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MCA Announces Digital Media Senior Showcase

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April 26, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Digital Media Senior Showcase

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host the annual Digital Media Senior Showcase on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in Rust Hall’s Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The event is free and open to the public, and will showcase films created by seniors in the Digital Media and Animation programs.

The showcase will feature a collection of 8 films by students Elyssa Davis, David Hook, Melanie Morrison, Charles Scaife, Roxanne Simmers, Mary Beth Weber, Amanda Weidman and Sean Winfrey. In addition to featuring work by MCA’s graduating seniors, the event will showcase five films by underclassmen as a preview to the future work and talent to come from the Digital Media and Animation programs.

Before the start of each film, the artist will give a presentation about their film and the development of their work as a whole. Guests will also have the opportunity to see the student’s process and development of the film before viewing the final version. “The showcase is always a great opportunity to highlight the impressive quality of work created by students in MCA’s cinema and animation programs,” said Instructor Katie Benjamin Steed.

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 I HEART Art Scholarship Contest Winners

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April 22, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces I HEART Art Scholarship Contest Winners

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual I HEART Art Scholarship Contest. The contest took place earlier this year through an online submission process, and was open to all Tennessee high school seniors.

Contestants had the opportunity to win up to $10,000 in scholarship awards to MCA for the 2016 fall semester by submitting 10 original pieces from their portfolio and an essay statement discussing their passion for art. A faculty committee juried the submissions and selected the winners based on a combination of demonstrated artistic skill and writing proficiency.

The first place $10,000 scholarship was awarded to Cecily Salyer of Goodlettsville, Tenn. Second place was awarded to Logan Hamilton, a native Memphian, who will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The third place scholarship prize of $2,500 was awarded to Kayla Jones, also from Memphis. Five honorable mention awards of $500 were given to Gretchen Pederson of Memphis, Briana Gilmer of Arlington, Aaron Boyd of Germantown, Aiyana Kline of Gautier, Miss. and Jamal Sharif of Cordova.

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.

Graduate MFA Programs to Host Open House April 29

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April 15, 2016

Graduate MFA Programs to Host Open House April 29

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Memphis College of Art will host an MFA Open House for prospective students on Friday, April 29 from 6–9 p.m. in the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place concurrently with the reception in Hyde Gallery for Hueman: MFA Thesis Exhibition.

Guests attending the Open House will have the opportunity to review their portfolio with a representative of the college, in addition to touring the studios of current MFA students. The tour will give guests an inside look at the various bodies of work by current MFA students, and will allow guests to interact directly with the students to discuss their program and scope of their work.

MCA offers Master of Fine Art degrees in Illustration, Metals, Painting/Drawing, Photography and Studio Art. All tracks are two-year programs and are considered the terminal degree for the studio disciplines. The coursework allows students to develop the critical and conceptual structure of their work, with the support of advisors and elective studio and criticism classes. All MFA students complete work in an individual studio space for the duration of their program.

More information about Memphis College of Art’s MFA Programs can be found online at mca.edu.

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

MCA Presents Côte d’Azur, France at Playhouse on the Square

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April 15, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Côte d’Azur, France at Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents Côte d’Azur, France, an exhibition of work from students and faculty who recently traveled to France’s Mediterranean coast, April 29–June 5 at the MCA Gallery in Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The artists will host a reception on Friday, May 6 from 5–6:30 p.m.

Côte d’Azur is the result of an 8-day trip to Southern France that MCA students, faculty, and alumni took last month over Spring Break. The trip submerged travelers into a landscape characterized by a mild climate with clear skies, dramatic scenery and lush gardens—sights that once inspired some of history’s most famous artists including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall and Paul Cézanne, among many others.

The featured artists developed sketches from their trip into completed works of art for this exhibition. Artists include MCA students Darcie Beeman-Black, Abbey Bratcher, Heather Coleman, Shelley Doss, Elaine Fleming, Alison Johnson, Emily Martinez, Lindsey Mashburn, Jeremiah Mills, Katie Schwehr, Kayla Selby and Noah Simon, as well as Instructor Adam Hawk and several other artists who traveled with the group.

