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Idyllic Acrylic: The Members-Only Painting Class

Over three Saturdays in April, members of the Brooks treated themselves to a day of inspiration, learning, and relaxation! They set up shop in the beautiful outdoors (beautiful to those without major allergies I’ve learned) and explored the fine art of acrylic painting, and even sketching with India ink. With the guidance of Eszter Sziksz, local artist and Memphis College of Art instructor, members delved into a series on landscapes—traditional and abstract, inspired by our exhibition Revealed... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, May 25, 2012
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Art Isn’t Easy

“Aren’t you like… Mr. Theatre though?” That’s what my friend immediately replied when I told him of my summer plans- getting away from the yellow cabs and Halal food carts for a 4-month sabbatical to the Memphis home I love so dearly. I will take Huey’s cheese fries over some trendy vegan four-star juice bar any day. New York’s cool and all, but a boy needs a little Southern lovin’ sometimes to keep him in check. “Yeah, but it’s all the arts. If I’m going to run my own theatre... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, May 18, 2012
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Love at Second Sight then a Wedding at the Brooks!

Shanea and David first met in passing as students at the University of Memphis; however, it was not until years later before this couple had their first date. After finishing pharmacy school, Shanea moved to Indianapolis, while David remained in Memphis following law school to begin his practice. By chance, Shanea and David where both attending a birthday celebration in Memphis and it was truly “love at second sight.” David says “I was simply astonished by her poise, personality,... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, April 23, 2012
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Sketching at the Brooks: An Artist's Perspective

Suddenly I had a small audience that burst into applause. On Friday, March 9th, two days before the end of the excellent exhibition Armed + Dangerous: Art of The Arsenal at the Brooks, I went in with my sketch book and trusty 2mm 4B Mechanical Pencil, borrowed a canvas saddle chair from the front desk, and planted myself in front of a 16th century suit of German jousting armor. Just as I began some preliminary lines for a drawing, a family with six brown-haired boys walked in... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, April 20, 2012
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Brooks Uncorked Pics!

Check out all of the photos from last night's big party on the Brooks Flickr page ! Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Spotlight On: Our Lady of Sorrows School, 5th and 6th Grade ABC Program Experience

Some of my fondest memories of elementary and middle school include the art projects that went along with the most interesting units that my favorite teachers thought up – the same teachers that inspired me to go into education myself. As a first year educator, I was daunted with the task of creating not only engaging standards-based lessons, but also incorporating art into what my students were doing in the classroom. Participating in the ABC (Art and the Basic Curriculum)... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, April 12, 2012
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You Were an Art History Major? What Do You Do with That?

I couldn’t possibly tell you how many times I have heard those words while staring into the skeptical, patronizing faces of everyone from friends and family to peers and strangers. I grew up as an artist, exploring a vast array of media and creative options through a blessed experience in Arts Magnet programs. From there I discovered a passion for studying Art History, which I found to be the ideal combination of my love for creativity and academia. This love for the arts has developed... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, March 23, 2012
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Sustainability at the Brooks is Measured in Food and Art

Sustainable. As the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art approaches its 100th birthday, I think that word is appropriate. While we reflect on what has made the Brooks last for a century, we also look cautiously to the future, assessing the factors that will not only help the museum survive for generations to come, but will make this world and this city the kind of place those generations can enjoy. By now, we’ve all heard that word used in the food industry, including the Brushmark Restaurant. ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 19, 2012
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There’s an App for That!

One of the defining statements of our generation has finally come to the Brooks Museum! With a free download for the iPhone, iPad, and Android presented by ArtsMemphis , the world of the Brooks is now easily available at the push of a button. Museum information including hours, admission prices, directions and a floor plan of the galleries are available around the clock. You can peruse calendars of exhibitions and events and can directly purchase tickets for upcoming programs and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 12, 2012
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Interpretive Planning: Session One

When I was asked to be a part of an interpretive planning committee I was excited to learn that it would focus heavily on Visitor Services. Some weeks prior to the first session, the museum staff was asked to fill out guest-specific surveys that would help us relate to the way visitors enter the museum and travel the rotunda. After our preliminary work surveying guests and their directions, we met with our IP Manager and discussed the outcomes. [caption id="attachment_3859"... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, March 9, 2012
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