Education programs, please visit mca.edu and facebook.com/MCAcommed, call 901-272-5116 or email commed@mca.edu.

MCA’s Summer Art Camp is now one of the thousands of camps nationwide to earn Accreditation from the American Camp Association (ACA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1910. Accreditation is an in-depth process in which camps must meet up to 300 industry-established health and safety standards and undergo an in-person audit.

Photo: Camper from Summer Art Camp 2015 showcases her work.

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 Partners with IRIS Orchestra to Present Exhibition at GPAC

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

Jan. 19, 2017

 

IRIS Orchestra ExhibitionMemphis College of Art Partners with IRIS Orchestra to Present Exhibition at GPAC

Illustration students present show in conjunction with the concert ‘A River Runs Through It’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA), together with IRIS Orchestra, announces a student exhibition during the month of February at the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), 1801 Exeter Rd., surrounding the orchestra’s upcoming concert A River Runs Through It. The exhibition will be on view to the public Feb. 1-28, with IRIS Orchestra concert dates on Feb. 4-5. Tickets for the concerts may be purchased at the door or online at irisorchestra.org.

The exhibition includes 25 works embodying the theme of water developed during Fall 2016 Illustration classes led by Associate Professor Michele Noiset, Assistant Professor Jean Holmgren and Instructor Shane McDermott. The framed prints and other works by featured students will be available for purchase—ranging from $25 to $300—and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund. Out of the 25 works featured in the exhibition, one student work was selected as the Faculty Choice—“The Current” by David Chapura. Orchestra musicians will select another student work as Musician’s Choice when the show opens on Feb. 1 in the Grand Lobby Gallery. Other artists include Lauren Bostic, Latiyah Cotton, Therro Davis, Liz Dempsey, Shelby Green, Bethany Harrison, Kristen Kaluba, Troy Koler, Laura Lester, Lauren Lyles, Emily Martinez, Kaci Mulcahy, Liddy Ortega, Margaret Perez, Madison Petri, Taylor Thomas, Martray Murphy Thompson, Stewart Thompson, Katie Tisdale, Vyvy Tran, Layn Tucker, Henry Wilkinson and Toonky Worship.

IRIS Orchestra’s Artistic Director Michael Stern says the relationship between art and music has been demonstrated throughout history. “Just as the great rivers of the world have inspired the world’s great composers, so many of the world’s great artists have drawn inspiration from music,” said Stern. “Students at Memphis College of Art created work that responds either to the Mississippi River and its role in the region’s history and current life, or directly to the music on the program.”

This student exhibition is just one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community each year. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information about this exhibit and other upcoming events, visit mca.edu.

Photo: David Chapura, “The Current,” digital painting, 17” x 22”, 2016


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 National Portfolio Day in NOLA

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

Jan. 4, 2017

 

Memphis College of Art to Host New Orleans National Portfolio Day

National Portfolio Day New Orleans

 

WHAT:  National Portfolio Day (NPD), hosted by Memphis College of Art (MCA) at Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport hotel. The event is free and open to any prospective art student of high school or college level.

  • Nearly 20 colleges and universities will be represented at this year’s National Portfolio Day in New Orleans, and prospective art students from the region will gather to meet with officials from art colleges around the United States and Canada.
  • National Portfolio Day brings together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their schools.
  • The events provide a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art college.
  • More information about the NPDA national schedule is available at portfolioday.net.

WHEN:  Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

WHERE:  Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport
6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70003

WHY: The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 and consists of representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). NASAD represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.

New Orleans’ National Portfolio Day is one of two NPD events that MCA hosts each year. MCA will host a second NPD event on its campus this fall. More information about this event is forthcoming.

For additional information about MCA Admissions events, contact the Admissions office at 800-727-1088, info@mca.edu or visit mca.edu. For media inquiries contact Natalie Fleenor, Communications Coordinator at nfleenor@mca.edu or (901) 272-5113.

Colleges participating in the New Orleans NPD include the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cooper Union School of Art, Cornish College of the Arts, Kansas City Art Institute, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Laguna College of Art + Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Memphis College of Art, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, San Francisco Art Institute, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of Visual Arts, University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.


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 Whole Being: Works by Sheila Bailey

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

Jan. 4, 2017

 

 

Sheila BaileyMemphis College of Art Presents Whole Being: Works by Sheila Bailey

Sculptural exhibition, expressionistic figures comment on nature of feminine identity

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Whole Being: Works by Sheila Bailey, on view through Jan. 26 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A special reception, jointly celebrating the works of the late Peter Bowman, will take place Friday, Jan. 20 from 6–8 p.m. For more information about the reception and to RSVP, contact Holly Guthrie at hguthrie@mca.edu or (901) 272-5168.

Bailey is a graduate of MCA and Whole Being will feature a collection of her small-scale bronze sculptures, including sensitively rendered portrait busts and expressionistic figures that comment on the nature of feminine identity. “My observations, experiences, and relationships find expression in the human face and form,” said Bailey. “In portraiture—either in oil painting or bronze sculpture—I strive to render the apparent and probe the hidden, illusive aspects of the subject. This search is often difficult but essential in capturing the whole being of the individual, whether observed or imagined.”

