Press Release: ArtsMemphis Puts Spotlight on Teachers with After School Special

Special exhibit celebrates local teachers who inspire children through art with a show highlighting their own works

For immediate release

MEMPHIS, TN (November 1, 2016) – ArtsMemphis, in partnership with ArtsFirst, has turned the spotlight on teachers for their new exhibit, After School Special, curated by Nikii Richey.  The exhibit features 50 pieces of art submitted by 38 art teachers from the Memphis area. A selection committee chose the original works of art after a call for artists among all Shelby County children’s art teachers.

“This show is such an exciting opportunity for teachers who don’t get to show their art very often,” said Briarcrest art teacher Jenna Fergus. “We take so much time to encourage our students and now ArtsMemphis is encouraging us!”

Local teachers being featured include Miranda Bavier, Shelley Bolton, Rebecca Bowers, Lori Brown, Carol Buchman, Emily Gray Chambers, Jocelyn Collins, Bridget Cornelius, Tony Davenport, Shannon Donovan, Robin Durden, Andrew Dycus, Jenna Fergus, Amanda Galbraith, Jessica Gaston, Adam Hunt, Stuart Janssen, Margaret R Jessie, Rebekah Laurenzi, Kelly Lindsey, Janis McCarty, Carrol McTyre, Whendy Merryman, Nicole Miller, Paul Miller, Valerie Mills, Robyn Nickell, Tracy Poole, Erica Qualy, Kerrie Rogers, Juan Rojo, Jody Stokes-Casey, Kristina Taylor, Amanda Tutor, Meghean Warner, Shamekimin R Weddle, Meredith Wilson

The artists’ reception is Friday, December 2 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the ArtsMemphis gallery, 575 S. Mendenhall. These special works of art will continue to be on display at the gallery until January 31. The gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Any sales will be handled directly with the artists, who will receive 100% of the proceeds.

About ArtsFirst
ArtsFirst is the First Tennessee Foundation’s arts funding program administered by ArtsMemphis. ArtsFirst strengthens the Memphis community by combining First Tennessee Foundation’s commitment to supporting excellence and enrichment in the nonprofit arts sector with ArtsMemphis’ grant-making experience and knowledge. Funding decisions are made by a grant panel composed of First Tennessee Foundation representatives.
About ArtsMemphis
The mission of ArtsMemphis is to sustain Memphis' world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen the community through the arts.  By amplifying awareness, driving support, and building capacity and connections of artists and organizations through grants and services, ArtsMemphis achieves this mission. For more information, please visit
For press inquiries, contact William Murray, Director of Development & Communications, at 901-578-2787 or [email protected].



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