The Second Annual Young Collectors Contemporary is a recognized exhibition platform using Memphis's current revitalization project, Clayborn Temple, as a space to offer an engaging environment in which to discover emerging artists, become educated on collecting, and collect the most compelling contemporary art being produced today. All artworks in the show are displayed and available for purchase at the fair and online, giving artists unknown, emerging, mid-career, and beyond a virtual exposure to the exhibition.

The 2017 Young Collectors Contemporary Art Fair is accompanied by both social programming and unveils new educational/dialgoue programming with Conversations.


Young Collectors Contemporary was founded in 2016 as part of the annual arts programming for Young Arts Patrons. The philanthropic organization organizes, curates, facilitates, and produces events with creatives, arts institutions, and arts organizations including The Brooks Museum, Ballet Memphis, The Metal Museum, Opera Memphis, IRIS Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and more. The goal of the Young Collectors Contemporary program is to support the sustainability of the contemporary visual arts by providing a marketplace for emerging artists and collectors. 


Join us for the official Opening Night of Young Collectors Weekend. Mix and mingle with the artists, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy music by Future-Everything.

About Future-Everything

Future-Everything is a ‘for artist, by artist’ multimedia label and lifestyle brand that collaborates with a variety of artists, from Memphis to New York, Paris to New Zealand, to help elevate concepts to quality final products.

The label’s progressive music catalog ranges from free downloads shared across social networks to exclusive releases distributed to over 300 online music outlets.

Future-Everything is owned and operated by Micah McGee and Anthoney Carter, both professional designers with backgrounds in architecture, art history, music theory, engineering, production, event planning, and philosophy.


Clayborn temple tour

Presenter:   Clayborn Reborn Team

Take a tour of the 2017 Young Collectors Contemporary venue, the historic Clayborn Temple. Clayborn Temple, now known as The Clayborn Reborn Revitalization Project, is home to the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike. From the stain glass to the graffitti, unlock the story behind a historic piece of the civil rights movement.

Time: Saturday, March 25 @ 11:15AM


COllecting the unexpected

Presenter:   Marina Pacini, Chief Curator, Curator American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

This presentation will look at collecting more broadly and suggest some options for a beginning collector such as artists books, industrial design, and artists multiples. Proper storage, display, and care for the objects will also be considered.

Time: Saturday, March 25 @ 12:30PM 


Aaron james

Presenter: Aaron James

Musician Aaron James is both a storyteller and a story himself. He represents the universal and never-ending journey of finding yourself and being unapologetically you.

Aaron James is an artist unhindered by concerns of comfort.  Evolving from a place of uncertainty, this Memphis-based musician sheds his former self in order to absorb the world around him and experience it to the fullest. 

James will have a music set followed by an artist talk.

Time: Saturday, March 25 @ 1:30PM


art & revolution

Presenter: Victoria Jones moderates The CLTV

The CLTV's Victoria Jones moderates a panel discussion about how art can be used to shift the black community. The CLTV (pronounced collective) is an art organization dedicated to providing a platform to African American artists within Memphis. 

Time: Saturday, March 25 @ 2:30PM


The second annual Young Collectors Contemporary Art Fair is proud to announce the selection of the 2017 Emerging Curator.  This  offers a unique opportunity for an independent or institutional curator under the age of 40 to present an exhibition to fair goers. 

This year's Emerging Curator is Rachel M. Miller, the current Educational Programs Coordinator and Art in the Park Curator for the non-profit organization, Wildwood Park for the Arts. 


Rachel M. Miller

 A Natural Convergence Presented by Wildwood Park for the Arts

Selected Works from the Art in the Park Exhibition Program from Wildwood Park for the Arts

A Natural Convergence features five Arkansas artists exploring the complex humanistic desire to explain the emotional, spiritual, and cultural connection to the environment through imagery, language, and color, resulting in diverse artworks selected from the Art in the Park exhibition program at Wildwood Park for the Arts.

About Curators Rachel Miller & Sofia Gonzalez

Rachel M. Miller moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1994 from Ramstein, Germany. Her childhood living abroad afforded her the wonderful opportunity to explore different cultures, an experience that heavily influences her writing and work in the field of cultural heritage. For over a decade, Miller has created educational outreach programs for several arts and cultural organizations, as well as taught writing and literature for university and non-traditional students.  Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including the Localist magazine, Quills & Pixels, and the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.  In 2015, Miller graduated from the Heritage Studies PhD program at Arkansas State University. Miller’s area of research focuses on the connection between community dynamics and cultural diversity and how it’s reflected through the use of the built environment. She is currently the Educational Programs Coordinator and Art in the Park Curator for the non-profit organization, Wildwood Park for the Arts.

