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Doodling: Turns Out it May Be a Good Thing

Remember in high school when you were reprimanded for doodling in class? I definitely do. I recall getting in trouble often for this foul and my parents never thinking it was bad; probably to my then-teacher's frustration. In fact, my parents promoted doodling; they turned their offices into galleries adorned with my drawings, professing the future artist of their loins. I'm not promoting misbehavior in any way, but as much as I rebelled against my creative being, it always crept back into... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, March 14, 2011
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Love, Transformation and Irons: Another Day at the Brooks!

Many things come to mind when I think about the Brooks around Valentines.  This year has been particularly significant for me being a newlywed.  Being married just shy of four months it is easy to say that love is in the air, especially at the Brooks with the Love tour going well, Willie Cole getting great reviews (esp. Art Daily yay!), and everyone getting ready for the wine season. Speaking of Willie Cole, it was a pleasure to meet him and sit in on both his lecture and our very own... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, February 28, 2011
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Teenagers Rock! Face the Lens Opening

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=uMKS4ygEQ1U] After partnering with students at Craigmont and Ridgeway High Schools, I am more than impressed with the insight our city’s youth has on social issues in Memphis. In a recent project that explored art as a catalyst for social change, Brooks Education introduced two high school classes to Depression-era photographs from the Farm Security Administration, currently on view in (Extra) Ordinary: The Story of Documentary Photography in the South... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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Wine and the Brooks: A Delicious History

Why Wine? Things are starting to get a little crazy at the museum, particularly in the development department. We’re about to head into what we call “wine season.” Each spring we throw several wine-related fundraising events – The Fleming’s Wine Dinner, Brooks Uncorked, Patrons Dinner, and the Grand Auction. Starting in January we collect wine and other items from donors across the region to auction off at these events. Lindsey Hedgepeth is the one who coordinates all of these... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, January 21, 2011
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Meghan Wilcox: Reflection of an Internship

Last semester my passion for the arts and desire to work within the field were strengthened tremendously. Looking back, I can honestly say that I owe a great deal of this heightened fervor to my time spent at the Brooks Museum. During my internship I learned a lot about the inner-workings of museums, their relationships with other institutions, and the public in general. This experience has opened my eyes to a side of the “non-profit” sector which I had not seen before. As a result of this... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, January 14, 2011
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My Favorite Piece at the Brooks: A Before I Worked Here Perspective

[caption id="attachment_3200" align="aligncenter" width="199" caption="Abbott H. Thayer, American, 1849 - 1921, Gladys, ca. 1915, Oil on Canvas, Gift of Mr. Francis M Weld 44.1, detail"] [/caption] When I was in my last year of school, I contemplated where I wanted to obtain an internship and where I might want to work. After visiting several local museums, I returned to the Brooks because of the way I felt emotionally and physically when I viewed the works there. I liked the openness of... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, January 7, 2011
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The Tennessee Arts Commission: A Who, What, When and Why to the Arts

Last week, the Brooks was proud to host a quarterly meeting of the Tennessee Arts Commission. The TAC is one of our major supporters, and you may have seen their logo on our website and our promotional materials. But what is the TAC, exactly, and what do they do? An agency of the Tennessee state government, The Tennessee Arts Commission was created in 1967 “to stimulate and encourage the presentation of performing, visual and literary arts throughout the state and to encourage public... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, December 27, 2010
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Home School at the Brooks!

Home School at the Brooks is a program offered through the Education department where we set aside four days of the year for students that are home schooled to come to the museum and have a docent-led tour and participate in a studio activity. For our last home school session of 2010, held in November, we focused on a collection of three special exhibitions that comprise our Picturing America tour: William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005; Winslow Homer: From Poetry to Fiction; and... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Saturday, December 18, 2010
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What is a Museum Preparator? Find out First - Hand from our Very Own Paul Tracy!

Jingle bells tingling, shop lights twinkling, children behaving; the holidays are fast approaching! When I think about Christmas I think of Santa and his elves; busy, busy, busy. Being a museum preparator is very similar to being an elf, elves create Christmas magic and preparators create museum magic. The current exhibition in the Chandler Gallery is a perfect example of the magical similarities. Curator, Stanton Thomas (a jolly old soul is he), chose prints from the museum’s permanent... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, December 10, 2010
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Go Jo Ann: Brooks Graphic Designer Creates a WEVL Pledge Shirt

[caption id="attachment_3058" align="aligncenter" width="287" caption="http://wevl.org/merchandise/"] [/caption] As I was sitting at home with my beaux staring off into our (his) record collection, he shouted "oh, check this out". You see, his employer plays WEVL all day, everyday and if you have a radio, you know that they are having their pledge drive right now. He has met and heard me talk about our new (not so new, now) Graphic Designer, Jo Ann Moss. She is in more than one club and... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Sunday, November 28, 2010
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