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MCA Printmaking Department to Host First Annual Print Palooza

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March 10, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Printmaking Department to Host First Annual Print Palooza

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s Printmaking Club will open its doors to the public for the first annual Print Palooza on Saturday, March 19 from 2–6 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. Print Palooza will give guests an inside look at the Printmaking department with a print sale, as well as studio tours and printmaking demonstrations that will take place at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Entry to the event is free and open to the public.

The print sale will feature over 200 reasonably priced prints in a wide variety of printmaking techniques including etching, screen print, lithography and mixed media. The prints come from the Printmaking department’s archives, and include work from student artists as well as professional artists like John Torina, Allison Smith and MCA Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Remy Miller.

At 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., guests will also have the opportunity to partake in 30-minute print studio tours, with demonstrations provided by current students Tania Cruz and Kelli Laderer.

Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Printmaking Club—specifically to assist in sending printmaking students to the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI), the largest annual printmaking conference in the world. A group of MCA students regularly attend the conference with Professor Maritza Dávila and, as a result of their attendance, have been invited to participate in additional opportunities. “In the past students who attend have been able to network, find jobs, receive invitations to assistantships and exhibitions, and apply to graduate schools,” said Dávila. “However, some students lack the financial resources to attend, especially when the conference takes place in more distant locations like San Francisco or Portland.” Funds raised from the sale will directly support student participation in this year’s conference, which takes place March 30–April 2 in Portland, Ore.

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 Spring BFA Exhibition

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March 9, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents the 2016 Spring BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present the 2016 Spring BFA Exhibition in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The show will exhibit in two parts: Part 1 will be on view March 30–April 18 with a reception on Friday, April 1 from 6–8 p.m.; Part 2 will be on view April 22–May 7 with a reception on April 22 from 6–8 p.m. Between the two parts, work from over 40 artists will be exhibited in media ranging from painting and sculpture to illustration and graphic design.

Artists featured in Part 1 include: Joshua Adams-Leavitt, Cristian Anzures, Anna Bodnar, Bailey Brocato, Matthew Cardenas, Brendan Couch-Smith, Elyssa Davis, Michaela Dowdy-Cannon, Rebecca Faison, Lisa Fears, Stephanie Godfrey, Tyler Holmes, Ashley Lulo, Kelsey Miller, Dianna O’Briant, Langley Osborn, Tori Roberts, Roxanne Simmers, Amanda Weidman and Courtney Wordlaw.

Artists featured in Part 2 include: Alexandria Bell, Leaugan Bernabo, Heather Coleman, Kayley Davault, Brittney Gammill, Amber George, Ben Hancock, David Hook, Tomica Lake, Spencer Laws, Heather Morgan, Jacqueline O’Neal, Colleen Robinson, Shana Smith, Sasha Sorokina, Camaron Spencer, Joshua Strydom, Nikka Valken, Lauren Wamble, Mary Beth Weber, Jordan Whitten, John Wilbanks and Ruby Zielinski.

The Rust Hall 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. 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 Faculty Members Awarded Grants

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March 8, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Faculty Members Awarded Grants

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Six faculty members at Memphis College of Art have been awarded grants from the Martha and Robert Fogelman Family Faculty Enrichment Fund. The awards will fund, fully and partially, artistic ventures that faculty members have applied for and will complete within the year.

The Fogelman Family Faculty Enrichment Fund provides annual cash awards to support the exploration of new areas of creative endeavor, scholarly research, artistic workshops and other means of artistic advancement that will enhance teaching, advance faculty professional standing, and benefit the Memphis College of Art community. Recipients this year include Professor Maritza Dávila, Visiting Professor Colleen Fitzgerald, Professor Susan Maakestad, Associate Professor Michele Noiset, Interim Director of MFA Programs Eszter Sziksz and Associate Professor Leandra Urrutia.

