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"Disappearing Ink" installation view from above

"Disappearing Ink" installation view from above at AMUM


John Salvest during installation of "Disappearing Ink"

John Salvest during installation of "Disappearing Ink"


Eric Bork hanging flying news papers (each an individual front page from The Jonesboro Sun.

Eric Bork hanging flying news papers, each of which is an individual front page from The Jonesboro Sun. Eric played an important role in the installation of this exhibition and fabricating the news paper birds.

Salvest also created an installation piece for Disappearing Ink. Exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe, John Salvest's art is based on his collections of things most people toss out without a thought: coffee filters, chalk nubs, cigarette butts, matches, chewed gum, old business cards, fingernail clippings and the daily newspaper. His inventory includes 20 years or approximately 7000 consecutive issues of The Jonesboro Sun. His installation for Disappearing Ink is a giant flock of startled birds rising, turning and filling the top 40,000 cubic feet of AMUM's main gallery. Each of the 1400 birds is a front page from the most recent four years of the Sun.


John Salvest (left), Jason Miller (Center), Jan Hankins (background) at Jamie Harmon's Amurica Studio for a Disappearing Ink Submission event, which took place February 6th in Crosstown Memphis, TN.

John Salvest (left), Jason Miller (Center), Jan Hankins (background) at Jamie Harmon's Amurica Studio for a Disappearing Ink Submission event, which took place February 6th in Crosstown Memphis, TN.


Jason Miller during one of over 65 submission sessions.

Jason Miller during one of over 65 submission sessions.

Jason Miller generates audio recordings of statements and makes portraits of each willing participant of Disappearing Ink. This is only half of the multi-sectional submission process that also requires filling out a loan agreement and condition report.


Submission Event ar Rhodes College

David McCarthy (left) with John Salvest (Right) during a submissions event at Rhodes College

Submission event at Rhodes College

Submission event at Rhodes College (left to right) Brooke Mundy, Jason Miller, Amy Jasperson, Leslie Luebbers


Submission event at The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

Submission event at The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, Jason Miller and Brooke Mundy


Jason Miller researching at The Jonesboro Sun

The Jonesboro Sun graciously opened up as a submission location for a day long event, and as part of hosting allowed its archive to become part of the Exhibition. A special thanks is due to Kellie Cobb, who played an important role in setting up the event at The Jonesboro Sun.


This project would not be possible without the following participants:

The Student Activity Fee Fund, The Jonesboro Sun, Amurica Studio, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Burke's Books, The Parkview, Rhodes College, Scottish Rite Foundation, Chucalisa Museum, Brooke Mundy, Ashley Stanton, Penny Dodds, John Salvest, Les Christensen, AMUM staff, and all those who submitted materials.


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