MCA News

Wesley Ortiz Exhibition at POTS

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

Jan. 9, 2015

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Wesley Ortiz Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Wesley Ortiz’ exhibition, Perdido, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through March 1.

Ortiz was born in Amory, MS in 1975. He works predominantly in the medium of painting and drawing with occasional forays into creating works with three-dimensional materials. Ortiz completed his MFA at the University of Mississippi and has had solo exhibitions at Amory Regional Museum, Meridian Museum of Art and Itawamba Community College. He currently lives in Memphis and is an adjunct instructor at Memphis College of Art.

Perdido is a collection of paintings and drawings I’ve done since moving to Memphis,” says Ortiz. “They signify a transitional phase in my work and speak toward the acclimation of new phases in life—a new joy, new environment, new friends and new responsibilities. Seldom are these transitions easy or enjoyable. It is easy to feel lost.”

Perdido marks an evolution in Ortiz’ work from representational to non-objective work. “Personally, it’s a journey fraught with uncertainty and wariness; however, it is one that is necessary,” says Ortiz. “Perdido is not the end. It is the wilderness where we can find ourselves in life, work and emotional states. Sometimes it is good to be lost.”

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: Wesley Ortiz, “Untitled”, oil on panel, 10” x 7”, 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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Ben Utigard’s “Lost the Map” in Alumni Gallery

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

Jan. 9, 2015

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Ben Utigard’s Lost the Map in MCA Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art presents Lost the Map by Ben Utigard, on view through Feb. 7 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 6–8 p.m.

Utigard received his B.A. in Studio Art from The Colorado College in 2004, his MFA from Memphis College of Art in 2009 and has exhibited locally and regionally. The works included in Lost the Map are a series of 12” x 12” mixed-media canvases, all created with natural materials and found objects from Utigard’s sojourn in the desert in the area around Abiquiu in northern New Mexico. In his artist statement, Utigard notes the contrast between the beauty and solitude of the desert and the intrusion of the detritus of civilization, both of which are reflected in the exhibition’s works: “I gaze at the horizon; golden sandstone cathedrals meet a royal blue sky…I can start hiking in any direction; there are no people here, no fences, and no rules. I head toward a distant mesa. The ground is littered with shotgun shells, garbage and broken glass. I collect handfuls of shells and discover some weary silk flowers. This is one of many areas in the desert where people like to dump trash and shoot it. I venture on.”

Gallery hours for the Lost the Map 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: Ben Utigard, “All Flowers,” 2014, ink and enamel on silk flowers on board, 12” x 12”


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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Wish It Forward Exhibition

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
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Jan. 5, 2015

Under the direction of Assistant Professor Hyuna Park, the Fall 2014 Design Laboratory team partnered with the Mid-South chapter of Make-A-Wish to design promotional products for the chapter’s medical outreach program. Products include three types of brochures, a leaflet and a stress reliever item.

The Wish It Forward exhibition details the entire design process for this project, from ideation to the final prototyping. “Through this real-world design project, the Design Lab students had the opportunity to not only enhance their design skills, but also to learn collaboration, communication and organizational skills,” said Park. Participating students include: Amanda Acevedo, Shelda Edwards, Christopher Hill, Danielle Meseika, Ana Ramsey, Ashton Tidmore, Jerrica Willins, Rashad Worthy and Ruby Zielinski.

Eszter Sziksz’ “Gently Expanding Universe”

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

Nov. 18, 2014

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Eszter Sziksz’ Gently Expanding Universe in MCA Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present Eszter Sziksz’ Gently Expanding Universe, Nov. 25–Dec. 11 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, 6–8 p.m.

Sziksz, a European artist, has lived and traveled in countries in both Europe and Asia, and earned her BA degree from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary and her MFA degree from Memphis College of Art. Her work blends papermaking, installation and video elements and has been shown in regional and international exhibitions including the Santorini Biennale in Santorini, Greece; the Krakow International Print Triennial in Krakow, Poland; the Museo del Brigantaggio in Itri, Italy and ICEHOTEL in Sweden.

