Southeast Art Professor, Visual Arts Cooperative to Exhibit Works

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 26, 2003 — “Guardians, Mothers and Birth of a Woman,” an exhibition of 236 small drawings by Louise Bodenheimer, associate professor of art at Southeast Missouri State University, will be on display at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri’s Gallery 100 and the Lorimier Gallery, 32 N. Main Street, Oct. 3 through Nov. 1.

An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3.

Based on personal life experience, the drawings are a culmination of Bodenheimer’s work for the past four years. As they evolved from line drawings on white index cards to enlargements hand-colored with color pencils and silver paint pens, they have served as a record of her thoughts, fears, perceptions and growth during that time. A found silver amulet from India served as a design motif for the drawings, paralleling them in meaning and shape.

Bodenheimer teaches graphic design, illustration, computer art and 3-D animation.

After traveling to Europe when she was 17, Bodenheimer attended Louisiana Tech University in Baton Rouge, La., where she earned dual master of fine arts degrees in painting and drawing, and graphic design and illustration. During her first year of college, she won a statewide design competition for the first Louisiana Governor’s Bicentennial Medallion, a program initiated by Lincoln Mint in Chicago for all 50 states.

Bodenheimer has designed and illustrated several publications and was the designer of the “Musical Heritage Mural” on the Shivelbine’s Music Store building in downtown Cape Girardeau.

In addition to Bodenheimer’s work, a new exhibit of works by the Visual Arts Cooperative also will be on display Oct. 3 through Nov. 1. The Visual Arts Cooperative is a group of 41 local artists who each displays a new piece of work in the co-op’s permanent gallery at the Arts Council every month. The co-op has opened up a unique opportunity to share a large amount of talent and a range of ideas in one room. In addition, each month, three co-op members will exhibit their work in the Arts Council’s front display windows. Window galleries will feature works by Lou Varro, Matt Miller and Judy Barks-Westrich through Oct. 15.

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts throughout the community and receives financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call (573) 334-9233 or e-mail artscape@clas.net.