by - February 11, 2016

The Medicine Factory is excited to host Sant’Ivo by Hamlett Dobbins.  The one night event will be an exhibition of drawings as well as a release party for the book Sant’Ivo: June 29, 2014.
Sant’Ivo is a one night only event from 6-9 pm on Friday, February 26th, 2016.

The Medicine Factory is located at 85 Virginia Avenue West in Downtown, Memphis.

In the fall of 2013 Hamlett Dobbins moved to Rome where he lived and worked for eleven months.  Every Sunday for many months he would go to Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, a perfect little church built by the architect Francesco Borromini.  The church was only open to the public on Sunday mornings before mass.  Dobbins would go there regularly to make quick, simple drawings: just Sharpie marker on unlined index cards.  At the end of his sojourn in Rome Dobbins had hundreds of these line drawings divided into individual Sundays.

In 2015 ArtsMemphis awarded Hamlett Dobbins with an ArtsAccelerator grant that allowed the artist to work closely with Brian Dixon, a friend and designer, on the publication of a book that collects forty-two drawings made from Dobbins’ last visit to the church. Sant’Ivo: June 29, 2014 also contains a forward by American Academy in Rome Director Kim Bowes and an essay by the artist.  Copies of the book will be for sale at the reception. 

A native of Tennessee, Hamlett Dobbins spent most of his life in Memphis.  He received his BFA from the University of Memphis in 1993 and went on to receive his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  After completing his graduate studies, Dobbins moved to Memphis where he worked as a curator for Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts while teaching at University of Memphis, University of Mississippi, and at Memphis College of Art.  In 2000 he received a fellowship for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont as well as a three month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska.  He has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation as well as the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artists Grant.  He has shown his work throughout the region as well as at Art in General in New York, NP40 in Amsterdam, The American Academy in Rome, Dogmatic in Chicago, and Lump Gallery in North Carolina. His work has appeared in New Art Examiner, Art Papers and Number.  For the last fifteen years Dobbins has been active in the art community in Memphis working as a curator, a writer, and a teacher.  From 2001 to 2013 he was the director of the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College where he also taught.  From 2004 to 2013 he ran a non-commercial alternative space called Material where he provided exhibition opportunities for nearly a hundred artists from Memphis, Tokyo, and all the places in between.  In 2013 he was awarded the Rome Prize and spent eleven months as a fellow at the American Academy in Rome.  He now lives in Memphis with his two children, Milla and Ives. 

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