MCA News

Brittany Wilder Exhibition at POTS

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
ccorbett@mca.edu
901-272-5111

April 20, 2015

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Brittany Wilder Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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Karen Blockman Carrier Announced As Commencement Speaker

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

April 14, 2015

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Karen Blockman Carrier Announced As Commencement Speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Karen Blockman Carrier


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

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Students from Refugee Empowerment Program To Tour College

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
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(901) 272-5111

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April 6, 2015

Students From Refugee Empowerment Program To Tour College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Spring 2015 MFA Exhibition

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

April 2, 2015

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Spring 2015 MFA Exhibition in Hyde Gallery

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

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

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

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

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


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

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ArtsZone Scholars Paint Mural for Greenline

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

March 31, 2015

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ArtsZone Scholars Paint Mural for Greenline Development Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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Visiting Artist James Williamson April 9

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

March 25, 2015

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Visiting Artist James Williamson at Memphis College of Art

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

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

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

Photo: James Williamson 


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

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

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Marc Rouillard’s “Commonplace” in Alumni Gallery

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

March 23, 2015

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Marc Rouillard’s Commonplace in MCA Alumni Gallery

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

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

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

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

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


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

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MCA Announces 2015 Spring BFA Exhibition

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

March 23, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Announces 2015 Spring BFA Exhibition

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

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

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

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

Photo: 2015 Spring BFA graphic


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

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Visiting Artist Lecture March 19

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

March 12, 2015

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Visiting Artist Gregory Euclide at Memphis College of Art

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Gregory Euclide


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

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Imaging Now: Collected Visions at Hyde Gallery

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

March 12, 2015

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Imaging Now: Collected Visions at Hyde Gallery

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

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

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

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


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

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MCA Closed Friday, March 6

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

We will continue to post status updates here.

March 4-Evening Classes Cancelled

Due to the threat of inclement weather, MCA will cancel all evening classes for this evening, Wednesday, March 4, beginning at 4:20 p.m.

Please check back later for news on the status of classes for tomorrow

Horn Island Influences at Walter Anderson Museum of Art

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

March 2, 2015

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MCA Partners with Walter Anderson Museum of Art for Horn Island Influences

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The celebration of the 30th anniversary of Memphis College of Art’s Horn Island program and exhibition continues this month with the opening of Horn Island Influences at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Miss. The exhibition will be on view March 6–May 31, with a reception scheduled for May 14.

Don DuMont, director of the Horn Island program says that WAMA has been a collaborator in the excursion for many years, hosting the excursion participants to the museum each year to immerse themselves in the work of Walter Anderson, an American artist who drew heavily on the natural scenery and wildlife of the island for his work. “We’re very excited about this,” said DuMont. “Our annual visits to the Museum to view the works of Walter Anderson have had an influence on our artists for decades now, so it was fantastic when the Museum reached out to us and offered to host an exhibition. This is the first time that works from the MCA Horn Island program will be exhibited at WAMA, so it’s a perfect way to celebrate our 30th anniversary.”

DuMont notes that while not a true retrospective, the exhibition features work from several decades. “There are pieces from the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as more recent work,” said DuMont. “Some of the featured works are those by Professor Emeritus Bob Riseling, founder of the Horn Island program, along with Bill Nelson, who assisted Bob in starting the program and Richard Prillaman, a now retired metals professor who participated with the program for many years.” Other artists include current students Glenn Fiscus, Slade Bishop, Langley Osborn and Robert Burns, alumni Amanda Nalley, Michelle Duckworth and Lisa Tribo and current faculty Adam Hawk, Leandra Urrutia, Marc Rouillard and DuMont.

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art is located at 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, Miss., 39564 and gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30–4:30 p.m. If you are planning an excursion to visit the exhibition and need additional information, call 228-872-3164, email wama@walterandersonmuseum.org or visit www.walterandersonmuseum.org.

 

Photo: Marc Rouillard, Horn Island Sentinel, Afternoon, watercolor, 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.   

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MCA Closed Friday, February. 20

MCA is closed today, Fri., Feb. 20 due to inclement weather. Opening receptions for “The Original Art” and Jed Jackson are rescheduled for Sat., Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m.

The Original Art 2014-2015

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

Feb. 12, 2015

 The Original Art 2014-2015

The Original Art 2014-2015: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration                 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present The Original Art 2014-2015: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration, an annual juried exhibition from the Society of Illustrators in New York, from Feb. 16–March 16 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 6–8 p.m.

