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

March 25, 2015

JamesWilliamson 

Visiting Artist James Williamson at Memphis College of Art

Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present a lecture by University of Memphis Associate Professor of Architecture James Williamson on Thursday, April 9,
7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. Williamson, a student of renowned architect and teacher Louis Kahn, will examine Kahn’s intuitive approach to design, exploring the relationship between creativity and the unconscious.

“Kahn was not only an architect of powerful buildings; he was also an unconventional teacher, a philosopher whose influence on his students was far-reaching,” said Williamson. “Through a synthesis of Kahn’s approach and the insights of existential psychology, the lecture will suggest a strategy for making Kahn’s theories more accessible for teachers and students, creating new pathways for creativity in today’s art and architecture classrooms.”

Williamson holds two Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Kahn. He was later an associate with the renowned Philadelphia firm, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. During some 30 years of professional practice in his own firm in Memphis, he received over 30 architectural design awards at the local, regional and national levels. His buildings and articles have been published internationally. In 2005, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in recognition of his notable contributions in architectural design and education, and in 2014 he received the AIA’s Edward S. Frey Award for career contributions to religious architecture and support of the allied arts. Williamson has held leadership positions in both the AIA and Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA). Professor Williamson is the author of two novels: The Architect and The Ravine, as well as Kahn at Penn: Transformational Teacher of Architecture, published by Routledge in March 2015.

Photo: James Williamson 


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

About Louis I. Kahn:
Louis Isadore Kahn was born in Russia in 1901. His family emigrated to the United States in 1906 and he became a naturalized citizen in 1914. Kahn was a renowned American architect and professor of architecture at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He created a style that was both monumental and monolithic and is considered one of the most influential architects and teachers of the twentieth century. He was awarded the AIA Gold Medal, the highest award given by the AIA, and his work includes the National Assembly Building (Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban) in Dhaka, Bangladesh; the Phillips Exeter Academy Library in Exeter, N.H.; The Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif.; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the Yale Center for British Art at Yale University, New Haven Conn.; and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, N.Y.

###

 

 

 

Back to the Top

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

March 23, 2015

Marc Rouillard-The Rivers Edge in Snow 

Marc Rouillard’s Commonplace in MCA Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art presents Commonplace by Marc Rouillard, on view April 1 through May 9 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 10, 6–8 p.m.

A native of the St. Louis area, Rouillard received an AFA in Graphic Communications from St. Louis Community College, a BFA in Advertising Design from the Memphis Academy of Art (now MCA) in 1983 and an MFA in Studio Art from Memphis College of Art in 2011. He has worked in the graphic design and illustration field for 26 years, and served as art director for the graphic design firm Langford & Caldwell for 20 years. Rouillard currently teaches foundations, drawing and painting at Memphis College of Art. His paintings have been shown in numerous group, solo and juried exhibitions and he is represented by the Jay Etkin Gallery in Memphis and Santa Fe.

“My paintings are based on a personal sense of space that has origins in my youthful passion for collecting butterflies, moths and other insects,” said Rouillard. “One of my favorite hunting grounds was Sunset Park, an 85-acre, hardwood-forested park perched on a bluff that ran down to and along the Missouri River. I’m attracted to nocturnal alleyways, and the river with its harbors, industrial moorings, barge traffic and bridges. These are ordinary places that some may feel unworthy of depiction, instilled with a feeling of anonymity. But anonymity speaks to the unknown, it is the mystery that transforms the prosaic into poetry.”

Gallery hours for Commonplace 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: Marc Rouillard, The River’s Edge in Snow, oil on linen panel, 24” x 18”, 2013-14


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

###

Back to the Top

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

March 23, 2015

2015 Spring BFA Graphic 

Memphis College of Art Announces 2015 Spring BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 2015 Spring BFA Exhibition, which will take place in the Main Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be presented in two parts. Part I will be on view from April 1-20 with a reception on Friday, April 10, 6–8 p.m. Part II will be on view from April 24–May 9 with a reception on Friday, May 1, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition features works from more than 50 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media from painting to sculpture to digital media.

