5 Visual Artists to Check Out This Summer 

By: Elise Herron

Lately, Memphis visual artists have been featured on countless national platforms. But there are still plenty of places to see their art around town. Here are a few stops to make this summer. 

Kellie Romany

 

Kellie Romany creates drawings, paintings, and ceramics that explore human connection in a way that feels fluid, never forced. Her visual art, often paired with poetry, reflects the complexities and vulnerabilities of life through materials, layers, and textures. See her work at TONE’s current exhibition, Spoiled, through July 16.  

 

Mia Saine

 

Mia Saine is an illustrator and designer whose inclusive perspective has been featured by big brands like Target and Google. Their work was recently seen on Skittles’ LGBTQIA+ Pride Packs, the Crocs x SZA campaign, and Mudpuppy’s We Are Colorful activity book. You can also see their art on the bollards surrounding the FedEx Forum and in the airport’s new Concourse B.  

 

Andrea Morales

 

While you’re at the airport, you might also see Room 306 by Andrea Morales. She is the visuals director for MLK50, a regular contributor to the New York Times, and a documentary photographer of pivotal social movements in Memphis.  Browse her award-winning work on her website 

 

Kenneth Wayne Alexander II

 

Kenneth Wayne Alexander II is a multimedia artist who blurs the line between traditional and virtual. His digital displays were recently seen at Art Basel Miami and on LG TV screens nationwide. See his work at the Brooks Museum’s current exhibition, Another Dimension, through September 11.  

 

 Kong Wee Pang

 

Kong Wee Pang’s work is so quietly prolific that you might not realize her large scale installations are everywhere — from Overton Square to Cooper Young to St. Jude. Her signature sequin murals shine and shimmer, improving the pedestrian experience of public spaces. Visit her website to see where you can find more of her art. 

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