Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Oct. 10, 2016
Oldest art sale and fundraiser features curated collection of works from prominent local artists to support college scholarship fund
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) announced in February that the 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser will take place November 18-19, 2016 at the college’s flagship building, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue in Overton Park. The Bazaar will kick off on Friday, Nov. 18 with a ticketed Preview and Purchase Party from 5–10 p.m., and will have an Open Market with free admission on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
MCA’s Holiday Bazaar is Memphis’ original artist market and has drawn tens of thousands of visitors to the college’s campus over the years. Founded in 1936, MCA has long championed arts in the community and has led community-enriching initiatives such as free gallery exhibitions, family art workshops, public art projects and interactive collaborations such as Le Monster, a collaborative exhibition with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar will directly benefit MCA’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million in institutional scholarships and aid to students each year.
“For the 66th year, the Holiday Bazaar will kick off the holiday shopping season with a festive fete featuring the best original artwork and unique gift items created by artists affiliated with the MCA community, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College. Proceeds benefit our student scholarship fund which allows talented students to pursue their passion for art,” said Vice President for College Advancement Laura Hine. “There are so many positive facets to this beloved event—exceptional artwork and gifts, a fun and warm gathering of the community, support for talented artists who were chosen through a juried process, and enrichment of the college’s scholarship fund.”
This year’s Holiday Bazaar will feature many of the items that made the Bazaar an iconic Memphis institution, including an eclectic, curated collection of handmade jewelry; textiles; pottery and ceramics; watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings; custom prints; photography; mixed media pieces; ornaments; enameled metalwork; and original drawings, spanning a range of price points from $3 to $3,000. Featured artists include Funlola Coker, Chloe York, Anna Reed, Dani Harris, Pretty Useful, Michelle Duckworth, Cede Prints, Leandra Urrutia, Susan Maakestad, Remy Miller, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Lester Merriweather, Marc Rouillard, and Maritza Dávila, among many others.
Tickets for the Preview and Purchase Party, which allow attendees to shop the Bazaar before it opens to the general public, are $25 per person, with proceeds directly benefitting the MCA scholarship fund. Tickets will be available for purchase online at mca.edu and at the door. On Saturday, the Bazaar opens to public and a variety of food trucks will be on-site throughout the day. A cash bar will be available on both days.
More information about the 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser can be found online at mca.edu. Work from featured artists will be highlighted on the College’s Facebook and Instagram (@memphiscollegeofart) pages leading up to the event.
Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.