Brooks Teen Advisory Committee Meets Memphis artist George Hunt

Last week the Brooks Teen Advisory Committee met with Memphis artist George Hunt for a workshop at the museum. The group worked with their own ideas in the style of the artist and everyone went home with a finished work of art.

We are in the process of gathering feedback from the committee to use when planning artist workshops for teen audiences in the future!

Zahra Nazari: Intern Extraordinaire

05#18 Acrylic on Canvas 53×94.5 2012

My Brooks internship began when I was an international graduate student from Iran attending the Memphis College of Art in painting. I had been searching for an opportunity that would be connected to the art world in Memphis and also help me to learn new skills. I was very interested in the Brooks Museum because I felt it could be an environment that introduces me to the importance of public relations. During my time there (summer 2012) I learned about the diversity of museum visitors and the museum staff as well. I thought the Brooks was a great fit, providing a unique and friendly atmosphere with access to really wonderful exhibitions and programs for different range of people.

10.Cityscape Remix, Acrylic on Canvas, 83×141 inches, 2012

The Brooks internship gave me the opportunity to experience a lot of requirements of a museum. I began by surveying visitors about their impressions of the museum, and a little later I was assigned to taking photographs of special events at the museum, because of my previous experience and background in photography.

My time at the Brooks Museum of Art taught me a lot about interacting with the public. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful staff there, and for the opportunity to meet so many interesting people. I’m positive my experience there helped me grow as a person and as an artist.

To check out more of Zahra’s artwork, visit her website here. To see her exhibitions in person, she will have a solo show in February 2013 in Memphis in the Nathan and Dorothy Shainberg Art Gallery.

Project Green Fork Restaurant of the Month: Brushmark Restaurant in Brooks Museum of Art

We are so proud to be the Project Green Fork restaurant of the month! Now is the perfect time to come in and grab a bite to eat at the Brushmark Restaurant! Check out our seasonal menus below. Congratulations to all the Brushmark staff on this great video for the restaurant and the museum!


Served Wednesday – Sunday from 11 am – 2:30 pm
Lunch Menu


Served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 2:30 pm
Brunch Menu


Served every Thursday from 5 – 8 pm
The Brushmark will be closed for dinner on September 6, 2012 due to a private event.

Check out the video from Action News 5!

Dia de los Muertos: Recap

On Saturday, October 27th, the Memphis Brooks Museum was open, and very much alive, to a day of festivities spirited in the Mexican tradition of celebrating the dead. The families of Memphis’ Latino community and art enthusiasts alike filled the Brooks, honoring Dia de los Muertos with face painting in the Renaissance galleries, skeletons reanimated through sculpture on the lower level, and outside on the terrace – several stunning performances from local Latinos preserving their heritage through sound and dance. It was a lot to maneuver, and I surely would not have picked this day to wear my 3 inch penny loafer heels with a particularly constricting skirt if I had known I would be entrusted to photograph the event! But it is with opportunities like this, and involvement in the art community, that I love my new job at the Brooks. Here is some evidence of both.

This blog is written by Elizabeth Murphy, On-Call Admissions Coordinator for the Brooks.

The End of an Era: Kathleen’s Going Away Party

Karleen Gardner is Director of Education at the Brooks, and just received a new job in Minnesota. While we are all very proud and excited for her, she will be greatly missed. To send her off, we celebrated at Earnestine and Hazel’s with soul burgers, cupcakes  and many great memories. It is ironic that we just posted about Greely Myatt’s cake sculptures because guess what Karleen was given for her parting gift? Check out her Greely Myatt slice from the Brooks!


The Docents are modeling different stages of Karleen’s career.

Two of Our Favorite Things: Art and Cake

Piece of Cake, 2008 (Credit: PDX/dessertgirl)

While perusing one of my favorite websites for dinner (really, dessert) ideas,, I came across this amazing article about a well-known Memphis artist and Brooks favorite, Greely Myatt. Now, admittedly I found this article because I really wanted to make cake for dinner, but alas was distracted by the mere visual of the delectable dessert.

Piece of Cake, 2008 (Credit: PDX/dessertgirl)
Greely Myatt

I am reminded of Wayne Thiebaud and his paintings of sugary things. My husband doesn’t have an art background, and while we were watching Psych, I noticed two paintings by Thiebaud in the background of an apartment scene. (I love showing off!) This re-sparked my interest in Thiebaud’s work, and it actually was tangible in his gift card set in the Museum Store.