Artists for Part I include: Robert Burns, Kandace Fuller, Cyril Henry, Ashley Homeyer, Joni Miller, Brittany Moore, Mathew Kaminski, Anna Lacy, Lance Loftin, Kai Myers, Ashlyn Richey, Hannah Rohrbacher, Katherine Rupert, Heather Smith, Barrett Smyth, Mary Stetson, Dimitri Stevens, Molly Van Roekel, Rachel Stovall, Lindsey Sullinger, Lauren Taylor, Monikai Tinson, Jessica Vandenberg, Artavius Veasey, D’Angelo Williams, and Dorlene Woods.

Artists included in Part II are: Lyman Anderson, Slade Bishop, Britney Boswell, George Brooks, Glenn Buxton, Mari-Anne Caldwell, Kelly Cook, Justin Daniels, Margaret Davis, Shelda Edwards, Kari Forinash, Kalon Fowler, Zara Garza, William Godfrey, Vanessa Gonzalez, Maxwell Harmon, Christopher Hill, Natalie Jackson, Jennifer Johnson, Whitney Kerr, Katyria Moore, Krystyne Rawls, Kayla Reid, Bianca Smith, Alexander Swilley, Jade Thiraswas, Patricia Trahan, and Bethany Wholihan.

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.

Photo: 2015 Spring BFA 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.

###

Back to the Top

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

March 12, 2015

 Gregory Euclide

Visiting Artist Gregory Euclide at Memphis College of Art

Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present American contemporary artist Gregory Euclide in a lecture detailing the development of his relief landscape work on Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture is sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation.

Euclide was born and raised in Wisconsin and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts/Studio Art and Bachelor of Arts in Education/Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh prior to moving to Minnesota, where he received his MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

His work explores nature and natural surroundings, often through mixed media assemblages that resemble landscape paintings. His work has been featured in The Nature of Nature at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2014-15, Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in 2008-09, Otherworldly at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2011, and was presented as a solo exhibition, Nature Out There, at the Nevada Museum of Art 2012

His work has been reviewed and featured in publications such as Art News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Ltd. Magazine, Hi Fructose Magazine and Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine. His work is also featured on the 2012 Grammy Award-winning album cover of the musical group Bon Iver and on the cover of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #43.

Euclide was awarded three Minnesota State Art Board Artist Initiative Grants through the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. In addition, he was a recipient of the 2011-12 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. 

Photo: Gregory Euclide


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

###

Back to the Top

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

March 12, 2015

Riepenhoff_Littoral_Drift 

Imaging Now: Collected Visions at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Imaging Now: Collected Visions, an exhibition of photography curated by Dani Cattan, is currently on view in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main, where it will continue through April 4. A reception will be held on Friday, March 27, 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition is comprised of works by seven photographers: Meghann Riepenhoff, Claire Gilliam, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Saul Robbins, Jean ‘Gino’ Miele, Whit Forrester, and Galina Kurlat who, together with Cattan, formed a bond at the March 2014 FotoFest. “FotoFest is an intensive portfolio event that brings curators, editors and other top players in the art world together to evaluate photographers in a series of brief meetings,” said Cattan. “It is an immersive and exhausting week, yet amongst the chaos, eight of us forged a connection and a unifying voice arose from this set of individuals. That voice speaks to the connection between what is perceived and what is reality–what is created and what is discovered–of impermanence and acceptance. These photographers all share an in-depth understanding of what we can and can’t control–how we express ourselves and how to digest what life has given us.”

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: Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift #05, unique cyanotype, 24” x 50”, 2013


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.

###

Back to the Top

Due to inclement weather, MCA will be closed on Friday, March 6. All classes and campus activities are cancelled and all staff offices are closed. Studios will be open, but there will be no shuttle service.

We will continue to post status updates here.

Back to the Top

Due to the threat of inclement weather, MCA will cancel all evening classes for this evening, Wednesday, March 4, beginning at 4:20 p.m.

Please check back later for news on the status of classes for tomorrow

Back to the Top

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

March 2, 2015

HornIsland2014digital 

MCA Partners with Walter Anderson Museum of Art for Horn Island Influences

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The celebration of the 30th anniversary of Memphis College of Art’s Horn Island program and exhibition continues this month with the opening of Horn Island Influences at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Miss. The exhibition will be on view March 6–May 31, with a reception scheduled for May 14.

