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MCA Graduate Programs May Return To Overton Park

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
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Aug. 26, 2015

MCA Graduate Programs May Return to Overton Park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art has launched an exploration into the idea of bringing their graduate programs back to the Overton Park campus. MCA’s graduate Art Education and MFA programs are currently housed in the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St.

Over the past year, MCA has been engaged in a large-scale institutional review, which extended to the graduate programs. “As we studied the issue, we were convinced that the graduate student experience would vastly improve by returning to the main campus,” said MCA President Ron Jones. “Moving the graduate programs to the main campus allows for a more participatory experience for graduate students, increasing opportunities with faculty and visiting artists, and providing better access to student support offices and art-making facilities such as the sculpture, ceramics and printmaking studios.”

MCA currently owns several residential properties adjacent to the Overton Park campus, which could be converted into graduate studios. “The faculty have had an opportunity to see the properties, and they have told us that these buildings are much better suited for use as studios than the space the graduate students currently occupy,” said Jones. “The college has applied for those properties to be re-zoned for campus use and we await the decision of the Planning and Zoning Committee, but we also need to formulate a plan for the graduate school building.”

To that end, MCA has engaged Artspace Consulting Services (ACS), the nation’s leader in arts-related property development and asset management, to assist in determining possible future uses for the property, which sits across from the National Civil Rights Museum at South Main and Butler Avenue in the burgeoning downtown arts district. As part of their community surveying for this project, ACS will host three public meetings in mid-September at 477 S. Main so that members of the local arts community, downtown residents and businesses, and others can have an opportunity to share their ideas for the future of the graduate school. The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 16 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Members of the public interested in attending one of these meetings may RSVP to http://bit.ly/1PqezEW. RSVPs to attend are recommended, but not required.

“Artspace has a deep affinity for Memphis, in particular in the South Main neighborhood as demonstrated by the development of the South Main Artspace Lofts project. We’re honored to have the chance to assist Memphis College of Art with this project,” said Wendy Holmes, Senior Vice President, Consulting & Strategic Partnerships. “We’re looking forward to some really great discussions with the people of Memphis about how this unique building can continue to add real value to the district while fully realizing its potential as an active space for creativity and the arts.”

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.

Inaugural Faculty Biennial Exhibition

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Aug. 19, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Announces Inaugural Faculty Biennial Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present the Inaugural Faculty Biennial Exhibition from Aug. 20–Sept. 26 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. Two receptions will be held during the exhibition, an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 28, 6–9 p.m. and a closing reception on Friday, Sept. 25, 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition marks the first time a faculty exhibition has been held in the Hyde Gallery. Over 20 faculty members have submitted work in media ranging from fiber to metal. “We’re especially honored to have the participation of two of our faculty emeriti, Fred Burton and Richard Prillaman,” said Remy Miller, dean and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Prillaman, a metalsmith who taught at MCA for 25 years and headed the Metals department, is noted for designing and constructing small sculpture pieces, utilitarian objects and jewelry from non-ferrous metals. He primarily works in sterling silver, but has also created pieces in bronze, brass, gold, steel and titanium. Burton taught at MCA for 27 years and was head of the Painting department. Both artists have exhibited their work in galleries throughout the world.

Participating faculty include Elizabeth Brown, Fred Burton, Colleen Couch-Smith, Maritza Davila, Don DuMont, Shannon Elliott, Colleen Fitzgerald, David Gress, Adam Hawk, Jean Holmgren, Tom Lee, Susan Maakestad, Remy Miller, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Joe Morzuch, Michele Noiset, Wesley Ortiz, Terri Phillips, Richard Prillaman, Marc Rouillard, Michael Shaw, Eszter Sziksz, Leandra Urrutia and Jill Wissmiller.

Gallery hours for the Hyde Gallery are Monday–Friday, noon–5 p.m. and Saturday, noon–7 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. 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 Horn Island 31

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Aug. 12, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents Horn Island 31 Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present Horn Island 31 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery from Aug. 17 through Oct. 2. A special opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This annual exhibition’s artwork is the outcome of an 11-day annual trip by MCA students, faculty and alumni to Horn Island, a barrier island off the coast of Pascagoula, Miss. This year, 40 participants made the excursion, immersing themselves in the relative isolation and primitive conditions of the undeveloped island.

