Spring 2015 MFA Exhibition in Hyde Gallery

Memphis College of Art’s Spring 2015 MFA Exhibition will open April 17 in the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main, where it will continue through May 9. A reception will be held on Friday, April 246–9 p.m.
The exhibition is comprised of works from 11 Master of Fine Arts students: Sarah Ahmad, Izaak Bray, Frances Berry, Jacob Gambill, Bailey Gonzales, Bob Guthridge, Matt Ivey, Thom Kostura, Ohm Phanphiroj, Richard B. Phelps and Lisa Williamson, in mediums ranging from photography to 3D installations to large-scale paintings.
Works in the exhibition include a series miniature tableaus created inside mannequin heads by Bob Guthridge, titled Piece of Mind. “The series addresses the growing imbalance between our society and our environment,” says Guthridge. “I make my social statements by creating three-dimensional editorial cartoons.” In stark contrast to the intricate and painstaking detail of Guthridge’s work, the large canvases of Thom Kostura’s Rainfall series receive their ultimate form through the action of the weather. “Every painting is a collaboration with nature,” says Kostura. “By leaving the canvas out in the rain, I retain evidence of the uniqueness of each storm. Each mark is determined by the forces acting around it, regardless of judgment or interpretation. The rain is blind and unaware of the process. My only contribution is the preparation of the canvas and knowing when to let go.”
Some of the additional works include an installation by Lisa Williamson depicting a tornado created from house sculptures, Frances Berry’s large-scale photographs that utilize digital alterations to question memory, and an installation of painted cloud forms and screens influenced by traditional Islamic architecture by Sarah Ahmad.
Gallery hours for the Hyde Gallery are Monday–Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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