Art of the South Reception, George Wardlaw and more...


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Art of the South
George Wardlaw
Staff Council
Calls for Artists
Shows & Honors
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Important Dates

May 29: Opening Reception, 2015 Art of the South Juried ExhibitionHyde Gallery

Through May 31: A Halcyon Place: Horn Island 30, WAMA (Ocean Springs, Miss.)

Through June 7: Brittany Wilder, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Playhouse on the Square

Through July 11: Best in Class 2014/2015, Main Gallery

Through July 27: Katie Benjamin, It Starts With Pink: A Case Study, Alumni Gallery

Through July 31: 2015 Art of the South Juried Exhibition, Hyde Gallery

Gladys Stout Stafford

Staff Council Nominations

MCA Staff Council is currently accepting nominations! The Council meets monthly and exists as a positive collective voice to foster a spirit of unity by encouraging open communication in support of the mission of the college. If you are a staff member and know someone (or yourself!) that would be a great addition to the team, please send your recommendation to Derrick Casey at by June 30.

Art of the South Reception Tomorrow
The opening reception for Number magazine's 2015 Art of the South Juried Exhibition is tomorrow, May 29, from 6–9 p.m. during Trolley Night in Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main St.  Artists feature MCA alumni including Alex Paulus (BFA ‘09), Jade Thiraswas (BFA ‘15), Marc Rouillard (BFA ‘87, MFA ‘11), Ryan Steed (BFA ‘10) and former student Jan Hankins (1971–’73). The exhibition continues through July 31 and will have a closing reception on July 31, also during Trolley Night. Read more…

George Wardlaw's "A Life in Art" at Mississippi Museum of Art 

Alumnus George Wardlaw (BFA ’50) opens concurrent exhibitions at the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Fischer Galleries in Jackson, Miss. this evening. His exhibition A Life in Art: Works from 1954 to 2014 opens tonight with a preview reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 S. Lamar St., Jackson, Miss. The exhibition features 34 quintessential works, many large in scale, selected by Dr. Roger Ward, the MMA’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, from among the hundreds created by Wardlaw over the course of more than six decades. Additionally, an exhibition of recent works will be on view at the Fischer Galleries, 736 S. President St. Both exhibitions continue on view through August 30.
Wardlaw was also honored this week by his hometown of Baldwyn, Miss., as they declared Tuesday, May 26 “George Wardlaw Day,” a day-long celebration, culminating in the awarding of his high school diploma, never received due to an early departure from high school to serve in the Navy.
Raised on a farm in northeastern Mississippi during the years of the Great Depression, Wardlaw emerged from humble beginnings to become an artist and a member of the avant-garde art scene in New York City during the 1950s and ‘60s. He flourished as an important figure in American art and an influential teacher at Yale University and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he continues to live and work. Wardlaw returned to Memphis in 1988 with retrospective exhibitions at both Memphis College of Art and The Brooks Museum. Read more...

Calls for Artists

•Paint Memphis is organizing a one-day painting festival on July 18 called Memphis Paint, and is seeking artists to submit artwork that will be painted on the Chelsea flood wall at N. Evergreen Avenue. This is a continuation of the ArtsZone Scholars project and work site, which took place in March this year. Submit your work for consideration by emailing 5-10 photos of past public art projects/murals to before June 15th. Painting will take place July 17-July 19, and will be open to the public on July 18th. Painters will be selected mid-June. Read more…

•La Croix Water is seeking artists to submit work in their online art competition, currently running through June 8. Artists are encouraged to submit work of any medium, and are allowed but not limited to creating artwork made from La Croix cans and packaging in their designs. Winning artists have a chance to win a variety of Apple products, including a Macbook Air and iPads. Read more and submit…

•Jonathan Ferrara Gallery of New Orleans is seeking artists to submit work for their upcoming 19th Annual No Dead Artists International Juried Exhibition. The show is open to living, emerging to established artists working throughout the world. All mediums are accepted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, design, glass, metalwork, photography, video, mixed media and installation art. The deadline to submit is June 15. Read more and submit…

•Art Village Gallery is currently accepting applications of local Memphis artists, 18 years or older, for their juried art show in the fall. Works should be of a contemporary style, and in the following media: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. The deadline to submit is June 21. Read more and submit…

•Friends for Life is seeking art donations valued at $100+ for  their ArtDash fundraiser this summer. For additional information, contact Blake Meador at

•Memphis College of Art is currently accepting proposals for exhibitions in our Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park for 2015 and 2016. Any former student of MCA who was previously enrolled in a degree program may submit a proposal to exhibit in the Alumni Gallery. Hanging/2D, sculpture/3D art, or digital work may be submitted for consideration. No installation work will be accepted. Proposals from artists who have exhibited work in the Alumni gallery within the past two years will not be accepted. Please include 10-15 JPG format images of recent work, a brief artist statement, your degree with concentration and graduation year (if applicable), and your contact information (email address, phone number, address.) Please submit proposals through the proposal form online. 

Shows and Honors

Dani Harris at Wings Gallery
Dani Harris (BFA '87) opens her exhibition Reinventing the Old on June 3–Aug. 26 at the Wings Gallery in the West Clinic MIdtown, 1588 Union Avenue. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 5, 5:30–7 p.m. Read more...
Jeanne Seagle River Arts Fest Poster Artist
Jeanne Seagle (BFA '72) has been announced as the poster artist for the 2015 River Arts Fest. A poster launch party will take place this Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. at Annesdale Park Gallery, 1290 Peabody Ave. Read more...
Karen Carrier Best Chefs America
MCA alumna and recent commencement speaker Karen Blockman Carrier (BFA '75) was recently featured in a blog post on Best Chefs America.  Read more…
Amy-Beth Rice Source of Beauty
Amy-Beth Rice (MAT '15) opens her new exhibition, Source of Beauty, with an opening reception on Friday, June 5, 6:30–9:30 p.m. at the Midtown Crossing Grill, 394 N. Watkins.  

Dail Chambers at Yeyo Arts Collective
Dail Chambers (BFA '07) is celebrating five years with Yeyo Arts Collective, which she co-founded in St. Louis. A celebratory reception will take place this Friday, May 29, 7–10 p.m. at 2907 S. Jefferson Ave. St. Louis. Read more...
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