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Donalyn Heise Art Education Leadership Award

Congratulations Ellery June Neif

The award committee has reviewed all the applicants and selected Ellery June Neif to receive the 2015 University of Memphis Donalyn Heise Art Education Leadership Award. This award recognizes one art education major that has demonstrated commitment to the profession through outstanding service and leadership, someone who understands the role of art education in transforming the lives of individuals and communities.

Lawrence Matthews - Creative Achievement Award

Dean's Creative Achievement Award 2015

The Dean's Creative Achievement Award is a college wide award presented by Dean Richard Ranta. Departments from the College of Communication and Fine Arts, Architecture, Art, Communications, Journalism, Music, and Theatre and Dance select students to compete against each other in regards to their creative accomplishments by presenting their work in front of all of the department chairs of the college. After the student presentations there is discussion and a vote. The dean tallies the votes and announces the winner to represent the college. This year’s winner of the Dean's Creative Achievement Award 2015 is Lawrence Matthews III. Congratulations Lawrence!

Open House and Portfolio Day


MAR: MFA Exhibition

Featuring work by:

Amelia Briggs
Caitlin Hettich
April Pierce

The University of Memphis MFA Show MAR will take place at The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art. Join us for the opening reception Friday, April 17th, 5-8:30pm.

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When: April 17th – May 4th
Where: The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
Reception: Friday, April 17th, 2014 ( 5:00 - 8:30PM )

Faculty Talks

Best of Memphis

Family Day Flyer

Travel back in time for a day and explore the wonders of ancient Egypt right here in Memphis. Write your name in hieroglyphs, color a mask while learning about ancient Egyptian gods, make your own copy of a real ancient Egyptian amulet, participate in a “scavenger” hunt, and more.

These are a few of the activities families can experience during IEAA Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Art Museum at the U of M. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors may come at any time during the event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free; reservations for groups would be appreciated (call 678-2649).

Guided tours of the Egyptian exhibition at the Art Museum, including the opportunity to see objects usually not on view, will be available.

The popular “School for Scribes” will be offered again this year. In an intensive one-hour session, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian language, including the Rosetta Stone and how the ancient Egyptian language was rediscovered. Scribes must be 10 years of age or older. Enrollment is limited. (Call 678-2649 to reserve a place.)

Designed to introduce children to the art and culture of ancient Egypt in a fun, safe and creative environment, the event is sponsored by the University’s Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, a Tennessee Center of Excellence. The IEAA and the Art Museum maintain the largest public collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Mid-South.


THOSE WHO CAN: A BFA Art Education Exhibition

February 19th - March 13th

Opening Reception: Thursday February 19th

Education exhibition featuring work by:

Jessica Kostic
Kendra Gaten
Hanna Wroblewski
Nicole Miller
Ellery Nief

University of Memphis
Department of Art
Art and Communications Building
3715 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38152

Parking: There is a parking garage that is accessible to the disabled located on Innovation Drive across from the FedEx Building and directly behind the Art and Communications Building.

Currently, parking is $2.00 per hour.

For more information, please call the office of the Department of Art at 901-678-2216.

Who Am I Art Show

Cedar Nordbye On His Current Projects

In November of 2014 I carried out a project, "Partnership House" in Lexington, Kentucky with adjunct instructor, Juan Rojo. Juan and I built a free-standing house/chapel structure out of painted and printed lumber in an empty lot in a transitioning neighborhood near the Lexington Art League. The Art League hosted our project as part of their series, "Interstruct," curated by Becky Alley. That lumber will be used in the construction of a Habitat home this coming spring.

This coming July I will carry out the third and largest manifestation of this body of work so far for an exhibition of my work in the Contemporary Art Gallery at South Eastern Louisiana State University in Monroe, Louisiana. U of M alum, Jeff Mickey (2006 MFA) is a professor of sculpture at SELSU.

On February 13th a printmaking exhibition that I have organized, "Rust-City Revival" will be shown at Crosstown Arts. The show will include prints from artists in Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, and Memphis (among other locations). In addition to two suites of prints by Midwestern artists this show will include several of my prints and prints by current University of Memphis graduate students in printmaking, Rowdy Davis and Holt Brasher.

