The Memphis/Germantown Art League comes to Gallery Fifty Six
By Richard Kendrickson
Gallery Fifty Six will host the Memphis/Germantown Art League’s 2011 Autumn Juried Exhibition in October. The exhibition will include approximately 50 pieces of art, and Best of Show, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and Honorable Mention awards will be presented. The artist’s reception will be on Friday, October 7, from 5 until 8pm. The judge this year will be Rollin Kocsis, curator for Gallery Fifty Six.
The Memphis/Germantown Art League (MGAL) is a nonprofit organization of visual artists and associates supporting the work of its member artists. The League’s purpose is to aid its member artists in their professional growth and in the development of their artistic skills by providing juried exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, and other continuing education opportunities. In addition, MGAL works to enrich the community by presenting original fine art in public exhibits and by participating in other community art activities.
MGAL has three annual juried and judged, local, members-only exhibitions. Judges typically are well-known artists and educators such as Dolph Smith, Remy Miller, Jamie McMahan, Paul Edelstein, and Pam Cobb.
A National Exhibition and workshop is held every two years open to artists from across the country. Judges who conduct the workshops are nationally-known artists such as Alex Powers, Frank Francese, Wyatt Waters, and Laurin McCracken. Past venues include GPAC, WKNO Gallery Ten Ninety One, Memphis Botanic Garden, St. George’s Episcopal Church Gallery, A2H, Collierville Town Hall, and Askew, Nixon, Ferguson among others.
The organization began as the Germantown Art League in 1976. In 1988 the organization’s name was changed to Memphis/Germantown Art League in recognition of the wider geographical distribution of its members. Today the composition of the membership is far broader including surrounding towns in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. MGAL depends on all its members to serve on the Board of Directors, committees, and to assist in the work of the organization. MGAL is grateful to the local businesses who continue to generously support their organization.
Gallery Fifty Six is located in the Cooper-Young neighborhood at 2256 Central Ave. The artist’s reception and exhibit is free and open to the public.