Traditionally, the first stop for the excursion is the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Miss. Anderson, an American artist who spent much of his childhood and adult life in coastal Mississippi, drew heavily on the wildlife and environment of Horn Island for his work. This year, however, the Museum galleries featured the work of MCA artists from the Horn Island 30 excursion in A Halcyon Place: Horn Island 30. “In celebration of the Horn Island program’s milestone anniversary, the Museum offered us the opportunity to display the artwork created by the HI30 participants,” said Don DuMont, director of the Horn Island program.

“It was a very special way to begin this year’s excursion, especially since the Walter Anderson Museum has been such a wonderful partner for so many years.”

On the island, the artists worked on a north side installation of found fallen wood. Some explored the east and west sections of the island on foot, while others explored the inner lagoons on kayaks, some having firsthand encounters with osprey, black skimmers, alligators, dolphins, rays and raccoons. DuMont says the unspoiled, natural setting provides unique artistic inspiration. “On Horn Island, participants have the time to reflect and respond to an idea without the interruption of modern day conveniences,” said DuMont. He notes that the conditions on the island each year also have an impact on the participants. “There was a large storm on the Thursday of the excursion which influenced pieces for several of the artists.” Participants are given several weeks following the excursion to develop a body of work inspired by their experience.

Gallery hours for the Horn Island 31 exhibition are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Photo: Patricia Trahan and Matthew Cardenas, Nocturnal Light Painting on made structure. Photo by James Carey.

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 Welcomes Chinese Artists for Residency

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July 15, 2015

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MCA Welcomes Chinese Artists for Residency

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Last October, Memphis College of Art presented the exhibition SunRise/SunSet: Works from Studio Nong. The exhibition was comprised of works created by Jesse Fisher, Misty Gamble and Scott Seebart, all faculty members at the Kansas City Art Institute, and Leandra Urrutia, associate professor of Studio Art at MCA, as part of a six-week residency and cultural exchange with four sculptors who are professors from the Guangxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China. The second part of that residency will take place this month as professors Shanwu Huang, Bangmin Nong, Jigang Qin and Zhenhai He, travel from China for a six-week residency in the United States.

The first week of the residency will take place at MCA, with all of the artists living on campus and working together in MCA’s studios to promote cultural exchange and artistic dialogue. Local artists and students will be invited to the studios to observe how the sculptors develop their 3-D work, providing an opportunity to interact with artists who have more than 5,000 years of artistic lineage influencing their work. An artist talk with the Studio Nong participants will take place on Friday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. in Myers Auditorium and MCA’s ceramic studios will be open to the public on Thursday, July 23 between the hours of 9 a.m.–noon; 1:30–5:30 p.m. and 7–9 p.m., and Sunday, July 26 between the hours of 9–10:45 a.m.; 2:30–5:30 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. for those who would like an opportunity to view the work in progress and speak with the artists.

While in Memphis, both the American and Chinese artists will have the opportunity to share in cultural experiences that are unique to Memphis, including sampling the city’s legendary cuisine and visits to the Metals Museum and Graceland. The artists will then travel to the Kansas City Art Institute for the remaining weeks of the residency. “I hope that the extension of the program to the U.S. continues the positive relationship and opens the door for more residencies,” said Urrutia, who spearheaded the MCA portion of the residency. “I would like this program to become a recurring cyclical exchange between these institutions.” The artists’ week at MCA is sponsored through a grant from FedEx.

The models and maquettes created during the residency will be produced on a larger scale and exhibited in the SunRise/SunSet 2016 exhibition which is scheduled to take place in MCA’s Hyde Gallery Jan. 8–Feb. 5, with later dates to be announced at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Weinberger Fine Art Gallery in Kansas City and the 50th Convention of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Photo: l to r: Huang, Gamble, Qin, Fisher, Seebart, He, Urrutia, Nong

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.

