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Memphis College of Art Graduate Studies in Art Education


ere in Memphis, a city soaked in culture, Memphis College of Art has existed for 75 years as a veritable artist’s colony where access to a professionally geared education is available to those whose passions burn brightest. Revel in our forward-thinking curriculum that incorporates the most exciting new fields of study. Bask in the real-world experience our renowned professors bring to the field of academics. Flourish within a campus being constantly updated and expanded to make it increasingly conducive to living the life of an artist.

Graduate Studies at Memphis College of Art Master of Arts in Art Education, MAArtEd Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education, MAT Non-degree programs in Art Education: • Transitional Licensure • Add-On Endorsement • Plus 30 Semester Hours Master of Fine Arts, MFA

A graduate art center

Nesin Graduate programs, studios, classrooms, and labs are located in the new Nesin Graduate School at 477 South Main Street. There is a fully equipped computer lab with scanners and large format printing, as well as a video editing lab. A large gallery is used throughout the year to exhibit graduate student work and curated exhibitions, with additional spaces that can accommodate installation work. A wood/metal shop, printmaking studio, and a retail store are added amenities. Graduate Art Education students have a Teacher Resource Center for teaching professionals and student teachers, model classrooms, and space for studio work. Daily shuttle service is provided to Rust Hall, the college’s main building in Overton Park, a 342-acre wooded park in midtown Memphis. Built by architects Harrover and Mann in the late 1950s, Rust Hall inspired Progressive Architecture magazine to recognize it with a distinction for design award. Creative inspiration can be found nearby within the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, which houses the state’s oldest and most distinguished art collection, and the Memphis Zoo, a recently renovated, animal-friendly wildlife sanctuary. The college’s administrative building, Gibson Hall, is located at the southwestern edge of Overton Park and houses faculty and staff offices including admissions, financial aid, business office, career services, and student affairs. Adjacent to Gibson Hall are MCAowned student residences that provide housing for more than 160 students. Spacious and furnished, these apartments and efficiencies include fully equipped kitchens, bedrooms, and studio space. The Admissions Office can assist with locating off-campus housing available throughout the city. Memphis, Tennessee is a city with over 1.1 million residents in the greater metropolitan area, and is home to a rich history of blues, literature, and the Mississippi River. The Nesin Graduate School is situated downtown amongst The National Civil Rights Museum and The National Ornamental Metal Museum; and many other cultural institutions such as The University of Memphis Law School and the FedEx Forum.


President’s I would like to introduce you, and welcome you, to the Graduate Art Education Programs at Memphis College of Art. Certainly you will sense in these pages the quality of our facilities, the flexibility of our programs, the look and feel of artwork created by our students, faculty, and alumni, and the career opportunities that abound for those pursuing a career in Art Education. As the new President, since May 2011, I immediately recognized some special attributes that distinguish and differentiate MCA. They are the qualities and strengths that set MCA apart, and feature the most important points to consider in the development of your career as an art educator: MCA is solely dedicated to educating art professionals, including art educators, who impart knowledge through visual art, and prepare students to think creatively, critically, and to solve problems.

MCA recognizes that living fully means living artfully, and that nurturing the artful spirit is a means to developing a complete person. Your talent as an art educator will flourish as you develop the skills and gain the insights needed to help students realize their creative and artistic and scholastic potential. My academic roots are in art education. The Graduate Art Education programs here are respected and valued because we see the roots of art appreciation, and consequential broadening of mind and spirit, growing in primary and secondary education. Our faculty, students, supporters and community, each recognize that fertile soil is cultivated by art education professionals, like you. Visit our spectacular Nesin Graduate School located in the heart of Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District; talk with the graduate students who are already here; visit with faculty . . . come, see for yourself . . . and I would be delighted to meet with you to talk about this incredible place. MCA is an opportunity you cannot afford to ignore.

Dr. Ron Jones



Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Wilson,

Director of Art Education Programs at Memphis College of Art has been an active leader in education and arts education K–16 for 35 years. Having served as a classroom teacher, art teacher, K–12 Fine Arts Supervisor, K–12 General Education Supervisor, Assistant Principal, Principal, Education Consultant, and Assistant Professor, she came to MCA in 2006 with a wide array of experiences in visual arts and education. These skills were used to help develop the Masters in Art Education Program at MCA where Dr. Wilson serves as an Associate Professor. Dr. Wilson has served as a member of the Praxis Art Education National Advisory Council through Educational Testing Services, and was selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Administrator Award of Shelby County Schools, TN. Dr. Wilson has earned such distinctions as Tennessee Education Association Administrator of the Year, Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities, Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA) Administrator of the Year, and TAEA Higher Education Teacher of the Year. Dr. Wilson is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar and is helping develop a master’s program in Pakistan. She produces studio work primarily in glass fusion, painting, and to a lesser extent, in other media.



