“Blind Date” Student-Curated Exhibition at Memphis College of Art

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
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Jan. 15, 2013

maggs_karen-i_like_to_watch_too“I Like to Watch Too” by Karen Maggs

“Blind Date” Student-Curated Exhibition at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Blind Date, a student-curated exhibition that will be on view Jan. 31 through Feb. 24 in the Rust Hall Lower Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m.

The exhibition is curated by Barrett Smyth and Brittany Vega who were awarded the honor through the submission of their joint proposal in the Curate This! call in October. Smyth, an undergraduate student concentrating in Painting, is a Kentucky native. He was the Brode Gallery curator during the spring semester of 2013 and is currently the Painting department representative. Vega graduated MCA in spring 2013 and is an assistant to Ken Hall and Michael Allen and assists with Leadership Memphis’ Gallery installations. Barrett and Vega have worked as partners before, most recently curating the “Out of Body” exhibition for Gallery 1700.

For Blind Date, Smyth and Vega selected 15 artists and partnered them with one of the other selected artists. Each artist was asked to learn about their partner through their name, city, picture and an image of their work. Using only this information and the visual information they perceive in the images, they were directed to create their own piece, describing their partner. The participating artists include Holly Carden, Samantha Wigginton, Gino Pambianchi, Jade Thiraswas, Anna Lacy, Karen Maggs, Jeff Muncy, Molly Van Roekel, Amanda Nalley, Alexa Helton, Beth Heustis, Alexander Swilley, Taylor Loftin, Devon Murphy and Megan “Tess” Lindsey.

Rust Hall’s Lower 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. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.


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