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
When: Tuesday 18 November, 12 noon, ACB 257: Dr Celeste-Marie Bernier
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 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
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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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.
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
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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!
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