Peabody Place Museum
Hosts Sculpture Exhibit by Appling Middle School

8th Graders Crafted "Hard Headed" Ceramics
with English Thesis

MEMPHIS, Tenn., December 11, 2001 – Sculptors often have to explain their works to art critics and sometimes to prospective clients. For an artist who is also an 8th grade student, putting those thoughts into writing for an English teacher to review, is a bit more difficult.

The sculpture exhibit entitled "Hard Headed" at the Peabody Place Museum set for Saturday, Dec. 15th, 2-4 p.m., required that aspiring sculptors from Appling Middle School be both artistic and eloquent. They were successful where it counted most, in the eyes of their teachers, but now the next big step – exhibiting for the general public.

Visual-arts instructor, Melissa Cychowski, and University of Memphis-student teacher Carrol McTyre, say the students' sculptured art is worthy. English instructors Linda Quick, Janella Cummins and Linda Roper have carefully reviewed the students' written comments about their works to ensure that all spelling is correct and that all the applicable rules of grammar have been observed.

These ceramic sculptures of the human head, along with the students and their critiques of their own works will be open to the public on Saturday inside Peabody Place Museum. This even is sponsored by the Brother International and the Museum.

Peabody Place Museum is located at 119 South Main Street offering year-round educational programs and group tour packages. The Museum blends ancient history and beauty showcasing an extensive fine art collection that includes Chinese jade sculptures, intricate ivory carvings, delicate porcelain, cloisonné, and imperial textiles.

In addition, there is a world-class grouping of Japanese artistic objects, Italian mosaics, modern glass, magnificent Judaica, scholar rocks, mineral specimens, pre-historic fossils, and beautiful Russian lacquer boxes – each one lovelier than the next – that will take your breath away.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for senior citizens, and $4 for students. Special group rates are available by calling (901) 260-7419 and for additional information about the museum call (901) 523-ARTS (2787).