University of Memphis MFA Students Host Open Studio Night 2008

October 22, 2008



Memphis, TN


MFA Open Studio Night

Thursday, October 30, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The University of Memphis

Communication and Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor



The University of Memphis Fine Arts MFA students are hosting an Open Studio Night on Thursday, October 30, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.  Open studios and a gallery space are located on the second floor of the Communication and Fine Arts Building.  Signs will direct guests from the large main parking lot on Central Avenue to the CFA Building.  The Communication and Fine Arts Building is located directly behind the Music and Theater buildings and is south of Central Avenue.  In conjunction with this event, MFA students at the Memphis College of Art are hosting a Graduate Studio Open House from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The Memphis College of Art Graduate studios are located on Poplar Avenue at Tucker, across the street from Overton Park.


University of Memphis artists include photographers Lea Alexander, Michael Darough, Erin Jennings, Yijun (Pixy) Liao, Chase Malone, Jason Miller, Raleigh Rodger and Kate Wichlinski.  MFA sculptors include Brooke Foy, Elisha Gold, Colin Kidder, Denice Rhodes and ceramicist Robert McCarroll.  Painters include Eric Bork, Sarah Boyce, Ross McLean, Sunny Montgomery, Chandler Pritchett, and Ryan Vanderley.


Work ranges from Robert McCarroll’s “Fiesta Ware”—car parts meet production pottery, to the large scale figural oil paintings of Ryan Vanderley.  Colin Kidder “explores issues of aging and the dependence of man on machine.”  Eli Gold works with metal, Chandler Pritchett uses new media techniques to bridge the gap between watercolor painting and electronic art, Yijun (Pixy) Liao showcases “film stills” – images created from films imagined in her own mind, while an unnamed artist replied cryptically “PORK WILL BE SERVED!”  She refused to acknowledge whether or not the said ‘pork’ was in addition to the usual art opening refreshments or was of the barrel variety… 


U of M’s participating artists are not strangers to the Memphis, or to the national art scene:


Sculptor Brooke Foy, who currently has work in the Delta Exhibition in Little Rock, showed last year in Brooklyn, New York.   


Last summer The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s series Brooks Introduces featured the paintings of Sarah Boyce.   


Filmmaker/photographer Erin Jennings has screened films at Indie Memphis Film Festival 2005 and 2008, Nashville Film Festival 2007, with one film in international distribution.


In addition to his own work, Eric Bork organized a show, Mixtape, for a space on South Main. 


These are but a few examples of creative activities emerging from the Art Department of the University of Memphis.


 Chandler Pritchett, currently in a group show at Biggs Powell Interior Design AND looking forward to her thesis show in early November at AMUM sums things up nicely:

One of my favorite things about open studio nights is getting to share my work with undergraduate students… this gives me a great opportunity to start a dialogue with people I might not get a chance to talk to otherwise.  I’ve especially enjoyed getting to discuss the art program with high school seniors who have come out to previous open studios to see what the University of Memphis Art Department has to offer.”  

Lea Alexander, Eric Bork, Sarah Boyce, Michael Darough, Brooke Foy, Elisha Gold, Erin Jennings, Colin Kidder, Yijun (Pixy) Liao, Robert McCarroll, Ross McLean, Chase Malone, Jason Miller, Sunny Montgomery, Chandler Pritchett, Denice Rhodes, Raleigh Rodger, Ryan Vanderley, Kate Wichlinski


Lantana’s Class of ’07

November 11, 2007

Several of our grads made into the list:
Lea Alexander * Elizabeth Alley * Susan Best
Sarah Boyce * Dwayne Butcher * Paul Clements
Holly Davis * Hamlett Dobbins * Melissa Dunn
Melinda Eckley * Melissa Farris * Annette Fournet
Michael Force * Brooke Foy * Richard Gamble
Ashley Gerst * Elisha Gold * Pinkney Herbert
Jed Jackson * Niki Johnson * Tim Kinard
Yijun (Pixy) Liao * Nancy May * Erica McCarrens
Carol Harding McTyre * Carl Moore * Sunny Montgomery
Greely Myatt * Elizabeth Owen * Catherine Blackwell Pena
Nick Pena * Joel Rose * Vitus Shell
Rumi Tominaga * Ben Utigard * Billy Welch
Steven Troy Williams * Tad Lauritzen Wright

The event will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 7:00-10:00pm. Be there!

More Details about Open Studio Night

October 30, 2007

Thursday, November 1, from 5:45 to 7:45.
The University of Memphis Fine Arts MFA students will be hosting an Open Studio Night on Thursday, November 1, from 5:45 to 7:45. Guests are encouraged to start their tours at The Jones Hall Gallery of The University of Memphis, located in Jones Hall, room 109. Jones Hall is at the intersection of Alumni and Desoto on the University of Memphis Campus.
After visiting Berta Jottar’s exhibit in the Jones Hall Gallery, guests will be provided with information about the MFA program as well as a map to the painting, sculpture, and photography studios.
Along with snacks, guests at Open Studio night will experience hospitality, information, entertainment, and the work of some very promising emerging artists.

Shades, Substance

October 28, 2007

Shades, Substance

by Sarah Boyce
Size: 36×48
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Tree House

October 26, 2007


by Brooke Foy
Sawdust installation

Pigeon Penguins

October 24, 2007

Pigeon Penguins

Celluclay, wood, and steel
40″ x 28″ x 50″
by Autumn Parkey

long tribal platter

October 19, 2007

long tribal platter

by Greg Edmondson
more photo


October 18, 2007


by Lea Alexander

Apple Buckets

October 17, 2007

by Melissa Rackham

postcards detail

October 17, 2007

postcards detail

by Chandler Pritchett