In the summer of 1927, Walter Anderson was awarded a scholarship to study abroad in France and Spain. During his travels, Anderson found that he was not as inspired by the museums as he was the cave paintings of Les Eyzies and the cathedrals, particularly Chartres. For the young artist, the most inspiring aspect of Chartres was the combined effort of generations to build the great cathedral. Anderson was also intrigued by Chartres because of the access to art that it provided common people. Chartres, as well as the caves of Les Eyzies, inspired his love of murals and the creation of the religious icons that are featured in this exhibition. Cathedral to Coast is on display from February 3 - April 24, 2017
For thirty-two years Memphis College of Art has followed in the footsteps of Walter Anderson and journeyed to Horn Island in search of inspiration. Each summer the college leads a group of students, faculty, alumni, and other artists out to the island for two weeks. The group camps primitively on the barrier island, exploring, creating artwork, and gleaning inspiration from the wild and windswept spit of land. This exhibition consists of fifty-seven works from the participants of Horn Island Trips 31 and 32. We invite you to join the Islanders and to experience Horn Island through their eyes.
This exhibition will be on display from May 4 through August 22, 2017. The opening reception for this exhibition will be held May 17 from 6-8pm.
Wild Beauty brings together two artists whose work celebrates the natural splendor of the Mississippi Gulf Coast – Trailer McQuilkin and Walter Anderson. These artists, separated by many years, have found inspiration in the natural flora of the region. McQuilkin’s work features plants that are indigenous to the region, some of which you may recognize and some you may not. McQuilkin’s work has been paired with works by Walter Anderson depicting similar plants. These two artists draw inspiration from the world around them. We hope that this exhibition will encourage the viewer to take a closer look at their world and to appreciate the beauty of nature.
Opening Reception and Book Signing: August 10, 5:30 - 7pm
Artist's Talk and Book Signing: August 12, 2-3pm
Artist Talk and Book Signing: August 26, 11am-12pm
Brothers of Craft features Peter, Walter, and Mac Anderson who were all talented craftsmen and artists. A craftsman is a highly skilled individual, working in a particular trade, who has the ability to transform his trade into a level of artistry through experience and refinement. Throughout this exhibition the three brothers are featured as individuals and as a collective. By displaying their work separately one is able to discern the individual ingenuity that is particular to each artist. Together, one can see the interconnection between the brothers’ artistic spirits that pulsate through each piece. Throughout their lives, the three supported, motivated, and worked alongside one another. Family, art and the bonds of brotherhood bound them together, giving them stability and purpose.
The reception will take place at the museum, refreshments and light fare will be available.
This exhibition will include many fan favorite works that are not shown often from our collection as well as many on loan from private collections.
We accompany a great many of the pieces with the stories of who collected them and how they came into our collection, as well as why the works themselves are particularly important.
This exhibition concentrates on themes of French life; flower markets, boulangeries (bakeries) landscapes, street scenes, and portraits. These themes of daily life in France have captured my imagination and interest for the past 35 years. Being an American living part-time in France, I'm inspired as many American artists in the past by the centuries old tradition and cultural diversity of this part of Europe. Beyond simply recording what I see, my approach is to internalize and "re-create" starting with a visual idea. This process of transforming reality in painterly terms of light, color temperature, and composition is the heart and soul of what is termed "The Creative Process.” External reality is considered a pretext to explore and express emotion using those universal principles which are so well illustrated in all the great schools of painting. Rubens, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Chardin, and the Impressionists were my early influences, as were Cézanne, Picasso and the American abstract expressionists. Abstraction is an essential element underlying all great works of art. Working mainly in oil on canvas and using the techniques of the old masters in addition to the color discoveries of the impressionist, my goal is to create a luminous three-dimensional space where the characters both literal and abstract interact, articulate, and harmonize. My "poetic Realism" style is a result of a conscious constructive approach. The drawings in this exhibition represent a cross section of different subjects, landscapes of France, Holland, The Gulf Coast, as well as portrait studies and some early etchings. Drawing, the basis for all the plastic arts, painting, sculpture etc. occupied the first eight years of my formation at the Art Students League in New York City. My method of drawing is based upon a lengthy study of the great master draftsman in terms of their techniques but more importantly in terms of the Renaissance principles of perspective, anatomy, light and shade, and design.
WAMA is proud to offer two scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year. Students submit a piece of original artwork along with an artist statement. A group of museum staff, local artists, and community members carefully review each submission and choose a first and second place winner. This exhibition will be on display from March 13 - March 30.