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Nov. 18, 2014

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Eszter Sziksz’ Gently Expanding Universe in MCA Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present Eszter Sziksz’ Gently Expanding Universe, Nov. 25–Dec. 11 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, 6–8 p.m.

Sziksz, a European artist, has lived and traveled in countries in both Europe and Asia, and earned her BA degree from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary and her MFA degree from Memphis College of Art. Her work blends papermaking, installation and video elements and has been shown in regional and international exhibitions including the Santorini Biennale in Santorini, Greece; the Krakow International Print Triennial in Krakow, Poland; the Museo del Brigantaggio in Itri, Italy and ICEHOTEL in Sweden.

In Gently Expanding Universe, Sziksz’ works center around an unusual medium—ice. “My recent work is a transition between traditional printmaking and digital art,” said Sziksz. “The ice allowed me to work with slow movements in my videos.” Sziksz casts and freezes the ice sheets and then screen prints images, mainly portraits, on the surface. During the printing process, the ink freezes to the ice and, as the ice starts to melt under the image, the ink dissolves into water and starts to slowly fade away. “Life is the biggest miracle of all,” said Sziksz, “but it is restricted to a short time span. Life is fragile and fast and my goal is to capture the present moment in a longer period of time. Working and printing on ice allows me to step outside the everyday physical and chronological limitations—I can freeze and control time. It is amazing!”

Gallery hours for the Gently Expanding Universe 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: Eszter Sziksz, “Gently Expanding Universe,” ink on paper


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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Nov. 14, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces Fall BFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 2014 Fall BFA Exhibition, which will be on view from Nov. 25–Dec. 11 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception is scheduled for Dec. 5, 6–8 p.m.

The exhibition features works from ten students in a variety of media including painting, illustration, sculpture and digital media. The 2014 Fall BFA candidates are LaKeishya Alexander, Arlington, TN; Nialah Brathwaite, New Orleans, LA; Christian Brown, New Orleans, LA; Meagan Chaudoin, Monroe, LA; Lauren Taylor, Florence, AL; Jade Thomas, Houston, TX; Nicole Trimble, Franklin, TN; Olivia Weldon, Alexander, AR; Bethany Wholihan, Bartlett, TN and Aminah Williams, Memphis, TN.

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.


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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Nov. 6, 2014

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Leandra Urrutia Exhibition At Playhouse on the Square

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the opening of Leandra Urrutia’s exhibition, Pile, on Nov. 12 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will continue on view through Jan. 4.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Tex., Urrutia began drawing and sculpting at an early age, influenced by the rich culture and traditions of her Mexican American heritage. Her artwork addresses discordant elements of intimacy including attraction, repulsion and perseverance. Sculpture, installation and wall work dominate the body of her portfolio.

Urrutia exhibits her work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been awarded the “Emerging Artist” by the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration by ArtsMemphis. Her work is included in the Sandford M. and Diane Besser collection and is part of the Kinsey Institute’s permanent collection. Urrutia is Associate Professor of Studio Art at Memphis College of Art.

In her artist’s statement for Pile, Urrutia observes, “A well balanced life requires thoughtful diligence. As the desire to achieve surpasses what can be effectively handled, instability develops. Missteps and unsteadiness can send the equilibrium of life into upheaval. Regaining control means recalibrating attention. The routine of steadiness has the potential to keep pleasure and spontaneity at bay.”

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: Leandra Urrutia, detail, porcelain


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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November 5, 2014

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“Things That Were,” MFA Thesis Exhibition at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present Things That Were, the Fall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition from Nov. 21 to Dec. 13 in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main St. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The exhibition is comprised of the work of five artists: Lindsay Julian, Roann Mathias, Anna Roach, Rachel Sylvan and Matt Wening. The works and styles of the exhibition are varied: Julian’s sculptural works utilize natural or handmade objects to create forts, covered spaces and environments. Mathias and Sylvan are presenting large works on paper, with Mathias using calligraphic traditions and a modernist style of mark making, while Sylvan based her surrealist drawings on her own stream-of-consciousness writings. Roach and Wening created installations of photo-based work: Roach’s space, “Reliquaries,” includes her hyper-realistic paintings based on mistakes found in anonymous snapshots. Wening layers his own photographs with those taken by his grandfather in sculptural images about transcended memory.

