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Feb. 2, 2016

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Memphis College of Art Presents the Graduate 2016 Art Education Thesis Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents the 2016 Art Education Thesis Exhibition, on view Feb. 15–March 8 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception will take place Friday, Feb. 26 from 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition features the work of 5 candidates pursuing their Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Art Education degrees, and are expected to graduate this spring. The show signifies the culmination of their program and will feature a variety of media, including painting, drawing and photography.

Candidates include Stacy Artress, Shatara Ferguson, Brandon Karnes, Jorden Miernik-Walker and Heather Wallace, all from Memphis, Tenn.

Hyde Gallery hours 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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Due to treacherous road conditions, the Community Education department has announced the cancellation of Saturday School classes on Saturday, Jan. 23. Contact commed@mca.edu with questions.

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Due to inclement weather conditions, MCA will be closed on Friday, January 22. All classes and scheduled activities are canceled and administrative offices are closed. Studios will be open, but the shuttle service will not run. Additional updates will be posted here.

 

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Memphis College of Art will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We will re-open on our usual schedule on Tuesday, January 19.

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Jan. 8, 2016

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 Memphis College of Art Announces Adam Hawk’s An Exploration in 3D Printing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces An Exploration in 3D Printing, an exhibition of work by MCA Instructor Adam Hawk, Jan. 15 through Feb. 21 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.

The rise of 3D printing technology has revolutionized industries around the world, and the possibilities only increase within an era of rapidly growing technology. With experimentation already occurring in medical, automotive and aerospace industries, visual artists have also begun to experiment with how the technology could impact the scope and scale of their work. Hawk began working with the 3D printer in 2009 for his work in metalsmithing and sculpture. He designs each piece on a computer with 3D modeling software programs. From there he prints the designs to the 3D printer as plastic parts, which he uses to create molds and cast the sculpture in bronze.

Hawk’s work is inspired by urban and natural settings, and plays with the relationship between digital artwork, metalsmithing and sculpture. “As an artist I have always been attracted to a variety of two-dimensional art; however, my passion lies within the techniques and processes metalsmithing has to offer,” Hawk said. “In this work, I have begun to explore the relationship between digital and physical sculpture, satisfying my urge to work and think in all dimensions.”

Hawk received his BFA degree at MCA in sculpture in 2003, and later earned his MFA in metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2008. He is currently a fulltime instructor at MCA, teaching 3D Design and Printing, Metalsmithing and a Spring Break Travel Abroad Workshop. His work has recently been exhibited at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis., and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.

Gallery hours for An Exploration in 3D Printing are Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights. For more information visit mca.edu.

Photo: Adam Hawk, “3DP3,” bronze cast from 3D print, limestone, 32” x 4” x 4”, 2015


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, 2016

John Medwedeff Confluence
Memphis College of Art Presents Visiting Artist John Medwedeff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents John Medwedeff, a nationally recognized metals sculptor and owner of Medwedeff Forge & Design, as the next artist in MCA’s Visiting Artist lecture series. Medwedeff will present a lecture titled The Business of Surviving as an Artist on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from noon–1 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture will provide information about business practices for artists and applying for public art commissions, and will be followed by a brief question and answer session. Medwedeff will also discuss his experiences creating large-scale public art sculptures. During his campus visit, Medwedeff will interact with graduate students in their studios and host group discussions with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Medwedeff first began working with metals after taking a blacksmithing class at the Memphis Academy of Arts (now MCA) in the early 1980s. “With my first hammer blow on hot iron, I recognized the connection between metalsmithing and sculpture,” said Medwedeff. After disagreeing with the Art Academy director at the time over his blacksmithing efforts and its future in fine art, Medwedeff began attending the University of Memphis. While enrolled at the University of Memphis, Medwedeff applied for and was accepted into an internship program at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, only a few years old at the time after opening its doors in 1979. Medwedeff eventually completed his BFA degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1986, and also earned his MFA degree there in 1991.

After finishing his education, Medwedeff opened a studio in Murphysboro, Ill. and began producing large-scale sculptures for both public and private commissions. His work is inspired by waterways, plant life and the general outdoors, and maintains a harmonious relationship between form and function. “The large scale sculptures, while not necessarily forged, are driven by my blacksmith’s desire to reshape the metal and make the surfaces my own,” said Medwedeff. “The decorative art pieces blend my creative vision with utilitarian purpose, and to that end I find a beautiful symmetry between form and function.”

Notable sculptures completed by Medwedeff include a sculptural arch for the Illinois State Fairgrounds completed in 1996; a shade structure titled “Whirl” in the Mississippi Riverfront Park, commissioned by the City of Memphis through the UrbanArt Commission in 2001; and “Apex,” a bronze sculpture commissioned in 2013 by the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

All MCA Visiting Artist lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: John Medwedeff, “Confluence”, 26.5’ x 9’ x 19’, steel, Nashville, Tenn., 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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Dec. 18, 2015

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Memphis College of Art to Host National Portfolio Day in Metairie

NEW ORLEANS— Memphis College of Art will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Jan. 16 from noon–4 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport Hotel, 6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie, La.

National Portfolio Day is an educational event for young artists held at colleges and other locations throughout the United States and Canada. Portfolio Day brings together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their schools. The event provides a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art college. At this year’s event, students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and representatives from 19 different art colleges.

The schedule for the day is as follows:
11 a.m.–noon: Registration
Noon–4 p.m.: Portfolio Reviews

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 and consists of representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), which represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada.

For additional information, visit mca.edu or contact the MCA Admissions office at 800-727-1088. More information on the NPDA national schedule is available at portfolioday.net.


