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2021 Projects Brings New Artists/Exhibition to Open on Main Activation

2021 Projects is continuing its pop-up concept in Downtown Memphis as part of the Downtown Memphis Commission's award-winning Open on Main initiative. From February 23 to March 19, the space at 55 S. Main will be home to Memorandum, a joint exhibition featuring Khara Woods and Andrea Morales.

As part of the Open on Main initiative, the pop-up space at 55 S Main Street in Downtown Memphis has been transformed into a temporary gallery featuring the work of both established and up-and-coming artists from the greater Memphis region. The gallery opened earlier this year with a hybrid virtual and live exhibition by Nick and Cat Pena and will continue to show additional artists' work through the end of June 2020.

The mission of 2021 Projects is to provide a Downtown exhibition space featuring rotating exhibitions by guest artists; the space will also serve as both exhibition and working space for artist Nelson Gutierrez. Over the six-month schedule, the gallery will host a series of virtual and physical exhibits, opening receptions, lectures, and artist talks to engage the community.

"The Downtown Memphis Commission's Open on Main initiative made this series of exhibitions possible, " said Nelson Gutierrez, gallery owner/curator. "Open on Main offered the opportunity to test the 2021 Projects concept in an important Downtown setting without much risk. It also allowed me to extend an invitation to other artists."

Upcoming 2021 Projects schedule includes:
February 23 to March 19: Andrea Morales & Khara Woods

March 26 to April 23: Maritza Davila & Carl Moore

April 30 to May 28: Johana Moscoso & Scott Carter

June 4 to June 25: Nelson Gutierrez Retrospective Show

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Other art-related Open on Main activations include Memphis Modern Market relocating to 65 Monroe from February-May 2021, and the continuation of Mary Ellen's Kelly's ArtChat series, which began as a part of her 2020 pop-up gallery and will continue in 2021.


About Memorandum by Khara Woods and Andrea Morales:
Memorandum. “The shared desire to honor the sacred act of storytelling moves us in our respective mediums. Our work’s dimensionality ranges between 2D and 3D in form but is expansive in its intent. This show serves as a document of dialogue between two artists studying the way memory shapes our desire to create. 

Khara Woods is a graphic designer and artist from Memphis, Tennessee. The basis for all of Khara’s work starts with a network of horizontal and vertical lines in an underlying grid in the search for structure and order in the creative process. Since 2015, she has created and collaborated on a number of murals and public art projects in the city, including murals and a light installation at Cornelia Crenshaw Library in South City and a data visualization mural, “Basin Portraits” in Uptown. 

Andrea Morales is a documentary photographer and journalist born in Lima, Peru and raised in Miami, Florida now based in the U.S. South. Andrea hopes to use images of everyday life as a way of creating an emotional portal to our shared and oppositional rhythms. She is a producer at the Southern Documentary Project and the visuals director at MLK50: Justice Through Journalism.”

About Nelson Gutierrez, Resident Artist, Curator & Director, and 2021 Projects:
Nelson's work explores the psychological and social implications of conflict. Most of his work is composed of two and three-dimensional pieces, conceptual objects, and installations that reflect current sociopolitical issues. Nelson received his B.A. from the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Colombia, and his M.A. from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England. Associate & Advising Artist: Carl E Moore

2021 Projects is a contemporary art space offering a snapshot of Memphis' most compelling contemporary artists. This is an artist-run initiative led by Nelson Gutierrez and contributor Carl Moore. The art space will offer a different exhibit highlighting two artists at a time on a monthly basis through the month of June. For more information go to