The Graduate School at Memphis College of Art is a diverse community of students that make up a fifth of the entire college population. The new Nesin Graduate School building in downtown Memphis houses graduate faculty and directors’ offices along with an exhibition gallery, studio spaces, model classrooms, a teacher resource center, and computer labs bringing students together in trans-disciplinary and trans-professional collaboration.

The Graduate School programs combine teaching professionals, full-time studio artists, and graduate education students in 44,000 square feet of space with 24-hour access to all the resources necessary for each program, including shuttle service to Rust Hall’s additional studios, labs, library, and administrative and staff offices.

The Office of Career Services offers graduate students the support and opportunities for professional development and preparation for a career as an artist, designer, or teacher. Visiting artists and critics enrich studies with professional perspectives and offer opportunities for mentorship and networking. Career Services, along with the Graduate Research Seminar course, are resources for employment information, professional practices, and information on conducting research.

Each semester, graduate open houses and exhibitions highlight work from each program, offer opportunities to visit with faculty and students, and tour facilities.


Rust Hall

In addition to the Nesin Graduate School, graduate students have access to the labs, studios, equipment, and academic resources of Rust Hall 24-hours a day, six days a week. A shuttle that runs between the two facilities four times each day during the academic year provides quick and easy access. MCA’s Main Gallery hosts visiting artists and juried exhibitions throughout the year while the Lower Gallery is designated for student work. MCA’s shop has 4,400 square feet with equipment for woodworking, metalworking, plastic molding, mat cutting, glass cutting, and stretcher and frame construction. MCA has large metal and clay sculpture studios, as well as separate foundry and welding areas for castings and metalwork. The clay studios have five wheels, a space for hand-building and glazing, a spray booth, and a semienclosed firing room with electric and gas kilns. The wet room is equipped with beaters, a 36-square-foot vacuum table, a hydraulic press, and a pulper. Printmaking, papermaking, and book arts studios provide easy interaction between these related media. Printmaking has two presses for stone and plate lithography, three etching presses, serigraphy, and equipment for photo printmaking processes as well. Book Arts includes three letterpresses and a bindery.


There are four fully equipped digital labs with digital cameras, slide and transparency scanners, flatbed scanners, and high-resolution printers. A separate large-format printing lab provides for large scale archival printing on a variety of media. Two sound and animation studios are available for animation and video work. Projectors, video cameras, and other equipment are available for loan to students through the digital media faculty. Photo lab facilities include 10 workstations equipped with Omega largeformat enlargers and 12 workstations equipped with Beseler medium-format enlargers. A lighting studio houses strobe equipment, backgrounds, and medium and large format cameras. Digital SLR cameras, portable strobe and hot light sets, and backdrop stands are available for checkout. Also available are facilities for non-silver alternative photo processes including digital negative printers and a large UV exposure unit. Hot meals or just a snack are available in the “Sleaze and Slime� Snack Bar — open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each weekday.


Graduate Studies in

Master of Arts in Art Education The MAArtEd program is designed principally for experienced educators who are ready to further develop their artistic, scholarly, and leadership capabilities in art education. The program explores new approaches to creating, teaching, and researching visual art processes. The program promotes the expansion of the field of art education by preparing professionals for a wide variety of contexts. Emphasis is placed on collaborative research, as well as independent studio experience and visiting artist opportunities with nationally recognized artists and art educators. MAArtEd students develop a focus for scholarly inquiry with the support of mentoring faculty, fellow students, and studio work. The course offerings include curriculum theory and development, utilizing technology, and the exploration of art through making, criticism, history, and aesthetics. Additionally, ideas of multiculturalism and diverse learning populations are explored.


Understanding that many educators interested in this program are working professionals, coursework to meet the requirements of this degree are offered evenings, weekends, and during the summer. The program culminates with a Master’s Action Research/Thesis and exhibition that requires academic research, intellectual rigor, and creative experimentation in studio work. A faculty advisor/mentor works closely with each student throughout the process. MAArtEd candidates are required to complete 31 credit hours. Candidates have 10 calendar years from the initial date of enrollment to complete the degree.

