A Letter from the director's desk

Dear Supporters and Visitors,

Thanks to all of you who have frequented the exhibitions held at Masonic Contemporary from 2012 to the present. Your attendance is the uttmost reward of the time and energy dedicated to each art show ranging from group survey exhibitions to solo exhibitions.

As you may have noticed, we have been restoring the building's exterior structure with new brick work and a new roof. We now are begining on the interior, which will make for a grand unveiling when reopen to the public with our next exhibition lineup. Art specific improvments include permanent hanging hardware, enhanced daylight balanced LED lighting, and new exhibition space.

In addition, to housing an extensive collection of masonic artifacts curated by Gerald Leek, we home to the official Richard Knowles Estate Collection. As founding director, my dedication remains in administering the Knowles archive and curating contemporary exhibitions.

We look forward to greeting you at our grand reopening in 2019!

All the best,


Jason Miller

Founding Director of Visual Arts

We are undergoing renovations and will resume our programming when we reopen late spring / fall of 2019.

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Special Artist Spotlight to help raise funds for the Memphis Scottish Rite Foundation on FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017, 8:00 PM.

Come celebrate the new phase of rennovations at Memphis Scottish Rite with a Masonic Contemporary Art Exhibit and musical one night event. Featured spotlight visual artist is Jan Hankins. Art Event free with special painting below on view and listed for 2000.00 including delivery and install in the Memphis area. All of this is for a great cause, so come out and support the arts! Masonic Contemporary contact 901.229.1041 / email event organizer here

Jan Hankins, Urban Pioneers, Oil on vinyl, 1995

The art event is free and open to the public and the music event details are below:

Blueshift Ensemble

1951 Cowden Ave
Memphis, TN 38104



Featuring the world premier of David Shotsberger’s piece rāg >> kwit for electric guitar and string quartet, recent solo and chamber works for amplified instruments, and cross-genre collaboration between Blueshift Ensemble and experimental sound artist Dave Shouse.

Blueshift Ensemble, a contemporary chamber group formed in 2016 based in Memphis and led by flutist Jenny Davis and cellist/composer Jonathan Kirkscey, is presenting their fifth large scale performance at the historic Memphis Scottish Rite Temple on Friday, June 2nd at 8:00 pm. The ensemble will collaborate with experimental sound artist Dave Shouse, and perform other chamber works by Frederic Rzewski, Steve Reich, Sarah Kirkland Snider, David T. Little, Thea Musgrave, and a world premier of Memphis composer David Shotsberger’s piece for electric guitar and string quartet. The program features a combination of electronic and acoustic sounds, as well as sound/light modification via Dave Shouse.

About Blueshift Ensemble: Blueshift is a Memphis based contemporary chamber music ensemble dedicated to bringing artists and audiences together through artistic collaboration. By programming both new and existing classical repertoire alongside multi-genre collaborations, Blueshift aims to connect a wider audience to today’s classical music. The ensemble draws upon Memphis’s uniquely diverse musical heritage by combining classical music with popular music genres such as rock, blues, and soul and featuring local musicians, dancers, visual artists, and composers.

Contact person:

Jenny Davis, Blueshift Ensemble Director 901-268-3521 blueshiftensemble@gmail.com 

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Masonic Contemporary and the entire Memphis Scottish Rite building is undergoing extensive cosmetic and structural renovations, which include a new roof and interior refinishing of select walls and ceilings. 

We look forward to unveiling our new 2016-2017 exhibition lineup of featured artists to launch in the fall of 2016!

Thank you for your ongoing interest,

 Masonic Contemporary


(above) Highlight from James Bockelman's artist talk held at Masonic Contemporary 02/06/2016

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Circuitous Succession Epilogue ll at Masonic Contemporary (preview) from circuitoussuccession on Vimeo.