MCA to Host Graduate Exhibitions in April

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator (901) 272-5113

March 29, 2017



Memphis College of Art to Host Graduate Exhibitions in April

Art Education and Master of Fine Arts candidates present shows leading up to commencement

Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition

2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition


WHAT:  Memphis College of Art’s (MCA) graduate programs will host two exhibitions featuring work from candidates who will graduate in May with Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Arts in Art Education degrees.

  • Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition features the work of ten MFA candidates, and will be on view at Marshall Arts gallery.
    • Work included in the show ranges from large-scale paintings to nontraditional installations, such as a constructed “gallery” space within the gallery as a commentary on the world of fine art and fashion; and another interior environmental structure, which speaks to memory, technology and the passing of time.
    • Other topics addressed in the work include multiple identities; dual national identities; and how visual disabilities affect one’s perception of the world around them.
    • Featured artists include Katherine Dean, Jordan Dobbs, Vanessa Gonzalez, Amy Hofstetter, Runyu Li, Joseph Moseley, Meredith Olinger, Mary Ruth Pruitt, Katie Schwehr and Katie Valdez.
  • 2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition is an intimate exhibition featuring the works of two graduate Art Education candidates, and will exhibit at the new Tom Johnston Gallery at MCA’s Faiers House.
    • Elizabeth Bass explores emotions and themes associated with death and loss. Her work ranges from paintings to three-dimensional forms using materials such as a plaster gauze, Band Aids and safety pins. Bass created this series of work as a way to heal and share her feelings and emotions through the grieving process.
    • Dare Harcourt’s work is centered around the theme of art saving lives. Harcourt represents her journey of how she became a painter during a time where she experienced personal health struggles. Art became a type of therapy for her—encouraging emotional, mental and physical health.

WHEN:  Both exhibitions are on view April 7–28, 2017.
Reception for Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition – Friday, April 7, 6–8 p.m.
Reception for 2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition – Friday, April 28, 6–8 p.m.

WHERE:   Varied Construct: MFA Thesis Exhibition – Marshall Arts, 639 Marshall Ave.
2017 Art Education Thesis Exhibition – Tom Johnston Gallery at Faiers House, 148 N. Tucker St.

WHY:  Every semester, MCA provides opportunities for its graduating students to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. The candidates show work that has resulted from their courses of study over the past academic year, artistic exploration and experimentation, and critique from professors and peers during their academic program.

For more information about other upcoming exhibitions and events, such as the 2017 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

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