The Sound & The Gulf

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

WAMA and the Memphis College of Art present The Sound and the Gulf, a retrospective exhibition celebrating 34 years of artwork inspired by the wilderness landscape of Horn Island. For more than three decades, Memphis College of Art students have followed in the footsteps of artist Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) as they’ve made a series of 12-day excursions by boat to Horn Island, an uninhabited barrier island off the coast of Mississippi. The exhibition, on view through September 30, coincides with the 35th annual MCA Horn Island trip, and looks back at this impressive and inspiring journey through the eyes of these intrepid creators.

The Horn Island program began in 1985 under the direction of Professor Emeritus Bob Riseling and continues under the direction of Associate Professor Don DuMont. The annual excursion is designed to get students out of the studio and engage them in a natural setting that challenges them with new perspectives. Students keep a journal/sketchbook with daily entries of their personal experience and create island assignments. They are on their own to explore the island, engage with other members of the group, exchange ideas, and participate in island traditions that may be a catalyst for t