Memphis College of Art Alumni Association

Memphis College of Art Alumni Association

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The MCA Alumni Association strives to foster a mutually beneficial, lifelong relationship between ou

Being part of the Alumni Association keeps you connected to former classmates and professors. We want to share your professional advancements and we want you to hear about new job openings, upcoming exhibitions and other events you’ll want to put on your calendars. Please feel free to contact us with information on exhibitions and events, or to discuss ways that you can continue to be involved with MCA. [email protected]

The Alumni Association is run by Sarah Blackburn and other alumni volunteers.

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11/13/2023

IKEA Memphis, in partnership with UAC, is seeking an artist to create an indoor mural that includes bright, engaging colors, reflective of the IKEA values and Swedish heritage and speaks to the vibrant culture, community, history, and diversity of Memphis.

The mural will have a dedicated space of 18.5’ x10.75’. The murals will be painted on a sanded plywood and have a 2’ undermount, shadow box frame. The painting should be gallery finished. The sanded plywood canvas and frame will be provided and installed by the site.

Click the link to learn more and register for the info session on November 3rd at IKEA Memphis! 🎉
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/732495342287?aff=oddtdtcreator

Metal Move 08/21/2023

Metal Move Overton Park’s Rust Hall is due for a Metal Museum makeover.

Photos from Memphis College of Art Alumni Association's post 08/07/2023

This weekend we celebrated the life of our friend and fellow artist, Ed Rainey.
Eddie David Rainey, 68, of Memphis, died peacefully after a brief illness on Thursday, July 20, 2023
He was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan to David and Bernice Rainey. His family has been farming since the Civil War and he grew up in Newport Tennessee raising cattle and crops on the family farm. He joined the national guard after graduating from Dyer County high school.

He attended the Memphis College of Art (formerly The Art Academy) recounting his experience there, he would say, "The lard fell from my eyes." While he grew as an artist, he cultivated many deep friendships with his professors and fellow students. He graduated with a BFA in Sculpture.

Ed produced mixed media drawings and was represented by the Damon Brandt gallery in New York City where he regularly had sell out shows. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts. Chase Manhattan Bank, Exxon Corporation, PaineWebber Group and other corporations have purchased his work. He was featured in Art in America, the New York Times and Interview magazine.

About his art, Ed would say, "The act of drawing not only solidifies thoughts and ideas, but also opens avenues of discovery through application
and those unexpected happenings that make art....art. The viewer is important to me. I like for there to be enough flash to call the viewer from the other side of the room and then enough detail up close to give them something to 'smell of'."
He was an instructor at the Flicker Street Studio and would advisor students to let the piece tell them what it needs.

Along with this artwork, Ed pursued a long career in carpentry, applying his meticulous perfectionism to every project.

Ed had a passion for thoroughbred horse racing and visited tracks around the country. He always bet the longshot. An enthusiastic gardener, his plant specimens won numerous ribbons at the Midsouth fair. He enjoyed riding around in his black 1960s Cadillac coupe Deville or on his motorcycle. Ed was a Grill master, and he liked his chicken well done. He was a kind sensitive man who generally escorted unwanted bugs out of the house, and always sent flowers to his mother on his birthday. A long time baseball fan he once threw out the first pitch at a Memphis Redbirds game.

He was a member of the American Legion and the First Presbyterian Church.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves his wife, Gloria C. White, sister Linda Lowrance, nephew Todd Lawrence and great niece, Jenna Lowrance.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

07/25/2023

Memorial Service for Ed Rainey
Sat. Aug. 5th @ 2pm
First Presbyterian
Reception to follow

07/22/2023

It's with a sad heart that I announce our beloved Ed Rainey has passed away. His wife Gloria C. White has asked that we share this news with those who knew him. I will post service details when I have them.

MCA Questionnaire: Student & Faculty 07/06/2023

MCA Questionnaire: Student & Faculty
Zoe Kahr, Executive Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, has asked me (Marina Pacini) to organize an exhibition that celebrates the historical legacy of the Memphis College of Art. This will be the closing exhibition in Overton Park before the museum moves downtown in 2025.

As part of my research, I have developed a questionnaire for MCA graduates, faculty, and administrators. The information will be used both for developing the exhibition checklist and for the accompanying catalog. Please complete the questionnaire and return it as soon as possible as our time frame is very tight. And please share the link with as many of your colleagues as you can. The goal is to produce as full a picture of what the college was like, and to acknowledge the many successes of graduates, faculty, and administrators.

Submission of a questionnaire is essential for consideration of inclusion in the project. I look forward to reading your submissions.

With thanks,

Marina Pacini
MCA exhibition guest curator
Chief Curator, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 2002-2019
[email protected]

MCA Questionnaire: Student & Faculty Zoe Kahr, Executive Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, has asked me to organize an exhibition that celebrates the historical legacy of the Memphis College of Art. This will be the closing exhibition in Overton Park before the museum moves downtown in 2025. As part of my research, I have d...

A Day at the Sleeze and Slime Cafe 1990 03/08/2023

Thank you Jack Myers! What a time capsule!

A Day at the Sleeze and Slime Cafe 1990 During my years at the Memphis College of Art I did my workstudy at the infamous Sleeze & Slime Cafe, run by the fabulous team of Judith and Jana, and as you...

11/17/2022

Looking for a new career in the arts? Nashville has several openings at the link.

Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville Opportunities Hub Opportunities Hub The Arts & Business Council’s Opportunities Hub is a resource for artists, and arts and business professionals, to connect with creative organizations, arts nonprofits, and arts-focused businesses in Tennessee. The Arts & Business Council believes that artists possess valuable cr...

10/24/2022

Arrow Creative Arrow Creative is a central hub for the Memphis creative community.

ArtistInfo: Help is a click away. 10/06/2022

Hi All! It's been a minute.
I hope you are all signed up to receive ArtsMemphis e-news. They post opportunities for artists - more than I could ever share.

Click the link to see this months e-news.

ArtistInfo: Help is a click away. The Southern Prize and State Fellowships is open to visual artists in our nine-state region to support, expose, and celebrate the breadth, depth and diversity of artistic excellence. Deadline: Extended to November 1 Learn More 

Memphis educator John Avis, 69, dies in car wreck 09/01/2022

We are sad to report that John Avis, a former instructor at Memphis College of Art, died early Wednesday morning, Aug. 31, 2022.

Memphis educator John Avis, 69, dies in car wreck John Avis, a Memphis educator who had served in Memphis schools since the mid-1970s, died in a traffic accident.

Photos from Edible Memphis's post 08/08/2022
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