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January 16, 2015

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


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

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January 16, 2015

 

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2015 Art Education Thesis Exhibition at Hyde Gallery

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

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

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

Photo: 2015 Art Education Thesis Exhibition graphic


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

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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