MCA Partners with IRIS Orchestra to Present Exhibition at GPAC

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Jan. 19, 2017


IRIS Orchestra ExhibitionMemphis College of Art Partners with IRIS Orchestra to Present Exhibition at GPAC

Illustration students present show in conjunction with the concert ‘A River Runs Through It’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA), together with IRIS Orchestra, announces a student exhibition during the month of February at the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), 1801 Exeter Rd., surrounding the orchestra’s upcoming concert A River Runs Through It. The exhibition will be on view to the public Feb. 1-28, with IRIS Orchestra concert dates on Feb. 4-5. Tickets for the concerts may be purchased at the door or online at

The exhibition includes 25 works embodying the theme of water developed during Fall 2016 Illustration classes led by Associate Professor Michele Noiset, Assistant Professor Jean Holmgren and Instructor Shane McDermott. The framed prints and other works by featured students will be available for purchase—ranging from $25 to $300—and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund. Out of the 25 works featured in the exhibition, one student work was selected as the Faculty Choice—“The Current” by David Chapura. Orchestra musicians will select another student work as Musician’s Choice when the show opens on Feb. 1 in the Grand Lobby Gallery. Other artists include Lauren Bostic, Latiyah Cotton, Therro Davis, Liz Dempsey, Shelby Green, Bethany Harrison, Kristen Kaluba, Troy Koler, Laura Lester, Lauren Lyles, Emily Martinez, Kaci Mulcahy, Liddy Ortega, Margaret Perez, Madison Petri, Taylor Thomas, Martray Murphy Thompson, Stewart Thompson, Katie Tisdale, Vyvy Tran, Layn Tucker, Henry Wilkinson and Toonky Worship.

IRIS Orchestra’s Artistic Director Michael Stern says the relationship between art and music has been demonstrated throughout history. “Just as the great rivers of the world have inspired the world’s great composers, so many of the world’s great artists have drawn inspiration from music,” said Stern. “Students at Memphis College of Art created work that responds either to the Mississippi River and its role in the region’s history and current life, or directly to the music on the program.”

This student exhibition is just one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community each year. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information about this exhibit and other upcoming events, visit

Photo: David Chapura, “The Current,” digital painting, 17” x 22”, 2016

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