MCA News

MCA Students Complete AutoZone Sculpture Garden with Whirligig Sculptures

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

May 1, 2017


 

 

AutoZone Sculpture GardenMemphis College of Art Students Complete AutoZone Sculpture Garden with Whirligig Sculptures

Kinetic sculptures on view outside of Rust Hall as part of this year’s ArtsZone project

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) students have recently completed an installation with whirligig sculptures for the AutoZone Sculpture Garden, on view to the public through May 14. The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a partnership between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis, which provides support to advance arts access, education and outreach throughout Greater Memphis.

Instructor Adam Hawk directed this year’s project, which is the first time MCA students have utilized sculpture for an ArtsZone public art project. Standing up to 10 feet in the air, the sculptures utilize traditional sculptural materials, as well as new and used car parts, and move with the wind. “With the support of AutoZone, this course has enabled students to explore kinetics, presentations of public sculpture, installation, and various digital processes on a much more complex level than what would be possible in a typical class,” said Hawk. “Throughout the semester, the students explored sustainably-themed processes. As a result some students have included certain components of these processes in their work—such as activating motion in their sculptures by harnessing the power of wind and rain, and implementing mechanisms of viewer interaction to power their sculptures.”

MCA students have completed numerous art projects in the city as a result of ArtsZone grants since 2014. Previous MCA ArtsZone projects have included a mural panel project at Knowledge Quest, the “Revival” mural on the Chelsea Avenue floodwall, and a mural in Uptown at a future site of the Greater Memphis Greenline. This year’s ArtsZone grant directly benefitted MCA’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million in institutional scholarships and aid to students each year, and covered the cost of materials for the project.

Photos of the installation can be found on MCA’s Facebook page. For more information about other MCA events and past ArtsZone projects, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Students and instructor Adam Hawk stand with completed sculptures in AutoZone Sculpture Garden

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 Gere Kavanaugh as Commencement Speaker

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

May 1, 2017


 

 

Memphis College of Art Announces Gere Kavanaugh as Commencement Speaker

Groundbreaking Memphian returning to hometown, alma mater to address graduating students

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) today announced that internationally renowned interdisciplinary designer Gere Kavanaugh will be the college’s commencement speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony Sunday, May 14, the South lawn of MCA’s Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis Academy of Arts (now MCA) in 1951, and her address will focus on her Southern heritage and how it has influenced her throughout her life as a designer. Kavanaugh also delivered the college’s commencement address in 1971.

“I’m excited to return to the city and school which gave me a foundation in art and design,” said Kavanaugh. “The skills I learned in Memphis equipped me to launch my career as an artist.”

Born and raised in Memphis, Kavanaugh’s 60-year career has extensively influenced the design industry, particularly the fields of textiles, furniture, interior design, exhibitions, ceramics and graphics. Many of her groundbreaking designs—characterized by bold color, sharp lines and rich textures—are now commonplace, such as the square-shaped patio umbrella. She is a recipient of numerous international awards, including the Ladislav Sutnar Prize from the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic, the 2016 American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) Medal and the Julia Morgan Icon Award from the Los Angeles Design Festival.

Kavanaugh took her first art class at the age of eight and years later received a scholarship to attend the Memphis Academy of Arts (now MCA) for undergraduate study. She attended graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree—the fifth woman in the school’s history to do so. She then began working for GM in Detroit, and was among the first group of women hired as professional designers by a U.S. corporation.

In 1964, she founded her own firm in Los Angeles, Gere Kavanaugh Designs, which she still operates to this day. She’s worked with numerous revolutionary artists including Frank Gehry, Victor Gruen, Greg Walsh, Don Chadwick and Deborah Sussman. Kavanaugh’s work can be found in galleries, landmarks and books across the world. One of her most notable projects was designing the research room and typeface for the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California; she’s also developed projects for corporate clients including Pepsi, Neutrogena and Warner Brothers.