In Gently Expanding Universe, Sziksz’ works center around an unusual medium—ice. “My recent work is a transition between traditional printmaking and digital art,” said Sziksz. “The ice allowed me to work with slow movements in my videos.” Sziksz casts and freezes the ice sheets and then screen prints images, mainly portraits, on the surface. During the printing process, the ink freezes to the ice and, as the ice starts to melt under the image, the ink dissolves into water and starts to slowly fade away. “Life is the biggest miracle of all,” said Sziksz, “but it is restricted to a short time span. Life is fragile and fast and my goal is to capture the present moment in a longer period of time. Working and printing on ice allows me to step outside the everyday physical and chronological limitations—I can freeze and control time. It is amazing!”

Gallery hours for the Gently Expanding Universe 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: Eszter Sziksz, “Gently Expanding Universe,” ink on paper


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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Fall BFA Exhibition

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

Nov. 14, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces Fall BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 2014 Fall BFA Exhibition, which will be on view from Nov. 25–Dec. 11 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception is scheduled for Dec. 5, 6–8 p.m.

The exhibition features works from ten students in a variety of media including painting, illustration, sculpture and digital media. The 2014 Fall BFA candidates are LaKeishya Alexander, Arlington, TN; Nialah Brathwaite, New Orleans, LA; Christian Brown, New Orleans, LA; Meagan Chaudoin, Monroe, LA; Lauren Taylor, Florence, AL; Jade Thomas, Houston, TX; Nicole Trimble, Franklin, TN; Olivia Weldon, Alexander, AR; Bethany Wholihan, Bartlett, TN and Aminah Williams, Memphis, TN.

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

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Leandra Urrutia Exhibition at POTS

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

Nov. 6, 2014

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Leandra Urrutia Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Leandra Urrutia’s exhibition, Pile, on Nov. 12 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through Jan. 4.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Tex., Urrutia began drawing and sculpting at an early age, influenced by the rich culture and traditions of her Mexican American heritage. Her artwork addresses discordant elements of intimacy including attraction, repulsion and perseverance. Sculpture, installation and wall work dominate the body of her portfolio.

Urrutia exhibits her work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been awarded the “Emerging Artist” by the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration by ArtsMemphis. Her work is included in the Sandford M. and Diane Besser collection and is part of the Kinsey Institute’s permanent collection. Urrutia is Associate Professor of Studio Art at Memphis College of Art.

In her artist’s statement for Pile, Urrutia observes, “A well balanced life requires thoughtful diligence. As the desire to achieve surpasses what can be effectively handled, instability develops. Missteps and unsteadiness can send the equilibrium of life into upheaval. Regaining control means recalibrating attention. The routine of steadiness has the potential to keep pleasure and spontaneity at bay.”

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: Leandra Urrutia, detail, porcelain


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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“Things That Were” MFA Show at Hyde Gallery

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

November 5, 2014

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“Things That Were,” MFA Thesis Exhibition at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present Things That Were, the Fall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition from Nov. 21 to Dec. 13 in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main St. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The exhibition is comprised of the work of five artists: Lindsay Julian, Roann Mathias, Anna Roach, Rachel Sylvan and Matt Wening. The works and styles of the exhibition are varied: Julian’s sculptural works utilize natural or handmade objects to create forts, covered spaces and environments. Mathias and Sylvan are presenting large works on paper, with Mathias using calligraphic traditions and a modernist style of mark making, while Sylvan based her surrealist drawings on her own stream-of-consciousness writings. Roach and Wening created installations of photo-based work: Roach’s space, “Reliquaries,” includes her hyper-realistic paintings based on mistakes found in anonymous snapshots. Wening layers his own photographs with those taken by his grandfather in sculptural images about transcended memory.

Roach says that the title of the exhibition, decided upon by the artists, encompasses more than just ideas that deal with the past. “We all use things that occurred previously to make our present work and, curiously, we all emphasize the importance of the human hand, or manual processes.”

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: Bouquet, mixed-media collaborative sculpture by Lindsay Julian, Roann Mathias, Anna Roach, Rachel Sylvan and Matt Wening.


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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65th Annual Holiday Bazaar

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

Nov. 4, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces 65th Annual Holiday Bazaar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 65th Annual Holiday Bazaar, which will take place Friday, Nov. 21, 7–9 p.m. (with special Preview Hours, 5–7 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

The highly anticipated event draws hundreds of people to the MCA campus each year, boasting a huge array of unique holiday gifts, artwork and crafts created by MCA students, faculty, staff and alumni. Proceeds from the sale benefit the MCA scholarship fund.

