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

 June 30, 2014

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Dolph Smith Named As Penland Outstanding Artist Educator

Memphis, Tenn. — MCA Professor Emeritus Dolph Smith has been named as the 2014 Penland Outstanding Artist Educator by the Penland School of Crafts.  Smith will be officially honored at the Penland Benefit Auction on August 8.

Penland is a national center for craft education located in the mountains of North Carolina and a focal point for a lively community of craft artists. With a mission to support individual and artistic growth through craft, the school offers adult workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. Students come from all walks of life, ranging in age from 19 to 90 years of age and from absolute beginners to professional craftspeople.

“Dolph first came to teach at Penland in 1986, beginning a twenty-eight year friendship with the school,” said Kathryn Gremley, director of Penland Gallery. “What is most obvious to those of us who have had the privilege to spend time in the classroom or studio with Dolph is that he has an infectious love of teaching, materials, people, sharing knowledge, and unadulterated fun. As a result, he has created ripples in the creative pond that extend far beyond Penland.”

In 2010, the Penland Gallery hosted the exhibition Artist, Educator, Mentor, Rascal: Dolph Smith and Friends, featuring the work of Smith and thirteen other artists, to celebrate the connections Smith has made through his many years as artist and mentor. Gremley notes that although Smith’s work is rooted in the book arts, “he has taken liberties with the rules—the pages take flight and the covers build bridges. He is a gifted storyteller, both on paper and in person.”

Smith taught drawing and painting at Memphis College of Art for 30 years, developing a curriculum in hand papermaking and an artist’s book program, The Flying Vat, which is now one of the premier centers for hand papermaking. Smith was honored with the Humanities Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Germantown Arts Council and was the only individual winner of First Tennessee Bank’s Bravo Award. He was granted an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 2004 and has received Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts, the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award in the Distinguished Artist Award category.


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 23, 2014 

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Memphis College of Art Announces 2014 Summer Art Camp Showcase

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s 2014 Summer Art Camp Showcase will be on view July 19–27 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery. A closing reception is scheduled for Sunday, July 27 from 2–4 p.m. Gallery hours for Rust Hall are 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon–4 p.m. on Sundays.

The exhibition is comprised of artwork in multiple media made by the students attending MCA’s Summer Camp sessions. “This is one of my favorite exhibitions each year,” said Remy Miller, MCA’s dean and vice president of academic affairs. “That the show is so much fun to look at is a measure of the joy that goes into it and that can only exist when the kids are working with people that are caring, sympathetic, helpful and smart.”

MCA offers a wide variety of summer camp sessions, ranging from Clay Dinosaurs to Metal Sculpture, for students in grades K–12. During the school year, budding artists can also attend Saturday School sessions, which will begin September 27. More information on art programs for youth and teens can be found on the Memphis College of Art website at mca.edu or by contacting Community Education at 901-272-5142.

Photo: 2013 Summer Art Camp Showcase


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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Director of College Communications
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June 19, 2014 

MCA Professional Practices Curriculum Utilizes Business Professionals

Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is preparing to launch the final piece of its innovative Professional Practices (P2) program this fall—an intensive, business-focused capstone course taught by business professionals. The interactive, workshop-style classes will be required for all junior level students and will cover areas such as personal development, personal finance and business management.

The capstone curriculum will expand upon P2 elements and skills that have been taught by MCA faculty since the program was initiated in the fall 2012 semester.  “P2 elements are currently embedded in every level of every academic discipline,” said MCA President Ron Jones. “Whether learning to submit work to a juried exhibition or make a compelling presentation of their work, some element of business, communication or other real-world competency is taught in every one of our classes by our faculty.”

The addition of the new capstone coursework taught by business professionals promises to give MCA graduates a big advantage over many of their art school and 4-year college counterparts and represents a shift in the way the college is approaching student education. “We are going to measure MCA’s success as an institution by the success of our graduates,” said Jones.

Remy Miller, MCA’s dean and vice president for academic affairs, notes that other art colleges typically provide some type of professional practices class during a student’s senior year, “but not one that is integrated with outcomes reinforced throughout all four years of a student’s college career,” said Miller.  “We realized we had an opportunity to develop an entire program that would allow MCA students to really focus on developing both the skills and professional knowledge of their chosen discipline AND provide them with general business and life skills. And then we realized that our faculty were not the right people to impart the business information; we needed people who were professionals in those areas.”

