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MCA Announces the Return of Annual Holiday Bazaar Art Sale

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Feb. 10, 2016

Memphis College of Art Announces the Return of Annual Holiday Bazaar Art Sale

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is pleased to announce the return of the annual Holiday Bazaar art sale. The 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar is scheduled to take place Nov. 18–19, in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

This highly anticipated event has drawn thousands of people to the MCA campus since its inception in 1949, when the college was still known as the Memphis Academy of Arts and housed in the historic James Lee House. Eventually the bazaar moved with the college in the 1950s to its current site in Overton Park. After 65 years of staging this popular art sale, the college placed the event on a brief hiatus for 2015 with the purpose of allowing faculty and staff to reinvigorate the event for future years. One change in particular is that a faculty committee will jury artwork submissions. “The bazaar will feature a carefully curated collection of fine art, accessories and gifts created by MCA’s most talented faculty, students, alumni and friends,” said Vice President for College Advancement Laura Hine. “Other plans for a revitalized and festive Bazaar to kick off the holiday season are being finalized, and will be announced at a later date,” said Hine.

In addition to supporting local artists in the MCA community, a portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the college’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million in scholarships each year.

More information about this year’s Holiday Bazaar will be forthcoming throughout the year at mca.edu.

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

MCA Presents the Graduate 2016 Art Education Thesis Exhibition

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Feb. 2, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents the Graduate 2016 Art Education Thesis Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents the 2016 Art Education Thesis Exhibition, on view Feb. 15–March 8 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception will take place Friday, Feb. 26 from 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition features the work of 5 candidates pursuing their Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Art Education degrees, and are expected to graduate this spring. The show signifies the culmination of their program and will feature a variety of media, including painting, drawing and photography.

Candidates include Stacy Artress, Shatara Ferguson, Brandon Karnes, Jorden Miernik-Walker and Heather Wallace, all from Memphis, Tenn.

Hyde 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. For more information, visit mca.edu.

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

MCA Closed January 22

Due to inclement weather conditions, MCA will be closed on Friday, January 22. All classes and scheduled activities are canceled and administrative offices are closed. Studios will be open, but the shuttle service will not run. Additional updates will be posted here.

MCA Closed January 18

Memphis College of Art will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We will re-open on our usual schedule on Tuesday, January 19.

MCA Announces Adam Hawk’s An Exploration in 3D Printing

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Jan. 8, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Adam Hawk’s An Exploration in 3D Printing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces An Exploration in 3D Printing, an exhibition of work by MCA Instructor Adam Hawk, Jan. 15 through Feb. 21 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.

The rise of 3D printing technology has revolutionized industries around the world, and the possibilities only increase within an era of rapidly growing technology. With experimentation already occurring in medical, automotive and aerospace industries, visual artists have also begun to experiment with how the technology could impact the scope and scale of their work. Hawk began working with the 3D printer in 2009 for his work in metalsmithing and sculpture. He designs each piece on a computer with 3D modeling software programs. From there he prints the designs to the 3D printer as plastic parts, which he uses to create molds and cast the sculpture in bronze.

Hawk’s work is inspired by urban and natural settings, and plays with the relationship between digital artwork, metalsmithing and sculpture.

“As an artist I have always been attracted to a variety of two-dimensional art; however, my passion lies within the techniques and processes metalsmithing has to offer,” Hawk said. “In this work, I have begun to explore the relationship between digital and physical sculpture, satisfying my urge to work and think in all dimensions.”

Hawk received his BFA degree at MCA in sculpture in 2003, and later earned his MFA in metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2008. He is currently a fulltime instructor at MCA, teaching 3D Design and Printing, Metalsmithing and a Spring Break Travel Abroad Workshop. His work has recently been exhibited at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis., and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.

Gallery hours for An Exploration in 3D Printing are Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights. For more information visit mca.edu.

