Art News: Fall 2015


Photo Credit: Fredric Koeppel

Art: The year's 10 Best Exhibitions

There was a lot to love in local galleries and institutions in 2015, so let's not delay and get right to my roster of the 10 Best Exhibitions...read more

33rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition

33rd annual juried student exhibit

Starts 11/23/2015 Ends on 12/18/2015

The 33rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition is a competitive art exhibition of works of all media open to eligible University of Memphis students selected by judge Michael Aurbach, a sculptor and Professor at Vanderbilt University. Selected works will be on view in The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art from January 22 to February 5, 2016.



Toni Collums Roberts' "Inveterate" alters the appearance and aura of the space at the Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis.

Sometimes works of art seem designed to test our patience, says the man who is still in volume one of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" after six years. (Two more volumes await.)...read more

 Graphic Design Senior Show Poster Fall 2015

Graphic Design Senior Show


  • When: Thursday, December 10th (6pm-8pm)
  • Where: Fogelman Galleries
  • Directions: Click Here

Box Show:

Oh, Sanctuary!

Oh, Sanctuary!

Featuring new work by graduating senior, Anna Maranise.
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  • When: November 21- December 9
  • Where: Box Gallery
  • Closing Reception: Friday, December 4, 2015 ( 5:00 - 7:00 PM)


Virginia Overton was born in Nashville, Tennessee and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA and MFA from the University of Memphis. Recent solo exhibitions include White Cube, London (2015), Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2014), Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster (2013-4), Kunsthalle Bern (2013), The Power Station, Dallas (2013) and Power House, Memphis (2007).

Overton's work comprises installation, sculpture and photography, often beginning intuitively as a direct response to her physical presence in a particular space. Through a process of trial and error, she creates sculpture that is performative, sometimes obstructing, bisecting, dividing or joining the architecture of a space with works that are dramatic and minimal in feel.
Schedule while on campus. All events are open, with the exception of the graduate studio visits, which are individual meetings.

Wednesday, Nov 18:

2:30 – 4:30 Fogelman Galleries
Meet with Senior BFA students in FOOD, their exit exhibition, Informal discussion/critique of work in the exhibition.

7:00 –8:30 Room 310, ACB
public talk with Q&A

Thursday, Nov 19:

10:00 – 5:00 Sculpture Studio
casting project/workshop

Friday, Nov 20:

9:00 –3:00 Studio visits with Graduate Students
sign up sheet will be available. Check with Jed Jackson

 inveterate: toni collums roberts

November 23 – December 4, 2015
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art


The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art is pleased to present inveterate: toni collums roberts. For this MFA thesis exhibition, Collums Roberts has created a body work lacking the standards of today's visual culture. Spanning both gallery spaces with an installation-based performance involving 8,000 plaster cubes in one, and a video in the other, the exhibition is an attempt at creating a fertile place for boredom to be generated, questioned, or ignored. The combination of these elements creates a space for theories of art and philosophy to merge and morph, examining the possibility that technology's perpetuation of boredom is at the root of contemporary society's darkest fantasies.

Collums Roberts' performance will occur daily throughout the duration of the exhibition. A closing reception will be held in the Galleries on Friday, December 4 from 5 to 8 pm (Collums Roberts will perform from 5 to 6:30 pm).

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, but will be closed November 25-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

For more information, please contact fogelmangalleries@memphis.edu or 901.678.3052.

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
The University of Memphis
Art and Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 and 240
3715 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38152 

University of Memphis Art Education Alumni Juried Exhibition, 2016


  • February 8
    Art Alumni/Student Submission Deadline and accepting work 3:30-5:30, Gallery A, Art and Communication Building, 3715 Central Avenue.
  • February 19
    Opening Reception - 3:30-5:30 pm Awards at 4:00, The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art.
  • March 14
    Pick up work - 3:30-5:30 Art and Communication Building, room 114, Art Education.


  • Title: University of Memphis 10th Annual Art Education Alumni Juried Exhibition
  • Theme: "Finding New Words Through Vision and Creativity"
  • Media Focus: Painting, Collage, Assemblage, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Print, Pastel, Photography

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 "Finding New Words Through Vision and Creativity". Student work may or may not show a relationship to their Art Teacher's work. Share your visual interpretation of finding new words through creativity and vision. This theme can be visually communicated through content or media.