MCA graduation is not open to the public, but any media interested in attending can RSVP to LWaites@archermalmo.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Gere Kavanaugh

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 Students to Unveil AutoZone Sculpture Garden

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

April 27, 2017


 

 

ArtsZone Project Concept ArtMemphis College of Art Students to Unveil AutoZone Sculpture Garden

Sculpture students to install kinetic sculptures Friday, unveiling on Saturday, as part of ArtsZone grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) Sculpture and Metals students will install kinetic sculptures on Friday, April 28 as part of this year’s ArtsZone project. The temporary installations will be part of the AutoZone Sculpture Garden on MCA’s Rust Hall campus, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The project is made possible by ArtsZone, a partnership between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis, which provides support to advance arts access, education and outreach throughout Greater Memphis. The sculptures will be on view to the public April 29–May 14.

Under the direction of Metals Instructor Adam Hawk, students in his special topics “Whirligig Sculpture” class spent the semester designing and conceptualizing sculptures for the project. The sculptures will be constructed of new and used auto parts, as well as materials traditionally used in creating metal sculpture. Standing eight to 10 feet tall on a two-inch pipe, the sculptures will move and transform shape with the wind and elements, as well as utilize viewer interaction processes to engage movement.

MCA students have completed numerous art projects in the city as a result of ArtsZone grants since 2014. Other projects have included a mural panel project at Knowledge Quest, the “Revival” mural on the Chelsea Avenue floodwall, and a mural in Uptown at a future site of the Greater Memphis Greenline. This year’s ArtsZone grant directly benefitted MCA’s scholarship fund and covered the cost of materials for the project.

Photos of the installation will be posted on MCA’s Facebook page. For more information about past ArtsZone projects, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Concept art of “whirligig” sculpture by student Chris Dickson

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 Debuts New E-Commerce Website with Rare Burton Callicott Drawings

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

April 26, 2017


 

Burton Callicott DrawingMemphis College of Art Debuts New E-Commerce Website with Rare Burton Callicott Drawings

Site to later offer artwork for sale by MCA students, alumni and faculty

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) today announced the opening of its new e-commerce website, premiering with a sale of over 175 exclusive drawings by the late Burton Callicott, a founding faculty member of the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art). Functioning as a digital storefront for the college, shop.MCA.edu will provide opportunities for the public to purchase artwork online year-round in support of the college. The Callicott sale will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund.

Callicott, who taught at MCA for more than 35 years before his retirement in 1978, was best known regionally for his three murals at the Pink Palace Museum, and has received national recognition and exhibited widely throughout the state. The never before seen drawings—dating from 1930 to 1990—feature contemplating figures, studies of casts and animals, and are priced from $100-200 each. They were donated to the college by the Callicott estate. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit MCA’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million annually in scholarships and institutional aid. MCA administrators aligned the sale with Line and Shadow: Estate Drawings by Burton Callicott, on view April 25–May 19 at David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, 94 Tillman St.

“Having Burton Callicott’s drawings is an exciting way to launch this site and wonderful way to raise money for our scholarship fund, as many of our students rely on financial support,” said Mary Caywood, MCA’s senior director of marketing and communications.

Callicott graduated from the Cleveland School of Art in 1931, after which he returned to Memphis and became active in the local arts community. In 1937, Callicott became a founding faculty member of the Memphis Academy of Arts, teaching sculpture and ceramics, as well as drawing, painting and calligraphy. Callicott’s work has been featured in museums and galleries across the south, including the Cheekwood Museum of Art and Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee; the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee; the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Pink Palace Museum. In 2000, the Tennessee Arts Commission honored Callicott by using his design for a specialty license plate, which benefits the arts throughout the state.

