Memphis 2024
April 21, 2024 - June 30, 2024
Memphis 2024 celebrates the vibrancy and originality of artists working in Memphis today through more than fifty colorful paintings, sculptures, ceramics, examples of fiber art, photography, metalwork, and assemblage, all by artists who have chosen to call Memphis home and invest in the local arts community. (Artwork: Girl with Flowers).
The work on view in Memphis 2024 emphasizes color, texture, and scale, but also ingenuity, a sense of place, and a particular warmth of spirit that truly defines our city. The exhibition will offer a dazzling array of work by the most creative men and women working in the Mid-South today, and can instill a sense of pride in all visitors for Memphis’s irrepressible cultural energy.
Inside Blackness: Illuminating the BlackPsyche in the Interior Landscape
Inside Blackness: Illuminating the Black Psyche in the Interior Landscape offers a nod to the essence and existence of black inferiority. The exhibition aims to make space for diverse conversation about, around, and through blackness from an inside perspective. In addition, the hope is to present a multifaceted dialogue about the diversity, richness, and abundance of the black interior space. Finally, Inside Blackness strives to provide unique insight into the African American experience through the interior experiential lens.
Exhibition Dates: January 9 - February 10, 2024

"LIBERATION" on view January 9 - February 10 in the Fine Arts Building Gallery sponsored by The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Curators: Jason Stout & Clay Palmer

"LIBERATION" is a collection of work from 2013 to 2023 that is about peace, identity and self awareness. It is part of a student discussion about art, the artist and the role of the artist in response to his or her community. How does the process become part of the cultural language and address the importance of History?
The Memphis Food Bank
Christmas Card Design


Over the years, The Mid-South Food Bank continued to grow serving over 250,000 food insecure individuals a year. Mid-South Food Bank currently distributes an average of 4 million meals a month through a network of 300 partner agencies in 12 counties in West Tennessee, 18 counties in north Mississippi, and one county in Arkansas.
New American Paintings
South #166 Newsstand Dates: June 2023 / July 202

The Open Studios Press was founded in 1993 as a vehicle for facilitating contact between artists and art enthusiasts. To date, our critically acclaimed periodical, New American Paintings, has featured the work of more than three thousand painters from throughout the United States, many of whom have gone on to receive international attention. The publication benefits artists and viewers alike.
Art Seen Magazine
2023 Summer Issue

Art Seen is the publication from The Curator’s Salon, bringing together contemporary artists from around the world to talk about their work, influences, purpose and everything else.

Issue 8 published for Summer 2023 showcases some of the most talented contemporary working artists to know right now.

Inside the publication you will discover artists from around the world, working across a number of disciplines, and learn about contemporary art and artists. This issue includes Leah Guzman, Peter Jones, Carole Jury, Skye Holland,  Allan Gorman, Dawn Smith, Nicholas Milkovich, Jennifer Small, Lydia Mutone, Carl E Moore, Emanuela Nesko, Anil Mistry, Amy Lewis, Julia Hacker, Jael O’Connor, Loktung Wong, Catie Radney, Amna and more!

The Curator Salon

Tennessee Triennial
RE-PAIR Venues Exhibition

March 17 thru April 29, 2023

Join the Jay Etkin Gallery for an artist talk and closing reception feat. works on view by Carl E. Moore on Thursday, April 27 from 6:00-9:00pm. The artist talk will begin at 8:00pm. From the Studio is a response to the Tennessee Triennial theme of RE-PAIR.

From the Studio pulls artwork from the artist’s space that reflects and represents a history of developing conversations about the people and landscape around him. The exhibition is a collaboration of new and previous work that shows an ongoing conversation about living and working in the Black community. Doing this process we create, we build, we heal, we repair and sometimes we destroy. We transform the world around us based on our personal needs and needs of our environment. We live.

RE-PAIR is the concept and core thematic idea to launch the inaugural statewide Tennessee Triennial.

“To heal, suture, and recompose fractured bodies. We propose a new site of encounters, with yet undefined edges, borders, territories. These will be cartographies of the mind as well as geographies of the land.

RE-PAIR invites us all to participate deeply as artists, organizers and the public in the invigoration at the intersection of art and sociability. The overarching theme of RE-PAIR solicits an empathetic consideration of context and space, history and commons, deeply woven into the fabric of Tennessee’s roots.


