Bounty of art exhibits at MCA, Kroc Center

Works by Nikkila Carroll are on display at the Memphis College of Art's Rust Hall through Nov. 14th.

Works by Nikkila Carroll are on display at the Memphis College of Art’s Rust Hall through Nov. 14th.

The Memphis College of Art hosts three art shows in October, including one at its downtown graduate school campus, which the school recently announced it will be leaving.

On view Oct. 9th-Nov. 14th in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park, “Symbiotic Tendencies” is an exhibition of sculptural collage works by MCA graduate Nikkila Carroll. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 9th from 6–8 p.m.

The exhibit explores the ambivalent relationship between humanity and nature. A native Memphian, Carroll earned her BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2011 and runs Babycreep, an extensive line of ceramic and mixed media jewelry, and miniature art objects.

From Oct. 9th–Nov. 14th in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park, MCA will present two bodies of work by Anne Harris: “Invisible Girls,” featuring portraits that evoke the physical, emotional, and societal, changes women experience as they age, and “The Mind’s I,” a ollaborative drawing project that grapples with ideas of perception and self-perception A reception will be held Friday, Oct. 9th from 6–8 p.m. Harris will also host two “Mind’s I” workshops on Thursday, Oct. 8th from 5–8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 9th from 2:30–5:30 p.m. in the Lower Gallery. An artist lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8th from 12–1:30 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall.

A graduate of Washington and Yale Universities, Harris has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, and her work can be found in the permanent collections of Harvard and Yale. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an NEA Individual Artists Fellowship.

Gallery hours for all three exhibits are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. For additional information, visit

At the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St., MCA will present “Water, Bones, and Blood: NIA Artist Collectrewive Exhibit” from Oct. 5th–Nov. 1st. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 23 from 5–9 p.m.

Established in 2001, the NIA provides an outlet for African-American artists to collaborate with and mentor one another. The group, which has shown in Nashville, Buffalo, and New York, has included more than 40 artists over the past 14 years, all connected to Memphis in some way.

Gallery hours for the Water, Bones and Blood: NIA Artist Collective Exhibit are Monday–Friday, noon–5 p.m. and Saturday, noon–7 p.m. For additional information, visit

On Oct. 4th from 1:30-3 p.m. the Salvation Army Kroc Center hosts an opening reception in the Junior League of Memphis Art Exhibit Hall for a new show Rita Deweese.

Deweese and her husband Don own Gibson’s Donuts, an iconic place in Memphis. She studied art at the University of Memphis and with Marilyn Wannamaker of Memphis and Janice Hinds of San Antonio, and she taught at Our Lady of Perpetual Help for eight years.

The exhibit runs October 31st. The works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Salvation Army of Memphis. Please visit for more information on this exhibit.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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