Clough-Hanson Gallery

a professor discusses an artwork with students in a gallery

The Clough-Hanson Gallery, located in Clough Hall, brings to campus four exhibitions of contemporary art from September through March. Shows run two to six weeks and are open to the Rhodes community and visitors. In April and early May, the gallery hosts two student exhibitions: the Juried Student Exhibit and the Senior Thesis Exhibit. Please contact the gallery director, Joel Parsons, at or (901) 843-3442 if you should have any questions.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Closed Sundays and Mondays)

The Jessie L. Clough Art Memorial for Teaching
In 1953, Etta Hanson gave to the college an important collection of Asian woodcut prints, porcelains, fabrics, and other objects that she and her sister had collected. Named in honor of Jessie L. Clough, the collection forms the basis of the college′s art collection. Selected objects from the collection are periodically displayed in the Clough-Hanson Gallery and are used for teaching.

Lillian and Morrie Moss Lecture Series
Often in tandem with Clough-Hanson exhibitions, the Art Department hosts an impressive annual lecture series, made possible by the Lillian and Morrie Moss Endowment for the Visual Arts. The Moss lecture series brings notable artists, art historians and museum professionals to campus for formal lectures and classroom sessions.

Visit Past Clough-Hanson Exhibitions

Curation in Context:   Although normally staged as an in-person exhibition, during quarantine the students of Art 260: Curation in Context worked remotely with Memphis-based artists to think about what art can do during quarantine. The result is a group of virtual exhibitions that help us see the landscape, the home, personal relationships, and our own bodies with the clarity and insight that only art and artists can offer.  

Students also digitally preserved their work for Topics of Art: Art and Science Studio, an interdisciplinary class for students designed to blend the disciplines of studio art and science. The projects prompted students to explore themes, concepts, and processes from the natural sciences using a variety of artistic techniques, processes, and materials ranging from block printing to illustration and more.