The Catalyst of South Main

The Art Museum of the University of Memphis will proudly present Catalyst: McGowan/MCCA/Number/South Main, an exhibition featuring the legacy of artist, writer and preservation champion Robert McGowan (1947-2012) through January 11, 2020. Robert and his wife, Annie, became the catalysts of the renaissance of the South Main district when they bought and restored an abandoned building at 418 South Main in 1982, and then founded the forerunner to SMA in 1985. In 1987, Rob founded the art journal Number: Inc., which will publish its 100th issue in December. In 1988, he opened the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art at 416 S. Main Street. Next time you walk past that address, be sure to read the sidewalk plaque honoring the McGowans. Featured artists will include Don Estes and Terri Jones, two art pioneers who still maintain their homes and studios in the community. Visit the exhibition and learn of the early efforts that contributed to our ability to live, work and play in the South Main Historic Arts District as we know it today. Visit the Facebook Page for up-to-the-minute information on the exhibition.

Art Museum of the University of Memphis | 3750 Norriswood Drive | Mondays - Saturdays 9:00 - 5:00 pm

Robert McGowan, standing in front of work by Don Estes featured in the exhibition. Photograph by Truusy Lory.

Robert McGowan, standing in front of work by Don Estes featured in the exhibition. Photograph by Truusy Lory.