Master of Arts in Art Education— MAArtEd Curriculum Designed to be completed in 31 hours of study, the MAArtEd curriculum may vary depending on a student’s background when entering the program. Education Theory and Practice Studio/Art History Action Research/Thesis Seminar Total

15 12 3 1 31

Master of Arts in Teaching The MAT program is designed for those artists committed to the growth and development of others through the exchange of knowledge, but who are not yet certified as teachers. The program integrates handson experience in teaching with studio preparation, ensuring that students are informed by practice, current theory, and research. Upon completion of this program and obtaining passing scores on the required Praxis II exams, graduates are eligible for K–12 certification in art in Tennessee and, by reciprocal agreement, most other states. In the course of the program, MAT students transform their expertise in making art, their knowledge of art, and their insights from other disciplines into content and strategies for teaching. The curriculum provides a broad background in educational pedagogy applicable to art education. Specific areas of focus include diverse populations, multicultural issues, classroom management, curriculum development, and assessment. Developmental theory provides a guide for thinking about the ways art can serve a broad range of learners. Methods courses explore holistic and integrative strategies that foster deep learning and growth through creative expression, critical response, and interdisciplinary connections. MCA’s strong relationship with local schools supports the required student teaching and practicum experiences.

Under the guidance of MCA faculty, students submit an Action Research/Thesis paper and develop new artwork at the conclusion of their studies, which is then presented in a graduate exhibition. The MAT requires 40 credit hours and two 29-hour practicum experiences, generally completed in four full-time semesters, in addition to the successful passage of Praxis II exams. Information on Praxis II exams can be found at Candidates have 10 calendar years from the initial date of enrollment to complete the degree.

Master of Arts in Teaching— MAT Traditional Curriculum The MAT curriculum requires 40 semester credit hours distributed as follows: Core Education Courses Studio/Art History Student Teaching Action Research/Thesis Seminar Total

24 6 6* 3 1 40

*(this requirement waived with two years of successful teaching evaluations and having met state licensure requirements)


1st Semester AE610 Survey of Art Education (3) FA . . . Studio Workshop (3) AH . . . Art History Elective (3) AE660 Educational Psychology (3) AE605 Graduate Research Seminar (1)

3rd Semester AE620 Curriculum and Instruction (3) AE630 Strategies for Teaching Art (3) AE663 Art for the Secondary Student (3) (One 29 Hour Practicum)

2nd Semester AE650 Art Education for Diverse Populations (3) AE661 Art for the Pre-K– Grade 8 Student (3) AE640 Technology in Art Education (3) (One 29 Hour Practicum)

4th Semester AE740 Student Teaching Internship (6) AE750 Art Education Action Research/Thesis (3)

Graduate Art Education Non-Degree Programs Add-On Endorsement in Art This program is designed for teachers who are licensed in areas other than Visual Arts K–12, but demonstrate a strong background in visual arts. Candidates may add an endorsement by passing the Praxis II exam, Art: Content and Analysis (0135), and completing coursework as determined by faculty advisors. Candidates employed full-time as a teacher can receive a scholarship in the form of reduced tuition by submitting a teaching verification form. Transitional Licensure This program is for candidates who hold a BFA, BS, or BA degree and have a minimum of 24 hours of studio coursework, are currently employed by a school system, and who must gain state licensure in visual arts K–12. Candidates take 19 hours of coursework that must be completed within three years, that can be applied toward the MAT degree with application and acceptance into the program. Candidates must work full-time as a visual art teacher, pass all required Praxis II exams, apply annually for renewal, and have at least two years of satisfactory school evaluations.


Guidelines for annual renewal: 1) Signed Checklist of Requirements; 2) Renewal Application; 3) Official Transcripts with six hours of completed coursework between August and May; 4) State Mentoring Logs (50–100 hours as specified by the system); 5) Acceptable annual school evaluations; 6) Praxis II Test Scores. The Art Education Office is available to assist in this process. Plus 30 Semester Hours For licensed art educators with a master’s degree, the Plus 30 Semester Hours program allows for further pursuit of additional studies for professional development and pay increases from respective school systems. Entry to courses is on a space available basis in the published schedule of classes. Some school systems may refer to this as Plus 45 Quarter Hours. Candidates for non-degree programs must submit application credentials to the MCA Admissions Office.

