Memphis is Art.
The University of Memphis Department of Art educates students in visual arts and design from a holistic perspective: practical, theoretical, and historical. Whether the focus is studio, art history, art education, or graphic design, undergraduate and graduate students develop a creative voice and professional practice through the cultivation of skill, critical analysis, and an understanding of art's evolution over time and place.
Memphis has a deeply rooted, well-known cultural history as fertile ground for world-changing creative expression in art, music, and literature. Located in the center of the city, the Department of Art critically engages this heritage as a source for its own identity and inspiration, while at the same time taking up broader contemporary issues and questions from a global perspective.
MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
DESMOND LEWIS: HEAVY-LADEN
March 17–31, 2017
Opening Reception: March 17, 5-7 pm (artist Gallery Talk, 6 pm)
Featuring the work of Desmond Lewis, the MFA thesis exhibition Heavy-Laden explores the relationship between the often-overlooked industrial contributions of African Americans in the construction of the United States over time and considers the metaphorical characteristics of the materials used.
The contribution of African American labor to industrial America is often hidden beneath the layers of racist ideologies that have propelled the United States to its superpower status. The work in the exhibition carves away at this pristine façade to expose the roughness and intricacies that the hands of African American labor had and still have in constructing the nation's infrastructure.
Lewis's work is driven by the interpersonal relationship he has with steel and concrete—a physicality and commitment echoed in his everyday experience living in the United States as an African American man. Comprised of carved concrete and forged and fabricated steel sculptures, the exhibition occupies the gallery but also includes a large-scale outdoor piece as well as public work in the Orange Mound community.
This exhibition is supported through the generosity of West Memphis Steel, Orange Mound Gallery, Razorback Concrete, Williams Equipment and Supply, MCR Safety, and Tennessee Sling Center.
"Who Do You Trust" art exhibit to be displayed at Luther College
Article by The Decorah Newspapers
"Who Do You Trust," an art exhibit featuring the work of Jed Jackson, will be on display from Feb. 3 to March 15 in Luther College's Preus Library. The exhibit is open to the public with no charge for admission.
This year's Paideia Texts and Issues theme, "Who Do You Trust," was developed by the Paideia Endowment Governing Board, the Religion department and the Visual and Performing Arts department. Drawing from a wide variety of texts from the arts, sciences and humanities, the series attempts to facilitate discussions of personal and institutional trust. Who or what are people predisposed to trust? Is trust a fundamental element of character, community or culture? What are the results of mistrust or betrayal?...
Crosstown Concourse co-founder named Communicator of the Year
Article by Memphis Business Journal
The voice behind the movement to rehabilitate the 1.5-million-square-foot Sears Crosstown building into a thriving vertical urban village is being recognized as the 2016 Communicator of the Year.
Todd Richardson, an associate professor at the University of Memphis, co-founder of Crosstown Arts and managing director of Crosstown Concourse, was selected as the Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) 2016 Communicator of the Year.
Munch and Learn: Berthe Morisot, First Lady of Impressionism
January 25, 2017
Wednesdays, 12 pm to 1 pm
Dr. Pamela Gerrish Nunn, HohenbergChair of Excellence in Art History, University of Memphis.
This brown-bag lecture series features local artists, experts and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens staff sharing their expertise on a variety of topics. Free for members and students with ID. For more information go to Dixon Gallery and Gardens.
Art Education Alumni Juried ExhibitioN: "Tolerance through Art Education"
Submission Deadline February 27, 2017
The theme for the exhibition is "Tolerance through Art Education." Each alumnus must submit one recent work of art, and two students' works (one male and one female). The artwork must convey the idea of tolerance. Student work may or may not show a relationship to their Art Teacher's work. Please make sure the works of art submitted are ready to hang and are constructed to withstand being hung.
For more information/schedule and registration form download here.
Art Review: "Say What?" Greely Myatt at Sandler Hudson Gallery
Image caption (above): Michael Aurbach, Administrative Vision, 2013. Mixed media. Image courtesy of the artist.
Art is a form of communication. The visual language of pictures and symbols spans cultures and breaches the boundaries of speech. Viewers personify it by asking: What does it mean? What is the art saying? The sculptures in Greely Myatt's show, "Maybe I Can Paint Over That," at Sandler Hudson Gallery depict these articulations and audience-art conversations.
The symbols Myatt creates out of cut wood and bent steel are ubiquitous icons that have been used, in different iterations, for over 1,400 years. Thought and speech bubbles were in use as far back as 600 A.D. in Mesoamerican art, appearing in the form of scrolls streaming from the speaker's mouth. Over the years, these visual representations of speech have taken the form of scrolls, balloons, and bubbles in illuminated manuscripts in the Middle Ages, political cartoons during the Revolutionary War, the first-known newspaper comic cartoon Yellow Kid in the late 1800s and the golden age of comic books that followed in the decades after, then again when Pop artists adopted the visual language of comics. Myatt's free-floating speech and thought bubbles mimic a Pop art sensibility, but in a way that translates the symbol into the language of our current era, where it has been recast in technological correspondence and advertisements. Read full article.