Chloe York Exhibition at James Lee House

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June 26, 2015

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Chloe York Exhibition at James Lee House

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Works by MCA alumna Chloe York are currently featured at the James Lee House, 690 Adams Avenue. The exhibition will continue on view in the Gibson Gallery through July 31, with a reception on July 9 at 5:30 p.m.

York received her BFA with a concentration in painting from Memphis College of Art in 2012, and currently works for the college as the community education assistant. She resides in Memphis with husband and fellow MCA alumnus Eric Quick, a local illustrator and sculptor.

Known for her paintings with colorful and energetic patterns, York’s work questions societal aesthetic standards and encourages the viewer to consider different perspectives of beauty. “My goal is to visually change objects and forms deemed ugly or untouchable by society, appeasing society’s standard of beauty. My strong use of pattern and decorating suit this idea—adding visual interest to the flatness and simplicity of pieces while also maintaining focus on aspects of strong ornamentation. This allows exploration of what beauty is and what makes something pleasing to the eye.”

The James Lee House was the original home of the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art). After undergoing an extensive renovation and reopening in 2014 as an upscale bed and breakfast, owners José and Jennifer Velazquez invited MCA to exhibit work in the home as a way of paying homage to the history of the house. Exhibitions in the Gibson Gallery feature work by MCA students, faculty and staff under the curatorial direction of MCA professor Maritza Dávila.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3–5 p.m.

Photo: Chloe York, The Decorator XXVIII, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 48”


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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MCA and UrbanArt Commission Collaborate for INSIDE OUT Project

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May 29, 2015

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MCA and UrbanArt Commission Collaborate for INSIDE OUT Project

Memphis, Tenn. — In 2011, when artist JR accepted his TED prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif., he stated that he wanted to use art to “turn the world inside out.” Thus began the INSIDE OUT project, a participatory global art project transforming images of personal identity into works of art through large-format street “pastings.” Project subjects have brought attention to issues ranging from agriculture to mental illness, and each INSIDE OUT group action around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online. To date, nearly 200,000 people from more than 112 countries and territories have participated.

INSIDE OUT comes to Memphis today, as an installation of photos of artists/teachers goes on view at the Masonic Lodge, 154 G.E. Patterson Ave. in the South Main Arts District. The art education advocacy project called “Art Saves Lives” is a collaborative effort with Memphis College of Art and the UrbanArt Commission. MCA Director of Graduate Education Shannon Elliott and the UrbanArt Commission’s Executive Director Lauren Kennedy spearheaded the program with MCA Assistant Professor of Photography Colleen Fitzgerald taking the photographic portraits of the artist/teachers, MCA graduate student Kim Davis designing the layout and local artist Tylur French assisting with the installation.

The installation consists of 28 portraits of local artists/teachers, each measuring 36” wide by 53” high, adhered to the exterior of the Lodge. The posters are adhered using wheat paste that will allow the posters to wear away naturally over time in an environmentally friendly way. “As artist/teachers, we believe that art saves lives,” said Elliott. “We support quality art education in our public schools and will advocate strongly for it. We know the power that creating art has on the development of the whole child. Every student deserves an education that includes a place for thinking and personal expression in the visual arts.”

The portrait installation will be on display on the exterior of the Masonic Lodge beginning May 29 and will be documented and uploaded to the INSIDE OUT website. For additional information on the global project, visit www.insideoutproject.net.

 Photo: “Art Saves Lives” installation, individual portraits taken by Colleen Fitzgerald 


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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MCA Alumni Gallery Features Works by Katie Benjamin

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May 7, 2015

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MCA Alumni Gallery Features Works by Katie Benjamin

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art presents It Starts with Pink: A Case Study by Katie Benjamin, on view May 16 through July 27 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 22, 6–8 p.m.

Benjamin, a native of rural northeast Mississippi, was trained in art from a young age. She came to Memphis to study graphic design at Memphis College of Art and upon graduation in 2009, put down permanent roots in the Bluff City. She has since worked with Memphis Magazine, The Memphis Flyer and, for the past four years, as a graphic designer with a number of her fellow MCA alumni at Combustion, a design and advertising firm located in Midtown. Beyond her work as a designer, Benjamin’s secondary love has always been photography, and the image has always been an integral part of the way she works.