Graduate Art Education MAT/MAArtEd AND Non-Degree Program Admissions Requirements Who should apply for MAArtEd? The MAArtEd is a program for experienced teaching professionals who already have their teaching licensure and who are ready to further develop their artistic, scholarly, and leadership capabilities in art education. MAArtEd Applications Applications for the MAArtEd program are accepted on a rolling basis for the fall (August), spring (January), and summer semesters. Applicants must submit: • a completed graduate application form (available online at admissionsapplyonlinematmaartapp), and a $50 application fee • two letters of recommendation (at least one from a school administrator) • resumé • teaching philosophy (not to exceed two pages) • portfolio (see portfolio requirements) • all official college transcripts (sent directly from the issuing institution to MCA) • cumulative GPA of 2.5 required for admission • interview with program representative Who should apply for MAT? The MAT program is designed for those artists committed to undertaking a career in art education, but who are not yet certified as teachers. Students may teach while in the MAT program or may elect to do their coursework prior to employment with a school system. Upon completion of this program and obtaining passing scores on the required Praxis II exams, graduates are eligible for K–12 certification in visual art in Tennessee and, by reciprocal agreement, many other states. MAT Applications Applications for the MAT program are accepted on a rolling basis for the fall (August), spring (January), and summer semesters. Applicants must submit: • a completed graduate application form (available online at admissionsapplyonlinematmaartapp), and a $50 application fee • two letters of recommendation • resumé • statement of purpose (not to exceed two pages) • portfolio (see portfolio requirements) • all official college transcripts (sent directly

from the issuing institution to MCA) • cumulative GPA of 2.5 required for admission • interview with program representative Portfolio Requirements Applicants to the MAT/MAArtEd program must submit a portfolio of their work. Digital submission is preferred in the following formats: 15 to 20 images (either as slides or in digital format (Mac-compatible is required), jpeg files (less than 2mb), PowerPoint files, or DVD. A detailed image list must be included with title, scale, media, and date. DVD and audio material must not exceed five minutes in length. Submit digital images to Interview Once the application is complete, the Admissions Office arranges an interview (personal or telephone) with a program representative. Transfer Credit Graduate applicants to Memphis College of Art may, subject to review of the graduate admissions committee, transfer up to three graduate level credits from an accredited institution, with grades of 3.0 or higher toward the MAT/MAArtEd degree. International Students In addition to all other admission requirements, international students must provide the results of the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 525 (195 computerized score) or IELTS of 6.0 or higher, send certified translations of all academic records, and provide an affidavit of support verifying the ability to meet the total cost of one year of tuition and living expenses. Registration Information Incoming students register with assistance from Art Education advisors. Course schedules for the upcoming semester are available online at academicsregistrarreginfo. Visit Prospective students are encouraged to visit the college. Call 901-272-5151 or 800-727-1088, or email for arrangements.


Non-Degree Program Admissions Requirements Who should apply for the Transitional Licensure program? Students who have been hired as a full time teacher and who are seeking licensure for teaching in the State of Tennessee, but who are not sure they want to commit to continuing study toward the master’s degree are appropriate candidates for the program. Students who already have a master’s level degree but are not licensed to teach can take coursework only toward State of Tennessee licensure. Who should apply for the Add-On Endorsement? Licensed teachers seeking to add an art education specialty endorsement to their license should apply for this program. Who qualifies for the Plus 30 Semester Hours program? Obtaining +30 semester hours* above a master’s degree provides a sizable pay increase in many systems (see teacher salary schedules on individual system websites). At this time, systems and states are reviewing many new options to evaluate teachers — completing an additional 30 semester hours demonstrates continued commitment to the field and professional growth. *30 semester hours is equivalent to 45-quarter hours.


Non-Degree Art Education Program Applications Applications for the Transitional Licensure, Add-On Endorsement, and Plus 30 Semester Hours programs are accepted on a rolling basis for fall admission (August), spring admission (January), and summer semester admission. Applicants must submit: • a completed graduate application form (available online at admissionsapplyonlinematmaartapp), and a $50 application fee • all official college transcripts (sent directly from the issuing institution to MCA) Interview The Admissions Office arranges an interview (personal or telephone) with the program representative for each non-degree candidate. Non-degree program candidates wishing at any time to enter the MAArtEd or MAT program must submit a new application, application fee, and complete additional application requirements as stated.