All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours for Côte d’Azur are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Group photo taken at the Musée Picasso in Antibes, France

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 Visiting Artist Sally Mann Book Reading & Signing

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April 12, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Visiting Artist Sally Mann Book Reading & Signing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Visiting Artist Sally Mann, internationally acclaimed photographer and New York Times bestselling author, for a book reading and signing event on Monday, May 9 from 7–9 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. Mann will read excerpts from her recent book HOLD STILL: A Memoir with Photographs at 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, with a reception and book signing to follow at 8 p.m. in the Main Gallery. The event is free and open to the public, and copies of HOLD STILL may be purchased that evening.

In HOLD STILL, Mann’s prose matches the artistry of her photographs. By entwining visual and narrative story, Mann creates an original form of personal history that features the drama of a novel, but is rooted in the details of her life and family history. Researching for the book, Mann set out to understand her parents—her emotionally reserved mother and her father, a doctor who was fascinated with death. She also looks into the lives of her husband’s parents, described as “social climbers from the North.” Mann’s abiding subjects and concerns of family, race, mortality and the landscape of the American South are portrayed in the book as almost genetic predisposition, inherited from the “colorful characters” in her family line. In the memoir, Mann discovers how the actions of generations past continue to reverberate in her life and work today.

Born in Lexington, Va., Mann is best known for her resonate landscape work and evocative portraits of her family. She has received numerous awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is featured in many collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Mann has also been the subject of two documentaries—Blood Ties (1994), nominated for an Academy Award in 1995, and What Remains (2007), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008. Mann is the author of many books including What Remains, Deep South, At Twelve, Immediate Family, Still Time, Proud Flesh and The Flesh and The Spirit. HOLD STILL was published by Little, Brown and Company in 2015 and has been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Support for Sally Mann’s visit to Memphis College of Art is generously provided by The Hohenberg Foundation.

Photo credit: Liz Liguori, courtesy of Sally Mann

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.

Graduate Art Education Department to Host Open House April 13

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April 6, 2016

Graduate Art Education Department to Host Open House April 13

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The graduate Art Education Department at Memphis College of Art will host an Open House for prospective students Wednesday, April 13 from 5–7 p.m. in the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. The event is free and open to anyone interested in becoming an art educator.

Guests attending the Open House will learn more about how MCA’s Art Education programs prepare students to become art educators in schools, museums and community organizations. Director of Art Education Programs Dr. Shannon Elliott and Assistant Professor Dr. Angela Christopher will present opportunities available to students through the program in combining studio practices with intellectual and professional experiences. Guests will also be able to speak directly with students currently enrolled in Art Education programs.

Memphis College of Art offers graduate-level programs for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Arts in Education (MAArtEd) degrees. Non-degree seeking programs include Transitional Licensure and Plus 30 Semester Hours. Artists and teachers in the programs learn to critically analyze and synthesize artistic and educational theory and practice. Courses are taught with the goal of equipping educators to teach like an artist by creating meaningful and relevant art experiences for their students.

More information about graduate Art Education Programs can be found online at mca.edu.

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

ArtsZone Scholars Create Uptown Mural on Future Site of Greater Memphis Greenline

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April 5, 2016

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ArtsZone Scholars Create Uptown Mural on Future Site of Greater Memphis Greenline

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s 2016 ArtsZone Scholars spent the past weekend painting a mural on a portion of the Greater Memphis Greenline, located at the corner of Marble Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

Lead artist and MCA Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle directed the project for the third consecutive year. This year’s design was inspired by local geography and nature, expressed through abstract shapes and vibrant colors. “We really wanted this project to celebrate the neighborhood, and make the area a place of connectivity for residents and other citizens of Memphis,” said Normoyle. Eventually this area will extend the Memphis Greenline further west, creating a connection for bikers and pedestrians from the Uptown and Mud Island neighborhoods to Shelby Farms.

The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of the city. AutoZone’s funding for Memphis College of Art provided scholarships for five students from Shelby County: Dominique Carr, Elizabeth Hefner, Tomica Lake, Jacob Lambert and Cortez Totton.

Photos of the completed project can be found on MCA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart), and photos of the mural in progress may be found on Twitter (@memphisart).

Photo: Team with completed mural; from left to right: Elizabeth Hefner, Jacob Lambert, Vice President for Student Affairs Susan Miller, Cortez Totton, Lead Artist and Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle, Tomica Lake, Dominique Carr

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.