Photo: Adam Hawk, “3DP3,” bronze cast from 3D print, limestone, 32” x 4” x 4”, 2015

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

MCA Presents Visiting Artist John Medwedeff

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Jan. 5, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Visiting Artist John Medwedeff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents John Medwedeff, a nationally recognized metals sculptor and owner of Medwedeff Forge & Design, as the next artist in MCA’s Visiting Artist lecture series. Medwedeff will present a lecture titled The Business of Surviving as an Artist on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from noon–1 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture will provide information about business practices for artists and applying for public art commissions, and will be followed by a brief question and answer session. Medwedeff will also discuss his experiences creating large-scale public art sculptures. During his campus visit, Medwedeff will interact with graduate students in their studios and host group discussions with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Medwedeff first began working with metals after taking a blacksmithing class at the Memphis Academy of Arts (now MCA) in the early 1980s. “With my first hammer blow on hot iron, I recognized the connection between metalsmithing and sculpture,” said Medwedeff. After disagreeing with the Art Academy director at the time over his blacksmithing efforts and its future in fine art, Medwedeff began attending the University of Memphis. While enrolled at the University of Memphis, Medwedeff applied for and was accepted into an internship program at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, only a few years old at the time after opening its doors in 1979. Medwedeff eventually completed his BFA degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1986, and also earned his MFA degree there in 1991.

After finishing his education, Medwedeff opened a studio in Murphysboro, Ill. and began producing large-scale sculptures for both public and private commissions. His work is inspired by waterways, plant life and the general outdoors, and maintains a harmonious relationship between form and function.

“The large scale sculptures, while not necessarily forged, are driven by my blacksmith’s desire to reshape the metal and make the surfaces my own,” said Medwedeff. “The decorative art pieces blend my creative vision with utilitarian purpose, and to that end I find a beautiful symmetry between form and function.”

Notable sculptures completed by Medwedeff include a sculptural arch for the Illinois State Fairgrounds completed in 1996; a shade structure titled “Whirl” in the Mississippi Riverfront Park, commissioned by the City of Memphis through the UrbanArt Commission in 2001; and “Apex,” a bronze sculpture commissioned in 2013 by the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

All MCA Visiting Artist lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: John Medwedeff, “Confluence”, 26.5’ x 9’ x 19’, steel, Nashville, Tenn., 2014

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

MCA to Host National Portfolio Day in Metairie

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Dec. 18, 2015

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Memphis College of Art to Host National Portfolio Day in Metairie

NEW ORLEANS — Memphis College of Art will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Jan. 16 from noon–4 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport Hotel, 6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie, La.

National Portfolio Day is an educational event for young artists held at colleges and other locations throughout the United States and Canada. Portfolio Day brings together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their schools. The event provides a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art college. At this year’s event, students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and representatives from 19 different art colleges.

The schedule for the day is as follows:
11 a.m.–noon: Registration
Noon–4 p.m.: Portfolio Reviews

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), which represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.

For additional information, visit mca.edu or contact the MCA Admissions office at 800-727-1088. More information on the NPDA national schedule is available at portfolioday.net.

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

MCA Presents Sunset/Sunrise: Work from Studio Nong

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Dec. 18, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents Sunset/Sunrise: Work from Studio Nong

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is pleased to present Sunset/Sunrise, an exhibition of work by artists in the Studio Nong International Collective and Residency Program, Jan. 8–Feb. 5 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception will take place Friday, Jan. 29 from 6–9 p.m. The artists will also present a gallery talk on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m.

Sunset/Sunrise will feature over 50 sculptural and paper works from the artists and educators included in the Studio Nong Artist Collective—Leandra Urrutia, associate professor at MCA; Jessie Fisher, Misty Gamble and Scott Seebart, professors and instructors from the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI); and Zhenhai He, Shanwu Huang, Bangmin Nong and Jigang Qin, professors from the Guangxi Arts Institute in China. The response Urrutia received after the initial SunRise/SunSet exhibition in 2014, which featured work by the American artists from their residency in China, led her and the KCAI artists to pursue a stateside residency. “Numerous faculty and students told me how the art stirred them creatively and culturally. Their enthusiasm and my interest in the project inspired us to develop a reciprocal artistic exchange in the United States,” said Urrutia, who helped establish the inaugural Studio Nong Residency in 2013 through her receipt of the ArtsMemphis 2014 Emmett O’Ryan Award.

The dream of bringing He, Huang, Nong and Qin to the United States became reality during the summer of 2015 with a 6-week studio residency focused on artistic collaboration and cultural exchange of traditions. The residency started at MCA, and later traveled to KCAI for the remainder of the program. The work featured in Sunset/Sunrise is a direct result of this intensive residency, and includes work from all 8 artists.

