Art Exhibits

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Art Reception in the GPAC lobby

GPAC celebrates the visual arts by exhibiting a diverse collection of artwork by emerging and professional artists from around the region. The Lobby Gallery is free and open to the public during normal business hours and on days of performances.


A River Runs Through It
IRIS Orchestra and Memphis College of Art

February 1 - February 28, 2017

Photo: David Chapura, “The Current,” digital painting, 17” x 22”, 2016

Memphis College of Art (MCA), together with IRIS Orchestra, announces a student exhibition during the month of February at GPAC, surrounding the orchestra’s upcoming concert A River Runs Through It. The exhibition will be on view to the public Feb. 1-28, with IRIS Orchestra concert dates on Feb. 4-5.

The exhibition includes 25 works embodying the theme of water developed during Fall 2016 Illustration classes led by Associate Professor Michele Noiset, Assistant Professor Jean Holmgren and Instructor Shane McDermott. The framed prints and other works by featured students will be available for purchase—ranging from $25 to $300—and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MCA’s scholarship fund. Out of the 25 works featured in the exhibition, one student work was selected as the Faculty Choice—“The Current” by David Chapura. Orchestra musicians will select another student work as Musician’s Choice when the show opens on Feb. 1 in the Grand Lobby Gallery. Other artists include Lauren Bostic, Latiyah Cotton, Therro Davis, Liz Dempsey, Shelby Green, Bethany Harrison, Kristen Kaluba, Troy Koler, Laura Lester, Lauren Lyles, Emily Martinez, Kaci Mulcahy, Liddy Ortega, Margaret Perez, Madison Petri, Taylor Thomas, Martray Murphy Thompson, Stewart Thompson, Katie Tisdale, Vyvy Tran, Layn Tucker, Henry Wilkinson and Toonky Worship.

IRIS Orchestra’s Artistic Director Michael Stern says the relationship between art and music has been demonstrated throughout history. “Just as the great rivers of the world have inspired the world’s great composers, so many of the world’s great artists have drawn inspiration from music,” said Stern. “Students at Memphis College of Art created work that responds either to the Mississippi River and its role in the region’s history and current life, or directly to the music on the program.”

This student exhibition is just one of many exhibitions that MCA hosts for the community each year. A selection of images of student work from this show will be posted on its Facebook event page. All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information about this exhibit and other upcoming events, visit


2016-2017 Season 

Visual Arts Exhibition: CUBA Despues del Tiempo Especial, Antes de los Americanos
Terry Manning

Visual Arts Exhibition: Function Follows: An Exploration of Craft as Fine Art
Artists collaborative

Visual Arts Exhibition: Germantown 175th Anniversary Photo Exhibit
Sponsored by The City of Germantown and the Germantown Historic Commission

Visual Arts Exhibition: The Quilts of Gee's Bend: A New Beginning
Gee's Bend Quilters Collective

Visual Arts Exhibition: A River Runs Through It
IRIS Orchestra and Memphis College of Art

MARCH 2017
Visual Arts Exhibition: Visions of Nature
Memphis Digital Photography Club

APRIL 2017
Visual Arts Exhibition: Earth Music
Kathleen Stern

MAY 2017
Visual Arts Exhibition: MGAL 40th Juried Spring Exhibit
Memphis Germantown Art League



The Quilts of Gee's Bend: A New Beginning
Gee's Bend Quilters Collective

January 4 - January 31, 2017

Artist Reception: Saturday, January 14 from 5-7 pm

Quilts of Gee’s Bend: New Beginnings, an exhibition of works by the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective, is on view in GPAC’s lobby gallery January 4-January 31, 2017. A reception is January 14 from 5-7 pm. The exhibition and artist reception are free and open to the public.

This exhibition presents new works by the granddaughters and great-granddaughters of the renowned master quilt makers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Since the 1920’s the quilt makers there have produced patchwork masterpieces transformed from fabric remnants, and this current generation continues the tradition of textiles as an art form.
For more information about the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective and their history, visit



Function Follows: An Exploration of Craft as Fine Art 

November 2 - November 29, 2016

Artist Reception: Saturday, November 12 from 5 - 7 pm 

Works by Nikkila Carroll, Sarah Thomson Dufrechou, Christiana Leibovich, Memphis Knit Mafia, Katrina Perdue, Eszter Sziksz and Mary K. VanGieson are on view.


Visual Arts Exhibition: Terry Manning, CUBA Despues Del Tiempo Especial, Antes De Los Americanos

September 2016


Visual Arts Exhibition: Ramshackle Wilderness

December 2014

Michelle Duckworth

Erica McCarrens


Visual Arts Exhibition: Martha Kelly "Journeys"

April 2015


Visual Arts Exhibition: People and Their Places, Steven Heard

 January 20 through February 15, 2016


Visual Arts Exhibition: Celebración! An Exhibit by Local Latin Artists

September 2015


Visual Arts Exhibition: Capturing Nature by Dr. David Sloas

October 2015


Visual Arts Exhibition: Inspired by Music, Milisa Valliere

November 2015

Milisa Valliere


Visual Arts Exhibition: For the Love of Imagination, Jin and John Powell

December 2015 - Jan. 19, 2016


Visual Arts Exhibition: Close Scapes, Maritucker Hanemann

March 4 through April 4, 2016
Maritucker Hanemann 

Visual Arts Exhibition: The Time Catcher, Karen Pulfer Focht 


Visual Arts Exhibition: MGAL 39th Annual Spring Exhibition 2016

May 2016


Gypsum Dunes by Larry Hughes

Memphis/Germantown Art League is a nonprofit organization of visual artists that aids its members in their professional growth and presents original fine art to the community.

Free and open to the public.




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