ArtsZone Scholars to Create Mural for Memphis Greenline

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April 1, 2016

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ArtsZone Scholars to Create Mural for Memphis Greenline

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The corner of Marble Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard will be a hub of activity this weekend (April 1–3) as five MCA students, under the direction of lead artist and MCA Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle, create a mural for the Greater Memphis Greenline.

The project is made possible through a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of Memphis. The grant provides scholarships for five students, and provides an opportunity for professional development. Students named as 2016 ArtsZone Scholars include Dominique Carr, Elizabeth Hefner, Tomica Lake, Jacob Lambert, and Cortez Totton.

The wall on which the students will paint is owned by Iskiwitz Metals, a privately owned company specializing in commercial and industrial metal recycling. The owners of Iskiwitz Metals are assisting in preparing the wall for painting, and the Greater Memphis Greenline is sponsoring materials for the project.

In progress photos of the project will be posted throughout the weekend on Twitter (@memphisart) and Instagram (@memphiscollegeofart).

Photo: Projected worksite at the corner of Marble Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard

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 Host Book Signing for Haley Morris-Cafiero’s The Watchers

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April 1, 2016

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Memphis College of Art to Host Book Signing for Haley Morris-Cafiero’s The Watchers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host a book signing event for Associate Professor Haley Morris-Cafiero’s new book The Watchers, a collection of photographs from her world-famous Wait Watchers series. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place Wednesday, April 27 from 6–9 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. At the event, Morris-Cafiero will offer prints in special sizes and at prices exclusively available that evening, starting at $20 for a set of small prints. Copies of The Watchers will also be available for purchase, with an additional gift included at purchase.

In The Watchers, Morris-Cafiero highlights the wide variety of comments from online forums she has received in reaction to Wait Watchers. Negative comments such as “Quit eating donuts” appear next to others on the opposite end of the spectrum such as, “You gave me a little bit of faith in me again.” Rather than allowing the negative comments to dictate her self-confidence, Morris-Cafiero used the comments to inspire more of her work. The second half of Wait Watchers, titled Self-Improvement, includes shots of Morris-Cafiero doing the exact things that some commenters suggested would make her “better”—working out, trying on makeup and shopping for new clothes. The resulting photographs show that she was still met with critical stares and negative comments, even when taking part in activities that society said would make her acceptable.

Morris-Cafiero was inspired to begin the Wait Watchers series in 2010 as she was developing film from a trip to New York. She noticed in a photograph from Times Square that a man appeared to be sneering at her from behind. “It intrigued me that even though we were in the sensory overload capital of the world and he was being photographed by someone, he was fixated on me,” said Morris-Cafiero.

Her series reveals the implications for generations of children growing up in an age where social media rules the day—often characterized by body shaming or praising an ideal body type. Morris-Cafiero will visit the local Girls, Inc. chapter this month, as well as students in the Digital Media, Debate and Visual Arts classes at Hutchison School, to talk about her series and the importance of not allowing outside voices to shape personal image and value. A group from the Girls, Inc. chapter will also attend the book signing event.

Born in Atlanta, Morris-Cafiero is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1999. Nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2014 and a 2016 Fulbright finalist, Morris-Cafiero holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art from the University of Arizona. Morris-Cafiero’s photos have been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, and have been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines and online, including Le Monde, New York Magazine and Salon.

Photo: Haley Morris-Cafiero

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 Hueman: MFA Thesis Exhibition

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March 31, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Hueman: MFA Thesis Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents Hueman, the 2016 Spring MFA Thesis Exhibition, on view April 18–May 7 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception will take place Friday, April 29 from 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition features a variety of work from 9 MFA candidates: Victoria Barrera of Chicago; Katherine Corpe of Elkhart, Ind.; Suzie Hansen of Collierville, Tenn.; Lindsey Mashburn of Madison, Miss.; Danielle Meseika of Kings Park, N.Y.; Kayla Selby of Cleveland, Miss.; Shuai Tong of Yantai, Shandong province, China; and Jin Powell and Christine Whitlock, both from Memphis, Tenn. Work in the exhibition ranges from photographic prints and digitally manipulated paintings, to large-scale paintings and hanging installations.