Again this year, the Bazaar will open with special Preview Hours on Friday from 5–7 p.m. Tickets for the Preview Hours are $20 and include complimentary champagne, an MCA tote bag and—for the first time ever—the opportunity to make purchases during the Preview. “The Preview has traditionally been a time to come in, meet your friends and get that first ‘sneak peek’ at all the artwork and merchandise,” said Laura Hine, MCA’s new vice president for college advancement. “It’s always been fun, but adding the ability this year to actually make purchases during the Preview Hours is going to add a new dynamic.” Preview tickets can be purchased in advance online at mca.edu/holidaybazaar2014/ or at the door beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 21. The Holiday Bazaar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.mca.edu or call 901-272-5100.


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 Horn Island 30 Selects

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Director of College Communications
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(901) 272-5111

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Oct. 30, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces Horn Island 30 Selects

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art’s annual Horn Island exhibition will experience new life, as works from this year’s Horn Island 30 exhibition move to WKNO’s Gallery Ten Ninety One, 7151 Cherry Farms Road, Cordova, for the month of November. The MCA Horn Island 30 Selects exhibition will feature works from this year’s 30th anniversary exhibition that took place on MCA’s Overton Park campus in August and September. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery Ten Ninety One from Nov. 3 through Nov. 26 with an opening reception scheduled on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2–4 p.m.

The works in the exhibition are the outcome of an 11-day annual trip by MCA students, faculty and alumni to Horn Island, Miss., a barrier island that is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Assistant Professor Don DuMont, director of the Horn Island program, coordinates the travel arrangements and logistics for the expedition, which immerses the participants in nature on the undeveloped island which boasts primitive conditions and no amenities. This year’s milestone anniversary brought a larger than average number of participants, with 43 artists making the trip. “We wanted to encourage past participants to celebrate the 30th anniversary with us,” said DuMont, “so we increased the number of alumni slots for the trip to accommodate as many as possible.”

Following the expedition, the participating artists develop a body of work inspired by their island experience, creating work for the exhibition in media that include photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics and book arts.

“We’re really happy to have the opportunity to move selected pieces from this year’s Rust Hall exhibition to the WKNO gallery,” said DuMont. “We hope this will give more people an opportunity to see some really excellent work by these artists and learn more about the Horn Island program.”

Gallery hours for the MCA Horn Island 30 Selects exhibition are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Photo: Bill Nelson, Southside Sculpture, oil on canvas


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 Gregory Crewdson Nov. 4

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

Oct. 20, 2014

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Visiting Artist Gregory Crewdson at Memphis College of Art

Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present internationally acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson in a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A special reception will precede the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery.

Crewdson is known for his elaborately staged photographs of small town American life. Utilizing lighting techniques and equipment usually reserved for the motion picture industry, Crewdson’s photos are cinematic in style, transforming mundane scenes into surreal visions.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Crewdson received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1985 and an MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1988. He is currently Director of Graduate Studies in Photography at the Yale University School of Art. Crewdson’s work is included in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A retrospective of his work, spanning his career from 1985–2005 was shown as a traveling exhibition at major museums in Europe from 2005–08.

His most recent body of work, Sanctuary, premiered at Gagosian Gallery in New York in 2010, then traveled to the White Cube in London and Gagosian Gallery in Rome. Crewdson has published several books of his photographs and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Skowhegan Medal for Photography, the national Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship and the Aaron Siskind Fellowship.

Photo: Untitled Brief Encounter


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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Memphis Pulse: 2013 Arts Accelerator Finalists at Hyde Gallery

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

October 8, 2014

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Memphis Pulse: 2013 ArtsAccelerator Finalists To Open at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– In partnership with ArtsMemphis and University of Memphis’ Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, Memphis College of Art will present Memphis Pulse: 2013 ArtsAccelerator Finalists from Oct. 22 to Nov. 8 in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main St. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Spanning two gallery spaces, the exhibition is curated by Lester Merriweather. The exhibition at Memphis College of Art features works by artists Terri Phillips, Mary Jo Karimnia, Ben Butler, Betsy Brackin, Stephanie Cosby, Nancy Cheairs, Laurel Sucsy, Hamlett Dobbins and Eszter Sziksz. In the concurrent exhibition running at the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art from Oct. 15–Nov. 7, works by Susan Maakestad, Alex Paulus, Cat Peña, Karen Golightly, Carrol McTyre, Adam Farmer and Lee Anthony will be on view.

