Siphne Sylve Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art


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Jan. 7, 2013

"I Am America: Questlove" (detail) by Siphne Sylve I Am America: Questlove (detail) by Siphne Sylve

Siphne Sylve Exhibition Opens at Memphis College of Art

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Memphis College of Art announces its newest Alumni Exhibition, I Am America: Memphis Musicians, by Siphne A. Sylve. The exhibition is taking place Jan. 4 – Feb. 9, in the Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park. There also will be an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 18, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public, and admission is free.

Sylve is a project manager and in-house designer for UrbanArt Commission. She is a native of New Orleans and has lived in Memphis for the last five years, where she earned a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Art History at Memphis College of Art in 2010. Sylve has received the honor to be included in the Memphis Flyer’s edition of 20<30, which highlights 20 young Memphians who are shaping the city’s future.

Her recent work heavily involves the history of American culture, particularly how it is depicted in music and entertainment. These works are primarily collage-based portraits that depict layers of a hybrid American history.

“The I Am America series is a collection of paintings that are designed to identify important musical icons that have changed the face [of] and/or helped to define American music. This process also involves visually depicting the musical and cultural influences/history of each artist, while also showing the hybrid characteristics American music contains and how these characteristics are a major contributor to the ways we define ourselves as Americans,” explained Sylve. “I Am America: Memphis Musicians focuses on current American/Memphis artists who have chosen Memphis as their place to develop and nourish their craft as artists. Individually and collectively, the pieces highlight each artist’s musical inspiration and relation to Memphis music and Memphis culture.”

Rust Hall’s Alumni Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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