Gallery Fifty Six announces new curator

By Kerri Guyton
Gallery Fifty Six in Cooper-Young recently announced the promotion of Rollin Kocsis to curator of the gallery. Kocsis, previously the assistant curator at Gallery Fifty Six, will take on the role as curator – focusing on artwork sales, communication with gallery artists, scheduling and planning of monthly art shows, and recruitment of new artists.
A South Bend, Indiana native, Kocsis graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science in art education. During his 37-year teaching career with Memphis City Schools, he also earned a Master of Teaching in art education and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis).

Kocsis has been an involved member of the arts community for more than three decades, holding membership and leadership positions on advisory committees for the West Tennessee Art Education Association, the Tennessee Arts Commission, The University of Memphis Department of Art Education, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s education department. He is currently a member of the international arts organization, Energy Art Movement, and is involved in The University of Memphis Alumni Association and the Indiana University Alumni Association.

“We are thrilled with Rollin accepting the leading role at Gallery Fifty Six,” said Frank Roberts, owner of The Palladio Group. “His enthusiasm is contagious, and his formal art education and years of experience well qualifies him for the position of curator.”

Gallery Fifty Six is a fine art gallery featuring a large selection of artwork created by artists from around the Mid-South. With almost 3,000 square feet of exhibit space, visitors to the gallery discover an assortment of original two- and three-dimensional artwork. Guest artists’ shows, which are held monthly, feature both nationally and locally known artists, as well as up-and-coming artists working in all styles and media. Opening receptions for each guest artist show takes place on the first Friday of each month from 5-8pm. For more information about Gallery Fifty Six, its artists and shows, visit


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