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Art Openings Will Showcase Student Work at the U of M's Art Museum and Jones Hall Gallery

For release: April 15, 2008

For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson, 901-678-4164

Several art exhibitions will open Friday, April 18, at the University of Memphis. Opening receptions at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) and at the Jones Hall Gallery will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; both are free and open to the public.

View a slideshow of exhibition highlights. “The Year of the Rat: Senior Show 2008” at Jones Hall Gallery will present work by nine U of M senior art students. The collected work of this year’s show spans a wide range of media and creates a diverse image of the modern social climate. The exhibition will run through April 25, 2008.

Tim Kinard and Melissa Rackham, MFA candidates, will show their work at AMUM’s MFA Thesis exhibition.

 Kinard’s most recent work is a figuratively based carnival extravaganza that attempts to relate the daily human experience to the staging and limelight of a circus. Poised in action and made of Styrofoam and paper, Kinard’s life-size performers realize more than aerial acrobatics and high wire stunts.

Rackham’s photographs are about place. They explore her personal and our collective search for the place “where we belong.” Her images convey her own experience within a location and offer the viewer a sense of mood through unusual compositions, unexpected juxtapositions, and innuendoes.

“Beauty Terrorist in 3D” at AMUM’s ArtLab is an installation by University of Memphis alumnus Dwayne Butcher. The piece is a continuation of Butcher’s work, which focuses on different stereotypes and how these stereotypes can coexist.

Gallery B, AMUM’s smaller gallery will show “Neighborhood Communication: L.I.F.E. As Process,” a collaborative photo exhibition. Students from the Westwood community in Southwest Memphis worked together with AMUM, U of M art faculty and students, and members of the Charles Powell Community Center to create a photographic record of the unique Westwood area.

Photographer David Horan along with Richard Lou, chair of the Department of Art, guided these students through the process of creating the content for the exhibition, selecting the images, and writing the accompanying wall texts.

All exhibitions at AMUM will run through May 10, 2008.

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