In the photographic series It Starts With Pink: A Case Study, Benjamin utilizes color to evaluate the current state of gender equity and the wage gap. Each object in the study represents a male-dominated role, but is coated in pastel pink. “The moment a girl is born in the United States, society begins to determine her gender role and she is inevitably bombarded with some form of the color pink—pink garments, pink toys, perhaps a pink bedroom,” said Benjamin. “That early imposition of a simple color sets a precedent that can spill over into adulthood. According to the most recent U.S. Census, women earned a yearly average of 77% of what a man was paid for the same job.”

Additionally, Benjamin notes that women account for only 24% of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs, a little less than 7% of commercial airline pilots and only 4.6% of CEOs of S&P 500 companies. “Through the use of this symbolic color, I ask why we are not encouraging more women to aspire to take on these roles,” said Benjamin. “The exhibition is a starting point in a larger conversation as to how gender equity plays out in our current social climate. It forces viewers to question why women are largely missing from these roles.”

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

Photo: Katie Benjamin, “Case Study 01”, 20” x 30”, archival pigment 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.
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Brittany Wilder Exhibition at POTS

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April 20, 2015

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Brittany Wilder Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Brittany Wilder’s exhibition, Welcome to the Dollhouse, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will be on view April 30–June 7.

Wilder was born and raised in Benton, Ark. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2005 and, in 2010, her Master of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art.  She currently lives in Arkansas, where she has worked as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, teaching two-dimensional design, and is now a full-time Foundations instructor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

In her work, Wilder explores her obsession with the physical act of sex, imagining sexual elements in everything she sees and experiences. Wilder approaches this subject with humor and through assemblage of appropriated images and text, literary and imagined, attempting to find a way to have her distrust of the aspects of intercourse, both physical and emotional, become comfortable and familiar.

In Welcome to the Dollhouse, Wilder finds new ways to explore and represent her obsession. “Sexual relationships and non-physical ones, past and present, play a big part in this series,” said Wilder. “The images have become simplified and abstract. Highly saturated color schemes are used to draw in the viewer, while vulgar shapes and symbols start the conversation.”

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: Brittany Wilder, “Sliced thin, please,” 18” x 24”, acrylic paint, canvas and felt on wood panel


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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Karen Blockman Carrier Announced As Commencement Speaker

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Director of College Communications
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April 14, 2015

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Karen Blockman Carrier Announced As Commencement Speaker

National award-winning food artist and MCA alumna Karen Blockman Carrier will deliver the commencement address for Memphis College of Art’s Commencement Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.

From art student to artist, designer to chef to restaurateur, Karen Carrier has been creating in different mediums for over 25 years. Born and raised in Memphis, Carrier’s first love was painting and glasswork, studying under the brilliant artist, Dorothy Sturm at the Memphis Academy of Arts, now known as Memphis College of Art.

After receiving her BFA in 1975 and a scholarship to the MFA program at Hunter College, Carrier began working with Chef Susana Trilling, one of New York’s top caterers. In 1983, Carrier launched Lunch Catering to the fashion photography industry in New York City, and 1986 saw the birth of her first restaurant, Automatic Slims-One Bar Under a Groove in Greenwich Village.

Carrier returned to Memphis in 1987, reconnecting with her mentor Dorothy Sturm and producing a large-scale retrospective on Sturm’s work in conjunction with the book Cobalt-The Art of Dorothy Sturm, which Carrier designed and edited. In that same year, while pregnant with her first child, Carrier launched Memphis’ premier catering company, Another Roadside Attraction.

In 1991, Carrier sparked the stunning revival of downtown Memphis with her funky Automatic Slims Tonga Club, to which critics applied the terms ‘daring’ and ‘eclectic’ to the fusion food and décor. Then in 1996, Carrier opened Cielo, a swank supper club set in a grand old Victorian home, which later was renamed to The Mollie Fontaine Lounge.

