Dwayne Butcher is Memphis’ Own. An artist, curator, blogger, teacher, and connoisseur of chicken wings, he received his MFA in 2008 from the Memphis College of Art in Tennessee, where he developed a deep interest in combining digital-media expression with traditional art forms. His work wittily comments on his life in the American South and often revolves around issues of masculinity.
In 2010, Butcher exhibited his art in Show VII at MMX Open Art Venue in Berlin and in Provocative Objects: the extradition at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He also showed his experimental video installations in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Wigan, United Kingdom. This year, he will participate in Contemporary Art and the Moving Image in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and in a show at Frost Street Art Space in Brooklyn, New York.
Butcher is the director and curator of Caseworks at the University of Memphis. He has organized Material Apparatus, an exhibition that explores the sculptural possibilities of digital video, for the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, to open in March 2011. Currently the proprietor of the blog artbutcher, he was an editor for Number: Inc, the South’s only independent arts journal. Butcher teaches sculpture, painting, and digital media at the University of Memphis and the Memphis College of Art.