To view the exclusive Callicott drawings, as well as a selection of MCA merchandise, go to shop.MCA.edu. For more information about MCA, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Burton Callicott, Untitled (Man’s Face), charcoal on paper, 18” x 12”, 1936

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 2017 Spring BFA Exhibition

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

April 17, 2017


2017 Spring BFA ExhibitionMemphis College of Art Presents 2017 Spring BFA Exhibition

Exhibit features the works of 54 BFA candidates in professional gallery setting

WHAT:            2017 Spring BFA Exhibition, featuring the works of 54 Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates in the Rust Hall Main Gallery.

  • The show will feature works from all artistic disciplines and fields of study at the college, including but not limited to Metals, Photography, Illustration, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Animation, Comics, and Digital Media.
  • Candidates in this year’s exhibition represent 13 states and 37 cities from around the South and the rest of the country.
  • Artists featured in the show from outside of the greater Memphis area include Elizabeth Allen of St. Louis, Missouri; Julie Bartlow of Madison, Alabama; Ashley Binkley of Gallatin, Tennessee; Richard Blum of Festus, Missouri; Lauren Bostic of Greenville, Mississippi; Melissa Brown of Atlanta, Georgia; Shoni Campbell of Nashville, Tennessee; Jeremy Clark of Olive Branch, Mississippi; Riley Curry of Gardnerville, Nevada; Leandria Edwards of Hendersonville, Tennessee; Kaleob Elkins of Southaven, Mississippi; Peri Gildersleeve of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Shelby Green of Oakland, Tennessee; Mercedes Grockenberger of Delran, New Jersey; Wilhelmina Hill of Maryville, Tennessee; Alison Johnson of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Brennan Johnson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jesse Lee of Jackson, Tennessee; Marcus Menefee of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Raquel Moore of Port St. Lucie, Florida; Paul Morquecho of Horn Lake, Mississippi; Shelby Moser of Jackson, Tennessee; Von Muren of Chesterfield, Missouri; Ishmaa’iyl Perez of Greensboro, North Carolina; Margaret Perez of Clarksville, Tennessee; Nicholas Potter of Columbia, Tennessee; Mariel Ramsey of New Orleans, Louisiana; Sarah Rhea of Vancleave, Mississippi; Samantha Seghers of Decatur, Alabama; Victoria Sisnette of Chicago, Illinois; Jessica Skinner of Philadelphia, Mississippi; David Thomas of Atoka, Tennessee; Katie Tisdale of Jackson, Tennessee; Charlena Vaughn of Louisville, Kentucky; Amber Williams of Horn Lake, Mississippi; Quantavious Worship of Tupelo, Mississippi; and Rashad Worthy of Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Artists from within the greater Memphis region include Darion Beasley, Shelley Doss, Ariel Jackson, Kate Kornegay, Derikah Scott, Bethany Simmer, Taylor Touchstone, Patricia Wilson and Jabriel Woodall, all from Memphis, Tennessee; Abbey Bratcher, Julia Lasseter, and Elizabeth Ortego of Collierville; Shavonne Johnson, Mia Saine and Morgan Stephenson of Arlington; Thomas Curry of Millington; and J. Davis Tate of Lakeland.
  • For more information about this year’s Spring BFA Exhibition, click here.

WHEN:             On view April 25–May 14, 2017
Reception: Sunday, May 14, noon–2 p.m. (following MCA’s Commencement ceremony)

WHERE:           Memphis College of Art – Rust Hall Main Gallery
1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park, Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:               Memphis College of Art hosts two BFA Exhibitions per year, one in the spring and another in the fall, giving graduating students the opportunity to utilize their Professional Practice (P2) skills by organizing needed materials and meeting deadlines to exhibit their works in a professional gallery setting. BFA Exhibitions are the culmination of a student’s artistic study, and represent the highest caliber of work from undergraduate students.

