Veda Reed at David Lusk Gallery in April

from dusk till dawn
featuring new works by Veda Reed, BFA 1956

Noctilucent Clouds, 2012, oil on canvas, 44×60″
April 3 – 28, 2012
Reception: Friday, April 6 from 6-8 pm

David Lusk Gallery
4540 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117

April Student Alliance Events

April 15th – 1-3 pm – Scavenger Hunt, front steps of Rust Hall

April 21st – 11:30-1:30 pm – Target Trip, van leaves from front steps of Rust Hall

April 24th – 8-10 pm – Student Alliance Talentless Show, Callicott Auditorium

April 25th – 9-11 pm – Student Alliance Coffee Night, Sleaze & Slime Cafe

April 27th – 7-10 pm – Downtown Trolley Night, shuttle leaves from front steps of Rust Hall

Visiting Artist: Kim Dorlan

Visiting Artist
Kim Dorland

Thursday, April 5
7 pm Callicott Auditorium

Lori #6 oil, acrylic and spray paint on wood, 2008

Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Kim Dorland draws heavily from two main inspirations: the Canadian landscape (and the tradition of Canadian landscape painting) and his wife (and the psychology of portraiture). Dorland’s work pushes the boundaries of representation through an exploration of memory, nostalgia, narrative and identity He is represented by Mark Moore Gallery in L.A., Mike Weiss Gallery in New York and Angell Gallery in Toronto. Dorland graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in Vancouver and a Master of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto. His work is included in public and private collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Dorland lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Reminder: Reception and Graduate Open House at MCA’s Nesin Graduate School – Tonight!

Come and enjoy trolly night in downtown Memphis!

Friday, March 30 from 6-9PM

Memphis College of Art Presents

Works by Candidates from the Art Education Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Art Education

On display March 28-April 7, 2012



Melanie Anderson

Eric Beavers

Lucia Haraway

Autumn Thron



Cody Barnhill

Ashley Burns

Ashley Brown

Marlon Brown

Kim Howell

Adam Mincher

Teresa Phipps

Katherine Wright

Here and There Exhibition

Select students from Design Systems 6, book arts and papermaking were chosen to participate in the Here and There exhibition by Professor Thompson and Professor Chioffi. The exhibition will be held at the Galler at Montclair State University in New Jersey. For this exhibition students from MCA have collaborated with students from Montclair.

The following MCA students were chosen to participate: Derrick Alston, Christian Brown, Emily Chaplain, Chiao-Chih Cheng, Scott Cooper, Kayla Crass, Gabrielle Galbreth, Evan Hoffman, Kyle Holland, Joseph Lanley, Donna Martin, Joshua Orr, Livia Ortiz, Elizabeth Sheehan and Larteshia Spearman.


Art by Christian Brown


Art by Emily Chaplain


Art by Scott Cooper


Art by Kyle Holland


Revealed Terrain: Landscape in Contemporary Artists Books

In conjunction with the exhibition Professor Thompson curated at the Brooks Museum, Revealed Terrain: Landscape in Contemporary Artists Books,
a private viewing for her Book Arts Class and Professsor Chioffi’s Design Class was scheduled.

During this viewing Professor Thompson explored page by page
works by Lesley Dill, Karen Kunc and Vija Celmins.

The exhibition runs through July 22, 2012.

Revealed Terrain at The Brooks Museum of Art through

Revealed Terrain


Revealed Terrain: Landscape in Contemporary Artists Books
“There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.”
—Josephine Hart (1942–2011). Irish-born British Author.

The landscape of book arts and design is ever expanding in the areas of technology and information, language and voice, and audience and arena. A respect for the historical lineage and an understanding of both disciplines serves as the foundation for this panoramic survey of artists books. The books presented challenge the common assumption of what defines a book. Revealed Terrain: Landscape in Contemporary Artists Books visually illustrates trans-disciplinary thought regarding such elements as structure and content, pure typography, letterpress printing, bookbinding, three-dimensional design, and, the multiple as an experimental map for exploration.
This exhibition highlights the diverse manner in which various contemporary artists utilize the discipline of book arts to illustrate the landscape, although their realizations are defined by varying conceptual approaches. Included are more apparent interpretations of landscape such as Julie Chen’s Invented Landscape and Vija Celmin’s The View. In contrast are books which convey displacement and loss as in Macy Chadwick’s The Topography of Home, and Robert Mapplethorpe’s A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud; or books that illustrate the body as terrain exemplified by Sarah Bryant’s Point of View. The artists books presented in Revealed Terrain take the viewer, page by page, on a visual journey through the personal imagination of each artist.

—Cynthia Nourse Thompson, Guest Curator


Upcoming Alumni Events

From Crete To Clarksdale, Landscapes by Betsy Brackin, BFA 2000, Painting, on view at 2481 Broad Avenue in Memphis on Friday, March 23 at 6 pm. CLICK HERE to view the postcard and additional new works.



Works by Jeanne Seagle, BFA 1972, AVA, are currently on display in Gallery C at Gallery 56, 2256 Centeral Avenue in Memphis.

March Student Alliance Events

March 28th – 9-11 pm – Student Alliance Coffee Night in the Sleaze and Slime!