The crown jewel in Carrier’s growing group of eateries emerged in 2002 with the opening of The Beauty Shop Restaurant, housed in the former Atkins Beauty Salon where Priscilla Presley used to get her beehive coiffed. It was included in Gourmet’s Top 100 Restaurants in 2002 and Conde Nast’s Traveler’s Hot Tables in 2003. Carrier’s other restaurants include, Do Sushi, which opened in 2003 and Noodle Doodle Do, which was listed in 2009 in Bon Appétit’s Hot Ten Best New Asian Noodle Bars in America.

2013 brought about Carrier’s newest concept: Bar-DKDC, offering global street food, specialty libations and obscure Memphis and New Orleans soul music. Carrier’s ambitious cooking combines big Southern and international flavors—what Food & Wine described as “in your face” cooking and Memphis Magazine deemed “imaginative and full of surprises.”

Carrier has been personal chef to such Hollywood stars as Tom Cruise, Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Jarmusch and Susan Sarandon, as well as receiving accolades in publications such as Gourmet, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Travel and Leisure, Garden and Gun, National Geographic, Japanese Esquire, Southern Living, Food and Wine, The Miami Herald, Taste, The Chicago Sun Times, Memphis Magazine, in flight magazines for Delta and Northwest airlines, contributions to two published cookbooks and television shows on the Turner Network, CNN and The Food Network.

Among Carrier’s honors are the invitation to cook at the acclaimed James Beard House in New York City in 2001 and 2006, induction into the Tennessee Society of Entrepreneurs in 2004, Restaurateur of the Year Award from the Memphis Restaurant Association in 1999, and the 2004 Alumni of the Year Award from Memphis College of Art. Carrier’s generosity to the Memphis non-profit community is well known, and over the years she has supported such organizations as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the March of Dimes, Friends for Life, Hope House, Share Our Strength, Ballet Memphis and Memphis College of Art.

“I came back from New York City to give Memphis something a little different, something to be proud of—I wanted to shake things up a bit,” says Carrier. It’s a role that she relishes, and one she obviously has mastered.

Photo: Karen Blockman Carrier


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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Students from Refugee Empowerment Program To Tour College

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April 6, 2015

Students From Refugee Empowerment Program To Tour College

Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art students from Dr. Teri Mason’s Introduction to Sociology class will host a very special tour on Saturday, April 11 at 3:15. They will provide a group of students from the Memphis Leadership Foundation’s Refugee Empowerment Program, ranging in age from elementary through high school, the opportunity to see MCA and learn what it’s like to study art.

The tour is the culmination of a year of involvement between Mason’s class and the refugee program. The MCA students have been tutoring the children as part of their class requirements, learning about the global issues of culture and poverty. The program began as a voluntary program created by Sudanese refugee Ruth Lomo in 2002, and has recently become part of the Memphis Leadership Foundation’s operational ministries

Lomo came to Memphis with her own five children, six children of her dead sister and another orphan who was not related to her family, so she was acutely aware of the issues facing refugees arriving in the US. She noticed that the refugee children often had a difficult time starting school, as many of them came from countries with very limited educational opportunities and had been unable to attend school for months or even years while in the refugee camps.

Mason, whose full-time position is at Christian Brothers University, learned of the program several years ago and started having her CBU students tutor there. “I was interested in the program because I had done research in Uganda in similar camps, and I know what a high value is placed on education,” said Mason. “It can be crushing to them and their families if they fail or don’t do well in school because nothing is more important than education. I knew of people in Africa who went without food to come up with the fees to send their children to school.”

The MCA students tutor Monday through Thursday evenings from 3–7 p.m. “It’s not a formal set-up; anyone can come” said Mason. “One of the staff or volunteers will assign a student to a child or group of children.  My students have to research the home countries of the students they tutor and learn why people leave there as refugees.” The students then write about what they have learned.

Mason had the idea of having the refugee students tour MCA so that they could also learn a little about their tutors. “My intent was to let these kids see what is probably a very different idea of college than they know – and many of them may never have set foot in a college before. They will have an opportunity to learn about art and see what their tutors do and study.“

The MCA students will give a tour of the college’s various departments including drawing, painting, photography, illustration, comics, printmaking and sculpture, providing information about techniques and equipment as well as possible careers in that particular field.

