Memphis College of Art presents several programs and opportunities for the general public to either view or actively participate in the art-making process.
At the galleries in our main campus in Overton Park (Rust Hall) and on the street, the college’s gallery in the South Main Arts district of downtown Memphis, the MCA mounts several exhibitions of contemporary art each year. The work of nationally and internationally known artists is displayed in both traveling and individually curated exhibits. The work of current students is also displayed in group exhibitions during the academic year, including the bi-annual BFA show.
The MCA Visiting Artists Lecture Series brings artists, scholars and critics to interact with the College and the larger Memphis community. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public.
Our CE division offers several opportunities for both adult and youth audiences to be active participants in the artmaking process. Courses, workshops, and special programs are offered each fall, spring and summer – including our very popular youth Saturday School, Summer Art Camp and the college preparatory Summer Academy. Adult non-credit classes are offered year-round though Continuing Education and are open to anyone age 16 and older.
The College offers programs designed specifically for local primary and secondary educators of the Memphis City and Shelby County school systems.
• Teacher Recertification Classes.
MCA offers studio credit coursework to area teachers. Courses offered are for 3 college credit hours each and are heavily subsidized by MCA at the rate of approximately 90%.
• City and County Art Teacher In-service Programs.
Two days each year in August and January, MCA hosts art-in-service workshops to local area teachers and faculty. These all day workshops are 100% subsidized by MCA.
• Advanced Placement Vertical Team Workshops for Memphis City School Teachers.
MCA conducts free workshops to train teachers in various methods of teaching accelerated art courses to high school students. These workshops also include ways in which to market art to students.
• Triennial TAEA (TN Art Education Association).
The Triennial is a 3-day annual conference hosted by MCA free of charge to local area educators and includes teacher workshops and vendor and visiting artist displays.
• WTNAEA (West Tennessee Art Education Association).
WTNAEA is an annual 2-day conference hosted by MCA free of charge to educators based in west Tennessee and includes teacher workshops and vendor and visiting artist displays.
• National Art Education Association State Presidents Meeting.
MCA hosts all state college presidents at a meeting to discuss the state of college affairs. This meeting is 100% subsidized by MCA.