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April 21, 2014

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“Their Sap” by Jenna David

Jenna David Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Strand by Strand by Jenna David on April 30 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through June 8. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 2, 6–7:30 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square.

David received her MFA in Studio Arts from Memphis College of Art in 2013 and she is currently an instructor at Christian Brothers University and MCA, teaching Surface Design, Book Making and Art History. David’s work explores and reinterprets literature and storytelling with special attention to roles of villains and personas of evil. Her work looks at how such stories can and do address contemporary evils, blending fibers, printing and bookmaking to reevaluate the good vs. evil dichotomy.

“This series explores contamination by placing its toxic role into that of an adversary,” says David. “Such an evil/villain role continues to intrigue me in its necessity for bringing about light and truth, in advancing hope and redemption.” The imagery in Strand by Strand references “Of the Darkening of Valinor,” a story in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. “Strand by Strand visually translates the contamination of the Trees, once sources of light, sucked dry and withered by the venom of the antagonist spider Ungoliant,” says David. “With printing, dyeing and embroidery on fabrics and papers, the organisms lose their light and blacken. Hand stitching and free motion embroidery with red threads further magnify the dimming organs in their loss of life, giving an intense emotionalism that references a more contemporary and personal evil for me that is found in disease and dementia. The similarity of root tissue and cellular forms is deliberate, and the layers of fabric and paper mingling and blurring are intended. Notions of memory loss in my family ironically linger the longest.”

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: Jenna David, Their Sap, transfer print, free motion embroidery on cotton voile and organza


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 18, 2014 

MCA Students Present The Art of Storytelling

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Eleven students from MCA Instructor Elaine Blanchard’s Storytelling class will present artwork and stories in The Art of Storytelling on Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m. at Theatre South, First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper.

As part of their class study, the students practiced improving their listening skills, visiting five groups of marginalized neighbors including homeless people, incarcerated women, adults with developmental disabilities, residents in long-term care facilities and men who were recently released after long periods of incarceration. They engaged in conversation with members of each group and then chose one person as the focus of their individual class project, creating artwork inspired by the powerful stories.

Blanchard teaches listening skills from experience—she is a storyteller, writer, nurse and ordained minister. She was recently recognized as the Vision Award Winner among the 2014 Women of Achievement for her project “Prison Stories,” in which female inmates were given the chance to tell their life stories as part of a play. As Blanchard explains, “Every person has value and a significant story to share.”


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 17, 2014

MCA Announces Artists for 2014 Biennial Alumni Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present the 2014 Biennial Alumni Exhibition from May 21 through July 26 in the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 30, 6–9 p.m. and a closing reception on Friday, July 25, 6–9 p.m.

Juror Richard Lou, chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Memphis, selected works from thirty-eight alumni for the exhibition. Artists include Melanie T. Anderson, Jennifer Barnett Hensel, Alla Bartoshchuk, Eric Beavers, Katie Benjamin, Wayne Edge, Hannah Evangeline King, Jason Falconer, Adam Farmer, Annette Fournet, Louis Giberson, Caroline Gustafson, Greg Gustafson, Jan Hankins, Dani Harris, Pam Hassler, Carlos Hooper, Jed Jackson, Jay McClellan, Katie McWeeney, Annabelle Meacham, Kevin Mitchell, Alex Paulus, Teresa Phipps, Elizabeth Pontvik, Deeann Rieves, John Robinette, Marc Rouillard, Jeanne Seagle, Garen Shrader, Michael Sloan, Eszter Sziksz, David Tempelhoff, Rebecca Tickle, Lance Turner, Ben Utigard, Brittany Vega, and Chloe York.