 

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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Dec. 18, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents Sunset/Sunrise: Work from Studio Nong

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is pleased to present Sunset/Sunrise, an exhibition of work by artists in the Studio Nong International Collective and Residency Program, Jan. 8–Feb. 5 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception will take place Friday, Jan. 29 from 6–9 p.m. The artists will also present a gallery talk on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m.

Sunset/Sunrise will feature over 50 sculptural and paper works from the artists and educators included in the Studio Nong Artist Collective—Leandra Urrutia, associate professor at MCA; Jessie Fisher, Misty Gamble and Scott Seebart, professors and instructors from the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI); and Zhenhai He, Shanwu Huang, Bangmin Nong and Jigang Qin, professors from the Guangxi Arts Institute in China. The response Urrutia received after the initial SunRise/SunSet exhibition in 2014, which featured work by the American artists from their residency in China, led her and the KCAI artists to pursue a stateside residency. “Numerous faculty and students told me how the art stirred them creatively and culturally. Their enthusiasm and my interest in the project inspired us to develop a reciprocal artistic exchange in the United States,” said Urrutia, who helped establish the inaugural Studio Nong Residency in 2013 through her receipt of the ArtsMemphis 2014 Emmett O’Ryan Award.

The dream of bringing He, Huang, Nong and Qin to the United States became reality during the summer of 2015 with a 6-week studio residency focused on artistic collaboration and cultural exchange of traditions. The residency started at MCA, and later traveled to KCAI for the remainder of the program. The work featured in Sunset/Sunrise is a direct result of this intensive residency, and includes work from all 8 artists.

Following the exhibition at MCA, Sunset/Sunrise will travel later in the year to KCAI and the Weinberger Fine Art Gallery in Kansas City, as well as the 50th Convention of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Transportation of the artwork is provided through a sponsorship from the FedEx Corporation. Gallery hours 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.

Photo (from left to right): Left: Misty Gamble, Scott Seebart (background), Jessie Fisher, Leandra Urrutia; Right: Jigang Qin, Zhenhai He (front), Bangmin Nong, Shanwu Huang


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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Dec. 16, 2015

Seahorse in Sequence

 Memphis College of Art Presents Shane McDermott’s Seahorse in Sequence:
Creating a Comic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Seahorse in Sequence: Creating a Comic by MCA instructor Shane McDermott in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be on view Jan. 6–27, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 15 from 6–8 p.m.

Seahorse in Sequence explores McDermott’s creative process through a selection of pages from his current young adult comics project, The Seahorse Chronicles. Set in the 1980s, the story follows two young brothers and their dog as they wield a seahorse-shaped talisman, which eventually transports them to a fantasy world full of adventures. McDermott conceived the auto-mythography as a love letter to his own childhood, one that playfully recalls fiction as fact. The exhibition reveals the visual development from his initial scribbles on paper, to black and white panels inked with a brush, and finally to vivid, digitally colored pages ready for print.

McDermott received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from MCA in 2005, and his MFA degree in Comics from the California College of the Arts in 2015. Shortly after earning his undergraduate degree, McDermott worked for the Commercial Appeal as a staff editorial illustrator. In addition to his work for the Commercial Appeal, McDermott has created illustrations for other local publications, posters for the Memphis Roller Derby, and educational comics for clients such as Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. McDermott currently teaches Comics and Illustration classes at MCA.

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

Photo: Shane McDermott, “The Seahorse”, 4.75” x 4.75”, ink and digital, 2012


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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Dec. 16, 2015

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Memphis College of Art Presents the Illustrators 57 Traveling Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents Illustrators 57, an annual juried exhibition by the Society of Illustrators, Jan. 6–26 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, Jan. 15 from 6–8 p.m.

Illustrators 57 features 40 pieces created throughout the year by artists around the world. The works were included in the original exhibition at the Society of Illustrators on Jan. 7–Feb. 28, 2015, and have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, theater posters, fashion labels, album artwork and advertisements for major corporations. This annual exhibition celebrated 57 years in 2015, and has been traveling for 34 years.

Jillian Tamaki, Illustrators Annual past chair, discussed the exciting changes in the illustration world with advances from the technological revolution. “Illustration used to be defined by context. Then the internet stripped illustration of that context which made us very unhappy and afraid,” said Tamaki. “More fundamentally, this reversal also untethered our notions of what illustration should look like, where it should live, and what it should do. As a result, the community, which is now thriving online, is deeper and more diverse than it has ever been. How thrilling to see illustration cross-pollinating with journalism, comics, design, art, animation, and other disciplines that barely have names yet.”

Artists featured in the exhibition include Pablo Amargo, Orit Bergman, Serge Bloch, Julianna Brion, Nigel Buchanan, Marc Burckhardt, Harry Campbell, Jun Cen, Joe Ciardiello, Josh Cochran, John Cuneo, Nicolas Delort, Peter Diamond, John S. Dykes, Jensine Eckwall, Gianluca Foli, Michael Glenwood Gibbs, Robert Hunt, Ricardo Liniers, Jeffrey Alan Love, John Martz, Simone Massoni, Bill Mayer, Roman Muradov, Keith Negley, Victo Ngai, Tran Nguyen, Lisa Perrin, David Plunkert, Richie Pope, Jon Reinfurt, Cun Shi, Yuko Shimizu, Dadu Shin, Mark Smith, Brian Stauffer, Jean Tuttle, Pieter Van Eenoge, Klaas Verplancke and Armando Veve.

Illustrators 57 was made possible with generous support from Susan S. Arney. 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. For more information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Robert Hunt, “Medusa”, oil (print)


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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