Bailey’s education and career reflect her diverse interests and talents. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio in 1953, Bailey pursued a career in advertising at the New York agency Benton and Bowles. As her career thrived, she traveled extensively between New York, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Bailey later accepted a position at the talent agency Creative Management Associates, where she served as a personal companion to celebrities including Judy Garland and Liza Minelli. After that, she served as an assistant director for the nightly news at ABC Studios. In the 1980s, Bailey moved to Memphis with her husband Joseph D. Bailey, Jr. (a former student at Memphis Academy of Arts, now MCA). She later enrolled at MCA at the age of 61 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992. Her work has been exhibited at galleries around Memphis including the Ledbetter-Lusk Gallery, Madison Avenue Art Gallery, and Memphis Botanic Garden. Bailey’s work is featured in private collections around the country including estates in New Mexico, Arkansas, California, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Whole Being is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community each year. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. 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. For more information about this exhibition and other MCA events, such at Beloved, Quirky, and Covered in Paint: Peter Bowman, 1942–2015, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Sheila Bailey, “Yen,” [detail] bronze and marble, 10” x 12” x 18”


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 Image and Object: Works by Adam Hawk and Joe Morzuch

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

Dec. 16, 2016

 

 

Image and ObjectMemphis College of Art Presents Image and Object: Works by Adam Hawk and Joe Morzuch

Sculptures and paintings by nationally recognized artists on view at Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Image and Object: Works by Adam Hawk and Joe Morzuch, on view Jan. 7–Feb. 19 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. A reception will be held Friday, Feb. 10 from 5–7 p.m. Hawk and Morzuch have exhibited extensively around the United States, and have joined forces to exhibit their work in this collaborative exhibition.

Morzuch is chair of MCA’s Painting/Drawing department, and Hawk teaches metalsmithing and sculpture, and has been instrumental in the recent expansion of MCA’s Metals department. Though Hawk and Morzuch are experts in seemingly disparate media, both of their works are informed by the shapes and forms found in natural and urban settings.

Morzuch’s paintings—characterized by thickly layered paint—feature images of urban detritus, flora and other everyday objects. “I read the work as an engagement with the formal difficulties of making a painting that is both image and object—and in a broader sense, a celebration of the everyday, commonplace and overlooked,” said Morzuch. Morzuch earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Illinois University in 2002, and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2006. He has taught at the college level for 13 years, and has exhibited his work at galleries around the country including Gallery 56 in Memphis, Six Summit Gallery in Ivoryton, Connecticut, Prince Street Gallery in New York City, and the Main Street Gallery in Groton, New York.

Hawk’s work is informed by the natural world and urban design. He is skilled in both traditional blacksmithing and enameling processes as well as modern 3D printing technology, and will display both types of works in the exhibition. While his process is driven by mastering technical challenges, his inspiration comes from various forms in nature. “The natural world guides me—a simple rock becomes a vessel, the body of a ghost crab becomes an alphabet,” said Hawk. Hawk earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 2003, and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has exhibited his work at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, where he has served as Lead Metalsmith, the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.

Image and Object is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community each year. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. Artwork featured in the exhibition is available for purchase. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights. For more information about this exhibition and other MCA events, visit mca.edu.

Photos: Joe Morzuch, “Flags,” [detail] oil on canvas, 20” x 26”, 2014; Adam Hawk, “Iron on White #2,” forged and fabricated steel, acrylic paint, 36” x 24”


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 Beloved, Quirky, and Covered in Paint: Peter Bowman, 1942-2015

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

Dec. 16, 2016

 

 

 

Peter BowmanMemphis College of Art Presents Memorial Exhibition, Beloved, Quirky, and Covered in Paint: Peter Bowman, 1942-2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces Beloved, Quirky, and Covered in Paint: Peter Bowman, 1942–2015; an exhibition in memory of MCA alumnus Peter Bowman, a former art instructor and beloved artist within the Memphis community. The exhibition will be on view Jan. 4–26 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. Artwork will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund at the gracious request of Beth Bowman. A reception will take place Friday, Jan. 20. For more information about the reception and to RSVP, please contact Holly Guthrie at hguthrie@mca.edu or (901) 272-5168.

As an artist, Bowman was known in the Memphis community for his landscape and still life paintings, characterized by thick layers of brightly colored paint. “Peter had a very recognizable style and really pushed paint around,” said MCA Dean Remy Miller. “He painted with unabashed enthusiasm and the paint was heavily applied. He was always covered in paint, but it wasn’t the sort of ‘show off’ thing you sometimes see in artists that are trying too hard. Peter wasn’t capable of being false—he was as genuine a painter and person you would ever want to meet.”

Bowman was a beloved member of the Memphis community for more than his artwork—he was a friend and mentor to many, and “fully participated in life outside the classroom” (Marci Woodmansee, Memphis University School article, 2016). In addition to engaging with friends and strangers alike, Bowman regularly contributed his art to the annual Works of Heart auction benefitting the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, and was an active member in Memphis’ Artists’ Link organization and Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Midtown.