“Memphis College of Art has a stellar reputation, and it was good to personally see the rich abundance of alumni talent which is the backbone of that reputation,” said Lou. “It was invigorating to see the work of highly talented artists who share the same institutional history. It was very difficult to winnow down to the chosen participants because of the high quality of work. I was encouraged to see so much good work coming from MCA because we all participate with other members of our community to help create and redefine visual culture for our region. We are in good hands.“

The opening reception of the exhibition on May 30 will be tied to a weekend of alumni events, designed to encourage MCA alumni to reconnect with their classmates and network with other alumni who work in Memphis, the region and beyond. For more information, contact Shawna Engel, sengel@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, 2014 

Registration Now Open for MCA Summer Art Camp

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Registration is currently underway for Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp. More than 64 art courses will be offered for kids in kindergarten through high school in subjects including painting, drawing, photography, digital media and sculpture. Four weeklong camp sessions are scheduled for 2014: June 9-13, June 16-20, June 23-27 and July 7-11. Half-day and full-day sessions are available, with extended care available in the mornings and afternoons.

“We are offering so many interesting and creative camp courses this year,” said Cece Palazola, MCA’s director of community education. “There are classes where kids make 3D animals and dinosaurs, book and jewelry making, photography, metal sculpture—kids are sure to find something they’ll like.”  High school juniors and seniors interested in majoring in art in college may choose the portfolio development course as part of the camp, or opt for MCA’s residential Summer Academy program, which takes place July 13-26.

Palazola recommends early registration, as popular classes tend to fill up quickly. Registration can be done on the MCA website (mca.edu) where a full catalog of classes can also be found. Registration forms can also be submitted by fax to 901-272-5122 or in person at Gibson Hall, 1936 Poplar Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. For additional information, call 901-272-5142 or email commed@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, 2014 

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MCA Design Lab Unveils Finished Project at Audubon Center

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For the past year, the Design Laboratory at Memphis College of Art has been working with the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center to create multiple designs including a series of brochures, promotional video and a large-scale wall graphic for the Center’s Cotton Office. The completed designs and wall graphic will be on display at SPAC’s opening reception on Saturday, April 26, 1:30 p.m. at 285 Plains Road in Holly Springs, Miss.

The Cotton Office, a historical plantation office dating back to the mid-1800s, was donated by the John I. and Annie V. McAlexander family and moved to Strawberry Plains in 2005. The building was originally the plantation office of Major Josiah Patrick Milledge Stephenson, a cotton planter who purchased land adjoining Strawberry Plains in 1836. In 1894, Stephenson’s grandson, E.L. McAlexander, secured a post office for a general store that he was running in the old office. The store closed in 1932 and was the last remaining plantation office in Marshall County.

Strawberry Plains saw the potential of having the historic building on their site and developed preservation and fund-raising plans to renovate the building for the Center’s educational programs. SPAC contacted the MCA Design Laboratory in 2013 for assistance in creating an interior environment that reflected both the mission of the Center and the history of the building.

The Design Lab students began their project research with a visit to SPAC during the Fall 2013 semester. By semester’s end, they had completed the re-design of SPAC’s main brochure and their concept for the wall graphic, which brings elements of the outdoors inside through depictions of flying birds and trees and pays tribute to the heritage of the building with a series of antique-style picture frames. The Lab continued work in the Spring 2014 semester, designing two additional brochures, a promotional film and completing the installation of the wall graphic. “This project has been such a rewarding experience for all the students,” said Assistant Professor Hyuna Park. “They have learned not only how to design aesthetically pleasing graphics, but also how to work in a real-world environment. It has been a wonderful opportunity for The Lab to be involved in a project with such rich history.”

Photo: MCA Design Laboratory design for SPAC wall 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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April 4, 2014

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MCA Announces MFA Thesis Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of the 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Collidoscope, which will take place April 16 through May 10 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, April 25 from 6–9 p.m.

The exhibition features artwork from eleven MFA candidates including Rebecca Belz, Michelle Fair, Bridget Fowler, Eric Huber and Christopher “Shea” Snow from Memphis, Tenn.; Nicholas D’Acquisto, Finger, Tenn.; Evan Stanfield, Macon, Ga.; Thomas Green, Seattle, Wash.; Tyler Hildebrand, Cincinnati, Ohio, Margaret Blevins, Birmingham, Ala. and Jason Williams, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Works in the exhibition display a variety of media and concepts fostered through the MFA program. A recurring theme in the show is the idea of presenting traditional materials and techniques in a new form that contributes to the conversation of contemporary art, asking the question, “what is possible?”

Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–9 p.m. on April 25 for the opening reception. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.


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 4, 2014

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Leandra Urrutia Named as Emmett O’Ryan Award Recipient

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MCA Associate Professor of Fine Arts Leandra Urrutia was announced as the recipient of the 2014 Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration in a ceremony held February 26 at the offices of ArtsMemphis. The “Emmett,” which honors Emmett O’Ryan, founding board member of Metropolitan Bank, is awarded annually to a visual artist recognized for their current work and the promise of future artistic significance.

Head of Ceramics at MCA, Urrutia’s work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and she is currently working to establish a residency and exchange with Chinese master sculptors from the Guangxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China.

Other nominees for the 2014 award included MCA Assistant Professor and Head of Photography Haley Morris-Cafiero and MCA alumnus Adam Farmer as well as Emmanuel Amido, Virginia Fisher, Rachel Grant, Nick Pena and Bobby Spillman. The Emmett trophy was designed and created by MCA Assistant Professor of Metal Arts and Sculpture Bill Price.

Additional information can be found on the ArtsMemphis website at: http://www.artsmemphis.org/grants-services/emmett-oryan-award-for-artistic-inspiration/

Photo: MCA President Ron Jones (left) with Emmett O’Ryan Award recipient Leandra Urrutia (right).


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 3, 2014 

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MCA Presents Jill Wissmiller In Special Faculty Lecture

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present Jill Wissmiller, associate professor and head of digital media, in a special lecture on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wissmiller is a Midwestern farmer’s daughter transplanted to the Midsouth. Her video work has been screened at a variety of venues, both nationally and internationally, including the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, the Moscow International Film Festival and the Electrofringe New Media Arts Festival in Australia. Most recently, one of Wissmiller’s glittered video portraits, The Gilding of Lily, was on view in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery as part of the 2013 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Fixed desire is the through line for much of Wissmiller’s research and creative work, which is concentrated on nontraditional cinema spectatorship and production.

Photo: Jill Wissmiller, “The Gilding of Lily,” video still


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 25, 2014

MCA Art Education Program Receives ArtsMemphis Grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Art Education Program at Memphis College of Art has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the ArtsMemphis 2014 Community Arts Engagement Fellowship program.

ArtsMemphis launched the Community Arts Engagement Program in 2012, with the generous support of the Assisi Foundation, to widen and deepen access to the arts, especially in communities whose residents have little or no access to them. Fellowship Grants within the program focus on developing grantees’ internal capacity and structures needed to support the Community Arts Engagement focus and build a culture of quality, access and collaboration.


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 27, 2014

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MCA Announces Spring BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the Spring 2014 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 3–21 with a reception on Friday, April 11, 6–8 p.m. Part II will be on view from April 25–May 10 with a reception on Friday, May 2, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition features works from 49 BFA candidates and includes a variety of media from painting to sculpture to digital media.

Artists for Part I include: Colton Berretta, Chris Blackall, Kelli Black, Dana Finimore, Crystal Foss, Shenequa Fowler, Kaitlyn Garrett, Anthony George, Kayla Golden, Suzie Hansen, Stephanie Hemker, Sam Herwehe, Braden Hixson, Carl Jefferson, Herbert Joyce, Jr., Timothy Joyner, Ashlyn Larmeu, Alexandra Lee, Taylor Lindhorst, Robert McElhaney, Emily Miller and Britni Morgan.

Artists included in Part II are: Christa Barnett, Erica Bottger, Emily Chaplain, Signe Johnson, Machel Kazungu, Rhianna Lee, Kassandra Line, Olivia Miles, Laura Miller, Jason Moning, Jeff Muncy, Willie Nelson, Sinead O’Brien, Aubrey Palermo, Katherine Reed, April Rodriguez, Philip Rule, Dylan Rutherford, Brittany Santos, Natalie Schuh, Terri Scott, Maysa Sem, Christopher Simmons, Zoe Taiani, Mary Tuttle, Courtney Whitlow and Taylor Wilson.

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: 2014 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.

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