Dávila, chair of the Fine Arts department and a prolific printmaker, will use her award to complete a new book art project. Fitzgerald, a photographic artist, plans to experiment with a new medium by participating in a glass workshop to expand her interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. Maakestad will produce an extensive color catalog of her paintings, which she will disperse at future exhibitions and studio visits. As chair of the Illustration department, Noiset will attend the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, Mass. this summer. Now in its ninth year, the IMC provides an outlet for attendees to work alongside top illustrators in the industry, sharing studio space to gain inspiration and direct insight to their creative process. Sziksz, who had previously created an illuminated print installation for ICEHOTEL 2012-2013, will travel for a second time to Sweden to participate in the ICEHOTEL summer artist residency, where she will focus on techniques of printing on and carving ice. Urrutia plans to use her award to continue her involvement in the Studio Nong Residency, an international sculpture collective that she has participated in since 2013, made up of four Chinese artists from the Guangxi Arts Institute and three other American artists from the Kansas City Art Institute. Their most recent exhibition Sunset/Sunrise was on view at MCA’s Hyde Gallery in January, and the works have now traveled to Kansas City, Mo. for additional exhibitions at the Weinberger Fine Art Gallery, KCAI and the 50th Convention of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Also awarded to Fitzgerald is this year’s grant from the Ted and Leona Faiers Vermont Fund, an endowment supported by Peter Formanek to annually send MCA faculty to the Vermont Studio Center Residency. During the residency this summer, Fitzgerald will complete a body of work within her current realm of experimental photography.

Photo: Eszter Sziksz and Nikkila Carroll, “Illuminated Artist Suite,” ICEHOTEL 2012-13, Sweden

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 Ji Lee as 2015-16 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

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March 4, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Facebook & Instagram Creative Lead Ji Lee as 2015-16 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Ji Lee, the 2015-16 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, in a series of events on Tuesday, April 5 in Rust Hall’s Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A Q&A session of student-generated questions moderated by MCA Assistant Professor Andrea Crowley will take place from noon–1:30 p.m. His lecture, Transformative Power of Personal Projects, will take place later that day at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a special reception in the Main Gallery at 5:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Named as one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company, Lee’s work has appeared on ABC News and in Time Magazine, The Guardian, Wired and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, among many others. Lee regularly contributes to The New York Times, in addition to his full-time position as a creative lead for Facebook and teaching as an instructor for the School of Visual Arts in New York. His previous experience also includes working as Creative Director for both Google and Droga5. Lee credits the transformation of both his personal life and professional career to projects he created outside of the workplace including Word as Image, The Bubble Project and Univers Revolved: A 3-D Alphabet. During his lecture, Lee will discuss how these personal projects affected the upward trajectory of his personal and professional life, and share suggestions with the audience to create their own personal projects that will benefit them.

Lee earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design at the Parsons School of Design in 1995. He has spoken at numerous institutions including MIT, Harvard University, Columbia University, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum.

About the Downing Pryor Visiting Lecture Series:

The Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series was created to honor the late Downing Pryor (1917-1990) and support the mission of Memphis College of Art. Downing Pryor devoted 32 years as a member of MCA’s board of trustees, serving three times as its chairman (1961, 1967 and 1972). Mr. Pryor, born into the automobile business, was heavily involved in Memphis politics, serving as a member of the Shelby County Quarterly Court (now the County Commission) from 1964 to 1968 and the first city council from 1968 to 1972. In 1968, Pryor was the main mediator between the city and striking sanitation workers and, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he represented the city at Dr. King’s funeral services in Atlanta. He was recognized for his outstanding service as a civic leader, businessman and patron of the arts along with his contributions in the areas of education and race relations.

Downing Pryor saw the arts in a very special light, writing, “Each adventure with art adds depth and breadth to the mind and heart that enable the individual to go on to the next experience with heightened perception and understanding.” Friends and family members endowed the lecture series as an ongoing reminder of what one truly honorable man can accomplish in his lifetime and beyond.

The lecture series offers free public programs featuring some of the nation’s most distinguished speakers in the area of the arts. The college welcomes contributions to the endowment fund, which makes this prestigious lecture series possible. To make a gift to this Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Series, please visit www.mca.edu/giving or call 901-272-5115.

Photo: Ji Lee

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.

Memphis College of Art Announces Blood Works by Tim Andrews in Alumni Gallery

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Feb. 16, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Blood Works by Tim Andrews in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Blood Works by Tim Andrews, on view Feb. 26–March 26 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, March 18 from 6–8 p.m.