This insight led to the formation of a partnership of MCA faculty and entrepreneurial professionals to develop the capstone course. President Jones recruited veteran human resource professional Patti Cherry, president of People-Results Connection, to chair the committee. “I really wasn’t sure what Ron had in mind when we started, but that didn’t matter,” said Cherry. “I have always loved MCA and am happy to have an opportunity to be involved in a project that will contribute to the long-term success of the college.”

Cherry quickly called on professionals with experience in different areas to suggest ideas that would complement and expand on course content developed by the MCA faculty. The team included Ginger Whelan, president of Whelan & Associates, a firm specializing in employee selection, retention and engagement and John Churchill, executive director of workforce development at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Working with Miller and faculty member Leandra Urrutia who will facilitate the classes, the committee developed the capstone course curriculum.

The curriculum was announced in a special forum at MCA on April 25.  ”We wanted the classes to be very hands-on and interactive,” said Miller. “Our students won’t get just a lecture about the basics; they will work on projects grounded in real life and taught by people that live the course content.”

President Jones notes that MCA’s P2 program is the only one of its kind. “Administrators from other AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) schools have remarked that they have not been able to muster sufficient faculty support to put such a program in place at their schools,” said Jones. “MCA has broken new ground and is leading the way.”


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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901-272-5111

June 10, 2014

Josh Brinlee, The Queen

Josh Brinlee Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Transformations by Josh Brinlee on June 13 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through July 20.

Brinlee received his MFA in Studio Arts from Memphis College of Art in 2012 and currently teaches studio foundation courses at both MCA and the University of Mississippi, where he was recently named to an Assistant Professor Foundations Coordinator position for the Fall 2014 semester. Brinlee currently resides in Memphis and continues to work with digital manipulation and appropriation in his work, examining the ideas of originality, authorship, identity, self and ownership within the digital age.

“This idea of originality and authorship is not a new concept,” says Brinlee. “It is the basis for most appropriation artworks and we see this in the work of artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince. This concept is at the core of copyright laws and the artists who challenge them. Through digital manipulation, the images fall into fair use; according to copyright law, they have been “transformed.”

Brinlee says that the works in Transformations appropriate and reimagine historical feminine portraiture, breaking their attachments to provenance and representing themselves anew. The images are constructed from scanned segments of female portraits and allegorical painting from art history. They are layered and manipulated—only traces of the original scan can be seen.

“Female portraiture has been appropriated to show the archetypes used to define women, such as the visionary, the scribe, the mother, the femme fatale and the maiden,” says Brinlee. “The final prints subvert the context of the original portrait. The sitter of the portrait is no longer tied to their authorship, originality or ownership.”

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: Josh Brinlee, The Queen, 2014, digital collage, 16 x 20 inches


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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Director of College Communications
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(901) 272-5111

May 22, 2014

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“The Memphis Bridge” by Kathie Rupert

MCA Students Recognized by Methodist North Hospital

Memphis, Tenn. — Methodist North Hospital will hold the Walking in Memphis Art Appreciation Event on June 5 to recognize Memphis College of Art students Terri Scott, Dezmond Gipson, Laura Miller, Kathie Rupert, Maysa Sem and Barrett Smyth. The students created Memphis-themed art pieces for Methodist North Hospital’s Total Joint Center as part of an MCA Give Back project.

“The idea was for the students to create artwork based on Memphis landmarks that patients could walk toward after their hip or knee replacement,” said Carrie Brooks, MCA’s director of career services and head of the Give Back program.  “The original idea was a mural, but it later evolved into the students creating individual pieces, which would allow for the artwork to change locations depending on the needs of the Center and also allow the students to work in their preferred medium,” said Brooks.

Many of Memphis’ most treasured landmarks are featured in the artwork. Terri Scott created artwork depicting the Pink Palace and Beale Street, while Barrett Smith painted the Liberty Bowl and the Pyramid. Dezmond Gipson turned his talents to Graceland, Maysa Sem and Laura Miller collaborated in a tribute to the Memphis Zoo, and Kathie Rupert chose the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River as her subject

The reception will be held on Thursday, June 5 from 3–5 p.m. in the lobby of the Total Joint Center of the Methodist North Hospital, 3960 New Covington Pike.

Photo: The Memphis Bridge by Kathie Rupert


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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May 14, 2014

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“I’m Afraid To Leave My House” by Carl Moore

Carl Moore’s Uncommon Ground To Open In Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Uncommon Ground, an exhibition of work by Carl Moore. The exhibition will be on view from May 17 through July 27 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

Moore, who was born in Canton, Miss., earned both his BFA and MFA at Memphis College of Art and currently lives and works in Memphis as a professional artist and designer. Moore considers his art a form of visual communication, utilizing simplicity and depth to express modern, social and economic conditions that affect people’s lives on a daily basis. By taking advantage of current events and themes, Moore creates a connection between the personal and the public with the use of color and composition to express mood, beliefs and ideas. Moore cites Jacob Lawrence, Stewart Davis, Salvador Dali, Charles White and Michelangelo as artists that have influenced his work.