Three Machines, 1963, De Young Museum, San Francisco

It is very interesting to notice themes in artwork, from Antiquities to present, food has always been a constant. From objects used to cook and cut to still life paintings which used food as symbols; art mimics life in the same ways today. Thanks to DessertGirl for posting, and ironically enough, I had cake for breakfast.

Exhibitions Intern Jody Stokes-Casey Talks School, Text and Themes at the Brooks

For the next few weeks, I will have the pleasure of working in some incredible galleries at the Brooks museum. I am an art history graduate student at the University of Memphis and am enrolled in a museum studies certification program through the university. As part of a course, I have been assigned to work with a museum in the creation of a product that will benefit not only my learning, but also the institution for which the product is created. I knew from the early stages of the assignment that I wanted to work with the Brooks Museum. It is a magical place of culture, art, and education (and need I mention the amazing cuisine at the Brushmark). I have visited the museum on a number of previous occasions mostly in conjunction with the Tennessee Art Education Association (my background is in art education at the middle and high school levels) but also on my own a time or two. Now that I am living in Memphis, I wanted to take the opportunity of my class assignment to really study with and learn from this enchanting institution.

What is the project?

Throughout the next six weeks or so, I will be working to help the Brooks Museum with the standardization of the artwork labels in particular the labels in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque galleries. Basically, I’ll be condensing some of the information on longer labels into a more visitor-friendly format. The other challenging aspect of the project is drafting text panels to explain the theme of each gallery.

I am looking forward to the challenge of this project and am reading up on best practices in the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Gallery Text guide and Beverly Serrell’s Exhibit Labels. I hope that through the project I will be able to experience some behind the scenes museum work and that the Brooks will benefit from a job well done. Now, on with the research!

-Jody Stokes-Casey

The Art of Science Exhibition Featuring Our Very Own Maggie Exner!

Maggie Exner is one of the nicest and friendliest people I know. I met her at work here at the museum, and have always been impressed by her personality and artistic capabilities. She is unique beyond explanation and very involved in the Memphis art community.

Last Friday, she was in an art show with Art of Science, where “scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital partner with local artists to produce the 2012 Art of Science exhibit aimed at bridging the gap between the two disciplines and helping expose the Memphis community to the great art and research done in their city”. Check out her amazing installation!

Do You Know What You Get With A Brooks Membership?

There are many reasons one becomes a member at their local art museum, but the Brooks is especially worthwhile because our members receive so many perks the minute they walk through the door. Not only does every member at every level receive free admission for an entire year, they also enjoy a 10% discount in both the Museum Store and the Brushmark Restaurant every single time they eat and shop.

With the holiday season just around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to get all of your unique holiday gifts with a discount, and entertain your family and friends with seasonally fresh cuisine at the Brushmark. And these are just the basics.

Do you enjoy wine, films, guided tours and creating artwork yourself? Do you like to learn new things, meet new people and attend workshops and lectures? Well, if you are a member you receive a discounted rate to every one of these events.

For example, the Brooks currently offers a Glass Fusing Workshop that is half the price of non-member tickets, and you create three items to give as gifts or keep. You also receive the member price of every film shown, plus the opportunity to purchase the VIP Film Pass-eligible only for members-which allows you free admission to every single film.

You can also enjoy Members-Only Opening Receptions for exhibitions and be of the first to view the unveiling artwork. Our next opening is next Thursday, October 11th at 6 pm for The Brilliance of Tiffany: Lamps from the Neustadt Collection. Please join or renew today and reap the rewards of your very own Brooks membership.

Meet the Brooks Teen Advisory Committee!

Meet the Brooks Teen Advisory Committee, a group of teenagers from local high schools that will meet once a month throughout the school year.

What’s the goal?

The Brooks museum is interested in developing a teen program and the committee will help us determine what it should look like. We will test some of our ideas and some of theirs. Activities will include gallery tours, art making, and workshops with professional artists. In the spring, the committee will plan and execute an exhibition in the education gallery. The Brooks will solicit teens for guidance and feedback throughout the entire process.

In September, the committee convened to connect with the museum and staff and bond with each other.  Teens explored the museum through prompts such as, “Find an object, that for you, embodies pure joy..,” and then shared their responses with the group. Later, members created a work of art that expressed the ideas shared in the galleries.  We can’t wait to see what happens next!

For more information about the Brooks Teen Advisory Committee please contact