Crisp Museum Hosting Jun Kaneko Exhibit

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 14, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University will host an exhibit of artist Jun Kaneko’s work starting Sept. 24 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at the River Campus.

A public reception will be held at the museum from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1.

On Thursday, Oct. 21, the museum will host an Art Slam! at 6:30 p.m. between 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 first ever three-person debate/performance will be centered on this exhibition, and audience members are encouraged to participate.

The self titled exhibition “Jun Kaneko” is an extensive representation of Kaneko’s work with many mediums including glass, textile, bronze, paper and canvas. Kaneko, a resident of Omaha, Neb., is known for his technical and innovative work, and the exhibition is a compilation of two decades of his work with ceramic, sculpture, drawings and paintings.  

Kaneko’s work is included in more than 40 museum collections including the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Museum of Nebraska Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He has been honored with national, state and organization fellowships and an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London.

The extensive exhibit will be on display through Dec. 5.

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.