Reception 6:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Main Gallery Lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium
Downing Pryor Visiting Artist The Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Series was created to honor the late Downing Pryor and support the mission of Memphis College of Art. Downing Pryor devoted 32 years as a member of MCA’s board of trustees, serving three times as its chairman (1961, 1967, and 1972). Mr. Pryor, born into the automobile business, was heavily involved in Memphis politics, including as a member of the Shelby County Quarterly Court (now the County Commission) from 1964 to 1968 and the first city council from 1968 to 1972. In 1968, Pryor was the main mediator between the city and striking sanitation workers, and after the assassination of MLK, he represented the city at Dr. King’s funeral services in Atlanta. He was recognized for his outstanding service as a civic leader, businessman and patron of the arts along with his contributions in the areas of education and race relations.