Following the exhibition at MCA, Sunset/Sunrise will travel later in the year to KCAI and the Weinberger Fine Art Gallery in Kansas City, as well as the 50th Convention of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Transportation of the artwork is provided through a sponsorship from the FedEx Corporation. 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. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo (from left to right): Left: Misty Gamble, Scott Seebart (background), Jessie Fisher, Leandra Urrutia; Right: Jigang Qin, Zhenhai He (front), Bangmin Nong, Shanwu Huang

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

MCA Presents Shane McDermott’s Seahorse in Sequence: Creating a Comic

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Dec. 16, 2015

Seahorse in Sequence

Memphis College of Art Presents Shane McDermott’s Seahorse in Sequence: Creating a Comic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Seahorse in Sequence: Creating a Comic by MCA instructor Shane McDermott in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be on view Jan. 6–27, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 15 from 6–8 p.m.

Seahorse in Sequence explores McDermott’s creative process through a selection of pages from his current young adult comics project, The Seahorse Chronicles. Set in the 1980s, the story follows two young brothers and their dog as they wield a seahorse-shaped talisman, which eventually transports them to a fantasy world full of adventures. McDermott conceived the auto-mythography as a love letter to his own childhood, one that playfully recalls fiction as fact. The exhibition reveals the visual development from his initial scribbles on paper, to black and white panels inked with a brush, and finally to vivid, digitally colored pages ready for print.

McDermott received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from MCA in 2005, and his MFA degree in Comics from the California College of the Arts in 2015. Shortly after earning his undergraduate degree, McDermott worked for the Commercial Appeal as a staff editorial illustrator. In addition to his work for the Commercial Appeal, McDermott has created illustrations for other local publications, posters for the Memphis Roller Derby, and educational comics for clients such as Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. McDermott currently teaches Comics and Illustration classes at MCA.

Gallery hours for Seahorse in Sequence are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Shane McDermott, “The Seahorse”, 4.75” x 4.75”, ink and digital, 2012

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

MCA Presents the Illustrators 57 Traveling Exhibition

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Dec. 16, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents the Illustrators 57 Traveling Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents Illustrators 57, an annual juried exhibition by the Society of Illustrators, Jan. 6–26 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, Jan. 15 from 6–8 p.m.

Illustrators 57 features 40 pieces created throughout the year by artists around the world. The works were included in the original exhibition at the Society of Illustrators on Jan. 7–Feb. 28, 2015, and have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, theater posters, fashion labels, album artwork and advertisements for major corporations. This annual exhibition celebrated 57 years in 2015, and has been traveling for 34 years.

Jillian Tamaki, Illustrators Annual past chair, discussed the exciting changes in the illustration world with advances from the technological revolution. “Illustration used to be defined by context. Then the internet stripped illustration of that context which made us very unhappy and afraid,” said Tamaki. “More fundamentally, this reversal also untethered our notions of what illustration should look like, where it should live, and what it should do. As a result, the community, which is now thriving online, is deeper and more diverse than it has ever been. How thrilling to see illustration cross-pollinating with journalism, comics, design, art, animation, and other disciplines that barely have names yet.”

Artists featured in the exhibition include Pablo Amargo, Orit Bergman, Serge Bloch, Julianna Brion, Nigel Buchanan, Marc Burckhardt, Harry Campbell, Jun Cen, Joe Ciardiello, Josh Cochran, John Cuneo, Nicolas Delort, Peter Diamond, John S. Dykes, Jensine Eckwall, Gianluca Foli, Michael Glenwood Gibbs, Robert Hunt, Ricardo Liniers, Jeffrey Alan Love, John Martz, Simone Massoni, Bill Mayer, Roman Muradov, Keith Negley, Victo Ngai, Tran Nguyen, Lisa Perrin, David Plunkert, Richie Pope, Jon Reinfurt, Cun Shi, Yuko Shimizu, Dadu Shin, Mark Smith, Brian Stauffer, Jean Tuttle, Pieter Van Eenoge, Klaas Verplancke and Armando Veve.

Illustrators 57 was made possible with generous support from Susan S. Arney. Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday noon–4 p.m. Exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Robert Hunt, “Medusa”, oil (print)

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

MCA Announces New BFA and MFA Programs

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Dec. 14, 2015

Memphis College of Art Announces New BFA and MFA Programs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the addition of three undergraduate and three graduate programs to its current curricula. The college received approval for the new programs from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in November.

