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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.


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Joshua A. Roberson new article, co-authored with his French and Egyptian colleagues from the French Institute of Eastern Archaeology, has now appeared in print, as:"Le temple 'primitif' de Ptah à Karnak," Bulletin de l'Institut français d'archéologie Orientale 117 (2017): 125–159.

"Ancient Egyptian Furniture: From the earliest examples to those 'wonderful things' of the New Kingdom"

The Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, in association with U of M's Egyptian Institute, Will Host October 10th Lecture


The Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, in association with the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, will host a public lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the University Center, room 350 (Fountain View Suite). Dr. Geoffrey Killen will present at 7:00 p.m. A reception will precede the lecture, at 6:15 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage, near the University Center.
Dr. Killen will be speaking on the history of ancient Egyptian furniture, from the earliest examples to the exquisite pieces discovered in the famous tomb of Tutankhamun. Through a comparison of pieces from both royal and non-royal contexts, Dr. Killen will provide insight into the forms and manufacturing techniques of some of ancient Egypt's most spectacular preserved artifacts.

Dr. Geoffrey Killen is a leading Egyptologist, wood technologist, and furniture historian who studied Design and Technology at Shoreditch College, University of London and the University of Liverpool, where he specialized in Egyptian woodworking of the Ramesside era. He has written extensively on the subject of Egyptian woodworking and has also led in the field of experimental archaeology, where making and using replica tools and equipment has generated and tested archaeological hypotheses. He has lectured and given practical demonstrations of Ancient Egyptian woodworking processes and techniques in the U.S. and Britain. Dr. Killen has studied the collections of Egyptian furniture and woodwork at most of the major world museums, including the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Dr. Killen's practical work is currently displayed, together with the original artifacts, in several British museums.

For more information, email Dr. Joshua Roberson at or the IEAA at 901-678-2555.

U of M's Egyptian Institute will Host Sept. 27th Lecture

Divine Donations: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

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The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology will host the second annual IEAA Alumni Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Art & Communications Building, room 310. Dr. Sarah Schellinger, of the San Antonio Museum of Art and Trinity University, San Antonio, will present at 7:00 p.m. A reception will precede the lecture, at 6:15 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Pay parking is available in the Innovation Garage (Lot 40), located next to the Fogelman Executive Center.

Dr. Schellinger will present on the fascinating topic of animal mummies in ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians identified animals with the divine realm and adapted earlier techniques of (human) mummification for animal use, in order to serve as offerings to their deities. This custom resulted in the mummification of millions of animals in the later centuries of ancient Egyptian history. Dr. Schellinger will discuss the ancient beliefs surrounding animal mummification as well as the scientific techniques, such as X-ray and CT scanning, that modern scholars employ to study them. Dr. Schellinger and her colleagues at the San Antonio Museum of Art have utilized these cutting edge technologies, along with traditional artifact conservation, to analyze animal mummies in the museum's collection, with interesting and, in some cases, unexpected results.

Dr. Sarah Schellinger is an adjunct faculty member at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a specialist in the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt and Nubia. She held the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship at the San Antonio Museum of Art and has served previously as a Terrace Research Associate in Egyptian Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as holding internships at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh, PA. While at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Dr. Schellinger curated the exhibition Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion. Her publications include an essay on the Victory Stela of Piye, the Nubian king who founded Egypt's Twenty-Fifth Dynasty, as well as articles concerning the architecture of Nubian palaces and forts. Dr. Schellinger earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto, and her M.A. in Art History from the University of Memphis.

For more information, email Dr. Joshua Roberson at

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Our MFA, Virginia Overton, is featured in the most recent New Yorker!

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James Edgar Jackson will be exhibiting about 10 paintings at the Bradbury Museum at Arkansas State University opening October 4. Also, he will have two paintings in an Exhibit at the Center for Creative Art in St. Louis opening in September. TEN YEARS IN is exhibiting in a major Museum Exhibit in the Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo New York. It will be open Friday, July 13–Sunday, October 28, 2018.

