The Memphis Scene: Community Curated; Intern Approved

Guest blogger, Jake Smith, is currently enrolled in his junior year at Rhodes. He is majoring in Art History and is interning for the Education Department. Interested in an internship at the Brooks?

“Hey, everybody! I am helping the Education Department at the Brooks put together an incredibly exciting new show called The Memphis Scene. Inspired by our upcoming exhibit, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Scene will be completely curated by you, the community!
This is the first time an exhibition at the Brooks has been completely controlled by the public; from the artwork submitted, to choosing which artworks make it into the show!

We are currently seeking artwork submissions from the schools and studios of the Greater Memphis area, and we are really excited to see how creative everyone can be! Whether it’s a painting, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, or graphic design poster, it has a place in this show. “Music in Memphis” will be the theme for this special exhibit. And we aren’t talking about a velvet painting of Elvis; Memphis has an incredibly diverse music scene, as well as a diverse art scene, and we want to see them combined from every perspective!

Submissions are very easy to do. Once you have completed your artwork, snap a digital image (a .jpeg, preferably), and download a submission form from our website, Fill out the form, attach it and your image, and send it to us at After you submit, your image will be posted on Flickr, where the community can go online and vote for your artwork to be a part of the show! There are different divisions for professionals, amateurs, and youths, so even if you have never tried making art before, you could never ask for a better time to try it out.

We are really so excited to have the community involved in this project, especially because we want to show Memphis how worthy and valuable local art really is, and the best way we can show that is by putting the community’s own art inside the walls of the museum. We really hope everyone will provide us with some fantastic artworks, and we can’t wait to see what happens when Memphis’ music and art scenes collide!

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 23, 2010. Chosen contestants will be exhbited in the Education Gallery starting Saturday, June 5, 2010.


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