Alumni Association and Benefits

Stay Involved with MCA!

We want our alumni to stay plugged in with the college and to always feel a sense of belonging. Being part of the Alumni Association keeps you connected to your former classmates and professors while staying on top of all the exciting developments at MCA. Plus you’ll able to share your professional advancements while being among the first to hear about new job openings, upcoming exhibitions and other events you’ll want to put on your calendars.

Please feel free to contact our Alumni Relations Coordinator, Kristen Rambo, at 901-272-5162 for additional information on exhibitions and events, or to discuss ways that you can continue to be involved with MCA.

MCA Alumni Association

MCA has over 2,000 alumni living all over the United States, and many abroad. Being part of the Alumni Association keeps you connected to your former classmates and professors while staying informed on all the exciting developments at MCA. You’ll be able to share your professional advancements while being among the first to hear about new job openings, upcoming exhibitions and other events you’ll want to put on your calendars.

Currently, the alumni association officers are working to redefine the benefits available to alumni. We want to make sure your MCA experience continues to be valuable well beyond graduation. This means keeping our alumni involved with MCA community events and art events in the greater Memphis area. Each week, we send an exclusive Weekly Update e-newsletter to all current students, staff, faculty and alumni. It features current events at MCA as well as updates on alumni, including current shows and career accomplishments. Additionally, MCA’s On View monthly e-newsletter highlights student, alumni, staff and faculty accomplishments, as well as projects and events in the greater Memphis community.  As an alum, you should already be receiving these newsletters; if you are not, please update your contact information with us.

Alumni Association Board Officers

President: Sarah Blackburn

Purpose: “Our Alumni Association exists to preserve and promote the relationships between MCA and alumni. I would like to continue to build an organization that has significant impact and influence on MCA. Over the past few years I have made a commitment to MCA students as an Alumni Mentor and Supervisor over MCA Interns. I am interested in expanding that commitment through the Alumni Association. I want to create opportunities for alumni to network with each other through exhibits, mentoring and other events. Successful artists need both good art skills and to know the right people. Building a community of like-minded allies will help our careers in the long run. Let’s create a forum for members to discuss the successes and challenges that artists, galleries and arts agencies face each day.”

Three areas of focus: “Involvement, networking, and philanthropy. 1) Communicate our shared vision for MCA with Board of Directors. 2) Create a directory of alumni and friends who are ready to share their professional experiences and knowledge with students and alumni alike. 3) Encourage a culture of giving and ownership of MCA’s future.”

Vision for Alumni Association: “I envision a strong relationship between our alumni body and MCA Board of Directors. I would also hope to foster ongoing relationships between our alumni by region, major, and mutual interests.”

Vice President: Katie McWeeney

Purpose: “I would like to be a part of the Alumni council to promote Memphis College of Art as an institution, and to provide support and feedback that will strengthen the creative, educational, and professional communities.”

Three areas of focus: “1) Create and maintain communications that are consistent, accessible, and interesting. 2) Increase enthusiasm within the Alumni Association, MCA students, and supporting community. 3) Provide supportive and organizational skills to strengthen the Alumni Association in executing goals and objectives.”

Vision for Alumni Association: “The MCA Alumni Association will create a bridge that connects current students and alumni to facilitate a well-rounded, creative, and diverse professional community.”

We welcome your ideas on how we can strengthen our Association—activities you would like to see planned, benefits you would like to see implemented, anything. Send us your thoughts. Together, we can continue the success of the MCA Alumni Association!

Feel free to contact us at alumni@mca.edu!

Membership Benefits

Memphis College of Art Alumni Association membership is free and automatic. MCA Alumni is defined as any person who has completed at least two semesters as a full time student, while not currently an active student. To ensure you are receiving information on current events and opportunities, please keep your information up to date.

Career Connections

MCA Career Connections is an online resource for both students and alumni. You can upload your resume, add personal projects, and utilize available resources to better your professional practices.

Events

Stay involved with the MCA community with our alumni events. Spend time with old friends while making new connections.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be informed of any upcoming events. If you are not on our mailing list, but would like to be, simply update your information.

MCA Library

MCA Alumni are eligible to check out up to 5 books at a time. We ask that you make your returns prompt and keep materials in good condition.

Alumni Gallery and Alumni Biennial Exhibition

Rust Hall’s Alumni Gallery has been displaying the work of MCA graduates since spring of 2009. If you are interested in submitting work for exhibition in the Alumni Gallery, contact the Galleries, Exhibitions and Lectures Coordinator Melissa Farris at mfarris@mca.edu.

The next Alumni Biennial Exhibition will take place in 2018. More information about this exhibition and the submission process will be made available as we get closer to the exhibition date. View pictures from the 2016 Alumni Biennial Exhibition & Alumni Weekend events.

Holiday Bazaar

All alumni are encouraged to participate in the annual Holiday Bazaar. The Bazaar returned in 2016, with a juried submission process for artwork and a renewed focus on its purpose: providing scholarships for students. Stay tuned to MCA’s website over the course of the year for more information about submitting work.

 

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