James V. Parker Theatre & Dance Scholarship Established

dance for Last ChanceCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 8, 2015 – The James V. Parker Theatre & Dance Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Dr. Kenn Stilson and Rhonda Weller-Stilson of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, made a gift to establish the scholarship in Parker’s name. Their gift was matched through the Faculty/Staff component of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Additional gifts to the endowed scholarship can be made at any time, and are welcomed and encouraged.

The renewable James V. Parker Theatre & Dance Scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. The talent-based scholarship will assist an outstanding new or returning student who participates in the Department of Theatre and Dance’s scholarship auditions and is a declared major in the Department of Theatre and Dance pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts. The Department of Theatre and Dance will select the recipient.

Parker was the founding director of the University Museum at Southeast from 1975-1986. Prior to that, he was the assistant director of education at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, for 17 years. Over the course of his long and prolific career as a visual artist, Parker has garnered numerous awards, including the Arizona State Fair, Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, the U.S. National Veterans Exhibit in Los Angeles and Family Circle’s National Competition in New York City. In 1986, he received the prestigious Otto Dingeldein Award from the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. Parker also designed the artwork for the city of Cape Girardeau’s first downtown mural, the Vision 2000 City of Cape Girardeau flag, and the city of Cape Girardeau police insignia. Responsible for dozens of art collections in Arizona and throughout southeast Missouri, including the Houck collection statuary replicas, still on display in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center’s Kem Statuary Hall, Parker was recognized as one of the notable Americans of 1976-1977. Parker’s work has appeared in more than 40 periodicals and other publications. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Europe during World War II, as well as a member of the American Red Cross in Italy. He continues to paint every day in his home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

For additional information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or foundation@semo.edu.