Bowles and Whitfield Share Memphis College of Art’s MFA Exhibition

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications

Oct. 18, 2013

Bowles and Whitfield Share Memphis College of Art’s MFA Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MFA candidates Justin Bowles and Katie Whitfield present their final exhibitions as MCA graduate students in the Fall MFA Exhibition, which will be on view Nov. 13 through Dec. 14 in the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6–8 p.m.

Justin Bowles’ exhibition, XENOBIA, is inspired by her influences and experiences as a member of Generation X. Combining magazines, scraps of paper, shopping bags, drawings and screenprinted patterns, Bowles creates a fun, low-fidelity environment filled with crinkly paper poppies, tessellated raspberry polygons, movie stars and space lettuce living together in duct-taped harmony. “I work intuitively with the ephemera around me,” says Bowles. “It’s a continual process of deconstruction and transformation.”

Katie Whitfield’s exhibition is titled (IM)MATERIAL MATTERS and will feature a “Happening” during the Nov. 15 reception at 7:30 p.m. “Yves Klein wrote, ‘The link between spirit and matter is energy,’” says Whitfield. “Using light as my primary medium, I am creating gelatinous, translucent works that provide an alternate experience of this energy. I am forming the formless, urging the viewer to question the matters at hand.”

Additional work by Bowles and Whitfield can be found on their websites: and

Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–8 p.m. on Nov. 15 for the opening reception. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

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