Checking on the Arts

William-Adolphe Bouguereau is a 19th-century French academic painter whose works included – but are not limited to – historical, religious, and genre scenes. During the Gilded Age in America, Bouguereau’s paintings were in high demand; causing many of Bouguereau’s paintings to reflect America's taste and preferences during the Gilded Age.  

 The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art showcases a major exhibit called “Bouguereau and America”, which is currently on view up through September the 22nd.   The new Associate Curator of European and Decorative Arts at the Brooks, Dr. Rosamund Garrett, joins Kacky Walton for Checking on the Arts to discuss the Brooks Museums newest exhibit.  

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins landed on the Moon during the United States Apollo XI mission. This year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo XI.  

After a decade of collecting photos, Ryan Adams has organized the Shift+Gallery’s first-ever exhibit, “Edge of Space: Apollo XI, Orbiter, and Viking I”. The exhibit, which is located inside Edge Alley restaurant, will showcase photographs taken during the Apollo XI, Orbiter, and Viking I missions.  “Edge of Space: Apollo XI, Orbiter, and Viking I” opens Tuesday, June 25th with an open reception from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The exhibit ends on August 30th.    

Orpheum Theatre Group

The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education, part of the Orpheum Theatre Group, has just announced its 2019-2020 season.

Rachel Neville Photography

Ballet Memphis concludes their main-stage season with the iconic Giselle, April 12 through 14 at the Orpheum.

The Falling and the Rising​ is a new American opera conceived by Sergeant First Class Ben Hilgert of the U.S. Army Soldiers' Chorus, inspired by Opera Memphis' Ghosts of Crosstown project in 2014.

COA: Art in the Loop

Apr 1, 2019

  Moving his broadcast location from the WKNO-FM studios to the streets of East Memphis, Darel Snodgrass will be broadcasting live on Friday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the "Art in the Loop" festival. The 3-day "Art in the Loop" event is a great family-friendly art festival that will be going on April 5 - 7, on Ridgeway Loop Road, between Briarcrest Ave and Ridgebend Road.


There will be an artist market and a juried group of 56 talented artists working in metal, glass, wood, clay, and fiber, plus jewelry, paintings, photography and more. In addition, there will be live music, food trucks, and more.  


Talking about the event, the creator of "Art in the Loop" Greg Belz, joins Kacky Walton for Checking on the Arts. 



February 22 - April 10, 2019
Artist's Reception: Friday, March 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

“Mi Casa es Your House” explores multiple factors of Gonzalez’s Mexican-American identity, celebrating and exploring her Mexican heritage and her acceptance of her dual citizenship status with iconic imagery, mixed with expressions of confusion regarding what is required to be part of a nation, an everyday struggle with immigration, assimilation, discrimination.

Barbara J. King

At Rhodes College on March 21 at 6 p.m., author Barbara J. King will present “Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat,” based on her book of the same title




Combining the past with the present, Memphis College of Art (MCA) hosts the Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition, which showcases work from current faculty, as well as all living Professors Emeriti. The exhibit features a wide variety of art, including photographs, sculptures, twelve feet by twelve feet works, and even a wall of handprints from students and faculty over the years.

The exhibit is on display from February 22 to March 19, with the artist reception from 6:00PM - 8:00PM on March 1st. 

Coordinator of External Engagement Oliva Wall and Associate Professor of Studio Art, Sculpture - Ceramics Area Head Leandra Urrutia join Darel Snodgrass on Checking on the Arts to discuss the Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition. 



Jennifer Chandler

January is National Slow Cooker Month!