The exhibition title Hueman has a double meaning. Each candidate’s work speaks to the human experience as individuals receive, translate and filter information that permeates life. Working in a wide range of media, the artists analyze the human experience from diverse perspectives. The resulting work is colored and characterized by these differences, ultimately speaking to the connection of individuals on opposite ends of the spectrum within the human experience.

Gallery hours for Hueman 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. For more information, visit mca.edu.

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

MCA to Host Weekend Workshop

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March 28, 2016

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Memphis College of Art to Host Weekend Workshop

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host students, their parents and art teachers for a Weekend Workshop on Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. The event is free for art teachers, parents, high school seniors and transfer students who have already applied to MCA.

For several years, the college has opened its doors for Weekend Workshops to give potential students, their parents and art teachers a glimpse into MCA’s art college experience. Students who attend the Weekend Workshop have the opportunity to meet with faculty during classroom workshops, where they will be able to view the studio facilities and create art, as well as have their portfolio reviewed and discuss the many career paths open to graduates with art degrees. Additionally, students who have already been accepted to MCA will be able to meet with financial aid.

The Admissions department will also host a Q&A session for parents that day to discuss MCA’s liberal arts education curriculum, studio classes, student life, financial aid and possible careers for their student.

Guests can register online or at the door. High school seniors and transfer students who would like to apply to MCA that day can bring their high school transcript, ACT or SAT score and portfolio to have the $15 entrance fee waived.

For more information, visit mca.edu.

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

Indie Filmmaker Ira Sachs Announced as 2016 Commencement Speaker

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March 23, 2016

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Indie Filmmaker Ira Sachs Announced as 2016 Commencement Speaker

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces indie filmmaker Ira Sachs as the 2016 Commencement Speaker. Sachs will deliver the Commencement Address during the college’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. on the south lawn of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

Sachs has directed numerous films, winning awards and accolades in film festivals around the world. Two films in particular were filmed in Memphis—The Delta and Forty Shades of Blue, awarded the Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize in 2005. Other notable films include Little Men, Love is Strange and Keep the Lights On. Sachs was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 and the Rockefeller Fellowship in 1999. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Sachs was born in Memphis in 1965, and graduated from Central High School in 1983. As a child, Sachs attended Saturday school classes at the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art) when President Ted Rust, a close family friend, directed the college.

After graduating from Yale University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Film Theory, Sachs moved to New York City where he currently lives with his husband and painter Boris Torres and their two children, Viva and Felix. Sachs currently teaches as an instructor in the Graduate Film department at New York University, and is the founder of Queer/Art, a non-profit arts organization that provides support for LGBTQ artists across disciplines.

Photo credit: Jeong Park, courtesy of Ira Sachs

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.

Record Number of MCA Students Win at 2016 ADDY Awards

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March 21, 2016

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Record Number of Memphis College of Art Students Win at 2016 ADDY Awards

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A record number of MCA students received gold and silver medals at the 2016 ADDY Awards presented last month at The Columns in Downtown Memphis. The event is held annually by the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation to honor companies and individual professionals in the advertising and marketing industry.

MCA dominated the student category with the largest number of students submitting works and the largest number of students winning awards. Nine MCA students brought home awards that evening in the student category for work completed as part of their academic coursework under Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle and Interim MFA Director Eszter Sziksz. Recipients of gold awards include Victoria Sisnette for her redesign of Bigelow Tea packaging, recent December graduate Annie Lynne (who won a total of 7 gold medals) for her thesis project For the Dragonfly and Zyrafa brand packaging, Sean Tong for his redesign of M&M packaging, Ashley Lulo for her branding design of Soap n’ Stuff, and Rashad Worthy for his Fight or Flight campaign. Students honored with silver awards include Ruby Zielinski for her packaging redesign for Free People, Heather Morgan for her Ghost River Brewery logo redesign, Bailey Brocato for her Marrow logo design, and Michaela Dowdy-Cannon for her Paws & Claws poster design.

A total of 119 awards were given to honor innovative work from local advertising and marketing agencies this year, as well as work from students who will soon enter the industry. “This sort of local competition gives students the chance to compete alongside creative professionals in the city,” said Normoyle. “It also gives them the confidence they may need to continue submitting work to other national design competitions.” Students who received gold awards are automatically entered into the regional AAF competition, and from there may advance to the national AAF Awards, the most prestigious of the design competition series.