Uncommon Ground explores the questions and ideas of everyday life, based on the way we live and interact as a collective social group,” says Moore. “It examines the ideology that things are not always as they seem. Up is not always high. Down is not always low. Dark is not always bad. White is not always good. The exhibition attempts to show those areas where we are the most comfortable and content with where we are in our surroundings, but challenges our awareness of the unsettling changes that take place day to day.”

The Alumni Gallery is open for viewing on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Photo: Carl Moore, I’m Afraid To Leave My House, acrylic and graphite on canvas panel, 9” 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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Contact: Susan S. Miller
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs
tel: 901-272-5152 :: 1-800-727-1088
cell: 901-283-0107

Commencement Rain Plan

Our plan is to commence on the lawn at Levitt Shell at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 10th, however we want to take the extra precaution of advising you of our rain plan.  If inclement weather absolutely prevents an outdoor ceremony (i.e. thunder, lightening, torrential downpour), we will move indoors to Memphis College of Art’s Callicott Auditorium.  Each graduate will receive three tickets for confirmed seating—all other seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  We will not move the ceremony for a light rain– in that case we recommend appropriate footwear and umbrellas for outside.

In the event of moving to Callicott Auditorium, the ceremony will begin at 10:20 a.m.  Students should gather outside the side door (near metals) to process into the auditorium at 10:20 a.m. down the center aisle in rehearsed order.  Reserved seats for students will be in the center rows of the auditorium.

Please let your attending family and friends know!  We will post ceremony changes and information as it becomes available or make this information available through our security office at 901-507-3030 by 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  The Commencement reception will be held in the upper and lower galleries of Rust Hall immediately following the ceremony.

Best wishes, The Commencement Committee

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May 9, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces Best In Class 2013 / 2014 Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The most innovative and creative undergraduate artwork of the past academic year will be featured in a summer exhibition at Memphis College of Art. Best in Class 2013/2014 will be on view from May 17 to July 11 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

MCA faculty selected works for inclusion from Foundations, Photo, Illustration, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sequential Narrative, Ceramics, Sculpture, Metals, Graphic Design and Digital Media. In addition, Dean and VP for Academic Affairs Remy Miller and Coordinator of Exhibitions and Lectures Cat Pena will nominate a “Best in Show” winner, which carries a $250 award.

Artists include: LeKeishya Alexander, Lyman Anderson, Julie Bartlow, Colton Berretta, Robby Berretta, Nialah Brathwaite, George Brooks, Christian Brown, Glenn Buxton, Shoni Campbell, Kelly Cook, Elizabeth Davis, Cara DiStefano, Kandace Fuller, Vanessa Gonzalez, Ben Hancock, David Hook, Natalie Jackson, Mathew Kaminski, Machel Kazungu, Spencer Laws, Zachary Lyles, Emily Miller, Joni Miller, Laura Miller, Caenina Moore, Jefferson Muncy, Samantha Nemazie, Margaret Perez, Cecilia Reed, Ashlyn Richey, April Rodriguez, Philip Rule, Carolina Salcedo, Mary Shore, Barrett Smyth, Rachel Stovall, Joshua Strydom, Lindsey Sullinger, Alexander Swilley, Jade Thiraswas, Matthew Ton, Nicole Trimble, Jessica Vandenberg, Mary Weber, Amanda Weidman, Aminah Williams and Ruby Zielinski.

Gallery hours for Rust Hall are 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and noon–4 p.m. on Sundays.


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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May 1, 2014

Ann Markusen 

Markusen To Deliver MCA Commencement Address

Dr. Ann Markusen will deliver the Commencement Address for Memphis College of Art’s Commencement Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. Markusen is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on utilizing artists, arts organizations, cultural industries and cultural activity as economic and quality-of-life stimulants in cities and communities.