Graduate Art Education What is Transitional Licensure in Visual Arts K-12? To receive a teaching license in the Transitional Licensure program at MCA, a candidate must: • be employed as a full-time teacher • have an undergraduate degree which meets certain general education requirements • have a minimum of 24 hours of studio coursework • be hired by a school system on a Transitional License • take 19 hours of art education coursework with 6 hours each year under a permit normally from August to May • receive acceptable evaluations from administration • turn in all required paperwork to the school system and the college (mentoring logs, etc.) • reapply for the permit each year and pass all Praxis II exams before receiving a teaching license All of this is done while teaching, and must be completed in a three-year period (no exceptions per the State Department of Education). No student teaching is required.

Most local school systems require a letter from the Graduate Art Education Office stating that a candidate meets the requirements to enter a program of study before they hire. Contact the Graduate Art Education Office for assistance. What is the difference between Transitional Licensure only and a MAT (Master of Art in Teaching)? The MAT program is a master’s degree with licensure. Transitional Licensure coursework may apply to this degree. Candidates must complete additional graduate coursework (a minimum of 15 hours of graduate credit), complete the Action Research/Thesis project, and participate in a graduate exhibition. Why should I get a Master’s degree? At this time, systems and states are reviewing many new options to evaluate teachers. A master’s degree demonstrates continued commitment to the field and professional growth. A master’s degree typically increases pay by a minimum of $3,000 per year in local public school systems (amounts and hour requirements may vary in other systems).


How to Apply For Students need only submit the required application materials to be considered for institutional scholarships, grants, and work study. Students are notified of merit/ portfolio awards along with acceptance replies. MCA awards are determined by the admissions review ranking.

Full-time students may be awarded work study through the admissions and financial aid process. An average yearly allotment of $500 is typically awarded, allowing the student to work during the academic year. Work study is paid in the form of a paycheck at a rate of $9 per hour.

Teaching professionals in the graduate art education program receive a significant tuition discount scholarship. A teaching verification form is required each semester to be eligible. Recipients do not qualify for other institutional scholarships or work study.

To complete and file the FAFSA form, students should go online at www.fafsa. Additional information is available at Applications are also available from the MCA Financial Aid Office. The MCA federal code is 003507. (International students are not eligible for government assistance.)

Eligibility for Federal Aid is determined upon receipt of a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Only student information is needed, as all graduate level students are considered independent. Federal Student Loans are available to eligible graduates enrolled in at least six credit hours per term.

Graduate Art Education Traditional Scholarships Graduate scholarships range from $3,500 per year to $11,000 per year and are renewable each semester based on maintaining a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0. These awards are based on fulltime attendance and are pro-rated for part-time enrollment. Scholarships that are not renewed are re-awarded the semester after achieving the required CGPA.


Special Circumstances If you have a unique financial situation, please contact our Financial Aid Office at 1-800-727-1088 or locally at 901-272-5136. We’re happy to provide assistance.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities MCA recommends that students research outside scholarships. The best method for locating scholarships is via the Internet where students can do free online searches. Employers, churches, or other organizations in which a family might be active are also potential resources. MCA distributes scholarship application information received by the Financial Aid Office to eligible enrolled students.

Financial Memphis College of Art realizes that entering into a graduate program requires a significant investment of time, creativity, and financial resources. To that end, MCA provides financial assistance in three forms: scholarships that require no repayment, Federal Student Loans that usually have deferred payment at low interest rates, and work study. Students are considered for scholarships through the admissions process and are notified of scholarship awards and work study along with acceptance replies. Eligibility for federal student loans is determined through completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Art Education Tuition and Fees Graduate full-time tuition and fees for one year (2011–2012 school year) are $26,150. Beyond tuition and fees, a student’s budget is estimated for one year based on payment of room and board, art supplies and books, and personal expenses, such as transportation, clothing, and miscellaneous expenses. Our budget estimates are based on the higher end campus housing and other miscellaneous costs — you may spend less than our estimates. Graduate Budget Other than tuition costs, expenses will vary greatly depending on personal preference and lifestyle. Tuition and fees for the 2011–2012 academic year Art supplies and books (estimated) Housing (estimated) Food (estimated) Personal expenses (estimated) Total

$26, 150

2,450 6,500 2,000 3,900 $ 41,000

Loan Forgiveness for Teaching Professionals Depending on the type of loan and the amount of payments made over a 10-year period, teaching professionals may qualify for the Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees. Please contact our Financial Aid Office and review information on the web at siteresources/LoanForgivenessv4.pdf. MAT Traditional Scholarships Graduate scholarships range from $3,500 per year to $11,000 per year and are renewable each semester based on maintaining a cumulative grade point average (CGPA)

