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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.



International Sculpture Center

publisher of Sculpture magazine

(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!


Check Out This Exhibit in St. Louis!


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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