For more information about other upcoming MCA exhibitions and events, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

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 Spring Break Travels to Florence, Italy

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

April 10, 2017


Spring Break TripSpring Travel Trip to Florence, Italy

Last month a group of 24 MCA students, faculty and alumni traveled to Florence, Italy for the annual Spring Break travel trip. Led by MCA faculty Adam Hawk and Dr. Lucienne Auz, the journey began in Florence where students visited the famous Uffizi Gallery, climbed the towering heights of the breathtaking Florence Cathedral, attended mass at the basilica of San Miniato al Monte and a performance of the opera La Traviata, enjoyed delicious Italian cuisine, and explored the city’s rich artistic culture. On a day trip to Ravenna, students viewed the stunning Byzantine mosaics at the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, and the Basilica of San Vitale. On a separate trip, students explored the two historic cities of Siena and San Gimignano. Here students strolled the red brick lanes of the medieval city centers, enjoyed sweeping views of the Tuscan landscape, and visited the renowned Siena Cathedral. It was an exhilarating experience for all who attended, and the students were eager to incorporate what they had learned into their artistic practices. Students who were enrolled in the course for credit will exhibit works inspired by the trip next month at the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square. The exhibit will open May 5 and continue on view through June 4. More information about this exhibit will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

Photo: Group photo taken in Florence, Italy. 

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 Internationally Renowned Photographer, Activist LaToya Ruby Frazier

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

March 30, 2017


Memphis College of Art to Host Internationally Renowned Photographer, Activist LaToya Ruby Frazier

Frazier to present free lecture at college as 2017 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

Downing Pryor LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier_Momme

 

WHAT:  Book signing and Visiting Artist lecture by LaToya Ruby Frazier, an internationally recognized photographer and interdisciplinary artist, free and open to the public.

  • Memphis College of Art (MCA) welcomes Frazier as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, an annual event that brings nationally and internationally recognized artists to the college for a free lecture.
  • Frazier is known for her photography, video work, and performance art surrounding pressing issues in the nation including the Flint Water Crisis, immigration, urbanism and industrialism. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work; honors include being named a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a TED Fellow.
  • Authored the award-winning monograph The Notion of Family (Aperture, 2015), which offers a photographic exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. The book was featured by The New York Times’ Lens blog.
  • Frazier’s work in this area led her to create Flint is Family in 2016, a body of work documenting the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and President Obama’s visit to the city in light of the problem. The project was a 10-page feature in Elle magazine’s September issue.
  • More information about Frazier can be found at latoyarubyfrazier.com.

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 18, 6–8 p.m.
Book signing at 6 p.m. in the Main Gallery
Lecture to follow at 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium

WHERE:  Memphis College of Art – Rust Hall
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park, Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:   The Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series was created to honor the late Downing Pryor, Memphis Civic leader and former MCA board member, and support the mission of the college. The fund brings world-class artists to the college each year for a lecture that is both free and open to the public, continuing the college’s legacy of enriching the community with art and guest lectures since its inception in 1936. Pryor’s friends and family endowed the lecture series after his death in 1990, and the fund continues to this day with support from community members. 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 click here or call 901-272-5167.

For more information about other upcoming exhibitions and events, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photos: headshot courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; LaToya Ruby Frazier, “Momme,” 2008

About the Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series:

The Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series was created to honor the late Downing Pryor 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. Downing Pryor died in January 1990. 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 901-272-5167.

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 to Host Graduate Exhibitions in April

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

March 29, 2017


 

 

Memphis College of Art to Host Graduate Exhibitions in April

Art Education and Master of Fine Arts candidates present shows leading up to commencement

Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition

2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition

 

WHAT:  Memphis College of Art’s (MCA) graduate programs will host two exhibitions featuring work from candidates who will graduate in May with Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Arts in Art Education degrees.

  • Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition features the work of ten MFA candidates, and will be on view at Marshall Arts gallery.
    • Work included in the show ranges from large-scale paintings to nontraditional installations, such as a constructed “gallery” space within the gallery as a commentary on the world of fine art and fashion; and another interior environmental structure, which speaks to memory, technology and the passing of time.
    • Other topics addressed in the work include multiple identities; dual national identities; and how visual disabilities affect one’s perception of the world around them.
    • Featured artists include Katherine Dean, Jordan Dobbs, Vanessa Gonzalez, Amy Hofstetter, Runyu Li, Joseph Moseley, Meredith Olinger, Mary Ruth Pruitt, Katie Schwehr and Katie Valdez.
  • 2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition is an intimate exhibition featuring the works of two graduate Art Education candidates, and will exhibit at the new Tom Johnston Gallery at MCA’s Faiers House.
    • Elizabeth Bass explores emotions and themes associated with death and loss. Her work ranges from paintings to three-dimensional forms using materials such as a plaster gauze, Band Aids and safety pins. Bass created this series of work as a way to heal and share her feelings and emotions through the grieving process.
    • Dare Harcourt’s work is centered around the theme of art saving lives. Harcourt represents her journey of how she became a painter during a time where she experienced personal health struggles. Art became a type of therapy for her—encouraging emotional, mental and physical health.

WHEN:  Both exhibitions are on view April 7–28, 2017.
Reception for Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition – Friday, April 7, 6–8 p.m.
Reception for 2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition – Friday, April 28, 6–8 p.m.

WHERE:   Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition – Marshall Arts, 639 Marshall Ave.
2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition – Tom Johnston Gallery at Faiers House, 148 N. Tucker St.

WHY:  Every semester, MCA provides opportunities for its graduating students to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. The candidates show work that has resulted from their courses of study over the past academic year, artistic exploration and experimentation, and critique from professors and peers during their academic program.

For more information about other upcoming exhibitions and events, such as the 2017 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

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 Faculty Receive International Recognition

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

Feb. 22, 2017


 

Memphis College of Art Faculty Receive International Recognition and Awards

 

Cat Normoyle
Assistant Professor of Design Arts
Cat Normoyle 

 In January, Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle received word that a paper she co-authored with Cotter Christian was selected for the International Award of Excellence by Design Principles and Practices Collection, a discussion site exploring the meaning and purpose of design. The article, “A Catalyst for Change,” was selected from among the ten highest ranked papers which emerged from a peer review process and according to the selection criteria outlined in the referee guidelines. The paper discusses citizen-driven creative placemaking, “where residents of a community take ownership of an unused, inauthentic, or transient public space and repurpose it for their own benefit or need.” Read more about the award…

 

Adam Hawk
Instructor of Metals
ADAM HAWK

Instructor Adam Hawk was announced as a 2017 Finalist for the internationally juried NICHE Awards in the professional sculpture category. Hawk’s piece “SC6” was one of four sculptures selected by judges of the competition. The NICHE Awards Program, sponsored by NICHE Magazine, first began in 1989 in celebration of the innovation of American and Canadian fine craft. Click here to view Hawk’s award-winning sculpture. Read more about the competition…

 

Maritza Dávila
Professor of Fine Art
Maritza Davila
 

MCA Professor of Fine Arts and Printmaking Maritza Dávila collaborated with artist Indrani Nayar-Gall to create an artwork titled “Girl and Waves,” which was accepted into the internationally juried 2017 Atlanta Print Biennial. Dávila co-created the piece as part of her award from MCA’s Martha and Robert Fogelman Faculty Enrichment Fund, which was awarded in 2016. The piece will be on view March 15–April 14 at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, Georgia during the 2017 SGC International Printmaking Conference (March 15-18).

 

Eszter Sziksz
Instructor of Book Arts
Eszter Sziksz
 

Instructor Eszter Sziksz will have work featured in the internationally juried 2017 Printmaking Triennial in Miskolc, Hungary. Her piece “Metamorphosis” is currently on view in the show through March 28 at the Herman Otto Museum’s Miskolc Gallery. The triennial is widely popular in Central European countries, with jurors who are highly selective in the pieces that they choose.

