Memphis College of Art Announces Legacy Art Auction

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
901-272-5111

Sept. 16, 2013

"Park in Noon Sun" by Burton CallicotPark in Noon Sun, 1961, oil on canvas by Burton Callicott

Memphis College of Art Announces Legacy Art Auction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —An event that Memphis art lovers won’t want to miss, Memphis College of Art will hold the Legacy Art Auction: 100% Local on Friday, Oct. 11, 6–8 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery.

The auction will feature MCA legacy holdings—a wide array of artwork in media including ink wash, watercolor, acrylic and oils on paper, canvas as well as woodcuts, lithographs and even a few sculptures. The common thread is that all of the artists have a connection to Memphis College of Art, some with locally famous names including Callicott, Reed, Robinette, Giobbi, Pekar and more.

David Lusk, owner of the David Lusk Gallery and vice chair of MCA’s board of trustees, is the curator of the exhibition, on view from Oct. 4 through the auction on Oct. 11. “David and his staff have put in an incredible number of hours in support of MCA,” said Shawna Engel, MCA’s vice president for advancement. “They have evaluated, cataloged, photographed and curated, and we are extremely grateful for all of their efforts on our behalf.”

“The number of works in the MCA holdings is astounding—and so is the number of artists MCA has helped define over the years,” said Lusk. “As the second event in an ongoing series of auctions, it is appropriate to showcase only works created by members of the MCA community. The works in this auction span six decades, types of work and price points. For instance, from a quintessential Callicott landscape from 1961 to Martina Shenal’s highly minimal photographs c. 2000, the auction has broad appeal, proving what a fine place to create art MCA has always been. Now we urge the Memphis public to join in collecting prime pieces of MCA history.”

All of the artwork will be purchased through silent bids, with the exception of one large 50” x 38” canvas, “Park in Noon Sun” by Burton Callicott, which will be auctioned live with opening bids beginning at 7:45 p.m.

The auction is free and open to the public. “We encourage all who would like to attend to make a reservation so that their bid numbers are ready as soon as they arrive,” said Engel. Reservations can be emailed to rsvp@mca.edu or phoned to Shawna Engel at 901-272-5115.

Click here to see the auction catalog.


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