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2018 Spring MFA Shows: Darcie Beeman-Black and Li Chen

April 19, 2018April 28, 2018


On View: April 19 – 28

Reception: Friday, April 27 from 6 – 8pm

Perspective is Reality: Works by Darcie Beeman-Black will be on view in the ArtsMemphis Gallery in the Easterwood House at 156 N. Tucker.

Each piece in Beeman-Black’s show utilizes multiple viewpoints to portray different understandings of space, light, form, and color. The use of geometry, pattern, and repetition disguise the space with recognizable forms. Beeman-Black explains: “This body of work addresses both the observer and the wearer with headpieces, mouth pieces, pendants, and rings that are integrated into scientific environments that exhibit the experimentation of space, light, color, perspective, and perception.”

Works by Li Chen will be on view in the Tom Johnston Gallery in the Faiers House at 150 N. Tucker.

Chen’s documentary photography work about local Chinese Christians explores their presence in Memphis. Chen remarks, “Asian-Americans’ voices are barely being heard, even when discussing minority issues. I want to use this work to increase awareness of this group, to help Chinese-Americans’ voices reach the mainstream conversation, and to erase the racial boundary in people’s minds, especially in the current political climate.”

Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm-5pm or by appointment.

Darcie Beeman-Black is currently a Master of Fine Art in Metals candidate for Spring 2018 at
Memphis College of Art. Conceptual art jewelry fabrication is her specialty. In the past six
months, Darcie won the Juror’s Choice Award in the 2017 Charles Lewton-Brain International
Foldforming Competition, the Hohenberg MFA Scholarship, The River Arts Fest Graduate
Scholarship, and the SNAG Conference Scholarship. Museums, galleries, and universities in
Arkansas, Mississippi, Illinois, and California exhibited her work last year. Models also walked
her work down runway shows in Los Angeles, Portland, and New Orleans. Darcie is an art
educator for the Community Education department at Memphis College of Art. She was
selected as a Winter Artist Resident at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina
in 2017 and 2018. Darcie is an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
Her goals include both teaching metal art and creating art jewelry after attaining her degree in
the spring.

Li Chen was born in Shanghai, China. He is currently working on his Master of Fine Arts degree
at Memphis College of Art. He has been a documentary photographer since 2007 with no art
education background before 2016. He is currently working on documenting Chinese churches in
Memphis area. He lives in Memphis, TN.


April 19, 2018
April 28, 2018
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Memphis College of Art


Tom Johnston Gallery at Faiers House

148 N. Tucker St.




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