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official opening exhibition at The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art

"Chimera," an exhibition by New York artist Saya Woolfalk, used science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world.







Art museums and galleries to music and dance concerts, the University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts is a one-stop shop for the arts in the city of Memphis. From new banners on Central Avenue to a Voices redesign the College is sharing with our community the range and quality we offer.

When The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art officially opened in September, the Art Museum held its exhibition closing reception to provide a truly special evening for visitors.

The galleries opened with the work of New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk, an artist who used science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in various dimensions and an exhibition of the work of the Department of Art faculty members.

AMUM closed their summer-long tribute to popular southern artist Carroll Cloar. “In His Studio: Carroll Cloar” featured the artist’s reconstructed studio, which had been donated to the museum by his widow Pat Cloar Milsted. The exhibition also contained some early lithographs and borrowed works from private collections, including lithographs that provided a complete display of his known lithographs.

“The coordinated art evening was a serious step in the direction we want to take,” said CCFA Dean Richard R. Ranta. “We want people on and off campus to know the quality they have in their backyard. We have a variety of top-notch offerings—music, theatre, dance, art, film and architecture. Our award-winning and talented faculty is preparing students for careers by helping them produce professional-level shows and concerts.” 

The following is a list of CCFA galleries and performance venues. For a list of upcoming theatrical, musical and artistic events, see our upcoming events listing or go to


The Art Museum of the University of Memphis
142 Communication and Fine Arts Building
Admission is free.

Inaugurated in 1981, the Art Museum at the University of Museum (AMUM) is open to the public Monday-Saturday throughout the year. In its six galleries, AMUM displays contemporary art projects, 19th and 20th century art and design, African traditional art and Egyptian antiquities from the collection of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology. AMUM’s growing research collections, including the Samuel H. Crone drawings and archives, Andy Warhol photographs and prints, the Robert and Martha Fogelman collection of African art are regularly used by University of Memphis art and museum studies students and professors and are available by appointment to other researchers. AMUM’s active social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, provide constant project and event updates. The museum welcomes inquiries about hosting after hours private events.

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
230 and 240 Art and Communication Building
3715 Central Ave. (across from the Holiday Inn)

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art provides with vastly expanded professional display space for the Art Department at the University of Memphis. The galleries serve as a valuable educational experience for our students. Additionally, it gives the College of Communication and Fine Arts expanded capacity to bring contemporary working artists to campus to enrich the curriculum and broaden our students’ understanding of today’s art world within the national and international context.

BOX Gallery
100 Art and Communication Building
3715 Central Ave. (across from the Holiday Inn)
Admission is free.

The BOX Gallery is the student-run gallery at the University of Memphis. Programming consists of three-week shows as well as artist talks and other events.

Harris Concert Hall
Music Building
3775 Central Ave.

Harris Concert Hall is the official concert hall for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Many performances are free. For a performance schedule, go to

Mainstage Theatre 
Theatre Building
3745 Central Ave.
901.678.2576 (Box Office)

The Mainstage Theatre is the primary venue for theatrical productions at the University of Memphis. Performances are free to U of M students. Faculty, staff and alumni receive two free tickets on the first Friday of each show with the option to purchase $15 tickets for additional guests. Call the Box Office for general ticket information.

Michael D. Rose Theatre Lecture Hall
470 University  
901.678.5677 (Ticket Office)
Admission is free. Parking is available for a fee in the Zach Curlin garage,
adjacent to the theatre.

The Michael D. Rose Theatre Lecture Hall is a professional quality academic performance venue for students, faculty and staff at the University of Memphis. In the fall and spring semesters, the Department of Theatre and Dance presents a dance concert, free of charge, to the public. New Voices is the fall dance concert, featuring the work of student choreographers. The concert is an opportunity to create a work for the stage and an exciting and important event for young choreographers and the dancers in their pieces. In the spring, Momentum showcases inspiring contemporary choreography from faculty and guest artists, continuing the tradition of excellence and creativity in dance at the University.

faculty show at Fogelman Galleries

Coriana Close photography on display at Faculty show at Fogelman Galleries

woman looking at Cloar Closing

Top: Faculty work was on display during the official opening of The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art. Middle: Robert F. Fogelman II studies faculty photography during the official opening of The Martha and Robert and Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art. Bottom: The reconstructed studio walls of southern artist Carroll Cloar were dismantled after the exhibition closed. Some of the wall panels are currently on loan to the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock for their Cloar exhibition, "The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South," through June 1, 2014.

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