A week later on February 20 I will participate in the Groundbreaking ceremonies of the Crosstown Arts renovation of the Sears Building on North Cleveland. I am one of approximately ten local artists who are creating relief sculpture-tiles which will be cast in iron at the groundbreaking, The tiles will be poured using the iron of salvaged radiators which will be taken from the building and melted.

On March 27th I will be presenting a paper, "Joseph Albers’ Tiananmen Square" at the biannual conference of FATE (Foundations in Art Theory and Education) in Indianapolis, IN. This paper will examine how art faculty can address the crisis in current higher education, a crisis where audit-culture business-model oriented systems of accounting are imposed upon institutions of higher learning.

April 8th and 9th I will be a visiting artist at Austin Peay State University where I will conduct critiques of student work and deliver a lecture on my art. The Art Department at Austin Peay now includes CCFA alumna Rachel Bush as faculty in Graphic Design. Rachel graduated from our MFA program in Graphic Design this past year.

On April 10th I will be displaying an installation at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Memphis as part of curator Jason Miller's second exhibition there, Circuitous Succession Epilogue Part II. My installation will incorporate printmaking and sculpture and an existing mural and also will feature video interviews of members of the Scottish Rite projected onto the installation.

May 27th I will be presenting a performance art piece at the Dixon Museum entitled "The Artist is Present and Tense." This performance will combine carpentry and wooden sculpture with dialogue and argument to play with the parallels between the way we rethink our world-view and how we remodel a home or a museum. The performance will focus on issues central to the formation of community, issues of otherness, exclusion, friendship, and antagonism.



14,000 - An Installation by Artist Jill Horne

Presented by the Box Gallery

By using everyday objects found in a house, Horne creates environments that engage and transport an audience into scenic and ethereal worlds.

Influenced by her background in technical theatre, Horne constructs environments her viewers can interact with, much like actors utilize sets and props.

Reception: Friday, January 23rd
5:00- 7:00PM
Exhibition will run:
January 23rd - February 13th
Box Gallery is the student-run gallery at the University of Memphis, and is located in the Arts and Communication Building, 3715 Central Ave, Room 100

The Art and Communications Building is located at 3715 Central Ave. It is located on the south side of Central, directly across the street from the Holiday Inn. Parking for visitors is available on the north side of Central at metered spaces in the Central lot. Cost is $2.00 per hour.
Ticketed parking is available in the Fogelman/Deloach garage, (which is accessible to the disabled) for $2.00 per hour. The garage is located south of Central Avenue off of Innovation Drive. The garage is directly behind the Art and Communication Building.

University of Memphis
Department of Art
Art and Communications Building
3715 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38152

For more information, please call the
office of the Department of Art at 901-678-2216.




Warren Lehrer

Warren Lehrer Multimedia Performance/Reading

Warren Lehrer is a writer, designer and multimedia artist recognized as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design authorship. His books (listed on and Designers & and projects have received many awards. His work has been exhibited widely and is in many collections including MOMA, LA County Museum, The Getty Museum, Georges Pompidou Centre and Tate Gallery. Lehrer is a professor at the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY, and a founding member of the Design As Author graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He received his BA from Queens College, CUNY, and an MFA from Yale University.

“In A Life In Books, author and graphic design visionary Warren Lehrer crafts a vivid kaleidoscopic odyssey that frames one man’s life through not one, but one hundred different books—and book jackets.”
Jessica Helfand, founding editor of Design Observer

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When: January 21st at 7pm
Where: University of Memphis Rose Theater


James Luna

James Luna - "Perfomagraphic"

When: January 20th - March 6th
Where: The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
Reception: Friday January 23rd at 5pm

Artist talk to follow reception at 7pm in ACB 310


Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Nigel Strudwick, Egyptologist, University of Memphis will present a talk at Brooks Museum of Art

"From the Nile to the Mississippi: Memphis in Egypt and its Animal Mummies"

Most citizens of Memphis know that our city gets its name from the ancient capital of Egypt. But how much do they know about ancient Memphis and its huge necropolis, Saqqara?  It seems fitting to close Soulful Creatures with a look at the ancient sites, which also conveniently have produced thousands or millions of the mummified types of animals which have been on display at the Brooks.

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When: Sunday, January 18 at 2pm
Where: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Included with museum admission/Free for Brooks members

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Young Americans BFA Show

Young Americans: BFA Exhibition

The University of Memphis BFA Show will take place at The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art. Join us for the opening reception Friday, December 5th, 5-8pm.