Founded in 1980 by illustrator and art director Dilys Evans, the exhibition celebrates its 32nd anniversary and showcases the original art from the year’s best children’s books. Selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors and editors, this year’s show features 40 pieces selected from the original exhibition held at the Society of Illustrators on Oct. 23–Dec. 20, 2014. Gold and silver medals, as well as a Founder’s Award recognizing the year’s most promising new talent in children’s book illustration, were awarded to Benjamin Chaud, The Bear’s Song (gold medal); Carson Ellis, Wildwood Imperium and Gary Keller, Harlem Hellfighters (silver medals); and Mike Curato, Little Elliott, Big City (Founder’s Award).

During the course of the exhibition, MCA will partner with the Memphis Public Library and Artistree/Wood & Strings Theatre to create interactive events for children. “There are so many activities taking place in conjunction with this exhibition,” said MCA Professor of Illustration Michele Noiset. “We are so happy to be able to work in partnership with these wonderful organizations.” All 40 of the represented books have been donated by the Memphis Public Library to be displayed and read throughout the exhibition. The library will also partner with MCA to offer a special story reading and craft construction, which is open to the public, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m. in the main gallery.

Through a touring grant from the TN Arts Commission, Artistree/Wood & Strings Theatre’s life-sized puppets, some over 8 feet tall, will remain on site for the duration of the exhibition. Additionally, they will present a special live performance followed by a workshop in puppet construction on March 14 from 1–3:15 p.m. The performance and workshop are free and open to the public, but due to limited space, registration is required by calling 901-272-5142. Sponsors for the exhibition are the Memphis Public Library and Power & Telephone Supply Company.

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

Photo: Exhibition graphic featuring Benjamin Chaud, The Bear’s Song; Carson Ellis, Wildwood Imperium; Mike Curato, Little Elliott, Big City


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

About the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in min-town Manhattan. It is open to the public Tuesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 12–4 p.m. to learn more about the Museum and the Society, visit www.societyillustrators.org or contact Executive Director Annelle Miller at 212-838-2560.

About Artistree/Wood & Strings Theatre
Artistree/Wood & Strings Theatre is a national touring company based in Tennessee that produces main stage theatrical events employing world-class forms of puppetry. In their 28 years of brining a story to life via imaginative figures set to motion, they have performed at thousands of venues. They have been on the TN Arts commission roster of teaching artists since 1988 and have twice been nominated for the Governors Award in the Arts. For additional information visit www.woodandstrings.net.

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MCA Announces Classes in Partnership with Amy Howard

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

Feb. 9, 2015

Amy Howard 

MCA Announces Classes in Partnership with Amy Howard

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will partner with Memphis interior design entrepreneur Amy Howard to offer classes through MCA’s adult continuing education classes. Registration is currently underway for Howard’s two-day workshop, Rescue. Restore. Redecorate. which will be held Feb. 21 and 28, 1–4 p.m. at the Amy Howard Studio, 3674 Cherry Road, Memphis.

For more than 20 years, Howard built her luxury furniture manufacturing business in Memphis, developing, and later patenting, her own line of paints and finishes. “We throw away 8.5 million tons of furniture each year,” said Howard. “I have created my line of products so that we can give these old, discarded furniture pieces new life and my classes and workshops teach people how to build a business painting furniture and selling it.” Howard built a network of retailers across the country to sell her products and recently announced a partnership with Ace Hardware Corp. that will allow for a distribution of her product line nationally. She has been training retailers from around the world on how to use the Amy Howard at Home line so that they will be able to pass along their knowledge to the consumer.

Howard approached MCA with the idea of making her classes available through MCA’s adult community education program. “We thought it was a great opportunity,” said Cece Palazola, MCA’s director of community education. “We especially liked the idea that Amy teaches skills that can lead to starting a business—a concept that is integral to the curriculum at MCA.”

For Howard’s Rescue.Restore.Redecorate. workshop, students are asked to bring in their own piece of furniture that they will renovate during the class sessions on Feb. 21 and 28, learning painting, antiquing and waxing skills. Howard will also offer her two-day Building Wealth With Your Passion workshop on April 11 and 18, teaching the skills she has learned in building a marketable business from doing what you love.

For additional information on upcoming Amy Howard classes, contact MCA Community Education at 901-272-5142, email commed@mca.edu or visit www.mca.edu to register online.

