Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
Oct. 4, 2013
MCA Presents Visiting Artist Jeff de Boer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present metalsmith Jeff de Boer in a lecture for the Visiting Artist Series on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Callicott Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Since his graduation from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1988, de Boer has established an international reputation for creating some of the most unique and highly crafted sculpture in the world. Best known for his museum-quality suits of armor for cats and mice, he has also developed several other themes such as armor ties for executives, an abstract series called “Exoforms,” and space art that includes ray guns, rocket mice and retro rocket lamps. “Some of my other works going back 25 years would even qualify as early Steampunk,” says de Boer.
Over the past five years, de Boer has created large-scale public works including iconic sculptures such as a barbed wire bucking bronco, giant wind-up tin toys, sculptures incorporating LED technologies and more.
An artist, teacher, philosopher, designer, mentor and businessman, de Boer believes that artists can be more than just artists, “They can be innovators, leaders, presidents and CEOs.” De Boer recently founded the LEXM guild, “The League of Extraordinary Makers,” a collaborative organization of like-minded individuals who have a mission to change culture through art, industry and technology. As part of his visit to MCA, de Boer will also lead a hands-on workshop for MCA students to offer a pragmatic approach for establishing a career as a visual artist, allowing them to build a personal strategy from emerging artist to self-sustaining professional.
“I am a maker of things,” says de Boer, “things that are authentic, things that leave people with positive memories and the feeling that beauty and magic still have a place in our world. I am not concerned about occupying the cover of some high-end art magazine or being one of the in crowd. If I can keep doing what I love and keep getting what I need from it, I can honestly say that I am successful.”
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. The region’s only independent art and design college, 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.