West Region Summer Conference

Thursday June 27th, 8:30am-3:30pm

Registration Deadline : June 24, 2018



WHO: Nikii Richey "Drawing with Wire" (will have hand-out)

In this workshop, you will learn how to turn simple lines into three dimensional forms. We’ll begin with connections and gauges then move to construction and volume, looking at wire as line, wire as clay and wire as structural support.  Whether you’re using only wire or adding other elements, such as yarn and fabric, the possibilities of wire sculpture are endless.  

Leanne Wilson "Monoprints"

Leanne Wilson earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Memphis State University. After graduation, Wilson worked as an artist in the Biomedical Graphics and Medical Illustration department for UTCHS and eventually joined Burbank Advertising, serving as Creative Director for several years.  She returned to the University of Memphis to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching and then began her twenty-four year career teaching art with Shelby County Schools and now Arlington Community Schools.

George Hunt "Paint What You Know" artist talk        

Memphis artist George Hunt was born in rural Louisiana, near Lake Charles, and his grandmother noted early in life that he had a special power to “see things.” He spent his childhood in Texas and Hot Springs, Arkansas. After high school, Hunt attended college at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff on a football scholarship and studied art as a career. He did postgraduate studies at the University of Memphis and at New York University. Mr. Hunt spent three decades teaching art education and coaching at George Washington Carver High School in Memphis before dedicating full time to painting. 

Ninety-nine percent of what George Hunt paints come from the Southern African-American experience, especially the folk tradition, civil rights movement, the mythic heroism of Black manhood, and of course blues music and culture.   George Hunt was honored for his 1997 painting “America Cares/Little Rock Nine” that became a U.S. postage stamp issued in 2005.  The original painting hung in the White House for five years during the Clinton administration.

Lurlynn Franklin “Community Building Through School-based Projects”

Lurlynn Franklin is an Exploratory Visual Arts Teacher for the Achievement School District at Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary and Whitney Achievement Elementary in addition to being a writer and an artist. She received her MAT ArtEd and MFA in Painting from Memphis College of Art. 

WHEN: Thursday, June 27th, 8:30am-3:30pm

WHERE:  Brooks Museum

1934 Poplar Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Please arrive by 8:00am, so you can check-in and enjoy a light breakfast. We will begin promptly at 8:30am. 

PARKING: Parking is available in the parking lot to the rear of the Brook. If the lot is full feel free to park on the street!

COST: $55 Non-Members, $40 Members, $35 High Education Students

FOOD: A light breakfast will be available and lunch will be provided.


West TN Regional Summer Conference
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A follow-up email will be sent to you from a member of the West Tennessee Art Education Association Staff the week before the conference to confirm. 

During registration, you will also choose your lunch options. Lunch is provided by Holiday Deli. During registration you will be asked to choose your bread, meat, chip, and cookie options. There is also a gluten free option.  

The registration fee includes hands-on workshops relevant to ALL GRADE LEVELS, door prizes, supplies, and lunch. All attendees are encouraged to participate in an Art Materials Swap. Bring any art items you'd like to donate. This could be any extra teaching materials/supplies you don't use or need anymore. This can include extra paper, crayons, markers, posters, pens, pencils, magazines, books, etc. Make sure the materials are in good condition. Whatever is left over will be donated to a classroom in need.

Questions? Send an email to Molly Brown at brownm5@scsk12.org