Photo: From left to right (top): Rashad Worthy, Heather Morgan, Ashley Lulo, Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle, Michaela Dowdy-Cannon, Sean Tong; (bottom) Ruby Zielinski, Victoria Sisnette, Bailey Brocato

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 Work by Dick Rhodes in Alumni Gallery

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March 17, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Work by Dick Rhodes in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents Work by Dick Rhodes, on view March 20–May 7 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, April 22 from 6–8 p.m.

Rhodes’ plein air landscape paintings are highly textured and impressionistic. Working in a high color palette using oils, pastels and charcoal, his paintings richly display varied landscapes from around the United States. Rhodes’ paintings are the result of a lifelong interest in the rich resources found in the land. He originally worked in portraiture, but his interest in color and light led him to pursue landscape painting and drawing.

A native Memphian, Rhodes graduated from Central High School in 1958. He later earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 1963, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago in 1972. Throughout his lifetime, Rhodes pursued a career in banking, which took him to many cities including San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta and eventually Nashville where he became the Chairman of Regions Bank. Despite working in a non-arts-related field, Rhodes continued to further his interest in the arts—taking art history courses at the University of California-Berkeley while working nights at Wells Fargo, and regularly painting and drawing as a personal hobby. Now retired, Rhodes has transitioned into being an artist full-time and maintains a studio practice in Nashville.

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, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Dick Rhodes, “Red Lands,” oil on canvas board, 8” x 10”

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 Printmaking Department to Host First Annual Print Palooza

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March 10, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Printmaking Department to Host First Annual Print Palooza

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s Printmaking Club will open its doors to the public for the first annual Print Palooza on Saturday, March 19 from 2–6 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. Print Palooza will give guests an inside look at the Printmaking department with a print sale, as well as studio tours and printmaking demonstrations that will take place at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Entry to the event is free and open to the public.

The print sale will feature over 200 reasonably priced prints in a wide variety of printmaking techniques including etching, screen print, lithography and mixed media. The prints come from the Printmaking department’s archives, and include work from student artists as well as professional artists like John Torina, Allison Smith and MCA Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Remy Miller.

At 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., guests will also have the opportunity to partake in 30-minute print studio tours, with demonstrations provided by current students Tania Cruz and Kelli Laderer.

Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Printmaking Club—specifically to assist in sending printmaking students to the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI), the largest annual printmaking conference in the world. A group of MCA students regularly attend the conference with Professor Maritza Dávila and, as a result of their attendance, have been invited to participate in additional opportunities. “In the past students who attend have been able to network, find jobs, receive invitations to assistantships and exhibitions, and apply to graduate schools,” said Dávila. “However, some students lack the financial resources to attend, especially when the conference takes place in more distant locations like San Francisco or Portland.” Funds raised from the sale will directly support student participation in this year’s conference, which takes place March 30–April 2 in Portland, Ore.

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 the 2016 Spring BFA Exhibition

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

March 9, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents the 2016 Spring BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present the 2016 Spring BFA Exhibition in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The show will exhibit in two parts: Part 1 will be on view March 30–April 18 with a reception on Friday, April 1 from 6–8 p.m.; Part 2 will be on view April 22–May 7 with a reception on April 22 from 6–8 p.m. Between the two parts, work from over 40 artists will be exhibited in media ranging from painting and sculpture to illustration and graphic design.

Artists featured in Part 1 include: Joshua Adams-Leavitt, Cristian Anzures, Anna Bodnar, Bailey Brocato, Matthew Cardenas, Brendan Couch-Smith, Elyssa Davis, Michaela Dowdy-Cannon, Rebecca Faison, Lisa Fears, Stephanie Godfrey, Tyler Holmes, Ashley Lulo, Kelsey Miller, Dianna O’Briant, Langley Osborn, Tori Roberts, Roxanne Simmers, Amanda Weidman and Courtney Wordlaw.