Markusen is Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Arts Economy Initiative and PRIE engage in research and policy advising on artists, cultural industries, and arts and cultural organizations, exploring the intersection between culture and urban/regional development policy. Major publications include:

  • California’s Arts and Cultural Ecology (2011) which analyzes the size, location, focus, governance, economic impact and arts participation rates of more than 10,000 California arts and cultural nonprofits and the artists who work for them.
  • Creative Placemaking (2010) a white paper for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the National Endowment for the Arts documenting successful arts and culture-based projects, often artist initiated, in Cleveland, Buffalo, Portland and San Jose that brought together partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors to strategically shape the physical and social character of their areas around arts and cultural activities.
  • Native Artists: Careers, Resources, Space, Gifts (2009) documents the economic and cultural contributions of Native artists probing how artists’ vision, training, employment and self-employment, access to space and resources, location, and commitment to community affect their ability to make a living from their work, and recommends how artists, arts resource/space managers, tribal leaders, casinos, funders, city leaders and Native arts organizations can work together to raise the visibility and impact of Native work.
  • Crossover: How Artists Build Careers Across Commercial, Nonprofit and Community Work (2006) explores how artists in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas combine work in commercial, not-for-profit, and community spheres based on survey results and four dozen profiles of visual and performing artists, musicians, and writers.

Markusen received her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Economics from Michigan State University. She has held faculty positions at Colorado, California Berkeley, Northwestern, and Rutgers Universities. Markusen occupied the Harvey Perloff Chair at UCLA, 2005-08, the U.K. Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Mackintosh School of Architecture Urban Lab, Glasgow, Scotland, 2010-11 and was an A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, 2007-14, Winner of the 2006 William Alonso Prize in Regional Science, she served as North American Regional Science Association President, as a Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, and as AAAS Science, Engineering and Public Policy Committee Chair. She is a frequent public speaker and advisor to universities, public agencies, policymakers and nonprofit arts organizations across the U.S. and in Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia and Brazil. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project.


 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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April 28, 2014

Ann Markusen

MCA Commencement Speaker Ann Markusen To Participate in Creative Entrepreneurship Discussion

Discussing Economic Opportunity
Friday, May 9
2–4 p.m.
Start Co., 88 Union Avenue, 2nd Floor
Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artists-make-interesting-entrepreneurs-tickets-11378544533

Memphis is filled with artists and cultural innovators—let’s turn these passions into economic opportunity. Mayor Wharton’s Office of Talent and Human Capital and Start Co. invite you to join us for a reception and dynamic conversation about the role of cities in supporting creative entrepreneurship.

The discussion will feature Dr. Ann Markusen (www.ann.markusen.com), Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her work focuses on artists, arts organizations, cultural industries, and cultural activity as economic and quality-of-life stimulants in regions and cities. Dr. Markusen will engage with some of the leaders of our local entrepreneurial landscape, including Eric Matthews, founder & CEO, Start Co., Carlton Crothers, CEO, Emerge Memphis and Steve Bares, President & Executive Director, Memphis Bioworks Foundation.


About Ann Markusen:

Professor Ann Markusen is Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Arts Economy Initiative and PRIE engage in research and policy advising on artists, cultural industries, and arts and cultural organizations, exploring the intersection between culture and urban/regional development policy. Major publications include:

California’s Arts and Cultural Ecology (2011) which analyzes the size, location, focus, governance, economic impact and arts participation rates of more than 10,000 California arts and cultural nonprofits and the artists who work for them.

Creative Placemaking (2010) a white paper for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the National Endowment for the Arts documenting successful arts and culture-based projects, often artist initiated, in Cleveland, Buffalo, Portland and San Jose that brought together partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors to strategically shape the physical and social character of their areas around arts and cultural activities.

Native Artists: Careers, Resources, Space, Gifts (2009) documents the economic and cultural contributions of Native artists probing how artists’ vision, training, employment and self-employment, access to space and resources, location, and commitment to community affect their ability to make a living from their work, and recommends how artists, arts resource/space managers, tribal leaders, casinos, funders, city leaders and Native arts organizations can work together to raise the visibility and impact of Native work.

Crossover: How Artists Build Careers Across Commercial, Nonprofit and Community Work (2006) explores how artists in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas combine work in commercial, not-for-profit, and community spheres based on survey results and four dozen profiles of visual and performing artists, musicians, and writers.

Markusen received her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Economics from Michigan State University. She has held faculty positions at Colorado, California Berkeley, Northwestern, and Rutgers Universities. Markusen occupied the Harvey Perloff Chair at UCLA, 2005-08, the U.K. Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Mackintosh School of Architecture Urban Lab, Glasgow, Scotland, 2010-11 and was an A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, 2007-14, Winner of the 2006 William Alonso Prize in Regional Science, she served as North American Regional Science Association President, as a Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, and as AAAS Science, Engineering and Public Policy Committee Chair. She is a frequent public speaker and advisor to universities, public agencies, policymakers and nonprofit arts organizations across the U.S. and in Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia and Brazil. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project.


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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