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April 26, 2017
Site to later offer artwork for sale by MCA students, alumni and faculty
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) today announced the opening of its new e-commerce website, premiering with a sale of over 175 exclusive drawings by the late Burton Callicott, a founding faculty member of the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art). Functioning as a digital storefront for the college, shop.MCA.edu will provide opportunities for the public to purchase artwork online year-round in support of the college. The Callicott sale will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund.
Callicott, who taught at MCA for more than 35 years before his retirement in 1978, was best known regionally for his three murals at the Pink Palace Museum, and has received national recognition and exhibited widely throughout the state. The never before seen drawings—dating from 1930 to 1990—feature contemplating figures, studies of casts and animals, and are priced from $100-200 each. They were donated to the college by the Callicott estate. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit MCA’s scholarship fund, which disburses nearly $5 million annually in scholarships and institutional aid. MCA administrators aligned the sale with Line and Shadow: Estate Drawings by Burton Callicott, on view April 25–May 19 at David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, 94 Tillman St.
“Having Burton Callicott’s drawings is an exciting way to launch this site and wonderful way to raise money for our scholarship fund, as many of our students rely on financial support,” said Mary Caywood, MCA’s senior director of marketing and communications.
Callicott graduated from the Cleveland School of Art in 1931, after which he returned to Memphis and became active in the local arts community. In 1937, Callicott became a founding faculty member of the Memphis Academy of Arts, teaching sculpture and ceramics, as well as drawing, painting and calligraphy. Callicott’s work has been featured in museums and galleries across the south, including the Cheekwood Museum of Art and Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee; the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee; the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Pink Palace Museum. In 2000, the Tennessee Arts Commission honored Callicott by using his design for a specialty license plate, which benefits the arts throughout the state.
Photo: Burton Callicott, Untitled (Man’s Face), charcoal on paper, 18” x 12”, 1936
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