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MCA Stories: Carl E. Moore

MCA Stories: Carl E. Moore

Carl E. Moore BFA in Painting/Illustration and Graphic Design, 1987 MFA in Art and Studio Practice, 2012 What are you working on now? Painting and Graphic Design. I maintain a regular studio practice as an artist. I do graphic design and Illustration on occasion, as

MCA Stories: Ren Whitticar

MCA Stories: Ren Whitticar

Ren Whitticar BFA in Illustration with a track in Comics, 2020 What do you hope to focus on in your career? I plan to work in freelance full-time as an illustrator and to continue to write more content for future projects, like my book on

MCA Stories: Cambria Howard

MCA Stories: Cambria Howard

Cambria Howard BFA in Design Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design, 2020 What do you hope to focus on in your career? As of right now, I do not have any immediate plans after graduation other than continuing to network and add to my

MCA Stories: Grace Siler

MCA Stories: Grace Siler

Grace Siler BFA in Illustration, 2020 What do you hope to focus on in your career? I have a job offer in Brooklyn and was going to start this summer, although that may be delayed a few months now. For the meantime I will be

MCA Stories: Tootsie Bell

MCA Stories: Tootsie Bell

Tootsie Bell BFA in Sculpture/Illustration, 1988 What are you working on now? I am sole proprietor of Tootsie Bell silversmith/jeweler. I will celebrate 25 years of business this fall. Since graduating I have continued to exhibit regionally and have also pursued public art. At this

John Gilmore’s life-saving routine

John Gilmore’s life-saving routine

Last December, John Gilmore spent nine hours on a surgical table after an aortic valve dissection almost claimed his life. When he woke up after surgery, his doctors told him that his habit of walking several miles multiple times each week had helped to save

A homecoming on the trails

A homecoming on the trails

For two generations now, Memphians have been participating in the city’s oldest footrace–the Overton Park Five Mile Classic. Started in 1974 by University of Memphis high jumper Don Greer and several of his fraternity brothers, the race was originally a way for high school and

Brisket in a Basket finds a home at Overton Park

Brisket in a Basket finds a home at Overton Park

For Valerie and Dean Hornbeak, a dream that started four years ago came true this summer on the Overton Park Greensward. After planning, stocking up on equipment, and creating an immediately recognizable brand, they opened their Brisket in a Basket food truck and set up

Melanie White on the magic of Overton Park

Melanie White on the magic of Overton Park

For Overton Park Conservancy board member Melanie White, the park has been a place to become part of a family. After moving to Memphis from San Francisco in 1985, Melanie sought to reclaim all the time she’d spent commuting. She settled in Central Gardens and

Racing to the beat

Racing to the beat

When Tomy’Ra Lowe’s son was born in 2009 with a severe congenital heart defect, her family began running a gauntlet of major surgeries, extended hospital stays, and fear for his future. Even after he was able to return home, she couldn’t shake the feeling that