Photo: Amy Howard


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 Student Artwork Returns to James Lee House

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

Feb. 5, 2015

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MCA Student Artwork Returns to James Lee House

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — History has come full circle, as artwork from students of Memphis College of Art once again adorns the walls of the James Lee House. MCA professor Maritza Davila will act as curator for a series of exhibitions of work produced by MCA students and faculty. The first exhibition, Return to the Academy, will mark the launch of the Gibson Gallery. The gallery is named in honor of J.W. and Kathy Buckman Gibson, co-owners of James Lee House, in recognition of their lifelong support of the arts in Memphis. “The shared history with the Memphis College of Art is one of the James Lee House’s many charms,” said J.W. Gibson, “and the opportunity to create art and cultivate artistic talent are such important parts of the rich history and quality of life in Memphis.”

The exhibition features the work of MCA printmaking students Elizabeth Escamilla, Margaret Davis, Heather Coleman, Alexandria Bell, Lyman Anderson, Slade Bishop and faculty members Davila and Eszter Sziksz. The work will be on view through Feb. 28 with an opening reception on Feb. 21, 5–7 p.m. that is open to the public.

Listed on the National Historic Register, the James Lee House began its life as a two-story farmhouse (now the north part of the building) in 1848, and in 1852 was purchased by banker Charles Wesley Goyer. Goyer added a second home, just adjacent to the original house and, in 1872 embarked on a major expansion that included joining the two structures, adding a third floor, a tower, and the home’s current Victorian façade. It was sold to James Lee, Jr. in 1890 and in 1929, Lee’s daughter donated the house to the City of Memphis to become the James Lee Memorial Art Academy, now known as Memphis College of Art. The college relocated to its current campus in Overton Park, designed by architect Roy Harrover, in 1959.

The James Lee House, which has recently reopened as a luxury bed and breakfast after sitting vacant for over 50 years, has been featured in articles in The Huffington Post and The New York Daily News. It was purchased from the City of Memphis for $1 by two members of the current ownership group, José Velazquez and his wife Jennifer. They then began their painstaking restoration effort, preserving much of the home’s historic details. After more than a year and approximately $2.1 million, the new James Lee House had its grand reopening on April 17, 2014.

“It is so exciting to return to our roots at the James Lee House,” said Davila. “The idea of featuring artwork by MCA students and faculty in this space is absolutely perfect and opens many creative possibilities for the Memphis community.”

Photo: Slade Bishop, Moth Man, screen print, 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.  

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Jed Jackson’s “Excuse Me…” in MCA Alumni Gallery

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

Feb. 4, 2015

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Jed Jackson’s “Excuse Me…” in MCA Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art presents Jed Jackson’s Excuse Me…Some paintings from Jed Jackson from the past 10 years, on view Feb. 15 through March 27 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 6–8 p.m.

Jackson says that over the years his paintings have coalesced around two dominant concerns: first, the creation of images which mine history and culture for meaningful metaphors, critique and commentary, and secondly, the continuing development of techniques that, although traditional in inception, stretch the possibilities of representation as a contemporary aesthetic practice. “My gouache paintings originate in a phrase or idea presently finding currency in the mass media, either print or electronic,” said Jackson. “Through drawing, the idea is translated into a design linking image and text to create an often biting or humorous commentary.”

Jackson received his BFA from Memphis College of Art and his MFA from Cornell University and has taught Painting, Art History, Art Theory and Criticism, and Humanities courses at the college level for 35 years. He is currently professor of painting at the University of Memphis, where he served as chair of the Art Department from 1999-2006. Jackson is also the author of the book Art: A Comparative Study.

Gallery hours for the Excuse Me… exhibition 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: Jed Jackson, “Horsey,” 2014, oil on panel, 18” x 18”


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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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday

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

January 16, 2015

Monday, January 19 will be a holiday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—no classes will take place and all MCA offices will be closed. We will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 20.


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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Art Ed Thesis Exhibition at Hyde Gallery

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

January 16, 2015

 

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2015 Art Education Thesis Exhibition at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art’s 2015 Art Education Thesis Exhibition is currently on view in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main, where it will continue through February 14. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition is comprised of the work of ten Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Teaching candidates: Christopher Davis, Shannon Donovan, Ian Hudson, Ebony Johnson, Jason Lewis, Catina Johnson, Ednita Prentiss, Ashley Redden, Kevin Reuter and Amy Beth Rice. The works showcase multiple media including printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and animation.

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

Photo: 2015 Art Education Thesis Exhibition graphic


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

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