Originally from Corinth, Mississippi, Bowman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art) in 1967, and a Master of Arts from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Bowman taught art at Memphis University School for nearly 30 years from 1979–2008, in addition to also teaching at Rhodes College and in MCA’s Community Education program. His work is included in the permanent collections of Rhodes College, Financial Federal, Pfizer, Promus, and the VCU Health System. He exhibited extensively around the state, including shows at David Lusk Gallery, Memphis Botanic Garden, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Leu Art Gallery at Belmont University in Nashville, Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, and Memphis College of Art. Bowman passed away on July 31, 2015.

Beloved, Quirky, and Covered in Paint is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the public each year. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public. 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. More information about this exhibition and other upcoming events may be found online at mca.edu.

Photo: Courtesy of Beth Bowman; Peter Bowman, “White Rose,” oil on canvas, 60” x 48”, 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. 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 Composure by Leandra Urrutia

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

Nov. 28, 2016

 

 

 

Composure_Leandra UrrutiaMemphis College of Art Presents Composure by Leandra Urrutia

Internationally recognized sculptor, MCA professor presents exhibition at Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Composure, a sculptural exhibition by Associate Professor Leandra Urrutia, on view through Jan. 1, 2017 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.

Composure features a variety of ceramic sculpture, through which Urrutia experiments with formal and psychological balance. Some works take the human form and convey emotion, while others exhibit Urrutia’s study of formal sculpting and pottery principles.

Urrutia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and Drawing from Southwest Texas State University in 1994, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in 1999. Urrutia has been involved in the Studio Nong Artist Collective since 2013—an artist residency and cultural exchange with master sculptors from the Guangxi Arts Institute in China and professional artists and educators from the Kansas City Arts Institute. Urrutia has exhibited around the nation and world, and is the recipient of ArtsMemphis’ 2014 Emmett O’Ryan Award. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of the Kinsey Institute and Sandford M. and Diane Besser.

Composure is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the public each year. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public. Artwork is available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the college’s scholarship fund. For more information about this exhibition and other MCA events, visit mca.edu.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.

Photo: Courtesy of Leandra Urrutia

 


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 Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine Exhibition

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

Nov. 22, 2016

 

 

Thomas Everett GreenMemphis College of Art Announces Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine Exhibition

Internationally recognized MCA alumnus and instructor exhibits scientific, psychedelic paintings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine, an exhibition by MCA instructor and alumnus Thomas Everett Green, on view Nov. 23–Dec. 7 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will be held Friday, Dec. 2 from 6–8 p.m. Green’s paintings and digital projections have been showcased at various venues around the nation, and featured internationally in online and print publications.

The exhibition will feature encaustic paintings created with aniline dye and shellac. Green’s work imbues biologic imagery, visually conjuring the movement of living cells seen only with a microscope. In this body of work, Green draws parallels from various phenomenologies that associate addiction with disease. “My experimental process paintings reflect imagery and draw inspiration from fluorescent microscopy and biology, while playing with formal aspects of color theory to generate a slightly psychedelic and wildly organic feeling on floating circular panels,” said Green.

Green graduated from MCA in 2014 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. He currently works as an instructor for MCA and Arkansas State University Mid-South. His work has been featured nationally in festivals, galleries, planetariums, museums, as well as online and print publications in the United States, Mexico and Europe. Green was recently the featured artist for the 2016 Arts in the Park Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where his animations were projected at the Mid-America Science Museum. His paintings are included in the permanent collections of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, West Cancer Center, the Nashville International Airport, and recently the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.

Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community each year. Featured works will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund. For more information about this exhibition and other MCA events, visit mca.edu.

Gallery hours, excluding holidays, 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.

Photo: Thomas Everett Green, “Tangerine Dream,” encaustic, aniline dye, shellac; 18” round, 2016

 


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 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition

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

Nov. 10, 2016

 

bfa_fa16Memphis College of Art Announces 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition

Six BFA candidates present works in professional gallery-style exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces the 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition, on view Nov. 23–Dec. 7 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, Dec. 2 from 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Every year MCA gives its BFA candidates the opportunity to present their works in the college’s professional art gallery, providing hands-on experience in showcasing their works to real-world audiences. This year’s Fall BFA Exhibition features work from six BFA candidates—Callie Do of Pineville, Louisiana; Elaine Fleming of Shubuta, Mississippi; Rachel Goodnight of Cordova, Tennessee; Taylor Johnson of Maumelle, Arkansas; Dezmond Gipson and Celeste Rudd, both from Memphis, Tennessee.

The candidates represent a range of majors and artistic study, including animation, printmaking, digital media, sculpture and painting. Assistant Professor Lucienne Auz, director of BFA exhibitions, says the work will cover diverse topics. “A dynamic group of BFA students will fill the gallery with artwork exploring a variety of themes that include personal explorations of the subconscious and identity, re-imagining love stories, investigating animal behavior, and a search through history for connections to ancestry,” said Auz.

The 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition is just one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community every year. For more information about other MCA exhibitions and events, including the 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser, visit mca.edu. All exhibitions, artist receptions and lectures are free and open to the public.

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.

 


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 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.

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