Artists featured in Part 2 include: Alexandria Bell, Leaugan Bernabo, Heather Coleman, Kayley Davault, Brittney Gammill, Amber George, Ben Hancock, David Hook, Tomica Lake, Spencer Laws, Heather Morgan, Jacqueline O’Neal, Colleen Robinson, Shana Smith, Sasha Sorokina, Camaron Spencer, Joshua Strydom, Nikka Valken, Lauren Wamble, Mary Beth Weber, Jordan Whitten, John Wilbanks and Ruby Zielinski.

The Rust Hall Main Gallery is open Monday–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, visit mca.edu.

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

MCA Faculty Members Awarded Grants

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March 8, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Faculty Members Awarded Grants

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Six faculty members at Memphis College of Art have been awarded grants from the Martha and Robert Fogelman Family Faculty Enrichment Fund. The awards will fund, fully and partially, artistic ventures that faculty members have applied for and will complete within the year.

The Fogelman Family Faculty Enrichment Fund provides annual cash awards to support the exploration of new areas of creative endeavor, scholarly research, artistic workshops and other means of artistic advancement that will enhance teaching, advance faculty professional standing, and benefit the Memphis College of Art community. Recipients this year include Professor Maritza Dávila, Visiting Professor Colleen Fitzgerald, Professor Susan Maakestad, Associate Professor Michele Noiset, Interim Director of MFA Programs Eszter Sziksz and Associate Professor Leandra Urrutia.

Dávila, chair of the Fine Arts department and a prolific printmaker, will use her award to complete a new book art project. Fitzgerald, a photographic artist, plans to experiment with a new medium by participating in a glass workshop to expand her interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. Maakestad will produce an extensive color catalog of her paintings, which she will disperse at future exhibitions and studio visits. As chair of the Illustration department, Noiset will attend the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, Mass. this summer. Now in its ninth year, the IMC provides an outlet for attendees to work alongside top illustrators in the industry, sharing studio space to gain inspiration and direct insight to their creative process. Sziksz, who had previously created an illuminated print installation for ICEHOTEL 2012-2013, will travel for a second time to Sweden to participate in the ICEHOTEL summer artist residency, where she will focus on techniques of printing on and carving ice. Urrutia plans to use her award to continue her involvement in the Studio Nong Residency, an international sculpture collective that she has participated in since 2013, made up of four Chinese artists from the Guangxi Arts Institute and three other American artists from the Kansas City Art Institute. Their most recent exhibition Sunset/Sunrise was on view at MCA’s Hyde Gallery in January, and the works have now traveled to Kansas City, Mo. for additional exhibitions at the Weinberger Fine Art Gallery, KCAI and the 50th Convention of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Also awarded to Fitzgerald is this year’s grant from the Ted and Leona Faiers Vermont Fund, an endowment supported by Peter Formanek to annually send MCA faculty to the Vermont Studio Center Residency. During the residency this summer, Fitzgerald will complete a body of work within her current realm of experimental photography.

Photo: Eszter Sziksz and Nikkila Carroll, “Illuminated Artist Suite,” ICEHOTEL 2012-13, Sweden

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 Ji Lee as 2015-16 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

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March 4, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Facebook & Instagram Creative Lead Ji Lee as 2015-16 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Ji Lee, the 2015-16 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, in a series of events on Tuesday, April 5 in Rust Hall’s Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A Q&A session of student-generated questions moderated by MCA Assistant Professor Andrea Crowley will take place from noon–1:30 p.m. His lecture, Transformative Power of Personal Projects, will take place later that day at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a special reception in the Main Gallery at 5:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Named as one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company, Lee’s work has appeared on ABC News and in Time Magazine, The Guardian, Wired and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, among many others. Lee regularly contributes to The New York Times, in addition to his full-time position as a creative lead for Facebook and teaching as an instructor for the School of Visual Arts in New York. His previous experience also includes working as Creative Director for both Google and Droga5. Lee credits the transformation of both his personal life and professional career to projects he created outside of the workplace including Word as Image, The Bubble Project and Univers Revolved: A 3-D Alphabet. During his lecture, Lee will discuss how these personal projects affected the upward trajectory of his personal and professional life, and share suggestions with the audience to create their own personal projects that will benefit them.

Lee earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design at the Parsons School of Design in 1995. He has spoken at numerous institutions including MIT, Harvard University, Columbia University, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum.

