Booth Featured Artist in Faculty Choice Art Exhibition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 17, 2012 — Emily Booth, art instructor and exhibitions coordinator at Southeast Missouri State University, will be the featured faculty artist in the annual Faculty Choice Exhibition.

The exhibition opens Jan. 30 and runs until Feb. 17. The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 3 in the River Campus art gallery located in Room 106 in the River Campus Seminary Building.

Each year, this exhibition slot is reserved for the talented professionals who make up the Department of Art faculty. Faculty members showcase their own creative works, coordinate a visiting artist, curate a thematic group exhibition or use the space in any number of innovative ways.

Booth holds a master of fine art degree in painting from the University of Delaware and a bachelor of fine art degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Art. She also attended Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. Booth maintains an active exhibition record of solo, group, juried and invitational exhibitions. Selected exhibitions include “Drawing Expanse”, Space4Art, San Diego, Calif.;“Feminine Perspective,” Black Door Gallery; “Comments Series,” Street Art Project in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; “Missouri Art Professors’ Show,” Columbia, Mo., Arts League; “Pictocrypt,” University Art Gallery, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.; “small works” lo-fi gallery, Wilmington, Del.; “Addressing Iraq,” Reitz Union Gallery, University of Florida; “ArtHappens VI: the return of art,” Studio Arts Gallery, University of Delaware; “Secret Spaces,” Hanover Arts and Activities Center, Ashland, Va.

Booth previously was director of the Truman State University Art Gallery, exhibitions coordinator of Perkins Student Center Gallery and gallery assistant in Recitation Hall Gallery, both at the University of Delaware. She is a strong supporter of the accessible, unflinching display of all art forms, from traditional fine art to contemporary street art. She has also been the recipient of several awards and honors, among them the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Painting Fellowship, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts CAVA Residency Fellowship and multiple publications in New American Paintings. Booth has participated in a number of programs for special needs, underserved and inner-city youth, including Stargate, Growing Tree and The Children’s Festival.

River Campus Art Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-7 p.m. on First Fridays. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Emily Booth at ebooth@semo.edu or (573) 651-2663.