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When: November 24th – December 9th
Where: The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
Reception: Friday, December 5th, 2014 ( 5:00 - 8:00PM )
Exhibiting Artists Talks: December 3rd, 6:00 pm Art and Communication Building, Room 310


BigManJapan Show

BigManJapan: a solo exhibition of new work by artist John Vincent Burrell

Burrell's recent work deals with multiple hot topics; discrimination, identity, culture, and loneliness. The conceptual basis of this show began during his time studying in Japan. There, he was confronted by more than just the average culture shock but blatant ostracism due to his size and skin color. During this tumultuous experience, John was able to harness the emotional power of hurt, confusion, and rejection by channeling them into his love of art. Thus, manifesting his pain into an exhibition that brings discussion and resolution to a real-life culture clash.

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When: December 1st - December 19th
Where: Box Gallery

Box Gallery is the student-run gallery at the University of Memphis, and is located in the Arts and Communication Building, 3715 Central Ave, Room 100


graphic design senior show

Graphic Design Senior Show

When: December 11/ 6-8pm
Where: Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art


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evoke bfa show

Evoke BFA Show

The University of Memphis BFA Show will take place at The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art in November. Join us for the opening reception Friday, November 14th, 5-8pm.

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When: November 10 - November 20
Where: The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art

Opening Reception:
Friday November 14th, 2014 | 5:00 - 8:00

Exhibiting Artists Talks:
November 19th | 6:00pm
Art and Communications Building, Room 310


faculty talks

Art History Faculty Talks

The Art History faculty are pleased to announce the second of our talks this semester, this time by our Hohenberg CoE Celeste Bernier.

'Save Our Souls, Save Our Struggle’. Mapping A History of Black British Art in the African Diaspora

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When: Tuesday 18 November, 12 noon
Where: ACB 257

As many will have classes at 1, we will start promptly at noon, and the talk will run for 30 mins, to allow time for discussion.


study abroad italy

Ciao Bella Italia!

Study Abroad information meeting

Digital Photography and Art Education in Italy, Summer 2015

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When: November 18
Where: Meeman Journalism, room 204

For more information please contact David Horan, or Bryna Bobick,



Sculptor Greely Myatt to visit Edinboro University November 12-13

Edinboro, Pa. – Nov. 4, 2014 – Artist Greely Myatt, will visit Edinboro on Wednesday and Thursday, November 12th and 13th, 2014 and will present an artist talk, student critique and a professional practices discussion.  All three events are free and open to the public.

In a recent review of Myatt’s current work, critic Fredric Koeppel notes that “Greely Myatt has built a career as an artist on exploring, in ways that include implied narrative, humor and deep borrowing from popular culture, the conjunctions and differences among thought, speech and action.” Myatt’s sculptures of thought-bubbles, exclamation points and other punctuation marks are carved from soap-stone or fabricated from cedar, wax, aluminum and linoleum.  Koeppel describes Myatt as a “sculptor of great ingenuity, geniality, wit and material dexterity.”

Born and educated in Mississippi, Myatt lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is Professor of Art at The University of Memphis. Myatt’s sculptures and installations have been exhibited across the United States, Europe and Japan and honored with several grants and fellowships. Represented by the Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta and the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, Myatt’s work has been reviewed in Art in America, ArtNews, Sculpture Magazine and in online versions of ArtForum and Juxtapoz Magazine.

While visiting Edinboro University of PA, Greely Myatt will:

- Give a 90 minute Artist Talk on his work and experience at 7:30 PM on Thursday, November 13th at the Doucette Hall 119.

- conduct a one hour critique of student work on Thursday, November 13th in Loveland Hall 01 and/or the Sculpture Barn.

- present a 30-60-minute Professional Practices Discussion on his experience in the field on Wednesday, November  12th at the Loveland Hall  Sculpture Barn at 7:30pm.

Myatt’s visit to Edinboro has been organized by the Student Art League, Sculpture, Fibers and Expanded Media, and Critique Clubs, and funded by the Edinboro University of PA Student Government Association (EUPSGA.)


