MCA Announces Florence, Italy Exhibition at Playhouse on the Square

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

May 8, 2017



Florence, ItalyMemphis College of Art Announces Florence, Italy Exhibition at Playhouse on the Square

Exhibit features work by students, alumni and faculty inspired from the 43rd Annual Study Abroad Trip


WHAT:           Exhibition of works by Memphis College of Art (MCA) students, alumni and faculty who   attended the annual March Spring Break trip to Florence, Italy.

  • Artwork to be shown includes nearly 20 pieces of photography, collage, painting, metals and sculpture, and directly resulted from the 8-day trip to Florence and neighboring cities. Throughout the trip, the group was submersed in the art, history, architecture and culture of the city, which is known as the home of the Renaissance.

WHEN:           On view May 5–June 4, 2017
Reception: May 12, 5–7 p.m.

WHERE:         MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square
66 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:              For 43 years, MCA has enhanced the student learning experience by providing a study abroad trip annually during the college’s Spring Break in March. Former, long-time faculty member Bob Riseling started the program in 1974, which has always included an MCA faculty member who specializes in art history to provide participants with a glimpse into a city’s history and culture. These trips have provided opportunities for students and alumni to learn about different cultures, world and art history, beyond what is traditionally found in a textbook or classroom.

  • The trip was led by MCA faculty Adam Hawk and Dr. Lucienne Auz, and included:
    • Florence where students visited the famous Uffizi Gallery, the Florence Cathedral, attended mass at the basilica of San Miniato al Monte, attended a performance of the opera La Traviata, enjoyed delicious Italian cuisine, and explored the city’s rich artistic culture. The group also took day trips to Ravenna, Siena and San Gimignano, where they learned about Byzantine-period art and medieval city centers, and enjoyed sweeping views of the Tuscan landscape.
  • In recent years, groups have visited locations around the world such as Mexico City; the southern coast of France; Barcelona, Spain and Berlin, Germany.

For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Group photo taken during this year’s trip in front of the Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy.

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