Watch This Video: New Art by Cedar Lorca Nordbye at Crosstown Arts
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Outdoor spaces around the house have been given over to a show organized by Bob Nickas and Virginia Overtonthat will include works by Sam Anderson, Uri Aran, Lisa Beck, Sarah Braman, Jim Drain,
Wayne Gonzales, Eli Hansen, Charles Harlan, Jim Kanter and Lisa Ward, Servane Mary,
Jason Metcalf, Greely Myatt, Chuck Nanney, Amy O’Neill, Kelly Parr, Ugo Rondinone,
Davina Semo and Aaron Suggs.
Virginia Overton and Aaron Suggs are both MFA Graduates of the University of Memphis
Department of Art. Read more here...
Undergraduate students enrolled in Dr. Bryna Bobick's Art for Children class developed
and taught art activities for The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art's Community Day on
April 26. Each studio art activity was based on the museum's Dali exhibition.
The Department of Art congratulates graduate students Leila Hamdan and Jody Stokes-Casey
for their new positions at the National Civil Rights Museum
Jody Stokes-Casey is an art history graduate student with a concentration in modern
and contemporary art. Her thesis research questioned systems of exclusion in the visual
art communities of Memphis using the Dixon Gallery and Gardens exhibition "Present
Tense: The Art of Memphis, 2001-Now" as a case study. She is also enrolled in the
University of Memphis' Museum Studies Certificate Program and has recently accepted
a position as the Education Coordinator at the National Civil Rights Museum. Among
other tasks and responsibilities in this position, she will be creating educational
programming and materials for students, teachers, and the community.
Leila Hamdan recently completed her thesis titled "Culture and Resistance. Civil Rights
Photography: Memphis, 1968" under the skilled direction of Dr. Earnestine Jenkins
of the Art History program at the University of Memphis. Her degree is a Master of
Arts in Art History with a concentration in the Arts of Africa and African Diaspora
and is accompanied by a Museum Studies Certificate. In graduate school, she was fortunate
to have learned from a multidisciplinary team of professors and specialists from the
Archaeology, Communications, Fine Art, and Library departments along with Art History
and Museum Studies. The combined graduate and certificate programs prepared her to
accept a position as Registrar at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine
Motel just a few days before graduation. Leila is extremely grateful to the University
of Memphis, to her mentor and thesis chair Dr. Jenkins, to committee members Dr. Connolly,
Dr. Coffey, and Mr. Lou, along with many others including Dr. Albertson, Dr. Luebbers,
Lester Merriweather, and Chris Ratliff.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, presents the work of Virginia
Overton in Flat Rock, a major new large-scale and site-responsive exhibition. Marking
the artist's first solo exhibition at an American museum, "Flat Rock" features both
works from the artist's studio and commissioned sculpture compiled with objects sourced
in the area around the exhibition site to reframe the relationship between work and
environment. Continue Reading
Senior thesis collection showcases young creators at University of Memphis
By Fredric Koeppel
The problem with "Longing, Not Loathing," the senior thesis exhibition at the Martha
and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, is that each of the 10 artists
deserves a separate review. Continue Reading
Crosstown Arts is pleased to open "To Frame-To Construct-To Occupy," a new installation by Memphis
artist and University of Memphis associate professor Cedar Lorca Nordbye. We'll be
open 6-9 pm; gallery talk with the artist is at 6:30!
Community Art Academy, Spring 2014
Undergraduate art education majors taught 4th and 5th grade students studio art activities
weekly during the spring semester at Willow Oaks Elementary School. It was a collaborative
service-learning program providing teacher preparation, prior to graduation. University
of Memphis alumi Jami Hooper is the art specialist at Willow Oaks Elementary School
and Dr. Bryna Bobick coordinated the 2014 Community Art Academy.
Patricia V. Podzorski, Ph.D., Curator of Egyptian Art, Live at 9 on WREG Channel 3:
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Movie titles by Prof. Wildberger for the film "Limo Ride" had its world premiere at
the Atlanta Film Festival
When a group of friends hired a limousine to take them to the beach for their annual
New Years rite of passage, the last thing they expected was to find themselves kidnapped,
stripped, stranded and left for dead on a dirt road 24 hours later, fighting to survive.
A true tale told by those who lived it, these ten Southern raconteurs are as practiced
in spinning great yarns as they are in hard living. By combining the narration of
the actual participants with feature-length re-enactment, "Limo Ride" transforms the
greatest bar story ever told into a wild, experimental docu-comedy. Atlanta Film Festival
After a stunning credits sequence (seriously, one of the best I've ever seen for an
indie film), Kennedy and Rosentrater throw us head first into this ridonkulously entertaining
tour of debauchery. Filmicability
A great opening credits sequence is the first clue that the film was in the hands
of inventive filmmakers. Reel GA
Willow Park Mural
Lead Artist: Beth Edwards, Professor of Art, University of Memphis
Assisted by: Brian Grisham, Amelia Briggs, Melissa Dunn, Paul Miller and April Pierce.