Undergraduate programs added include BFA degrees in Graphic Design, Animation and Illustration. These programs were formerly offered as concentrations and will now become freestanding majors. A Metals concentration in the undergraduate Fine Arts major, as well as a Comics track within the undergraduate Illustration major, have also been approved. The college will expand graduate programs by offering MFA degrees in Illustration, Metals, and Painting and Drawing.

“The approval of these programs has been highly anticipated by the faculty and the Academic Affairs department,” said Remy Miller, dean and vice president for academic affairs. “These changes increase both the rigor and quality of MCA’s programs, and I congratulate Assistant Dean Haley Morris-Cafiero and the faculty on this success.” The additional Programs nearly double the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees offered by the college, and will be available to students as early as the Spring 2016 semester.

MCA’s academic programs include:

Undergraduate Graduate
BFA in Animation MFA in Illustration
BFA in Graphic Design MFA in Metals
BFA in Illustration MFA in Painting/Drawing
BFA in Illustration with a track in Comics MFA in Photography
BFA in Painting/Drawing MFA in Studio ArtMasters in Art Education
BFA in Photography Masters in Art TeachingTeacher Certification (Transitional Licensure)
BFA in Design Arts:
With a concentration in Digital Media
With a concentration in Graphic Design
BFA in Fine Arts:
With a concentration in Drawing/Painting
With a concentration in Metals
With a concentration in Photography
With a concentration in Printmaking
With a concentration in Sculpture

More information about MCA and its academic programs may be found online at mca.edu.

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

MCA Presents the 2015 Fall BFA Exhibition

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Nov. 5, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents the 2015 Fall BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents the 2015 Fall BFA Exhibition, on view Nov. 24 through Dec. 10 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, Dec. 4 from 6–8 p.m.

The exhibition features work from 15 students in a variety of media including graphic design, painting, sculpture, drawing, animation, photography, sequential narrative and digital cinema. The 2015 Fall BFA candidates include Glenn Buxton, Memphis, Tenn.; Justin Daniels, Natchez, Miss.; Cara DiStefano, Dublin, Ohio; Glenn Fiscus, Jacksonville, Ark.; Dilland Gregory, Greer, S.C.; Chase Hunter, Cherry Valley, Ark.; Adra Maner, Seymour, Tenn.; Sebastian McDaniel, North Little Rock, Ark.; Caenina Moore, Memphis, Tenn.; Melanie Morrison, Memphis, Tenn.; Samantha Nemazie, McKinney, Texas; Charles Scaife, Memphis, Tenn.; Mary Grace Shore, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Rah-Imhotep Verderosa-Ishakarah, Jackson, Miss.; Sean Winfrey, Memphis, Tenn. and TreDarrius Young, Summit, Miss.

Rust Hall’s Main Gallery is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday noon–4 p.m. Exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

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

MCA Announces Knowing Places by Betsy Brackin Burch

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Nov. 10, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Announces Knowing Places by Betsy Brackin Burch

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Betsy Brackin Burch’s exhibition, Knowing Places, on view Nov. 24–Dec. 10 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, Dec. 4 from 6–8 p.m.

Originally from West Memphis, Ark., Brackin Burch’s work is tied to the beauty of the distinctive regions where she has lived and traveled. “From growing up in the Mississippi Delta, passing through New Mexico, or spending summers in Greece, my landscapes are imbued with the rich culture of each area,” said Brackin Burch. Knowing Places includes watercolor and acrylic landscape paintings from New Mexico and iconic scenes from the Mississippi Delta.

Brackin Burch received her BFA in painting from Memphis College of Art in 2000. She was a recipient of the 2013 ArtsMemphis ArtsAccelerator grant, and was the featured Arkansas DeltaMade Artist in 2011. Among these accomplishments, Brackin Burch has exhibited work in notable galleries and other locations including the Rymer Gallery in Nashville, Tenn., the Arkansas Arts Center and the Arkansas Governer’s Mansion.

Gallery hours for Knowing Places are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Betsy Brackin Burch, “A Place I Know,” 24” x 48”, acrylic on canvas, 2015

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

MCA Presents Michele Noiset’s Conceptualizing Dystopia at POTS

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Nov. 5, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents Michele Noiset’s Conceptualizing Dystopia at Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is pleased to present Conceptualizing Dystopia, an exhibition of works by MCA Associate Professor Michele Noiset, Nov. 6 through Jan. 10 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.

