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 Saturday, September 7, the gallery hosts a concert with Jack Williams. Then, beginning October 2, David Mah shows his work with a reception on October 4 at 6pm. Finally, L Ross is partnering with Concerts International to produce multimedia work that pairs a video presentation of artwork with a live music performance.


Also this fall, the Jay Etkin Gallery in Cooper-Young launches a new series,  UneXpected/juXtapositions, where an established artist selects and works with an emerging local talent to stage an exhibit. The gallery will host shows on September 6 and September 20. Check website for details.


Crosstown Arts offers a variety of painting and sculpture in a show that started August 23 featuring Jia Wang in the East Gallery, Scott Carter in the West Gallery, and Chen Wang in the Screening Room and East Atrium, all through October 20. Artist talks are planned for later this fall. See the Crosstown website for details.


The substantial Bouguereau and America exhibition at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art started with a bang this summer on June 22 and runs through September 22. It offers forty paintings from an artist hugely popular with Americans in the Nineteenth Century. A can’t miss. In addition, Albrecht Dürer’s remarkable woodcut prints are on exhibit here through October 27.


At the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, the photography of Art Shay (1922-2018) shows through October 5. His subjects include the Civil Rights Movement, its people and events. (June 24 through October 5). Free admission Monday through Saturday.


The Dixon Gallery & Gardens hosts Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection, an exhibition of artists working and living in the South and influenced by the region. Work is on display July 28 through October 13.


Memphis sculptor Yvonne Bobo has acquired a large building on Walnut Street, south of Downtown Memphis. The new space will serve as her studio and also provide a working and event space for other artists under the banner of non-profit Off the Walls. For September, an all-day immersive arts experience is scheduled featuring painting, sculpture, music, and technology entitled Baron Von Offenbean’s Exploratorium of Magic, Science, and the Multi-Verse. See details at


Austin McLellan is a writer based in Memphis.