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 Opens Registration for Summer Art Camp

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

Feb. 22, 2017


 

 

Summer Art Camp RegistrationMemphis College of Art Opens Registration for Summer Art Camp

Only accredited art camp in the region offers 12 new classes including Design Thinking, Digital Painting, Animation, Kinetic Sculpture and Fashion Design

WHAT:  Registration for MCA’s Summer Art Camp is now open for children ages 3-18 and features a special 10% discount for children registered by March 31.

  • The camp, organized by the college’s Community Education department, is one of the many community programs offered by MCA each year.
  • Summer Art Camp offers both full- and half-day options during regular camp hours (9 a.m.–3 p.m.), in addition to extended care in the mornings and afternoons (8–9 a.m. and 3–5 p.m.). Six weeklong sessions this summer include June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14 and July 17-21.
  • This year features 12 new classes, including courses in Design Thinking, Digital Painting, Animation, Kinetic Sculpture and Fashion Design in addition to the existing classes focused around drawing and painting, clay sculpture, photography and international art.
  • A special Camp Preview Day is scheduled for April 1, and is free and open to families wanting a sneak peek of activities planned for this year.
  • Scholarships are available through a special application process (deadline to apply is May 4).
  • More information about Summer Art Camp is here.

WHEN:  Registration currently open; Camp Preview Day: April 1, 2–4 p.m.

  • Registration will be open for each session until the week prior of each respective weeklong session.
  • NOTE: Early Bird Registration is currently available now through March 31, 2017 (10% discount)

WHERE:  Camp: Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

  • Register online or in person at Memphis College of Art’s Gibson Hall, 1939 Poplar Ave.

WHY:  MCA’s Summer Art Camp gives young student and artists an opportunity to learn visual art skills, explore their creativity, discover new media, create original works of art in a community of artists, and gain confidence in expressing themselves, all while making new friends in a fun and safe environment. All instructors are trained artists who love teaching and sharing the joy of art-making with others. Summer Art Camp instructors at a minimum have earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and most classes also have a dedicated teaching assistant, making the child-to-adult ratio no greater than 8-to-1. All Summer Art Camp administrators, instructors and staff are carefully screened and subjected to a nationwide background check. Earlier this year, MCA announced that Summer Art Camp had achieved accreditation status from the American Camp Association, making it the only accredited art camp in the region and meeting the highest industry standards.

For more information about MCA’s Summer Art Camp and other Community Education programming, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Camper from Summer Art Camp 2015 poses with his mask. 

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 Erik Valind

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

Feb. 21, 2017


 

Erik ValindMemphis College of Art Presents Visiting Artist Erik Valind

New York-based freelance photographer hosts free live shoot and lecture

WHAT:            Visiting Artist lecture by Erik Valind, a freelance photographer based out of New York City specializing in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Author and photographer of the books Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots (2014, Peachpit Press) and Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them (2012, Peachpit Press; co-author Lindsay Adler)
  • Originally from Treasure Island, Florida, Valind travels to share his visual approach, techniques and passion for photography at international photo conferences and colleges around the nation.
  • Lecture is sponsored by Tamron, the world’s most awarded photographic lens company, as part of their 2017 College Tour.
  • More information here.

WHEN:             Tuesday, Feb. 28, Noon–2 p.m.

WHERE:           Memphis College of Art, Callicott Auditorium
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:               Since its inception in 1936, MCA has hosted exhibits for the community as part of its commitment to fostering the arts in the city. The college hosts numerous artists and groups for exhibitions throughout the year, which broadens the sphere of artistic exposure for both MCA students and the city. Valind’s lecture will be an educational opportunity for MCA students and individuals with an interest in photography in the Memphis area.

