Monday, August 25, 2014

Writing lab information

This semester, I will be taking over John Avis' role as the undergraduate writing tutor.  In addition to my BFA and MFA, I also have a BA in English, with professional experience in technical writing and tutoring college and high school students of all levels.  This is also my second semester as an academic tutor here at MCA, and I know many of our students already.   I truly enjoy working with students to support them and help them be better writers!

You may refer students from ANY class for writing support.  Feel free to contact me about assignments or students.  I will track students who seek support and will communicate anything necessary with the appropriate faculty.

Writing Support is now located in the Student Achievement area in Room 024.  
My hours are Monday 10:00-1:00, Wednesday 10:00-1:00 and Friday 9:00-1:00.  Students can drop in or email me for an appointment.
Justin Bowles
Student Achievement Center Advisor

1930 Poplar Ave.  Memphis, TN  38104
901.272.5100 (main)
901.272.5181 (direct)

Juried show

2015 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition
Bradbury Gallery

Call For Entries Accepted Online Only
Deadline: October 19, 2014
Exhibition Dates: January 29 - February 27, 2015
Juror: Ruth Lingen, Director of Pace Paper in Brooklyn, New York
Awards: Will be made at the discretion of the juror

Entry Information: In an attempt to be eco-friendly, our Call For
Entries is available online only. We will not mail a form to you. For
a link to the online entry form and exhibition guidelines visit:<>
or go directly to: 15entryform

Contact Us: For more information email us<>
Or call us at 870 972 2567

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Greetings, everyone - I hope you are all having a great start to the new school year! I am hoping to enlist your help in a special project.

MCA has been invited by David Rhodes, president of the School of Visual Arts in New York, to participate in a campaign created by design legend Milton Glaser, a longtime SVA faculty member.

Glaser, designer of the famous ‘I Love New York’ logo has designed the “It’s not warming. It’s dying.” campaign to focus attention on climate change and shift the language surrounding the issue from the benign sounding “global warming” to words that better convey the urgency of the current situation. We are joining in this effort with other AICAD institutions across the country.

Black and green buttons, designed to suggest a view of Earth from outer space with only a narrow band of life remaining, will be distributed on campus next week. The idea is to wear your button, encourage others to wear theirs and spread the word on social media with the hashtag #itsnotwarming. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter (@itsnotwarming). Please help spread the word and encourage student participation.

Additional buttons are available from for $5.00 for 5 buttons.

Thanks for your help and support!

Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Don’t hesitate to ask, or you can always call our Art on Fire coordinator, Sarah Lorenz, and 761-5250, ext. 103.

Dear art student,

On Friday, October 25, 2014, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens will hold its fifth annual Art on Fire.  This event benefits our ongoing effort to offer accessible educational programming for youth and adults throughout the Mid-South. We greatly appreciate your contribution to the Art on Fire auction and would like to further describe the program for this year.

In order to streamline the process, the Dixon will provide each participating student with a canvas, measuring 16 x 20 inches. We encourage the student to consider themes that will appeal to the Dixon’s audience and request that each submission be valued at a minimum of $100, which is the opening bid for all submitted art. If a submission receives a bid at our auction, the Dixon will provide the student with $50 in the weeks following the event.

Please have submissions ready by Wednesday, October 1st and contact Sarah Lorenz at regarding delivery to the Dixon. If a submission does not sell at this year’s action, you may pick up your artwork between October 28th through November 1st. Please note that the Dixon has the right to accept and refuse any submissions, and feel free to contact us with any questions.


Sarah Lorenz
Development Associate


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Auckland Print Studio is pleased to announce the open call for our 5th International Artist in Residence programme. 

Residency dates: 8th December 2014 - 18th January 2015 (6 week residency with the option to stay in the accommodation until the 7th February).
Deadline: 30th September 2014
Notification: 13th October 2014

Application and Residency Information

Please feel free to forward this call or post where relevant. 

Previous Artists in Residence:
2010: Ayanah Moor
2011: John McKaig
2012: Rex Kalehoff
2013: Zuza Kosinska


Auckland Print Studio // John and Pepe // +6421 081 77611 //
Please take a look at the attached prospectus for PRINTWORK 2014, a national juried exhibition at Artists Image Resource in Pittsburgh.

We are proud to announce that the juror for our annual juried exhibition is Bill Fick.

$500 first place award in addition to other cash awards.

AIR Director Robert Beckman will choose one artist to be invited to have a solo exhibition at Artists Image Resource during the PRINTWORK 2015 exhibition.

Postmarked deadline for submission is Sept. 27 2014.

Email and regular mail submissions accepted, details are on the attached prospectus.

If you have questions contact:
Joseph Lupo
Associate Professor of Art
West Virginia University

Prof. Davila

Saturday, August 9, 2014


2015 NICHE Awards Guidelines

Entries for the 2015 NICHE Awards will be accepted from
April 14, 2014, to August 18, 2014.

