Contact: Cara Sievers
Director of College Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 3, 2013
Memphis College of Art Announces Premier Selection Exhibition, Auction
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art has announced a special exhibition and auction featuring works from well-known local, regional, national and international artists. The exhibition will be on view Jan. 9–12 and Jan. 16 with a private, invitation-only auction occurring on Thursday, Jan. 17.
The featured artists are Mario Bacchelli, Erneice Brode, Burton Callicott, Carroll Cloar, Rosalee Cohn, Stuart Davis, Ted Faiers, Edward Giobbi, Theora Hamblett, Freida Hamm, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Adele Lemm, Roy Lichtenstein, George Ortman, Larry Poons, Veda Reed, Murray Riss, Bill Roberson, Ted Rust, Mary Sims, Dolph Smith, Harris Sorrelle, Frank Stella, Dorothy Sturm, Andy Warhol, Brian Watkins. The works can be viewed at www.mca.edu/premierselectionauction.
The Memphis College of Art Board of Trustees made a decision in Spring 2012 to sell some of the college’s artworks. The Board felt it would be best to find new homes for some of the nearly 550 pieces being kept in storage. This auction is the first event in the process, and the college expects the process to continue over the next eight to 10 years. MCA will retain a selection of works in perpetuity, but proceeds from the works sold will directly benefit the operations and programs of Memphis College of Art.
“We are very pleased to make these standout works available to the public for viewing and purchase,” said David Lusk, MCA Board of Trustees vice-chair and owner of David Lusk Gallery. “While the college would love to steward these works forever, we just don’t have the capability or facilities to store them, care for them and display them properly. This auction will enable members of our community to enjoy these treasured works while making a significant financial contribution to MCA.”
The Hyde Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. and admission is free. The gallery will be closed for a private event on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.
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.