For more information about MCA’s exhibitions and other upcoming events, such as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecture featuring LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Courtesy of Erik Valind

 

About Tamron Mobile Learning Center: Campus Edition:

With a renewed focus on students, Tamron heads on a nationwide, hands on educational tour. The Tamron van is making stops at colleges and universities gaining awareness for new product and special educational savings. Test drive the latest lens technology, learn techniques from industry professionals; learn about lenses and their purpose for your upcoming projects. Follow the tour online @TamronEDU on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

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 Hosts Visiting Artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez, Multi-Exhibition Art Reception

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

Feb. 20, 2017


 

 

Fidencio Fifield-PerezMemphis College of Art to Host Visiting Artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez
and Multi-Exhibition Art Reception, March 2 and 3

Thursday lecture surrounds topics of immigration and borders

WHAT:  Lecture: Visiting Artist lecture by Fidencio Fifield-Perez (formerly Fidencio Martínez), artist of MCA’s current Main Gallery exhibition 39. El Nopal, No one visits the nopal until it bears fruit. Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, Fifield-Perez was raised in the U.S. and his work speaks to labor, immigration, borders and the individuals who traverse them. The works in 39. El Nopal speak to the national debate surrounding immigration, and offer a perspective on the issue through large-scale installations. More information about 39. El Nopal, may be found here.

Reception: The following day, MCA will host a reception honoring Fifield-Perez’s exhibition, as well as two other exhibits in Rust Hall—Circles: Works by Emily Miller in the Alumni Gallery, and Zoodles in the Lower Gallery. Circles features the wheatpaste street murals of Emily Miller, a 2014 graduate of MCA’s Illustration program; Zoodles is a collection of sketches by MCA students created during lunch breaks at the Memphis Zoo.

Both events are free and open to the public.

WHEN:  Lecture: Thursday, March 2, 12:15–1:45 p.m.
Reception: Friday, March 3, 6–8 p.m.

WHERE:  Both events will be held at:

Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:  Since its inception in 1936, MCA has hosted exhibits and lectures for the community as part of its commitment to fostering the arts in the city. The college hosts numerous artists and group exhibitions throughout the year, which broadens the sphere of artistic exposure for both MCA students and the public.

For more information about MCA’s exhibitions and other upcoming events, such as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecture featuring LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Fidencio Fifield-Perez, “El Hielo / I.C.E.,” mixed-media installation, 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.

 

Dr. Ron Jones Retires as President of Memphis College of Art

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

Feb. 10, 2017


 

Ron JonesDr. Ron Jones Retires as President of Memphis College of Art

Vice-President for Advancement Laura Hine To Assume Interim President Role

Memphis, Tenn. (February 10, 2017) – Dr. Ron Jones, 74, President of the Memphis College of Art since May 2011, will retire from that position effective February 28, 2017, Henry Doggrell, Chair of the MCA Board of Trustees, announced today.

Jones, who came to MCA from the University of South Florida, presided over a major reorganization in 2012; he also secured the continuation of the College’s critical SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation. In addition, Jones directed the development of the College’s broad-ranging Professional Practices (P2) curriculum, ensuring that MCA graduates have the essential career readiness skills for any professional path they may choose.

“Ron Jones took over the leadership of MCA at a time of transition for the college,” said Henry Doggrell, MCA’s Chair. “Today, through Dr. Jones’ guidance and tireless efforts, MCA has a strategic plan approved by its Board of Trustees to guide a dedicated leadership team as they direct MCA’s future. Dr. Jones leaves MCA in the very capable hands of Laura Hine.”

Laura Hine is a Memphis native who earned her law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. She has worked in fundraising and in senior executive roles at firms such as Arthur Andersen and Baker Donelson. Prior to her arrival at MCA, Hine helped re-engineer and stabilize the Workforce Investment Network, a federally funded regional workforce development agency, as a Deputy Director for the City of Memphis.

Since she arrived at MCA, Hine has worked to boost fundraising, create and sharpen admissions marketing messages, and build unique partnerships for MCA in Memphis and the region.

