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Le Monster, Part Boo! Reception

Le Monster is back!

Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Le Monster Part Boo, a collaborative exhibition between Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the MCA community of students, faculty and staff who have reimagined drawings of monsters originally created by the hospital’s child patients. The exhibition will be on view Oct. 7 to Nov. 4 in Rust Hall at MCA. Patient drawings will be displayed alongside the final artworks.

A family-friendly, monster-themed celebration of the exhibition will take place Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6–8 p.m. at Rust Hall, and guests are encouraged to wear costumes or monster-themed attire. Crafts, candy, and drinks, too!

Reception: Saturday, October 28, 6–8 p.m. (Costumes welcome!)

Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

The exhibit will be closed for private events from Friday 10/20 at noon to Monday 10/23 at noon, and from Thursday 10/26 at noon to Saturday 10/28 at 2pm.

Le Monster, Part Boo Logo Created by Clint Baker and MCA Alumnus Richie Blum

RECEPTION im truly sorry for your loss, & other PLEASANTRIES: New work by Kristen Rambo

grief: noun
deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death.

It is difficult to talk about my work without talking about my grief. My paintings are emotive abstractions that play with the female form, florals, and texture. They often happen in wild moments after weeks of preparing (and avoiding).

I lost a lot of my family in recent years, and I have seen a lot of suffering and a lot of sudden loss. I have also fallen in love, traveled the country, and grown deeply and truly as a person. All of this goes into the work. It cannot be contained.

Kristen Rambo is a painter living and working in Memphis, TN. She graduated with honors from the Memphis College of Art and is now working out of Art Factory in the historic Cooper-Young neighborhood.

im truly sorry for your loss, & other PLEASANTRIES: New work by Kristen Rambo is on view at Playhouse on the Square from September 19 to October 24, 2017.

Horn Island 33 Reception

This annual exhibition’s artwork is the outcome of an 11-day annual trip by MCA students, faculty and alumni to Horn Island, a barrier island off the coast of Pascagoula, Miss. This year, over 40 participants made the excursion, immersing themselves in the relative isolation and primitive conditions of the undeveloped island. There will be a Reception on August 26 from 5:30-8:30pm. Remaining artworks will be listed for sale online at shop.mca.edu on October 9.

The exhibit will be on view from August 14 to September 29. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Reception for Disappointed: Works by Josh Strydom and Best in Class 2016/17

Memphis College of Art presents a reception for both Disappointed: Works by Josh Strydom in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery and Best in Class 2016/17 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery. Joshua Strydom (BFA ’15) is a Zimbabwean artist, currently based in Prague, Czech Republic. This series explores the idea of unrequited expectations, where people have no return on their emotional investment, or rather a return different from what they had anticipated. Featuring the “best of the best” as selected by faculty in each department, Best in Class features work from students in all grade levels. The show represents student work that faculty felt best accomplished the goals of their respective class.

Reception | 2017 Spring BFA Exhibition

Featuring the works of 58 BFA candidates, Memphis College of Art presents the 2017 Spring BFA Exhibition in the Rust Hall Main Gallery. The college will host a special reception following Commencement for the graduates to celebrate with their friends and family.

Reception | 39. El Nopal by Fidencio Fifield-Perez

Memphis College of Art will host a reception honoring the works of MCA alumnus Fidencio Fifield-Perez (formerly Martínez) in the exhibition 39. El Nopal: No one visits the nopal until it bears fruit. The show will be on view in the Rust Hall Main Gallery Feb. 13-April 18. The show and reception are free and open to the public, as well as his Visiting Artist lecture on March 2.

Fifield-Perez’s work focuses on labor, societal perceptions of Los Invisibles, and maps as a simulation of reality. His work reflects on government practices toward the Latino community that he considers exploitative, marginalizing and reductive. As an undocumented immigrant, Fifield-Perez is acutely aware of the debate over politicized borders and of those who must traverse them.

MCA Hosts Visiting Artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez, Multi-Exhibition Art Reception

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator
nfleenor@mca.edu (901) 272-5113

Feb. 20, 2017


 

 

Fidencio Fifield-PerezMemphis College of Art to Host Visiting Artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez
and Multi-Exhibition Art Reception, March 2 and 3

Thursday lecture surrounds topics of immigration and borders

WHAT:  Lecture: Visiting Artist lecture by Fidencio Fifield-Perez (formerly Fidencio Martínez), artist of MCA’s current Main Gallery exhibition 39. El Nopal, No one visits the nopal until it bears fruit. Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, Fifield-Perez was raised in the U.S. and his work speaks to labor, immigration, borders and the individuals who traverse them. The works in 39. El Nopal speak to the national debate surrounding immigration, and offer a perspective on the issue through large-scale installations. More information about 39. El Nopal, may be found here.