Blood Works features self-portrait paintings, often manifesting in a visceral manner—Andrews’ work addresses the personal and societal implications of living with hemophilia for 54 years, and with HIV and hepatitis C for more than 30 years.

“These self-portraits are about identity,” said Andrews, “how I view myself, and the way I perceive being viewed by others. The works, however, extend beyond the disease itself to speak to a more universal human condition—which is the nature and consequence of illness and death. These works speak to the will to survive.”

Andrews earned both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting (1987), and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art (1992) from Memphis College of Art. For years his work has centered around self-representation, with an effort to influence how society views individuals living with HIV and other chronic illnesses.

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. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Tim Andrews, “Blood Spots,” acrylic on canvas board, 30” x 40”, 2015

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

MCA Presents Meghann Riepenhoff’s Littoral Drift

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Feb. 11, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Meghann Riepenhoff’s Littoral Drift

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Littoral Drift, an exhibition of works by internationally recognized photographic artist Meghann Riepenhoff, Feb. 26–March 26 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will be held Friday, March 18 from 6–8 p.m.

Littoral Drift features a collection of large-scale cyanotypes created on nontraditional media without the use of a camera. Using the beach as her studio, Riepenhoff creates the images by allowing natural elements to interact with photographic materials. Riepenhoff submerses cloth coated with a photo-reactive substance into the surf, and allows the waves, wind, sunlight and sediment to leave physical inscriptions on the material.

“Photochemically, the pieces are never wholly processed,” said Riepenhoff, “they will continue to slowly respond to changing environments that they encounter over time, and potentially self-destruct.” As a secondary part of the process, Riepenhoff also photographs moments in time during the creation of the cyanotypes, generating a series of static records of this transitory process. “The fugitive cyanotypes are analogies for a fleeting and beautiful existence, and photographing them is a metaphor for the mediation of photography into contemporary human experience,” said Riepenhoff.

Riepenhoff earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. in 2003, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. She currently works at the San Francisco Art Institute as a member of the visiting faculty. Her work has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, Aperture PhotoBook Review, the Seattle Times and B&W and Color. She has been featured in exhibitions around the world, including Imaging Now: Collected Visions at Memphis College of Art in 2015, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Galerie du Monde in Hong Kong, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and El Museo de la Ciudad in Quito, Ecuador. Riepenhoff is the recipient of the first place award in the Camera Club of New York’s 2014 Annual Juried Competition, and was selected as a Top 50 Photographer by Critical Mass.

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. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Meghann Riepenhoff, “Littoral Drift #296” (detail), cyanotype triptych, 24” x 57”, 2015

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

MCA Announces the Return of Annual Holiday Bazaar Art Sale

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Feb. 10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Presents the Graduate 2016 Art Education Thesis Exhibition

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Feb. 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Closed January 22

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

MCA Closed January 18

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

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

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Jan. 8, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Presents Visiting Artist John Medwedeff

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Jan. 5, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Visiting Artist John Medwedeff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA to Host National Portfolio Day in Metairie

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Dec. 18, 2015

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Memphis College of Art to Host National Portfolio Day in Metairie

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

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

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

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 and consists of representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), which represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.

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

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

MCA Presents Sunset/Sunrise: Work from Studio Nong

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Dec. 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

Following the exhibition at MCA, Sunset/Sunrise will travel later in the year to KCAI and the Weinberger Fine Art Gallery in Kansas City, as well as the 50th Convention of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Transportation of the artwork is provided through a sponsorship from the FedEx Corporation. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday noon–5 p.m., and Saturday noon–7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

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

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

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

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Dec. 16, 2015

Seahorse in Sequence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Presents the Illustrators 57 Traveling Exhibition

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Dec. 16, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents the Illustrators 57 Traveling Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Announces New BFA and MFA Programs

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Dec. 14, 2015

Memphis College of Art Announces New BFA and MFA Programs

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

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

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

MCA’s academic programs include:

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

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

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

MCA Presents the 2015 Fall BFA Exhibition

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Nov. 5, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents the 2015 Fall BFA Exhibition

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

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

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

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

MCA Announces Knowing Places by Betsy Brackin Burch

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Nov. 10, 2015

Betsy Brackin Burch_A Place I Know

Memphis College of Art Announces Knowing Places by Betsy Brackin Burch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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