Blog written by Ashley Lulo, Fall 2015 Marketing Intern
The Brooks Museum is a really neat museum, especially for
students and teachers at Memphis College of Art. Due to the Brooks proximity to
Memphis College of Art, it is a great asset to our studies. For many of our art
history courses, especially our freshman year art history courses, we are
required to visit a museum and write about works in the time period we are
working. The Brooks has many works from a large range of time periods that MCA
students can utilize for our art history courses.
Memphis College of Art
utilizes the Brooks for more than just art history courses, it is also a great
resource for artist research because students can come and see many works of an
artist and learn much about the artist from the information of pieces and the
Professors at MCA also utilize the Brooks for classes. Because the
Brooks is so close to MCA many of the painting and drawing professors bring
their classes to the Brooks to show them works and lecture about them right in
the galleries. A nice perk gifted to MCA students and staff from the Brooks is
free entry any day, which helps many students.
The rotating galleries are a big
help as well to the students and professor because, depending on what is being
showed in the gallery, the professor can show students works that really can
only be best appreciated in person and comment on details that can only be seen
in person. Even the Art of Video Games exhibition was helpful and appreciated by MCA
students, for majors such as, Animation, illustration, and Comics. The Art of
Video Games exhibition went through a history of games and showed the level of detail
of concept art, which both inspires and assists the students at MCA.
rotating exhibitions help students in other majors, such as the Wood Engravings by Thomas Bewick, showing
printmaking majors skills and techniques through examples.
Another example was
the Dalí: Illustrating the Surreal exhibition,
which helped many drawing, painting, and illustration majors with concepts and
ideas as well as 3D artist, who could be inspired to make works from the
The Brooks even housed MCA’s own Maritza Davila’s work in Ancestry and Identity: Prints by Maritza Davila, which
she then used to help teach her printmaking classes what concept is and types
of printmaking processes there are. The Brooks is an amazing asset that Memphis
College of Art has and many student and professors at MCA take advantage of all
the great things it has to offer.