Through pastel illustrations of “visual metaphors,” Conceptualizing Dystopia examines human fallibility in the quest for establishing a utopian society. “Many believe utopia is attainable if we strive for an agreed upon truth,” said Noiset, “a virtual state of bliss can exist where hatred, jealousy, malice and negativity are controlled and where tolerance is encouraged and cultivated.” The often disastrous means to obtain perfection, however, is where Noiset derives her inspiration. “Beneath this desire for an ideal society lies human imperfection. Our ironic descent into evil propelled from the utopian pinnacle of perfection is what interests me in my visual exploration,” said Noiset.

With over 25 years of Illustration experience, Noiset received her BFA degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Noiset has freelanced for publishing, advertising and editorial companies across the nation, and brings a wealth of experience to MCA where she currently serves as chair of the Illustration department.

Playhouse’s MCA Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.

Photo: “Censored,” Michele Noiset, pastel on BFK Rives paper, 18” 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. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

MCA to Host National Portfolio Day

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Oct. 8, 2015

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Memphis College of Art to Host National Portfolio Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park.

National Portfolio Day is an educational event for young artists held at colleges throughout the United States and Canada. 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.

The schedule for the day is as follows:
11 a.m.–noon: Registration and Campus Tours
Noon–4 p.m.: Portfolio Reviews

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), which represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.

For additional information, visit mca.edu or contact the MCA Admissions office at 800-727-1088. More information on the NPDA national schedule is available at portfolioday.net.

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

MCA Conjures the Past with Art of Darkness

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Oct. 2, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Conjures the Past with Art of Darkness

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Art of Darkness, a Halloween fundraising event, on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 p.m.–midnight in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park.

While MCA’s annual Holiday Bazaar takes a pause this year, the college will open its doors with a new event that pays tribute to its history of elaborate masquerades and costume balls.

“We were inspired to revive the masquerade balls and costume parties that took place in the 1940s and beyond, when the Art Academy was located at the James Lee House in Victorian Village,” said Laura Hine, vice president for college advancement. “The vintage film footage of these parties is strikingly cool—showcasing the elaborate, magnificent costumes and the obvious fun everyone had. Today, as in the past, this will be an event that celebrates creativity, humor and playfulness.”

The evening will feature music from Holly Cole and the Memphis Dawls, and mesmerizing artwork by Chicago-based artist Anne Harris. Whether donning an outlandish costume or simply sporting a mask purchased at the front door, this event will entertain adult partygoers of all age groups. “Halloween, like no other holiday, allows for unbridled imagination and fun for adults; it’s a great opportunity to let your hair down, or at the very least, have a blast looking at people who do if you’re not personally into costumes,” said Hine. Light hors d’oeuvres from Whole Foods will accompany beer donated by Ghost River, wine and Svedka Vodka “toxic tonic” cocktails.

All proceeds from Art of Darkness will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund, which awards approximately $5 million in scholarships to students each year. Tickets are $60 VIP (includes bar) or $40 (cash bar), and may be purchased online at mca.edu or at the door the night of 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. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

MCA Features Sculptural Works by Nikkila Carroll

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

Sept. 28, 2015

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents Symbiotic Tendencies, an exhibition of sculptural collage works by Nikkila Carroll, on view Oct. 9–Nov. 14 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 9 from 6–8 p.m.

Symbiotic Tendencies explores the ambivalent relationship between humanity and nature, two groups that are both intimate and adversarial at the same time.

“The exhibition examines how this uneasy alliance can be painful, sometimes unsettling, but also transcendent and revelatory,” Carroll said. Combining untamed natural organisms with decontextualized parts of the human form, Carroll casts and sculpts each work by hand to create what she describes as illusory new beasts. “Born of perfect symbiosis and total unattainability, these creatures delight with their novel wholeness, while simultaneously unnerving the viewer with their alien inscrutability.”

A native Memphian, Carroll earned her BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2011. She continues to live and work in Memphis, working as a representative for the Art Center and maintaining a studio practice. Three years ago, Carroll launched Babycreep, an extensive line of ceramic and mixed media jewelry, and miniature art objects. Notable art projects outside of Memphis include sculpting a suite room in ICEHOTEL, a recurring public art project that has taken place in Sweden each year since 1989.