“I am proud of MCA’s 80-year history and the unique role MCA plays in the cultural life of this community,” she said. “Our students, faculty and alumni make up Memphis’s creative class, and their creativity is attractive to both those who live here and those who are considering a move to Memphis. I will work hard in this interim role to ensure that this important educational institution continues to contribute to our city and region.”

Photo: Dr. Ron Jones

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 Art Historian A. Victor Coonin

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

Feb. 16, 2017


Memphis College of Art Presents Visiting Art Historian A. Victor Coonin

James R. Ruffin Professor of Art History at Rhodes College to present on the Contemporary Relevance of Michelangelo’s David

Dr. A Victor Coonin

WHAT:  Visiting Art Historian A. Victor Coonin will present a free art history lecture for the public and MCA community titled “The Contemporary Relevance of Michelangelo’s David.” The lecture will highlight themes of gender and sexuality, beauty and body image, and censorship and violence in Michelangelo’s famous statue. Though “David” was created over 500 years ago, Coonin will examine how the work continues to resonate in popular culture, citing modern artists such as Banksy and Warhol, who have riffed on the statue to highlight artistic and cultural concerns.

  • Coonin is the author of the book From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David (2014, The Florentine Press)
  • Coonin’s work and research has received support from the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
  • More information here.

 

WHEN:  Thursday, Feb. 23, 1-2 p.m.

WHERE:  Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall – Callicott Auditorium
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:  Since its inception in 1936, MCA has hosted Visiting Artist lectures and exhibits for the community as part of its commitment to fostering the arts in the city. Each year, prominent artists and art scholars from around the nation are invited to present and discuss their artwork and research to the local community. Recent Visiting Artists include the renowned and controversial photographer Sally Mann and Facebook’s Creative Director Ji Lee.

For more information about MCA’s Visiting Artist lecture series and other upcoming events, such as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Courtesy of Dr. A. Victor Coonin

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 Ranked in Top 10 Graphic Design Programs in the South

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

Jan. 26, 2017


Graphic Design Program RankingMemphis College of Art Ranked in Top 10 Graphic Design Programs in the South

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) has been recognized by the Animation Career Review as having one of the top 10 collegiate Graphic Design programs in the South, surpassing 94 percent of schools in the analysis.

Animation Career Review conducted research on hundreds of colleges with Graphic Design programs in southern states including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. The organization began ranking design schools and programs across the country in 2012, originating by requests from graphic design students, parents, and representatives from colleges with graphic design programs. Animation Career Review is a leading source for animation, design and gaming professionals, and provides information on training programs, colleges, software and technology, career profiles, and profiles of the leading industry firms. Criteria considered in ranking each program included:

  • Academic reputation
  • Admissions selectivity
  • Depth and breadth of the program and faculty
  • Value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness

“It’s an honor for our graphic design program to be recognized by Animation Career Review, and is a testament to the curriculum we have developed,” said Cat Normoyle, Assistant Professor for Design Arts. “We constructed the graphic design program to teach our students a range of media—from print, digital, web and environmental—with a focus on many design concepts within the field, emerging technology, and client-based/professional approaches to design. We incorporate a human-centered methodology, encouraging our students to research, empathize, and think strategically within the design process. As a result, we have seen great benefits for our students and graduates in their internships and careers.”

Graphic Design is one of 9 BFA degrees that MCA offers. Other BFA degrees include Animation, Art Education, Design Arts, Fine Arts, Illustration, Illustration with a track in comics, Painting/Drawing and Photography. Concentrations offered include Drawing/Painting, Metals, Photography and Sculpture. MCA boasts a 10-to-1 student-faculty ratio, allowing each student to receive the mentorship and guidance needed to become experts in their craft and professionals in their field. For information about MCA’s academic programs, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Assistant Professor Don DuMont (middle) gives guidance to students Riley Curry (far left), Mariel Ramsey and Mia Saine in a Brand and Identity Design course.

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’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.

 

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