ArtsMemphis Announces Art Show to Honor Bicentennial of Memphis and Shelby County

MEMPHIS, TN (May 28, 2019) -- In celebration of the 2019 bicentennial of Memphis and Shelby County, ArtsMemphis is proud to announce a special exhibition of visual art by local Memphis artists in the ArtsMemphis gallery. 

An opening will be held in the ArtsMemphis offices at 575 South Mendenhall on June 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition theme is Unfolding: The Next Chapter in Memphis and speaks to the progression of artists, as well as the progression of Memphis in the 200 years the city has existed. 

The exhibit is curated by Memphian Kenneth Wayne Alexander, a local artist who fuses traditional acrylic, anime and digital art styles to create a new vision he calls NOVI.  An alumnus of Overton High School, Alexander displayed an evident passion for creating at a young age. As NOVI, Alexander engages communities by directly involving them in project and studio processes, and is driven to create better platforms and empowerment of the community.  

Other exhibitions curated by Alexander include Surreal Kingdoms, a compelling video installation in conjunction with The Art of Video Games at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Frame Traps at Crosstown Arts about the importance of youth development within gaming; and Vanguard Wonderland at the Orange Mound Gallery, detailing the power of women on Earth. 

Alexander has traveled the US expanding his talent, exhibition prowess and narrative to better himself and others through the power of art.  

Artists displaying work in the show include: Lindsey Bailey, Anna Bearman, Monica Bushong, Richard Echols, Beth Edwards, Jay Etkin, Amber George, Elisha Gold, Jed Jackson, Chuck Johnson, Paula Kovarik, Drea L. Powell, Tad Lauritzen Wright, Ziggy Mack, Lawrence Matthews, Quinn McGowan, Lester Julian Merriweather, Lacy Mitcham Veteto, Carl Moore, Darlene Newman, Nick Peña, Terri Phillips, Aisha Raison, Amy Beth Rice, Juan Rojo, Mia Saine, Kiara Sally, Najee Strickland, Eso Tolson, Beth Winterburn, Quantavious "Toonky" Worship.

This exhibit is supported by an ArtsFirst grant from First Tennessee Foundation.

ArtsMemphis works to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts.  In 2018, we awarded 60 grants per year to 75 local arts groups and artists, totaling nearly $2.4 million.  All of this is possible because of the support we receive from 1,300 generous donors and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

About ArtsMemphis:
For more than 55 years, ArtsMemphis has worked to sustain Memphis's world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. ArtsMemphis achieves this mission by amplifying awareness, driving support, and building capacity and connections of artists and organizations through grants and services. In its most recent fiscal year, ArtsMemphis awarded nearly $2.4 million in grants to 75 local arts groups and artists. For more information, visit

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