Gallery Talk: Sunrise/Sunset - Works from Studio Nong
Memphis College of Art is pleased to present Sunset/Sunrise, an exhibition of work by artists in the Studio Nong International Collective and Residency Program, Jan. 8–Feb. 5 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception will take place Friday, Jan. 29 from 6–9 p.m. The artists will also present a gallery talk on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m.
Sunset/Sunrise will feature over 50 sculptural and paper works from the artists and educators included in the Studio Nong Artist Collective—Leandra Urrutia, associate professor at MCA; Jessie Fisher, Misty Gamble and Scott Seebart, professors and instructors from the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI); and Zhenhai He, Shanwu Huang, Bangmin Nong and Jigang Qin, professors from the Guangxi Arts Institute in China. The response Urrutia received after the initial SunRise/SunSet exhibition in 2014, which featured work by the American artists from their residency in China, led her and the KCAI artists to pursue a stateside residency. “Numerous faculty and students told me how the art stirred them creatively and culturally. Their enthusiasm and my interest in the project inspired us to develop a reciprocal artistic exchange in the United States,” said Urrutia, who helped establish the inaugural Studio Nong Residency in 2013 through her receipt of the ArtsMemphis 2014 Emmett O’Ryan Award.
The dream of bringing He, Huang, Nong and Qin to the United States became reality during the summer of 2015 with a 6-week studio residency focused on artistic collaboration and cultural exchange of traditions. The residency started at MCA, and later traveled to KCAI for the remainder of the program. The work featured in Sunset/Sunrise is a direct result of this intensive residency, and includes work from all 8 artists.
Following the exhibition at MCA, Sunset/Sunrise will travel later in the year to KCAI and the Weinberger Fine Art Gallery in Kansas City, as well as the 50th Convention of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Transportation of the artwork is provided through a sponsorship from the FedEx Corporation. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday noon–5 p.m., and Saturday noon–7 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mca.edu.
Photo (from left to right): Left: Misty Gamble, Scott Seebart (background), Jessie Fisher, Leandra Urrutia; Right: Jigang Qin, Zhenhai He (front), Bangmin Nong, Shanwu Huang