Thomas Allen Harris Lecture

Thomas Allen Harris Lecture

Thomas Allen Harris is the founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. Chimpanzee’s innovative and award-winning films have received critical acclaim at International film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty and Cape Town and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, as well as CBC, Swedish Broadcasting Network and New Zealand Television. In addition, Harris’ videos and installations have been featured at prestigious museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia, London Institute of the Arts and the Gwangju Biennale.

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When: Friday, October 31st at 7pm
Where: ACB 310

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Memphis Pulse: Art Accelerator

Memphis Pulse: 2013 ArtsAccelerator Finalists

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When: Friday, October 31st at 5pm
Where: The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art

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pechakucha night

PechaKucha 10's Monster Mash(up)

The evening is hosted by Dr. Marina Levina, Professor of Communications at the University of Memphis. Peculiar presentations and creepy conversations about all things that go bump in pop culture.

PechaKucha began in Tokyo as an opportunity for artists, designers and architects to show samples of their work in a "20x20" presentation style (showing 20 slides for only 20 seconds per slide for concise, dynamic presentation). Over the last 9 years, PechaKucha Nights have expanded globally to become fun, informal events sharing a wide array of interesting topics. Learn more here.

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Crosstown Arts

Todd Richardson Talks About Crosstown Arts on the Creative Memphis Podcast

Hear how it all came together and what Todd's experience has been like here.


hamlet dobbins alumni lecture

Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series: Hamlet Dobbins

A native of Tennessee, Hamlett Dobbins spent most of his life in Memphis. He received his BFA from the University of Memphis in 1993 and went on to receive his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. After completing his graduate studies, Dobbins moved to Memphis where he worked as a curator for Delta Axis at Marshall Arts while teaching at University of Memphis, University of Mississippi, and at Memphis College of Art. In 2000 he received a fellowship for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont as well as a three month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska. He has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation as well as the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artists Grant. He has shown his work throughout the region as well as at Art in General in New York, NP40 in Amsterdam, The American Academy in Rome, Dogmatic in Chicago, and Lump Gallery in North Carolina. His work has appeared in New Art Examiner, Art Papers and Number. For the last fifteen years Dobbins has been active in the art community in Memphis working as a curator, a writer, and a teacher. In 2013 he was awarded the Rome Prize and spent eleven months at the American Academy in Rome. He now lives in Memphis with his two children, Milla and Ives.

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When: Thursday, October 30th, 7:00pm
Where: Art and Communication Building, Room 310

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artist talk by madsen minax

Madsen Minax's Artist Talk and Exhibitions

New faculty member Madsen Minax will be giving a talk about his work on Thursday, October 23rd, at ACB 257. The event is presented by the Foundations Program and the Art Department at the University of Memphis.

Madsen has also a couple of upcoming exhibitions in New Orleans and Chicago, where he will present a program of short, experimental films in response to the exhibition Body Doubles. The program is copresented by Chicago-based artists Latham Zearfoss and Aay Preston-Myint.

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Artist Talk

When: Thursday, October 23, 11:30am
Where: ACB 257


IMPOSSIBLE ____SCAPES / November 21, 2014
Solo Screening of short videos at Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA

MCA SCREEN: Madsen Minax / November 25
Solo Screening of short videos at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

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bfa show

The Artist Talk date is Wednesday October 22 at 6:00pm and will be located in Art and Communication Building ACB 310.

Here is the Event Facebook Page


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richard tina

Writing on the Wall (and Cliffs): Recording Ancient Egyptian Graffiti in Western Thebes

A lecture hosted by the Egyptian Institute

The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology and the History Department at the University of Memphis will co-host the ninth annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture on Friday, Oct. 10th in the University Center Fountain View Room 350. Dr. Richard Jasnow, Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University, will present at 7 p.m. A 6:30 p.m. reception precedes the lecture.  Both events are free and open to the public. Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

Professor Jasnow received his BA in Classics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. A leading specialist in ancient Egyptian language, particularly of the Late Period (750 BC to AD 450), Dr. Jasnow is the author of A Late Period Hieratic Wisdom Text and co-author of The Oriental Institute Hawara Papyri and The Ancient Egyptian Book of Thoth. A popular speaker, he makes ancient texts come alive for audiences.  As a senior member of the University of Chicago’s world-renowned Epigraphic Survey, Jasnow, and his wife, Egyptologist Christina Di Cerbo, began a project to document graffiti in the temples and hills of Western Thebes (modern Luxor) that records, among other data, the activities of the workers at the nearby falcon and ibis cults relevant to the upcoming exhibition, “Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies from Ancient Egypt” opening at the Memphis Brooks Museum on October 17th. Jasnow will present their research on the significance of these texts as well as explain the innovative methods of digital epigraphy being used to record them.

