Annual Juried Student Exhibition Opens April 1

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 21, 2016 – “The Annual Juried Student Exhibition” will be displayed in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus April 1-24.

An opening reception is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. April 1 and is open to the public. The awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Glenn Convocation Center.

Merit awards and honorable mention awards will be presented in each of the following categories: Color Composition/Design Foundations, 3D, Drawing, Painting, Fibers, Graphic Design/Illustration, Digital Art, Printmaking, Ceramics and Sculpture. Best in Show and the Distinguished Merit Award also will be presented.

This is a significant show for Southeast art students, showcasing selected works that have been created within the past year. Many of the works on view will be available for purchase.

This year’s juror is Ron Fondaw, professor of sculpture in the Department of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. Each year, the professional juror selected for the Student Exhibition exhibits a solo show of their own work in Southeast’s River Campus Art Gallery. Fondaw’s exhibit will be on display through March 22. A lecture by Fondaw will be held noon March 23 in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.

Fondaw is originally from Paducah, Kentucky, and he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He works with a variety of materials, but it is drawing that continues to play an important part in Fondaw’s sculpture, from the large-scale adobe works to the drawings in cast metal. Fondaw taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before coming to Washington University in St. Louis. He has worked and lectured in Japan and Denmark as well as numerous sites around the United States. He received a Guggenheim Award for sculpture, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and a Pollock/Krasner Award. His artwork can be seen in several major collections around the world, including The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. Fondaw’s sculptural work examines cultural and personal perceptions about beauty and permanence. His intention is to evoke a poetic play between our bodies and the built environment.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.