“Probably the most exciting part for the group will be that the MCA students will work with them on some art projects of their own that they can take home,” said Mason. “Maybe it will help them feel that if they also work hard, they may be able to get a scholarship to go to college themselves once they become citizens.”


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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Spring 2015 MFA Exhibition

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Director of College Communications
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April 2, 2015

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Spring 2015 MFA Exhibition in Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art’s Spring 2015 MFA Exhibition will open April 17 in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main, where it will continue through May 9. A reception will be held on Friday, April 24, 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition is comprised of works from 11 Master of Fine Arts students: Sarah Ahmad, Izaak Bray, Frances Berry, Jacob Gambill, Bailey Gonzales, Bob Guthridge, Matt Ivey, Thom Kostura, Ohm Phanphiroj, Richard B. Phelps and Lisa Williamson, in mediums ranging from photography to 3D installations to large-scale paintings.

Works in the exhibition include a series miniature tableaus created inside mannequin heads by Bob Guthridge, titled Piece of Mind. “The series addresses the growing imbalance between our society and our environment,” says Guthridge. “I make my social statements by creating three-dimensional editorial cartoons.” In stark contrast to the intricate and painstaking detail of Guthridge’s work, the large canvases of Thom Kostura’s Rainfall series receive their ultimate form through the action of the weather. “Every painting is a collaboration with nature,” says Kostura. “By leaving the canvas out in the rain, I retain evidence of the uniqueness of each storm. Each mark is determined by the forces acting around it, regardless of judgment or interpretation. The rain is blind and unaware of the process. My only contribution is the preparation of the canvas and knowing when to let go.”

Some of the additional works include an installation by Lisa Williamson depicting a tornado created from house sculptures, Frances Berry’s large-scale photographs that utilize digital alterations to question memory, and an installation of painted cloud forms and screens influenced by traditional Islamic architecture by Sarah Ahmad.

Gallery hours for the Hyde Gallery are Monday–Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions 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.

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ArtsZone Scholars Paint Mural for Greenline

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
(901) 272-5111

March 31, 2015

 It's a Revival, MCA Chelsea floodwall mural small

ArtsZone Scholars Paint Mural for Greenline Development Project

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Students from Memphis College of Art completed a public art project this weekend to enhance an area of Midtown Memphis. The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis, to support public art projects in underserved areas of the city. The Memphis College of Art was one of 17 organizations funded through this collaboration.

At Memphis College of Art, the ArtsZone grant funded scholarships for five students from Shelby County. The scholarship offers students opportunities for professional development and equips them with skills and experiences for the future. Freshmen Ashley Wells, Madison Petri and Jacob Lambert, sophomore Sylvester Fair, and senior Glen Chase Hunter were named 2015 ArtsZone Scholars.

Under the direction of MCA Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle and project assistants Bailey Brocato and Annie Kominek, the students painted a mural to beautify the Chelsea floodwall located at the corner of N. Evergreen and Chelsea Avenues, just north of Midtown Memphis. The mural is part of a larger, ongoing art project with other local artists that will evolve over the course of the next two years. The mural will add beauty and enhance the area for nearby residents and those who travel through the area by car and/or bicycle.

Normoyle serves on the board of the Memphis City Beautiful Commission and is also consulting with the Greater Memphis Greenline as the lead artist for the mural project. MCA students had the privilege of being the catalysts for the mural project. Eventually the floodwall will be covered with 70 panels, each measuring six feet tall by 20 feet long.

“The students were excited to participate in a project that improves an otherwise blighted neighborhood in their hometown,” Normoyle said. “Blighted areas in Memphis exacerbate problems like crime and pollution,” said Normoyle. “The Chelsea Floodwall mural centers on the theme of revival. As artists, we believe in the power of art to lift people’s spirits, to transform lives and neighborhoods.”

