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May 2, 2017
MCA artists present Horn Island works for this second show in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) students, alumni, faculty and staff will have work featured in The Islanders: Memphis College of Art and Horn Island, on view May 2–Aug. 22 at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. A reception will be held Wednesday, May 17 from 6–8 p.m. The group taking MCA’s 33rd annual Horn Island trip will be in attendance at the reception prior to their departure for the island, and some featured artists will be available to discuss their work with other reception attendees.
The Islanders will include works from the Horn Island 31 and Horn Island 32 exhibitions, previously exhibited in MCA’s Rust Hall in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Don DuMont, MCA’s director of the Horn Island program, contacted the museum’s curator in the fall to offer this new body of work for a second exhibition at WAMA. MCA had previously exhibited a Horn Island-inspired show at the museum in 2015 A Halcyon Place: Horn Island 30.
“When I learned more about MCA’s Horn Island trips, I found that the people involved are intrinsically kindred spirits to our namesake, Walter Anderson,” said Mattie Codling, WAMA’s curator of exhibitions. “Everyone who goes on the trip is searching for something, and on Horn Island they are able to find it. The island has a mystical quality to it—it is harsh, beautiful—and I have found it to awaken an ancient connection to the earth that most of us have forgotten. The work by MCA’s Horn Island group provides a glimpse into each person’s own experience of the island. I love the variety, the use of man made and natural items, and the all-around creativity that flows through this body of work.”
The exhibition will feature works by 47 artists, including Bob Riseling (founder of MCA’s Horn Island program), Taylor McCormick, Bill Price, Adam Hawk, Marc Rouillard, Adele Winn, Amanda Nalley, Amy Hofstetter, James Carey, Lisa Tribo-Goodwin, Nikkila Carroll, Bill Nelson, Tootsie Bell, Barrett Smyth, Casey Mathews, Cody Barnhill, Darcie Beeman-Black, Don DuMont, Margaret Davis, Ruby Zielinski, Elizabeth Brown, Gino Pambianchi, Richard Prillaman, Glenn Fiscus, Hannah Rohrbacher, Jack Myer, Jackie O’Neal, Kaitlyn Stark, Kaleob Elkins, Kalon Fowler, Kassandra Line, Katie Schwehr, Kayla Reid, Leanna Hicks, Maxwell Harmon, Rachel Stovall, Richard Blum, Taylor Loftin, Spencer Laws, Shian Reek, Robin Henderson, Stephanie Bray, Sarah Rhea, Sasha Sorokina and Virginia Riley.
The Islanders reception is free and open to the public. WAMA museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. For more information about the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, visit walterandersonmuseum.org. For more information about other MCA exhibitions and events, visit mca.edu.
Photo: Spencer Laws, “Mess Kit,” red oak, aluminum and forged steel; 2016 (as seen in Horn Island 32)
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