Work by Dick Rhodes in MCA Alumni Gallery

by - March 30, 2016

Memphis College of Art presents Work by Dick Rhodes, on view March 20–May 7 in the Rust Hall Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, April 22 from 6–8 p.m.
Rhodes’ plein air landscape paintings are highly textured and impressionistic. Working in a high color palette using oils, pastels and charcoal, his paintings richly display varied landscapes from around the United States. Rhodes’ paintings are the result of a lifelong interest in the rich resources found in the land. He originally worked in portraiture, but his interest in color and light led him to pursue landscape painting and drawing. 
A native Memphian, Rhodes graduated from Central High School in 1958. He later earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 1963, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago in 1972. Throughout his lifetime, Rhodes pursued a career in banking, which took him to many cities including San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta and eventually Nashville where he became the Chairman of Regions Bank. Despite working in a non-arts-related field, Rhodes continued to further his interest in the arts—taking art history courses at the University of California-Berkeley while working nights at Wells Fargo, and regularly painting and drawing as a personal hobby. Now retired, Rhodes has transitioned into being an artist full-time and maintains a studio practice in Nashville. 
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit
Photo: Dick Rhodes, “Red Lands,” oil on canvas board, 8” x 10”

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