The Art Collection of the Memphis International Airport (MEM) includes a selection of purchased and commissioned works from emerging and established artists who are based in Memphis or connected to our city. These artists represent an ever-evolving arts community that meaningfully contributes to the rich cultural fabric of this city. Whether viewers are enjoying the details of a photograph or taking in an expansive mural, the collection offers an introduction to the many sides of Memphis; for those who call the city home, it is a warm welcome, familiar but never predictable.
Inherent in the selected works is a sense of Memphis’s rich history as a place rooted in activism and civil rights, art, and music, and the continuation of that sacred legacy today. A deep connection to the natural and urban environment is also expressed throughout. The collection spans a variety of media and conveys the sense that Memphis is at once fiercely local but inherently global.
Sweet 16 | Artful Presence: Portraits from the
Hattiloo Theatre Collection

Apr 17, 2022 - Jul 10, 2022
Presented by: The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions
Organized by: The Dixon Gallery and Gardens

This spring, come experience something new and exciting at the Dixon! Each of our sixteen gallery spaces will feature an independent, Dixon-organized exhibition. From whimsical Rococo German porcelain to contemporary American abstraction, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and be inspired by in Sweet Sixteen.  Artful Presence: Portraits from the Hattiloo Theatre Collection Willmott Gallery.

This exhibition features a selection of portraits of renowned Black playwrights, actors, and other figures from the collection of Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis. Founded in 2006, Hattiloo is the only freestanding Black repertory theater in the Mid-South and one of only four such theaters in the country. In its fifteenth season, the theater has mounted more than fifty theatrical productions from The Wiz to Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Zora Neale Hurston, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas

Memphis on the Mississippi
(Ode to Tom Lee)

In 2022, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art commissioned the Memphis-based artist Carl E. Moore to create a work inspired by the museum’s soon-to-be new location on the banks of the Mississippi River. Memphis on the Mississippi (Ode to Tom Lee) presents a view of the river and the city of Memphis from the Arkansas bank looking east. Aside from an iPhone tucked inside a pocket, Moore’s painting omits visual signs of the present day, instead focusing on the river’s eternal quality and looking to its history, present, and future.
Historically, Memphis was founded and grew from its connection to the river, and later the connecting railways, as a site of trade in goods and enslaved peoples. The Trail of Tears—the forced westward migration of 60,000 indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands during the 1830s—passed through Memphis as the river crossing point. At the center of the painting is a gilded boat; a reference to the battered wooden vessel captained by Tom Lee, a Black river worker, who on May 8, 1925 saved the lives of thirty-two people when the steamer the M.E.Norman overturned. Lee became a national hero, and today the public park by the river is named in his honor.
Moore recognizes this history, but also focuses on what the site means today for Black Americans. Memphis is known for its civil rights activism, but it is equally important, if not activist in itself, to depict Memphis at leisure. The composition is inspired by one of the most renowned paintings of riverside recreation, the French painter Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884). The scale of Moore’s work, which is far larger than Seurat’s painting, positions Memphis and the Mississippi River as an iconic location. It is a site that has witnessed the tumult of Memphis’s past, reminds us to find joy in the present, and encourages us, in this moment of the city’s rapid development, to consider the future we want to create.
“The work of Carl E. Moore and David Jon Walker shares a range of overlapping concerns which include illustrating affirmations of humanity, addressing the ongoing struggle for civil rights and human rights, shared graphic sensibilities and commonalities in the expression of characters, figures, and typography, a love of process, and an ongoing pursuit of innovation within in their practices." Curated by Brian R. Jobe.

Carl E. Moore’s monumental multi-panel painting
My South stems from the artist’s ongoing body of work focusing on the everyday dimensions of Black American life. Rendered in Moore’s characteristic style of solid colors and bold outlines, the painting explores the artist’s memories of growing up in the South. Set against rural and urban landscapes, his figures are situated in a blissful, nurturing state, surrounded by flowers, fruits, and honeybees. While much of the artist’s work focuses on racial identity and color, his use of black here shifts attention away from the race of the figures and instead to a more universal experience.
Moore wanted My South to draw attention away from stereotypes that deal with race and culture through a negative lens. The painting is about environment and identity and how the South is, in many ways, no different than any other place. There is life, love, history, and family. For the artist, the painting is also personal: it is about growing up in Mississippi, the memories of his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and moving away knowing that he would always have a home to which he could return. 
-Patricia Lee Daigle
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