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On September 25, our campus is hosting Sickle Cell Awareness Day. This event is planned and supported through a partnership with The Department of Communication, The School of Public Health, The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, individuals who battle sickle cell disease, and individual providers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

As part of the event, we are hosting a blood drive through Life Blood, the Midsouth Regional Blood Center. Because many sickle cell patients require multiple blood transfusion throughout their lives, a blood drive is an important element of this event.

For Life Blood to commit to the event, I need twenty people to sign up to donate blood on Sept. 25, between 11:00 and 2:30. I need to have twenty people committed by this Friday, August 17.

If anyone is interested in donating, they can email me by this Friday at, with a simple statement of committing to donate on that day, signed with their full name.

Blood donation takes about 40 minutes, and Life Blood provides free pizza afterward.






International Sculpture Center

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(Hamilton, NJ) Ellen Dempsey, of Florence, AL, has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2018. Ellen Dempsey is a student at University of Memphis.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award" program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field. It was also designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating universities, colleges and art schools. The award program's growing publicity resulted in an exceptional number of participating institutions; including over 138 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from eight countries for a nominated total of 354 students.

A distinguished panel made up of Sam Ekwurtzel, Brooklyn based artist & 2006 Student Award Recipient, Brooklyn, NY; Gina Miccinilli, Educator & working sculptor, Mahwah, NJ; and Ysabel Pinyol, Curatorial Director, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ; selected 17 recipients, and 18 honorable mentions through a competitive viewing process of the works submitted. The selection of the recipients from a large pool of applicants, including international students, is a great accomplishment and testament to the artistic promise of the students' work.

The 17 award recipients will participate in a Fall/Winter Exhibition (location and dates TBD). The artist's work will be featured in the October 2018 issue of the International Sculpture Center's award winning publication, Sculpture magazine as well as on the ISC's award-winning website at

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museums-anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture. Please visit for further details.

Department Chair Richard A. Lou's work featured on the front page of the Arts and Entertainment section of the Los Angeles Times.

'Border Door' provided a poetic welcome to immigrants 30 years ago. An art show brings back its message

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Here are photos from the Community Art Academy celebration at the Memphis Public Library.

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Join us in the Thursday May 3 in the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art from 6-8 PM for a one-night only exhibition of works by graduating University of Memphis Graphic Design students: Ben Ardon, Claudia Duarte, Steve Duggan, Kaitlyn Hoover, Holly Hughes, Caitlin Lawless, Lana Lopez, Micheal Moore, Kyle Neblett, Jacob Nevill, Gwendolyn Nguyen, Sarai Payne, Parks Perdue, Ashley Thephasone, and Millie Walt.



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Graphic Design Faculty & Students Create Digital Sets for Opera Memphis' Midtown Opera Festival

Assistant Professor K Brandon Bell & Associate Professor Gary Golightly, along with students Cassie Farrier, Parks Purdue and MFA candidate Chad Malone, are working to create video projection sets for the upcoming Midtown Opera Festival at Playhouse On The Square, April 6-14.

This is the sixth annual festival presented by Opera Memphis: two weeks of opera, parties, panel discussions, family events, and more, in the heart of the city. This year's festival will feature Scarlatti's The Triumph of Honor, set in a mashup of the 1690's and the 1990's. It will also boast the world premiere of the Opera 901 Showcase, a series of five original operas commissioned by Opera Memphis, all set in Memphis.

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Check Out the 12th Annual Art Education Alumni Juried Exhibition!


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01/31/2018, Noon to 1:00 PM

Wednesdays, 12:00pm | Winegardner Auditorium

This brown-bag lecture series features local artists, experts and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens staff sharing their expertise on a variety of topics. Bring your own lunch or purchase a delicious box lunch from Park & Cherry on-site. Free for members and students with ID.

January 31: Art at the Turn of the Century: The Intersection of Photography and Painting by David Horan, Photography Instructor, University of Memphis

During the transitional years bridging the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the relatively new medium of photography had matured from a purely documentary tool into a rich medium of artistic expression. Artists were exploring ways to utilize the new language of writing with light and were strongly influencing the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture with new concepts of composition and vision. From Pictorialism, to Futurism, to Surrealism, 'cross-pollination' was the word of the day.

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The University of Memphis 12th Annual Art Education Alumni Juried Exhibition!

