Juried Student Art Assessment Exhibit on Display in Museum

The Annual Art Student Juried Assessment Exhibition is on display in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum in Memorial Hall now through April 18 at Southeast Missouri State University.

An opening reception is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 2 to celebrate the excellence of the student work. Awards will be given at that time. Students, families and the general public are encouraged to attend.  Many of the artworks will be for sale. 

The exhibition is a showcase for works created by students in their classes in the Department of Art during the past year.  In late March, students submitted at least two pieces for judging by an outside professional juror.  This year, Josephine Stealey, a fibers artist and professor of art at University of Missouri-Columbia, was the juror. Of more than 360 entries of paintings, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, fibers, graphic designs, prints and illustrations, Stealey selected more than 80 works displayed in the Museum. Stealey also has written an assessment report on the overall quality of the art work that is being done in all the studios. 

Artwork not selected by Stealey will become a part of another exhibition following a 150-year-old tradition called the “Show of the Refusals” or the “Salon de Refuse.” As in French art history during the mid-1800’s, Parisian artists declared that their work was worthy of public display despite the judges’ personal tastes.  Southeast Artist Guild students will install all their creative projects in the Schock Community Arts Center in Scott City, Mo. An opening reception for the “Show of the Refusals” is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 2.

Both exhibitions will remain on display through April 18.

The Museum welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each week day.  Parking is available in a lot along Henderson Street across from the University Center.