MCA News

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.

 

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

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

Dec. 16, 2016

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Beloved, Quirky, and Covered in Paint is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the public each year. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. More information about this exhibition and other upcoming events may be found online at mca.edu.

Photo: Courtesy of Beth Bowman; Peter Bowman, “White Rose,” oil on canvas, 60” x 48”, 2005


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

 

MCA Presents Composure by Leandra Urrutia

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

Nov. 28, 2016

 

 

 

Composure_Leandra UrrutiaMemphis College of Art Presents Composure by Leandra Urrutia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Courtesy of Leandra Urrutia

 


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

 

MCA Announces Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine Exhibition

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

Nov. 22, 2016

 

 

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

Internationally recognized MCA alumnus and instructor exhibits scientific, psychedelic paintings

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

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

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

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

Gallery hours, excluding holidays, are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

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

 


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

 

MCA Announces 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition

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

Nov. 10, 2016

 

bfa_fa16Memphis College of Art Announces 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition

Six BFA candidates present works in professional gallery-style exhibition

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

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

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

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

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4 p.m.

 


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

 

MCA to Host Giant Election Week Photobooth

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

Nov. 1, 2016

 

Memphis College of Art to Host Election Week Photobooth

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

Election Week Photobooth

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

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

WHEN:             November 3–9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

MCA Presents Visiting Artist Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant

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

Oct. 28, 2016

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

MCA Presents Human Nature: MFA Thesis Exhibition

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

Oct. 26, 2016

 

 

 

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

Intimate exhibition explores intricacies of nature, the human experience

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

MCA Announces 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar & Fundraiser

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

Oct. 10, 2016

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

MCA Presents Lost Worlds by Joseph Holsapple

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

Sept. 28, 2016

 

 

Joseph HolsappleMemphis College of Art Presents Lost Worlds by Joseph Holsapple

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

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

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

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

Lost Worlds is one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community throughout the year. The show will run concurrently with John Harlan Norris’ exhibition Cons and Pros in the Rust Hall Main Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions, receptions and lectures are free and open to the public.

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

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

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

 

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