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MCA to Install Lighting in Overton Park with Community Foundation Grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will install lighting over sidewalks and parking areas in Overton Park this summer. The project is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis through its Grants & Initiatives program. In proposing this first phase lighting project to the Community Foundation, MCA gained the input and support of its park partners in the vicinity – the Overton Park Conservancy, the Levitt Shell and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

“The funds generously provided by the Community Foundation not only serve Memphis College of Art students and staff, but many other visitors to Overton Park as well,” said Vice President for College Advancement Laura Hine. “With this grant, the walkways on the western side of Rust Hall near the Levitt Shell, and the street corner near Veteran’s Plaza will now be lit to contribute to a safer park for anyone in those areas.”

MCA will install four acorn lights on the street north of the college and south of Veteran’s Plaza. The fixtures will provide sufficient lighting to enhance the safety for individuals parking in that area at night.

MCA will also install bollard lighting on a westward path outside of Rust Hall, and along the shared property line between Rust Hall and the Levitt Shell. MCA’s student housing is on the south side of Poplar, and students use the path as they leave evening classes at Rust Hall and walk to their dorms.

Light fixture choices were made to create minimal light pollution and not interfere with the observance of nature in the park.


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 Faculty Recipients of Benjamin Goodman and Dorothy Sturm Awards

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June 6, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Faculty Recipients of Benjamin Goodman and Dorothy Sturm Awards

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Memphis College of Art faculty received special recognition with the awarding of the Benjamin Goodman Faculty Award and the Dorothy Sturm Distinguished Teaching Award at the college’s commencement on Saturday, May 14. This was the first year for the awards to be given, and their creation was made possible by support from an endowment fund established by Brig Klyce and Ellen Klyce.

Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Remy Miller was the recipient of the Benjamin Goodman Faculty Award in recognition of the longevity of his full-time service to the college. In September, Miller will have taught at the college as a full-time faculty member for 29 years, with 6 of those years as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This award will be given to a faculty member annually at the college’s commencement based on the length of full-time service to the college, with no individual faculty member receiving the award more than once.

Associate Professor Ellen Daugherty, who is the head of the Liberal Arts division, was awarded the Dorothy Sturm Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of teaching excellence. This award will be given biennially at the college’s commencement based on a faculty member’s student course evaluations from the previous three years, colleague assessments, and other evidence of an overall high quality of teaching in an arts environment without regard to seniority.

More information about Benjamin Goodman & Dorothy Sturm:

Benjamin Goodman was a prominent lawyer in Memphis who lived a life of service, both to his country and to the city of Memphis. A veteran of World War II, Goodman served in the United States Air Force in England and Germany from 1942–1946 and practiced law at the same firm as partner for nearly 55 years. In addition to serving on several other local and national boards and holding numerous leadership positions throughout his lifetime, Goodman was active in the affairs of the Memphis Academy of Arts (now MCA) for over 40 years—serving on the board of trustees, directing the college as president from 1955–1959, and providing legal counsel. The college awarded him an honorary humanities doctorate in 1978 in recognition of his dedication to the school.

Dorothy Sturm was a pioneer of the pure abstraction movement in the 1930s and 1940s, and a founding faculty member at the Memphis Academy of Arts. Her passion for contemporary art was an influential force in the artistic trajectory of the college. Sturm was also a founding member of Art Today, an organization committed to the appreciation of contemporary art and the support of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The five members of Art Today sponsored lectures and exhibitions at the museum, and eventually gifted artwork to their permanent collection by notable artists such as Jackson Pollock. In addition to her personal work, Sturm gained international acclaim in 1960 for her medical illustrations of normal and abnormal blood cells in The Morphology of Human Blood Cells, a textbook still used today in medical schools throughout the country.

Photo: VP for Academic Affairs Remy Miller (left) and Associate Professor Ellen Daugherty (right)

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 Seascapes: Recent Works by Chloe York

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June 2, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Seascapes: Recent Works by Chloe York

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Seascapes: Recent Works by Chloe York, on view June 10–July 24 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.

