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Aug. 26, 2015

 

MCA Graduate Programs May Return to Overton Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.
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Aug. 19, 2015

Faculty Biennial Graphic Memphis College of Art Announces Inaugural Faculty Biennial Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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


Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.
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Aug. 12, 2015 

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Memphis College of Art Presents Horn Island 31 Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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


Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.
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July 15, 2015

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MCA Welcomes Chinese Artists for Residency

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

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

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

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

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


Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.
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June 26, 2015

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Chloe York Exhibition at James Lee House

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

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

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

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

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

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


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May 29, 2015

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MCA and UrbanArt Commission Collaborate for INSIDE OUT Project

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

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

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

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

 Photo: “Art Saves Lives” installation 


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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Due to the rain, MCA’s Commencement ceremony will be held in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, at 10 a.m. today.

 

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May 7, 2015

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MCA Alumni Gallery Features Works by Katie Benjamin

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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


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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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