‘Art Slam!’ to be held at Crisp Museum Oct. 21

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 7, 2010 – A debate/performance on the “Jun Kaneko” exhibit on display in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Museum.

The event is open to the public, and audience members are encouraged to participate in the debate.

The event, called “Art Slam!,” will be a lively debate among Benjie Heu, associate professor of art; Stephanie Lynch, director of public relations and marketing with the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Dr. Melissa Odegard, assistant professor of educational leadership and counseling.

The three will debate the Kaneko exhibit currently on display. This exhibit is an extensive representation of Kaneko’s work in large-scale ceramic sculpture, drawings and paintings created during the last two decades. A prolific artist, Kaneko learns by process and through the dialog between maker and object, a distance he is constantly challenging, achieving an intimacy with his medium where his bold hand can seem invisible. Mainly identified as a sculptor, Kaneko also works on equally technical and innovative levels in glass, textiles, bronze, paper and canvas.

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum is the sponsor of this exhibition. Smith Kramer Fine Art Services of Kansas City, Mo., is responsible for tour development. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

The museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at the River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends.

For more information contact the museum at museum@semo.edu or (573) 651-2260.