Photo: “It’s a Revival,” mural, Chelsea floodwall. Left to right: Jacob Lambert, Sylvester Fair, Glen Chase Hunter, Ashley Wells, Cat Normoyle, Bailey Brocato, Annie Kominek, Madison Petri

 


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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Visiting Artist James Williamson April 9

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
(901) 272-5111

March 25, 2015

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Visiting Artist James Williamson at Memphis College of Art

Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present a lecture by University of Memphis Associate Professor of Architecture James Williamson on Thursday, April 9,
7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. Williamson, a student of renowned architect and teacher Louis Kahn, will examine Kahn’s intuitive approach to design, exploring the relationship between creativity and the unconscious.

“Kahn was not only an architect of powerful buildings; he was also an unconventional teacher, a philosopher whose influence on his students was far-reaching,” said Williamson. “Through a synthesis of Kahn’s approach and the insights of existential psychology, the lecture will suggest a strategy for making Kahn’s theories more accessible for teachers and students, creating new pathways for creativity in today’s art and architecture classrooms.”

Williamson holds two Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Kahn. He was later an associate with the renowned Philadelphia firm, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. During some 30 years of professional practice in his own firm in Memphis, he received over 30 architectural design awards at the local, regional and national levels. His buildings and articles have been published internationally. In 2005, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in recognition of his notable contributions in architectural design and education, and in 2014 he received the AIA’s Edward S. Frey Award for career contributions to religious architecture and support of the allied arts. Williamson has held leadership positions in both the AIA and Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA). Professor Williamson is the author of two novels: The Architect and The Ravine, as well as Kahn at Penn: Transformational Teacher of Architecture, published by Routledge in March 2015.

Photo: James Williamson 


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. 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.

About Louis I. Kahn:
Louis Isadore Kahn was born in Russia in 1901. His family emigrated to the United States in 1906 and he became a naturalized citizen in 1914. Kahn was a renowned American architect and professor of architecture at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He created a style that was both monumental and monolithic and is considered one of the most influential architects and teachers of the twentieth century. He was awarded the AIA Gold Medal, the highest award given by the AIA, and his work includes the National Assembly Building (Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban) in Dhaka, Bangladesh; the Phillips Exeter Academy Library in Exeter, N.H.; The Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif.; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the Yale Center for British Art at Yale University, New Haven Conn.; and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, N.Y.

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Marc Rouillard’s “Commonplace” in Alumni Gallery

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
(901) 272-5111

March 23, 2015

Marc Rouillard-The Rivers Edge in Snow 

Marc Rouillard’s Commonplace in MCA Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art presents Commonplace by Marc Rouillard, on view April 1 through May 9 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 10, 6–8 p.m.

A native of the St. Louis area, Rouillard received an AFA in Graphic Communications from St. Louis Community College, a BFA in Advertising Design from the Memphis Academy of Art (now MCA) in 1983 and an MFA in Studio Art from Memphis College of Art in 2011. He has worked in the graphic design and illustration field for 26 years, and served as art director for the graphic design firm Langford & Caldwell for 20 years. Rouillard currently teaches foundations, drawing and painting at Memphis College of Art. His paintings have been shown in numerous group, solo and juried exhibitions and he is represented by the Jay Etkin Gallery in Memphis and Santa Fe.

“My paintings are based on a personal sense of space that has origins in my youthful passion for collecting butterflies, moths and other insects,” said Rouillard. “One of my favorite hunting grounds was Sunset Park, an 85-acre, hardwood-forested park perched on a bluff that ran down to and along the Missouri River. I’m attracted to nocturnal alleyways, and the river with its harbors, industrial moorings, barge traffic and bridges. These are ordinary places that some may feel unworthy of depiction, instilled with a feeling of anonymity. But anonymity speaks to the unknown, it is the mystery that transforms the prosaic into poetry.”

Gallery hours for Commonplace 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: Marc Rouillard, The River’s Edge in Snow, oil on linen panel, 24” x 18”, 2013-14


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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MCA Announces 2015 Spring BFA Exhibition

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
(901) 272-5111

March 23, 2015

2015 Spring BFA Graphic 

Memphis College of Art Announces 2015 Spring BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 2015 Spring BFA Exhibition, which will take place in the Main Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be presented in two parts. Part I will be on view from April 1-20 with a reception on Friday, April 10, 6–8 p.m. Part II will be on view from April 24–May 9 with a reception on Friday, May 1, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition features works from more than 50 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media from painting to sculpture to digital media.