Roach says that the title of the exhibition, decided upon by the artists, encompasses more than just ideas that deal with the past. “We all use things that occurred previously to make our present work and, curiously, we all emphasize the importance of the human hand, or manual processes.”

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: Bouquet, mixed-media collaborative sculpture by Lindsay Julian, Roann Mathias, Anna Roach, Rachel Sylvan and Matt Wening.


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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Nov. 4, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces 65th Annual Holiday Bazaar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces the 65th Annual Holiday Bazaar, which will take place Friday, Nov. 21, 7–9 p.m. (with special Preview Hours, 5–7 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park.

The highly anticipated event draws hundreds of people to the MCA campus each year, boasting a huge array of unique holiday gifts, artwork and crafts created by MCA students, faculty, staff and alumni. Proceeds from the sale benefit the MCA scholarship fund.

Again this year, the Bazaar will open with special Preview Hours on Friday from 5–7 p.m. Tickets for the Preview Hours are $20 and include complimentary champagne, an MCA tote bag and—for the first time ever—the opportunity to make purchases during the Preview. “The Preview has traditionally been a time to come in, meet your friends and get that first ‘sneak peek’ at all the artwork and merchandise,” said Laura Hine, MCA’s new vice president for college advancement. “It’s always been fun, but adding the ability this year to actually make purchases during the Preview Hours is going to add a new dynamic.” Preview tickets can be purchased in advance online at mca.edu/holidaybazaar2014/ or at the door beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 21. The Holiday Bazaar is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.mca.edu or call 901-272-5100.


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Oct. 30, 2014

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Memphis College of Art Announces Horn Island 30 Selects

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art’s annual Horn Island exhibition will experience new life, as works from this year’s Horn Island 30 exhibition move to WKNO’s Gallery Ten Ninety One, 7151 Cherry Farms Road, Cordova, for the month of November. The MCA Horn Island 30 Selects exhibition will feature works from this year’s 30th anniversary exhibition that took place on MCA’s Overton Park campus in August and September. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery Ten Ninety One from Nov. 3 through Nov. 26 with an opening reception scheduled on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2–4 p.m.

The works in the exhibition are the outcome of an 11-day annual trip by MCA students, faculty and alumni to Horn Island, Miss., a barrier island that is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Assistant Professor Don DuMont, director of the Horn Island program, coordinates the travel arrangements and logistics for the expedition, which immerses the participants in nature on the undeveloped island which boasts primitive conditions and no amenities. This year’s milestone anniversary brought a larger than average number of participants, with 43 artists making the trip. “We wanted to encourage past participants to celebrate the 30th anniversary with us,” said DuMont, “so we increased the number of alumni slots for the trip to accommodate as many as possible.”

Following the expedition, the participating artists develop a body of work inspired by their island experience, creating work for the exhibition in media that include photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics and book arts.

“We’re really happy to have the opportunity to move selected pieces from this year’s Rust Hall exhibition to the WKNO gallery,” said DuMont. “We hope this will give more people an opportunity to see some really excellent work by these artists and learn more about the Horn Island program.”

Gallery hours for the MCA Horn Island 30 Selects exhibition are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Photo: Bill Nelson, Southside Sculpture, oil on canvas


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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Oct. 20, 2014

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Visiting Artist Gregory Crewdson at Memphis College of Art

Memphis, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present internationally acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson in a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A special reception will precede the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery.

Crewdson is known for his elaborately staged photographs of small town American life. Utilizing lighting techniques and equipment usually reserved for the motion picture industry, Crewdson’s photos are cinematic in style, transforming mundane scenes into surreal visions.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Crewdson received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1985 and an MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1988. He is currently Director of Graduate Studies in Photography at the Yale University School of Art. Crewdson’s work is included in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A retrospective of his work, spanning his career from 1985–2005 was shown as a traveling exhibition at major museums in Europe from 2005–08.