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 Department of Art, and the Tennessee Art Education Association.

Bruce West Gallery Talk and Book Signing

Friday, November 6, 5-6:30 PM (galleries open until 8 PM)
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
3715 Central Ave. Rooms 230 and 240

Bruce West Flyer

Missouri-based photographer Bruce West will speak about his work in the galleries and will be signing copies of his book The True Gospel Preached Here (2014, University Press of Mississippi) afterwards. Books will be available for purchase at the event and are currently on sale in The University of Memphis Bookstore.

Bruce West Book Cover

Gallery talk and book signing will go from 5 to 6:30 PM. The galleries will remain open for reception until 8 PM. This event will also serve as a closing reception for the exhibitions "The True Gospel Preached Here: Photographs by Bruce West" and "Memphis Collects Contemporary Folk Art," on view at The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art from October 5 to November 6.

Beth Edwards

oh happy day
Oct. 27-Nov. 24th at David Lusk Gallery
Opening Friday, Oct. 30th 6:00-8:00



egypt lecture

UofM's Egyptian Institute Will Host November 17th Lecture
"Egyptology in Nazi Germany: Ideology and Careers in a Humanistic Discipline"

The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology and the History Department of the University of Memphis, in association with the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, will co-host the tenth annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 17th in the University Center Fountain View Suite (room 350). Dr. Thomas Schneider, Professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies at the University of British Columbia, 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 adjacent to the University Center.
Professor Schneider earned his Master's degree and Doctorate in Egyptology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. An internationally known scholar, he has held professorships and research positions at the University of Vienna; University of Heidelberg; New York University; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Basel; and the University of Wales, Swansea, where he also served as Chair in Egyptology. He has published widely in his main areas of research—Egyptian interconnections with the Levant and the Near East, and ancient Egyptian history and chronology—and is currently completing a monograph on the history of Egyptology in Nazi Germany.

Professor Schneider will be speaking on the reception of Egyptology under the Third Reich, as an example of how tenets of academic and professional integrity might succumb to political pressure. His lecture will provide an overview of Egyptologists working in Germany through the end of the Second World War. This biographical survey will include persecuted emigrants as well as scholars who actively aligned themselves with the new regime and attempted to subvert Egyptology to the doctrines of National Socialism.

For more information, call Dr. Joshua Roberson at 901-678-3895 or the IEAA at 901-678-2555.


UofM's Art Department Hosts November 9th Lecture by Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History

"Ai Weiwei and the Art of the Zodiac"
by Elizabeth Childs-Johnson, Ph.D.

When: Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 7:00 PM preceded by a reception at 6:15PM
Where: Michael D. Rose Theatre Entertainment Lobby, Room 115
Free and open to the public. Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

Professor Childs-Johnson earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Near Eastern art and archaeology and Chinese archaeology and art history at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. An internationally known scholar, she is the senior editor of The Oxford Handbook on Early China and has held professorships and research positions in the U.S. and in China at the East Asian Studies Institute, Old Dominion University; Fordham University; New York University; Columbia University; Institute of Ancient History CASS Beijing; International LIangzhu Culture Studies Center, Yuhang, Zhejiang; Hamilton College; University of CA Santa Barbara; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. She has published extensively in her main areas of research—Jade Age China and how ancient scripts reveal ancient belief systems in Bronze Age art—and is currently finalizing a monograph on Shang ritual art and religion.
Professor Childs-Johnson will talk about the significance of ancient Chinese art of the zodiac in light of Ai Weiwei's recent creation of "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads," installed in 2011 at the historic Pulitzer Fountain at the Grand Army Plaza in front of the Plaza Hotel, New York City.

For more information contact: Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, 901.678.2555


Two UofM Exhibitions Celebrate Contemporary Folk Art

October 7, 2015 - The exhibitions "The True Gospel Preached Here: Photographs by Bruce West" and "Memphis Collects Contemporary Folk Art" at the Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis are on display now until Nov. 6.

"The True Gospel Preached Here" features a selection of photographs by Bruce West documenting the spiritual and creative work of the Rev. H. D. Dennis (1916-2012), a self-proclaimed preacher, artist and architect, and his wife Margaret (1916-2009), in Vicksburg, Miss. West's vibrant photographs explore the fantastic world of the couple who devoted more than 20 years of their lives to converting Margaret's grocery store into an eclectic nondenominational church.

