2018 Biennial Alumni Exhibition

The Call to Artists for MCA’s FINAL Biennial Alumni Exhibition is now open!

The 2018 BAE will take place this summer at Memphis College of Art’s Rust Hall. The deadline for submissions is March 12. We encourage all MCA alumni to apply and are working towards making this our largest and best BAE yet! Graduating Seniors may also apply.

Works in all media will be considered. Submission piece does not have to be the work shown in the exhibition. Final artwork is not due until the drop off period in May. To participate, you must be able to deliver you work to MCA’s Rust Hall in Overton Park between May 16 and 20, and pick up your work between July 16 and 20. If you have any questions about the submission process please email Kristen Rambo (krambo@mca.edu) or Melissa Farris (mfarris@mca.edu). Submission Form below.

The exhibit will be juried by a panel of three creative leaders – Julie Pierotti, Curator at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Grace Stewart, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Metal Museum, and Dolph Smith, MCA’s beloved Emeritus.

Exhibit Timeline:

Deadline for Submissions: March 12
Application Notifications: March 19
Artwork Drop-off: May 16 – 20
Installation: May 21 – May 25
On View: May 26 – July 15
Celebration: July 13
Artwork Pick-Up: July 16 – 20

About the Jury:

Dolph Smith: One of MCA’s most beloved emeriti, Dolph Smith is a nationally acclaimed water colorist, book maker, and sculptor. He taught at the college for more than thirty years establishing a book and papermaking program called the Flying Vat. He was granted an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 2004 and has received Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts, the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award in the Distinguished Artist Award category. Smith was recently honored by the Brooks Museum with an exhibit titled By the Book: A Tribute to Dolph Smith. The exhibit featured his sculptural, interactive books alongside the work of a host of artists who have been inspired by his teaching through the years. Today Dolph Smith lives and works from his west Tennessee studio-homestead he lovingly calls Tennarkippi.

Julie Pierotti is the Martha R. Robinson endowed curator at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. A proud Memphian, Pierotti has enriched our cities culture by introducing new audiences to art through historic and contemporary exhibits. In a recent Style Blueprint article with Lindsey Hedgepeth, Pierotti explains “There are an incredible number of talented artists working here, and a lot of that talent stems from the great art programs at Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. The Dixon is proud to contribute to Memphis’ cultural identity, through the prestige of our permanent collection and through the significance of the exhibitions we originate. For the past three years, we’ve been featuring local contemporary art in our Mallory and Wurtzburger Galleries. These shows have proved hugely successful in bringing a more contemporary crowd to the Dixon, and it really is our honor to give Memphis artists the opportunity to have their work displayed in a museum setting.”

Grace Stewart is Collections and Exhibitions Manager at the Metal Museum and a founding member of the Collective, a bourgeoning nonprofit dedicated to advancing the work of local artists of color. Stewart earned her Masters of Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining the Metal Museum, she served as Registrar for the National Civil Rights Museum and Exhibitions and Programming Associate for August Wilson Center for African American History and Culture, Pittsburgh. At the Metal museum she has introduced new educational initiatives, including hands-on activities related to exhibitions, educational pamphlets and online curriculum for teachers and parents. In 2015 she was recognized with the first Tennessee Association of Museum’s Emerging Professional Award.

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