Dear UM Art Education Alumni,

I would like to invite you and two of your students to participate in The University of Memphis 12th Annual Art Education Alumni Juried Exhibition.

The theme for the exhibition is "Reflections." Each alumnus must submit one recent work of art, and two students' works (one male and one female). The artwork should convey the idea of reflections. Student work may or may not show a relationship to their Art Teacher's work. (Detailed criteria are listed on the following page). Please make sure the works of art submitted are ready to hang and are constructed to withstand being hung.

Please complete the registration form on the following page and keep this schedule, so that you will not miss any deadlines.

I look forward to seeing your submissions.


Bryna Bobick, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Art Education

(901) 678-1472



February 20 – Art Alumni/Student Submission Deadline and accepting work 3:30-5:30, Room 112 Art and Communication Building, 3715 Central Avenue.

February 27 – Opening Reception - 3:30-5:00 pm

Awards at 4:00, The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art.

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March 19 - 3:30-5:30, Room 112 Art and Communication Building, 3715 Central Ave.



Title: University of Memphis 12th Annual Art Education Alumni Juried Exhibition

Theme: "Reflections"

Criteria: Each alumni must submit one recent work of art, and two students work (one male and one female). The artwork must communicate visually the theme of "Reflections". Student work may or may not show a relationship to their Art Teacher's work. Share your visual interpretation of reflections. This theme can be visually communicated through content or media. Media Focus: Painting, Collage, Assemblage, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Print, Pastel, Photography.

The University of Memphis Annual Art Education Alumni Juried Exhibition features area K-12 art educators who are graduates of the University of Memphis Art Education Program, or who have completed coursework at the University during their teaching preparation or careers. This exhibition is held each year during Youth Art Month and is in accordance with the mission and vision of the University of Memphis, the Art Department and the Tennessee Art Education Association.

If you have questions, contact Kelly Cook,*The University of Memphis assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage to entries.


Please email this information to Bryna Bobick prior to the submission date, and attach a copy to the back of each work of art.

Educator's Name:

Educator's Biographical Statement (Please limit to five sentences):

Institution Represented:

Title of Educator's Work:

Media of Educator's Work:

Year Completed:

Short Description of Artwork: The artwork must reflect "Reflections"

Student 1 Name:

Student 1 Class/Grade Level:

Title of Student 1 Work:

Media of Student 1 Work:

Short Description of Student 1 Artwork: The artwork must reflect "Reflections"

Student 2 Name:

Student 2 Class/Grade Level:

Title of Student 2 Work:

Media of Student 2 Work:

Short Description of Student 2 Artwork: The artwork must reflect "Reflections"

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Congratulations to the following award winners:

Beth EdwardsBryna BobbickRichard LouEarnestine Jenkins


Catherine Knowles, BFA Graphic Design
Wins Gold at local and Silver ADDY

Catherine KnowlesCatherine Knowles, BFA Graphic Design Student Wins Gold at local and Silver ADDY at the regional level which includes statewide competition including competitors from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Knowles design moves forward to compete at the national level!

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year from local ad club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. It is a three tiered creative competition where winners receive gold and/or silver ADDY awards.
- From the AAF website.

My magazine ad campaign History Speaks Here won a Gold ADDY in the AAF Memphis (local club) competition. Gold awards automatically move on to the next tier of judging which for Tennessee is District 7. District 7 of the American Advertising Federation represents 20 affiliate advertising clubs and federations of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. and it went on to District 7 judging and won a Silver ADDY award in that competition. Silver awards can be manually forwarded onto the national level for judging, and History Speaks Here is currently en route for a national award.

Recently, I was selected to present my art history research on an ancient Egyptian tomb (KV 57, The Royal Tomb of Horemhub) at NCUR on April 8. My research on the tomb had to do with the overwhelmingly incomplete state of the tomb that allowed the viewer to see the actual process of creating tomb decoration. Hence the title of my presentation, "The Art of Process." I found this concept to be especially attractive as an artist myself, and found it to be a method of connecting back with creative minds from ages ago.

Crosstown Concourse co-founder named Communicator of the Year

Article by Memphis Business Journal

Todd RichardsonThe 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.

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