About the Downing Pryor Visiting Lecture Series:

The Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series was created to honor the late Downing Pryor (1917-1990) and support the mission of Memphis College of Art. Downing Pryor devoted 32 years as a member of MCA’s board of trustees, serving three times as its chairman (1961, 1967 and 1972). Mr. Pryor, born into the automobile business, was heavily involved in Memphis politics, serving as a member of the Shelby County Quarterly Court (now the County Commission) from 1964 to 1968 and the first city council from 1968 to 1972. In 1968, Pryor was the main mediator between the city and striking sanitation workers and, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he represented the city at Dr. King’s funeral services in Atlanta. He was recognized for his outstanding service as a civic leader, businessman and patron of the arts along with his contributions in the areas of education and race relations.

Downing Pryor saw the arts in a very special light, writing, “Each adventure with art adds depth and breadth to the mind and heart that enable the individual to go on to the next experience with heightened perception and understanding.” Friends and family members endowed the lecture series as an ongoing reminder of what one truly honorable man can accomplish in his lifetime and beyond.

The lecture series offers free public programs featuring some of the nation’s most distinguished speakers in the area of the arts. The college welcomes contributions to the endowment fund, which makes this prestigious lecture series possible. To make a gift to this Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Series, please visit www.mca.edu/giving or call 901-272-5115.

Photo: Ji Lee

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

Memphis College of Art Announces Blood Works by Tim Andrews in Alumni Gallery

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Feb. 16, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Blood Works by Tim Andrews in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Blood Works by Tim Andrews, on view Feb. 26–March 26 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, March 18 from 6–8 p.m.

Blood Works features self-portrait paintings, often manifesting in a visceral manner—Andrews’ work addresses the personal and societal implications of living with hemophilia for 54 years, and with HIV and hepatitis C for more than 30 years.

“These self-portraits are about identity,” said Andrews, “how I view myself, and the way I perceive being viewed by others. The works, however, extend beyond the disease itself to speak to a more universal human condition—which is the nature and consequence of illness and death. These works speak to the will to survive.”

Andrews earned both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting (1987), and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art (1992) from Memphis College of Art. For years his work has centered around self-representation, with an effort to influence how society views individuals living with HIV and other chronic illnesses.

Gallery hours are Monday–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, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Tim Andrews, “Blood Spots,” acrylic on canvas board, 30” x 40”, 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. 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 Meghann Riepenhoff’s Littoral Drift

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Feb. 11, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Meghann Riepenhoff’s Littoral Drift

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Littoral Drift, an exhibition of works by internationally recognized photographic artist Meghann Riepenhoff, Feb. 26–March 26 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will be held Friday, March 18 from 6–8 p.m.

Littoral Drift features a collection of large-scale cyanotypes created on nontraditional media without the use of a camera. Using the beach as her studio, Riepenhoff creates the images by allowing natural elements to interact with photographic materials. Riepenhoff submerses cloth coated with a photo-reactive substance into the surf, and allows the waves, wind, sunlight and sediment to leave physical inscriptions on the material.

“Photochemically, the pieces are never wholly processed,” said Riepenhoff, “they will continue to slowly respond to changing environments that they encounter over time, and potentially self-destruct.” As a secondary part of the process, Riepenhoff also photographs moments in time during the creation of the cyanotypes, generating a series of static records of this transitory process. “The fugitive cyanotypes are analogies for a fleeting and beautiful existence, and photographing them is a metaphor for the mediation of photography into contemporary human experience,” said Riepenhoff.

Riepenhoff earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. in 2003, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. She currently works at the San Francisco Art Institute as a member of the visiting faculty. Her work has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, Aperture PhotoBook Review, the Seattle Times and B&W and Color. She has been featured in exhibitions around the world, including Imaging Now: Collected Visions at Memphis College of Art in 2015, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Galerie du Monde in Hong Kong, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and El Museo de la Ciudad in Quito, Ecuador. Riepenhoff is the recipient of the first place award in the Camera Club of New York’s 2014 Annual Juried Competition, and was selected as a Top 50 Photographer by Critical Mass.

Gallery hours are Monday–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, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Meghann Riepenhoff, “Littoral Drift #296” (detail), cyanotype triptych, 24” x 57”, 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. 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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