His most recent body of work, Sanctuary, premiered at Gagosian Gallery in New York in 2010, then traveled to the White Cube in London and Gagosian Gallery in Rome. Crewdson has published several books of his photographs and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Skowhegan Medal for Photography, the national Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship and the Aaron Siskind Fellowship.

Photo: Untitled Brief Encounter


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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October 8, 2014

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Memphis Pulse: 2013 ArtsAccelerator Finalists To Open at Hyde Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– In partnership with ArtsMemphis and University of Memphis’ Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, Memphis College of Art will present Memphis Pulse: 2013 ArtsAccelerator Finalists from Oct. 22 to Nov. 8 in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main St. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Spanning two gallery spaces, the exhibition is curated by Lester Merriweather. The exhibition at Memphis College of Art features works by artists Terri Phillips, Mary Jo Karimnia, Ben Butler, Betsy Brackin, Stephanie Cosby, Nancy Cheairs, Laurel Sucsy, Hamlett Dobbins and Eszter Sziksz. In the concurrent exhibition running at the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art from Oct. 15–Nov. 7, works by Susan Maakestad, Alex Paulus, Cat Peña, Karen Golightly, Carrol McTyre, Adam Farmer and Lee Anthony will be on view.

“The purpose of the exhibition is to continue the growth and visibility of the visual arts in Memphis through the ArtsAccelerator program,” said Lauren Boyer, New Media & Marketing Manager for ArtsMemphis. “Lester (Merriweather) has done a wonderful job curating the show and we are thrilled that Eileen Townsend, art critic for the Memphis Flyer, has done the exhibition essay for the catalog.” The exhibition is made possible through the support of Metropolitan Bank.

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: Susan Maakestad, “#35 Wanderlust,” oil on canvas, 20” x 26”


 

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Oct. 1, 2014

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MCA Hosts National Portfolio Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave. in Overton Park.

National Portfolio Day is an educational event for young artists held at colleges 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 events provide a taste of what it would be like to attend a professional art college.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

  • 10–11 a.m.: Registration and Campus Tours of MCA
  • 11 a.m.–noon: Financial Aid, Careers in Art, Portfolio Preparation presentations
  • 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 www.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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Sept. 30, 2014

 

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Memphis College of Art Announces 60 Years of Rock and Roll

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present 60 Years of Rock and Roll, an exhibition of work created in partnership with the Levitt Shell, from Oct. 8–22 in the Lower Gallery of Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30–8 p.m.

The exhibition features work by the design and illustration students of Assistant Professor of Design Arts Cat Normoyle and Visiting Instructor of Illustration Shane McDermott. The works were submitted as part of an artwork competition sponsored by the Levitt Shell to develop a design for t-shirts and posters around their celebration of 60 Years of Rock and Roll at the Shell. On July 30, 1954, at the Overton Park Shell (now the Levitt Shell) Elvis Presley opened for concert headliner Slim Whitman, stealing the show and cementing Memphis’ place in music history as the birthplace of rock and roll.

Ashley Segarra was announced as the competition winner and her designs will be produced and on sale at the Levitt Shell for the fall concert series. The remaining competition winners will be announced at the opening reception on Oct. 9. Students participating in the contest are Ashley Lulo, Ashley Segarra, Bailey Brocato, Bianca Smith, Britney Boswell, Britni Morgan, Brittany Santos, Dejané Anderson, George Brooks, Grace Shore, Heather Morgan, Jacob Gambill, Jessica Vandenberg, John Wilbanks, Joni Miller, Kai Myers, Kathie Rupert, Mat Kaminski, Michaela Dowdy-Cannon, Natalie Jackson, Rashad Worthy, Robert Burns, William Godfrey and Zara Garza.

Gallery hours for the 60 Years of Rock and Roll exhibition are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. For additional information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Poster by Ashley Segarra


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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