“The purpose of the exhibition is to continue the growth and visibility of the visual arts in Memphis through the ArtsAccelerator program,” said Lauren Boyer, New Media & Marketing Manager for ArtsMemphis. “Lester (Merriweather) has done a wonderful job curating the show and we are thrilled that Eileen Townsend, art critic for the Memphis Flyer, has done the exhibition essay for the catalog.” The exhibition is made possible through the support of Metropolitan Bank.

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: Susan Maakestad, “#35 Wanderlust,” oil on canvas, 20” x 26”


 

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 Hosts National Portfolio Day Oct. 11

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

Oct. 1, 2014

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MCA Hosts National Portfolio Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave. in 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 day’s schedule is as follows:

  • 10–11 a.m.: Registration and Campus Tours of MCA
  • 11 a.m.–noon: Financial Aid, Careers in Art, Portfolio Preparation presentations
  • 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 www.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.

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60 Years of Rock and Roll

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

Sept. 30, 2014

 

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Memphis College of Art Announces 60 Years of Rock and Roll

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present 60 Years of Rock and Roll, an exhibition of work created in partnership with the Levitt Shell, from Oct. 8–22 in the Lower Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30–8 p.m.

The exhibition features work by the design and illustration students of Assistant Professor of Design Arts Cat Normoyle and Visiting Instructor of Illustration Shane McDermott. The works were submitted as part of an artwork competition sponsored by the Levitt Shell to develop a design for t-shirts and posters around their celebration of 60 Years of Rock and Roll at the Shell. On July 30, 1954, at the Overton Park Shell (now the Levitt Shell) Elvis Presley opened for concert headliner Slim Whitman, stealing the show and cementing Memphis’ place in music history as the birthplace of rock and roll.

Ashley Segarra was announced as the competition winner and her designs will be produced and on sale at the Levitt Shell for the fall concert series. The remaining competition winners will be announced at the opening reception on Oct. 9. Students participating in the contest are Ashley Lulo, Ashley Segarra, Bailey Brocato, Bianca Smith, Britney Boswell, Britni Morgan, Brittany Santos, Dejané Anderson, George Brooks, Grace Shore, Heather Morgan, Jacob Gambill, Jessica Vandenberg, John Wilbanks, Joni Miller, Kai Myers, Kathie Rupert, Mat Kaminski, Michaela Dowdy-Cannon, Natalie Jackson, Rashad Worthy, Robert Burns, William Godfrey and Zara Garza.

Gallery hours for the 60 Years of Rock and Roll exhibition 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: Poster by Ashley Segarra


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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SunRise/SunSet: Works from Studio Nong

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

Sept. 23, 2014

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MCA Announces SunRise/SunSet: Works from Studio Nong

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present SunRise/SunSet: Works from Studio Nong, an exhibition of work by artists Jessie Fisher, Misty Gamble, Scott Seebart and Leandra Urrutia, from Oct. 13–Nov. 7 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, 6–8 p.m. The artists will also present a gallery talk on Friday, Nov. 7 at noon in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall.

In the summer of 2013, artists and educators Fisher, Gamble, Seebart, and Urrutia traveled to China for an intensive, six-week collaboration and cultural exchange of traditions and expansive approaches to painting and sculpture. Through the exchange, the American artists formed valuable relationships with four sculptors and professors from the Guangxi Arts Institute, Nanning, in the Guangxi province of southern China.

Fisher is an associate professor in Painting and Drawing; Gamble, assistant professor in the School of Foundation; and Seebart is a lecturer in painting and ceramic—all at the Kansas City Art Institute, and Urrutia is associate professor of Studio Art at Memphis College of Art.