March 30th – 7-10 pm – Downtown Trolley Night, MCA shuttle leaves from the front steps of Rust Hall.


Call For Art: Axis Memphis

CLICK HERE for the Axis Memphis blog.

CLICK HERE for Axis Memphis on Facebook.

HOPE Scholarship & HOPE Access Grant for Summer Enrollment

Summer 2012 awards are available to students who were fist paid HOPE or HOPE Access in fall 2009 or thereafter and are eligible for the award as a part-time enrolled student or full-time enrolled student.
Students who were first paid HOPE or HOPE Access in fall 2009 or thereafter may receive the award beginning with summer 2012 at any eligible post secondary institution.
Students who were first paid HOPE or HOPE Access prior to fall 2009 may receive the remaining award amounts from the prior fall, winter or spring terms for summer part-time or full-time enrollment.

For more details associated with 2011-2012 award amounts for students who were first paid HOPE or HOPE Access in fall 2009 or thereafter, please see the Financial Aid Office.

April is National Financial Literacy Month

Have you thought about your financial situation now? Where it will be in five years? Where you would like it to be in five, ten, twenty years?

In the upcoming weeks, information to help answer these questions will be sent to your student email accounts. Of course, you are welcome to stop by and visit with the Financial Aid Office if you have further information other than what is being sent out or beyond what is included.

You should expect to receive:

1 - Student-specific websites: Pages that have been created for student loan borrowers who are in school or in grace. These pages will help guide you through the student loan life cycle with tips and other helpful information about what to expect and how to plan for your financial future.

2 - Downloadable Info Sheets: These will include financial literacy PDFs. Topics covered include credit card tips, how to avoid delinquency and default, student loan payment options, and more!

3 - Money Mondays: Free weekly webinars designed to help improve your financial wellness and that make it easy to learn about financial basics.

Have questions? Let us know!

The Financial Aid Office
Located in Gibson Hall
(901) 272-5136

What’s Different about MCA’s QEP?


With Professional Practices as MCA’s QEP, we committed ourselves to treating professional practices in a different way than in the past. MCA, like most colleges and universities, has had a Professional Practices class. Some schools have them within specific majors or concentrations but most of them are elective therefore not required. When MCA chose Professional Practices as the QEP topic we looked for a way to do something different, but more imprtantly something better for out students. We believe it is absolutely important that ALL of our gratduates have every opportunity we can give them to be successful doing the work that they love.

MCA’s solution is to embed professional practices, skills and knowledge into the existing course work from the very first Foundations class to the very last class of every student’s MCA career. When MCA student’s graduate they will have an excellent education AND they will enter the working world with the confidence, skills, and knowledge to become successful in their chosen field.

CLICK HERE to download more information.

Art Education Masters Exhbition

MCA Art Ed

Memphis College of Art Presents
Works by Candidates from the Art Education Programs
Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Art Education

March 28-April 7, 2012
Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate School

Reception and Graduate Open House
Friday, March 30 from 6-9 PM
This is also Trolley Night!  Come and join us!

Alumni News and Events

Congratulations to Eric Huber, BFA 2009, Graphic Design, one of eight artists and filmmakers selected to present his short film project idea entitled A Walk Through Evergreen at MemFeast 3. All eight finalists will present their short film ideas during the MemFeast dinner to be held on April 5, 2012 on the roof of the Sears Crosstown Parking Garage, 495 N. Watkins in Memphis starting at 7 pm. Diners will vote for their favorite film idea, and the winner will receive $5,000 to produce the film that will be premiered at the Indie Memphis Preview Party in October and included in the 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival competition in November. Click here to purchase a dinner ticket.

Draw Color Line Exhibition

Draw Color Line Exhibition

Featuring works by Memphis College of Art Students

Opening reception on Friday, March 9 from 6-8pm in the GPAC Lobby Gallery.


MCA Student Events – March 2012

23rd: 8-10pm, Movie & Pizza Night – “The Muppets”, Callicott

24th: 11:30am – 1:30pm, Home Depot Trip, van leaves from front steps

25th: 1-3pm, Games Day, meet at front steps

28th: 9-11pm, SA Coffee Night, Sleaze & Slime

30th: 7-10pm, Downtown Trolley Night, shuttle leaves from front steps

Bill Price

Assistant Professor Bill Price, BFA 1994, Sculpture, has been named a finalist in two categories of the prestigious 2012 Niche Awards Competition: Home Furnishings: Teapots for his work entitled Drake Teapot and Metal: Forged/Fabricated for his piece 22 Caliber Canvasback. Each year, this competition recognizes the best contemporary design by American and Canadian artisans. Entries are judged on innovation in design, technical merit and marketability.

Drake Teapot

Image: Drake Teapot

Eszter Sziksz

Two works by Eszter Sziksz, MFA 2012, Studio Arts, have been selected for inclusion in the juried 25th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition at Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University 4205 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA, on view from March 29 through May 4, 2012. The Opening Reception is Thursday, March 29 from 6-8pm.

Image: The Unbearable Ease of Life

ArtSpace: Building Better Communities Through The Arts


CLICK HERE for the ArtSpace Memphis website.