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

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Dec. 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Presents the Illustrators 57 Traveling Exhibition

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Dec. 16, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents the Illustrators 57 Traveling Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Announces New BFA and MFA Programs

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Dec. 14, 2015

Memphis College of Art Announces New BFA and MFA Programs

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

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

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

MCA’s academic programs include:

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

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

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

MCA Presents the 2015 Fall BFA Exhibition

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Nov. 5, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents the 2015 Fall BFA Exhibition

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

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

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

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

MCA Announces Knowing Places by Betsy Brackin Burch

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Nov. 10, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Announces Knowing Places by Betsy Brackin Burch

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Presents Michele Noiset’s Conceptualizing Dystopia at POTS

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Nov. 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: “Censored,” Michele Noiset, pastel on BFK Rives paper, 18” x 24”

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

MCA to Host National Portfolio Day

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Oct. 8, 2015

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Memphis College of Art to Host National Portfolio Day

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

National Portfolio Day is an educational event for young artists held at colleges throughout the United States and Canada. Portfolio Day brings together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their schools. The events provide a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art college.

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

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

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

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

MCA Conjures the Past with Art of Darkness

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Oct. 2, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Conjures the Past with Art of Darkness

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

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

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

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

All proceeds from Art of Darkness will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund, which awards approximately $5 million in scholarships to students each year. Tickets are $60 VIP (includes bar) or $40 (cash bar), and may be purchased online at mca.edu or at the door the night of the event.

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

MCA Features Sculptural Works by Nikkila Carroll

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Sept. 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sept. 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sept. 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Graduate Programs May Return To Overton Park

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Aug. 26, 2015

MCA Graduate Programs May Return to Overton Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inaugural Faculty Biennial Exhibition

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Aug. 19, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Announces Inaugural Faculty Biennial Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Presents Horn Island 31

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
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Aug. 12, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents Horn Island 31 Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCA Welcomes Chinese Artists for Residency

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July 15, 2015

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MCA Welcomes Chinese Artists for Residency

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chloe York Exhibition at James Lee House

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June 26, 2015

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Chloe York Exhibition at James Lee House

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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May 29, 2015

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MCA and UrbanArt Commission Collaborate for INSIDE OUT Project

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Vice President for Communications and Marketing
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May 7, 2015

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MCA Alumni Gallery Features Works by Katie Benjamin

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Katie Benjamin, “Case Study 01”, 20” x 30”, archival pigment print


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