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April 26, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Announces Digital Media Senior Showcase

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host the annual Digital Media Senior Showcase on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in Rust Hall’s Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The event is free and open to the public, and will showcase films created by seniors in the Digital Media and Animation programs.

The showcase will feature a collection of 8 films by students Elyssa Davis, David Hook, Melanie Morrison, Charles Scaife, Roxanne Simmers, Mary Beth Weber, Amanda Weidman and Sean Winfrey. In addition to featuring work by MCA’s graduating seniors, the event will showcase five films by underclassmen as a preview to the future work and talent to come from the Digital Media and Animation programs.

Before the start of each film, the artist will give a presentation about their film and the development of their work as a whole. Guests will also have the opportunity to see the student’s process and development of the film before viewing the final version. “The showcase is always a great opportunity to highlight the impressive quality of work created by students in MCA’s cinema and animation programs,” said Instructor Katie Benjamin Steed.


 

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 22, 2016

Graphic_I HEART ART Memphis College of Art Announces I HEART Art Scholarship Contest Winners

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual I HEART Art Scholarship Contest. The contest took place earlier this year through an online submission process, and was open to all Tennessee high school seniors.

Contestants had the opportunity to win up to $10,000 in scholarship awards to MCA for the 2016 fall semester by submitting 10 original pieces from their portfolio and an essay statement discussing their passion for art. A faculty committee juried the submissions and selected the winners based on a combination of demonstrated artistic skill and writing proficiency.

The first place $10,000 scholarship was awarded to Cecily Salyer of Goodlettsville, Tenn. Second place was awarded to Logan Hamilton, a native Memphian, who will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The third place scholarship prize of $2,500 was awarded to Kayla Jones, also from Memphis. Five honorable mention awards of $500 were given to Gretchen Pederson of Memphis, Briana Gilmer of Arlington, Aaron Boyd of Germantown, Aiyana Kline of Gautier, Miss. and Jamal Sharif of Cordova.


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 15, 2016

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 Graduate MFA Programs to Host Open House April 29

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Memphis College of Art will host an MFA Open House for prospective students on Friday, April 29 from 6–9 p.m. in the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place concurrently with the reception in Hyde Gallery for Hueman: MFA Thesis Exhibition.

Guests attending the Open House will have the opportunity to review their portfolio with a representative of the college, in addition to touring the studios of current MFA students. The tour will give guests an inside look at the various bodies of work by current MFA students, and will allow guests to interact directly with the students to discuss their program and scope of their work.

MCA offers Master of Fine Art degrees in Illustration, Metals, Painting/Drawing, Photography and Studio Art. All tracks are two-year programs and are considered the terminal degree for the studio disciplines. The coursework allows students to develop the critical and conceptual structure of their work, with the support of advisors and elective studio and criticism classes. All MFA students complete work in an individual studio space for the duration of their program.

More information about Memphis College of Art’s MFA Programs can be found online at mca.edu.


 

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

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April 15, 2016

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 Memphis College of Art Presents Côte d’Azur, France at Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents Côte d’Azur, France, an exhibition of work from students and faculty who recently traveled to France’s Mediterranean coast, April 29–June 5 at the MCA Gallery in Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The artists will host a reception on Friday, May 6 from 5–6:30 p.m.

Côte d’Azur is the result of an 8-day trip to Southern France that MCA students, faculty, and alumni took last month over Spring Break. The trip submerged travelers into a landscape characterized by a mild climate with clear skies, dramatic scenery and lush gardens—sights that once inspired some of history’s most famous artists including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall and Paul Cézanne, among many others.

The featured artists developed sketches from their trip into completed works of art for this exhibition. Artists include MCA students Darcie Beeman-Black, Abbey Bratcher, Heather Coleman, Shelley Doss, Elaine Fleming, Alison Johnson, Emily Martinez, Lindsey Mashburn, Jeremiah Mills, Katie Schwehr, Kayla Selby and Noah Simon, as well as Instructor Adam Hawk and several other artists who traveled with the group.

