Memphis College of Art documentary screens May 2

Tickets are on sale for the premiere screening of "The Art Academy: A History of Memphis College of Art," a documentary by True Story Pictures.

The screening will be at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at the Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court. Tickets are $12 each.

Produced and directed by Joann Self Selvidge, the film chronicles the school's rough birth at the height of the Depression, when forward-thinking artists and patrons sought alternatives to traditional methods of art education; its rise in the 1950s, culminating with the opening of the iconic Overton Park campus in 1959; and its expansion in the following decades, when such artists/academics as Ted Rust, Burton Callicott and Ted Faiers became Memphis legends.

In addition to the documentary, a free art exhibit featuring works created for the film -- including portraits of some of the college's most significant artists and teachers -- and a silent auction will be held from noon to 10 p.m. at the theater. A reception is at 6 p.m.

For more information and a link to purchase tickets, visit

-- John Beifuss: 529-2394

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