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When: October 10
Where: University Center Fountain View Room 350

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Mural at the New Hope Cristian Academy

I See a New Hope

Cedar Nordbye designed and installed a chalkboard mural that waits to be filled at the New Hope Cristian Academy. With the shape of a thought bubble, it starts with a phrase: I see a new hope. Friends and visitors of the school will finish that sentence as they wish. Prof. Nordbye talked to the students about the mural during the installation.

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Jered Sprecher

Lecture from Visiting Artist Jered Sprecher

Born in 1976 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jered Sprecher currently lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee where he teaches at The University of Tennessee. His paintings, drawings, and installations focus on the fleeting images and objects that surround us. His work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Chinati Foundation, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, Hunter Museum of Art, and Espai d'art Contemporani de Castelló. In 2009, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Most recently he was the Artist-in-Residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Sprecher has taught at Princeton University and Cornell University. He received his BA from Concordia University in Nebraska (1999) and his MFA from The University of Iowa (2002).

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Where: ACB 310
When: October 9 / 7pm

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faculty talks

Art History Faculty Talks

The Art History faculty are pleased to announce that there will be a continuation of the faculty talks started last year. This semester will consist of presentations by our new arrivals this year, CoE Celeste Bernier, and Joey Orr.

The talks will be given in the common meeting time and have been arranged to permit as many faculty and students as possible to attend. We will start promptly at noon, and the talk will run for 30 mins, to allow time for discussion.

All students and faculty outside the Department of Art are welcome.

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Socially Engaged Memorials: The Question of Form in Research

When: Thursday 2 - October, 12 noon, ACB 257: Dr Joey Orr

'Save Our Souls, Save Our Struggle’. Mapping A History of Black British Art in the African Diaspora

When: Tuesday 18 November, 12 noon, ACB 310: Dr Celeste-Marie Bernier



ambulante beyond

Faculty Collaborates with Indie Memphis Microcinema Club

Indie Memphis, Crosstown Arts and Centro Cultural Latino de Memphis are proud to exhibit four short form spanish language documentaries from Ambulante Beyond, a documentary production project which seeks to train new producers coming from various corners of Mexico and Central America who have limited access to the tools necessary to share their stories with the general public. Ambulante Beyond seeks to encourage independent film production that allows marginalized communities to reclaim and strengthen their identity, defend their rights, break stereotypes, and transform negative social assumptions. In addition to strengthening community organization and participation through the production of independent documentaries, they seek to promote and exhibit their work to maximize its potential for social change. They believe it is critical to continue fighting for the democratization of media and the self-representation of groups typically excluded from the media.

The poster for the event was created by Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Daniel Wildberger per invitation of the Department of Art Chair, Richard Lou, and the Centro Cultural Latino de Memphis.

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art of science show

Art of Science Show in September

The Art of Science exhibition opens September 26th in the Hyde Gallery at 477 South Main. It features works from the Department of Art Faculty, Students and Alumni.



and, by Greely Myatt

David Lusk Gallery is pleased to present new work by University of Memphis Professor of Art, Greely Myatt. The show titled "and" will run through October 11, 2014. The opening reception is from 6-8pm Friday, September 5, 2014



Zhang Huan and Virginia Overton Contrast at Storm King

Anna Gorovoy, visiting from Brooklyn, puts her ear to the opening of an untitled piece in “Outlooks” by Virginia Overton. The sculpture allows for conversation through nearly 500 feet in brass tubing.Credit: Damon Winter/The New York Times

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greely's pie in the sky

Greely Myatt exhibits work in New York

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.

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Where: The Fifth Annual Martos Gallery Summer Exhibition
at East Marion on the North Fork, New York


Installation by Cedar Lorca Nordbye at Crosstown Arts

From Crosstown Arts on Vimeo.



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.​


jody stokes-caseyJody Stokes-Casey

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 hamdanLeila Hamdan

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.


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Virginia Overton: Flat Rock

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.
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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.
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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!


art academy

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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limo ride title sequence

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 mural.

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