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RiverArtsFest: More Than an Art Market

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RiverArtsFest: More Than an Art Market

by Kathleen Stevens   While most attendees and artists think of the RiverArtsFest as an annual opportunity to buy and sell art, local arts education programs and art educators know the volunteer-run River Arts organization is also an avid supporter for local arts education. This year alone, River Arts will provide over $100,000 in funding…

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Art to See This Weekend: Memphis, Tennessee, October 25-27, 2019

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Art to See This Weekend: Memphis, Tennessee, October 25-27, 2019

There is SO much art to see this weekend in Memphis, those of us at Number decided to pull together a short list of the must-see events! We hope this helps you plan your weekend accordingly.   All events listed here are free and open to the public except RiverArtsFest. $5 admission gets you daily…

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ILSSA: Creative Practice Call and Response

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ILSSA: Creative Practice Call and Response

By Patrick Vincent   ILSSA Frameworks Gallery Entry Title, Unrequited Leisure, 2019, varied media. Photo courtesy of Patrick Vincent.   ILSSA (Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts) was established in 2008 as a form of artist-organization-as-union by co-operators Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned. ILSSA projects enlist the skills and engagement of its members…

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Young Art Writers Project: Interview with Art-Ed Hero Dee Dee Melton

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Young Art Writers Project: Interview with Art-Ed Hero Dee Dee Melton

By Michael Mitchell   Dee Dee Melton with McGavock High School students   Michael Mitchell: Where do you teach and what grades do you teach? How long have you been teaching art?    Dee Dee Melton: I’m entering my seventh year of teaching and my fourth at McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee. I currently…

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Interview: Guillermo Galindo, The Sonic Mediator

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Interview: Guillermo Galindo, The Sonic Mediator

By Sara Lee Burd   Guillermo Galindo, Diamonds Ritual Performance, POW! Performance 7 festival, 2008   A performance by Guillermo Galindo involves a bizarre ensemble of objects filled with symbolic and sonic significances, which he manipulates in ways that transcend mundane reality. The barriers between audience and participant dissolve as the visual and musical combine…

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Interview: Marc Mitchell

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Interview: Marc Mitchell

By Sam King   Derek Larson and Marc Mitchell, Aborophilia, 2016, 60×54 in. (irregular), acrylic on custom panels and felt. Image courtesy of Marc Mitchell.   Marc Mitchell is an artist and curator based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and my colleague at the University of Arkansas School of Art. This interview is excerpted from a longer…

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Interview: Peter Cochrane

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Interview: Peter Cochrane

By Stephanie DeMer Dowda   Peter Cochrane, For Aaron, 2019, 40×50 inches, archival inkjet print. Image courtesy of the artist.   In classic versions of the tarot, the hermit card is depicted as a robed figure standing in fog holding a lantern at arm’s length. Often, I think the hermit is gazing into the glowing…

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The CMPLX: Art & Community Empowerment

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The CMPLX: Art & Community Empowerment

By Pete Hoffecker Mejía   Work by Lawrence Matthews in Safe-Keeping exhibition, 2019, photograph. Image courtesy of Pete Hoffecker Mejía.     In early January of this year a new gallery opened its doors on Lamar Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, although perhaps to call it a gallery is a bit of a misnomer. The CMPLX…

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Regional Update: Memphis

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Regional Update: Memphis

By Austin McLellan   Melissa Dunn, Taproot, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Photo courtesy of L Ross Gallery.   Galleries in the Memphis area have scheduled a busy fall. The L Ross Gallery hosts Melissa Dunn’s show Near Earth Object September 4 through 28; come to the opening reception on September 6, 6 to 8pm. On…

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Announcing the Tennessee Triennial

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Announcing the Tennessee Triennial

By Jac Kuntz     Today, there are over one hundred art bi and triennials around the world. Born out of an era of dazzling world expositions, the Venice Biennale was the first in 1895, though this millennia has seen a proliferation of them in cities both large and small. Tri/biennials today are so multifaceted—they…

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