Artist Exhibition To Address Effect of Print Media
In an upcoming exhibition, the Art Museum at the University of Memphis is using public
participation to address the changing face of print media and its effect on contemporary
“Disappearing Ink” will be on display in AMUM March 29–June 28.
“Everything is changing so quickly, and we never seem to have the time to reflect
upon those changes,” said John Salvest, professor of Art at Arkansas State University,
who is curating the exhibition. “This project is an attempt to initiate an intergenerational conversation
about a significant shift in how we transmit and save information. Among the questions
‘Disappearing Ink’ raises is what, if anything, will replace the printed newspaper
as tangible evidence of individual and collective history?”
For the exhibition, the public can submit personally meaningful pieces involving print
newspaper, such as clippings, pages and complete issues. They can also submit the
items used in the presentation of these items—scrapbooks, bulletin boards, refrigerator
doors, whatever has been used to preserve or display the pieces. All materials will
be carefully catalogued and returned to the owner when the exhibition ends.
To participate, submit a written statement explaining the personal significance of
the contribution and complete an official AMUM loan document by Feb. 1, 2014. The
items collected will be arranged by Salvest with help from AMUM’s staff. An online
archive of submissions will be created.
Salvest received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Iowa. He has presented
in solo and group shows throughout the United States. He has curated several exhibitions,
including “Kim Levin: Notes & Itineraries” that traveled internationally to critical
acclaim. His work has been reviewed and featured in publications, such as Art in America
and The New York Times.
For more information on this and other exhibitions, contact AMUM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.678.2224.
U of M Opera Presents Così fan tutte
In November, the award-winning University of Memphis Opera staged a new production
of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Directed by Copeland Woodruff and conducted by Mark Ensley,
Così fan tutte chronicles the experiences of two sisters who are tested by their lovers
in a series of exercises crafted by the young men’s friend and the young ladies’ maid
to expose the true nature of love, its blindness and its inherent fears.
First performed in 1790, the title of Mozart’s opera is loosely translated as “women
are like that.” Although audiences at the time accepted it, the opera offended the
sensibilities of many in the 19th century and it was not performed in the United States
Mignon Dunn Conducts Master Class
Renowned mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn presented a master class in September at the Rudi
E. Scheidt School of Music in Harris Concert Hall. During the master class, students
performed a single prepared piece for Dunn and spectators, after which Dunn provided
valuable critiques and advice. It was a rare opportunity to see the artist in an intimate
setting and hear some of the outstanding students from the Scheidt School of Music.
Dunn is an artist-in-residence at the Scheidt School of Music and has taught on the
faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Illinois, Northwestern
University, Brooklyn College and the Manhattan School of Music. She has performed
leading roles in the most important opera houses of the world, including La Scala,
Milan; the Vienna Staatsoper; and London’s Royal Opera and Covent Garden. Over a 35-year
span, she sang more than 650 performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Center for Multimedia Arts Closed
After 10 years of service, the Center for Multimedia Arts closed its door in December.
The center connected the University of Memphis to the community, bringing to light
the advanced offerings available.
“People may have forgotten, but when the FedEx Institute opened in fall of 2003, its
purposes were to serve as a gateway between the campus and surrounding community and
as the campus showcase for innovative research. Dean Ranta recognized that the CMA
was the opportunity for the CCFA to become substantively involved in such an institutionally
important venture,” said Michael Schmidt, former CMA director. “ And indeed, our presence
in the FedEx Institute brought CCFA faculty and students into contact and collaboration with
regional, national and international partners as well as faculty and students from other
colleges and schools on campus.”
CMA The center had many milestones since it opened in 2003:
- UNICEF Canada invited Schmidt to deliver a one-hour presentation on SHELBY Child Impact Assessment
this past May 2012 at the first international symposium to be held on child rights impact
assessment. SHELBY is a Web-based application that foregrounds the needs of children and
youth in decisions regarding safety, health, education and land use. The system generates child
impact statements. It is the first software application of its kind in the U.S. The
University of Memphis has submitted a full patent application for SHELBY with Schmidt
as the inventor.
- In 2007, CMA produced a one-hour documentary called “After the Storm” for the United
Way of the MidSouth. It chronicled the experiences of Hurricane Katrina survivors
who evacuated to the Midsouth, as well as the many ways area residents and United-Way
funded agencies helped displaced citizens. “After the Storm” aired on WKNO during
the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
- CMA collaborated with Dr. Ray Barfield at St. Jude on creating a visual and interactive
media to better convey the purposes and specifics of clinical trials to patients’
parents. The collaboration lasted from 2004-2010, started at St. Jude and continued
at Duke Children’s Hospital. The result was the CMA’s engagement in the design of
several prototypes for advancing pediatric bioethics. CMA received two Greenwall Foundation
for Bioethics grants and contributed to journal articles and conference presentations
about their work. The multidisciplinary work involved Dr. Mandy Young from the Department
of Communication and Dr. Loel Kim from the Department of English.
- In 2005, CMA created a digital jukebox for the museum’s “Hall of Records” exhibit.
- From 2004-05, CMA collaborated with the Department of Art, College of Engineering
and the U of M Information Technology Division to repair more than a dozen exhibits
and media servers at the National Civil Rights Museum.
Department Brings Diversity to Entrepreneurship in Journalism Education
For many journalism students, starting a successful media business may be difficult.
Helping them develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and culture is increasingly important
when finding longstanding employment in traditional media is very difficult.
With this in mind, the University of Memphis Journalism Department partnered with
Start Co., a local startup accelerator, to develop a new graduate certificate in entrepreneurial journalism
and revamp one of the required courses in the department’s MA program. In spite of
challenges to starting the program, such as limited resources, the department joined
the growing population of journalism educators teaching entrepreneurship.
Headed by journalism professors Dr. Carrie Brown and Dr. Lurene Kelley, the effort
is special at the U of M because the student population has a diversity that other
major journalism schools with entrepreneurial programs are often missing.
“Most encouraging is that the University of Memphis shows that injecting entrepreneurship into
journalism curricula is possible outside of our more elite journalism schools, and
importantly, our efforts help to ensure that the media future is rich with diversity
and groups often underrepresented in legacy organizations,” Brown said. “Our student
body is 42 percent African American. We draw a substantial number of first-generation
college students and a wide range of income backgrounds as well.”
Chandra Towler, MA program alum, is working at a local social media agency using the
skills she learned during her time at the University of Memphis.
“Through my course work in entrepreneurial journalism, I felt better prepared to bring creative
and technology-driven ideas to my organization. Additionally, I believe if I needed to
pursue entrepreneurship further and start my own business, I now have the foundation to
make that happen.”
For more information about the program, contact Brown at 901.678.5475.
Dean Richard R. Ranta Receives Award
Dr. Richard R. Ranta, founding Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, spoke
to a packed room full of well-wishers during his acceptance speech for The Distinguished Achievement
Award in the Creative and Performing Arts. Tickets for the event sold out in two days.
Watch Ranta’s tribute video.