Don DuMont, director of the Horn Island program says that WAMA has been a collaborator in the excursion for many years, hosting the excursion participants to the museum each year to immerse themselves in the work of Walter Anderson, an American artist who drew heavily on the natural scenery and wildlife of the island for his work. “We’re very excited about this,” said DuMont. “Our annual visits to the Museum to view the works of Walter Anderson have had an influence on our artists for decades now, so it was fantastic when the Museum reached out to us and offered to host an exhibition. This is the first time that works from the MCA Horn Island program will be exhibited at WAMA, so it’s a perfect way to celebrate our 30th anniversary.”

DuMont notes that while not a true retrospective, the exhibition features work from several decades. “There are pieces from the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as more recent work,” said DuMont. “Some of the featured works are those by Professor Emeritus Bob Riseling, founder of the Horn Island program, along with Bill Nelson, who assisted Bob in starting the program and Richard Prillaman, a now retired metals professor who participated with the program for many years.” Other artists include current students Glenn Fiscus, Slade Bishop, Langley Osborn and Robert Burns, alumni Amanda Nalley, Michelle Duckworth and Lisa Tribo and current faculty Adam Hawk, Leandra Urrutia, Marc Rouillard and DuMont.

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art is located at 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, Miss., 39564 and gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30–4:30 p.m. If you are planning an excursion to visit the exhibition and need additional information, call 228-872-3164, email wama@walterandersonmuseum.org or visit www.walterandersonmuseum.org.

 

Photo: Marc Rouillard, Horn Island Sentinel, Afternoon, watercolor, 2014


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

###

Back to the Top

MCA is closed today, Fri., Feb. 20 due to inclement weather. Opening receptions for “The Original Art” and Jed Jackson are rescheduled for Sat., Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m.

Back to the Top

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

Feb. 12, 2015

 The Original Art 2014-2015

The Original Art 2014-2015: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration                 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present The Original Art 2014-2015: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration, an annual juried exhibition from the Society of Illustrators in New York, from Feb. 16–March 16 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 6–8 p.m.

Founded in 1980 by illustrator and art director Dilys Evans, the exhibition celebrates its 32nd anniversary and showcases the original art from the year’s best children’s books. Selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors and editors, this year’s show features 40 pieces selected from the original exhibition held at the Society of Illustrators on Oct. 23–Dec. 20, 2014. Gold and silver medals, as well as a Founder’s Award recognizing the year’s most promising new talent in children’s book illustration, were awarded to Benjamin Chaud, The Bear’s Song (gold medal); Carson Ellis, Wildwood Imperium and Gary Keller, Harlem Hellfighters (silver medals); and Mike Curato, Little Elliott, Big City (Founder’s Award).

During the course of the exhibition, MCA will partner with the Memphis Public Library and Artistree/Wood & Strings Theatre to create interactive events for children. “There are so many activities taking place in conjunction with this exhibition,” said MCA Professor of Illustration Michele Noiset. “We are so happy to be able to work in partnership with these wonderful organizations.” All 40 of the represented books have been donated by the Memphis Public Library to be displayed and read throughout the exhibition. The library will also partner with MCA to offer a special story reading and craft construction, which is open to the public, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m. in the main gallery.

Through a touring grant from the TN Arts Commission, Artistree/Wood & Strings Theatre’s life-sized puppets, some over 8 feet tall, will remain on site for the duration of the exhibition. Additionally, they will present a special live performance followed by a workshop in puppet construction on March 14 from 1–3:15 p.m. The performance and workshop are free and open to the public, but due to limited space, registration is required by calling 901-272-5142. Sponsors for the exhibition are the Memphis Public Library and Power & Telephone Supply Company.

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

Photo: Exhibition graphic featuring Benjamin Chaud, The Bear’s Song; Carson Ellis, Wildwood Imperium; Mike Curato, Little Elliott, Big City


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

About the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in min-town Manhattan. It is open to the public Tuesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 12–4 p.m. to learn more about the Museum and the Society, visit www.societyillustrators.org or contact Executive Director Annelle Miller at 212-838-2560.

About Artistree/Wood & Strings Theatre
Artistree/Wood & Strings Theatre is a national touring company based in Tennessee that produces main stage theatrical events employing world-class forms of puppetry. In their 28 years of brining a story to life via imaginative figures set to motion, they have performed at thousands of venues. They have been on the TN Arts commission roster of teaching artists since 1988 and have twice been nominated for the Governors Award in the Arts. For additional information visit www.woodandstrings.net.

###

Back to the Top