Memphis College of Art Announces 2013 Horn Island Exhibition

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications

July 16, 2013

Memphis College of Art Announces 2013 Horn Island Exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will present the 29th annual Horn Island Exhibition in the Rust Hall Gallery from Aug. 19 through Sept. 27, alongside Decorators by Chloe York in our Alumni Gallery. A reception will be held for both exhibitions on Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Gallery.

The works in the exhibition are the outcome of an 11-day annual trip to Horn Island, Miss. for MCA students, faculty and alumni. Faculty member Don DuMont is the director of the Horn Island program. He coordinates the travel arrangements and logistics for the expedition, which immerses the participants in nature on the undeveloped island, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The program begins before departure as the artists begin work on a journal/sketchbook for the trip. DuMont says a visit to the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, Miss. is always the first stop, as Anderson, an American artist who spent much of his childhood and adult life in coastal Mississippi, drew heavily on the environment and wildlife of Horn Island in his work.

Once on the island, participants live in primitive conditions, as there are no amenities. Over the years, the Wednesday night of the trip has become a favorite, featuring a dinner of SPAM and a contest for the most elaborate headdress made with found objects. “It can be anything from baseball caps with items affixed on them, to full island regalia,” says DuMont. The expedition usually numbers around 35, but DuMont recalls 52 participants on the 20-year anniversary trip.

Following the expedition, participants are given several weeks to develop a body of work based on their island experience. Participants create work for the exhibition that may include photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics and book arts. Students gain additional experience as they participate in the installation and logistical planning of the exhibition.

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