Memphis College of Art

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Memphis College of Art
Memphis College of Art Logo
TypePrivate (Not-for-profit)
PresidentRon Jones
Location, ,
Campus8 acres
ColorsRed      and White     
AffiliationsSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Coordinates: 35°08′15″N 90°01′14″W / 35.1376°N 90.0205°W / 35.1376; -90.0205

Memphis College of Art
Formerly known as James Lee Memorial Art Academy and then the Memphis Academy of Arts, the school was initially housed in the James Lee/ Goyer House

Memphis College of Art is a small, private college of art and design in Memphis, Tennessee. It is in Overton Park adjacent to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. It faces significant financial challenges and is in the process of closing; it no longer admits new students.[1]

It offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. Some of the majors include graphic design, drawing, painting, printmaking, book arts, computer arts, photography, animation, and illustration.

The college was founded in 1936 and was once housed in the James Lee House.[2] Since 1959, the main building of the college has been Rust Hall, an award-winning example of mid-century architecture designed by Roy Harrover. The college was initially named James Lee Memorial Art Academy and then Memphis Academy of Art before changing to its present name in 1985.

Memphis College of Art averages around 450 students each year, with 350 being undergraduate and 100 being graduate students. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


  1. ^ Memphis College of Art (2018). "Memphis College of Art Closing Information". Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Abandoned Memphis mansion James Lee House Abandoned Memphis The Commercial Appeal

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