Guided by visions from God, the Rev. H.D. and Margaret erected several painted towers, constructed their own Ark of the Covenant and developed new religious iconography. Rev. Dennis used his ever-evolving church as a roadside attraction to draw in visitors to hear his fiery sermons and orations. A sign at the site's entrance proclaimed, "The True Gospel Preached Here."

Spanning nearly 20 years and multiple site visits, West's photographs are both intimate and bold, revealing the couple's love of God and one another, a sense of commitment to one's work and the transformation of person and place. West is a professor in the Department of Art and Design at Missouri State University. His photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe and are included in museum collections such as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Library of Congress, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Showcasing standout works from several local private collections, "Memphis Collects Contemporary Folk Art" features the paintings, drawings and sculptures of more than 25 self-taught artists, ranging from Rev. Howard Finster, perhaps the South's most famous contemporary folk artist, to the little-known Memphian Floyd "Pussum" Glover. Highlighted are the unconventional materials used by these artists and the common interests they share in religion, social issues and popular culture.

The exhibition also considers the usage of the terms "contemporary folk art" and "outsider art." Contemporary folk art refers to work produced by unschooled artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Outsider art most appropriately describes the highly individualistic creations of self-taught artists with atypical mental states or disabilities. Central to both is their making at the hands of artists who have taught themselves. "Memphis Collects Contemporary Folk Art" is curated by Dr. Carol Crown, professor emerita in art history at the UofM. Crown is author of numerous publications including Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, The Bible, and the American South and The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Volume 23: Folk Art.

"The True Gospel Preached Here: Photographs by Bruce West" and "Memphis Collects Contemporary Folk Art" coincide with the Folk Art Society of America's annual conference, which will be held in Memphis from Nov. 5-8. A free symposium featuring leading scholars of folk art and music will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in 310 Art and Communication Building at the UofM.

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art are located in rooms 230 and 240 of the Art and Communication Building, 3715 Central Ave., and provide vastly expanded professional display space for the Art Department. The galleries serve as a valuable educational experience for our students. Additionally, it gives the College of Communication and Fine Arts expanded capacity to bring contemporary working artists to campus to enrich the curriculum and broaden our students' understanding of today's art world within the national and international context.

For more information, contact Patricia Lee Daigle, pldaigle@memphis.edu or 901.678.3052.

Conversation with the Collectors
Thursday, Oct. 22, 5-7 pm
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art

Join collectors John Jerit, Rollin Riggs and Craig Wiener for a casual conversation moderated by Dr. Carol Crown in the galleries as they discuss their interest in folk art and their passion for collecting.

Bruce West Gallery Talk and Book Signing
Friday, Nov. 6, 5-8 pm
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art

Photographer Bruce West will speak about his work and will be signing copies of his book The True Gospel Preached Here (2014, University Press of Mississippi) afterwards. Books will be available for purchase. This event will also serve as a closing reception for both exhibitions.

Contact: Kimberly Rogers

Study Abroad in Italy information meeting

Digital Photography and Art Education
Meeman Building room 204
Monday, October 5, 2:30pm
For more information please contact David Horan dhoran@memphis.edu or Bryna Bobick bbobick@memphis.edu

UofM Art History professor Todd Richardson gives talk at inaugural TEDx Memphis event

September 21, 2015


Dr. Todd Richardson, associate professor of art history, recently presented "The Dilemma of Discovery" at the inaugural TEDx Memphis event held at the Michael D. Rose Theater.

Memphis, like a number of mid-sized American cities, is experiencing a renaissance. In this talk, Richardson asks what that word really means. Despite popular perception, he explains, it has little to do with growth or innovation. It's about recognizing the value of what's already present and reclaiming it for a new purpose. Richardson marries his expertise as a Renaissance scholar with his work as co-leader of Crosstown Concourse, the renovation of a historic, 1.5 million square foot former Sears Distribution Center in Midtown Memphis.

Click here to view the video


Box Gallery Show:


box gallery show

Featuring new paintings and installation by Laura J. Lawson.
When: September 24th –October 14th
Where: Box Gallery, University of Memphis, Art & Communication Bldg 1st Floor,
Reception: Friday, September 25, 2015 ( 5:00 - 7:00 PM)