All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours for Côte d’Azur are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Group photo taken at the Musée Picasso in Antibes, France


 

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 12, 2016

Photo credit: Liz Liguori, courtesy of Sally Mann

Photo credit: Liz Liguori, courtesy of Sally Mann

Memphis College of Art Announces Visiting Artist Sally Mann Book Reading & Signing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Visiting Artist Sally Mann, internationally acclaimed photographer and New York Times bestselling author, for a book reading and signing event on Monday, May 9 from 7–9 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. Mann will read excerpts from her recent book HOLD STILL: A Memoir with Photographs at 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, with a reception and book signing to follow at 8 p.m. in the Main Gallery. The event is free and open to the public, and copies of HOLD STILL may be purchased that evening.

In HOLD STILL, Mann’s prose matches the artistry of her photographs. By entwining visual and narrative story, Mann creates an original form of personal history that features the drama of a novel, but is rooted in the details of her life and family history. Researching for the book, Mann set out to understand her parents—her emotionally reserved mother and her father, a doctor who was fascinated with death. She also looks into the lives of her husband’s parents, described as “social climbers from the North.” Mann’s abiding subjects and concerns of family, race, mortality and the landscape of the American South are portrayed in the book as almost genetic predisposition, inherited from the “colorful characters” in her family line. In the memoir, Mann discovers how the actions of generations past continue to reverberate in her life and work today.

Born in Lexington, Va., Mann is best known for her resonate landscape work and evocative portraits of her family. She has received numerous awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is featured in many collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Mann has also been the subject of two documentaries—Blood Ties (1994), nominated for an Academy Award in 1995, and What Remains (2007), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008. Mann is the author of many books including What Remains, Deep South, At Twelve, Immediate Family, Still Time, Proud Flesh and The Flesh and The Spirit. HOLD STILL was published by Little, Brown and Company in 2015 and has been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Support for Sally Mann’s visit to Memphis College of Art is generously provided by The Hohenberg Foundation.

Photo credit: Liz Liguori, courtesy of Sally Mann


 

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 6, 2016

Graduate Art Education Department to Host Open House April 13

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The graduate Art Education Department at Memphis College of Art will host an Open House for prospective students Wednesday, April 13 from 5–7 p.m. in the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. The event is free and open to anyone interested in becoming an art educator.

Guests attending the Open House will learn more about how MCA’s Art Education programs prepare students to become art educators in schools, museums and community organizations. Director of Art Education Programs Dr. Shannon Elliott and Assistant Professor Dr. Angela Christopher will present opportunities available to students through the program in combining studio practices with intellectual and professional experiences. Guests will also be able to speak directly with students currently enrolled in Art Education programs.

Memphis College of Art offers graduate-level programs for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Arts in Education (MAArtEd) degrees. Non-degree seeking programs include Transitional Licensure and Plus 30 Semester Hours. Artists and teachers in the programs learn to critically analyze and synthesize artistic and educational theory and practice. Courses are taught with the goal of equipping educators to teach like an artist by creating meaningful and relevant art experiences for their students.

More information about graduate Art Education Programs can be found online at mca.edu.


 

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

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April 5, 2016

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ArtsZone Scholars Create Uptown Mural on Future Site of
Greater Memphis Greenline

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s 2016 ArtsZone Scholars spent the past weekend painting a mural on a portion of the Greater Memphis Greenline, located at the corner of Marble Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

Lead artist and MCA Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle directed the project for the third consecutive year. This year’s design was inspired by local geography and nature, expressed through abstract shapes and vibrant colors. “We really wanted this project to celebrate the neighborhood, and make the area a place of connectivity for residents and other citizens of Memphis,” said Normoyle. Eventually this area will extend the Memphis Greenline further west, creating a connection for bikers and pedestrians from the Uptown and Mud Island neighborhoods to Shelby Farms.

The project was made possible by a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of the city. AutoZone’s funding for Memphis College of Art provided scholarships for five students from Shelby County: Dominique Carr, Elizabeth Hefner, Tomica Lake, Jacob Lambert and Cortez Totton.

Photos of the completed project can be found on MCA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart), and photos of the mural in progress may be found on Twitter (@memphisart).

Photo: Team with completed mural; from left to right: Elizabeth Hefner, Jacob Lambert, Vice President for Student Affairs Susan Miller, Cortez Totton, Lead Artist and Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle, Tomica Lake, Dominique Carr


 

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 1, 2016

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ArtsZone Scholars to Create Mural for Memphis Greenline

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The corner of Marble Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard will be a hub of activity this weekend (April 1–3) as five MCA students, under the direction of lead artist and MCA Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle, create a mural for the Greater Memphis Greenline.

