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

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator (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 For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

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

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