MCA News

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

HornIsland2014digital 

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.   

###

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.

###

MCA Student Artwork Returns to James Lee House

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

Feb. 5, 2015

SladeBishop-Moth_Man, screenprint 2014 

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.  

###

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

Horsey_2014_3mb_ 

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.

###

 

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.

###

Art Ed Thesis Exhibition at Hyde Gallery

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

January 16, 2015

 

2015ArtEdThesisGraphic 

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.

###

Wesley Ortiz Exhibition at POTS

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

Jan. 9, 2015

Untitled, Wesley Ortiz 

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

###

 

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

 Ben Utigard-All Flowers

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.

###

Here is another one

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum ac sodales quam, at gravida velit. Nullam lobortis dolor eu ex placerat dictum. Maecenas efficitur posuere lectus a commodo. Vivamus tellus lorem, lobortis vel posuere eu, ultrices non magna. Etiam et tortor elementum, varius nisl quis, consequat enim. Sed mattis enim massa, ac lobortis purus iaculis et. Integer ultricies tincidunt diam ac consequat. Donec a suscipit neque.

Another News Story

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum ac sodales quam, at gravida velit. Nullam lobortis dolor eu ex placerat dictum. Maecenas efficitur posuere lectus a commodo. Vivamus tellus lorem, lobortis vel posuere eu, ultrices non magna. Etiam et tortor elementum, varius nisl quis, consequat enim. Sed mattis enim massa, ac lobortis purus iaculis et. Integer ultricies tincidunt diam ac consequat. Donec a suscipit neque.

Aliquam eget nisi dictum, tincidunt ipsum sit amet, congue tellus. Sed eleifend ipsum nec convallis finibus. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Etiam facilisis efficitur malesuada. Etiam.

Wish It Forward Exhibition

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

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

 13EszterSzikszGentlyExpandingUniverseshow 

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

###

Fall BFA Exhibition

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

Nov. 14, 2014

2014 Fall BFA cropped 

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

###

Leandra Urrutia Exhibition at POTS

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

Nov. 6, 2014

Leandra Urrutia, "detail" 

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

###

“Things That Were” MFA Show at Hyde Gallery

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

November 5, 2014

Bouquet-MFAFall2014 

“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.

###

65th Annual Holiday Bazaar

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

Nov. 4, 2014

HBPostcardFront 

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.

###

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

MCA Announces Horn Island 30 Selects

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 30, 2014

BillNelson,SouthsideSculpture,oiloncanvas 

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.

###

Memphis College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Additional Information