The project is made possible through a grant from ArtsZone, a collaboration between AutoZone and ArtsMemphis to support public art projects in underserved areas of Memphis. The grant provides scholarships for five students, and provides an opportunity for professional development. Students named as 2016 ArtsZone Scholars include Dominique Carr, Elizabeth Hefner, Tomica Lake, Jacob Lambert, and Cortez Totton.

The wall on which the students will paint is owned by Iskiwitz Metals, a privately owned company specializing in commercial and industrial metal recycling. The owners of Iskiwitz Metals are assisting in preparing the wall for painting, and the Greater Memphis Greenline is sponsoring materials for the project.

In progress photos of the project will be posted throughout the weekend on Twitter (@memphisart) and Instagram (@memphiscollegeofart).

Photo: Projected worksite at the corner of Marble Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard


 

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April 1, 2016

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Memphis College of Art to Host Book Signing for Haley Morris-Cafiero’s The Watchers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host a book signing event for Associate Professor Haley Morris-Cafiero’s new book The Watchers, a collection of photographs from her world-famous Wait Watchers series. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place Wednesday, April 27 from 6–9 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. At the event, Morris-Cafiero will offer prints in special sizes and at prices exclusively available that evening, starting at $20 for a set of small prints. Copies of The Watchers will also be available for purchase, with an additional gift included at purchase.

In The Watchers, Morris-Cafiero highlights the wide variety of comments from online forums she has received in reaction to Wait Watchers. Negative comments such as “Quit eating donuts” appear next to others on the opposite end of the spectrum such as, “You gave me a little bit of faith in me again.” Rather than allowing the negative comments to dictate her self-confidence, Morris-Cafiero used the comments to inspire more of her work. The second half of Wait Watchers, titled Self-Improvement, includes shots of Morris-Cafiero doing the exact things that some commenters suggested would make her “better”—working out, trying on makeup and shopping for new clothes. The resulting photographs show that she was still met with critical stares and negative comments, even when taking part in activities that society said would make her acceptable.

Morris-Cafiero was inspired to begin the Wait Watchers series in 2010 as she was developing film from a trip to New York. She noticed in a photograph from Times Square that a man appeared to be sneering at her from behind. “It intrigued me that even though we were in the sensory overload capital of the world and he was being photographed by someone, he was fixated on me,” said Morris-Cafiero.

Her series reveals the implications for generations of children growing up in an age where social media rules the day—often characterized by body shaming or praising an ideal body type. Morris-Cafiero will visit the local Girls, Inc. chapter this month, as well as students in the Digital Media, Debate and Visual Arts classes at Hutchison School, to talk about her series and the importance of not allowing outside voices to shape personal image and value. A group from the Girls, Inc. chapter will also attend the book signing event.

Born in Atlanta, Morris-Cafiero is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1999. Nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2014 and a 2016 Fulbright finalist, Morris-Cafiero holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art from the University of Arizona. Morris-Cafiero’s photos have been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, and have been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines and online, including Le Monde, New York Magazine and Salon.

Photo: Haley Morris-Cafiero


 

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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March 31, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents Hueman: MFA Thesis Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents Hueman, the 2016 Spring MFA Thesis Exhibition, on view April 18–May 7 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception will take place Friday, April 29 from 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition features a variety of work from 9 MFA candidates: Victoria Barrera of Chicago; Katherine Corpe of Elkhart, Ind.; Suzie Hansen of Collierville, Tenn.; Lindsey Mashburn of Madison, Miss.; Danielle Meseika of Kings Park, N.Y.; Kayla Selby of Cleveland, Miss.; Shuai Tong of Yantai, Shandong province, China; and Jin Powell and Christine Whitlock, both from Memphis, Tenn. Work in the exhibition ranges from photographic prints and digitally manipulated paintings, to large-scale paintings and hanging installations.

The exhibition title Hueman has a double meaning. Each candidate’s work speaks to the human experience as individuals receive, translate and filter information that permeates life. Working in a wide range of media, the artists analyze the human experience from diverse perspectives. The resulting work is colored and characterized by these differences, ultimately speaking to the connection of individuals on opposite ends of the spectrum within the human experience.

Gallery hours for Hueman are Monday through Friday, noon–5 p.m. and Saturday, noon–7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.


 

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

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