The Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts, affectionately known as CODA, is a fellowship program at Rhodes College which promotes and supports the arts both at Rhodes and throughout Memphis. Students are nominated or apply in the spring of their first year, and spend the next three years taking art-related internships, pursuing self-designed projects in the community, and volunteering their time to strengthen creative activities around town. Some of these projects continue with new CODA Fellows, others take on new life with their graduates and leave room for new projects to fill the specific needs that arise over time.
Each spring, CODA Fellows work together on Exhibition Momentum as a group project while they keep up with their individual projects. These Fellows organize everything from booking the space, catering, and sound equipment, to inviting art professionals to judge the artwork while canvassing the city for submissions. The funding for Exhibition Momentum as well as the CODA program comes through the Memphis Center endowment at Rhodes College. While many creative projects in Memphis show that one does not need significant financial capital to make a difference, we are grateful for the funds that let CODA do as much as it does.
Each year CODA Fellows seek out three art professionals who are highly involved in the Memphis art scene to sit as jurors on the selection panel for Exhibition Momentum. These professionals do not have specific ties to a university or educational institution, and so remain that much more objective in selecting work that shows the most promise for the submitting artists' visions and careers.
We are excited to announce the first two of our three Jurors for the 2017 exhibition: Andria Lisle & Roy Tamboli
Juror's Choice & Crowd Favorite
Juror's Choice: After long and hard deliberation, the Jury will select a single work which they consider to have "performed" best in the exhibition (whether due to its particular creativity, craftsmanship, the reaction of the audience, professional promise, or maybe it just really speaks to being a hard-working artist).
Crowd Favorite: Throughout the night, EVERYONE who comes in is invited to vote on their single favorite work. (i.e. Invite ALL your friends to vote for your work). Anything's game.
Origin of Exhibition Momentum
Exhibition Momentum actually claims it's name from a 1957 art show in Chicago. Read more about the landmark exhibition here.
Exhibition Momentum 2016 CODA Fellows April 29th, 2016 at Leadership Memphis