The NICHE Awards competition is open to professional craft artists ages 21 and older who reside in America or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craft work supplied to galleries and/or craft stores. All work must have been made and finished in the United States or Canada. Work produced or finished in secondary studios in other countries may not be submitted.
The NICHE Awards Student competition is open to any craft student attending an American or Canadian undergraduate, graduate or certificate arts program, and the work itself must have been produced in the United States or Canada while the student was attending the arts program. Student artists may enter as a student for up to one (1) year after graduation; however, the work submitted must have been produced while an artist was still a student.
The 2015 NICHE Awards competition seeks NEW WORK in all categories, whether student or professional.  Submitted work must have been designed, produced or introduced afterOctober 1, 2013 to be eligible. Work previously submitted to the competition will not be accepted. All work must be designed and made by the artist or a collaboration of artists, with all collaborators identified.


The only way to enter the 2015 NICHE Awards or 2015 NICHE Student Awards is by completing an application online. Paper applications will not be accepted.
One application (and one fee) enables you to submit three pieces of work. Only one application is allowed per artist. Each application allows for up to three pieces of work to be submitted. Artists who submit more than one application or more than three pieces will be disqualified.
No more than two pieces may be submitted in any single category. If you submit three pieces, the third piece must be entered in a different category.  You may choose to submit artworks in three different categories if you wish.
The competition is judged on a per piece basis, not on an application or portfolio basis. It is therefore possible to be a two-time or three-time finalist or winner in a given year.
Artists may enter in either the professional division or student division, but not in both in a given year.
Entries must be submitted by the artist in the artist’s name, not in the name of a company or school. A piece submitted as a collaboration must name all collaborators, and can be submitted only once  and in only one application (in other words, collaborators should not submit separate applications using the same work of art).
No additional images showing detail will be accepted for jurying. The image photo submitted may be enlarged by the judges to see detail. Each image must show a separate piece of work and show the work in its entirety.
One piece, one category: An artwork can be entered only one time in one category.
Assemblages and installation art will not be accepted in any category: The mission of the NICHE Awards is to identify the best of fine craft artworks and products, which are collectible in quality and design and suitable for the consumer market. The sponsor of the competition is NICHE magazine, the trade magazine for retailers of fine craft and artist-made products who buy wholesale.
NICHE magazine reserves the right to merge categories that do not accrue an appropriate number of applications. Also, the judges reserve the right to shift a piece to a different category, and to combine, create or eliminate categories.
The cost to enter is $40 for professionals, $20 for professionals who will be exhibiting at American Made Show in 2015, and $18 for students.
The application fee can be paid by credit card, check or money order. First submit your artwork through our contest application website. Then make your payment. To make a payment by credit card, please use our secure payment site. The link to the payment site will be given upon completion of your application.
Please make checks and money orders payable to: The Rosen Group/NICHE Awards and write the applicant’s name on the memo line. Please mail checks and money orders to:
The Rosen Group/NICHE Awards
3000 Chestnut Ave., Ste. 300
Baltimore MD 21211

Applicants will receive an email notification when their payment has been processed and their application is accepted.
Payments sent by mail must be postmarked by August 18, 2014. Unpaid applications will be deleted from the competition.
NICHE magazine accepts only digital images for the 2015 NICHE Awards and 2015 NICHE Student Awards. There is no paper application.
Images must be in JPEG format, 300 dpi and approximately 4×6 inches (1200×1800 pixels) in size. Images not meeting these standards will not be reviewed.
Artist renderings or sketches and digitally created images will not be accepted. The photo should represent a piece as it actually looks.
Images submitted are understood to be the property of the artist with the right to use them for unlimited publication. All photography credits (when applicable) must be submitted with the application.
Artists participating in the competition agree and accept that all images submitted to the competition may be used by NICHE magazine in upcoming issues and for other promotional purposes, including publication in any media, printed or online, including books about the NICHE Awards.


  • Apply for all protections necessary (e.g. copyright, patent or photographer’s release).
  • Submit high-quality images with a plain background. Evenly distribute lighting from at least three light sources so that no shadows are cast. Hire a professional photographer to photograph your work whenever possible.
  • Present fashions as worn by professional models.
  • Photograph jewelry alone, not worn by a model. Use a solid, neutral (preferably white) non-textured background.
Each entry is judged individually. The judges’ scores are not cumulative per application, but reflect their decisions per individual image entry. The work is judged on the following:
  • Technical excellence, both in surface design and form
  • A distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
  • Market viability (professional entries only)
Decisions of the judges will be final. Notifications will be sent to finalists in October 2014.  There are typically several finalists and one winner per category. The number of finalists per category is determined by the volume of submissions within that category. Judges reserve the right to award a tie.
Finalists will receive an awards certificate, a listing in NICHE magazine (professionals only) and a listing in the printed Buyers Guide of American Made Show, January 2015.
Finalists will also be invited to display their piece in a special exhibit at American Made Show in Washington, D.C. The artists are responsible for dropping off and picking up their work. Finalists who cannot deliver and pick up their work have the option of sending a framed photograph of the piece. If the finalist’s piece is no longer in the artist’s possession (for example, if the piece has been sold, the artist may submit it with the written permission of the owner, or may submit a photograph). Participating in the display exposes the finalists’ work to thousands of retailers from across the country; any offers of purchase are to be negotiated directly between the artist and customer following the trade show. All pieces must remain in the display for the duration of the exhibition. All artists who participate in the display do so at their own risk of damage, accident or loss.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony held during the American Made Show in 2015.
Winners will receive an awards certificate, trophy, listing on the NICHE Awards website and a listing in the Spring 2015 edition of NICHE magazine.
Information about the ceremony and special display will be included in the finalists’ promotional packets.