Seascapes will feature paintings completed by York since 2014. The series addresses the human desire to camouflage for self-defense, as well as the exploration of beauty and what makes something or someone aesthetically pleasing. York’s paintings are filled with colorful and oceanic forms that often decorate the silhouette of the human form, questioning the human desire to decorate oneself in order to suit society’s standard of beauty. “Compared to other species, humans display fears about personal appearance in ways that no other creature does,” said York, “but there are similarities in the desire of animals to camouflage and defend themselves from predators, and to alter their appearance in order to attract a mate. One such creature is the decorator crab, which collects bits of its surroundings like vegetation, coral and smaller organisms and covers its entire body. Inspired by this creature’s practice and my love-hate relationship with altering my own appearance, I paint stylized, androgynous human figures that are almost unrecognizable with the oceanic patterns and forms covering their bodies. In this series, the human form has been reconstructed. The surface of each painting is inviting, but also confusing and tumultuous—challenging the idea that decorating oneself is as advantageous as many of us have been led to believe.”

York earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 2012 with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Art History. York works for MCA as the Community Education Assistant, and maintains a studio practice out of her home that she shares with fellow Memphis artist and MCA alumnus Eric Quick. York will have work featured in the exhibition Deconstruct/Reconstruct with Amy Hartelust at the Memphis Botanic Garden through June 30. She was also recently awarded a commission along with 8 other artists to create a custom painting for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to be displayed on one of their patient floors. York has exhibited at other notable locations including the Gibson Gallery at the James Lee House, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum and in the Kentucky National Juried Exhibition at Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.

Photo: Chloe York, “The Decorator XXVI,” acrylic on panel, 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 Announces Sankofa: An Ancestral Journey by Dail Chambers

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May 18, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Sankofa: An Ancestral Journey by Dail Chambers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Sankofa: An Ancestral Journey by Dail Chambers, on view May 18–July 30 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

The title Sankofa comes from the philosophy of the west African Akan people—the word means “to reach back and get.” In the exhibition, Chambers presents work that resulted from her book Itshanapa, which details the quest to discover her identity by researching the life of her maternal grandmother and other familial history. The featured work is a collection of sculpture incorporating found objects, installations and excerpts of creative writing.

Chambers graduated from Memphis College of Art in 2007 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a minor in Art History. Her work focuses on the migration of African American women through ethnographic and genealogical research. Chambers returned to St. Louis after graduating from MCA, and has since founded the Yeyo Arts Collective, a nonprofit that promotes the arts among women and families in the city. Her work and the Yeyo Arts Collective have been featured in the St. Louis American, Art in America, the St. Louis Beacon and Saint Louis Magazine. Chambers was the recipient of the Saint Louis Visionary Award for Emerging Artists in 2011, and is the author of Itshanapa (Bailey Girls Publishing, 2014).

Gallery hours for Sankofa: An Ancestral Journey are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Photo: Dail Chambers, “Disembodied,” clay, Polaroid transfer and copper, 2010

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

MCA Presents the 2016 Biennial Alumni Exhibition

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May 13, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents the 2016 Biennial Alumni Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents the 2016 Biennial Alumni Exhibition, on view May 20–Aug. 6 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception will be held Friday, July 29 from 6–9 p.m. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to select artists at the reception.

The exhibition features work from 28 alumni and former students of the college, in media ranging from sculpture and abstract paintings to installations and video projections. Artists include Sarah Ahmad, Cody Barnhill, Deirdre Daw, Michelle Fair, Shatara Ferguson, Crystal Foss, E. Ashley Fox, Thomas Everett Green, Warren Greene, Dilland Gregory, Bob Guthridge, Jan Hankins, Adam Hawk, Joseph Holsapple, Amy Hutcheson, Jed Jackson, Fidencio Martinez, Peter McMath, Patrick McMillan, Lester Julian Merriweather, Micheline Morgan, Carl E. Moore, Ohm Phanphiroj, Jeanne Seagle, Emma Skees, Katie Benjamin Steed, Alexander Swilley and Olivia Wall.

Mark Scala, chief curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn., curated the exhibition, selecting from over 130 entries. “The selected work tells a story of visual and sometimes moral ambition,” said Scala. “The artists in the show convey their vision with a mastery of their medium that speaks volumes about their training, and about their own diligence in pushing their skills to a new level as artists in the world. As not just a celebration but a self-assessment, the exhibition shows that the Memphis College of Art effectively fulfills its societal role as an agent of creativity. This has a powerful impact in our region and around the world.”

The reception on July 29 is tied to a series of 2016 Alumni Weekend events, designed to encourage alumni to reconnect with former classmates and network with other alumni in Memphis, the region and beyond. For more information about Alumni Weekend, contact Kristen Rambo at krambo@mca.edu.