Willow Park is surrounded by an economically and ethnically diverse neighborhood.
The park is comprised of a series of sports fields where soccer, softball and kickball
are played. The park is well utilized, but goal of the mural is to increase people's
involvement with the activities in the park. The images in this mural work on two
levels: primarily the mural affirms the positive, life enhancing qualities of physical
activity; secondly, the mural celebrates nature and the pleasure of being outdoors.
The mural is meant to be inclusive and welcoming and serve as a magnet to bring people
into the park. It is also meant to say to the neighborhood that this space is valued.
The mural was executed over the course of 8 month. Beth Edwards designed and painted
the mural on polytab, a non-woven cloth utilized by many muralists across the country.
Working in this way allows the mural to be painted indoors and then later installed
using adhesives and a sealant. Brian Grisham oversaw the installation. Two current
MFA painting students, Amelia Briggs and April Pierce; recent art department BFA student,
Paul Miller; and local artist, Melissa Dunn, all participated in the painting of the
The Art Department of the University of Memphis is pleased to announce the Spring
2014 BFA exhibition Longing, Not Loathing.
It will be on display April 4 - April 25 in The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art located in the Art and Communication Building on campus. The opening reception will
be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:00pm. The exhibition will highlight
work and achievements from the Spring graduating class consisting of:
Freeman Brown III
Gregory Allen Smith
This culmination of expertise presents itself through multiple mediums, spanning a
wide array of subjective concerns. Topics of loss, remembrance, pain, sexuality and
manipulation of nature are represented throughout the photography. Perception and
tension challenge tactile reality through sculpture, while color and light reveal
an intangible reality. Manipulation and the manufacturing of nature are addressed
in ceramic forms. We wish our viewers to join us for this milestone exhibition and
to leave Longing, Not Loathing. This event is free and open to the public. For more
information call 901-678-2216.
Professor and Art Department Chair, Richard A. Lou's work is currently in a two person
show with renowned perfomance/installation artist James Luna in San Diego, CA.
Where: San Diego Mesa College's Art Gallery
When: From March 17 - April 16, 2014
Richard A. Lou's installation "Stories on My Back" explores his mixed Chinese and
Mexican heritage by speaking of his connections across the Pacific and in the Americas,
both ancient and modern. Lou's work connects autobiographical memory with geography
and history. It continues a narrative from earlier work referencing issues of power,
immigration, racism and assimilation.
In the gallery the visitor will enter a ceremonial nine-foot post and lintel structure
clad in golden cornhusks and illuminated from within. The columns are studded with
images and quotes from the artist's Chinese father, his Mexican mother and his grandparents.
The cornhusks represent the scales on the Aztec plumed serpent Quetzalcoatl but also
reference Chinese dragons. Audio and video components add layers, additional voices
Also featured in the installation is a piece by Louisiana artist Chere Labbe Doiron,
who five years ago took on the task of breathing new life into Richard Lou's father's
lazy-boy chair. The chair assumes the role of illustrated historian and part talisman
as it protects and convenes the stories of the Lou family. The installation has been
on exhibit throughout the US.
James Luna uses photography to preserve performance actions into images that have
a dramatic voice of their own. Luna is internationally renowned for powerful work
that transforms gallery spaces into battlefields, confronting the audience with the
nature of cultural identity. From his unique indigenous perspective as a resident
of the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County, Luna has given voice to Native
Americancultural issues with over 30 years of exhibition and performance experience.
"I CON" is a new series of performance based photographs by James Luna. Many of the
photographs are humorous in nature but they also contain a serious statement about
mainstream culture's icons, heroes and celebrities. It explores the tension between
icons and stereotypes commenting on the effects of American pop culture's inclusion
and exclusion of American Indians.
This is the premiere showing of this exhibition which will travel throughout the US
. . .
Richard A. Lou, "Stories On My Back" and James Luna, "I CON"
A gallery conversation about Lou and Luna's work will be conducted by David Avalos,
Professor, CSU San Marcos: Monday, April 7, 11:30 am in the Gallery.
Gallery Hours: MTW 11-4 pm, Thursday 11 – 8 pm. Closed Fridays, weekends and school
Artist Greely Myatt inaugurates the David Lusk Gallery Nashville space with a solo sculpture exhibition in April, titled "Having Said That".
Myatt, whose decades-long art-making career has frequently focused on communication,
expands upon his comic-strip/thought-bubble motif with his use of familiar materials
like steel, wax, electricity, wood, cookie tins, grass and air. Fans of Myatt, of
words or comic books or conversation, can expect a cacophony of floor and wall-mounted
pieces, including an 8-foot tall steel page-flipping comic book, a wall-sized steel
comic book page, and even a monumental cookie tin thought bubble.
