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Former faculty member Jay Parker passed away over the summer. Jay designed the iconic Sun Records label in 1952. Other designs of note by Jay include packaging for Alka-Seltzer and Super Bubble gum, as well as a helmet design for the Cincinnati Bengals football team.

Instructor David Horan, UM alumni Kathy Dumlao and Professor Bryna Bobick were judges at the Mid-South Fair Student Art Exhibition held at Briarcrest Christian School.

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Edward Shanken has been appointed holder of the Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence for the 2012-2013 school year. Edward earned an AB in Fine Art from Haverford College, an MBA from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University.

Daniel Wildberger was named an assistant professor in Graphic Design. Originally from Brazil, Daniel earned a BA there before moving to the US where he received an MFA from the University of Iowa.


Professor Beth Edwards and her father, Larry Edwards, presented a two-person exhibition entitled “Character Study” at Union University in Jackson, TN from October 9—November 13.

Professor Carol Crown is an editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 23, Folk Art. This book will be available June of 2013 from the University of North Carolina Press and is one of the newest volumes in this exploration of regional culture. This volume has 52 thematic essays of various subjects and 211 topical essays of artists.

Professor Donalyn Heise recently presented a two day workshop entitled “Porcelain Painting: Memory Boxes” at the Tennessee Art Education Association Professional Development State Conference. The conference took place November 1-3 at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Professor Bryna Bobick was invited to speak at the Colorado Art Education Association’s conference this past October. She spoke about Arts Advocacy. Bryna presented on the University of Memphis study abroad program at the Tennessee Art Education Association Fall Conference held at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. A media review on “Anpo: Art X War” was written by Bryna and published in the fall issue of Studies in Art Education.

Professor Cedar Lorca Nordbye exhibited work in three juried exhibitions this summer: “KY7,” in the 7th Annual Kentucky Biennial at the Lexington Art League in Lexington, Kentucky; “A Sense of Place,” at the Gertrude Institute of Art in Augusta, Georgia; and “The Sylvia White Annual Juried Exhibition,” at the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, California.

Professor and Chair Richard Lou was featured in a scholarly paper written by Dr. Guisela Latorre, associate professor of Women’s Studies in the College of Humanities at The Ohio State University. This essay explores Richard’s distinguished career as an artist.

Drs. Carol Crown, Earnestine Jenkins, and Bryna Bobick chaired and presented research at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Durham North Carolina.


Kathleen Murray, MFA student, was interviewed for Live at 9 on Channel 3 at the end of November. The interview focused on the idea of graffiti as art, but also touched upon the MFA Thesis Exhibition and reception taking place in the Art Museum at the University of Memphis from late November until the middle of January.


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