Teaching Professionals’ Tuition and Fees MAArtEd, MAT Transitional Licensure, and non-degree program students employed fulltime in K-12 teaching receive a special tuition discount scholarship and pay $520 per credit hour with reduced student fees pro-rated for part-time attendance. Tuition and fees 2011–2012 for one class: $ 1,560 Student Fees (per semester): 3 credit hours: $ 110 6 credit hours: $ 225 9–12 credit hours: $ 325 Teaching professionals that receive this discounted tuition scholarship are not eligible for other institutional scholarships or discounts. A teaching verification form with signature of a school administrator is required to verify employment each semester. Available online at admissionsfinancialaidgrad.

of at least 3.0. These awards are based on full-time attendance and are pro-rated for part-time enrollment. Scholarships that are not renewed are re-awarded the semester after achieving the required CGPA. MAArtEd/Transitional Licensure Tuition Scholarship Discount Full time K-12 teaching professionals receive a significant scholarship discount. A teacher verification form and signature from a school administrator is required to verify employment. MAT students who are not yet employed in a school system are considered for scholarships through the admissions process.



Michael Chewning graduated from MCA’s undergraduate program in 2006 as an illustration major. After graduation, Chewning focused on creating short films and working odd jobs but hoped to pursue his calling — to teach art to children. Two years later, Michael was hired at Magnolia Elementary as a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade art teacher and enrolled in MCA’s MAT program. Chewning credits Dr. Cathy Wilson for his success. “Dr. Wilson was very helpful and she has given me great tips on teaching strategies that I have been able to implement in the classroom. I’ve made some great friends and developed a strong peer group whom I hope to stay in touch with over the upcoming years. I love teaching and I love to see the sparkle in the eyes of the children when they finally ‘get it.’”

Ashley Burns graduated from MCA’s undergraduate program in 2004 as a sculpture major. Shortly thereafter, she accepted an interim position teaching art at Olive Branch High School in Mississippi. She later joined MCA as an admissions recruiter, traveling the country while educating students about art and MCA’s degree programs. Her recruiting experiences sparked her desire to become a full-time art teacher, which led to her current position as art teacher at Mt. Pisgah Middle School. She is currently enrolled in MCA’s MAT program. Ashley continues to seek out professional development opportunities and programs such as training in Advanced Placement Studio Art, International Baccalaureate Visual Arts as well as English Language Learner and classroom differentiation. She was awarded the City of Germantown’s Teacher of the Month award and was selected to participate on a committee to rewrite the visual art curriculum for Shelby County Schools.


Hoping to gain teaching experience in a culturally diverse setting, Muhittin Mahir Bildik came to the United States from Turkey in 2007 to work on his master’s degree. He entered the MAArtEd program in 2009, and as part of his coursework signed up for an internship teaching atrisk male students at Youth Dimensions, a residential facility in Memphis. This experience made him all the more certain of his goal to help students learn to turn negative experiences into the positive process of artmaking. Mahir chose MCA because he believes “It is the best school in the South.”

Emily Dillner Moseley received her MAT degree in 2008. While enrolled in the MAT program and after graduation, she worked at the Shrine School of Memphis as the Lead Art Teacher for the Pilot Visual Arts Program for students with special needs. She later worked as an interim art teacher for Shelby County Schools and now has a permanent position teaching art at Donelson and Dexter Elementary Schools. She continues to exhibit her artwork while also managing the Art Gallery at Germantown Community Theatre.

Meredith Slover Wilson received her MAArtEd degree in 2008. After graduation she continued working as an art teacher at Arlington High School. She also started an after school art program at the Millington Public Library. Meredith continues to create and exhibit her own artwork in her spare time. For updates regarding her new work, please visit

Student Fitness/Wellness/Health Services The Office of Student Affairs is located in Gibson Hall, MCA’s administration building at 1939 Poplar Avenue. Referrals for medical, psychological, and dental services are available, as well as assistance with any problem or concern. Services offered to students and college policies are listed in the Memphis College of Art Student Handbook, provided each fall for the academic year. Art Supplies/Books Textbooks can be purchased through Burke’s Book Store, Booksellers at Laurelwood, and at the start of each semester. Art supplies can be purchased at the Art Center’s Rust Hall branch for a 15% student discount. Exhibition Opportunities Several galleries at MCA support graduate student’s exhibition experience throughout their course of study. Local and national exhibition opportunities abound with facilitation provided by the Office of Career Services. Graduate students are required to present a thesis exhibition prior to graduation.