Myatt, born in Aberdeen, MS in 1952, is professor of sculpture at the University of
Memphis. In 2009 a twenty-year survey of Myatt's art was jointly exhibited at 10 important
Memphis museums and art spaces. Recently he was part of the important Heartland exhibition
at the Van Abbemuseum in The Netherlands and the Smart Museum at the University of
Chicago, and the heralded Americanana exhibition at the Hunter College of Art Gallery.
In 2014 Myatt will be celebrated with separate solo shows at the Masur Museum in Louisiana
and the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Illinois.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 516 Hagan St. in Nashville's Wedgewood/Houston Neighborhood.
Gallery hours are Tu-Sa 11-5. For further information or visuals, contact Brittney
Shedden at 901-767-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Greely Myatt "Having Said That" 1-26 April
2014 opening: Saturday 5 April, 5:30-9pm
Talk: Sat 12 April, 11am
Visiting Artist from New York
Politically radical visiting artist from New York, Josh MacPhee, is coming this Thursday to make some posters with us and give a talk. He has written
books on radical printmaking, stencil graffiti and runs a poster collective.
. . .
Talk: 7pm on Thursday
Printmaking Workshop 9-3 Friday
Watch "Art Talk"!
"Art Talk", a video by Prof. Daniel Wildberger and filmmaker Isabel Machado portraying
the Department of Art throught the eyes of six students, is now online. Check it out!
University of Memphis / Art on Vimeo.
Anna Maranise, University of Memphis Studio Art Student, presents work at the Masur Museum 51st Annual Juried Competition
February 27 - June 14, 2014
Above image: Distance, 2013, paper mache, wire
Video shows the Department of Art through the lens of its students
Assistant Professor in Graphic Design Daniel Wildberger and videomaker Isabel Machado
are putting the finishing touches on “Art Talk” - a video about the impressions and
aspirations of six University of Memphis art students.
The video will be in our new vimeo and facebook pages soon. Stay tuned.
Art education professionals in Tennessee have selected Dr. Donalyn Heise as the TAEA
Special Needs Art Educator 2014.
Dr. Heise will be honored with this top award at the three-day TAEA Professional Development
Conference in Nashville. There will be an Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 24,
7:00 p.m. The conference is sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The Tennessee Art Education Association is a non-profit organization whose mission
is to advance quality visual arts education through advocacy, leadership, professional
development, and to promote a cohesive professional community.
Dr. Donalyn Heise is Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Memphis.
Her research focuses on the transformative power of art and its ability to foster
resilience in diverse populations. Recent publications include, Fostering Resilience
Through Art; Overcoming the Odds: Harnessing the power of art to foster resilience;
Differentiation of Instruction in the Artroom, Playing it Safe in the Artroom, Implementing
an Art Program for Children in a Homeless Shelter; and Integrating art, reading, and
technology. She developed the Cups for Cancer project and co-coordinates the University
of Memphis Community Art Academy.
Dr. Heise developed new courses that provide art education majors opportunities to
teach art in a community setting to participants with a variety of needs, such as:
The Ronald McDonald House which supports cancer patients and their families, Martha's
Manor which supports mentally challenged adult women, the Family Exchange Club which
supports victims of domestic violence, and St. Peter's Manor which is a residential
home for senior citizens. She and Dr. Bobick co-coordinate the University of Memphis
Community Art Academy, which has been held at various locations, such as the Charles
Powell Community Center, the Davis Community Center, Lester School, and Willow Oaks
Elementary School. Dr. Heise has been giving free art lessons to the elderly in the
Memphis area. She collaborates with Dr. MacGillivray on an art and literacy program
for mothers in recovery and their children in a homeless shelter. This engaged scholarship
effort involves undergraduates and alumni and addresses issues in the community by
focusing on fostering resilience through art.
She has received multiple grants and has conducted over 100 workshops and presentations
at the state, national and international levels. Topics include Alternative Art Education,
Differentiation of Instruction, Fostering Resilience Through the Arts, and Teaching
Art to Children in Crisis. She has delivered a keynote address at the Maine Art Education
Association Conference titled, Art for Healing. She is dedicated to engaged-scholarship
and often invites undergraduate art education majors to present with her at local,
state and national conferences. Dr. Heise created partnerships that provide undergraduates
opportunities to collaborate with others in the field. Her work has been shared internationally
at the U.S./China Joint Education Conference at Beijing Normal University, in Jamaica
and in Canada.
Dr. Heise is always willing to share her expertise with others and continues to inspire
future generations of leaders. She has made numerous contributions at the local, state,
regional, national and international levels to advocate for quality art education
and art for underserved populations.