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Closing Reception Set for The Daily Helmsman Exhibition at AMUM

For release: Aug. 27, 2012
For press information, contact Kimberly Rogers (901) 678-4164

The Art Museum at the University of Memphis will host a closing reception for The Daily Helmsman: Voice of the Students, Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Communication and Fine Arts Building Lobby.

The Helmsman exhibition features a narrated, still-image video that captures 80 years of students’ viewpoints of current events, including demonstrations for racial equality and a variety of on campus and community happenings.

Launched in 1931 as a protest paper called The Tiger Rag, The Daily Helmsman has grown into an award-winning training ground for U of M journalism students. Today, the Helmsman employs a paid staff of about 30 students. For more information about The Daily Helmsman, go to or email

Also included in the closing reception are Alma Mater: University of Memphis and Caseworks: Poem and Object by Jay Etkin. Alma Mater is a multimedia art installation of typed, signed cards, photographic portraits of students (past and present) and an interpretive video with the voices of U of M students and the sound of manual typewriters. Caseworks is a contemporary exhibition space in the lobby just outside the Museum’s main space for featured artists.

AMUM hosts innovative temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and culture, as well as permanent collections. An important component of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the museum features exhibitions by Master of Fine Arts candidates and the annual Juried Student Exhibition.

The Daily Helmsman: Voice of the Students and Alma Mater will be on display through Sept. 15, 2012. Go to for more exhibition information. For more information about AMUM, call 678-2224 or email

The Art Museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. AMUM is closed University holidays and between temporary exhibitions. Admission is free.

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