Gallery hours for the Biennial Alumni Exhibition 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.

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 the Campus Climate Committee

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May 12, 2016

Memphis College of Art Announces the Formation of the Campus Climate Committee

MCA would like to announce the formation of the new Campus Climate Committee. This committee is dedicated to the college’s objective of creating a safe and welcoming environment for all MCA students, faculty, and staff. Through observation and assessment of campus climate on issues such as diversity, inclusion, and equity, the committee will enable MCA to further its commitment to intercultural understanding and facilitate social equality on campus. The scope of this committee will cover matters related to race, class, faith, gender, sexual orientation, and mental/physical ability. The committee will provide space for dialogue on relevant issues and suggest recommendations to the college in support of making MCA a safe, accessible, and inclusive learning and working environment for all.

The committee consists of Dr. Lucienne Auz (chair), Les Pearson, Susan Miller, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Sylvia Page, Joe Morzuch and student representatives. The larger MCA community will be invited to join the committee during open forums. We anticipate many opportunities for discussions and activities to occur in the upcoming semester.

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 Best in Class 2015/2016

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May 12, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Best in Class 2015/2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Best in Class 2015/2016, an exhibition of the most creative undergraduate artwork from the academic year. The exhibition will be on view May 16–July 8 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

The artwork selected best exemplifies the skills and completion of goals for each class, as adjudicated by departmental faculty. The exhibition features work from 45 artists in Foundations, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sequential Narrative, Ceramics, Sculpture, Metals, Graphic Design and Digital Media.

Artists include Kelcie Ashmore, Elizabeth Bateman, Richard Blum, Jaron Bunk, Shoni Campbell, Jeremy Clark, Heather Coleman, Riley Curry, Elizabeth Davis, Callie Do, Shelley Doss, Leandria Edwards, Kaleob Elkins, Blayne Fox, Dezmond Gipson, David Hook, Hannah Johnson, James Taylor Johnson, Oziel Juarez, Krista Kennedy, Troy Koler, Baleigh Kuhar, Kelli Laderer, Laura Lester, Marcus Menefee, Wilson Minshall, Yvonne Muren, Jacqueline O’Neal, Elizabeth Ortego, Margaret Perez, Esme Perkins, Sydney Proctor, Mariel Ramsey, Celeste Rudd, Mia Saine, Samantha Seghers, Morgan Stephenson, Davis Tate, Andrew Taylor, Layna Tucker, Bianca Vaughn, Amanda Weidman, Jordan Whitten, Rashad Worthy and Ruby Zielinski.

Gallery hours for Best in Class are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sundays, noon–4 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.

MCA Announces Digital Media Senior Showcase

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April 26, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Digital Media Senior Showcase

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

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

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

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

MCA Announces I HEART Art Scholarship Contest Winners

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April 22, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces I HEART Art Scholarship Contest Winners

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

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

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

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

Graduate MFA Programs to Host Open House April 29

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April 15, 2016

Graduate MFA Programs to Host Open House April 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Announces Visiting Artist Sally Mann Book Reading & Signing

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April 12, 2016

Photo credit: Liz Liguori, courtesy of Sally Mann

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Liz Liguori, courtesy of Sally Mann

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

Graduate Art Education Department to Host Open House April 13

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April 6, 2016

Graduate Art Education Department to Host Open House April 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ArtsZone Scholars to Create Mural for Memphis Greenline

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April 1, 2016

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ArtsZone Scholars to Create Mural for Memphis Greenline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
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April 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Haley Morris-Cafiero

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

MCA Presents Hueman: MFA Thesis Exhibition

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March 31, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Hueman: MFA Thesis Exhibition

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

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

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

Gallery hours for Hueman are Monday through Friday, noon–5 p.m. and Saturday, noon–7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

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

MCA to Host Weekend Workshop

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

March 28, 2016

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Memphis College of Art to Host Weekend Workshop

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit mca.edu.

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

Indie Filmmaker Ira Sachs Announced as 2016 Commencement Speaker

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March 23, 2016

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Indie Filmmaker Ira Sachs Announced as 2016 Commencement Speaker

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Jeong Park, courtesy of Ira Sachs

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

Record Number of MCA Students Win at 2016 ADDY Awards

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March 21, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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