Artists for Part I include: Robert Burns, Kandace Fuller, Cyril Henry, Ashley Homeyer, Joni Miller, Brittany Moore, Mathew Kaminski, Anna Lacy, Lance Loftin, Kai Myers, Ashlyn Richey, Hannah Rohrbacher, Katherine Rupert, Heather Smith, Barrett Smyth, Mary Stetson, Dimitri Stevens, Molly Van Roekel, Rachel Stovall, Lindsey Sullinger, Lauren Taylor, Monikai Tinson, Jessica Vandenberg, Artavius Veasey, D’Angelo Williams, and Dorlene Woods.

Artists included in Part II are: Lyman Anderson, Slade Bishop, Britney Boswell, George Brooks, Glenn Buxton, Mari-Anne Caldwell, Kelly Cook, Justin Daniels, Margaret Davis, Shelda Edwards, Kari Forinash, Kalon Fowler, Zara Garza, William Godfrey, Vanessa Gonzalez, Maxwell Harmon, Christopher Hill, Natalie Jackson, Jennifer Johnson, Whitney Kerr, Katyria Moore, Krystyne Rawls, Kayla Reid, Bianca Smith, Alexander Swilley, Jade Thiraswas, Patricia Trahan, and Bethany Wholihan.

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.

Photo: 2015 Spring BFA graphic


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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Visiting Artist Lecture March 19

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
(901) 272-5111 

March 12, 2015

 Gregory Euclide

Visiting Artist Gregory Euclide at Memphis College of Art

Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present American contemporary artist Gregory Euclide in a lecture detailing the development of his relief landscape work on Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture is sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation.

Euclide was born and raised in Wisconsin and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts/Studio Art and Bachelor of Arts in Education/Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh prior to moving to Minnesota, where he received his MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

His work explores nature and natural surroundings, often through mixed media assemblages that resemble landscape paintings. His work has been featured in The Nature of Nature at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2014-15, Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in 2008-09, Otherworldly at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2011, and was presented as a solo exhibition, Nature Out There, at the Nevada Museum of Art 2012

His work has been reviewed and featured in publications such as Art News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Ltd. Magazine, Hi Fructose Magazine and Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine. His work is also featured on the 2012 Grammy Award-winning album cover of the musical group Bon Iver and on the cover of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #43.

Euclide was awarded three Minnesota State Art Board Artist Initiative Grants through the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. In addition, he was a recipient of the 2011-12 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. 

Photo: Gregory Euclide


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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Imaging Now: Collected Visions at Hyde Gallery

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
(901) 272-5111

March 12, 2015

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Imaging Now: Collected Visions at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Imaging Now: Collected Visions, an exhibition of photography curated by Dani Cattan, is currently on view in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main, where it will continue through April 4. A reception will be held on Friday, March 27, 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition is comprised of works by seven photographers: Meghann Riepenhoff, Claire Gilliam, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Saul Robbins, Jean ‘Gino’ Miele, Whit Forrester, and Galina Kurlat who, together with Cattan, formed a bond at the March 2014 FotoFest. “FotoFest is an intensive portfolio event that brings curators, editors and other top players in the art world together to evaluate photographers in a series of brief meetings,” said Cattan. “It is an immersive and exhausting week, yet amongst the chaos, eight of us forged a connection and a unifying voice arose from this set of individuals. That voice speaks to the connection between what is perceived and what is reality–what is created and what is discovered–of impermanence and acceptance. These photographers all share an in-depth understanding of what we can and can’t control–how we express ourselves and how to digest what life has given us.”

Gallery hours for the Hyde Gallery are Monday–Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Photo: Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift #05, unique cyanotype, 24” x 50”, 2013


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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MCA Closed Friday, March 6

Due to inclement weather, MCA will be closed on Friday, March 6. All classes and campus activities are cancelled and all staff offices are closed. Studios will be open, but there will be no shuttle service.

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