UNF Library Featured Artist – Memphis Wood

THIS SELECT ART IS UPON HUNDREDS OF WORKS ON DISPLAY IN THE PERMANENT ART COLLECTION OF UNF’S THOMAS G. CARPENTER LIBRARY, CURATED BY JEN JONES 2008-13

Featured Artist of August – Memphis Wood

Three BikinisTwo Figures by Memphis Wood

Memphis Wood (1902-1989) was a well-known Jacksonville artist for over sixty years, working in many media – drawing, painting, pottery, ceramics, sculptural fiber art, and jewelry design. As a studio art teacher in local schools for 33 years, she taught many budding artists, and was a major influence on art education in Jacksonville. She was also one of the founders of the Jacksonville Art Museum (now the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville). In honor of her artistic achievements, the Museum sponsors an annual award, the Memphis Wood Excellence in Teaching Award, for outstanding contributions to the arts in education.

A note from Shirley Hallblade, PhD, Dean of the Library

When I came to UNF in 2006, the new library building had just opened. Its pristine walls and contemporary interior offered a natural setting in which to marry my interests in libraries and the arts. The idea for the Art in the Library Project emerged and then developed through a chance meeting with Jen Jones, a UNF alumna with a degree in art history, who shared my vision. Volunteer extraordinaire, she engaged a group of fine artists from Northeast Florida along with several collectors, donors and volunteers. The collaborative efforts have enhanced library space, created a collection worthy of study and appreciation, and developed new connections to the greater Jacksonville community. I am indebted and grateful to every person who made the project possible.

Please  drop by the Thomas G Carpenter Library for a self-guided tour, or contact Christina Levine for a complimentary guided tour.

CHRISTINA LEVINE
Director of Development
Thomas G. Carpenter Library | University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive | Jacksonville, FL | 32224
Office: 904-620-1706 |Fax: 904-620-2719
c.levine@unf.edu
http://www.unf.edu/library/

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