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.

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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.

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Feb. 9, 2015

Amy Howard 

MCA Announces Classes in Partnership with Amy Howard

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will partner with Memphis interior design entrepreneur Amy Howard to offer classes through MCA’s adult continuing education classes. Registration is currently underway for Howard’s two-day workshop, Rescue. Restore. Redecorate. which will be held Feb. 21 and 28, 1–4 p.m. at the Amy Howard Studio, 3674 Cherry Road, Memphis.

For more than 20 years, Howard built her luxury furniture manufacturing business in Memphis, developing, and later patenting, her own line of paints and finishes. “We throw away 8.5 million tons of furniture each year,” said Howard. “I have created my line of products so that we can give these old, discarded furniture pieces new life and my classes and workshops teach people how to build a business painting furniture and selling it.” Howard built a network of retailers across the country to sell her products and recently announced a partnership with Ace Hardware Corp. that will allow for a distribution of her product line nationally. She has been training retailers from around the world on how to use the Amy Howard at Home line so that they will be able to pass along their knowledge to the consumer.

Howard approached MCA with the idea of making her classes available through MCA’s adult community education program. “We thought it was a great opportunity,” said Cece Palazola, MCA’s director of community education. “We especially liked the idea that Amy teaches skills that can lead to starting a business—a concept that is integral to the curriculum at MCA.”

For Howard’s Rescue.Restore.Redecorate. workshop, students are asked to bring in their own piece of furniture that they will renovate during the class sessions on Feb. 21 and 28, learning painting, antiquing and waxing skills. Howard will also offer her two-day Building Wealth With Your Passion workshop on April 11 and 18, teaching the skills she has learned in building a marketable business from doing what you love.

For additional information on upcoming Amy Howard classes, contact MCA Community Education at 901-272-5142, email commed@mca.edu or visit www.mca.edu to register online.

Photo: Amy Howard


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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Feb. 5, 2015

SladeBishop-Moth_Man, screenprint 2014 

MCA Student Artwork Returns to James Lee House

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — History has come full circle, as artwork from students of Memphis College of Art once again adorns the walls of the James Lee House. MCA professor Maritza Davila will act as curator for a series of exhibitions of work produced by MCA students and faculty. The first exhibition, Return to the Academy, will mark the launch of the Gibson Gallery. The gallery is named in honor of J.W. and Kathy Buckman Gibson, co-owners of James Lee House, in recognition of their lifelong support of the arts in Memphis. “The shared history with the Memphis College of Art is one of the James Lee House’s many charms,” said J.W. Gibson, “and the opportunity to create art and cultivate artistic talent are such important parts of the rich history and quality of life in Memphis.”

The exhibition features the work of MCA printmaking students Elizabeth Escamilla, Margaret Davis, Heather Coleman, Alexandria Bell, Lyman Anderson, Slade Bishop and faculty members Davila and Eszter Sziksz. The work will be on view through Feb. 28 with an opening reception on Feb. 21, 5–7 p.m. that is open to the public.

Listed on the National Historic Register, the James Lee House began its life as a two-story farmhouse (now the north part of the building) in 1848, and in 1852 was purchased by banker Charles Wesley Goyer. Goyer added a second home, just adjacent to the original house and, in 1872 embarked on a major expansion that included joining the two structures, adding a third floor, a tower, and the home’s current Victorian façade. It was sold to James Lee, Jr. in 1890 and in 1929, Lee’s daughter donated the house to the City of Memphis to become the James Lee Memorial Art Academy, now known as Memphis College of Art. The college relocated to its current campus in Overton Park, designed by architect Roy Harrover, in 1959.

The James Lee House, which has recently reopened as a luxury bed and breakfast after sitting vacant for over 50 years, has been featured in articles in The Huffington Post and The New York Daily News. It was purchased from the City of Memphis for $1 by two members of the current ownership group, José Velazquez and his wife Jennifer. They then began their painstaking restoration effort, preserving much of the home’s historic details. After more than a year and approximately $2.1 million, the new James Lee House had its grand reopening on April 17, 2014.

“It is so exciting to return to our roots at the James Lee House,” said Davila. “The idea of featuring artwork by MCA students and faculty in this space is absolutely perfect and opens many creative possibilities for the Memphis community.”

Photo: Slade Bishop, Moth Man, screen print, 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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Feb. 4, 2015

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Jed Jackson’s “Excuse Me…” in MCA Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art presents Jed Jackson’s Excuse Me…Some paintings from Jed Jackson from the past 10 years, on view Feb. 15 through March 27 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 6–8 p.m.

Jackson says that over the years his paintings have coalesced around two dominant concerns: first, the creation of images which mine history and culture for meaningful metaphors, critique and commentary, and secondly, the continuing development of techniques that, although traditional in inception, stretch the possibilities of representation as a contemporary aesthetic practice. “My gouache paintings originate in a phrase or idea presently finding currency in the mass media, either print or electronic,” said Jackson. “Through drawing, the idea is translated into a design linking image and text to create an often biting or humorous commentary.”

Jackson received his BFA from Memphis College of Art and his MFA from Cornell University and has taught Painting, Art History, Art Theory and Criticism, and Humanities courses at the college level for 35 years. He is currently professor of painting at the University of Memphis, where he served as chair of the Art Department from 1999-2006. Jackson is also the author of the book Art: A Comparative Study.

Gallery hours for the Excuse Me… 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: Jed Jackson, “Horsey,” 2014, oil on panel, 18” x 18”


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

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

Untitled, Wesley Ortiz 

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

 Ben Utigard-All Flowers

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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