During the exchange, the artists worked on the top floor of a spacious pottery factory with private apartments and two large studios. There, uninterrupted studio time, unlimited supplies of Nixing clay and limitless technical resources led to an abundance of creativity and a large body of work. The works were unveiled to the public and press in the Clay Destiny exhibition at the Qinzhou Nixing Pottery Museum at the Olympic Stadium on Qinzhou, China. SunRise/SunSet: Works from Studio Nong marks the first U.S. exhibition of the works created during the group’s immersion in Chinese culture.

In 2015, both parties will meet and work together again, with the artists from China traveling to the U.S. for a six-week residency and cultural exchange that will take place at Memphis College of Art and the Kansas City Art Institute, again culminating in an exhibition of works created during the residency.

Gallery hours for the SunRise/SunSet exhibition 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.


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 Presents Visiting Artist Ian Schneller Oct. 8

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

Sept. 19, 2014

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Visiting Artist Ian Schneller at Memphis College of Art

Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art alumnus, sculptor/luthier and owner of Specimen Products Ian Schneller will present a lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture will include an overview of Schneller’s works, which span three decades, as well as his outlook on craft technique and his views on creating a successful enterprise based on hand craftsmanship instead of mass production.

Schneller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis Academy of Art (now Memphis College of Art) and a Master of Sculpture degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began building instruments while in Chicago, including a full-line of aluminum guitars, tube amplifiers and horn speakers. In the guitar world, Schneller is considered a renaissance man, creating instruments from scratch and preferring to build his own jibs, design his own pickups and machine his own hardware rather than rely on conventional methods or existing parts. Schneller’s horn speakers and tube amplifiers have the unique distinction of receiving acclaim from both the design and audiophile worlds for their robust construction, captivating beauty and the ability to join the 1940s-era electron tube technology with today’s iPods and computers. Schneller’s profound reverence for historic methods of artisanship inform all aspects of his work, keeping the traditional forms of craftsmanship and luthiery skills thriving and respected. Clients often describe Schneller as “an artist who happens to make musical instruments,” and “equal parts artisan, mad scientist and gifted teacher.”

In 2010, Schneller initiated a collaborative project with composer/violinist Andrew Bird. The Sonic Arboretum consists of a “forest” of dozens of Schneller’s horn speakers powered by his tube amplifiers. Arranged as a site-specific installation, The Sonic Arboretum serves as a compositional garden for Bird, who creates new music for the exhibition. The Sonic Arboretum debuted in 2010 to a sold-out crowd at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, later moving to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art for a month-long installation and two sold-out performances in 2011.

Schneller’s work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Elle, Tone Audio, the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Art in America, The Fretboard Journal, Chicago Magazine and on PBS, NPR and Fox TV. His horn speakers were featured in an Apple iPad commercial and clients include Andrew Bird, Jack White, Franz Ferdinand, Wilco, Low, Tortoise, Califone, My Morning Jacket, Rise Against, Death Cab for Cutie, Instagram, Hard Rock Hotels and House of Blues.

Schneller is also founder of the Chicago School of Guitar Making and has taught over one thousand students since the school opened in 2005.

 

Photo: Ian Schneller


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 Annette Fournet “Persona/Anima” in Alumni Gallery

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

Sept. 15, 2014

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MCA Announces Annette Fournet Persona/Anima in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present Annette Fournet’s Persona/Anima, Oct. 13–Nov. 7 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, 6–8 p.m.

Fournet lives and teaches photography in Memphis and in Prague, Czech Republic. She has exhibited her work at galleries and museums in France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States. Her work is included in public and corporate collections such as the Bibliotheque Nationale, the San Diego Museum of Photographic Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Prague House of Photography and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

“This series is based on the expression of the persona (the external projection of self) and the anima (inner soul),” says Fournet. “The portraits were influenced in part by Symbolist paintings. Unfortunately, many of these artists painted from a misogynistic fear of the equality of women with men and of women’s sexuality. The elements of the Symbolist work that I find of interest were their reaction against the mundane, the banal and the bourgeoisie normalcy of the 19th century. I am interested in expressing the exotic, the spiritual and esoteric qualities of women.”

Gallery hours for the Persona/Anima exhibition 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: Annette Fournet: Persona Anima 1, photo, 40” x 30”, 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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