Career Services The Office of Career Services provides one-on-one counseling to graduate students providing resume, networking, portfolio, exhibition, and all types of career path/job search assistance. Internships, community service, work study, freelance jobs, and other resume-building opportunities are offered through this office. A research seminar for Art Education students is geared toward directing students for the life of a professional educator. The yearly Career Fair provides on-campus interviews. Housing for Graduate Students Many different campus housing options are available for students including oncampus residence halls and college-operated apartments. Contact the Admissions Office or Student Life Director for details.


FACULTY Director of Art Education Programs Cathy Wilson BS, University of Tennessee; MA, EdD, University of Memphis

Coordinator/instructor of Art Education Programs

Jennifer Gonzales BA, Humboldt State University; MAEd, University of Phoenix Maria Bibbs BA, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nona Bolin BA, MA, University of Memphis; MA, Vanderbilt University Elizabeth Brown BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA, University of Georgia Fred Burton BFA, MFA, Wichita State University; MA, Kent State University David Chioffi BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology; MA, Wesleyan University Ellen Daugherty BA, MA, PhD, University of Virginia Maritza Dávila BA, University of Puerto Rico; MFA, Pratt University Don DuMont BFA, Memphis College of Art Adrian Duran BA, University of Notre Dame; MA, PhD, University of Delaware Tom Lee BA, Montana State University; MFA, University of Mississippi Susan Maakestad BA, MA, Central Washington University; MFA, University of Iowa Remy Miller BFA, University of Connecticut; MFA, Bowling Green State University


Haley Morris-Cafiero BA, BFA, University of North Florida; MFA, University of Arizona Howard Paine BA, Grinnell College; MFA, Washington University Hannah Park BFA, Parsons The New School for Design; MDes, York University, Toronto, Ontario Soyoung Park BA, MA, Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Bill Price BFA, Memphis College of Art; MFA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Joel Priddy BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University; MFA, School of Visual Arts James Ramsey BA, Vanderbilt University; MA, PhD, Tulane University Meredith Root BA, Bard College; MFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Jennifer Sargent BA, Middlesex University, London, England; MFA, Arizona State University-Tempe Betty Spence BA, Union University; MA, University of Memphis Zark Strasburger BA, Oberlin College Cynthia Thompson BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art; MFA, Rutgers University Leandra Urrutia BFA, Southwest Texas State University; MFA, University of Mississippi Jill Wissmiller BFA, Arizona State University; MFA, Northwestern University


Contact Us

Memphis College of Art is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-6794500 for questions about the accreditation of Memphis College of Art.

Memphis College of Art Graduate Admissions Gibson Hall, 1939 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 P: 901-272-5151/800-727-1088 F: 901-272-5158

Memphis College of Art is also an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Art Education and Teachers Education Programs of Memphis College of Art have been approved by the Tennessee Board of Education.

Mission Memphis College of Art is a professional center of art and design education, dedicated to preparing individuals for lives of creating, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Financial Aid Office 1939 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 P: 901-272-5136/800-727-1088 F: 901-272-5134 Nesin Graduate School 477 South Main Street Memphis, TN 38103 Art Education Program Office P: 901-272-5191 P: 901-272-5165

Purpose Artmaking is and has always been one of the most powerful and enduring endeavors of humankind. Every people, every culture, every era has made art — in every circumstance. Education is as essential to the social condition as art is to the human condition. Through education we preserve, impart and expand our collective disciplines and wisdom. As an institute of higher learning, we are committed to two traditions: the professional artist’s tradition, which requires mastery of the skills, tools and technologies of the visual arts; and the liberal arts tradition, which requires education in the truest sense, not only imparting facts and ideas, but also fostering critical appraisal of them.


Graduate Admissions Gibson Hall, 1939 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 P 901-272-5151 or 800-727-1088 F 901-272-5158 |

Memphis College of Art - Graduate Studies in Art Education Catalog  

Memphis College of Art - Graduate Studies in Art Education Catalog

Memphis College of Art - Graduate Studies in Art Education Catalog  

Memphis College of Art - Graduate Studies in Art Education Catalog