Sofia V. Gonzalez is a visual artist and educator living and working in Little Rock, Arkansas. Gonzalez graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Graphic Design in 2012. Gonzalez received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California in 2014 where she focused on furthering her skills in textiles and natural dye techniques. While a student at the University of San Francisco, Gonzalez used her passion for visual arts and outreach to work with local elementary school students on public mural projects. Since 2014, Gonzalez has taught community natural dye workshops in San Francisco and throughout Arkansas, which allow the public to learn how to make dye from waste materials and local plants. She is passionate about creating a sense of community and environmental appreciation through visual arts and textiles. Gonzalez is currently an Adjunct Professor of Studio Art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Central Arkansas.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  ++


where electronica meets symphony

Join us at the Memphis Symphony Orcestra Masterworks concert where electronica meets symphony. Internationally acclaimed young cellist and TED Fellow Joshua Roman plays the concerto originally written for him while the orchestra paints a musical panorama of Rome.

It doesn't stop there! Rising composer and DJ, DJ Mason Bates will be spinning late into the night at a free backstage speakeasy experience following the concert.

Performance will be held in Downtown Memphis at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets included in VIP Ticket Packages.

6:30 PM- 7:30PM

Know the Score pre-concert conversation with Maestro Bob Moody, Mason Bates and Joshua Roman & MSOverture Series student performances

7:30PM - 9:45PM

MSO Masterworks Concert

9:45PM - 11:00PM

CLUB MASONIC on the scene dock (hors d'oevres & wine provided)

About DJ Mason Bates

DJ Masonic curates large, hybrid musical events in extraordinary spaces around the country.  A dynamic electronica artist informed by his activities as a symphonic composer, he has worked in a range of venues — from big commercial clubs such as SF’s Mezzanine and Chicago’s Metro, to institutional spaces such as the Kennedy Center and Miami’s New World Symphony.  Masonic’s diverse sets extend from jazzy trip-hop to techno and incorporate live musicians from jazz and classical music.  This season he will be collaborating with famed electronica duo Thievery Corporation at the Kennedy Center, where he serves as composer-in-residence.
Central to his activities as a DJ is Mercury Soul, a post-classical rave that has brought classical music to a thousand-person crowds in collaborations with clubs and orchestras around the country.  The project returned last season to San Francisco’s Ruby Skye in front of eight hundred attendees, and also visited SF’s DNA Lounge. It returns this Feb to DNA Lounge for another dynamic show. Mercury Soul has created a warehouse party with members of the Chicago Symphony; launched the New World Symphony’s club shows in four sold-out shows at its Frank Gehry-designed hall in Miami; packed Pittsburgh’s Static with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony; created “After Hours” events with the San Francisco Symphony; and self-produced a variety of shows in partnerships with a wide range ensembles.  For more information on Mercury Soul, click here.
As composer in residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Masonic is integrating DJing into the Center’s spectacular spaces. Integrating classical music into social spaces is a special focus of his residency, with many diverse events in the works in the near future across the Center’s constellation of arts organizations.  His KC Jukebox series presents new music in imaginative new formats, such as a “walk-through” of a century of ambient music that went from Erik Satie to Brian Eno.  In addition to Jukebox’s presentation of Thievery Corporation this year, the series also features Angolan instrument maker Victor Gama, known for his release on Aphex Twin’s Replex label.
Collaborations with visionary technology companies have demonstrated that the deep experience of classical music can impact young people in the Digital Age.  YouTube commissioned the electro-acoustic Mothership for its YouTube Symphony project, which was viewed by millions around the world online, and Masonic was invited by Cisco to perform his Rise of Exotic Computing at its Partners Summit with members of the Las Vegas Youth Symphony. His unique understanding of technology’s creative possibilities have led to the commissioning of an opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, by Santa Fe Opera to be premiered in July 2017.


Unwind from the grind

Combine the restorative experience of art with yoga  with Memphis-based Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Bridget Sisney. Unwind from the week with friends and community members. Yoga kicks off at 11AM in the Clayborn Reborn Sanctuary. Yoga x Art is great for beginners to advanced practices. Bring your own mat.

Closed water containers required.

VIP Pass holders receive a reserved front row experience!


About bridget sisney

“Aspiring to Inspire.” This motto has been Bridget’s driving force for more than 7 years as she has used education, Ayurvedic yoga, and holistic wellness to align her many passions to serve the world.

As a life-long lover of dance, Bridget naturally saw yoga as an art form that allowed her to use movement to express herself. With a Biology background, Bridget immediately fell in love with Ayurveda, seeing it as the perfect integration of her passion for life on a molecular level.

Bridget’s classes are creatively woven together incorporating strength and flexibility, with an intentional awareness on the breath to provide all practitioners with maximum benefits for their lives. She intentionally crafts classes to meet the multi-dimensional needs of the body, spirit, and nature.