Gallery hours for Symbiotic Tendencies are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Nikkila Carroll, “Word of Mouth”, 4.5” x 2.5”, porcelain, 2015

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

MCA Presents Anne Harris’ Invisible Girls and The Mind’s I

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

Sept. 24, 2015

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MCA Presents Anne Harris’ Invisible Girls and The Mind’s I

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present two bodies of work by Anne Harris, Invisible Girls and The Mind’s I, from Oct. 9–Nov. 14 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park. A reception will be held Friday, Oct. 9 from 6–8 p.m. Harris will also host two Mind’s I workshops on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5–8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 9 from 2:30–5:30 p.m. in the Lower Gallery. An artist lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8 from 12–1:30 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall.

Harris’ Invisible Girls series has been described as “phantasmagorical.” Featuring herself and other unidentified women in mesmerizing portraits, Harris’ goal was “to paint a visibly invisible painting of an uncomfortably exposed but unseen subject.” Her paintings evoke the physical, and consequently the emotional and societal, changes women experience as they age—physically skin becomes more transparent and begins to sag, and women gradually become invisible to a society that no longer values them as in their youth.

“If a man paints himself as not beautiful and not young, it’s simply considered direct, factual, honest,” Harris said. “When a woman does it, it’s interpreted as the point of the painting. Female beauty, which usually involves youth, is an expectation. A painting of a woman that isn’t plainly beautiful is therefore about unattractiveness. Even the beauty of the painting itself may be questioned.”

The Mind’s I similarly grapples with ideas of perception and self-perception. Started by Harris in 2012, this collaborative drawing project generates conversation about perception being a product of the mind. “The drawings converse amongst each other on the wall, while the artists converse with each other as they draw,” said Harris. “In the end, the walls of the gallery are filled with a knock-out body of diverse drawings that challenge and expand the issues at hand.”

Harris received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University, and her MFA from Yale University. She is represented by the Alexandre Gallery in New York, and has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, the California Center for Contemporary Art and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of Harvard University’s Fogg Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery and the New York Public Library. Anne is a recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an NEA Individual Artists Fellowship.

Gallery hours for Invisible Girls and The Mind’s I are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. For additional information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Self-Portrait (Orange), oil and mixed media on mylar, 41” x 30”, 2006-2007, © Anne Harris, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York. (detail)

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

MCA Announces Water, Bones and Blood: NIA Artist Collective Exhibit

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

Sept. 23, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Announces Water, Bones and Blood: NIA Artist Collective Exhibit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present the Water, Bones and Blood: NIA Artist Collective Exhibit from Oct. 5–Nov. 1 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 23 from 5–9 p.m.

The exhibit centers around three elements that unify humankind—water, bones and blood. “It goes without saying that we as a society are bombarded with imagery and commentary that are divisive in nature and presentation; politics, economics, sexuality and—probably the most concerning to many members of NIA Artist Collective—race relations,” said NIA spokeswoman Shalishah “Petey” Franklin. The group views this show as an opportunity to present content that affects and impacts all humanity.

The NIA Artist Collective was first established in 2001 by artists Lester Julian Merriweather, frank d. robinson, jr., Vitus Shell, Jerry Lynn and Terry Lynn. Swahili for “purpose,” NIA provides an outlet for artists of African-American descent to collaborate with and mentor one another in artistic skill, self-promotion, and supporting themselves as artists. The group has included more than 40 artists over the past 14 years, all connected to Memphis in some way. Notable shows outside of Memphis include Church Inc. Contemporary Religious Visions at the Hiram Van Memorial Gallery in Nashville, Tenn., Sugar Ditch Rich at the Tunica Museum in Tunica, Miss., and Southern Trees Bear Strange Fruit at the Langston Hughes Center in Buffalo, N.Y. and the Savacou Gallery in New York City.

Artists featured in Water, Bones and Blood include Ashley (Picassa) Brown, Jamond Bullock (Alivepaint), John Bullock, Itshanapa Dail Chambers, Benin Ford, Shalishah “Petey” Franklin, Jerry Lynn, Terry Lynn, Edwin McSwine, Lester Julian Merriweather, Darlene Newman, Myke Newman, frank d. robinson, jr., Vitus Shell, RaEisha Strong, Siphne Sylve and Michael Yates.

Gallery hours for the Water, Bones and Blood: NIA Artist Collective Exhibit are Monday–Friday, noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon – 7 p.m. For additional information, visit mca.edu.

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

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