Reception: The following day, MCA will host a reception honoring Fifield-Perez’s exhibition, as well as two other exhibits in Rust Hall—Circles: Works by Emily Miller in the Alumni Gallery, and Zoodles in the Lower Gallery. Circles features the wheatpaste street murals of Emily Miller, a 2014 graduate of MCA’s Illustration program; Zoodles is a collection of sketches by MCA students created during lunch breaks at the Memphis Zoo.

Both events are free and open to the public.

WHEN:  Lecture: Thursday, March 2, 12:15–1:45 p.m.
Reception: Friday, March 3, 6–8 p.m.

WHERE:  Both events will be held at:

Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:  Since its inception in 1936, MCA has hosted exhibits and lectures for the community as part of its commitment to fostering the arts in the city. The college hosts numerous artists and group exhibitions throughout the year, which broadens the sphere of artistic exposure for both MCA students and the public.

For more information about MCA’s exhibitions and other upcoming events, such as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecture featuring LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit mca.edu. For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at nfleenor@mca.edu or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Fidencio Fifield-Perez, “El Hielo / I.C.E.,” mixed-media installation, 2015

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. 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.

 

MCA Presents Sammy Peters’ Then & Now in Hyde Gallery

Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
ccorbett@mca.edu (901)272-5111

Aug. 11, 2016

 

Memphis College of Art Presents Sammy Peters’ Then & Now in Hyde Gallery
Notable Arkansas abstract painter is first Visiting Artist Talk and Exhibition of the 2016-2017 year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Then & Now, an exhibition of work by the prolific Arkansas-based painter Sammy Peters, on view Aug. 22–Sept. 30 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. Peters will present the semester’s first Visiting Artist talk on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 30 from 6–9 p.m. Both events will be held in the Hyde Gallery. Peters has exhibited extensively around the United States, and his work is included in numerous collections around the world including the Arkansas Arts Center, the McDonalds Corporation in London, England, The Venetian Resort Hotel in Macao, China, the estate of Winthrop Rockefeller and the private collection of actor Gene Hackman.

Then & Now will feature a combination of Peters’ large-scale abstract paintings and smaller works, completed in years spanning from 1963 to 2016. The paintings are a union of color, texture and space. Peters describes his work as a living dichotomy, straddling the line between ambiguity and rhythm. “My paintings have an intrinsic tempo within them that may not be obvious at first glance. I begin to sense the rhythm of the painting early in the work, and often that sense of rhythm asserts itself in devices like ladder shapes or stripes or polka dots or various marks,” said Peters. “The rhythm of the painting perpetuates itself and reasserts itself as I paint, and I just go along for the ride.”

Peters’ work is described as beautifully complex—avoiding traditional parameters in a time when society needs “tidily labeled” art—in an essay by international art writer and critic Peter Frank (Sammy Peters: Painting Unbound, 2016). “Peters’ approach to painting straddles the material and the pictorial, delights in sensuous skin and color relationships at once dissonant and delicious, and combines the decorative and the narrative without telling stories or striving for retinal gratification. Such painting evades classification with a chameleon’s elusiveness, implicitly taunting those who would try to entrap it.”

MCA Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Remy Miller says Peters’ return to MCA, after exhibiting at the college as a Visiting Artist several times in the early 1990s, offers a rare opportunity for students and the Memphis community to see how the artist’s work has changed and developed over time. “Though his national and international exhibition record is long and impressive, it is characteristic of this modest painter to hold close to his roots,” said Miller. “He demonstrates that despite art world clichés, ambitious art of the highest quality is often produced outside the major art centers of the world.”

Peters was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas after his family moved there from Shreveport, Louisiana in 1945. He eventually studied art history and design at Little Rock University and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. Peters currently maintains a full-time studio practice in Little Rock, Ark.

Then & Now is one of a variety of exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community each year. All MCA exhibitions, receptions and lectures are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, noon–5 p.m., and Saturday noon–7 p.m.

Photo: Sammy Peters, “Recognition: presence; concealed,” oil and mixed media on canvas, 72” x 144”, 2005

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.

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