Marc Rouillard’s Commonplace in MCA Alumni Gallery


Memphis College of Art presents Commonplace by Marc Rouillard, on view April 1 through May 9 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 10, 6–8 p.m.
A native of the St. Louis area, Rouillard received an AFA in Graphic Communications from St. Louis Community College, a BFA in Advertising Design from the Memphis Academy of Art (now MCA) in 1983 and an MFA in Studio Art from Memphis College of Art in 2011. He has worked in the graphic design and illustration field for 26 years, and served as art director for the graphic design firm Langford & Caldwell for 20 years. Rouillard currently teaches foundations, drawing and painting at Memphis College of Art. His paintings have been shown in numerous group, solo and juried exhibitions and he is represented by the Jay Etkin Gallery in Memphis and Santa Fe.
“My paintings are based on a personal sense of space that has origins in my youthful passion for collecting butterflies, moths and other insects,” said Rouillard. “One of my favorite hunting grounds was Sunset Park, an 85-acre, hardwood-forested park perched on a bluff that ran down to and along the Missouri River. I’m attracted to nocturnal alleyways, and the river with its harbors, industrial moorings, barge traffic and bridges. These are ordinary places that some may feel unworthy of depiction, instilled with a feeling of anonymity. But anonymity speaks to the unknown, it is the mystery that transforms the prosaic into poetry.”
Gallery hours for Commonplace are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Marc Rouillard, The River’s Edge in Snow, oil on linen panel, 24” x 18”, 2013-14

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